I woke up yesterday morning at the crack of 9:30 a.m. and promptly pulled the covers back up and rolled over. Mainly because it was FREEZING in our bedroom. I actually dreamed that I was Kate Winslet floating on a piece of the Titanic at some point during the night and desperately wanted to get another blanket but that would require getting out of bed which would mean MORE COLD. And so instead I spent the night drifting in and out of sleep while humming “My Heart Will Go On” through my chattering teeth.
Shout out to P for sleeping with the windows open when it’s 27 degrees outside. Last I checked we weren’t harboring any Eskimos or penguins. Let’s not be afraid to warm our bedroom up to temps above 35 degrees.
Once I finally dragged myself out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen for some hot choffee, I was seized by a desire to organize the house. And then I promptly felt overwhelmed by that whole prospect so Caroline and I took Bruiser to the dog park with Mimi and Bops and their dogs.
Later on, Gulley and the boys came over for our much anticipated Just Dance tournament. Gulley scored an all-time high 9,000 points and was on fire 66% of the time. Meanwhile, Caroline suggested that I should check my Wii remote to make sure it’s actually working. Everyone is a comedian around here.
Anyway, at some point later in the day, I was once again taken by the urge to organize the house. But I decided to organize my computer instead. I have scads of photos that need to be burned onto discs and videos that need to be turned into DVDs. And so I worked tirelessly to burn photos onto discs and upload photos to Shutterfly while I made promises to myself that I will sit down at some point and create actual photo books. It is exhausting to be a family historian in 2010. Whatever happened to the good old days when all a kid had to document their childhood was a couple of Polaroids and yellowed 3 x 5 photo with curled edges stuck in some kind of ghetto album with a psychedelic 70’s cover?
Now there is all this pressure to have hardback photo books and slideshows set to music and video montages. And that’s why I desperately tried to make several iMovies yesterday to burn onto DVDs. It all seemed to be going so well until I actually burned the DVDs and realized that none of them actually have sound and I don’t know why. They had sound when I made them, so where did the sound go?
I don’t understand.
And I’m too frustrated to try to figure it out right now. Maybe I’ll just set the whole thing to music and Caroline can just watch her childhood home movies Charlie Chaplin-style.
Or maybe I’ll go with my other impulse which involves throwing the computer out the back door.
So, now I’m curious. Do you actually have photo albums with pictures in them or do you keep everything on the computer? Or do you order photo books? Or do you have professional quality video that actually has sound? Or is there some other technology that I need to know about so I can feel even more inferior?