I changed the look of my blog. My old canned template from Blogger looked horribly amateur. The banner image is one I took myself, and I ditched the ghastly green text boxes. If you use blogger, you must choose one of their canned templates. Oh sure, you can customize them, but I don't see a way to build a custom blog from scratch. I thought if I went back to the basic template I would have a clean slate to work with, but the basic template wrecked everything I had in my sidebar. I deleted the "Lately Read" sidebar and instead created a reading list board at pinterest. I've put a blogroll in its place, but it will probably take me a while to add a link to every blog I read and in working on this, I made the distressing discovery that google reader has not been notifying me about updates to several blogs that I read.
I made of trial of turning off word verification for comments after a friend told me she tried to comment eight times and was unsuccessful because she couldn't decipher the text. Blogger has started using a different font, and it is very hard to read, even if you're not a robot. Unfortunately, I immediately got a number of spammy comments, many with links to pornography sites, so the word verification is turned on again.
What I would really like to do is take a web design class at our community college. The spring semester offered only Web Design II, so I must wait until fall for Web Design I. Or I could save time and money by checking Web Design for Dummies out of the library.
Writing at Work
The big scary upgrade hasn't happened yet, but to prepare for it, we had to write test scripts, which at first were an exercise in extreme tedium, but I have since got into the rhythm for writing a step for each and every thing that is supposed to happen in a workflow. After at least six rounds of editing, my test script reads like a weird oncology-themed Dick and Jane reader: LOOK at the toolbar. FIND the picture of the blue stethoscope. CLICK the picture of the blue stethoscope. FIND the order for Cisplatin. CLICK on the order for cisplatin. It got to be fun, after a while, but working with excel is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. The audited rounds of testing start today, so wish me luck!
Henry James has defeated me. I am trying to read The Ambassadors and I am finding it very difficult. Last year, I tried to read The Golden Bowl, and after about three paragraphs, pronounced it unreadable and gave it up. I have only the haziest grasp of what is happening, but I am determined to finish it. Also reading The Bride of the Innisfallen by Eudora Welty, and it's not easy either. I'm not defeated by Eudora Welty, but reading her stories is work because you must savor every word. Not to do so is like pouring a rare bottle of wine down the toilet. Have you ever found a writer whose work you just couldn't read?
The Cotton Man
I found this at Awful Library Books, an excellent site, and I just had to share. Tired of picking up your husband's dirty socks? Ditch him for the Hunk Pillow. Look at that crowd of adoring ladies! Comes with automatic spooning action. Vibrator sold separately.