Tomoe is insisting that I post this photo on my blog. She already has it as her screensaver. Personally, I prefer one of these below.
I haven't posted in a long while because 1) I was busy with a customer making snow-shoes and camping in a snow cave at the top of a mountain (doesn't it sound exciting?); and 2) I was busy with a couple of friends from nearby, and another friend and his young son from the big city who slept in a tent for his first time, and I almost enticed to jump naked with me into the snow. In the end, I jumped, he didn't and his dad filmed it all on video. If it pops up on YouTube I will post a link. The boy was mostly interested in digging holes in the snow though, so we spent the majority of our time on that. The other friend's daughter's highlight seems to have been holding Mona.
Later, we received a wonderful gift of over ten hours of unedited video taken by the TV crew following us from the night Mona was born until two weeks later. I set about to add subtitles for my parents, but after two days of searching and trying various software, I couldn't find a software to do it. Any ideas? I am not about to buy some professional editing software, but something simple and easy would be nice.
Sometime in those two days, my computer, which had been gradually getting worse and worse finally frustrated me enough that I reinstalled, twice. It just keeps breaking more, so I figure it can only be crappy Dell hardware and nothing I can do about. In a desperate move, on a trip to the big city two hours away, I was determined to get a new computer. Somehow I found a used MacBook (mint condition) that was only slightly more expensive than the lowest level PC.
I was leery, and Tomoe was warning me against it, after listening to all my complaining about that B.S. iBook I suffered with for so many years. Man was she wrong. I LOVE this. Mac has come a loooooong way since 2004. For one thing, the letters actually show up the instant I type them now - just like on a PC! And I don't have to wait 20 seconds for an app to open like I did with the iBook. Nice job Apple.
The best thing though, is that it has the little camera thingy built in, so now I can video skype with my family and see nephews and nieces. We tried it out for the first time today, and the call became a bit long so I just propped it up facing Mona and mom stared at the screen for twenty minutes without me even having to talk to her.
This last photo is the photo I took of Mona when I read this post to her and asked for her opinion.