I have been blogging. No really, I have – just not here. And no, not every day either, but at least it’s more than … not blogging? Whatever, it’s a blog, not the end of the world. No excuses needed!
Anyhow, what I have been doing is writing short reviews on the books I’ve been reading, which are on my review blog. That exists mainly because I have the spare domain name and it seemed a shame to be doing nothing with it. And probably also because I feel happier having “life” things divided from “fannish” things, from long habit, even though there really is an overlap what with everything being crossposted to FB and LJ etc. Once again: whatever.
So for the sake of ridiculous completeness, I’ll be linking my review posts from here. Ta-da:
(Yes, sometimes I like to read total rubbish. Don’t judge me! ;-p )
Woe is me, etc etc, I am bereft of my mobile phone. Oh noes, dramaz dramaz, how will I survive?!
Quite well, as it happens. To be fair, I have a tablet – an old slightly creaky model, yes, but a tablet nonetheless – so it’s not like I don’t have any kind of portable interwebs. Because that’s so very vital for things like plurking, or watching youtube or iplayer, or checking my email from the bedroom. You know, instead of walking the 20-odd feet to the PC in the living room.
Of course, I also have a landline phone. I’m far from cut off from the world without my mobile. But it’s been five days, and it’s actually been kind of nice. A sort of holiday. I don’t really know why, since as I said it’s not that much of a practical change. Maybe it’s that I’ve become a bit dependant on that one little device – it’s used for phone calls, texts, email, games, social networking, music, radio, ebooks, audiobooks, a calendar, a camera… but hey, look, I can actually trundle along without it perfectly well.
That doesn’t mean I’ll use it less when I get it back, but I could. If I chose to. Which I won’t.
I really am a bit rubbish at this, aren’t I? I forgot to blog again. So I’m going to pretend it’s still Friday and this post totally counts. Because actually I didn’t so much forget as get hit by the nap truck in the afternoon, and I only just woke up again a little while ago.
Anyway, my psych appointment went alright, I think. No more med increases needed. I’ve got a leaflet / listing for some courses that they’re running in things like sleep hygiene and anxiety management – CBT and things along those lines. Hopefully I’ll be able to do one or two of those.
Right now though, I’m going to go and get some more sleep.
Or nearly a week, anyway. Six days. I completely forgot to blog at the weekend… and managed to carry on forgetting all week until today. Whoops! So I’ll extend my blogging an extra week, I think. Or maybe I’ll keep going until the end of July. I’ll aim for that. And beyond, of course, but hopefully every day until then.
So, what have I been up to this week? Not a lot, really. Much the same as I have for the last few months. That’s mostly involved not going out a lot. I don’t actually remember the last time when I managed to leave the house by myself, either. Not counting letting the cat in and out, and putting the rubbish out – somehow that doesn’t seem to count as Going Out in my wonky brain, even though if I want to go somewhere further than the end of the garden path I haven’t made it past the flat door. Make sense of that!
I had to go out today, and will again tomorrow, as I have an appointment with my psychiatrist in the morning. Mum has been brilliant about coming over and helping me get out / taking me places. Today was an appointment at the Jobcentre to talk to them about work and things now that I’ve been moved onto the new ESA benefit. In my case, that was pretty much going over the fact that, what with not being so well, I can’t do full time work, but I can continue with the (part time) Permitted Work scheme. So that’s OK. What was less OK was the panic attack part of the proceedings, but it wasn’t a major one and I think I’ve remembered everything alright. If not, I can ask Adam-the-support-worker who was there with me. Mum had just dropped me off there, as Adam knows the ropes for this kind of appointment. But she will be coming in to the appointment tomorrow, as per usual. Her perspective is useful, but she can also remind me of anything I forget to mention as well. Two heads are better than one, and all that stuff.
And on that note, I’d better go and make my list of things I have to remember for tomorrow. Oh, and wipe my phone ready for taking it back to the shop for repairs. Poor wee thing. (No phone? How will I cope?! Noooooo! etc) Good night!
Today, I shall be pimping my friends, Holly and Larry. Or more specifically, their new project / website / business / educational game app: Rufus Robot.
(Not, as my Mum thought I said, “Ruthless Robot”. That would be a different game altogether, although Larry, you’re welcome to take that idea and run with it. You’re welcome ;-) )
The mission statement on their website says:
Our goal is to provide fun, useful, and affordable tablet-based applications to the growing number of children who need them. Many of our applications focus on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but it is our belief that these same tools will be fun and educational for early achievers too!
– Dr Holly Gastgeb
Pimp accomplished. Ta-daa!
Yup, this is blog post #720, believe it or not. Mind you, if I manage to keep this daily blogging lark up, I’ll be cracking on for 750 by the end of the month. On the other hand, that is over the space of 12+ years, so it’s not that much really.
… oh. But I forgot to hit the publish button on here. Oops! That generally helps.
Or, How To Be Extra-Specially Rubbish at Blogging, by Lou.
So, it’s all of day two of this challenge thingy, and already I’m kind of stuck for what to write about. So I’m writing about not being able to decide what to write about, mainly so that I’ll have something posted today at all! Also, in the hope that if I keep typing, my fingers will come up with something that my brain has stalled over. Or something like that.
Actually, I think it worked. Because it’s not so much that I can’t think of anything to blog about, as that I have several things, but can’t decide which to start with. So instead, I’m going to ramble about WordPress plugins. Fascinating, hmm? Specifically, it’s the plugin that autoposts to Plurk that’s giving me trouble – yesterday it did a weird triple post with the temporary page preview address in it instead of the address for the published post. When I had a look on WP.org, I discovered that the plugin hasn’t been updated for ages, so that’s likely the issue there. There are some new ones that should do the trick instead, so I’m going to install one of those instead. Although since those also post to Twitter and FB (which I’m currently using the Jetpack module to do), I think I’ll swap over for those as well. Assuming the new plugin works the way I want it to and all that. /ramble.
In other news, I really want to go to the Nine Worlds con. Really really really really really. That would, of course, involve me Leaving The House and Going To London, and hard stuff like that. Not to mention paying for the ticket and hotel, so. We’ll see. But I wanna!
I’m sure I’ve said this umpteen times, but I really do want to get back into blogging more regularly. So, I’ve decided to set myself a blogathon / blopomo challenge: posting every day for a month from today, June 15th.
I don’t think I’m going to have a theme, though if I do start to get stuck I might try the alphabet meme thing. That worked pretty well for me before. It’s probably going to be general rambling and catching up on what’s going on in my life, though. Exciting stuff! Or, you know, not.
As a reminder to myself in case I’m in need of inspiration, I’m going to try to write about
- What I’ve been up to over the last few months
- Mental health stuff (which kind of ties in with the above, tbh)
- My favourite niece, Miss RA
- Merlin McPurrlin (cat spam, here we come)
- Knittin’ and Spinnin’
- What I’ve been fangirling over
- And my forays into learning to be a bit of a girly girl. Sometimes.
Alrighty, first post accomplished! I have some partners in ‘thoning crime, gathered via my Plurk flist. So, hi , (also on deviantart), dangerouslycrafty and captainstardust. Feel free to prod me if I forget to post!
I took a day off of blogging yesterday, but I’m going to see if I can now do the rest of December as well. If not, no big worry. I actually ventured out yesterday, and I’m glad I did, even though the pavements down the hill were icy:
Today, it’s a tad snowier than it was yesterday, and it’s snowing again now. No buses are running, and there’s very little traffic in general. My brother’s friend was mostly OK in his Jeep, but I wouldn’t want to drive in this weather. It’s a bit deep on my road, and we’re not likely to get gritted:
Yaaaaaaaaaaaay, I won! Well, I passed the finishing line, having posted every day this month – and this time without a meme to help me along. Woohoo! I am ver’ ver’ proud of myself.
Thank you very much.
In weather news, it snowed. Luckily it didn’t start laying on the ground until I was back home again today, but now there’s a good covering out there. Brrrr!
Well, the snow is definitely here now – when I woke up yesterday there was a white blanket of it outside, and although it did melt up at my Mum’s house, it hasn’t done here yet, and we’ve had more since then. I think there’s going to be more still over the next 24 hours – the BBC weather page seems to think so:
I hope I can make it to the library tomorrow! I’ll get up early and check the bus info page. Which means, I think, it’s time for a cosy early night under my nice warm duvet! Goodnight, internet.
- What’s your favorite holiday album?
Either my two-disc set of Handel’s Messiah, or any album of carols. Puts me properly in the festive mood.
- What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”. It just makes me feel Christmassy.
- What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?
Hmm, I don’t know.
- What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday?
More a season than a holiday, though I associate it with May Day: Summer is a Cumin In
- What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee?
Any cheesy Christmas song that I hear over and over and over… there used to be several, but now that I don’t work in a shop and have to hear them on loop all day long, I’m more tolerant of them all ;-)