Archive for : May, 2013

Pledge tracking services, blocked calls, and other stuff.

OK, so it’s been a week since I’ve written anything here. During that time, (or at least the past couple days of it,) I’ve been trying to find a service that will track pledges for a charity event. I’ve talked about Blogathon here a little bit, but I’m not sure if I’ve explained that it used to be an official event at one time, it stopped happening officially in 2010 and now a few of us just do it on our own. In essence, Blogathon is a pledge drive for charity, (although I really do try not to make it sound that boring!) Over the past couple years, I’ve used FirstGiving, but this year, in addition to some other plans, I want to blog for a small local charity that’s affiliated with our church. I can’t use FirstGiving for this, because they charge exorbitant fees for nonprofits to sign up with their service. Not only that but the charity uses PayPal to handle online donations, so that’s already taken care of. We all know how pledge drives work, (you pledge, then usually the donation happens either monthly, or after the event is over.) Of course this used to be part of the event itself, but now i’m left trying to put a square peg into a round whole. The one’s I’ve found want you to pay for them, and it’s like I don’t need the full thing, just that part!
Now that I’ve bored you with all those details, I’ll say that I managed to miss a blocked call at 1: 35 AM, and of course they didn’t leave a message, and didn’t call back. Last weekend was our memorial day service at church, and the barbecue afterwards, and I always enjoy that that. I’m still working on my lesson for healing rooms, I have to teach at the luncheon on 6/10, and I’m so not a teacher! I used to be a fairly good speechwriter, (although I never could use an outline to save my life!) but I’m just not a teacher.

My phone works!

I found out this morning that my phone still works, which means I didn’t have to make a trip to Verizon afterall! I really didn’t eant to, because even though I do have ensurance on the phone, I was kind of afraid that I’d still have to pay like the first $100 or something. I thought the case might be broken, but it wasn’t, so I don’t even need to replace that. I did however waste a whole bag of rice drying out my phone, so I’ll be buying more rice when we go to the grocery store next time!

Today was interesting…

It started out with me dropping my iPhone in the toylet! Oh yes I did! Of course I can’t take it apart, because those things require special tools to disassemble, but I did put it in rice. It isn’t under warranty, but I do have ensurance through my carrier, (Verizon.) I’m hoping they’ll replace it, (if it needs replacing. The bottom of the case was still on, so I think it did a good job of protecting the back part, the top of the case fell off the phone, into the toylet. The top of the case wasnt a screen cover, so if anything doesn’t work, it’s probably the screen. So right now, I’m minus a phone, (until I take it out of the rice,) but I do still have a landline, so I’m now very glad I didn’t cancel that! Then this afternoon, we found out, (those of us who were paying attention,) that the Yahoo board approved the Tumblr Acquisition. This is so not what I wanted to happen! In fact I tweeted: “There are things that I really don’t want to happen, right now Yahoo buying Tumblr is pretty far up on that list.” It’s stil really far up on that list! Of course I also just had to tweet a link to the song, “it’s the end of the world as we know it”, because that pretty much describes the situation for me. Yahoo tends to have a track record of ruining things they buy, and they really don’t care much about accessibility either. Who knows how long I’ll be able to stay with Tumblr after Yahoo fully finishes the integration process, (although I’ve seen reports of Tumblr staying separate for now.)

30 lists 30.

I’m just going to list a few things about the past 30 days.

  1. 1. Making a list every day is hard, even though I really like making lists, it’s still really hard!
  2. 2. I actually started this thing on April 1st, so technically it’s been way more than 30 days.
  3. 3. Of course getting that behind, and having a 13 day period of not being able to do much of anything didn’t help matters, (and of course if I would have known, I would have waited until this month.)
  4. 4. There were times I skipped, then had to catch up and do 2 lists the same day, which is kind of annoying, but that’s the consequence of skipping.
  5. 5. I’m ready to get back to regular blogging again for a while, just probably not right away.

30 lists 29.

Thoughts in list form.

  1. 1. I’m actually ready for tomorrow to be day 30, because finishing something that I should have finished last month is just weird.
  2. 2. My caregiver and I went to Wal-Mart.
  3. 3. We went to Wal-Mart because I didn’t need anything at the grocery store, (I did need some cleaning supplies though,) and we really didn’t have anything else to do.
  4. I didn’t get up until 8:30 this morning.

30 lists 28.

Weirdest things I’ve woken up to.

  1. 1. A 3 AM landline call from my parents in which no one said anything. I had to call them back to make sure everyone was OK, (turns out mom’s phone was just being strange.)
  2. 2. The morning after Blogathon 2009, I woek up to the church bus driver ringing my bell, this was weird because at the time, I hadn’t ridden the bus for a while, (and I was supposed to call if I needed the bus to come pick me up.) Of course they have a different set up now,(one where you call if you aren’t going to be there,) so last year when I was riding the bus, I made sure they knew not to ring my bell at 8:45 in the morning the day after.
  3. 3. Although last year, I did have a landline call on the day after, from someone who I don’t talk to that often, and only thinks I’m his friend, (we used to go to the school for the blind together.) He only thinks that because I’m too nice not to tell him to go away, but apparently he just decided to call me on the wrong day last year, because I was so not happy with him!
  4. 4. I wake up to a lot of things from outside, people screaming, sometimes singing. Yeah, it can get a bit strange sometimes.

30 lists 27.

Things I like to have with me, (and make sure I’ve done,) before I go on a trip.

  1. 1. A way to access the internet, whether that’s via a laptop or my phone.
  2. 2. If it’s via my phone, then I need to bring my Bluetooth keyboard, and the earbuds that go with the phone, (which I always used to make sure I had earbuds with me for surfing the internet in timeshares or motel rooms anyway, I never wanted to bother my parents or my sister, and I never wanted them to listen in.)
  3. 3. Phone/laptop chargers, (because those things are important.)
  4. 4. Making sure said things were fully charged before leaving is also a good thing to do.
  5. 5. Water, (extra water, especially if it’s a long car trip.)
  6. 6. Pills, (everything including headache and/or pain relievers.)
  7. 7. Ear plugs, especially for sleeping on the couch at my parent’s timeshare, because my dad snores.)

30 lists 26.

Things I’ve done so far this year.

  1. 1. Celebrated my niece’s first birthday.
  2. 2. Shared my testimony at the women’s shelter where my friend works.
  3. 3. Switch both my blogs to Tumblr.
  4. 4. Let my caregiver go and started with a new one.

Stuff from the past couple days.

  1. 1. I had my carpets cleaned on Friday, and the lady was here for 5 hours.
  2. 2. I went to my sistr’s house yesterday to finish mom’s Mother’s day present.
  3. 3. We ended up going to breakfast after I got out of church, (I went to first service this week.)
  4. 4. I thtink I’ll just skip church next year for Mother’s day, that way it won’t be that big of a deal.

Things I always have with me.

For day 24, I thought I’d make a list of things I always have with me, (or try to remember to bring with me when I go somewhere.)

  1. 1. My purse, (because this has everything in it.)
  2. 2. My keys, because I don’t really want to get locked out, then I have to have the landlord let me in.
  3. 3. A bottle of water.
  4. 4. My phone, (but sometimes I forget this.)
  5. 5. The card I use to pay for things, which if I didn’t leave it anywhere, should always be in my purse.
  6. 6. If I know I’m going to be waiting a while, I’ll bring earbuds and my Bluetooth keyboard for my phone, but I don’t usually carry that with me. It does fit in my purse though.