Gone.


I had a great blog in my mind the other day. On Thursday, I believe.

It was a good one and all I needed was the time to write it out because I had it, start to finish, in my head.

And I was going to be so proud of it.

But Thursday came and went without time to sit down and take the mental and make it the physical.

And so did Friday.

Both days I was a little under the weather with a cold straight from the depths of hades.

And come Saturday, after a few days of medicine-head, my blog post was gone.

Not that I'd have time to write anyway because my boy and I had plans with my man.

We spent the day together and took Ty to see the Horse Races for the first time.

And then we shopped.

And I thanked God for two guys that would allow me that simple pleasure.

And then we went and vegged out on the couch and played video games and watched TV and smiled and laughed and enjoyed our time together.

So my blog is gone.

But I guess I'd rather be living life than always just writing about it, anyway.

Hope you all have a great week!

Her favorite color is Chrome.


After almost six years as a faithful Firefox user, I have become a turncoat.

No. Don't worry. I didn't go back to Internet Explorer. I'd subject myself to just about any kind of torture before I'd go back to Internet Explorer.

I made the move to Google Chrome.

I tried it for the first time a few months ago and have highly recommended it for people who would mostly consider themselves as the average internet user. It's super-fast and secure and doesn't have the startup lag time that Firefox does (sidenote: the reason Firefox is slow to load is because it checks for updates at startup so that the software and plugins are always up-to-date, which is why Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer. If there's a security issue, they fix it and the next time you open the browser that fix is detected and installed.)

The thing that held me back from switching is that Firefox spoiled me to some of my plugins.

Namely my Xmarks plugin (formerly Foxmarks). With this plugin my bookmarks are synchronized between my work computer and my home computer (or any other computer I log into xmarks on).

Now Xmarks has added an extension for Chrome, which means that I can synchronize between multiple computers AND multiple browsers.

Now that Chrome has all but one of my 3 most frequently used plugins, I've made the switch.


The case of the missing Facebook friends


Last month when my parents and some family friends traveled together to Seattle I noticed that one day my mom showed up on my Facebook News Feed and the next.....?

Gone.

I had to go to her page to see her updates because she no longer showed up in my news feed.


Since then I've been asked if I had "defrauded" (de-friended) another person because they noticed the same thing about me.

At around this time I did read that Facebook had set a number limit of the number of friends shown in your News Feed, so I edited that and bumped it up to the max allowed of 5000. Since I only have 700+ friends, everyone should show up again, right?

You would think.

It seems that Facebook has taken the initiative to decide for us who we want to see status updates from the most. Which is why I'm seeing the same people in my feed over and over and over again.

And the people I really want to see?

Well, I have to go to their page and see what they're up to since they're not feed-worthy, according to Facebook.

So today I set out to discover the case of the missing Facebook friends.

{insert CSI: Miami theme song}

(sidenote: Horatio is my hero.)

First I check out my account and privacy settings and find nothing relevant there, so I scroll to the bottom of my news feed. (Note: You have to switch to "Most Recent" instead of "Top News" for it to work)


And then I clicked the "Edit Options" link there at the bottom right.

(P.S. if you're wondering why my Facebook looks so pretty with the gradient background and the rounded corners and the dropped shadow, it's because I'm using Google Chrome with the Beautify Facebook extension)

Back to business.....

After clicking the "Edit Options" link, this screen pops up.


Yes, I have friends that are blocked.

No, I'm not a bad person, I just can not stand seeing any posts that fall in the following categories:
  • MiSUsE oF CApiTaLiZAtioN.
  • Teenage shorthand that should honestly never be used. Ever.
  • Derogative comments and underhanded remarks about others.
  • Fighting via Facebook statuses and comments.
  • The woe-is-me types of people who can NEVER find anything good in their life. Ever.
  • Status spammers.
  • People who use their statuses solely for marketing and popularity purposes.
So those people get cut.

Anyway.

The Number of Friends is the thing I was talking about earlier, this is where I bumped it up to 5000 just to make sure that no one gets left out.

But below that, see the link for "View Recommended Friends"?

You're going to click there.

And it's going to open a window that has all of your friends (in no order, either, which makes it a little inconvenient, but hey, I'm just glad they gave me a way around this!)

The friends that are highlighted in light blue are the ones that Facebook--for some random reason or another--seems to think you should be limited to seeing.

There is no way to de-select these. Believe me. I tried because a few of them are about to make it to the blocked list.

You can go through and select the people that you do want to see that otherwise disappeared from your feed. Those that are not selected won't necessarily not be shown, but they won't be given any sort of priority.

Once you've selected all the friends that you want to make sure you see in your feed, click the little save button at the bottom of that window.

The changes might not show up right away as browsers sometimes have ways of storing settings and such, but if you refresh your window (Ctrl+R) or log out and back in, you should see that your missing friends have been found!

Just an ordinary miracle


So I've found myself at a loss for words.

I know. It is surprising!!

I keep wanting to write on this one certain topic, but every time I try to, the words don't fit.


Every time I think about him ordinary terms come to mind like 'connected' and 'kindred'. Or there are more powerful, but still unfitting words like 'extraordinary' and 'amazing'.

Every word that comes to mind just seems insignificant and weak.

Pigs are flying.

How do you describe such an amazing thing with simple, ordinary words?

I'm still here....


Just dropping by to let you all know I'm still here and still writing and still happy and smiley and in love.

And I have a ton of pictures to share with you of my family's trip to Walt DisneyWorld.

But today Jason and I are doing our Valentine's Day thing and going to go see Valentine's Day.

Hope you all have a wonderful President's Day!

Addicted.


Oh my, my, my.

I have found a new love.

No worries Jason (aka Mystery Man) is still hanging around. I wouldn't let him go anywhere even if he tried!

But this weekend while I was with Jason I happened on a little piece of heaven that I fell in love with the instant I tasted it.

Haagen Dazs has a Dulce de Leche ice cream flavor that is uh-MAZ-ing!!

And so I had to spread the word so your mouth can start watering for it like mine is now.

Run along and buy some.

You won't regret it! Well, not until you step on the scale at least. But you have got to at least try it. It's totally worthy of being on the bucket list!