Technical Difficulties

Hello there. It’s me Mandagirl with renewed desire to salvage this tiny little blog.


This winter season has really kicked me in the pants. I’ve just been battling one challenge after another.

snow day

In early December in the midst of Christmas card making, my motherboard died on my Asus laptop. I had a completely and totally dead computer. Useless. Luckily, I was able to pull off all my data and save pictures and files. Instead of buying a new computer, I’ve inherited an old laptop of my husbands. It’s leftover from past employment and it’s a MacBook. It’s has taken me a while to get use to the command key being in a different spot and the way folders and trash bins and everything else works. I know there is a whole slew of Mac fans out there… I’m not quite sure where I stand. I guess it will just take time to get use to things.


I’ve also had a hard time getting use to the photoshop version on this Mac. It’s something like CS2. Ancient, I’m sure. I really miss my Elements… sigh! Again, I guess I’ll get use to it.

I’ve made a couple pages with this photoshop. No new templets yet. I’m still feeling my way around. The whole flow of creating feels different.


I tired my hand at the new craze of chalkboard font fun and loved the result. There are a slew of cool fonts and free chalkboard backgrounds on the interwebs. Which I’m sure you already knew. Google and Pinterest are my BFF’s.


New Years greeted me with a nasty cold virus that knocked me out for a solid week and it’s still lingering a bit in my chest. I had to skip all New Year celebrations due to the acute tonsillitis that was attacking me. I couldn’t swallow more than broth for 3 days. It was terrible. I can’t even describe the shooting pain in my head. My ear was screaming at me but wasn’t even infected. I’m one tough soul but this was miserable.

Technical difficulty? Yes!

lazy days

Another little technical difficulty I’ve had is my cell phone. I seem to be breaking those right and left. They’ve been swimming in my toilet and taking 30 foot drops off climbing crags.

My fault? Yes. I never said it wasn’t.

lds temple

My little motorola free phone I’ve had lately takes awful pictures. Junky colorcast images. I’ve lived with it even after I cracked up the screen but now the crack down the screen finally decided to kill the middle of the touch screen making it impossible to use. The home button and Y, G, T and M didn’t work. I just upgraded to a new shinny iphone 5c (because of a cheaper-than-I-was-paying-promotion) and I am terrified that I’ll break it in 3 months. I have to make it last for 18 mo.

Yikes, wish me luck. Especially with this little guy around.


During the switch, I forgot to get my crummy pictures off of the motorola. Problem was I couldn’t get the computer to connect to it so I could pull them off. Thanks to Dropbox I was able to save all the worthless pictures of December and half of January. Lucky you, I’m sharing them now… thus the random pictures.


Next up, I’ve been off of Mandagirl for so long that when I finally was feeling inspired to write something I couldn’t log in. My WordPress dashboard was broken somehow. I wondered if it was because of the computer switch. It took me a couple weeks (with the help of my webhost) to discover a plugin or two that needed to be updated and was freezing everything.

So… now I’m back. In full force. I’m determined to keep this site up…. stop, I hear you all laughing.

Well, there is one fact… And that fact is that I still love digital scrapbooking and I definitely want/need to keep that up. I’m 2 years behind! If I’m going to keep scrapbooking then I think I can manage to keep this blog alive. Yes?

4 comments on Technical Difficulties

  1. Stefanie
    January 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Welcome back.
    Sorry to hear of all the challenges you’re facing and have endured.
    Thanks for letting us know.

  2. jessica
    January 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm (3 years ago)

    YAYAY!! What a nice surprise this Saturday afternoon. If nothing else you have to keep blogging for me so I can see my nieces and nephews once in a while. Good GRIEF I miss everyone.

  3. Lori
    January 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Best book for switching to Mac (this one is for Leopard OS):

    There are different versions for different Mac OSes. Go to the Apple menu at the top left of your screen> About this Mac. 10.5 is Leopard, 10.6 is Snow Leopard, 10.7 is Lion, 10.8 is Mountain Lion, and the current version is 10.9 Mavericks. I found a copy at the library, and browsing through it was enough to direct me in the right direction.

  4. Grandma Debbie
    January 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm (3 years ago)

    YAY!!! Winding down Monday night, and I had a decision to make …. should I check once again? really? my finger pauses on the mouse… to click or not to click? probably be disappointed again! Am I prepared to see something about fall break again? SURPRISE! SURPRISE! I know you have always loved surprising me and you did again!!! Way to go sweetie! xo