Two days after my half marathon I opted to go for a Tuesday evening run. The Kid was skipping her class because a track meet overlapped. The crew was meeting for some icy tempo training. I was feeling a bit leaden in the legs, but I figured that was probably more of a reason to get out than to stay in. Six klicks later I’m limping. Not my legs: I’ve got a nagging pain in the arch of my foot. Hopefully just a temporary aggravation of some tendon or muscle, but I’m noting it here in case it hobbles me for anything longer than a couple days! Gah.
After a weekend of celebrating that I’d successfully moved my web hosting to a new (Canadian) platform, I’m back to the drawing board. Alas, there was nothing in particular wrong with the new host, but the package I chose (and that suited my budget) was woefully under-powered for the needs of this website. Who woulda thunk? I started getting some random errors on my page loads, started tracking what kind of capacity the server was drawing, and came to the conclusion that aside from turning off all but the most basic features, I was gonna be stuck crashing the new server on a regular basis. Thankfully I hadn’t completely killed the old server so, while I’m still moving it’s back to the US of A for another week until I can implement a plan B. Sigh!
While I wait for the Kid who is in her Saturday art class, I’m sitting in a McCafe drinking a $1 coffee an mooching free wifi to kill some time and to write some posts. I’m using a Bluetooth keyboard tethered to my iPhone which is plugged into a portable USB battery pack all while I track the time on my GPS enabled smart watch and listen to music on headphones so small I forgot I was wearing them. It struck me as worth writing here that the largest thing on my little bistro table is my coffee cup. I know we’re all all used to how small and clever things are these days, but every once in a while it still catches me off guard.
I may have warned readers that this was coming, but every year in December I try to write at least one blog post per day. It’s not anything official or endorsed or recognized in any way, but each year I pull thirty topics out of my hind-quarters and splot them onto the virtual pages of this website. On the last day of the month, day thirty-one (in case you were suddenly feeling a math headache coming on because of that last sentence) I post my big annual round up, year in review, New Years List of all my anecdotal thoughts and reflections on the year that was and hopes for the year that will be. For some reason these have been getting increasingly pessimistic. I wonder why. But, I digress… anyhow: December. A blog-a-day. No rules. No topics. No focus. No plan. Just me trying to write something to sum up my thoughts as the year comes in for it’s final approach and landing. Stay tuned.
You’re not in the wrong place. This is still me. It’s been at least five years since I did a major redesign of this blog, and over those years I’ve painted myself into a few design corners. I’ve been meaning to figure out a way to slowly tweak my design into something new and fresh and modern, but my old theme had so many complexities that I decided instead to just rip the bandage right off. This is the basis for a new look. It’s a bit sparse at the moment, but I’ll be refining it in the coming months. For now, enjoy a simpler look and feel.
For the month of November I’m taking a social sabbatical. I’ll be quietly ignoring as much Facebook as possible, avoiding reTweeting anything, minimizing my Instagram life, and generally doing some non-technical things. I might do a few serious blog posts, but only if it’s got some weighty heft about something I want to record: like telling you about this awesome book I’m reading, or posting photos from some crazy adventure. But otherwise, nothing for November. Quiet. Still. Nada. And then… well… full steam ahead in December with my annual blog-a-day month. Until then….