Wordless Wednesday – My Pottermore Sorting (November 2011)
Nov 7th, 2012 by Jessica

My Sorting Hat Results on

My Sorting Hat Results on

I was sorted into Slytherin House

I was sorted into Slytherin House

My Wand Selection Criteria on

My Wand Selection Criteria on

My very own wand - Redwood with a Dragon Core

My very own wand - Redwood with a Dragon Core

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Happy Blogiversary!
Jun 21st, 2012 by Jessica

I would like to take a moment to wish this blog a Happy 8th Blogiversary!  Since June 21, 2004 I have posted more than 1,000 times.  Posting wouldn’t be much fun without you, the reader so THANKS to you.  I love to read your comments, too!

I’m currently in Salt Lake City on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Family History Library.  I can’t wait to bring back what I’ve found and share it with you!

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Celebrating my 1000th post!
May 31st, 2012 by Jessica

That’s right folks!  It’s official.  This is my 1000th blog post on Random Mews!  I sure do blab blog a lot.

Do I hear party balloons and flying streamers in the background?

Thanks so much for visiting.  Without you, my words would be very lonely.  I have lots more content in the works too, so I hope you keep checking back.

Hugs to you all,


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Captcha for Comments
Apr 6th, 2012 by Jessica

Due to the overwhelming amount of spam comments I am now receiving, I have been forced to add the Captcha plugin for WordPress to this blog.  When you attempt to add a comment, you’ll be asked a simple question in order to submit it.  I’m sorry, but this is a necessary evil to keep comments enabled.

I do love to hear from my readers.  I don’t like hearing from spambots.

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No More Spam
Jan 11th, 2012 by Jessica

My spam filter doesn’t work with the latest version of WordPress.  I can’t deal with 15,000 spam comments per month, so I have disabled comments until they update the spam filter software.  Sorry for the inconvenience!  I can’t spend the time to dig through thousands of spams to find the one comment that might be legitimate.

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Site Updates
Nov 12th, 2011 by Jessica

I’ve updated a few things about the blog which should hopefully be transparent to all of my readers.  There’s a new version of WordPress on the back end, in addition to an updated Theme for the visuals.  I’ve doubled the number of Random Quotes on the sidebar so frequent readers should see some new ones now.

If you find any problems with the site, please let me know so I can fix them.  Thanks for visiting!

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This blog is now public… again!
Aug 15th, 2010 by Jessica

Well, making the blog private didn’t work out so well.  I have a much larger following than I anticipated both here and at Flickr.  WordPress also doesn’t allow a person to cache a login, nor does it allow you to only present entries to those who are Subscribers.  Overall I suppose since my entries have been public for so long, there’s not much good in making them private at this point.  Therefore, I have once again made the blog public.

Thanks to everyone who came forward to show their support.  I never realized how many friends and family were eagerly anticipating my next update!  Hugs to you all!

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This Blog is Now Private
Aug 4th, 2010 by Jessica

After much consideration (and staring copyright violations and image theft in the face) I have decided to make this blog private.  If you would like access to it, send me an email and I will create an account for you.  I will continue adding private content for family and friends.

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Stolen Image
Aug 4th, 2010 by Jessica

Well, it finally happened. The day has come when I found one of my own images, posted on Flickr to share with other creative souls, stolen and displayed without credit on a spammer site.  If you search for “Cricut birthday card” on Google Images, it turns up on the first page.


They stole all the articles, they stole all the images, and it’s a huge front for a spammer with Google ads.  Not that it matters, but I did leave the site a nice “comment” since there is absolutely nothing else that can be done.


I guess it’s time to restrict access to my images.  My Flickr account will now be available only to those who are “friends” of mine on the site.  If you’d like access to my images, send me an email.

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Blogging is so 2008!
Nov 15th, 2009 by Jessica

My Flickr Photostream

With the advent of Flickr, Facebook and Twitter, blogging has become a thing of the past.  Other than me and Andrew, I can’t say as I know anybody who has a blog anymore.  This one has suffered too, since most of my postings are done on social networking sites that are popular today.

I joined Flickr on July 20, 2008 as a pro user.  Since then, I’ve posted 1,656 photos.  No videos though – those go up on YouTube instead.  Flickr is incredible for sharing and organizing photos.  I love the groups feature, and finding neat photographers is easy.  I’ve gathered a lot of inspiration from people I’ve met on Flickr.  DaD is on there as well, and posts pictures of his model builds.  Andrew has a complete catalog is his Transformers collection and has quite a following of fans.

Facebook, I just can’t say enough cool things about.  I joined during graduate school in Fall 2007 as a means to collaborate with my classmate at ASU.  Now, nearly my entire family is on Facebook, and many of my friends.  My Dad, Ashley, Joe, Aunt Colleen, Grandma Cole, Uncle Keith, Aunt Cathy, Uncle Bret, Aunt Patte, Sara and Courtney, and so many others.

Even my MOM is now on Facebook, as of last week!  That’s something I never thought I would see.  In fact, we got Mom a cell phone on our plan, and she even sends me text messages a few times per week.

My Facebook Profile

Facebook is easy to use, easy to update, and allows you to keep in contact with tons of people at once.  It has become the primary means of communicating and socializing these days.  Andrew’s family stays away from it, as does my sister.

Twitter is another way to keep up with everyone, in short bursts of tweets.  Since joining on January 12, 2009 I have posted “tweeted” 467 times.  With just a line or two of text, you can broadcast to the world what you are doing at that moment.  Whether you’re getting ready for work, standing in line at a concert, or driving to California, it doesn’t seem to matter as long as you tweet it.  I follow a few dozen celebrities and some friends, as well as informational tweets like from the Town of Gilbert, or AZCentral.  We’ve found some neat things to do through tweets, such as free sliders or events at a local park.

Another feature I have recently come to love is Google’s Reader. It allows you to subscribe to and organize RSS feeds, which bring you news and updates from any website that posts with RSS. My feeds are organized into folders, which provides a good insight into my current interests:

My Twitter Profile

Baking and Food
Google Picks
Photography Sites

Is social networking the end of blogging?  Only time will tell. Ironically, I have started scrapbooking again after a 5-year hiatus. Kathleen and I went to the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Convention in Glendale, AZ the first weekend in October, 2009. It inspired me to work on recent vacations and event tickets. At least the art of recording information isn’t dead – it’s just evolving to use technologies of today!

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