A new way to manage my pictures and a new start

It’s old news that Yahoo bought out Flickr and ditched their in-house Yahoo! Photos to become Yahoo! Flickr. Well, a while back, I installed Gallery2 on my webhost and it’s eating a lot of space on the webserver. Not to mention in the event of me switching webhosts, it’ll be a pain to have to download all my pictures over again. Enter (or re-enter) Flickr, WordPress and the Flickr Photo Album plugin. I’m in love with Flickr all over again so much so I’ve ponied up ~ $24.95 for the privilege of having an unlimited amount of photos stored there. The plugin neatly integrates my pictures on Flickr with my WordPress blog and it makes things easier for me as far as insert pictures from my Flickr albums, etc. Here are some recent pictures I’ve taken with my trusty Fujifilm S700:
DSCF9851That, friends and family, is a picture of my replica of my mom’s ‘famous’ scrambled eggs (mixed with vegetables) medley. [Edit: My brother, Donald, is laying claim to the title of “best scrambled eggs” and I have to defer to his authority. :D]  M cannot get enough of this and we are going through eggs like crazy in our household. Basically, you saute onions, green peppers and chili peppers in some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and when it’s done, you add your beaten eggs. We are cholesterol-conscious so I used 4 eggs with 3 yolks taken out. I have also invested in Egg Whites so hopefully, that will turn out nice and tasty as ‘real’ eggs. 😀

Now, for the piece de resistance, I have found employment at my former employer nonetheless! The interview which happened last week went well and they said they were impressed by me so I feel pretty pumped up. I anticipate starting the new gig this month so all I can say now is thank Jesus!! It feels good and it’s a welcome change from research so I’ll be interested to see where I end up after this.DSCF9839 I’ve been experimenting with my camera and specifically, the macro on there. It’s fantastic for my skill level right now although I’ve been dreaming about a higher end SLR camera. Nevertheless, I’m going to get serious about photography and learning how to edit photographs using Adobe Photoshop. I’ve already found a couple of online tutorials, but I think if I want to make a go out of it, I will need to purchase some books on the subject. Till next time, cheers!

A Good Feeling

Things have been moving along even more smoothly than I hoped for. All I can say is God works in mysterious ways.  I had the chance to visit and I got along fabulously (in my humble opinion) so I hope, as M said, they make the right decision. 🙂 Now, it’s just a waiting game. In other news, I might just get my wish to rollover my current 401(k) account. My first choice is Fidelity because it seems they have a good customer service base and generally better at providing guidance for first time investors. I’ll need all the help I can get, preferably for free.

I’ve been getting progressively better on the bike. I finally learned how to stand properly in order to power up hills. Apparently, I had been doing the stand wrongly so I was putting too much stress on my knees which will need to recover from the abuse. 🙂 He’s taking his tutoring seriously and has gone as far as ordering the Mountain Biker’s bible in order to put me on a training regimen. lol. I don’t mind one bit because biking is a great way to stay in shape! My legs and arms are proof of this and all for going out for at least 30mins daily! M’s class is going along well although I’m a bit of a nagging wife in that respect. He’s got his learning style and I’ve got mine. They don’t overlap and I need to respect that.

With respect to financial stuff, nothing has gone towards the SunTrust credit card debt yet. Thankfully, nothing is being spent using the card so it’s stagnant. I’ll be sure to see some movement before the month ends i.e. sending some snowflakes towards that. Savings are also growing slowly, but surely. Even if it’s $10 a week, that’s still something. The point is that I am actively making the changes which will come in handy for when a larger source of income comes my way.

In yet other news, I find that I get bored online once I’m away from my feed reader (FeedDemon which I paid for, but turned around to become free!). I would use the online Newsgator service which has my feeds, but it’s painfully slow. I’ve resorted to constantly refreshing the pages of Google News in order to get my news fix or hunt for information. It doesn’t help that my science reading material is not at my apartment. 🙁 When I get the new job, it should hopefully allow me to indulge in purchasing more books to increase my knowledge. Continue reading A Good Feeling