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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Is It Just Me or What?

I love new technology as much as the next guy, but I hate having to fight with new items. In the last two weeks, we upgraded our digital camera from a Kodak DX3900 to a Kodak Easy Share Z1012 IS Since I got a laptop, I have been unable to get the laptop to talk to the printer (a Lexmark Z35 that I purchased at Target on clearance for $38.00 3-4 years ago.

Last night my hubby and I went out for our anniversary to Olive Garden and had some time before the movie, so we went next door to the Best Buy store to look at a printer that would both talk to my laptop and his Macbook (and work with our wireless network). We looked at a couple models from HP, Epson and one from Kodak. We decided to purchase the Kodak Easy Share 5500 All In One printer , that will print, copy, scan, fax and print photos. The price was right, the ink cartridges are the most reasonable I have seen, which made me excited to get it set up today.

I followed the set-up instructions exactly and keep getting a paper jam error, however there was no paper jamming the machine. I followed trouble-shooting in the set-up manual. I followed the online guided troubleshooting. Nothing!!! ARGH!!! On a whim, I called Kodak, thinking that on a Saturday night they wouldn't be there! However, they were! We were that much closer to resolution (tried all that she suggested to) and now am waiting for a new printhead to be delivered. I pray that solves the problem.

This is in addition to ordering my Kodak camera online from Kodak. Receiving promptly, I was excited about using it. I took about 100 pictures over the next week or so. The battery was going after shooting a bunch of video, so I grabbed the camera dock that I ordered with it (the one that was recommended when I purchased the camera). Instructions stated to remove the non rechargeable battery and replace it with the rechargeable that was in the camera dock box. Except ((!!!!)) that it wouldn't fit in the camera. Call tech support! That battery was packaged with that dock before this camera was made and is not compatible with the new camera. So, I had to buy a new battery. Charger works, camera works! Yeah, just my wallet is lighter.

At least with the printer, they are sending the replacement part and I don't have to buy it..I pray it solves the problem. I have always been happy with Kodak, so I hope they don't fail me now. Will keep you posted......... I'm beginning to think that it is a conspiracy against me (but I suppose that comes to mind since we are watching National Treasure right now :) )

For the record, when I was looking for the links to these, I was surprised at the listed prices. We got these items on sale at significantly less than they are listed. $50 less on the camera and $80 less on the printer (maybe that is my problem............hope not!)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I Bet No One Else has this Problem......

Although I don't have any pictures because I can't get the rechargeable battery to fit in my new camera, I just had to write.

My youngest got slip and slide from Grandma a few weeks ago. It got initiated on Friday when they had friends out and they had a blast. I took photos and even video , but now the battery is dead!

The kids wanted the pool up, but I wanted to mow one more time (tomorrow), so I suggested they get out the slip and slide. I hear them playing and giggling and having a great time. I walked over to see and I see my oldest leading our milk cow away. We have a milk cow and we stake her in various places over the acre that our house sits on. Seems she saw that there was water available to her and decided to come get some.

Only on our place, would the kids have that problem!!!! OY!!



Angie tagged me and I thought this would be a good way to get blogging again. I tend to go in spurts. I am trying to rearrange and declutter, so blogging hasn't been at the top of my list lately.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?

Then years ago I was 3 months pregnant with my youngest and had two 18 months olds. You could say I was up to my eyeballs in diapers, toys, etc. I look back now and wonder how I survived on so little sleep and I thank God that he gave me an understanding husband who helped out with cooking and laundry between working, commuting and farm work. I am very blessed!

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list for today (not in any particular order):

  • help Tom put a cover on the silage wagon so it is ready to go this afternoon
  • continue with the laundry that has been piling up
  • finish sorting and putting away scrapbooking/craft supplies in the computer desk my sister gave me (finally a dedicated space for scrapbooking
  • cleaning and decluttering my bedroom
  • sort/file/purge and shred papers in my office

3. Snacks I enjoy:

Pretty much anything chocolate, but that is obvious from my blog title. Ice cream is always good. Love tortilla chips with guacamole and also with Frontera Mango Peach salsa....MMM!

4. Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
  • Pay off debt
  • Donate to the church and other charities
  • Help out our family and friends
  • replace flooring throughout the house (it is in dire need)
  • Finally finish the rest of the basement..........

5. Places I have lived:

  • Bloomfield, NE
  • Wayne, NE
  • South Sioux City, NE
  • Cushing, IA
  • Holstein, IA

6. Jobs I have had:

  • waitress in high school
  • checker at Kmart
  • babysitter some summers
  • Dale Electronics
  • Bank Examiner
  • Compliance Officer of a local bank
  • we are now self-employed ranchers, running a meat business and a consulting practice
  • Homeschool Mom

7. 6 Peeps I would like to know more about (in no particular order)

  • Suzanne
  • Kathleen
  • Kim
  • Jamie