Wireless Woes and I’m on the Road

Whoa? I just spent an hour on the phone with my father trying to troubleshoot the wireless access on his laptop, only to have Windows suddenly decide to resolve the issue by itself. I so love technology. I really do.

So, for those of you who own a Dell Inspiron 1545 model laptop, if you can’t get connected automatically to open-access wi-fi, try your F2 key first — it’s the one with the radio tower looking icon, which should be white in color, which means you don’t need to use the function key with it. If you own a Sony Vaio (VPCCW), like me, your wireless access switch is on the front edge and thankfully, it has lights on either side to tell you whether your wireless is on or off.

Last February during Cabin Fever, Teri and I met up and got to hang out with some really cool clay ladies. Since then, we’ve had opportunity to travel to the Richmond area to hang out for marathon clay fests. You know the kind where you stay up extremely late, eat very little (or really bad!) and do project after project in a room full of other polymer clay nuts. It’s a blast. We’ve had opportunity now to spend time with people in Stuart, in Glen Alen, and of course, in Floyd. We spend a lot of time in Floyd. With so many people busy for the summer, the official guild meetings have been postponed, canceled, and even filled in with impromptu “unofficial” and casual meetings.

Tomorrow our teeny little clay club of 3 gets to meet in Floyd for a while. And then this weekend I get to drive up and hang out with the Richmond poly-clay addicts again. My traveling buddy doesn’t get to go (boo); duty calls. But she and I look forward to new adventures when I get back, as we try out working her booth together for a few of the nearby shows. The first being this September at Olde Salem Days.


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Apologies to yesterday’s visitors

Due to the constant advancement of technology, it’s nearly impossible to find a simple, easy to maintain theme for WordPress. I went through dozens of free themes yesterday trying to find one that does everything I require without looking either too bland or way too busy. I’m old school enough that I believe web design should be clean and easy to read, but I don’t want boring. As I get busier away from the computer, too, I require something that’s easier to maintain, and most of the themes I’ve had aren’t. I have just enough programming knowledge that I find this irksome — knowing I *can* fix those things, but also knowing that I have neither the time nor the desire to invest the hours per day it takes to do that back end programming.

So for those of you who got to see one of the many hundreds of themes I tested yesterday for functionality, I hope it wasn’t one that threatened to make your eyes bleed. :/ I’m happy to report that I’m down to 2 of them now, and if I can’t get one of these to my satisfaction, it may be time to graduate to one of the fancier for-sale themes.

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