I have a few important tasks on my to-do list but today seemed like a day to step back and relax a little, just focusing on work. The deadlines for the other tasks aren’t looming yet, so it’s OK to regroup and refocus.

I’m on day 4 of my writing productivity challenge. I’ll write about that more when I launch one of my other sites. Looks like I’ll be getting ready to write a short eBook soon, though.

F has only been off of antibiotics for a week and wasn’t feeling great today. I have been headachy for a couple of days. Tis the season, I guess. [Read more…]

Federal Holiday Woes

I didn’t actually realize today was the federally observed New Year’s Day, so I was ready to dive into a lot of projects and found myself a little bit stuck. Oops. Here I was, ready to seriously rock and roll, and half the world was still closed for the holiday.

It’s all good. I still got quite a bit done. I got WordPress installed on the three new domains I’ll be using as I rebrand my online business branch. We taught some good (albeit small) classes at the dojo. I have a few other things to do this evening, including the first day of a challenge/class I’m doing this month. If I’m ambitious, I may call my hosting provider so I can merge my accounts together, but let’s not hold our breaths. I may, realistically, have to do that tomorrow.  [Read more…]

Happy New Year!

fireworksI don’t want this to sound like a resolution, because it isn’t one. I was wondering what it would be like if I managed to put up a small blog blurb every day, though. I mean, does it really need to be long or profound? Will you hold it against me if I just decide to free-flow out of my brain for a minute or two before I shut down each night?

I said on Facebook that I didn’t make any resolutions this year. That’s true. I did look at the 4 main tenants of my professional existence and did a little work to figure out where I am, why things didn’t go right this year (mostly out of my control), and what I can do this year to refocus and regroup. I think I’ve got it figured out and I’ll be excited to share some of what happens as I progress throughout the year.

Peace to all of you. Maybe I’ll get to know you a bit better this year (and you me).

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Knee-Jerk Reaction

IMG_0322You’ve heard that phrase before, right? “Knee-jerk reaction?” I had one of those this morning.

I’m not sure what it is, but it feels like the weight of the world is really on my shoulders lately. I can explain some of it, and other parts I can’t, but I won’t right now.

Here’s what happened, though. At our dojo, payments are due on the first of the month for that calendar month. We don’t run on contracts. I mail invoices around the middle of the month before to remind my students that their payments will be due soon. No big deal.

So, I mailed out March invoices and sometimes they go out to people who have been absent. Sometimes they’re in again and sometimes they’re not coming back. Regardless, if you don’t come in for March classes, you don’t have to pay for March.

Today I got a letter in the mail from a newer student. He signed up for classes, took a few lessons, and disappeared. I mailed the March invoices in the middle of February, actually left him a voicemail to see if he was OK at a later date, and never heard from him.  [Read more…]

Healthcare.gov – Will I Ever Get Insurance?

medical billsI’m trying to be a patient person, but I’m not. I originally told myself I wouldn’t even bother attempting to access healthcare.gov until November. I figured the site would be too busy, and that was before we all found out the site had a ton of bugs and problems.

But I couldn’t wait.

Instead, I’ve spent the past month in a state of aggravation, attempting to figure out how something so huge could possibly be so messed up. Even if they government did a no-bid contract, why did it take so long for them to find out the site wasn’t working properly? Hasn’t anyone heard of testing a website before it launches? I mean, come on – it was no secret that millions of people were waiting for it to launch.

Here’s my experience so far (these are not consecutive days):

  • Day 1: Attempted to create account, was told I was in a queue.
  • Finally created account but could not log in. I was in another queue.
  • Day 2: Tried to log into original account but couldn’t get in.
  • Requested password email. After hours, it came through but I still could not log in. Tried to create another account but was told my username was already used.
  • Day 3: Attempted one more time to get into original account. Still waiting on password email (weeks later).
  • Day 4: Used a different username and email address to create a new account.
  • Day 5: Logged into new account and completed persona details. Attempted to submit application and the page refreshed – 6 times.
  • Day 6: Received 6 emails with notifications my application had been processed (apparently one for each time I thought it didn’t go through the day before).
  • Day 7: Painstaking review of plans, comparing gold/silver/bronze, etc. and different deductibles.

My brain hurts. I haven’t chosen a plan yet, and now when I log in, the pages don’t load so I can review my options.

This is getting stupid.

Supposedly our government has someone working on a fix. I hope so. I hope this isn’t an indication of how difficult this type of program will be in the years moving forward. I just don’t think I can handle the stress. So far, it seems like the coverage will be affordable for me, which is huge. But at what cost to my sanity?

That Zit on My Nose was an Ingrown Hair!

question markWarning. This story isn’t for the ridiculously squeamish.

About two weeks ago I woke up, looked in the mirror, and groaned. I’m 33 years old and I had a huge freakin’ zit right on the tip of my nose. It was one of those large, hard red spots; no blackhead, no whitehead, nothing I could do about it.

That thing lasted for two weeks straight. I tried the usual tea tree oil routine. I used warm compresses. I payed special attention to how I washed my face. I went out and bought some of those pore strips. I even dug out an old clay mask.  [Read more…]

Egg on My Face

Fried_eggsI’m ridiculously embarrassed. Why? Simply put, my blog was hacked and I didn’t have a backup of my content.

I thought I might be able to work around it in the beginning. The first call I made to my hosting provider proved fruitless. I was told that it was a good thing I was on Linux because I could check my history to see what files had been altered. I was left to my own devices, but that didn’t work.

I had a lot to do that week (and it was a bad week in general), so I waited until the weekend to try again. During the second call, the representative from my hosting provider told me that he would put in a security ticket. The security team would then look at my hosting account to see what happened.  [Read more…]