I didn’t go to Prayer Seeker’s Cafe today.

Prayer Seeker’s Café is taking a break this week for Vacation Bible School. I also won’t be going next week because it’s my birthday, I don’t have any plans during that time, but I just decided to tae the time off. Next month, they’ll be taking a couple weeks off as well.

This blog is not having an identity crisis!

In a post on Scripting.com, Dave Winer says:

Like all people with blogs, in 2014, mine has been going through an identity crisis.

the post basically goes on to say that he puts his short messages on Twitter, and since he gets better engagement on Facebook, he posts there. His blog is for random scatterings, (that we all accumulate across the web.) I don’t do that great of a job of summarizing this last part, just go read the post, (that’s why I linked to it.
First of all, let’s just say that I use my twitter account for a myriad of things, including tweeting every morning. Let’s also say that among the uses of said account today were having a discussion of the accessibility of Reddit with a friend. Secondly, I don’t usually use Facebook. I have the account because that’s where my family and church friends are, but I rarely use it, (unless I’m tagged in a photo, or on the now very rare occasion that Twitter is down.)
I suppose the question remains, what do I use this blog for? The answer to that question is well… everything! I use it to write what I’m doing, from trying to suspend someone’s Twitter account, to staying up all night to blog every half hour for charity. Those are just 2 example, (I have 5 years of archives going back to 2009.) I also use it to write about things that are going on like doctor’s appointments, church potlucks, etc. I do this with the theory that I might want to remember these things someday, although I’m not sure when.
So, in order for this blog to have an identity crisis, I would have to have one myself, and I’m glad to report I’m not having any of those right now. Sure, I probably need to post more, (as I’ve gotten behind in trying to keep up a posting schedule,) but I don’t think that’s a huge problem. I also have a linkblog, webgurl.me, and I have a lifestream that captures everything at noelle.co.

Doctor’s appointment issues.

I have a doctor’s appointment next Wednesday. The appointment is at 11, but my caregiver’s hours don’t start until 11. They don’t normally start until 11:30, but we thought the appointment was at 11:30, so she called her office to let them know. The problem is, she has a client right before me, and she isn’t supposed to come until 12:15 on Wednesdays, so she had to call the office. The office rescheduled her hours from 11 to4. I wasn’t sure if I had the card in my purse, (they tend to fall out, as I put them in the pocket with my phone,) but I did have it, and she checked it and it said 11. So she said she’d leave her new client’s house at 10, and get here by 10:45, (it’s a 45 minute commute each way.) I tried to call my doctor’s office and reschedule it for any time past 11, but since my doctor only works 3 days a week now, they were booked until the second week of September.

Sunday school changes.

We won’t be having Sunday school for the next 3 Sundays. It’s the end of the adult classes, (we have adult classes at our church as well as kid’s classes,) so they decided to cancel the kid’s classes too. After we come back from break, the middle school kids, (sixth, seventh, and eighth graders,) are going to be taught by the pastor’s son, and the fifth graders are going back to the children’s department. As to what I’ll be doing, I’m not sure yet.
Next week, they’re going to have Vacation Bible School at the church all week. This means no Prayer Seeker’s Café on Monday. I thought maybe I could participate in VBS, but I decided not to, because my caregiver’s hours are from 11:30 to 4:30 Tuesday through Thursday, and it goes from 9:00-12:00. Not only that, but I have the appointment with the SSA representative that Friday to fill out my disabled adult/child benefit application.

The past few days.

Not much has gone on here the past few days. Yesterday, my caregiver and I went to a local ice cream shop. After that we came back and baked brownies. The day before, my dad had surgery, it had to do with what he was in the hospital for last month, and the Doctor said it went well.
Today was the anniversary of when the Lavabit shutdown was made public, (which was a day after the shutdown itself.) I remember this, because I had like 3 minutes before my caregiver was supposed to show up, and I kept seeing a whole bunch of tweets. My first thought was retweet anything, and my second thought was why did this happen? It was after that, that my call box rang.

My trip, and last weekend.

Mom and my aunt picked me up at around 4 Thursday afternoon, and we had to go pick up my sister and my niece. We didn’t get to our destination until 10:20 that night, then we had to go to the store to get several things. My niece is obsessed with the song “Let it Go, from the movie Frozen. We’re not sure if it’s the song itself, or that particular scene she’s obsessed with, but I think we must have listened to it 500 times in the car, both coming and going.
I don’t sleep well on trips, and I didn’t sleep at all that night. We went to the water park on Friday, and the water slides were a lot of fun! There needed to be a lot more swimming involved though, because it was 105 degrees where we were. My sister was allowed to bring my niece’s bottle in with her, (and I think she snuck some snacks in in a bag.) I usually always bring water with me everywhere I go, but I wasn’t able to do that this time. Since I didn’t have my water with me, and since I tend to dehydrate very easily, I became extremely dehydrated and felt like I was going to faint while my aunt and I were waiting in line for one of the rides. I think I almost passed out twice that day. I managed to get down 4 slides though, (I think I might have done one twice,) float the lazy river with my mom, aunt, sister, and niece, (they really gave mom a ridiculous hassle about her sitting in the tube,) and spent time in the pool, so overall it was fun.
Yesterday, I went to my parent’s house for a barbecue, eventually everyone but my dad and I left to go to a butterfly garden. I didn’t particularly want to go because I wasn’t really up for more time in the car, (although I got plently of that when mom brought me home, thanks to a detour.)

I’m going on a trip.

My family and I are leaving today to go to a waterpark. My aunt is here visiting for a while, so we decided to go on an overnight trip. I’m not sure why we aren’t spending 2 nights, as it is a 4 hour drive each way, but it still should be fun. We’re leaving late this afternoon, and should be back sometime tomorrow. Oh yeah, I fixed my linkblog feed! I had to add some PHP to a couple WordPress files, and make sure all blank lines were removed, but now the feed is working!

Woops, the linkblog feed is broken!

Yeah, it’s been broken for a while. I’m not exactly sure why either, because I’ve installed the same plugins there as I have here, and this feed is still working. It has something to do with blank lines in either the feed files, or the wp-config files, and I’ll have to go into the files and remove the blank lines from them, and add some PHP to fix this error: XML Parsing Error: XML or text declaration not at start of entity
I’m hoping I’ll get this fixed tomorrow, if I don’t, I’ll have to use a service to create an RSS feed and put a widget on the linkblog for RSS subscriptions.

Church in the park.

Today we had church in the park. It was a lot of fun, and we got to worship a lot! After the service was over, we went down to the river for baptisms. There were at least 10 people being baptized, I lost count, and when I tried to ask how many, it seemed that everyone else did too. After the baptisms, we wate lunch, (there was a lot of food, and I had quite a big plate!) After that we stayed and worshiped for a while, and I didn’t get home until around 3. When we were leaving to come home, I had a 20 ounce bottle of water leak in my purse. There wasn’t 20 ounces left in it when it leaked, (probably only about 3-4,) but it leaked all over the inside of my purse, and everything got wet. Yay for cleaning out my purse and throwing away a whole bunch of unnecessary receipts, I guess.

I’m officially waiting for pizza.

OK OK, so you just knew I had to come back and write the traditional pizza post this year… right? Well, this time I got pepperoni and mushroom, along with my traditional order of both breadsticks and Cinnasticks, that I’ve been getting since 2012 because Dominos messed up in 2011 and gave me breadsticks instead of Cinnasticks. I’d just like to say that I hope the call box is working, because I think my caregiver had some problems with it on Thursday, and I don’t particularly want to go down and meet the delivery man again. I had to do this last year, and I think it made me late, but I have this weird fear, (for some strange reason,) that they won’t call me, and they won’t be able to deliver my pizza to me. By the way, I’d just like to mention that I managed to pass 1300 posts on my linkblog today, while I was in the process of posting the 14 links I gathered.

Plans for tomorrow, and ideas for next year.

As we all know, Blogathon would be tomorrow, (as I’ve stuck to the last Saturday in July tradition.) As I wrote in my recap post last year, I’m not doing it this year. What I said in that post was that it would be my last Blogathon at least for a while. Well, maybe it’s because it’s the first year of not doing it after doing it for 5 years, but I kind of miss it, (if you know what I mean.) I didn’t officially take my linkblog through Blogathon last year, but I did end up posting 20 links during the event, so I thought I would try and get close to that tomorrow. I gathered 14 links in a text file for posting tomorrow.
I also have an idea for next year. When the founder of Blogathon first did it, she posted every 15 minutes for 24 hours. I thought I could try this on the linkblog, just as a challenge kind of thing, (that’s exactly why she first did it.) I’d be doing this just to see if I could get to 100 links in 24 hours, (I know 96 would be possible, but somehow I always come up with 50 posts during Blogathon anyway,) and I wouldn’t be doing any fundraising at all. The year after that I might make the challenge harder by seeing if I could get to 200 links in 48 hours, (because I’ve always wanted to try a 48 hour event,) and I might possibly include a fundraising element then, (for a charity of my choice, or I suppose I could have the linkblog readers and my Twitter followers vote on a charity.)

A final exchange with Viddler support.

In a post I wrote in march, I talked about the fact that Viddler would be deleting personal accounts that month. I also said that I archived the email and forgot about it. I said that since I didn’t have a good backup strategy back in 2008 when I uploaded my bungee jumping video to Viddler, I didn’t have a copy of the video, and attempts to download it had failed at the time. On July 22nd, Viddler sent me a final notice for personal account deletion:

Hi ,

This is your final notice.

Viddler will be completing a final delete of all personal accounts on July 31, 2014. You have indicated that you wanted to download your content and not continue service. Please download the content from your Viddler account by July 30, 2014.

If you fail to download your content by July 30, 2014, there will be a minimum $250 USD charge to recover your files.

If you would like to upgrade your account to a Basic account at $25/month, please let us know via email by 6:00pm EDT on July 30 to avoid the $250 recovery charge.

Thank you,

Team Viddler

First of all, I thought my account was gone, because by the time I tried to have my caregiver try to help me complete the download process back in March, I couldn’t log in, this time though, I was able to. I was also able to get to the download process, (unlike last time,) only to discover that Viddler only offers an .flv download of the video, and only keeps the source files for 30 days after the upload. On the page it said that if I needed my source file, (I wasn’t going to download an .flv if I couldn’t play it in anything,) I could fill out this form and pay a fee, so I did. This is the email that I was sent today:

Hi Noelle,

Thanks for your recent interest in Viddler.

I reviewed the information you have provided and the Viddler Starter Plans look like an excellent fit for None.

Plans start at $50 per month and include:

•Video Hosting & Delivery- Upload and deliver your videos across devices.
•Customization- Customize the viewing experience with advanced settings.
•Security & Privacy- Determine how your videos can be viewed.
•Customer Service- Receive live support via Phone and Helpdesk.

This is the email I sent back to Viddler:

So basically, to get my video source file back, (because I didn’t have a good backup strategy in 2008) when I uploaded it to your service and now you sent me a final… final… absolutely flippin final! notice of deletion of personal accounts, I’ll have to pay $50 for a month plan, then cancel the service? Because I don’t have the source file, and I’m not going to download the flash file because as far as I know, nothing plays .flv files besides VLC, and I’ve heard that VLC is basically inaccessible to screen readers. So yeah, I’ve already pretty much accepted that my video has been lost anyway. I can understand paying $10 or $15 to recover the source file, (although it’s just probably sitting on the server somewhere, and you should just be able to send a link so I can download it,) but I’m not going to pay for a business plan if I’m not going to use it. Guess what? I have no plans to use Viddler after this for anything else.

Salad day.

Today my caregiver and I made chef salad, (sort of.) We made it without lettuce, so that it would last longer than 3 days. It’s been a Blogathon tradition, (since 2011,) for me to have chef salad in the days leading up to Blogathon, and order pizza on the day of. I’m not doing Blogathon this year, (as you all know, and as I posted last year,) but I’d still like to keep some of the traditions associated with the weekend intact. Even when I was sick, I was still thinking I would order pizza that weekend, in fact, I’ve been looking forward to it for a while.
In a completely unrelated note, I need to look for a comment spam plugin for WP, or consider using Disqus. Sometimes I get comment notifications, and sometimes I don’t, so I have to check the comments on a fairly regular basis to root out the spam ones. If I had a plugin that would do that for me, it would be nice. You have to pay for Akismet, which is the one that used to come free with every WordPress install, and I don’t particularly want to pay for a comment spam plugin, so I need to find one.

I can eat food now.

This is good because I wasn’t sure how long I was supposed to be on the liquid diet that my primary doctor put me on last Tuesday. I stuck to it for about 3 days before I couldn’t take it anymore, and had cereal Friday morning. Then I ended up having chips and salsa yesterday, because it sounded good! Oh yeah, and I was absolutely fine, I didn’t have to take any antacids or anything.
I went back to church today, and everything went well! Next weekend, we have church in the park. I wasn’t going to come because it’s a potluck and you’re supposed to bring something, (you have to find your name on a list, and wherever your name is, that’s what you have to bring,) but the children’s pastor told me not to worry about bringing anything.

I got sick last weekend.

Starting on Saturday at about 12 in the morning, I had really bad stomach pain, and I was throwing up a lot. I was able to drink some tea that morning, and eat a little something that night, but other than that, I felt pretty bad. I thought it was getting better on Sunday, but I didn’t go to church because I was really tired, and because my stomach still hurt when I sat down and stood up, (which I had the day after I got sick the last time, so I thought it would go away the next day, and eeverything would be OK.) I woke up around 3 in the morning on Monday morning and threw up about 7 times that night. I called mom about 6 that morning.
She asked my dad, (who wasn’t working, to come get me to take me to Urgent Care, I was there for a couple hours. Part of that was waiting, (they’re slow there,) and part of that was them giving me antacids to drink. Some of that time was them trying to find a veign for an IV so they could take blood. I was extremely Dehydrated because I never kept anything down. They ended up sending me to the ER, on the orders of my primary doctor, where they gave me a hundred milligrams of Cortizone, (I usually take 10 every day,) and a bag of IV fluids, (I could have probably used at least 2.) The doctor said my blood tests looked fine, (they were finally able to draw blood there,) and then they sent me home with some prescriptions, (they also gave me Pepcid while I was there, and it seemed to help a lot with the pain.)
I went to my primary doctor yesterday, and he said he thought I had gastritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach lining. He put me on a liquid diet, (but didn’t really say how long I had to stick to it,) so I suppose I’ll stick to it for about a week or so. He told me I had to stop taking my naproxen for headaches, because that was the likely cause of it, he also said I should keep taking the Pepcid for as long as it lasts, (which is a month.)

My everyday journeys in life.