Yea! I finally was able to play with my Expression 2 during the last few days! I used the quick start guide, found an image, and made the cut. Everything seemed OK. After a little more playing with different images, the machine would not resize any images. I was so happy to see Christina had a video series on her blog Creations With Christina about the E2. I decided to go through the calibration again and that must have worked because then the images could be resized. Thank you Christina for your excellent videos!
I had a lot of trouble trying to update the machine too--took several hours and before it was completed, an error came up and said I needed to turn it off and restart the E2. After the second attempt for the update goofed again, I turned it off. The next morning, I tried again and succeeded with the updates in a very short time.
Well, not to be outdone, I made a card with my first cut! I chose the shoe on Cricut American Alphabet!!
I enjoy my first card using the new machine. Now to play some more!