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May 2008

{ Twitter Is? }

by Lee on May 30, 2008

No, I’m asking you. What the hell is Twitter? I just can’t work it out, I have googled, I have crawled all over the site, but I just don’t ‘get it’. I’m not normally so clueless with this stuff, but it’s got me stumped. Someone, anyone, please enlighten me. I have decided that you must need friends on Twitter to get it… anyone out there on Twitter? Well I’m in if you’re in… maybe I’ll see you there. I am so clueless with Twitter I am not even sure if it’s stupid to post my Twitter name here, but oh well… it’s LeeQueBee, add me, or twitter me, or call me, or do whatever it is you do on Twitter… LOL. One thing is for certain, Twitter has made me feel like a real twit.

Quinn had her 11th birthday party last weekend, I was going to be more organised and have pics of the cute little cards the girls made, but alas, I haven’t taken any photos yet, but here is her birthday invitation…

Private details blurred.

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{ Footy Fun and Tagged }

by Lee on May 29, 2008

Tagged

I‘ve been tagged by Larissa.

Here are the rules:
~ Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog
~ Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
~ Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
~ Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog .

Why is it my mind goes blank with these things?

7 random facts about me:
1. I was born male but at the age of 13 decided to become a female
2. Jennifer Anniston is one of my closest friends
3. I was once in prison and my cell was roomy and accommodating
4. I have two big toes on my left foot, I have to wear specially made thongs (flipflops for our US friends)
5. I run a lucrative phone sex business
6. I never watch television
7. I know how the very last episode in the last series of ‘Lost’ ends

I wasn’t sure whether they had to be true or not, so for the real facts check the bottom of this post, girls (and guy) it’s your turn:

Angela, Karen, Judy, Annette, Lincoln, Jen, and Gill.

I look forward to finding out more about you.

Footy Fun

We had a lovely visit with Denise a few weeks back and while she was down we went to the park across the road for a kick of the footy and some netball, here are a few shots of the football. The compression has altered the colour and warmed them up quite a bit but I think they look quite Autumny now, which is appropriate, you know, since it’s Autumn and all.

Click for the larger versions

7 random facts about me:
1. I can bend my elbows backwards (it looks freaky)
2. I can’t sing, but wish desperately that I could
3. I go to sleep every night with my iPod in my ears
4. I think I am a great Mum
5. Some of my closest friends I have met online
6. I am a true home girl and will stay home as much as I can given the chance
7. Ironically when I am out, I usually have a ball and come to life

Cheers

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{ Aussiescrapbooking.com }

by Lee on May 25, 2008

I am very excited to have been asked to become a contributor at AussieScrapbooking.com. My first Introductory Post has been published. This is a great informative site with lots of good information and lovely ladies, head over to check it out.

What I am listening to…

Angus and Julia Stone. Loving this Brother Sister duo, every song is unique check them out here. This is one of their songs Mango Tree, but they are all great, it was hard to pick just one, check out “All Of Me” if you can too….gorgeous.

What I am reading…

The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Certainly it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I am loving it, laugh out loud hilarious, but it may require a certain sense of humour, I don’t consider mine particularly sick, but then who does? I had dog earred several pages to quote here, but really it won’t seem as amusing out of context. As you are reading, imagine a lovable, slightly alcoholic, effeminate English womaniser with a cutting wit, it will give you the right tone. I saw this recommended on First Tuesday Book Club, and I’m glad I bought it. After that I am reading The Confederacy of Dunces, which I am told by Link is one of his favourite books, and he should know, he has a book database and everything!

Did you know you can purchase books from Amazon directly through my website? Check out the link in the navigation menu at the top of the page. And when you think Amazon, come and visit and order through me!

This weekend we had our dear friends Mandy, Dave, Odette and Mallory come and stay, I haven’t been very well at all this week, but it was, as it always is, a delight to see them and spend time with them, I promise to be more fun next time we see you guys! Loved seeing the girls catch up again too. Quinn burst into tears tonight saying how much she misses them and wants them to move back, I so wish they could. We fitted in a few games of Puerto Rico, since we had to give it back, and I am sad to say my 7 game winning streak is well and truly over, in fact I think I came last in two of the games, Dave was the reigning champ, although there was some controversy over his first two wins… but he is so sweet he is forgiven… and I am going to tell John Faine to leave him alone too!

I am thinking the fact that I am unwell contributed to my dismal performance, well that’s my story and I am sticking to it!

Once again, bad timing with my being sick, but we had Quinn’s 11th birthday party (yes, it’s a month late, but I have reasons OK!), anyway, she told me tonight it was the best party she’s ever had (although she did say that last year), I will post some pictures soon of what we organised for the party, I think they all enjoyed it, it was quite fun, headaches and all.

Brian and Bronte went to the footy again today, and saw the mighty Hawks victorious again (just), Bronte received her 3rd (or is it 4th)? football given to her by one of the team members what a lucky girl!

Coming Soon:- I’ve been tagged, watch this space.

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{ My Blog – Dissected }

by Lee on May 25, 2008

I have had a few questions regardig my blog and Kate posted a comment asking if I had a list up of the plug-ins etc I am using, I don’t, but thought it would be a good idea to post one. Thanks Kate.

I switched to Wordpress after getting my own domain and I must say after using Blogger for years I found it hard to get my head around initially, but ultimately I think it is so much better than blogger and worth the initial learning curve. Also there is so much help and information out there on Wordpress that it really isn’t hard to find an answer to your inevitable disasters (I speak from experience being prone to disasters of this nature).

Theme:

I tried several different themes to begin with, and there are some great ones out there too, after testing many I settled on Copyblogger by Chris Pearson of Pearsonified, this was an excellent theme and very customizable (is that a word?) using Chris’s custom style sheet. After getting it exactly how I wanted it, I decided I needed more late nights, more challenge, more change for the sake of change (do the words glutton and punishment mean anything to you?). I decided that I wanted a 3 column layout rather than two, why? Just coz, OK. LOL So I decided to get Chris’s Thesis Theme, and shock horror, I paid for the privilege! Yes that’s right I paid. But it’s not because of the theme (although I love it and would have paid for it) it’s for the Thesis Forum that makes it worth the money (by the way, this ISN’T a paid presentation LOL). I knew that Chris’s themes were easy to work with since I had used Copyblogger, so that was a big plus. As I suspected the forum has been very helpful and any questions I have posted have been answered. Also I have learned a lot just reading the questions other people have posted. Chris is constantly updating and improving the theme and once you have paid you have paid for these updates for life, that was the deal maker for me. There is a suggestion area in the forum so if you can think of anything you’d like to see in the theme you can post it too. I think it is worth the money, he posts regular hints and tips on how to use the theme along with updates. The drop caps, blockquotes, alerts and notes in the post below are all part of the theme, they are not plugins.

Plugins:

I have used several plugins so far, I have also installed and then deleted several that I found useless or too hard to use, these are the ones I am using at the moment.

AskApache Password Protect: I installed this just the other day because a friend of mine Gill, who had recently began using wordpress, had her blog hacked, so I did a search and found this.

Buy Me A Beer: I installed this (you can see it in the side bar), and modified it to champagne (I don’t like beer) because very soon, I intend to put some freebies and tutorials up on the site and thought someone may like to buy me a champagne to say thanks! We’ll see how that works out LOL

Featured Content Gallery: Thesis theme came with a random rotation picture box which I replaced with this plug-in, it allows me to feature any content I like which rotates through 5 posts. I think it looks cool, but no-one seems to have noticed it yet, or at least not mentioned it.

Fancy Zoom: This is from the same creator as the plug-in above, and if you click on the I Love Blogging picture left you will see it in action. (It won’t work in any of the posts originally posted at blogger that were migrated here). Actually, I think it only works in Firefox too (see below in Browsers for more info on Firefox).

Instant Upgrade: The first thing I had to do when I started my blog here was upgrade and it was a nightmare, basically I had to delete and start again, I wish I had known about this back then. Makes upgrading smooth and easy, although I do recommend backing up your blog before upgrading (read-on, I have a plug-in for that too!) Just a side note here, before upgrading ALWAYS disable your plug-ins first.

Live Sig: This is how I got my signature at the end of each post. I actually created my own, but you can also use My Live Signature and for a small fee they can even animate it for you. I think this is my favourite plug-in, even though it took me 3 hours to get my sig looking like I wanted it to!

Share This: I settled on this after using Social Bookmarking Reloaded, mainly because I like the cleaner look of just one icon. Also Share This tracks stats/usage of your blog, but I haven’t even looked at that yet.

Subscribe To Comments: This works in the comment field and enables people that comment to subscribe to any more comments that are made. I wondered why you would want this initially, but I have found it handy when someone asks a question, I can reply through the comments to answer them, they get an email seeing my response, it’s also useful for other commenter’s that may be interested in the answers to.

WP-DataBase Backup: This is pretty self explanatory, but very useful, you can download the backup to your computer, to your server or have it emailed to you. You can also do scheduled backups hourly, daily or weekly.

WP Contact Form iii: I have just installed this plugin on my “Contact Me” page, why don’t you test it for me?

Browser:

I thought it was worth a mention to, I have done all my blog fiddling with Firefox in mind, I have found Firefox an excellent browser and although I don’t know much about this stuff, it is supposed to be much more secure than Internet Explorer. It has lots of great features and plugins galore, and like Wordpress there is a mountain of info out there too. Click on the link in my sidebar to download it, I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t use it. Besides all that I hate the way my blog looks in Internet Explorer, it’s too big and dorky LOL.

CoLT: This Firefox plugin alone makes it worthwhile for any bloggers to switch to Firefox, it copies the link and text into a HTML code for you automatically. It also copies Plaint Text, BB Code and more, I used it for this entire post, and it made life very easy.

I hope you have found this helpful, please leave a comment if you have. I’d love to know what plug-ins and themes you have found useful. Note your favourites in the comments so I can check them out.

II am currently testing some new plugins so check back soon if you want more suggestions. Better yet subscribe to my blog and don’t miss a thing, see sidebar for details.

Signed (with my new sig LOL)

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{ How Ironic }

by Lee on May 24, 2008

I announce my first give-away for email subscribers (see sidebar), and my Feedburner feed is broken (which again, ironically, is why I gave Feedblitz the flick). Urgh! If you subscribe via email you will not be receiving updates at the moment, but have no fear I am on the case….

COMING SOON TO A BLOG POST NEAR YOU – {My Blog – Dissected}

EDITED TO ADD: I fixed it! Yay! It pays to have your sleep interrupted by weird and restless dreams about fixing stuff like this!

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{ A Little Bright Spot }

by Lee on May 22, 2008

A little bright spot in the middle of my dismal week. Quinn, Bronte and I have all been sick with different things, which included Bronte throwing up over the doctor when we went to see about a sore ear, she seemed to develop a case of gastro at the precise moment the doctor was investigating her ear. What are the chances? Within hours I got sick too… Which culminated in 1 day off work for Bronte, 2 days off for me, 3 days off in total. Cancellation of going to information evening for Quinn’s secondary school on Tuesday night, cancellation of movies on Wednesday night, cancellation of my class Thursday night.

What was the bright spot? Quinn found an old pair of slippers of mine in my wardrobe and has taken to wearing them constantly, (her foot is now slightly bigger than mine! eeek!), despite the fact that over the years it’s been a nightmare to get her to wear anything on her feet even in the dead of winter. So I am rapt that she is wearing them, especially since she has been a unwell and it’s getting colder by the day. But curiosity got the better of me.

Me: Why are you wearing slippers all of a sudden?

Quinn: What do you mean?

Me: Well I ask you all the time to put slippers/socks/something/anything on your feet when it’s cold.

Quinn: oh, [she smiles a coy, slightly embarrassed smile] because they’re yours.

awwww isn’t she sweet… all is forgiven.

And that was the bright spot in my crappy week.

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{ Just trying out some Features }

by Lee on May 19, 2008

Just trying some new thing on my blog, all sorts of different, new and amazing things (well not that amazing), like drop caps….

Then there is this, which is testing a block quote since I am not even sure what a block quote is, I thought I should see

This is a special code that highlights a specific note

Then there is this, which is an Alert, and I assume is used to alert you of something… so I will,

THE BIRD FLU IS COMING, AND SOONER THAN YOU THINK… ;-P

(Suzy, that was just for you)

New social bookmarking tags AND a new sig! What do ya think? Let me know if you would like any information on my blog set-up, I will help you out if I can, but mostly I just keep trying something until it works! LOL

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{ Rockin’ at the local }

by Lee on May 17, 2008

Last night I drove to Melbourne and went to see the amazing Kate Miller-Heidke at the East Brunswick Club in Melbourne. I went with my friend Denise, and we also met up with one of my lovely students Rachael and her lovely, very tall and very socially considerate husband Pete (who stood up the back so as not to get in any ones way, nice huh?). I am not quite sure how I first stumbled onto Kate’s music, but I know it was through iTunes, I have been a fan since last year and she is finally getting some well earned recognition. The band was also fabulous and complimented her beautifully, both musically and with great backing vocals. I am now eagerly awaiting her next album, due out in October/November after hearing a few songs from it, one in particular I loved, but can’t quite remember the name…sorry! She was also very engaging and full of humour, very cute indeed! And oh what a strong and versatile voice.

Kate Miller-Heidke

The nice surprise for the night was the band that preceded her The Little Stevies, just loved their style and the harmonies were fabulous, it’s great to see people having fun on stage and they are clearly enjoying the ride, I recommend you check them out, I am currently downloading their first release on iTunes called Grow Up. They really remind me of The Waifs, which is a huge compliment.

The Little Stevies

I can’t remember the last time I went to a pub to see a band, and after the reminder I really think it is the only way to go, up close and personal… I think Denise and I are keen to do it again soon… Also the East Brunswick Club was a great venue and we enjoyed a lovely meal before the music too.

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