Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year

Happy New Year!!!!

Okay, Happy January 9th, Party Poopers.

How is your 2014 looking thus far, dear readers?  If my 2014 follows in the tiny footsteps of the first 9 days of the month, I am in deep doo doo.

I'm hitting the Dove hard today, people.
Let me just preface matters by saying, my family is healthy (relatively), I'm healthy (again with the relatively), we have a house, the heater is working even though it makes fingers-on-the-chalkboard screeches when it flicks on, nothing is terribly wrong.

There, now may I continue?

So far, all 9 days of January have been marred by technical glitches.  So far to date (since New Year's Day) I've had:

2 bodily malfunctions
2 prescription drug malfunctions
1 insurance malfunction, which continued back and forth over the phone for 5 hours (beginning with
   a wake-up call at 8:00 a.m.)
1 car malfunction (due to the extreme frigid temps)
1 grad school malfunction (just settled, thank you baby Moses!)
1 series of tubes (Internet) malfunction - code word: GOOGLESUCKS
6 app malfunctions
20 dietary malfunctions (you saw the photo above, right?)

Truth is, I've been tied to every one of my computer screens for two days straight because I couldn't make things work.  At one point I had my laptop and my iPad open and was scrolling, simultaneously, through my smart phone.  This is not healthy behavior for the ADD.  This is not healthy behavior period.

Writing I have been able to do.  Word processing is pretty straightforward.  Designing pretty pictures on the cheap with apps I've never used before on an iPad, not so easy.  Also not easy, Google's warning that I needed to update my administrative settings or lose my blog in 2 weeks.  Receiving an email warning that my blog may be shut down is fine, but for the love of Yoko Ono walk me through the process, nerds!  I spent the better part of yesterday and today chasing my virtual tail trying to fix this problem and claim my domain.  And I claimed it, baby.  Domain, consider yourself claimed.  By me.

To this latter problem my wholehearted thanks go to Ms. Ashley Rose who provided me the human service help that Google apparently refuses for its free services.  If you are a paying business customer, you will receive the equivalent of First Class travel concierge services.  Would you like a mint while we set up your new password?  Well, this bloggy freeloader had to research the data, piece together the clues, and call for help on Facebook to get my administrative rights back.  Consider this a warning if you own a custom domain via Blogger.  Your time will come.  And you will have to pay.  (Actually, I'm pretty sure the service is still free, but lord did take some time and a lot of screaming to get results.)  If any of you would like me to post a tutorial on how to conquer your Google Apps, let me know in the comments.  I'll do it, just for you.

Apart from the multiple malfunctions, I really did have a lovely holiday break.  My family must have watched over 1,000 hours of movies (side note: Holy cheese grits, my son just discovered the Ice Age franchise and we have had to suffer through each and every one of those movies, each sequel a good 15-point drop on the Rotten Tomatometer.  The good news is, I'm holding Ice Age 4: Electric Boogaloo hostage.  My son has to follow through on being cooperative every day or I push back the day he gets to see it.  Cruel?  Maybe.  But effective!).  I've clocked in an entire season of Dr. Who, with which I am completely obsessed.  I've read 1 1/2 books (and started a few more that I'm not far enough into to mention).  I saw several lovely friends and ate good food and napped a few times, too.

But I'm ready to get back to work.  Back to writing.  Back to blogging (which, technically, is writing).  Back to making heathen crafts.  Back to my studies.  Back to running the kids all over town.  Back.

And while I don't typically make resolutions anymore because after I tried to write an entire blog about keeping a resolution a month, I just don't need that kind of pressure, I do have a few goals to share:

Create more
Save more money
Spend less money
Be in the moment
Yoga (isn't that everyone's perennial New Year's requirement?)

I hope you had a festive holiday and New Year.  What good things happened?  What's coming down the pike?  Any malfunctions you need to share?  Any goals for the year?  Let's support each other before I dive back into that bag of chocolate.