1. It became apparent that my old PC was on its last few bytes of usable disk space, despite my efforts to nurse it along.
It got to the point of nail biting suspense whenever you turned it on to see if it would boot up. So we bought a new Mac and for the last week, while I waited for an opportune time to swap over, I just never turned the PC off - which was fine until it did an automatic upgrade and restart. And didn't restart.
After several attempts (and a couple of sharp kicks) I got it to boot up that time, but it was clear that I couldn't put the swap off any longer. For the past week I have been transferring files from the EHD to the Mac and figuring out my way around a completely new system. (The last time I used a Mac was at journalism school a couple of decades ago and they didn't look ANYTHING like this!).
Unfortunately once I had transferred everything onto it, to my horror I realised it had very little disk space left thanks to several years of photos and a tonne of designing resources and layered psds. That set me off on a two day long purge of every duplicated or unnecessary file I could find by which means I clawed back a couple of hundred GB.
Now I am backing up all the vital stuff to the cloud, which is taking forever, and then I will set up an EHD as a time machine and .... aaargh!!!
2. All of the above, combined with Christmas and travel, means there will be no new designs for a month over January. However, there is a new album coming out this weekend (more on that below) and a new kit next week.
3. Daughter-Two was, once again, in the big city Christmas parade - along with an odd assortment of clowns, TV characters, Transformers (how ... festive) and the usual Chinese political activists.
The Husband, still in his bike shorts and tired from a morning of cycling and yoga, was one of the parents, like me, walking along the side in a Santa hat. Only, forget about grumpy cat, he was grumpy Santa. Until I kept turning around to mime "smile!" and take his photo.
4. Amazingly, I have already scrapped them - using the new template album that is coming to the store this weekend:
5. And, meanwhile, we have passed the longest day (leaving us all a little sleep deprived - but especially Daughter-Two who CANNOT SLEEP when it is still light for that is WRONG!) but the weather still lurches between fog, hail, rain and the occasional stinking hot day - and night - for which no-one is prepared.
Well, yes, sometimes it is tempting to scrap Christmas.
And for some reason it is the event that people dread scrapbooking. But it deserves to be recorded, so once it's over, I just grab a template and a Christmas themed digital scrapbooking kit and call it done.
The vintage elf on a shelf which my mother apparently acquired from somewhere and hung on her retro themed Christmas tree (without knowing it was, in fact, an elf-on-a-shelf) threw itself at our feet the Christmas before last, then made a reappearance at the start of December last year.
He found some fun hiding places to appear in every morning
I thought Daughter-Two would be enchanted but she was very much take-it-or-leave-it and often forgot to look for him. Fortunately he never forgot to hide somewhere new. (Something of a miracle in itself)
Movies, whether Disney or otherwise, have never really interested with Daughter-Two, but for some reason "Frozen" really resonated with her. Not sure if I should be worried when she goes into her room and starts belting out "that perfect girl is gone"!
She's always been fascinated by snow and ice - possibly because we live somewhere where it rarely (as in only every few decades) snows. So she was thrilled with this kit with its "ice princess" theme.
1. It's starting to feel like Christmas, and Daughter-Two insisted the tree go up on December 1. Other than that, the decorating is kept to a minimum:
2. Daughter-Two needed sports shoes because they are having a week of "urban camp" (Why can't they actually do schoolwork? asked grumpy Husband - I said, ha, it seems they don't even have homework for the whole last term). I wanted to steer her to some stylish, cool shoes but grandfatherly guy in the shop bought out the sparkly lilac ones and I knew I was toast. She put them on then started running circuits of the store - until she saw a display of sparkly balls and screeched to a halt. Grandfatherly guy looked at me in WTF manner. The old lady having shoes put on her feet by her daughter said "I want what she has". I THINK she just meant the shoes.
3. To get into the Christmas spirit, we went to the carols at Government House, just down the hill. Actually, the best part was not the carols but the mass singalong before led by a group of elderly local Pacific Islanders who are taking part in a "dance fit" weight loss programme. Everyone got into it and danced along to YMCA , Happy, Kung Fu Fighting and other crowd pleasers.
I loved watching this family get into it:
4. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming in store this weekend: