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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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A large number of memes have typos that are so bad, even if the meme is hilarious, I can't “Like” it. (Please, don’t get all CRAZY. I make typos, too – but when I realize it, I correct them with the quickness).
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Thursday, May 21, 2015
The pictures tell a better story than I ever could, so here goes...
|1998 Jayco Eagle Class C RV parked on our property in Southern California|
|Removing front bunk|
|Front bunk rebuilt|
|New Floors in Progress|
|New Floors in Progress|
|Painting the Cabinets|
|Painting the Interior|
|Painting the Cabinet Hardware|
|Polishing the Exterior|
|Replacing the Dicor Roof|
|Installing Solar Panels|
|New Day-Night Shades Installed|
|Bathroom Shower After|
|My Little Happy Camper on a Road Trip|
We have used the RV lots of times for day and weekend trips. We have only stayed in the Southern California area, but plan on going a bit further this Summer. When people see all of the work we have done they always ask, "Would you do it again?" and our answer is, "We could do it again, but would rather not!"
Another question I often get is why did I choose to go with a white and light grey palette and is it hard to maintain. Honestly, I love all things white and it is super easy to maintain. I wash the bedding when we return from a trip just like I would anyway, so it has been very easy. All of the painted surfaces are easy to wipe down and I steam mop the floors. Easy-Peasy!
Feel free to post any questions you may have and I will try my best to answer them. I plan on posting another blog in the future with all of the particulars (brand names, products, etc.), but for now this will have to do. Until next time...
Sunday, April 26, 2015
|original image via GameSpot|
Have you ever wondered if there was a way you could share your digitally purchased games, map packs, etc. across multiple consoles without having to purchase it all again? Well, I have often wondered this exact thing.
A Little Background:
Back in the day (circa 2004), before my now 10 year old son was into gaming, life was easy. I liked a game - I bought a game. Easy-peasy. Fast forward to the present time and when a new Call of Duty game drops I am pre-ordering multiple copies. Whatever. I am used to it, however, thanks to current technology and the vast library of available online games and downloadable content (DLC) I have found a way around having to purchase multiple copies of any game, as well as the DLC that goes along with it.
Are you ready? Here is how it works. (For reference - I actually just did this last night using two PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles and the game Destiny).
So, I have (2) PS4 consoles, my PSN ID (cpu22girl) and my son's PSN ID. I have multiple digital games, but for the sake of this post I am using Destiny and the Destiny Expansion Packs as my example. My son wants to play Destiny on his own console using his own PSN ID. I do not want to have to repurchase the exact same game and DLC in order for him to do so.
You may already know this, but ANY digital content you purchase on the PS4 console you have designated as your "Primary" console can be shared with ALL users on that same console.
Here is a little excerpt taken directly from the PlayStation Knowledge Center (AKA PlayStation Support Forum):
By activating your PlayStation 4 as primary you can enjoy numerous benefits and actions
- Anyone who uses your Primary PS4™ system can enjoy applications you purchase from PlayStation®Store.
- You can automatically download to the PS4 system content you pre-ordered, or content purchased on PlayStation®App.
- (2) PS4 consoles
- Console #1 - Main console you have set as the "Primary" for your PSN account. This is the PSN account you have purchased your digital content on. Also, this is the console your child (spouse, friend, etc.) will now use with their PSN account.
- Console #2 - Secondary console which you will now use for yourself.
If you haven't already done so, turn on your PS4 (Console #1) and add your PSN account to it, be sure you designate this console as your "Primary" console. (The first time you sign in to your PSN account you will be prompted to activate the console during the sign in process).
|"Activate as Your Primary PS4" Option Screen|
After you have signed into your PSN Account: Select [PSN] > [Activate as Your Primary PS4] > [Activate].
Next, add the second PSN account (this is the account that belongs to your child, spouse, relative, etc.) to the console you have designated as your primary console (Console #1). This console will now be the secondary user's console. In my case, this is the console my son will use.
Also, fair to note - you should probably add a passcode to your account and disable the automatic login feature on this console. This will make it so the other user will not automatically be signed into your PSN account when they turn the PS4 on. Trust me; there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a firefight and then losing your connection because someone signed in on your primary console as you!
|How to Add a Passcode to your Profile on your PS4|
How to set a passcode for your profile: Go to [Settings] > [Login Settings] > [Passcode Management] and choose your passcode.
How to ensure that your account is not set up for automatic login on the PS4: Check [Settings] > [Login Settings] and make sure that the setting is off.
Next, add your own account to the second PS4 console (Console #2). DO NOT designate this as your primary console. Per PlayStation: "You can activate only 1 PS4™ system per account."
Next, start downloading all of your previously purchased digital content. This is the console you will now use as your main console, even though it is not the console you have selected as the "primary".
We followed the above steps last night and this morning my son was playing online, via his own PSN account on his own PS4 console. He was able to jump into a game of Destiny and also had all of the DLC Expansion Packs that come with the Destiny Expansion Pass.
I hope this helps save you from purchasing multiple copies of the exact same game and DLC in the future.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
- 1 package of sausage links (I use Farmer John's brand)
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 2 broccoli crowns, separated into bite sized pieces (pulling the broccoli apart works better than cutting the pieces)
- 1 bushel of green onions, diced up
- Soy sauce to taste (I use Kikkoman's reduced sodium)
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 egg (optional)
- 2-3 cups of long grain white rice (I usually use my rice cooker to cook the rice, but have used the frozen steam bags in a pinch)
- Start cooking your rice per the instructions for your specific rice cooker or steam bags
- Using medium to high heat - Cook the sausage links in a wok or large pan. Brown and crumble. The smaller the pieces, the better. Depending on how spicy you want your fried rice, you can add some fresh black pepper while the sausage is cooking.
- Once the sausage is browned, use a spatula to push the sausage to the outer area of the pan, creating a ring, leaving the middle of your pan for the veggies.
- Add the carrots and broccoli first. I usually let them fry/steam with a lid on for about 8-9 minutes. The oil from the sausage helps fry them and the moisture from the veggies creates steam.
- Once your carrots are soft enough to easily cut through, add the green onions.
- Mix all of the veggies and the sausage together. I leave my glass lid on and cook for about another 5-6 minutes. Add more freshly ground black pepper if you'd like.
- Once your veggies are nice and steamed (not limp), add your rice. Mix thoroughly.
- Add soy sauce. A few tablespoons to start, and more as needed. You want to keep mixing it all in really well and the soy sauce should just barely coat the rice. If you see rice that is still all white, mix better or add a little more soy sauce. Add more black pepper if needed.
- Optional - if you want to add an egg (I've even used 1/4 cup of egg beaters before), move the rice mixture to the edges of the pan, again, creating a ring and leaving the middle of the pan open. Add your egg. Your pan will be really hot, so it only takes a few seconds to scramble the egg. Once the egg is cooked, mix it into the rice mixture.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014
I have to say one of the things I prefer about uniforms in school are the lack of "name brands". Ever since our son, Sal III was very young (I'd say about 2 or 3 years old), I've let him pick his own clothes. He went through a 6 year camo phase, no joke. All the way down to the underwear. He never wanted colored hair, faux hawks, jewelry or any name brand things. What I'm saying is, I let him be himself without placing any pressure on him re who I thought he should be or how he should appear to the outside world (other than daily showers). :) When he started preschool (at age 3) he could dress as he liked. I witnessed first hand what appears to be (IMO) the battle of the brands. I'm not saying his 3 year old classmate did not choose his spiked green hair, DC shoes and Sean Paul (spelling) attire on his own. That is entirely possible. However when I see the father of that child wearing the same type of sideways hat and shoes, it makes me wonder if our society is way too focused on all the wrong things. I'm in no way saying I don't buy my son name brand things. I do, for sure. Here is why. It is not because I like a specific name brand or because of the brand itself. It is because as he has gotten older, he likes different things for different reasons. He loves a lot of the Quicksilver shirts because he loves the ocean scenes and his dad likes to surf. But, only shirts in the softest and brightest highlighter-looking colors. He still loves anything camo because his grandfather (who he is named after) is a Marine. At his size, camo is hard to come by, so the kids sections at stores like Old Navy and Target just aren't cutting it any more, so I have to look at the other brands now. We've even been to the Army surplus stores. He does sometimes pick really odd things. During a trip to Catalina last year, he studied and really wanted this bright blue Patagonia backpack from one of the stores. My husband said no, because it was over $100. We asked him why he wanted this specific backpack. He said because it had safety features. Reflective tape, a whistle, a place to keep a water pouch. He also liked all the pockets to store his gear. We thought about it and went back to the store and bought it for him. He had been using the same two backpacks since preschool. One was camo (big surprise) and the other was a Boy Scouts one. Six years of the same backpacks and they still look new. I explained this to my husband who then agreed if he wanted an expensive backpack, we could justify it because he would take care of it. He is using it again this year. My son loves soft things and he really prefers anything he wears to be really soft, so while shopping for his Summer clothes, I came across some really soft shorts for him. My husband saw them and informed me they were a name brand that was popular. I honestly had no idea. They were $14.97 on clearance. I wasn't sure if our son would like them, but I bought them anyway. He did not like them. He asked me to buy the same shorts he's been wearing since he was about 2 years old. The problem is, he is in a 16-18 now and the boys section of Target ends there and I was trying to prepare him for the move from his non-descript Circo brand Target cargo shorts. You know, the ones that are 2 pairs for $12? I guess my point is, I wish more children were unaware of name brands, peer pressure to fit in, be "in-style", etc. I can only hope that all children have a chance to be themselves, find out what they like and make choices on their own. I truly believe our society places way too much value on who has the newest name brand purse, shoes, clothes and cars. It is OK to have these things. Just make sure you are doing it because it is something you or your child truly LOVES, not because you are trying to fit in or one-up the neighbors.