So…I fixed my jeans

I buy most of my clothes from thrift stores or from companies that adhere to responsibility standards for their workers and for the environment. Like Timberland. I’ll buy their shoes without hesitation. Plus I comb racks at Savers and Goodwill, looking for gently-used pieces to add to my closet. I started this practice shortly after the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh. I promised myself to lessen my contribution to the profitability of this type of exploitation and so far, so good.

The searching out is fun, too. Like a little treasure hunt.

Anyway, these jeans…they are in like-new condition. But they were too loose around the waist and I hate wearing a belt. So this afternoon I got out the seam ripper and took off the band almost all the way around, made some strategic darts, shortened the band in the back so it fits again, and sewed that puppy back into place. Sewed the belt loops back into place. I win.

Never ever change your Apple ID

And avoid changing your password! My Stars! Every device seems to have several iPlaces I need to log into again and if I forget to click “remember me” then I have to do it again. *melodramatic sigh* See, I think I’ve lost my old email account (on purpose) and while I thought I’d cleaned up everything first, I guess…I think…I didn’t get the Apple account updated. It’s been wild trying to get everything reset with multiple computers and mobile devices. Support at Apple has been awesomely helpful but this is 2015 and I’m smart. I should be able to follow all these steps, right?

Mostly, it’s cleaned up. Only thing is that my iPad still will not release the iCloud from the original Apple ID. Every time I use the thing, it whines at me to enter the password for the old Apple ID, which no longer exists and even if it did, I don’t want to be using it thankyouverymuch.

Just let it go, iPad’s iCloud. Let it go.il_570xN.669772146_9mx5

Even Googling has failed me. Maybe the iPad is doomed to never be backed up.

There are lots of things I have been changing this week. For example – this blogging challenge I’m taking part in is a stretch change for me. Just about everything is considered fodder for a post because writing content is hard. I carry a notebook around with me now so I can capture ideas. I did yoga today; we had snow to shovel yesterday and so I didn’t bend and mediate but I’m thinking it was all good. I’m continuing to look for a second job but more and more thinking I should commit to freelancing as my second job.

I’m not letting go of my library job. Cold dead hands? Maybe then they can boot me out the door. And sure, I’m not dead yet so maybe I’ll change my mind in the future, but I intend to work hard to balance my other work life around my desk shifts. It’s fun and rewarding and I enjoy helping people, interacting with people from all walks of life, all ages, all types of problems I can solve. Great coworkers. Fun work. Who would want to change any of that, really?

I know that some change is healthy and necessary.  Seth Godin said “Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” And the trouble is we don’t know it’s too late until it is dramatically too late. The ship has sailed passed the horizon it’s so far gone-too-late. So late that getting down into a downward dog pose feels impossible and how will I ever get my hips to open enough for that broken pigeon pose like the lady on the screen? Well hey, I know it’s not too late to start working on improving my body. I will find the right work-life balance. I will get caught up on the blogging challenge.

But I might not *ever* get this iCloud mess straightened out.


Let it snow!

This is my post about the December 28, 2015 Snowstorm in Minnesota. Others will also write posts (and there will be weather broadcasts and tweets and Facebook posts) but this one is mine.* I’m sitting at my desk at the end of a mostly inefficient day, rather bummed at myself for not having more billable hours and for not keeping a better track of what I’ve been doing so I can see where my time is going.

Meh. So…I slept until 8. Drank coffee and messed around with Facebook until 9:12 when I realized what I was doing and got up for a piece of toast and the dishes. Came back and finished a contract and got that in the mail. Wrote a letter and emailed it. Wrote up a grocery list for Van. Did yoga, showered and had lunch….(there are social media interludes in and around all of this, btw. And the 10-15 minutes add up!) Came back, found something I did not like on a website and fixed it, touching several programs including Photoshop on my Mac. Downloaded Photoshop on my PC while fixing soup and doing the dishes again. Fussed about the weather on Facebook cause the snow was starting to fall. Filled out some paperwork in a program I’m taking part in -this took 45 minutes or two Pomodoros. Hammed up the soup again. And that’s not really enough.

Time just rushes by and I try to be structured but it’s certainly not easy to stay on task.

So….The soup was an improvement pot of the soup I made two days ago – a traditionally crafted ham and bean soup from a recipe followed to the letter. It was bland. I put it all back in the pot, added more ham bone and boiled it to make the beans mush and it was lovely. I’ve since added more ham, two more cans of beans, some carrots and onions, and have again brought it all to a bean-mushing boil. House is warm from the humidity and the smell is wonderful. Something about a snowfall makes me want to start an everlasting soup pot that gets all the goodies from each meal, gets rounded out every so often by an infusion of mushrooms and onions. Tonight is steak and potatoes and those leftovers will add some serious depth to my soup pot.

Van is the one broiling the steak outside! He moved the grill to a covered area so at least he’s not fighting snow coming on top of the steak. I’ll do the potatoes.


I have to say in my defense that posting takes time. I needed some images, for example, and nothing really drew me in on Adobe Stock. That meant boots and coat and finding the camera. Stepping on the cat trying to get outside. Stomping around and wondering if grilling was such a hot idea after all. (he’s heading out right now, though) Pulling all the images off the camera and deciding on the ones I want; I’m not going to try to edit the chosen two. Then there is editing text and rewriting. I believe this short post took me about an hour.

Still I’ve calculated what I need to do to make a go of my business. Now that the holidays are over, I really need to buckle down, shovel *snow* out of the way and do those things.


Opening a LOT of windows today

Mostly just browser windows at the moment. I was working to update an API-thingie that allows my website to post to Facebook when I also post something here…and I needed three windows open for that cause my wee brain is leaking directions as fast as it grabs them today. There’s another one open from having made a tactical error in clicking earlier. And I think IE opened spontaneously for some reason.

windowsBut wait! There’s more! This is what I see when I’m doing yoga – which I’ve done off and on for years along with weights and a treadmill mile. When it’s summer or snowing, I open these blinds and enjoy outside. We keep them closed for heat retention the rest of the time and frankly, I’m too lazy to open and shut them every day. I got the yoga done today. That was a good thing for me.

There’s one last party today to go to and I’m heading over there in a bit, after buying a pie and cool whip at Costco. Without Van. But I’m going anyway cause there’s a serious lack of enough solid friends in my life. This is a gathering with some of them – hey, I’m greedy. I actually love to listen to people talk about all the things that are important to them. I love helping them feel good about themselves. It’s not translated into a lucrative career yet although it does help with the job I have and with the networking I’m constantly doing. Fun times, that. And one can not have too many friends.

I might even get makeup on before I go.

One of my questions for the day, really the only one I want to continue working on is how to stay focused on getting things done. The important things for long-term growth, not the imperative chirpings of my brain to stay up to the minute on Facebook. Stupid brain loves the river of factoids and memes and updates. It’s a really stupid brain. It LOVES all the windows and tabs I have open and is constantly poking at email and twitter and everlovin’ Facebook.

Time to hit publish! Not a lot of solids in this one, just doing the thing.




30 Day Blogging Challenge

Day Two of my yoga adventure, day two of my ‘keep what excites me’ sorting adventure, day -2 of my eating healthier adventure, and day one – DAY NOW – of my blogging challenge.

I’m reading Everybody Writes by Ann Handley, who encourages us to write every day. Stretch those muscles, practice those writing rules and keep getting better. It’s a good book, short enough paragraphs to do one a day and put it immediately into practice. (I should just go ahead and use my Amazon savings dollars to buy my own copy so I can write notes in it, then return this library book…)

I’ve forgotten who it is that said (paraphrased) “read an hour a day on your chosen topic and within X number of years, you will be an expert.” It’s really the same with writing. You can’t get good at this by thinking about it, you have to put your hands to paper and pen, or your fingers to keyboard. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen both Neil Gaiman and Chris Brogan comment on either the reading or the writing aspect of success and stick-to-itiveness recently, but it was on Facebook so I’m not claiming that’s accurate.

Nor am I going to try to claim any clickpoints by putting links up to these two people. You don’t know who they are, you probably do know how to google things. Look them up.

I used to be a very active blogger but dived into a dark place several years ago and so took my mumblings to paper (easier to burn!) and I think for the last year, I’ve not felt like writing anything.playmoreworkless But I believe that in order to better reach my professional goals, I must start stretching my writing muscles again.

Funny story, that. I’m also doing this yoga challenge…wow. I had no idea my hips had gotten so tight until I tried to do a Broken Pigeon or some such thing. Now today I did get a bit more comfort in the pose and now my body is letting me know I’ve not used nor stretched certain muscles in far too long. Good for me, right? And good for me to take off on this challenge, too.

What will I be writing about? On this website, daily happenings including reactions to the yoga, the cleaning and the endless salad bowls I face! Travels about town, some of them professional ones as I meet with clients and go to WordPress-related meetings. Funny things my cats are doing. Funny things I find on the internet. This is what I call a vanity blog and what I’ve learned most other people call a lifestyle blog. So there will probably be little rhyme or reason to what I post here.

Within two weeks, I’ll start the same challenge on my professional website Rochester Fiber.

That’s all the stake-pounding I’m going to do for today. On my way to Menards to buy some giant trash bags for that stuff I don’t care about any more. See you later!