Monday, May 14, 2012

The Geekend That Was, 5/13

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YIKES!

Have I really not posted in a WEEK?? Hoo boy, I guess that tells you how work is still going. Thank you so much for all your kind comments and support. I still have a bunch to reply to, so sorry if I haven't gotten back to you yet. Work is a leetle better...I will be getting a consultant in to help, and my schedule got switched around (including more time!) The only disadvantage is that I now have to complete a smaller project before I go on vacation...and before the consultant shows up. And this project has more new technological challenges that I have to tackle (the main reason for bringing in a consultant)! Doesn't make sense to me, but there we are.

Friday night I got a new toy:
A Kindle Touch! (3G, with special offers...beside my "old" Kindle 2 with keyboard). Target had them on clearance (well, really, it's a $40 gift card with purchase) because they're mad at Amazon, so I decided to take advantage of their middle school girlfight and upgrade. Easier said than done...we went to the Target near us, which had none left, and called the only two stores showing any in inventory. Long story short: There was only one left in Atlanta, so we embarked on an Epic Quest to get it, biting our nails all the way (they couldn't hold it for me because it was on clearance). It was a bit of a pain to transfer my content...I had to transfer EVERYTHING one book at a time, THEN import my collections from my old Kindle. (Importing your collections does not import the books that are IN them. What's worse is that your books don't remember what collection(s) they were in! So the first time, I transferred the collections, then a bunch of books, but none of them went into their proper collections. I had to start over...books first, all 853 of them, then collections.)

Saturday dawned cool and rainy, but fortunately the rain stopped just in time for us to take Michael's mom (and dad) on the Gardens for Connoisseurs tour. We even got some sun in the afternoon (but still with nice breezes...perfect!) We made it to 10 out of the 11 gardens on tour, all in one day. There was a great variety, from the serene...
to the fantastical...

Gardens with beauty...
rhythm...
and motion...

Loose and lovely bursts of color...
and sculpted and shaped greens.

Pools I want to float in...
paths I want to wander along...
and places I just want to sit and stare!
I might post some more pictures later...there really were a bunch of fantastic ideas, plants, spaces!

Sunday after a family dinner (which my dad cooked! *faints*) I finally managed to hunker down and finish that travelling pattern! It now needs a new home...that post will be up tomorrow. I want to get this out before I leave for Europe, so it will have a short entry period. I also (almost) finished my name tag for Stitcher's Celebration this weekend. Thank goodness DF Teresa reminded me I needed one! I want to stitch a decent one at some point; this was a redo of a long-ago nametag (and it is rather pathetic in its current state). But more on that later. =)

JiffNotes
April showers bring May flowers, and May showers bring great gardens!

6 comments:

gracie said...

I was wondering if Target was going to clearence out the Kindles...good for your deal.

Nic said...

That's insane! (the kindle transfer)

Beautiful gardens though

thegreytail said...

after these pics, my garden looks like the Addams family's.. :D
anyways, I hope the mastermind behind the import/transfer thing with kindle gets FIRED. that's a snakes and ladders like waste of time!! :D
happy xxx,
chiara - http://thegreytail.wordpress.com/
(btw, I'm having a giveaway.. :) )

Lija said...

I'm still scared of Kindles, or anything technological, so well done.

Melanie said...

Congrats on your new Fire! I love mine and use it pretty much every day. Very hand for looking at the internet here and there instead of firing up the whole computer, etc. and reading when on the treadmill, etc.

Those gardens are dreamy. *swoon*

Delusional Knitter said...

Nice! I just got a Kindle Fire having never had a Kindle before, its awesome!! Love the photos, that little fancy work hedge is really cool.

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