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.)

Last week.

Dad was in the hospital last week with an infection. He went in on Wednesday, and was released today. I finally got all the SSA stuff sorted, turns out they were sending me notices for a reason. Since dad is retiring, I have to apply for something called a disabled adult child benefit, which is kind of like SSDI. It’s based on dad’s earnings over his lifetime though, and it isn’t really considered “government assistance” although I’m still getting checks from the SSA, (I believe.) I ended up having to wait on hold twice, because I got disconnected the dirst time, oh and I was using a landline. Calls just don’t get dropped on landlines, unless the person on the other end accidentally pressed the disconnect button.
I’ve been sick all day today, it started last night. I’m hoping it’s one of those 24 hour flu things, and it will be gone by tomorrow morning, but wow, I didn’t sleep much last night. I’m not sure if I’ll be going to church tomorrow morning, that depends on how I feel.

Last weekend.

Yesterday was our family service at church, we do this every couple years. It’s a service where the pastor takes clips from a Disney movie, and applies biblical principles to it. In this case, the movie was Tangled, which was one I hadn’t seen, (I haven’t watched a lot of recent Disney movies, and by recent, I mean in the last 20 years or so.) While Pastor does this, he invites kids onto the platform with him to help answer questions about the movie, it’s actually a fun way to do a church service!
On Saturday mom, my sister, my niece, and I I went to the river. The water was warm enough to sit in pretty much all day long, and all I can say is, it was really flippin hot!

SSA woes!

I got a letter in the mail today from the SSA, saying that they talked to me on 4/4 about eligibility for benefits. The problem is, I already get SSI benefits, and they didn’t call me on 4/4, (I think I would remember if I got a call from the SSA!) I ended up calling them and waiting for a callback, to ask them what this letter was. The agent couldn’t explain it to me, and she thought it was really weird! She said it looked like a notice you would get when you called to first try and file benefits, but I told her I didn’t call and file for any benefits, (as I already receive them.)
Before calling the SSA, I texted my mom to ask her if she remembered talking to the SSA on 4/4, and she didn’t reply until after I got off the phone with them. She said yes she talked to them, and she gave them my number. They have a habit of calling mom first for some reason, (they did this while completing the review of my case at the beginning of last year.) I told her what the agent said on the phone, and she called me from work, and was mad and thought I was assuming that she filed an application on my behalf. She told me it had something to do with Dad’s retirement benefits, and making us beneficiaries for his retirement benefits. When I called mom tonight though, she said that first of all, that shouldn’t be happening, because he never filled out paperwork to make my sister and I beneficiaries.

Thoughts on using WordPress.

I’ve been using WordPress since Friday, and I’ve decided to post some thoughts I’ve had about using it over the past 4 days, (things I’ve learned, ideas etc.)

  1. I should definitely stick to the default theme! All the themes I tried didn’t support something I wanted to do, (one of them didn’t display tags with the post, and the other one didn’t support post formats, which I need for the linkblog to make link posts look like links, and not text posts.)
  2. That being said, I haven’t yet figured out how to delete themes. I just can’t find any sort of delete button or link, and there isn’t a bulk editor for themes like there is for posts and comments.
  3. Speaking of tags, I wish I could display a tags widget on the page, instead of a catigories widget. I’m sure there’s a way to do this, I just haven’t had time to find it yet.
  4. I think not having my last 2 Audiomo posts formatted as audio might have messed them up, the embed worked on the last one, but I couldn’t get the file to play.
  5. The maximum file size per upload on media posts should be based on how much server space you have, not an arbitrary limit that WP imposes, (10MB.) Not that I’m going to upload a 1GB file to my server, (I have unlimited space,) but it should be more than 10MB.)
  6. It took me about 4 hours to set up the linkblog this morning, whereas it took me several sessions of trial and error to get the personal blog up and running last week, (and over the weekend.) Of course that did include signing up for my hosting account and using CPanel for the first time in 5 years, (a lot has changed.)
  7. WordPress has also changed a lot since I last used it in 2009. I know that they’ve tried to integrate a lot more features, but I went ahead and deactivated jetpack right away, because I haven’t had good experiences using the jetpack commenting system to leave comments.

Things i’ve learned and reasons for participating in Audiomo.

This is going to be a list post! I haven’t done one of those in a while, and it will be my first list post on WordPress! For my Tumblr followers who should now be reading on http://lifes-adventures.me, I’m not going to do any fancy list formatting, because I don’t really care about the Tumblr site or dashboard anymore. So let’s start with the reasons for doing Audiomo.

  • To challenge myself to come up with something to record every day.
  • To fill the time I would be planning for Blogathon. I’m not doing Blogathon this year, (or for the foreseeable future, and the preparation does take some time,) to pass that time, I decided to do Audiomo.
  • To see what kind of recordings I could come up with. I recorded everything from me rambling on about WordPress themes, to my Dexa scan, to the sound of fried chicken cooking.
  • to get back into Audioblogging/audiotweeting.

Now for the things I learned.

  • I learned about the app Melt, which allows you to do short 1 minute recordings. I haven’t used it very much though, and I’m not sure if I’ll continue using it.
  • I learned how to record with Audacity, Audio editing still escapes me, but I can at least record with the thing.
  • I learned that recording sounds is fun, but it’s also necessary to do some posts where you just talk, too many posts with just sounds isn’t good, but too many talking posts isn’t either. I might have had too many of those this year.
  • Just today, I finally learned that you can’t record audio with Chicken Nugget, but you can record files in Audacity and attach them for uploading to SNDUp.

Next year, I’d like to do a few more sound posts.

  • I’d like to record what my apartment elevator and call box sound like, (assuming that both things are working, and assuming… of course, that I’m still living here.)
  • I actually wanted to do a melt from the grocery store, but I never did it, because I thought it might be weird, maybe next year I’ll get around to doing it.
  • I wanted to record throwing rocks with my niece at the river on Father’s day when we were there, but my phone was in my purse, and I wasn’t near it.

I don’t want to do more than 10-12 sound posts, (I think definitely anything more than 15 gets a bit annoying.) One thing I would like to do is do a bit more planning. I did wing it this year, so I did a lot of talking about my day, when I didn’t really have anything to talk about. On one occasion, I talked about a supreme court case, (Aereo,)I also talked about the anniversary of the NSA leaks on 6/5. I think I’d like to do a bit more of that, I’d like to maybe talk about news stories, or articles I’ve read, etc.
PS, if you're following me on Twitter, you saw all my Audiomo links because I tweeted them, if you aren't, I'm @webgurl over there, and you don't have to follow me but you should probably open my timeline in some sort of Twitter client to see all 30 days worth of tweets, (preferably one that takes more than 20 tweets at a time.)

My everyday journeys in life.