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Guestbook - Updated August 22, 2011

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I've been keeping a journal here since July, 2003, which is far longer than I ever managed to keep a paper journal. In addition to my personal entries, I may do some genealogy blogging from time to time, to keep track of my family history research. Genealogy entries are public; personal entries are locked to "friends only," but new friends are always welcome. If you don't have a LiveJournal account but would like to read my locked entries (and you have a verifiable presence elsewhere on the web), just reply to this entry using the OpenID option; this will allow me to give you permission to read my locked entries without a LiveJournal account.

Clicking "Here Be Dragons" in the menu above will take you to my recent entries. I haven't been all that active on LJ for the past couple of years (since I went back to school to finish my bachelor's degree in Biology), but I do pop in now and again.

If you're here from somewhere other than LJ and want to ask me a question, please remember to leave some way for me to contact you (an e-mail address or username at an alternate site we both use). Thanks! :)

Please feel free to sign my Guest Map, as well:


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Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Hi. I came across your journal through johnnys_quest, and I notice you're also a friend of thescrappycat. I love your layout, and how did you get the "I've just read" on your page? That's cool - I'm a bookworm! Also a mom!
Sep. 3rd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hi, and I'm glad you found your way here! I just skimmed some of the entries in your journal, and I suspect that you and I will discover we have a few things in common. :D

Okay . . . here's how to get the "I've just read." There are several steps to it, which might seem alarming, but it's not anything too complicated.

First, you need to have an account at LibraryThing. Perhaps another site where you keep track of books you've read would work, as long as the site produces an RSS feed of your reviews. However, if you're a bookworm and don't have a LibraryThing account, you should, because it's a TOTALLY COOL site, and free to join. www.librarything.com (I'm herebedragons over there, btw
http://www.librarything.com/profile/herebedragons ).

Once you have an LT account, write up a couple of reviews for the books you've recently read, and then (from your profile page), go to the RSS feed page (it's the orange XML button next to "your user name"s reviews in the bottom right of the profile page). This is the URL that you will use for the next step . . .

Go to www.feedburner.com, and create an account there. (Also free). Then, "burn" the URL from the RSS feed from LibraryThing. (The website has instructions, and I found it relatively easy to do the first time. If it won't burn for you, try removing the "http://" from the beginning of the URL). With this "burned feed," you can create the "animated headline" which you'll insert into your LiveJournal. Basically, just go to the "publicize" section of the Feedburner site, and follow their instructions to create an "animated headline." You can customize it to a certain degree (I used my own background graphic, for example), but if you don't want to bother with that, they have standard ones that you can use. Once it's created, grab the code (using the last option - "just gimme the code" IIRC).

As soon as you have that code, go into the "Customize" area in LiveJournal. You're using Expressive, right? In which case, I *think* you can just go to the area where you can make changes to your sidebar, and in the "blurb" or open text area (whatever it's called), paste that code from Feedburner into your sidebar, and VOILA! You should have an animated thingy which will update itself regularly whenever you add new reviews into LibraryThing. You might need to change the width of your sidebar, depending on the size you made your animated headline, but that's easy enough to do. If you get stuck anywhere in this process, let me know and I'll try and talk you through.

Also . . . YAY! You're the first person to comment in my Guestbook. In any case, thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to getting to know you better in the future. :)
Sep. 16th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
photo album
Saw your blog on wanting to finish your Italy photo album. I just got back from my honeymoon there. Is the picture on your site of 43 things to do, the Italy photo album that you have? If so, where can I get one? Thanks! Jenny
Sep. 17th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: photo album
Hi, Jenny,

You didn't leave any way for me to contact you, so I hope you'll come back and read this. I'm not sure which picture you mean - I don't think I've posted anything from Italy on 43 Things (except maybe the photo that I also used for this icon? Yes, this was taken in Italy). I'm creating my album in software from www.blurb.com - I've been using this site to print out books of photos, and I really like the way they turn out. I did one for a trip to Australia I took a couple of years ago, and hopefully I'll be able to put all my photos into books like this eventually. Let me know if you want any other information, or just check our their website. :)
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Jan. 6th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Re: Found your blog through 43 things
Hello! I really enjoy using 43 Things; it helps me be a bit more productive. When I remember to go and look at the things I have listed there, anyway. :)
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, Wendy! Long time no hear - we were in OSC together. You can probably figure out who I am from my username (think initials) - but we were in the same section, sang the Galindo together... (Trying to keep a low profile to prevent students from finding me. :) )
Jan. 14th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hi, T!

It's really great to hear from you! Looking forward to keeping up with your news here on LJ. I love this place. :)
Mar. 16th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
Hi - have added you as one of the few people who has more LibraryThing reviews than me and whose library overlaps interestingly with mine!
Dec. 26th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I found your journal because you gave your LJ name out on Shakesville, and I am Indie Goddess there. I'm just getting back into actually keeping a journal here, and usually my stuff is up at my blog which is linked from my main LJ page, but I am excited to have Shakers on my flist and now feel like there's a *reason* for me to post more often. :)
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

I was browsing the LJs (under the criterion 'literature') and yours was the third LJ I clicked on. Loreena McKennitt listed under interests bought me, to tell you the truth. I might be dropping by again sometime soon (sometime not being 2AM, like now :D)

*bakho waves!*
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Hi - it's Angela here. I've just clicked as to who you are on FB!
Dec. 13th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
YAY! Hi, Angela! I haven't been great about posting here lately, but I'm working on getting back into the habit. Great to have you on my friends list here. :)
Aug. 8th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
Here because angelamermaid said she got the chance to meet you this weekend! So you must be people worth meeting, QED. =) I unfortunately did not make the stars align so I could meet Angela in the flesh, damn shame since she was visiting only about an hour's drive away.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for your message! (And of course, I've added you back). :) It was great meeting Angela face-to-face (I've known her for something like 6 years online, which made it extra wonderful to finally see her in person). The good news is that I think we (Kimberly and I) convinced her to come back again next year, for a longer visit. So, MORE ANGELA YAY! :)

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to getting to know you via LJ (and possible in real life; if you live close to SF, then we're neighbors, too - I'm in Sonoma County). I'm not on LJ all that much these days, but I do try and pop in now and then. :)
Sep. 21st, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I linked to here from Shakesville, where I am hillevi. It caught my attention when you named the county you live in because...me too. I just made ginger scones today; let me know if you'd like one, okay?
Sep. 23rd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'm glad you found me, and I've added you back. YAY for finding another Shaker within "shouting" distance, and thanks for the offer of the scone - that sounds delicious! I'm not as active on LJ as I was a couple of years ago, but I am trying to pop in now and then, and I look forward to your entries, and getting to know you better. :)

Sep. 18th, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
came across your blog b/c you were commenting about math mojo and using an abax. we have 2-year-old twins and i'm trying to think through ways of beginning to teach them to identify numbers and sequence them (1, 2, 3...) but then how to move on from there. the abax looks fascinating so i ordered that for them for later - we may be living out of the country for a year when they are 3 so best to order some materials earlier and take them with us. if you'd love to share your experience with math mojo i'd love to hear what you have to say! orangegirl at gmail.
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