Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So you want to be a blogger

I got started several years ago. I blogged as a way to keep family informed, and really just as a way to get my thoughts out there. It's my way of keeping a journal.

I never really expected anyone to read my blog, and it still kind of surprises me when someone comments or tells me about something that I read.

I don't have high expectations for my blog because I haven't put a lot of effort into making it make money.

But here's the thing: You get out of it what you put into it.

And here's another thing: You can get help getting started with your blog.

I signed up for a free online class from Blogelina last year. The classes were on Tuesdays and I work Tuesdays, so I didn't get to participate much, but I did get an email with a PDF of the information that was in the class. In addition, I got a year's free hosting at GoDaddy.com.

Blogelina also has video tutorials and Facebook groups where bloggers can come together to support each other. Community is a big thing in the blogging world. You don't have to figure everything out on your own.

You can sign up for the blogging class here:


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That is my affiliate link and yes, if you sign up, I get paid. Here's the third thing: You can sign up as a Blogelina affiliate, too, and if you get people to sign up, you can get paid as well.

Here's the scoop:

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The class is free, and you can decide if this is the way you want to go. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Accidents happen

They do.

They really do.

And you try to prepare and teach your child this and try to get them to be cautious and everything.

But accidents happen.

Tonight, Cayla experienced this and she doesn't like it. She was at an intersection and realized if she turned the way she was going, she would be going the wrong way on a one-way. So she backed up a little ... into another car.

There's a crack about 8 inches long in my van's back bumper. She said the other driver said he didn't have enough damage to report. She didn't get his information, but he did get hers.

I called the police non-emergency number and an officer came out to look at our van. He isn't filing a report because there's so little damage. I also called our insurance company.

Cayla is still shook up. I'm just glad she's not hurt (or anybody else).

And I hope this lesson is all it takes. It's so hard for a teenager to hit that balance between caution and initiative.

We had a car (an Escort wagon) that I was driving when it was hit - two separate times. The first time, I was driving through my bank's parking lot when someone backed out from a parking space into my car. That took months to get settled with their insurance. I think the driver delayed filling out paperwork with her insurance company.

Another time I was driving to work and a driver pulled out from a stop sign in front of me. I was looking to the right for a couple of seconds and the driver came from the left. I didn't see her and my car hit hers. But I had the right of way and she should not have been in my path. That also took months but eventually we got a final check (the car was totalled this time - I clipped the rear corner of the minivan and it put a sizeable dent in the front of my car, as if it had hit a tree).

So, things could be much worse. Cayla is okay, nobody in the other car claimed to be hurt, there isn't much damage and hopefully the other driver won't make a claim.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wedding pictures!

My niece Jessica Sanchez married Eric Tilton on Saturday, May 4, 2013 (Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with you). Here are a few photos from the rehearsal and reception.

Rehearsal on Friday night. Daniel (far right) was standing in for Eric's brother Justin, who had to work.

Working out the procession order at the rehearsal.

I don't have pictures of the wedding. Donna, Jessica and Cayla were late, and Cayla left my camera in Donna's car, so I didn't get it back until Donna and Cayla came to the reception. I took pictures with Jessica's camera, and she said she would share some with me.


The happy couple enters the reception hall.

Bridesmaid Cayla gives her toast.


Cutting the cake.

First dance as husband and wife.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A nice day for a white wedding

My niece Jessica is getting married today.

It was supposed to be a nice day in May, and there were supposed to be flowers in the garden at the historic church where the wedding will take place.

Instead, the high will be about 54 degrees and there is currently still snow on the ground from Thursday's snowstorm.

You just can't plan everything.

I'll probably do a longer post later tonight, when we get home from the reception. I took pictures at the rehearsal last night and at the reception site where family members were decorating. But I need to get a little bit more sleep before getting on with the day.

My schedule:
  1. Get up and dressed. Cayla get up and shower and dress, then we go to Donna's apartment, where Cayla will work on the signs and I will peel potatoes. 
  2. When the potato salad and Watergate salad are made, I go back home and wrap the gift that my friend Mara and I bought together. This is when I take my shower and take a nap, not necessarily in that order.
  3. Cayla goes with Donna and Jessica to get makeup and hair done, then they all go to the church together. I want until Cayla's boyfriend Daniel gets off work and gets ready to go.
  4. We (Daniel and I) drive up to the church. The wedding happens.
  5. Cayla and Daniel and I drive to the reception. The reception happens.
  6. We drive home. I go to bed.

That's pretty how much my day should turn out. Photos to come.