2 Jul

Time’s up: My 30 before 30 list

One of my favorite "30 before 30" accomplishments

Put your pencils down – time is officially up on my 30 before 30 list. I completed 17 of the 30 items, which  leaves 13 undone. This was such a fun experience and I feel incredibly accomplished, despite my measly 60 percent completion rate!

My favorite 30 before 30 “tasks” would have to be: visiting Greece and Turkey, getting a smartphone, being bold enough to make a career change, and sticking to my commitment to reading 13 books in 13 weeks.

Here’s a recap of my list, including a report on the items I’d still like to complete:

1. Eat (hyper) local for a week.  I still plan to do this, hopefully during harvest season so the food is as cheap as free.
2. Spend a day at the spa.  Yes, please. Sign me up.
Deleted: 3. Buy a new house
4. Start strength training
5. Create a wedding album (eight years and counting)
6. Start a blog, website or side project
7. Create a cozy mini-office at home
8. Volunteer. Shame on me for not finding a good cause to volunteer for. Maybe next year.
9. Do the Apartment Therapy Spring Cure. I have an alibi – they didn’t do the Spring Cure this year. And I have been really good about home purging and organizing!
10. Make a plan to start a family
11. Go to a comedy show
12. Learn CPR. This wasn’t the most glamorous thing for my list, but it could come in handy.
13. Cook a 5-course meal and have a dinner party
14. Do a 30-day yoga experience. I’ll pick a month, I promise.
15. Attend a cooking class
16. Go rafting or sailing
17. Learn how to change a diaper. I’ll cross it off this summer. I’d rather it be a friend’s baby as opposed to approaching a total stranger and asking if I can change their little rugrat’s diaper. Gross!
18. Run a 10k or 1/2 marathon. I feel so guilty. I really want to do another race. I will someday.
19. Get a smart smartphone – or iPhone
20. Visit Turkey, Greece or the Adriatic Sea
21. Make work meaningful or make a career move
22. Go backpacking. If I had an alternate, it would be “learn to ride a road bike,” which I did.
23. Get a full set of grown up dishes. Next few months?
24. Visit 3 National Parks
25. Read 13 books in 13 weeks
26. Take a day or two off work (holidays and vacations don’t count)
27. Try a new class at the gym and the remix
28. Get a dog. I soooo wanted a dog last year. But right now they seem like a lot of work. I’m quite happy with my kitteh.
29. Learn the Tittibhasana (Firefly) pose. I need to complete #14. They go hand-in-hand.
30. Attend a scooter rally or go on a group ride. Excuses, excuses. I’ve tried on this one, but there doesn’t appear to be an active scooter club or gang in Portland. I’ll keep looking.

It was great fun to create this list and track along with it through the year, focusing on trying new things and documenting my experiences. I definitely plan to keep working on my list. Who knows, I might even make a “31 before 31” list!

10 Things Loved in June

A momentous month – I turned 30! There are at least 10 things that made my milestone month amazing.

  1. Peonies in bloom
  2. Rosemary fries at the Observatory
  3. Birthday camping at Nehalem Bay
  4. My Smith & Hawken umbrella in beautiful aqua
  5. PB&J cupcake from Cupcake Jones
  6. Vintage finds at the Eastmoreland annual garage sale
  7. Macarons from Pix
  8. Going to a baby shower – first one from the “phase 2” baby makers
  9. Taking a birthday bike ride with my five favorite friends
  10. Turning 30!!!
28 Jun

How to: Transfer and sync an iPhone 4 to a new computer

… without losing your data and your mind!

I’m not sure why this is such a difficult thing to research. Here’s where it started for me: I got a new laptop (yay!) and eight months later finally decided that I should probably cut ties to my old laptop once and for all (crap!). My iPhone and iTunes account were the last things I was using the old laptop for and after many evenings of research, and not finding anything definitive, I just went with it the best I knew how. Things turned out okay.

For some reason, most of the iPhone support documents and websites out there are either trying to sell you an app or program to help you transfer files, or they assume you no longer have access to your old PC or that you have wiped the data from your phone. I guess there’s no help for those of us just feeling technically inept.

So here’s what I wanted to do — transfer my iPhone data, music, books, apps, contacts and photos to a new laptop.

And here’s how I did it:

  1. Sync your iPhone with the old computer one last time which also makes one last backup copy in case something goes wrong. (Keep in mind this a backup of the phone data, not your photos and music. So if you were to “restore from backup” you’d still be out of luck.)
  2. Copy all photos. Just to be sure I didn’t screw things up, I made a backup copy of my 3,000 iPhone photos and videos. I copied the folder onto a giant external hard drive and transferred them to my new laptop.
  3. Copy all music. Here’s the step that could take awhile! I copied my entire “My Music” folder, including my “iTunes” folder onto my new computer and replaced the existing Libraries > Music folder.
  4. Open iTunes and update the location of your iTunes media folder location. If you don’t do this, your library will show up in iTunes but the links to your music will be broken and you’ll see exclamation points next to each track. Oh noooooes!!! In iTunes choose Edit > Preferences, and under the Advanced tab, change the “iTunes media folder location” to the  place you pasted your files. So on Windows XP it was probably something like:
    C:\Documents and Settings\your name\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
    but on your new Windows 7 computer it should be:
    C:\Users\Your Name\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
    Once you click OK, iTunes will update your library and reconcile all the issues. Exclamation points no more!
  5. Sync your iPhone. Now you just plug in your iPhone and sync it with the new computer. No worries of it begin wiped out, and even if you did have some kind of freak accident, you can always sync it with the old laptop and start again.
  6. Authorize your new laptop in iTunes by going to Store > Authorize This Computer. If you have a shortage of authorizations, you can always test things out and then deauthorize your old computer to gain one back.
  7. Set up your automatically syncing folders for photos and your playlists. I usually choose “Manually manage music and videos” on my iPhone so I don’t have to worry about iTunes trying to load up my whole library on my teeny tiny 14GB phone.

That’s it. I hope this ends up helping someone. I read the iPhone 4 user guide PDF several times while shrieking at my screen “That’s it? THAT’S IT? That’s all you can tell me?” Rage! But all is well now.

27 Jun
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Remember that time I turned 30?

image via Pinterist

Hey, I do, and it wasn’t half bad. I don’t have any earth-shattering feelings about turning 30. I know I’m supposed to dread getting old, but I’m not one to turn down a celebration of any kind (and certainly not one for me)!

For a bit of sentiment, I am amazed at all the incredible experiences and opportunities I’ve had in my first 30 years. I’m especially blessed to have spent the past 10 years with my perfect match, my Comma Mister. We have had the best of adventures and are so lucky to have found each other so early in life. 🙂 I’m also so lucky to have a built-in best friend of 30 years, my twinsy, my other match!

I’m officially the big 3-0 and I can’t wait to see what this next decade brings.

19 Jun

#24: Visit 3 National Parks – 30 before 30 list

This goal had me singing “from sea to shining sea…” I love national parks and thought I should check a few more off my list before I turn thirty. My goal was to visit three new (to me) national parks.

Last year, I started scoping out the National Park Service’s handy find a park map, because I’m a huge nerd who plans out each national park siege in great detail. Oregon has a five national parks, sites, monuments and historic places, but I think the only real national park is Crater Lake National Park. I knew I’d be heading out of state to tackle this goal!

  1. Haleakala National Park (April 2011)
    We missed a sunrise at the crater this year, but we did drive around the entire mountain. After the road to Hana, we continued on the Hana/Piilani Highway and enjoyed the transition between lush rainforest and harsh volcanic landscape. It was like driving from paradise to the moon! We even found some adorable little mountain goats scampering up the cliffs. Bliss.

  3. Golden Gate National Recreation Area (May 2011)
    Highlight of my year – sleeping at a National Park. We spent a weekend in San Francisco during May and were able to stay at Cavallo Point Lodge, which is the site of the historic Fort Baker. I also fell in love with the Golden Gate Bridge during our stay (who doesn’t?). Other than the typical city touring, we spent a day biking from downtown San Francisco to Sausalito and spent another morning exploring the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Marin Headlands and Point Bonita Lighthouse.

  5. San Juan Island National Historic Park (May 2011)
    I checked this off during an amazing Memorial Day bicycling trip to the San Juans. We spent two days riding around the island, exploring Friday Harbor, relaxing and checking out eye candy yachts.

That wraps up my national parks trek. This is definitely something I’d like to keep doing, maybe I’ll try to hit at least one new national park each year. Love!