After I got back from Hawaii, I was ready to put all my beautiful beach scene photos online.  The problem was my Google Picasa account was almost full to the brim.

I decided to break away from the clutches of Google and install something on my own website.  Take control of my own photo destiny.  After a little research, it was clear that Gallery was the online photo album of choice.  I took the easy road and used the little installer that my hosting company (GoDaddy) provides.  I was up and running in no time.

My online albums at easysticks.

So I kicked things off by putting up my vacation photos.  Long story short, Gallery doesn’t cut it for me.  The uploading process was difficult.  The photos weren’t automatically rotated.  It’s slow to browse pictures. Boo all around.

Just a few weeks ago Google decided to throw me a bone and announced drastically reduced prices for additional storage.  For a mere $5 (per year) I can get an additional 20G (all my photos up to this point only take up 1G).  So if you’re out of Picasa storage too, you can upgrade on the cheap.

By on December 5, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

First free wifi, now a free card

Google is feeling the holiday spirit this year.  After I thought I’d been duped when Jackie called from the Chicago airport with no free wifi to be found, I lost my faith in the Google generosity.  But, it turns out that Chicago wasn’t on the list of airports with free wifi.  Whew.  No duping.

Plus, now Google will send an honest to goodness snail mail holiday card on your behalf.  They all have some degree of Gmail advertising in them, but who doesn’t like getting snail mail?

Send a free card from Google.

By on December 2, 2009 · Comments ( 3 )

30 days done

Today is my last November post.  I’ve plopped something up here every single day for the past month.

Who knows what will happen tomorrow.  Will I post?  Will I not?  Will anybody even notice?  Ha!

To sign off, here’s a cute cat alert.  Lincoln under a chair.  Since I don’t think I’ve put any kitties up all month long.

By on November 30, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

Three movie weekend

First up was Bolt, which was better than I expected.  The dogs were pretty adorable and the pigeons were hilarious.

In the middle came Four Christmases, which was worse than I expected.  I wanted a holiday movie to open the season with and I hadn’t seen this one yet.  It was okayish.  Not terrible but not really good.

Last night was Funny People.  It was really long, but pretty good.

I’m thinking maybe Bolt was the best of the bunch.  Have you seen any of these?  Did you watch any other flicks over the long weekend?

By on November 29, 2009 · Comments ( 3 )


Remember my poll about eating meat? Well, I have been chowing down on some turkey this weekend. I gotta say, it is tasty.  Lincoln the cat agrees.

The rest of the leftovers have been equally delicious. I’ve polished off the green beans.  There might be one square of cornbread left and a few rolls.  The mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes are dwindling.  The stuffing was finished off yesterday. There’s still plenty of pie, probably because everyone gets so full eating the other food that there isn’t enough room to squeeze two different kinds of pie in.

Anybody else scraping the bowls of Thanksgiving leftovers?

By on November 28, 2009 · Comments ( 4 )

Off the puzzle wagon

I’m back to my puzzling ways.

From Puzzle
By on November 27, 2009 · Comments ( 0 )

It’s done

Here it is, folks. The filling bubbled out just a hair, causing a smoke storm in the kitchen.

But, it smells deeeeelicious. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

From Food
By on November 26, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

It’s on

Let the pie baking commence!

By on November 25, 2009 · Comments ( 5 )

More to the show

Just as expected, a shiny new light-up caught my eye as I came home this evening. Santa’s ditched his sleigh and hopped in a prop plane! With real spinning propellers! Plus, the baseball player cannot really be enjoyed without a video. Batter up.

By on November 24, 2009 · Comments ( 2 )

I don’t scrapbook

But here’s a collage.

Oliver, Oliver and much more Oliver.

By on November 23, 2009 · Comments ( 6 )