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Category: Yep, I’m a Geek

Pardon Me While I Get Geeky

To many of you, these things will mean absolutely nothing, so if you aren’t geek inclined like myself then just move along. For the rest of you (who understand the joy of geekiness), here are some things that I’m a little excited about right now.

Movable Type 4.0 Beta – I use Movable Type to power this site and was just about ready to switch it over to WordPress because it is just easier to use. When the new MT was announced I wasn’t quite sure whether to go forward with the change or hold off. After logging in to a demo of MT 4 today, I think I might wait it out a bit. I’m going to wait until the beta period is over and then upgrade before I make a final decision. What I’ve seen of MT 4 so far looks pretty damn good.

I recently downloaded Pidgin, a multi-protocol IM client. I heard about it a while back but never installed it. I’ve tried similar clients before and have never found one I liked so I’m going to try it out for a few days. I use several different instant messengers and would love to just have them all in one place. I’m generally logged in to at least 3 of the 4 I use whenever I’m online. This will make it much simpler if it works for me. The only thing I’ve found so far that I don’t like is that it doesn’t tell you when the person on the other end is typing (unless I’m missing a setting somewhere that allows it).  Oh, feel free to pass along your usernames if you want to chat or e-mail me for mine.

Finally, the best new discovery I’ve made this week is the new version of Safari that works with Windows. I do indeed love my Firefox browser to pieces, but when I’m designing sites it will be a great advantage to be able to see what it looks like in Safari so I can troubleshoot. I would really prefer just to have a Mac so I can know for sure what everyone is seeing, but since that isn’t a possibility I’ll just have to settle for the Windows-based Safari browser. It is quite pretty and very fast-loading from what I’ve seen so far.

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Odds and Ends

I’ve been quite busy over the last few days working on new projects and tidying up a few other things.  Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve been up to:

  • I have finally updated my blogroll.  There are so many incredible writers out there that it is really hard for me to keep up these days.  I’m going to be paring down the blogs in my feed reader so I wanted to make sure that I had the links somewhere else so I don’t lose track of anybody.  I’ll still be reading, but maybe just not every day.
  • I still have a little bit of tweaking to do, but I have officially launched my new knitting site,  It is basically a place for me to track my knitting projects, patterns I like, and talk about my new hobby.  I’m hoping that it will eventually become a resource for other novice knitters.  Even if you aren’t into knitting, please stop by and say hi.
  • 451 Press is starting up a set of city blogs and they are going to allow me the pleasure of writing for the Kansas City blog.  I don’t have the link for the site yet, but you can rest assured that I’ll be sharing it as soon as I get it.  I’m also looking for a couple of local KC bloggers to help me out with the site.  If you think you might be interested, let me know.  I basically want to focus on local current events (not political!) and things to do around town, although I’m open to suggestions.
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Add Some Tequila

Change is good right?  I’ve been wanting to make a few changes around here for a while and I finally got around to doing it.  I kept trying to do it at home but with Hubby and his parents around I haven’t had much time to play around on my top secret blog site without anyone getting a peek so I finally decided to try to fit it in at work during my lunch breaks.  I might have possibly used a little more than my allotted hour break, but I kinda like the results.  It isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I started out, but it will do.  I might still need to tweak a few things here and there.

What do you think?

If you are using a feed reader, you’ll have to click on over to the site and check it out.

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Wastin' Time Like It Was Free

Bullet style because I’m too lazy to try to make these things all fit together any other way:

  • Tonight is the Shinedown, Godsmack, Rob Zombie show here in KC and I’m very, very, bummed that I will not be attending.  Three of my favorite bands playing all together in the same place and I’ll be at home cleaning my house and catching up on some tv time if I’m lucky (my shows are finally starting up again).  I love having a kid, but I sure do miss my concerts.  Instead, I made my own little Shinedown, Godsmack, Zombie show on my computer….minus the visuals and the crowd.
  • I ventured out into the world of podcasts this week.  I’ve heard about them and read about them, but never actually checked one out until now.  I have no idea why.  What I discovered is that I really like them but if I’m going to listen to them at work, I might as well forget about getting any work done.  Plus, headphones are a good thing…especially at work.
  • 2 1/2 days until the in-laws come.  My house is a mess and all I want to do is hang with the kid and the hubby and get my time in before I have to share them.  I suppose I should at least put some sheets on the bed in the guest room and maybe get rid of the inch of dust that has collected in there.
  • Zach has been waking up early the last few days which makes it really difficult for me to get myself ready and out the door on time.  I’m guessing that part of the reason he is waking up so early is that it is getting cold in his room.  It is still too warm in the afternoons to even think about turning the heat on, but it gets pretty chilly at night.  He won’t keep a blanket on so I have to dress him in those fleece all-in-one jammies with the feet to keep him warm.  So, I went to Wal-Mart today to pick some up as he’s outgrown last year’s.  I had to buy a freaking 3T to fit him.  The 2T’s are too short for him.  Last Spring he was just outgrowing the 12 month size.
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So it turns out that when I go playing around with my templates I jack things up around here.  I guess the reason I haven’t had any comments is because I screwed up the comment template and you couldn’t get to it.  Well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway.  Many thanks to Lauren for letting me know!  Everything should be back to normal now.

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To Do List

I’m in a serious work funk right now.  I’m always in a work funk it seems but this week has been particularly bad as you might be able to tell by the number of blog entries appearing the last couple of days.  There are just so many things that I want to do that are not work-related and I can’t seem to get my mind off of them.  Instead of actually working, I sit here staring at my computer while thinking about all of the other things I would rather be doing.  Want a list of the things I’m thinking about?  Of course you do! 

  1. Making a BUDGET I can stick to.  I hate those things but we definitely need one.  I can’t ever seem to pay all of the bills on time these days and I’ve got to find a way to cut out some of the extra spending.  I feel like it is my fault because I’m the one responsible for paying the bills and I have to find a way out of the mess we’re in.
  2. Cleaning out my house.  There seems to be stuff everywhere and it is slowly driving me insane.  If I could actually find the time to get sort through things I could quite possibly make a lot of money in a garage sale which would, in turn, help with the budget problem.  I think I’m really ready to get over my packrat ways and turn a new leaf.  It will be painful, but nice in the end.  Less clutter, less stress.  Now if someone could just tell me how to get over the emotional attachment I have to my stuff.
  3. The Red Sox are in town next week and I forgot to buy tickets.  Also, see #1 above.  We may be sitting in the very, very, cheap seats.  I can’t miss my Sox.
  4. I need some craft time.  I started on a baby blanket for Zach’s day care provider a few months ago and have barely picked it up since.  Um, she’s due in two months and I’m guessing its not going to be finished before the baby comes.
  5. I really, really, really want to redesign this site.  I can’t stop thinking about it which means somehow, some way I will find a way to do it soon.
  6. I really, really, really need to finish my church’s web site that I started on over a year ago.  I’m still waiting on info from some people so it really isn’t my fault that it isn’t finished, but I hate that it is still just hanging there waiting to be finished.
  7. I also really need to whip up the blog design in my head for one of my blogging buddies.  She asked me for a design ages ago and I still haven’t gotten around to it.  I’m such a punk sometimes.  I hate making promises and not delivering.
  8. I’ve actually been thinking about leaving Zach with my mom for an entire weekend and trying to get away with the Hubby.  I haven’t mentioned it to him yet because I’m not 100% sure that I can handle being away from the little man that long, but I’m really thinking about it.  Hubby and I have been actually getting along pretty well for the last week or so and I think the time together would be nice…and relaxing.

And now, it is time to go home.  I need to do something relaxing tonight.

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