mercury in retrograde

a couple of weeks ago, i had asked one of my cohorts if he thought we should cancel this month’s meetup because the traffic from the concerts on the square and it being summer made last month’s turnout about a third of what was expected.

he hemmed long enough for the possible speaker to get back to me with confirmation that he could come up from rockford. this was good news because he’s an expert on woocommerce and that topic has been requested several times.

fast forward to last night when i didn’t want to leave rodney’s side to bike downtown but did it anyway because i’m committed to people learning. right after i locked up my bike outside of 100state (at 5:32 pm), i pulled out my phone to check email and work chat in case something had come up.

while i was en route, i had received an email from the speaker that he was going to have to cancel due to a family emergency.

it was way too late to cancel the meetup; some of our regulars drive 45+ minutes (one guy drove 100 miles for this topic), and it was way too late to cancel the pizza since it was probably already in the delivery driver’s car.

so i go upstairs and plop everything down, unprepared to be in this position. i informed the guy who has taken over sponsorship of the group (so we can meet at 100state) and he made some phone calls. after those did not pan out, he spent the next 10 minutes whipping together a presentation which he nailed out of the park.

i was in awe. happily in awe.

i woke up yesterday morning, not realizing mercury was starting its retrograde spin, thinking that i should have a backup plan prepared in case something like this were to happen.

at least now i have a month to figure that one out.


i remember being a lot more twitchy about turning 30 than i was about 40.

i had a lovely birthday week, complete with lots of dining out, naps, and dog walks. we went to grampa’s and morris ramen for some meals, we explored the path off fair oaks behind the garver feed mill for the first time in many years, and surprisingly, i didn’t get breakfast at the diner any of the days.

i did, however, make a pretty good replica of the sandwich from sardine that i like a lot.

i was going to start couch to 5k this week, but can’t find the very expensive sports bra that i bought last time. i did a dresser purge a little while ago and am fearful that i donated it along with some other bras that no longer fit.

last night, work sponsored pizza and the meeting space for the first madison wordpress meetup and it was a success! there were many last-minute cancellations, but the crowd that did arrive were enthusiastic and had many great ideas to fuel the next meetup(s). it’s going to be a lot of work each month, but i think it’ll be worth it.

i did this thing

so, i’m the new founder of madison’s wordpress meetup. i was also labeled ‘sr. developer’ in a recent proposal at work. i think i’ve come a long way in the last three years at earthling. imagine that.

i’m also working on a side project for a local artist and am hoping to have her new site up sometime this month.

doing these things makes my brain happy.


my iphone started doing this thing where the screen wouldn’t respond to my typing, but it would just randomly think i was tapping in the bottom half of the screen. this resulted in my having to turn the phone off and back on again. multiple times a day.

i put up with this for a little while and then it would stop. it started up again a couple of weeks later and i basically couldn’t stand it anymore. so, we took a trip to the AT&T store. a nice fella named Madison helped us and i ended up with a new iPhone 6s and an iPad mini that can use cellular.

so, i now have an iPhone 5s to use as an iPod, an iPhone 6s, and iPad mini 2 (which was only $100), and my trusty old iPad 4 (or is it a 3? who knows).


migration complete

i think i’ve got everything moved over for this domain, now i need to work on the other two. luckily, they’re much much smaller; but they’re both coming over from a movabletype blog, which i haven’t struggled with in a long time.

i can’t wait to tell the old host that i’m not renewing because they stink.


on monday, i was told i get to train a client on how to use their site.

today, i am frantically learning how to use their site so i can tell them how to use their site. O.O

also, i solved one issue about biking in the heat; i brought a spare shirt. it is nice to not have to wait to cool down and dry off. it’s also nice that my office is usually empty until at least 9, so i can sweat a little without being a hot mess. i don’t know about the helmet, tho. it’s just so friggin’ warm, and it’s only 60°. wait til it’s 90° :/

so, on top of this training i’m magically performing, we have the party this weekend. thankfully, george came over and mowed on sunday for us, and matt cleaned the house up, so i feel less stressed about it now.

i’m skipping yoga tonight; i need to clean out the fridge to make room for food, and wash the stove top. we’re going to get groceries on thursday, and will spend much of friday prepping the food that we can. i’m sure we’ll make a couple trips to woodman’s before the party starts, at the very least for ice.

three weeks and some odd days

so, it’s been a little while now. i’m really getting used to all of the sleeping in and lazing about. it’ll be hard to get back into the swing of things in a little over a week, but it’ll probably also help my grey matter and my pocketbook.

i’m still pretty nervous about the new place, but that’s simply because it’s new.

anyway, it’s birthday week, and we’re going to sardine for brunch tomorrow, and to the farmer’s market to hopefully find ramps. after that, we’ll just spend the day doing whatever i want, i guess. at some point, i’d like to go to red sushi for dinner, but the last three times i’ve called on a friday or saturday to see how busy they are, i get chuckled at. :/

last night, we hung out at opus with some friends and it was fantastic! matt and i might have to make it a once-a-month thing. i’ll see what he thinks. i was impressed that they only charge $2 for their edamame, so i’ll have to try that next time.


that was ridiculously easy.

i even stopped and looked at the computer like it was going to slap me out of a coma or something.

i’m now running on wordpress. it’s kind of silly that i waited so long!

a long time ago

i used to put together pcs, geek out on getting my website all cool, create sims skins in my free time… i need to find that spark again. it’s obviously not happening in my professional life, so i need to do it elsewhere. i have a bunch of books from sitepoint that i need to read; to get back up to speed. i also need to convert this blog to wordpress.
i feel like i let myself get stagnant and it’s not doing me any good.

good things

my ipad arrived today! it was supposed to come on monday, but i got a text this morning that it was out for delivery. i called the mail room at work and asked them to let me know so i could run down and grab it! then i signed up for email alerts from the carrier and as soon as it arrived, i almost walked down but waited patiently for the call.
it’s so much faster than the first gen (obviously), and the retina display is great! i can’t wait to play infinity blade. :)