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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Work. Work. Work.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY GIRLS BLOG...

This is what I look like after getting off at Big O Tire, before I get cleaned up.

This is me all cleaned up, almost ready for Dan's...

You have one busy and hard working dad. Love you girls!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April Birthday Party

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY GIRLS BLOG...

On the way to the party.

Brodie exploring the back yard.

Grandpa Paul petting Bentley.

Grandma Sheila holding Zach's baby.

The dogs begging for Chinese food.

The 5 dogs getting treats from Char.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Create the Best Playlist

First, depending on the number of the songs you have in your library, it may take a while (number of songs, listing to the songs you want to and amount of time listing to said music).


Since I travel back and forth from Salt Lake to St. George (4 hours each way), I didn't want to fill my iOS device up with any music from my iTunes collection (17,000 songs). I only wanted to listen to just the best in my collection. So, starting 2 years ago, I started ranking my songs from 1 to 5 stars. But once ranked, how would I replace the already ranked and place a new song in its place. Simple.

- Open iTunes.
- Under Music, in the bottom left of the iTunes windows, click the + symbol to create a new playlist.
- 3 options, choose "New Smart Playlist",
- Match the picture below...
... The Artist option is optional. Size (Limit to...) is adjustable.
- Make sure Live updating is check, or this is pointless.
... You can rename this playlist anything you want. Once saved, it should show on the left hand side and double click it to have it give you the option to rename it.
... If 1GB is too much, remember, 1000MB=1GB. So you can try 500MB or raise it in GB form.


To make sure this playlist goes on your device:
- Connect your device to your computer.
- Click the device icon on iTunes.
- Choose Music on the left hand side.
- Make sure that this playlist is checked.
- Click Sync.

Give it time to sync the music to your device. Start listening to your music and start ranking. Myself personally, if I ranked it 1 or 2 stars, I would rank it and click Next song to move to the next song because I didn't want to listen to it. You can listen to or rank each song however you want to... It's up to you.



Once you have a good collection of music ready to listen, create this second special playlist.
- Open iTunes.
- Under Music, in the bottom left of the iTunes windows, click the + symbol to create a new playlist.
- 3 options, choose "New Smart Playlist",
- Match the picture below...


...Notice how I have a date set (MM/DD/YYYY) in this playlist. All songs ranked with 4 or 5 stars will be in this playlist. Once played, they are marked on iTunes as Last Played on that date. If it is played on/after that set date, it will be removed from that playlist and a new song will be put on my device in place of it to keep it rotating.
... Size can be altered in this play list as well.