December 21st, 2009 - Merry Christmas and Blog Shakiness
Ah, technology. Here is the dilemma I am facing:
When I started my blog 5 1/2 years ago, I knew nothing about website development, nevermind blogging. I have learned everything about blogging through trial and error, and by the seat of my pants. While I have learned a lot, and I have been able to apply most of it to the blog seamlessly, there are some things that are coming back to bite me in the a$$.
I code my site by hand, and this has some major limitations. I am not able to link to individual posts, only by month. I don't have any search or category functionality. I am not able to post anywhere but from home because I need to use my dreamweaver software.
I have been mulling around some options in my mind for a while, but it seems like now my hand is being forced. My commenting system, haloscan, is being phased out. My options are to switch over to a paid system, or loose everything. And I have two weeks to decide. Over Christmas.
So I have decided to export my old comments to a file, so at least I can see them. As of Jan 2nd, the old comments will apparently no longer appear on my site. In the New Year I am going to try to start fresh using Wordpress or another blogging system, but still have it hosted on my own domain. I have no idea what I am going to do about commenting yet, but I am sure that I will figure something out.
In the meantime, I apologize if things get funny for a while. This is certainly not how I hoped the changes would come but I am sure as heck not getting forced into paying for something I don't really want. If anyone has suggestions, recommendations for software, knowledge bases or anything you think would make this process less frustrating, I am certainly all ears.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and holidays, and I will see you all back here in the new year with what I am sure will be a much improved site. Thanks for all of your support! I'll leave you with some pictures of the record breaking snow we got over the weekend.
December 10th, 2009 - Signs of Winter
Rows of elf soldiers
Super weird Roanoke snow. I am glad we don't live 100ft higher
The day after a Roanoke snow - super crisp and sunny
Piles of handmade socks hanging to dry
Two weeks today I will be snuggled in to some great time with my family. I cannot wait to see everyone and spend the year's best holiday with them. It does however mean that I am deep into Christmas crafting. I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a long way to go.
Lots of Christmas crafting in your house?
December 7th, 2009 - Great News and a Dress
Two good things in one post, that is my kind of day. The important part first - missbedora, my best friend of 11 years, is ENGAGED! Yeah! I couldn't be happier for her. She has found a wonderful man and they compliment each other so well. I can't wait to start planning! When friends are happy, it makes me happy - isn't that the best feeling?
In much less exciting news, I decided to make a dress for the company Christmas party. I felt I didn't quite have enough going on (gah) so I filled up the nanosecond of free time that I had. It was worth it though, as I am quite happy with the results.
It is New Look pattern 6912. The top fabric is a thin shiny satin and the bottom is a slightly stretchy suiting. I had a lot of nice compliments both at the party and afterwards from TJ's co-workers and their SO's. It was comfortable too, which is always nice in a dress.
As far as the pattern goes, it isn't too difficult to work with. The top is mostly cut on the bias, so it can be a little tricky to work with the pieces. Especially if it is satin.
It's one item I might actually wear again, because I don't think it is too festive. Just need somewhere to wear it now.
December 1st, 2009 - A Nice Thank You
A while back I made some felt food (scroll down to the bottom) for my friend's little guy. I have the awesome title of Auntie Dani to this sweetie, even though I am sure he hardly remembers me. His Mom sent me a couple of great pictures of him playing with his food so to speak, and thought it was such a great thank you.
What a cutie!