Last Sunday during a brief period of inattention I managed to break my digital camera. I noticed that the CF Media card was feeling a little stuck when I tried to insert it into the camera. Instead of stopping, I applied a little more pressure and happened to bend two of the I/O pins. There are two Canon service centers in the states for digital cameras. My camera was wrapped in bubble wrap, placed in its original box, wrapped in bubble wrap again, placed in another box and shipped to Irvine, California with $1000 worth of insurance and track-able delivery confirmation as requested by Canon. The service center received the package at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. I will hopefully have my camera back in 7 to 21 business days. My biggest fear now is that the repair will cost almost as much as the camera.

This whole fiasco can be blamed on my stupid Canon scanner that won’t work with Linux. I needed to copy my insurance card so I could mail it to one of the labs that did Hailey’s blood work last month. I couldn’t use the scanner so I decided to take a picture of the card and then print that out. That part of the plan worked perfectly but fell apart when I decided it would be faster to plug the CF card into the printer’s media card reader instead of plugging the camera into the USB hub. My downfall came when I plugged the CF card back into the camera. What a way to ruin a day.


You Say It's Your Birthday, Again!

Today the princess is 28 years old. As you can see, she has always been precious. Happy birthday from Hailey and me!



Hailey is sick again. It has moved into her respiratory system again. She is on a nebulizer again. She has a high fever again. She is moody and irritable again. And we have to stay home with her again.

Tonight we went to the E.R. for a new chest x-ray, as of now she doesn’t have pneumonia again.

One new development is a nasty ear infection. She hasn’t had a bad ear infection before this one.



We removed Hailey’s old bed and replaced it with a queen size bed. We now have a bed suitable for overnight guests, and Hailey when she gets older.

We have also reorganized Hailey’s closet so she has more room for all of her Christmas and Birthday toys like the Baby Tad that even Natasha loves.


The Handyman Can

I installed a new faucet for Sanna and Elizabeth on Saturday. I had to make one trip to Lowe’s to buy a new supply line. Other than that the install went smoothly and looks better.

While we were there we saw the finished results of the Hailey garden mold, it will soon take its place with the hippo.


Ha Ha Ha!

As you know web servers keep logs of who accesses a page, what operating system they use, what browser they are using, and the referring site. When the referring site is a search engine, the referring URL includes what the user was searching for. According to my logs, at least one person came to my site looking for a “how to change a diaper video”. After searching for this on Google, I think the searcher had bad intentions.If you really wanted a diaper changing video I wish could help you out. I have changed enough diapers to really be a pro at it.

Another popular term is the “genie excellerator”; an awesome garage door opener with difficult to install safety devices. I have a new easier way to make sure the obstacle beams are aligned properly. As soon as I can buy another garage door opener for my side of the garage I will post instructions.


A New Year for Hailey (January 2004)

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