iPhoto Lessons Learned

When your computer starts giving you error messages about how it doesn't have enough memory, DON'T BOOT UP IPHOTO! If there's not enough memory, iPhoto will delete your entire photo library. The photo files, thank god, will still be there, but any modifications you made to the photos in the library or albums or slideshows you may have created will be gone. You'll have to reimport your library folder by painful folder, and if you, oh, happened to have a baby this year like I did, restoring your library will take a long, long time.

Luckily, when this happened to me, I was *only* planning on getting prints made that very day. Prints I've owed people for MONTHS.

I didn't get the prints made. That was the bad news.

The good news was that I actually used this opportunity to back up my photo library, and that's something we should all do. You should do it too. Go buy an external hard drive or find some online service and do it. You'll feel really great afterward knowing that if your hard drive or laptop melts down, you'll have a backup of your important documents.

And if you're expecting prints or a thank you note from me, well...I'm working on it.


Don't Mess With...

...Alex or me, 'cause we're in Texas!!!

We took our first plane trip yesterday, a 2-leg journey with a transfer in San Diego. San Diego looked like a lovely place, and I really wanted to stay there...

...especially when I learned that I had to leave one terminal and pass through security again, even though we were making a domestic transfer on the same airline (Southwest...argh!). As anyone who's traveled with kids knows, going through security is a huge hassle, what with all the paraphernalia and stuff the child has to travel with. Declare the milk in his bottles! Put the carseat through the scanner! Fold up the stroller! Take off the baby's shoes! Wait, huh? Take off the baby's shoes? That one had me very surprised. But I did it, and his shoes never went back on again. I think people thought I was a terrible mother letting Alex run around the airport in bare feet, but it was really my only choice, since holding him made him cry, and so did putting his shoes back on. I used to love traveling, but in the new post-9/11 regime, it's just become decidedly unglamorous.

But Alex did really well! We all survived and made it here happy. We've already eaten puffy tacos and are enjoying visiting the relatives. More to come later...