Home Alone…….Again!!!

Chris & the kids had a blast at Sea World again yesterday while Teddy &  stayed put here.  Turned out all the crowds that were there on their first trip had gone off to Disney yesterday and Sea World was much more manageable with hardly any waits for the rides or exhibits.  They hung in for the late Shamu show and didn’t get back to Phaeton Place until after dark.  All three were pooped but thankful to have gone out again and had a great day.  I think there were a few videos taken on some of the rides as well, so perhaps I’ll manage to snick a copy for the blog in a few days once things are back to normal.  The kids head home tomorrow afternoon to Edmonton and as if by magic the temperature has dipped a bit today in Orlando, almost in an effort to help them make the transition back to winter just a little easier.  In fact, a cold front is on its way through the region tonight with frost in the forecast for some areas.  I expect the citrus crop may be touched by frost a little too. But one or two nights of near freezing temps shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

I spent yesterday setting up my new Mac Book Pro.  I’m grateful we have an unlimited Verizon account because I had to download lots of software updates including Lightroom, Topaz Adjust, Nik Software, HP printer package, etc.  I’ve purchased all these in Windows format so all I had to do was go back to each producer’s home page and download the Mac versions.  Now I have to move all my photos to my network drives.  I tried doing that yesterday but it is an extremely slow process over wifi. I transferred photos for almost 6 hours yesterday and am still not done.  Today, I had the idea of using firewire.  My  two year old Windows 7 Toshiba Qosmio laptop has a Firewire 400 port and the Mac Book Pro has Firewire 800.  I figured direct connecting the two with a Firewire 800/400 cable should make data transfer a lot faster and even went out to Best Buy to grab a cable today.  However, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way of setting up the connection and from what I’ve seen on the internet today, Microsoft may even have disabled the Firewire 400 file transfer capability with Windows 7.  I’ll keep looking online for a way to make it work but if anyone out there has any insight into an easy way to get going, please drop me an email or leave a comment with a referral link.

Teddy and I were out for our pre breakfast walk yesterday morning and came upon a dozen hot air balloons drifting over the campground.  We managed to get back in time for me to through my 70-200 lens on my camera so that I could grab these photos.  The first one is not cropped at all while the second one is about a 50% crop.


  1. Russ Krecklow January 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    If this keeps up, you two are going to get in trouble, being alone so often!! Enjoy.

  2. Rick Rousseau January 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    I remember using an ethernet cord between two computers for transferring data. The one computer recognizes the other as a backup device.

    You are not using WiFi this way and the process is fairly quick.

    It’s about time