Saturday, April 9, 2011

But Where Did Angela Go? (and spring equinox at Chichen Itza)

. . . . those of you who are quite bored may have asked.

Well, I went to three places, two of which are not for the faint of heart.

First, I went to the Puppy Dimension. As the astute reader may recall, I embarked on a campaign to soften Doug's heart to the idea of getting a new dog, after we lost The Beautiful Ms. Bonnie last July. Doug said, "No more dogs." I co-opted the Netflix que and ordered doggie tearjerkers , movie after movie, until the poor man was absolutely red-eyed and chafed nosed. Then I would occasionally whistfully comment on how when he would do something that would raise the hackles of one's spouse, I would chant my mantra, "but he picks up dog-poop, so deserves a lot of grace," . . . and those good times were over.

So Ruby Baby, aka Ruby Beast, aka Ruby the Rascal has come to live with us and keep us on our toes.

And the 2nd place for the not-faint-of-heart was Cyber Hell. My hard drive crashed. The new hard drive also crashed because of the crazy Acronis back-up program (don't buy it!). The computer then had "heat sink issues" (whatever that means!), and my wonderful husband said that (not only could I have a puppy!!!!!!!) but I could get a new computer.

Since I had no back-ups of all of my software and settings, I've had to start from scratch with Photoshop settings, and then monitor calibration, preferred sharpening, sizing, color workspaces for web, for printing, for everything, etc. Sheer torture.

And then Ruby (the Beast) chewed up the data cord to my external hard drive. Just enough to make it inconsistent. So I replaced the external hard drive, transferred everything over. . . . to a new external hard drive that failed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And bought a new one, which now works, and was able to finally, get all my old photos onto it.

(Do you hear the important lesson in all this? Back up, back up, back up. Many ways, on many media.)

And we went some place else! Doug and I went to Mexico, with all three of my children and the wonderful Elizabeth, Scott's fiance.

There is no more perfect place to go in March, when your departure point is the horrific Winter of North Dakota!

This is a photo at Chichen Itza, a Mayan Ruin on the Yucatan peninsula. We had the extraordinary good fortune to get to be there during the spring equinox. (I'll write more about this later.)

If you look closely at the photograph, you'll see a snake head at the base of the ruin on the left side. Between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, during the spring equinox, if the sun is shining, it strikes one corner of the structure, creating a shadow on the other corner, creating the illusion of a snake body slithering down the side of the building.


Reds said...

Glad to see you back Angela! Missed your posts!! Your puppy is adorable! And can't wait to see more photos from Mexico! How fun that you went there with your whole family!!

Maria said...

Doug is such a softy! I'm glad you're back, although I haven't been a very active blogger, myself. I'm hoping to remedy that going forward. I can't wait to see more pictures of your vacation.

Barb said...

That is a great picture of the kids. Cant' wait to meet Elizabeth. Ruby is adorable. Oh, your brother Bob climbed to the top of that structure. He said it is 90 something steps. That was about 15 years ago on a very hot day.

Nicki said...

Maria is right - Doug is a softy - but don't tell him we said that. The pooch is so cute and I'm glad you got a nice escape from the fridge North Dakota. I highly recommend visiting Chichen Itza in the Spring versus Summer. When we went (eons ago) the sweat poured (quite literally). Back then you could still climb some of the ruins.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Oh wow I haven't been over here in SO long! That dog is insanely, amazingly cute! She's just too darned cute for words! VERY neat on the snake!!!!!! And sorry about the computer woes. :-(