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Cheri T

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Midwest Meetup Fall 2014

30 May 2014 - 02:05 PM

It's never too soon to start thinking about the next meetup! What are our thoughts on location and dates? I know we've had great success with our meetups in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas in the past. I am willing, but hesitant, to host in the Des Moines area this time, for the simple reason that we weren't able to get together this spring, so the fall meetup is bound to be a big crew (YES!), and the Des Moines retreat place only holds 12 overnight guests. And as we all found out, airfare can be expensive to Des Moines.


I'll update this first post with pertinent information as we figure out when/where it will be and who is able to come! And maybe Conda will be so kind as to get a countdown going when we figure out a date;)

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19 January 2014 - 07:53 PM

This is from a friend of mine I know locally - I'm at my wits end trying to figure this out for her and decided to appeal to you, my most intelligent and kind SG family:)
I just did some adjustments to a photo, and I'm trying to convert it from PDF (I think my friend  meant .psd, but not sure...I emailed her back to ask) to jpeg.  Except, when I select Save As, jpeg is not among my format options.  Instead, I have the JPEG 2000 option, which my computer is then not able to recognize outside of photoshop.
Apparently I botched a setting somewhere. I've played on the Internet, but can't figure out how to get JPEG back among my standard formats.  Do you know what I need to do?

Testing, Testing...anyone There? :)

03 December 2013 - 04:44 PM

Can you hear me? Can you hear me now? LOL
A few of us are testing to see if our "Watch Forums" is working correctly. I wasn't aware, but apparently this feature hasn't been working properly for everyone. Now we're seeing if the latest Forum changes have resolved the issue.

Midwest Meetup Spring 2014 (Des Moines, Iowa)

29 October 2013 - 06:57 PM

Now that the fall meetup is over, we all need the next meetup to look forward to, right?! Everyone check your calendars and post here some dates that will work for you in April or May.
The meetup will be in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dates that will not work:
April 20 is Easter
May 11 is Mother's Day
May 23 is the last day of preschool for my son (barring snow days that would push it later)
May 24-26 is Memorial Day weekend

Next item of discussion: Depending on how many people are able to come, I know of a wonderful retreat house (http://www.walnutplaceretreat.com) that my local-ish scrapping friends (some paper, some digi girls) have rented for a weekend in February each year for the past 3 years. It will only sleep 12 people (but will fit a few more in the scrapping room as day-guests not staying the night) so would not work for a larger meetup, but would be a lovely private place to be for a smaller group. I think it would work out quite a bit cheaper than having to rent a hotel meeting room also. It is about 11 minutes from the airport.

Advantages: Less expensive (I'd have to get quotes on exact amounts...I'm basing it on my February retreat experiences) and more private/intimate - ie no hotel police telling us to quiet down;)

Drawbacks: only sleeps 12; not insulated like a hotel, so the night owls and early risers might need to keep it down (LOL...is that possible with our giggly group?!); we'd need to figure out food/help cook/help clean up if we cook there. I would be willing to coordinate a menu, esp for breakfasts, and purchase and bring all the food, if others would assist some in cooking it/cleaning up after breakfasts/meals. We could choose to cook only breakfast, or could actually cook more meals there to save time/money in going out. I could potentially cook a soup/crock pot meal/casserole in advance, too, and bring with me just to heat up for a meal or two. When my local friends and I have rented this place, the advantage food-wise is one of the women in charge of planning that retreat used to be in charge of a Marriott restaurant. Currently they are booked for April 24-26 but all other dates in April and May are open.

I will also scout out hotels, unless everyone comes on here gung ho about the retreat house. There is a new Drury in Des Moines, but it's 18 minutes from the hotel. I have a small list of other hotels that Des Moines friends told me to check out. Let me know your thoughts!