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September 14, 2010

MacGyver for Moms

This afternoon was fraught with electronic troubles which rendered our video camera temporarily out of service. Mostly due to the fact that the power cord DOES NOT GO INTO THE AUDIOVISUAL ADAPTER. Thanks for that gem, Jonathan. After all this time, haven't you realized that I shouldn't be left alone with electronics? Thank goodness babies don't plug into outlets.

After eating a piece of humble pie, I realized that the afternoon would call for a bit of creativity when it came to announcing the winner of the Coconut Robot giveaway. In a move that would've made MacGyver proud, I used two of the baby's toy blocks to prop my cell phone up on our coffee table. Then Nathaniel and I settled onto the living room floor to film the sequence where he chose the giveaway winner.

What should have been a twenty minute process of editing the video and uploading it to Flickr turned into a four-hour marathon wherein the video could not be detected by my computer and where I aged roughly six years as I loaded and reloaded a single file countless times.

The end result was a video that was oriented properly and was just under the maximum time-limit, but unfortunately you can't see the number Nathaniel selected. Mostly because the video quality resembles the 90's version of Pong. Thank you, Verizon.

So as I'm saving my pennies for a video camera that comes with instructions, including a big red arrow that says POWER CORD HERE, feel free to watch Nathaniel select our winner!

Click here to watch the video if you are using a mobile device.

Congratulations to Jackie, lucky number 28! Huge thanks to Kacia at Coconut Robot for sponsoring the giveaway and, once again, thank you to all who participated!


  1. LOVE this!! So fun! I love Nathaniel's "scratching", Garrett does that all the time, too. Your hair looks great!

  2. A cute little winner picking a winner! Clever idea. Hope that your tech issues improve but your phone did a fine job.