Friday, May 31, 2013

Stuff from today.

Well, today I’ve mostly been cleaning out this instapaper folder full of blogs that I wanted to subscribe to at one time or another. I deleted the ones that weren’t updating anymore, the duplicates, the dead links, and the ones that I was like “why did I save that?” I also had to delete sites that didn’t have RSS, (although I only found a few of those,) I did use an RSS creation service to make a feed for one site because the feed was broken, and it kept going to the wrong place. I still don’t have the Instapaper folder cleaned, I’m hoping to get it done soon, so that I can export my feeds from Google reader (again.) Yeah, this will be the second time I’ve done this since 3/13. Of course I’ve also tested the design tweaks on Tumblr, and my thing is as long as my screen reader treats everything the same, (which so far, it does,) there shouldn’t be any problems. Yeah, it’s a little different, but nothing is broken yet, (that I know of.)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pledge tracking services, blocked calls, and other stuff.

OK, so it’s been a week since I’ve written anything here. During that time, (or at least the past couple days of it,) I’ve been trying to find a service that will track pledges for a charity event. I’ve talked about Blogathon here a little bit, but I’m not sure if I’ve explained that it used to be an official event at one time, it stopped happening officially in 2010 and now a few of us just do it on our own. In essence, Blogathon is a pledge drive for charity, (although I really do try not to make it sound that boring!) Over the past couple years, I’ve used FirstGiving, but this year, in addition to some other plans, I want to blog for a small local charity that’s affiliated with our church. I can’t use FirstGiving for this, because they charge exorbitant fees for nonprofits to sign up with their service. Not only that but the charity uses PayPal to handle online donations, so that’s already taken care of. We all know how pledge drives work, (you pledge, then usually the donation happens either monthly, or after the event is over.) Of course this used to be part of the event itself, but now i’m left trying to put a square peg into a round whole. The one’s I’ve found want you to pay for them, and it’s like I don’t need the full thing, just that part!
Now that I’ve bored you with all those details, I’ll say that I managed to miss a blocked call at 1: 35 AM, and of course they didn’t leave a message, and didn’t call back. Last weekend was our memorial day service at church, and the barbecue afterwards, and I always enjoy that that. I’m still working on my lesson for healing rooms, I have to teach at the luncheon on 6/10, and I’m so not a teacher! I used to be a fairly good speechwriter, (although I never could use an outline to save my life!) but I’m just not a teacher.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My phone works!

I found out this morning that my phone still works, which means I didn’t have to make a trip to Verizon afterall! I really didn’t eant to, because even though I do have ensurance on the phone, I was kind of afraid that I’d still have to pay like the first $100 or something. I thought the case might be broken, but it wasn’t, so I don’t even need to replace that. I did however waste a whole bag of rice drying out my phone, so I’ll be buying more rice when we go to the grocery store next time!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Today was interesting...

It started out with me dropping my iPhone in the toylet! Oh yes I did! Of course I can't take it apart, because those things require special tools to disassemble, but I did put it in rice. It isn't under warranty, but I do have ensurance through my carrier, (Verizon.) I'm hoping they'll replace it, (if it needs replacing. The bottom of the case was still on, so I think it did a good job of protecting the back part, the top of the case fell off the phone, into the toylet. The top of the case wasnt a screen cover, so if anything doesn't work, it's probably the screen. So right now, I'm minus a phone, (until I take it out of the rice,) but I do still have a landline, so I'm now very glad I didn't cancel that! Then this afternoon, we found out, (those of us who were paying attention,) that the Yahoo board approved the Tumblr Acquisition. This is so not what I wanted to happen! In fact I tweeted: "There are things that I really don't want to happen, right now Yahoo buying Tumblr is pretty far up on that list." It's stil really far up on that list! Of course I also just had to tweet a link to the song, "it's the end of the world as we know it", because that pretty much describes the situation for me. Yahoo tends to have a track record of ruining things they buy, and they really don't care much about accessibility either. Who knows how long I'll be able to stay with Tumblr after Yahoo fully finishes the integration process, (although I've seen reports of Tumblr staying separate for now.)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

30 lists 30.

I’m just going to list a few things about the past 30 days.

  1. 1. Making a list every day is hard, even though I really like making lists, it’s still really hard!

  2. 2. I actually started this thing on April 1st, so technically it’s been way more than 30 days.

  3. 3. Of course getting that behind, and having a 13 day period of not being able to do much of anything didn’t help matters, (and of course if I would have known, I would have waited until this month.)

  4. 4. There were times I skipped, then had to catch up and do 2 lists the same day, which is kind of annoying, but that’s the consequence of skipping.

  5. 5. I’m ready to get back to regular blogging again for a while, just probably not right away.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

30 lists 29.

Thoughts in list form.

  1. 1. I’m actually ready for tomorrow to be day 30, because finishing something that I should have finished last month is just weird.

  2. 2. My caregiver and I went to Wal-Mart.

  3. 3. We went to Wal-Mart because I didn’t need anything at the grocery store, (I did need some cleaning supplies though,) and we really didn’t have anything else to do.

  4. I didn’t get up until 8:30 this morning.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

30 lists 28.

Weirdest things I’ve woken up to.

  1. 1. A 3 AM landline call from my parents in which no one said anything. I had to call them back to make sure everyone was OK, (turns out mom’s phone was just being strange.)

  2. 2. The morning after Blogathon 2009, I woek up to the church bus driver ringing my bell, this was weird because at the time, I hadn’t ridden the bus for a while, (and I was supposed to call if I needed the bus to come pick me up.) Of course they have a different set up now,(one where you call if you aren’t going to be there,) so last year when I was riding the bus, I made sure they knew not to ring my bell at 8:45 in the morning the day after.

  3. 3. Although last year, I did have a landline call on the day after, from someone who I don’t talk to that often, and only thinks I’m his friend, (we used to go to the school for the blind together.) He only thinks that because I’m too nice not to tell him to go away, but apparently he just decided to call me on the wrong day last year, because I was so not happy with him!

  4. 4. I wake up to a lot of things from outside, people screaming, sometimes singing. Yeah, it can get a bit strange sometimes.

Monday, May 13, 2013

30 lists 27.

Things I like to have with me, (and make sure I’ve done,) before I go on a trip.

  1. 1. A way to access the internet, whether that’s via a laptop or my phone.

  2. 2. If it’s via my phone, then I need to bring my Bluetooth keyboard, and the earbuds that go with the phone, (which I always used to make sure I had earbuds with me for surfing the internet in timeshares or motel rooms anyway, I never wanted to bother my parents or my sister, and I never wanted them to listen in.)

  3. 3. Phone/laptop chargers, (because those things are important.)

  4. 4. Making sure said things were fully charged before leaving is also a good thing to do.

  5. 5. Water, (extra water, especially if it’s a long car trip.)

  6. 6. Pills, (everything including headache and/or pain relievers.)

  7. 7. Ear plugs, especially for sleeping on the couch at my parent’s timeshare, because my dad snores.)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

30 lists 26.

Things I’ve done so far this year.

  1. 1. Celebrated my niece’s first birthday.

  2. 2. Shared my testimony at the women’s shelter where my friend works.

  3. 3. Switch both my blogs to Tumblr.

  4. 4. Let my caregiver go and started with a new one.

Stuff from the past couple days.

  1. 1. I had my carpets cleaned on Friday, and the lady was here for 5 hours.

  2. 2. I went to my sistr’s house yesterday to finish mom’s Mother’s day present.

  3. 3. We ended up going to breakfast after I got out of church, (I went to first service this week.)

  4. 4. I thtink I’ll just skip church next year for Mother’s day, that way it won’t be that big of a deal.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Things I always have with me.

For day 24, I thought I’d make a list of things I always have with me, (or try to remember to bring with me when I go somewhere.)

  1. 1. My purse, (because this has everything in it.)

  2. 2. My keys, because I don’t really want to get locked out, then I have to have the landlord let me in.

  3. 3. A bottle of water.

  4. 4. My phone, (but sometimes I forget this.)

  5. 5. The card I use to pay for things, which if I didn’t leave it anywhere, should always be in my purse.

  6. 6. If I know I’m going to be waiting a while, I’ll bring earbuds and my Bluetooth keyboard for my phone, but I don’t usually carry that with me. It does fit in my purse though.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

30 lists day 23.

Things about the town in which I live.

  1. 1. I live in a small town.

  2. 2. I live about 3 hours south of Portland, Or.

  3. 3. It rains a lot here, (but that describes our state in general.)

  4. 4. We have about 25000 people here.

  5. 5. I wish I lived in a bigger city, because cities are more fun!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The past couple days in list form.

  1. 1. I finally got an answer from my doctor’s office on what to do next for my well… the thing I had the test for. The test results were normal, but in order to try to make it stop acting the way it is, he’s going to write me a prescription, which I’m hoping will be ready tomorrow. Apparently he said for me to keep taking it until I come back in, (which is weird for this kind of prescription,) so we’ll see what that does.

  2. 2. I was going to have carpet cleaners come yesterday, but the shampooer had missing parts, so we’re going to have to rent one.

  3. 3. My caregiver and I are getting a new schedule, she’s going to start coming 3 days a week next week, but the schedule was changed like twice this week, and no one decided to notify me until the last minute.

  4. 4. I’ll also have to go to my sister’s house to finish our mother’s day present sometime this week.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Things I do when I can't sleep.

For my 21st list out of 30, I thought I’d list some things I do when I can’t sleep, (as in when I can’t fall asleep, (not when I plan to stay up for 24 hours.)

  1. 1. Lay there and try to go to sleep.

  2. 2. Get up and surf Reddit.

  3. 3. After looking at Reddint for a while, sometimes I’ll look at Metafilter.

  4. 4. By this time, I’ve usually taken the sleeping pills that I have just for this occasion, (they’re over the counter, natural pills,) and they take about a half hour to work.)

  5. 5. If it’s really bad, I’ll do some pushups or whatever to try and make myself extra tired.

Monday, May 6, 2013

30 lists 20.

A list of everything that went on yesterday and today.

  1. 1. Mom, dad, and a guy dad works with came and delivered my new desk and couch.

  2. 2. Mom set up my desk.

  3. 3. Mom decided she was going to put my computer on the floor, but I lectured her, because that’s usually not all that great for airflow.

  4. 4. Although the place we have it isn’t all that good for airflow either, and it’s an extremely tight container in the desk. It’s a shelf with sides, (so it’s a container,) but it’s much smaller than my old one, so it does constrict things a bit. I have the AC right next to me in an attempt to create airflow, which makes me cold, but does help a lot.

  5. 5. I got my test results back from the doctor, and they’re normal, so I asked the lady, “what does he want me to do next?” She said let me ask him and get back to you on that one.

  6. 6. Today I went to procure part of mom’s Mother’s day present with my sister, I’m not going to say what it is yet, (I know she doesn’t read, but just in case.)

30 lists day 19.

I skipped this last night, so doing 2 tonight.
A list of stores I wish my town had.

  1. 1. Sees candy!

  2. 2. BestBuy, (we have Staples, but not BestBuy, or anything like it.)

  3. 3. Trader Joes, just for their chocolate selection.

  4. 4. A bulk candy shop.

  5. 5. I know this is not a store, but I wish we had an ice rink.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A list of my pet peves.

For day 18, I thought I’d make a list of my pet peves, (just for fun, and because a couple of them happened today.)

  1. 1. Family members who don’t call before they come over because, (and these are their exact words… “you’re always home.”)

  2. 2. Mom saying, “you didn’t tell me you were going anywhere,” seriously… do I have to tell you everything? I’m not a 5-year-old child anymore!

  3. 3. Not having time to just get on Skype with a friend when I want to anymore. My caregiver’s hours are in the afternoon, (and that’s when we usually do Skype.) I’m not going to Skype with him while she’s there, (unless they’re both OK with it,) so we just don’t usually do Skype anymore.

  4. 4. Which means that I also have less time to dedicate to other activities like RSS, and posting to the linkblog, (etc.) I was going to do some of that tonight, but then I got the call to start cleaning out my desk, so I didn’t have time again.

  5. 5. The fact that when I get in the prayer line for prayer, (unless it’s at my church, during healing rooms, or I know the people praying for me,) they’ll always pray for me to be healed of blindness, (it even happened at my church at first.) Sometimes, I’m there for other things though, (usually not related,) like a broken AC unit or something like that.

  6. 6. This isn’t necessarily a pet peve, but it does stress me out, the fact that my mother is coming over tomorrow! There are still plumbing-sized holes in the kitchen, and the carpets haven’t been shampooed yet, (that happens on Tuesday by the way.)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Day 17 in list form.

  1. 2. I had my landlord’s assistant come and put my AC in, because I tried to show my caregiver how to do it, but she didn’t do it right.

  2. 3. I’m a little worried though, because the AC isn’t draining water, I’m not sure why, because it should, (and it did last year,) but doesn’t seem to be this year.)

  3. 4. I did call WiteAid, all but one of my Prescriptions are ready.

  4. 5. I’m kind of, sort of, not really looking forward to tomorrow, I have to work in the healing rooms, then have the potluck afterwards, which will make it an extremely long day.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

30 lists day 16.

Yeah, I think I’m actually on day 16, (I had 2 day 13 posts.) The problem is that I got really behind last month, (when it would have been the easiest to keep track of which day I was on,) and had to restart the challenge in the middle of the month, so it’s been really weird. OK, I’m going to make a list of things done so far this week, and things yet to do.

  1. 1. Went grocery shopping.

  2. 2. Got lab test done, and went to the doctor on Monday.

  3. 3. Had someone from my church deep clean my kitchen and computer chair yesterday. She’ll be back to do my carpet on Tuesday. My last caregiver apparently didn’t clean all that well, and I just realized this in the last couple weeks.

  4. 4. I have one of those tests tomorrow that involves drinking 32 ounces of water, I asked if 40 ounces would work, and they said yes.

  5. 5. I still need to pick up my prescriptions for this month, I need to call the pharmacy and ask if they’re ready because even though I’m supposed to be on Autofill, they never call me.

  6. 6. I managed to pay my rent yesterday, (when we went grocery shopping,) using a casheers check from my bank, but I’ll have to start paying it from billpay again from now on.

  7. 7. We’re having a potluck for the healing rooms on Saturday, plus I’ll be praying in the healing rooms that day.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

30 lists day 15

A list of my Favorite cities.

  1. 1. San Francisco, (because it’s a cool city, and because of the food, yeah I know.)

  2. 2. Seattle, (because it has the Space Needel, and Pikes Place market, (and I want to go back because I’ve only been there for a day.)

  3. 3. Portland, because I only live about 3 hours away, and it’s Portland.

  4. 4. NYC, because it’s well… NYC, and you can’t ever do the same thing twice in NYC, (unless it’s like the empire state building… or something like that.)


All of these are places I’d like to go back and spend time in, (I live 3 hours away from Portland though, so we’ve already done that one, but the other 3 I’ve definitely.)

30 lists day 14

Things in my bag.

  1. 1. A lot of receipts.

  2. 2. Various cards, (a debit card, my ID card, and various others.)

  3. 3. Paratransit tickets from years ago.

  4. 4. Cash, in various forms, (for doing laundry, and to pay the second person from church I had to call in for extra-deep cleaning, (because my landlord was complaining, and my caregiver wasn’t allowed to move appliances.)

  5. 5. Prayer cloths from healing rooms.

  6. 6. my purse actually holds my keyboard for my phone, but that isn’t in there right now.