Holiday Miscellany

As is typical for this time of year, things have been pretty wild here. And coming down with the flu has not helped calm things in the slightest.

Anyhoo, I have had a few people ask about various holiday related things so I figure I’d put all this up here for reference. First, here’s a link to my wishlist. I haven’t used Amazon since the ridiculous drama from last year so it’s not exactly an up-to-date list.1 And I can’t (easily) order from them anyway, so I definitely would appreciate not receiving an Amazon gift card, please.

Second, I am probably not doing holiday cards this year. I know that’s two years in a row now and I am sorry for those of you wanting some adorable German shepherd to arrive in your mailbox. Unfortunately, it’s kind of an involved process to get them made and it does not look like I will have the opportunity to get all that done in time to send them out, especially for those of you living outside of the US. Maybe I’ll do Christmas in July or something to make up for it?

Hmm, thought I had a third thing but it seems to have slipped my mind. I’ll definitely edit this if needed, though.

  1. Not that I expect anyone to ever get things off it for me anyway.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Quick ‘n’ Dirty

I’ve been dealing with an issue with my left eye for about two weeks now which is probably not pink eye but being treated as if it were. The whole thing came on kind of suddenly and for several days my eye burned and watered constantly as if I had soap in it. I was beyond miserable and by the time I broke down and went to the doctor I was in utter agony. I was prescribed some soothing drops which seem to have done just that, but the last few days I’m noticing an increase in the discomfort again. This correlates to me lessening how often I’ve been administering the drops, so I’m strongly considering requesting a refill before I completely run out.

Uschi’s eyes however are finally almost entirely healed. She has just the teeniest raw spot under her left eye and her right, which was by far the worse of the two, has only a thin scab. I’m entirely shocked she doesn’t have scaring and in fact it looks quite likely there will be no evidence of her wounds. I don’t know why this is so surprising considering the same thing happened last year with her nose and that also shows no signs of being rubbed raw.

Aside from the household eye health, the only other noteworthy thing I can think of to share is that in the interest of quelling the nagging voices to get me to update more consistently, I’m debating a blog idea that in an off-hand way Brooke gave me. She complained about the “strange” lack of personal details in my about page and chided me for not keeping it more up-to-date. There are a bunch of reasons for this and as I listed them off I realized that in and of themselves this was almost an entirely new blog. And then I thought about my abandoned WP.com blog and how I’ve toyed with trying to resurrect it in some way. Anyway, I’ll get into all that another time after I’ve got a more firm grasp on what, if anything, I will be doing.

New-Old Subscribers

It was brought to my attention that WordPress.com now has a tool to transfer subscribers from there to a self-hosted blog running Jetpack. So, I pooped on over and gave it a shot and it looks like it actually brought some folks over here from my (abandoned) account there. It’s not the several hundred or so that got lost in limbo when Support ran a similar tool last year, but hey, it’s not nothing!

So, welcome back new-old friends. It’s been awhile, no?

Goodbye, LJ

On the heels of my nattering on about blogging and my lack thereof, I received an email informing me that LiveJournal has deleted my account.1

It’s amusing to me that it took them some 7 years to finally get around to noticing the complete lack of activity I’ve had on my old blog there. But I guess the clincher was that I sort of locked myself out of my account about two years ago and never bothered to fix that. Oops. Still, it’s kind of bittersweet for me. LJ was my first blogging home and I have met some pretty awesome friends through the community there. Except, like me, they’ve all basically abandoned LJ for other haunts like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.2 Then again, I had one foot out the door of LJ long before they were bought and then later sold by Six Apart so I don’t know why the email was even a little jarring to me. I guess it’s just the finality of it. Like Geocities shutting down, this is yet another piece of my Internet beginnings that will no longer be a part of my life.

Anyway, if for some ridiculous reason you’ve been looking for me over there, this is just to say the obvious: I haven’t been around and I won’t be coming back. Sorry. Really though there’s just too many other places to be. Even sometimes places that have nothing to do with a keyboard and a monitor. I know, it’s crazy!

  1. There’s still a syndicated feed if you actually still use LJ and for some reason insist on reading my blog via them.
  2. And, of course, I barely use all of those.