Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A non-functioning iPod

I woke up this morning and found that my iPod Touch would not turn on.  It was quite frustrating.  I have an Otterbox for my iPod and the last use it got last night was that I updated my checking account on Balance. Playing with the home and power buttons got no response.

I was determined not to get upset.  I plugged my iPod into my PC in order to charge it.  It would not charge nor would iTunes register it.  I searched online for an answer and found very little useful information.  Finally I found a site that recommended that I hold down the home and power buttons together.  I had done that but I tried it again and held the buttons down for about 10 seconds.  That worked! 

When it came back on, my iPod had very little power in the battery.  It was odd because I had over half a charge when I used it last night.  I don't keep any programs on in the background and I always turn off my screen so I can not account for the power drain.  It is only a year old.  As a matter of fact, I purchased it in January of last year.

Technology.  Heh, first world problems.  Am I right?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Witness to the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

My Great-Great-Great Grandfather fought in the American Civil War.  We have very little from him.  However, my father and uncle will tell me stories of my Great-Aunts talking about the wounds that he carried from the war.  I found that amazing that I am hearing from a witness to a witness from a grand historical event.

I would like to point out that there is audio and video recording of Civil War veterans and civilians out there.  A bit of it is on YouTube but it is sparse and often mislabeled.  Recently I came across this gem.  The man was 5 years old, but he was in the theater the night that President Abraham Lincoln was shot!

Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness (Feb 9,  1956)

Wine Review: Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling 2010

I am not a wine snob.  I'm barely a fan of wines.  My tastes go towards the sweeter wines, which is quite opposite of the dry wines everyone seems to think so highly of.  Thus, here is my absolutely amateurish wine review. 

I recently picked up a bottle of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Riesling 2010.  Chateu Ste. Michelle also makes a straight Riesling but I currently have not tried that one yet.

The first thing I get was a strong citrus taste.  I mean strong.  My first glass had not aerated very much and I was unprepared.  Letting the wine aerate made it much smoother.  Now, they pushed that it was sweeter and that it had a finish of peach and apricot.  All I could taste was grapefruit.  It did not seem all that sweet to me.  But I do appreciate that it was not dry nor did it have an oaky taste. 

I will state that I did try it with food pairings.  It went very well with salmon and also with stuffed peppers.

In conclusion, it was not a bad wine.  However, it was not a wine that really did it for me.  I can see other people purchasing this wine and enjoying it.  However, I don't see myself picking this one up again.  However, I am not a very prodigous purchaser of wine thus it is not really a negative thing.  Therefore I do not want to discourage others from buying this wine.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Where is the post-holiday break?

Where is the free time? 

Things always seem to get very busy with the holidays.  Spending the time with the family such as having them over or going to visit them.  We also hosted a few "get togethers" at our place, such as our annual Christmastime Chili Party. 

Our friend who was to host a New  Year's Eve get together had an illness in the family, thus we ended up inviting everyone over to our place.  The benefit of that was I saw the New Year rung in and then I was able to get to bed right at 12:30 AM.  The drawback was that I got a phone call at 3AM from work and I had to go in.  I've worked straight through since.  I work 12+ hour shifts and it can burn you out.  Most of the stress has come from not being able to accomplish anything at the house.  It's been difficult to clean and it took me two days just to take down some simple Christmas lights that I had outdoors.  (I still have the lights along the gutter to remove.)  One of the poles to our clothes line rusted through and fell down, and today is the first day I've even been able to see it in daylight. 

I just have to sit back and relax and keep it in my mind that I am not going to get everything done today.  There is only so much that I can do between the house, the clothes, and the baby.  Heck, I can't even afford to buy what I need to fix and/or replace the clothes line.  (Well, I can charge it but I won't.)  And yes, I am going to take some time out today to do some relaxing and get myself mentally centered before I have to go back to it all over again tomorrow.