Thursday, November 29, 2012

MyMemories project

Well, kiddos, today is not a good day for me. I was up late and up again early. My brain is reeling with concern over a friend and replaying a weird incident from last night, so I'm all fuzzy-headed and not in the mood for scrapbooking.

So today's project is a random thing I've already done ... let's look and see what we have:

It's my great-grandparents, Walter and Augusta Burrell. I did this one back on April 22. I really like vintage-looking stuff. I think this was from a speed scrap on the MyMemories Facebook page. They do the speed scraps every Sunday, and occasionally at other times. They give you a few instructions (six or so) with time in between each one. Then people post what they've done. It's a good way to get inspiration.

MyMemories has a YouTube channel, as well, with instructions on how to achieve certain effects.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Why I can't sleep

So, I was up past 1 a.m. and woke up at 4:30 a.m. - this isn't going well. I am concerned about a friend, and also had a weird experience at the gas station last night.

I tried using my (prepaid) credit card, but it wouldn't go. The cashier said do certain things - I told Donna what the cashier said, Donna didn't do it exactly (got lost in translation, I guess), so the card didn't run.

I told Donna to go ahead and get the gas. I walked up to the cashier to pay with my card - she ran somebody else's total. Ours was $20 - the other was $47. The guy didn't have cash on him, so we couldn't have him just give me the cash. The cashier called her manager - he said she couldn't reverse the charge, but she kept insisting she had done it before. In the end, she ran my card for our gas and gave me $47 from the till.

Okay, so we left - I'm not out anything except that if I want to put the $47 back on my card it will cost me $4.64 extra. However, the guy with the $47? How is he going to pay for his gas? I think that cashier is going to end up at least $47 short in her till.

Also, when she handed me the credit slip to sign and I saw $47, I was a little angry that she messed up. But she made it worse by telling me "calm down." Several times. I told her, "the more you tell me to calm down, the more upset I get." (In other words, shut up, and just try to fix it instead of telling me how to feel.)

Who is at fault here? Well, it's my fault and Donna's fault for not following the cashier's instructions to run the card with the pump handle still in the pump. However, that just affects at what point the charge is run, whether before pumping or after. But I think the cashier's fault is greater for running my card without double-checking which pump. We were at pump 5 - she could see us and the pump number should be visible - I know the amount was - from where she was. During the earlier conversation, I said we were on pump 5. I'm not sure what pump she thought we were on - but that was clearly carelessness. She was too busy telling me what we did wrong to pay attention at that point. Then she was too busy telling me to "calm down" - and I wasn't flipping out, calling names or anything, just maybe speaking strongly.

After she handed me the $47 in cash, she ran my card for my $20 without asking. I told her I wanted to pay with the cash, but for some reason she decided for me again. Also, at this point there were a couple of other guys waiting, so she was trying to get the line moving again but had to take care of the mistake first, I guess.

Anyway, now I have to decide whether it's important enough to me to go back when the manager is there to see if they can put the money back on my card without the service fee. I don't know how the other guy's thing worked out, since he didn't have cash on him to pay for his gas and I'm sure she couldn't run his card for the gas she made me pay for.

So when I woke up this morning at 4:30, my mind was running over the events that concern my friend, and I am still wondering if she is all right. Then my mind started replaying the gas station scenario, and I realized I'm not able to just go back to sleep. And Cayla gets up at 5:30 a.m. to go to seminary ...

It wouldn't be so bad, except this is one of my early days at work - long days, really. I work a couple of hours in the morning and then leave and go back in the afternoon and evening. So I don't have time to make up for the lost sleep with a nap in the morning. I'm going to stay up till 5:30, make sure Cayla is up, and then go back to bed. But that's at least an hour of lost sleep, and a bad start to the day.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MyMemories project and giveaway

So, I've been playing around a little with my new version of MyMemories digital scrapbooking software. I made a new timeline cover for my Facebook page, as well as a new profile photo.

Timeline cover (not full size)

Profile photo (full size)
Most of the embellishments and paper came from a kit called Santa. MyMemories keeps track of your downloads, so you don't purchase the same kit twice. You can download them again, as well, if you get a new computer or have to reformat your current one (something I do from time to time).

So the giveaway ends at 12:01 EST on Nov. 30, which means there is today and tomorrow to enter. No entries yet at the time I am posting this, so your chances are good.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Giveaway: My Memories v4

As I promised, here is the giveaway!

One winner will receive a code for downloading version 4 of My Memories digital scrapbooking software. There are not too many entries and none are mandatory, so it should be fairly easy to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now, I also want to show off what I did this morning. I did a short album of a few photos from Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's and sister's new apartment. My kids weren't feeling well, so they stayed home. Two of Donna's kids were there - Suzanna and Richard, and Suzanna's boyfriend, Chad.

I mostly used the Thankful Mini Kit, but I also used embellishments from a couple of other kits.

I'll be working on some stuff during the giveaway to show some of the kits and things you can do with My Memories digital scrapbooking software. Good luck!

Monday, November 26, 2012

MyMemories version 4 is here

If you are into scrapbooking and haven't gone digital yet, here's an opportunity to try MyMemories digital scrapbooking software. I've been using it for months and really like it.

Now version 4 is here, with a lot of new features. And today, Cyber Monday, you can get a discount!

To get the full version 4 at 50% off, use code CyberV4full ($39.97 value).
To get the upgrade at 50% off, use code CyberV4up ($19.97 value).

I have a My Memories affiliate code. I'm not sure if it works with the discount, but just in case: STMMMS22597. The discount code goes in the box in the middle of the page when you check out.

I'm going to do a giveaway starting tomorrow and only until the end of the month. I don't have it set up yet, but I'll do that tonight after work or tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here's some of my work with MyMemories digital scrapbooking software version 3 (I only just now downloaded version 4 and haven't installed it yet).

A page about a clown band in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1934.

A Facebook timeline cover I did for my mom's Facebook page. Her paternal grandparents, Mom and her sister Diane, and her parents.

A speed scrap I did back in March. Every Sunday, the My Memories Facebook page does a speed scrap (and some other times, as well). They give directions like "Pick three background papers," "Use two photos and mat them," "Use three embellishments on each photo" and so on. People follow the directions and afterwards a few people post their work. It's interesting to see how different the layouts are from the same few steps. (Usually about six, I think.)

So, if you are in the market for digital scrapbooking software, you can get a discount today. I'll have a giveaway of the full MyMemories version 4 tomorrow, and more examples each day.

UPDATE!!! The Cyber Monday price is extended to Nov. 28. Full version code is v4efCyber. Upgrade version code is v4eCyber. The codes are case-sensitive.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Rockin' the vote

Election Day!

Americans complain about government, but many neglect their basic right and civic duty to vote. I've seen multiple postings on Facebook trying to convince people one way or the other, which usually alienates the audience.

I've seen an ecard and posts which say, if you don't vote, you lose the right to complain about government.

No, you can still complain - freedom of speech and so on. But we'll all think you are a whiny baby who should try to fix things instead of just talking about it. (Joking! I complain about a lot of things.)

Anyway, my point in posting is to say - vote if you can. I just walked over to my polling place (no car) with my 19-year-old daughter, who voted for the very first time. We hadn't discussed beforehand who we were voting for, but we talked about it a little on the walk home.

I voted for the maximum of everything possible - one in the races where one is appropriate, and the maximum for the nonpartisan races where more than one position is available. I also voted on the subject of judge retention (which is a huge thing in Iowa after the gay marriage ruling a few years ago). And the 911 thing in Webster County.

Amanda voted for a smaller number of offices. Which is fine. She made the walk over to the polling place and exercised her duty as a citizen of the United States. Which makes me really happy.

If you haven't voted yet, if  you are on the fence about a particular race, don't know enough about those candidates or don't like either candidate in that race, you can skip that part. Your vote still counts in the races you select.

We are a privileged country to have this right - men and women, old and young (over 18), any race, religion, cultural background - as long as you are a citizen of this country, your vote can count.