LocalHS is Back!

Posted by Annie on Jun 2, 2008 in Uncategorized

After an electrical fire and explosion over the weekend, LocalHS is back up and running. Thousands still off-line.

LocalHS is Back!

Oh, how sweet it is to be back online. For those of you who may have missed us, LocalHS was totally off-line for more than 35 hours. In fact, if you are or were having trouble reaching your favorite websites, it could be due to a transformer explosion that blew out three walls at The Planet, one of the world’s largest webhosting providers.

According to reports from The Planet, it was pretty intense. The fire department came in and evacuated the building for several hours. Crews worked around the clock to repair the extensive damage, once they were allowed back in. Though The Planet has backup power sources, they weren’t allowed to use them, which spelled disaster for over 9,000 servers and the untold millions of websites hosted on them.

As Shawn and I sat here unable to do anything at all to resolve the problems all of our own clients were experiencing, we continuously monitored the forums that were feeding information to the masses about the outage. Many companies were reporting that they had received hundreds of calls from some understandably upset clients. It made me very grateful for the terrific bunch of people we serve.

As I started to make phone calls to some of our own clients, I was amazed to hear over and over again that you knew that we were on the case and would correct the problem as quickly as possible. We did not receive one single angry phone call. In fact, we only received a couple of calls of inquiry.

This weekend was very frustrating for us and for our clients to be sure and I really feel blessed by the response. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my husband for his diligence and for providing updates to our clients as they became available.

On a side note, this outage provided the perfect opportunity for us to reconnect as a family. We spent our unexpected (and unwanted) newly found free time by taking an impromptu shopping trip and getting a grand start on a scrapbook project for my son, of his camping trip from last summer. We didn’t waste anytime finding things to do.

While we enjoyed our time together, it certainly is good to have all our sites back up and functioning. A special thanks to the hard work and dedication shown by staff at The Planet as they continue to work to get everyone back up and running.

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Free Movie Library

Posted by Annie on May 13, 2008 in Uncategorized

Sullivan Entertainment offers free movie library

I wrote about the 20th Anniversary Five-Disc Collector’s Edition of Anne of Green Gables for Mother’s Day. I was so excited I spent all day Monday watching it. I called my mom last night and talked about it with her for a while. I was so surprised when she asked me to order her a copy of the DVD as well.

So, I spent some time today price checking and was so excited to find an entire section on Sullivan Entertainment containing a free Movie Library (scroll down the page), where you will find (among other things) 39 complete episodes of Anne-The Animated Series. The site includes several other series that I personally have never heard of, including: Gus & Felicity: An Enduring Friendship, Jasper & Olivia’s Secret Romance, Grace Bailey’s Terms of Endearment, as well as episodes of Super Rupert.

While I have not checked them all out yet, knowing Sullivan’s reputation for bringing family friendly movies to the screen, I would be very surprised to find anything among these with inappropriate content.

I will note that the video window is quite small and I didn’t find a way to enlarge it but for those who don’t mind, this is a wonderful source of free entertainment, not to mention a chance to watch the shows before deciding to purchase them.

If you take the time to check them out, please let me know what you think of the offerings.


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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by Annie on May 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

Mother’s Day is tomorrow but I’ve already received all my gifts. Shame on me!

My daughter arrived last night from Reno, NV with grandkids. Oh my, they grow so fast. You can imagine my surprise when they arrived with warm brownies; after all it’s a four-hour drive. She confessed, they actually kept them on the heater vent the entire trip to keep them warm. How funny and sweet. The oldest (the 4-year-old) was very excited to hand me my gift, which we all shared after dinner.

This year my husband made sure I got everything I wanted for Mother’s Day – he had me order them myself.

First to arrive was my new . I have been trying to find one for going on two-years. While I love it, the watch is shiny, elegant and easy to read. I must confess it’s about half the diameter that I was expecting. When will I learn to read the description closer? (Case Diameter: 1 1/16")

Anne of Green Gables - 5-disc collection

I am such a fan of Anne of Green Gables that I receive regular updates from Sullivan Entertainment and I was simply thrilled to find the is out. Not only did they include two-new documentaries, but also included was lost footage, missing scenes and my favorite, The Missing Episode, “Marilla Cuthbert’s Death,” which I was especially interested in watching.

I must say after staying up last night to watch it, it wasn’t anything like what I was expecting and I personally feel Kevin Sullivan, the producer made the right choice in excluding it from the final cut. I felt it detracted from the rest of the story, even though it cleared up several questions the movie failed to address. Still, I enjoyed watching it.

I am certain this collection will get as much use, if not more than my set of VHS tapes that I’ve all but worn out over the years. I especially enjoyed learning more about Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Today we’ll turn on the bubble machine, watch the kids play and get lots of pictures. It’s so wonderful to have the grandkids come to visit and so nice to see them go afterwards. I’m already looking forward to the rest.

I think all Mother’s are special and Homeschooling Mothers are the best of all.

What does your perfect Mother’s Day look like? How will you spend your special day?

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