Blogging has gotten more difficult lately. First, Google’s Picasa software stopped working for me. I click “Blog This!” and it freezes up. So I switched to Windows Live Writer, which is nicer in some ways but simply not as efficient in terms of being able to blog lots of photos very quickly and easily. You just can’t beat Picasa for that.
The other big problem I’m having is that my computer is no longer handling my photos well. First of all, I have a LOT of photos and that takes a lot of memory. This was a top-of-the-line computer when it was new, but that was six years ago. Second, a couple of years ago I got a much nicer camera which takes really big pictures. They’re great pictures, but each one takes up five times the space as my old camera. So lately I get these things where I go to make a simple edit of a photo and I’m waiting forever for the edit to process and even longer for the file to save afterwards. I try to go through and compress all my photos (I almost never really need them that big!) but that’s just one more step that this busy mama doesn’t have time for.
And I’m not sure how I feel about Blogger’s new look…. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it.
I set aside a whole bunch of pictures from my sisters’ visit and our trip (I “starred” them in Picasa, which is where I still edit and manage my photos) but I am realizing that I’m just not going to be able to get them all on here like I would have been able to in the good old days. So we’re going to move forward now with just a few photos from our trip.
On to Branson!
Wait… Kansas City first. We went to the open house of the new Kansas City Temple... that’s what got this whole trip started. Oh, it was wonderful! I have been trying to get my kids to a Temple open house for years because I know what a huge positive impact it can have on kids. Finally, we got to one! The drive was totally worth it.
Speaking of the Kansas City Temple open house, I really liked this article from the Huffington Post which appeared on my Facebook feed several times a few days ago. It is the perfect example of the bridges of understanding which our church is trying to build when we have these open houses.