Assistant Pig-Keeper

My computer is on its last legs, and I think in a week or two I’m finally going to have to replace it, something I’ve been stalling and putting off as much as possible… Going back to a desktop machine. I think I’m most dreading having to dig up all my passwords and logins, which are saved in Firefox right now. Because I don’t have access to some of my old email accounts I have the feeling that a couple of them are going to be a big pain in the butt.

[Edit/Update: Thanks to everyone who posted easy solutions to the password problem in the comments!]

Anyway… We had a nice day today, starting off with a visit to High Park where we visited the zoo, bumped into a schoolmate of Nefarious’s, and took a walk in the forest — the fort that Nefarious and Caitlin are in here in this picture seems to grow a little bit larger every time we’re there.


Then we went toy shopping for the birthday parties that are happening this weekend, and I got Nefarious her first periscope, which unfortunately is just a tiny bit too big to fit out of our mail slot, which was its intended purpose. After that, we headed to Lithuania park, where fate again treated us with another encounter with different schoolmates, so they amused themselves playing hide-and-seek and other games. After they left, Nefarious and I found this old wire spool (or DIY wheelchair) which we had lots of fun rolling recklessly down the sledding hill.


Someone had left this very nice wood ladder in the park.


Other than that, Nefarious and I are fifty or so pages into The Book of Three. I was worried it might be a little mature for her (I think I was a little older when my mother read it to my brother and I), but she seems completely engrossed by it. It’s definitely the most complex story she’s been read so far — because her reading is good enough now to do all her simpler books, I’m generally leaving those for her to read herself. I think after we do the whole Chronicles of Prydain series, I’ll read her The Hobbit.


  1. *cough* *cough*

    …Just sayin’… :)

    Friday, March 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  2. Russ wrote:

    Regarding losing your passwords, give a Firefox add-on called Foxmarks ( a go – it’s invaluable for syncing bookmarks and passwords across machines, and should take care of that problem quite neatly.

    Friday, March 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Permalink
  3. bastian wrote:

    You can move your
    firefox profile (including all the logins and passwords!) to another
    computer. That’s actually very easy and should not put you off from
    replacing your machine. Read more: here

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 12:49 am | Permalink
  4. DON wrote:

    I never save passwords in a web browser: I use a nifty shareware program “Password Squirrel”, which uses and stores login/password combinations – and by exporting and importing its data file I’ve survived four different PC migrations with no hassle at all.

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 7:20 am | Permalink
  5. Elaine wrote:

    My dad read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to me and my sister when we were quite young. I can’t remember how old I was when we started, but I know we finished Return of the King around my 8th birthday. I think he must have started when I was about 5 or 6.

    Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  6. krys wrote:

    Definitely the Hobbit :) That was a life forming + life affirming book for me. Let’s face it, at the very least, pockets will be more interesting for the rest of your life ;)

    Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  7. Glen wrote:

    Dunno if this will be read, but there’s a handy little program called MozBackup. It’ll back up your profile from Firefox, including passwords, and it’ll handle Thunderbird too. (In case that’s what you use for an email client.)

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  8. Jennifer Minnis wrote:

    Yes! Read her the hobbit! I think I read it when I was like 8 or 9 and then re-read it again in high school before reading the other 3 books. It was nice to have different age perspectives on it plus the gollum in the cartoon movie gave me terrible terrible nightmares.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Permalink
  9. ELY M. wrote:

    I used this good plugin for my firefox. It is called password exporter.

    It let you export and import your passwords in csv and xml formats.

    Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 4:32 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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