Thursday, July 12, 2007

After dark

Kate is laughing more and more. Today I repeated "Iloveyousomuch!" in a really silly voice and she thought it was the funniest thing ever. She laughed over and over. I told Superman and she cracked up when he did it too. It seems so long ago that we wondered what her voice would sound like.
I learned tonight that Superman is more bothered by the time I spend reading all your blogs than the time I spend making a post. I can post every day, he says! So I think I'll take him up on the offer, realizing that I will lack the time to make each entry one of quality, but something is better than nothing for the sake of history.

So this MacBook of mine. It will take me a while to get everything transferred. I got everything off the Dell and onto the external hard drive today. I have lots of questions which I will either save for Caleb or answer myself as I have the time. My browser is soooooo slooooooooow sometimes. Like, dial-up slow and that's no exaggeration. Other times it's blink-of-the-eye fast. It doesn't seem to make a difference whether I use Safari or Firefox (I'd like to stick with Firefox though.) It also doesn't seem to make a difference whether I am plugged in or wireless. Why? Why this slowness? Also, what is .dmg and how can I rid my desktop of all the little app icons? Also, where the heck is the key that performs PC's delete function?

My baby has been crying suddenly and loudly out of a dead sleep. It wakes her up and she's clearly still tired but awake and crying for some reason. I thought it could be gas but that doesn't seem to be the reason every time. Sometimes I rock her back to sleep but often she's too worked up so I pick her up and sometimes that doesn't work so I nurse and she usually just falls right back asleep after two seconds of nursing. Hunger pains? I don't get it. It doesn't seem to be consistent, whatever it is. She's stopped crying now. Superman must have rocked her back to sleep.

I'm finding it really tough to get everyday things done amidst the mess that is our house. Stuff stuff everywhere. I don't want to compound the issue by shoving more of it around. I want to organize it the right way - in clearly labeled boxes. That way I'm not the only one who knows where things are and that way the stuff will not be sprinkled liberally through out the house. The attic is full of random black garbage bags of stuff and even though I can't see them up there I FEEL their unorganized presence and it bothers me. Literally a black cloud over my head. Several heavy black clouds full of shoes and Tupperware and clothes and who knows what all else.


  1. Bam (Tara Jan's man:)July 12, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    **Correction**Sorry, I was just retracing my steps a bit and found an error:) Regarding my last suggestion: You want to highlight your hard drive in the left column of the Finder window (typically named "Macintosh HD"), THEN you're Applications folder will appear to the right, and that's the one you want to drag to your Dock.Word.

  2. Bam (Tara Jan's man:)July 12, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    Hey Becky,I couldn't help but overhear your Mac questions:) I'll do my best to help you out (Tara's on an iBook and I'm a MacBook Pro guy as of a couple months ago).- Your browsing speed is strange. Although, it doesn't sound like it's software related (if it doesn't seem directly related to a particular browser). My best guess would be a hitch in either your router or your modem. You might try resetting those two hardware pieces and see if that helps.- .dmg files are application downloads on Macs. (Kinda like .exe files in Windows, for an analogy) So, when you download a program (like Firefox for instance) the .dmg file will end up on your HD. When you run this .dmg file, MacOS "mounts" this program (you'll see a white icon show up near the .dmg file) and then it will take you through the install process. At the end of the process it will produce a window that contains the primary icon of the new program, and will ask you (or show you) that you need to literally drag that icon into your Applications folder. Once you've done that, the new program is now in your Applications, and you can "dismount or eject" the white drive and delete the .dmg file. (Hope that somewhat helps... I'm no expert, but that's how I understand it)- I too missed the "delete" key from my Windows machines, until I learned that the same function is achieved on the Mac by simply holding the the "fn" key (lower left) while hitting the normal delete key. I actually prefer this keystroke now because I'm always hitting the same delete key.- Here's another suggestion that I've found useful: From the Finder window, highlight the category that has your name next to a house on the left column. Drag your Applications folder (which shows up to the right alongside other folders) to your Dock. Then you have quick access to all of your applications by simply clicking and holding on that icon in your Dock (kind of like the start button on Windows, but much cleaner).Anywho, there's my two bits. I hope you really get into you MacBook as much as we enjoy ours. Sorry, Mr. Gates, but I don't think we'll ever go back;-)