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My right eyelid will not. stop. twitching. It’s been going on since Saturday morning and I’m at the point where it is driving me bananas (which I should probably eat, since the potassium supposedly helps with muscle spasms like eye twitching).
It’s my own doing, really. Between the caffeine, stress of the new semester, staring at a computer all day (& night, lately), and a lack of sleep, I’m simply combining all of the factors that cause eye twitching (I’m deliberately ignoring that alcohol is on that list too. The cask ale I tried on Saturday was amazing. I’m a firm believer that things that good should not be the cause of my problems).
The fix is pretty simple; I just need to stay away from computer screens (as much as possible – considering that my day job requires a full 8 hours), caffeine, and get a little more sleep. No big deal. Sometimes, when you’re pushing yourself too hard, your body has a way of telling you to slow down a little.
But – on a brighter note, I’m happy to share that some of this unanticipated eye strain may have been worth it. Over the last three years, I’ve been teaching myself a lot about building websites behind the scenes (HTML, CSS, PHP, customizing plugins, etc). Quite honestly, I’ve grown to love it. This blog has been my guinea pig for all the cool things I’ve seen other sites do (Process: See awesome functionality on another site. Try to figure out how it was coded through tutorials online. Test out on one of my own pages. Break something. Fix it. Repeat.). The latest experiment? My project gallery. I have finally (FINALLY!!!) figured out how to code this page exactly the way I want it. Now, when you click on “Lessons Learned” at the top of the blog, you should see something like this (it’s going to look a little funky on mobile devices, but the links should still work):
Each grouping is for a particular subject: painting, crafts, holidays, travel, etc. When you click on any of the “More projects” links, you’ll be taken to a page dedicated to that subject. Combining that with the Archives update, I’m hoping this will help you navigate the site a lot easier. I’ve only just begun categorizing things into this new layout, so while there aren’t a lot of projects on that list to begin with, over time, there will be a lot more. The coding part was the hardest (fyi, I did NOT use a plugin, but if you are looking to find one, Catablog is a decent one, and it’s the one that Katie (Bower Power) uses if you’re looking to see a fantastic example), so now that it’s done, I can get to the real task of properly categorizing older posts.
After some contemplating, I even began helping out a few blog friends to design their sites. Amy from ModPodgeRocks was looking to design a new sister site, and so was Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. As far as clients go, I couldn’t have asked for two better people to work with. Not long after, Washi Tape Crafts and Really Awesome Costumes were born. I can’t describe how much fun it was to do something that allowed for testing out both my creativity and technical abilities (coding ain’t easy, I can assure you). And when I started getting referrals (thanks, ladies – you guys ROCK), I quickly realized I would need to figure out how to best direct their questions. I registered another site name exclusively for design work – Sweet Theory Designs – and have begun experimenting. It’s basically at the baby giraffe stage: awkward, shaky, and full of potential awesomeness. Not even the logo is set in stone yet. The portfolio is a mess. But I’m grinning from ear to ear at this new idea and have loved every single project I’ve been working on so far.
And, just as this post’s title implies, I’m basically catching you up on a hodgepodge of unrelated details going on around the UDH. I am still struggling to get the hallway finished (I need dear ol’ Dad to bring over the scaffolding so I can get the top part of the staircase walls painted), so until that happens, I have been trying to catch up on Mount Washmore. And taking Charlie to the park to work off some of her energy. And running to work of a little stress. I am also on the lookout for a few more 5k races this summer, so hopefully I’ll have more to share about that soon. Gratuitous cute dog pic in 3… 2… 1…
Later this week, I’ll be sharing another Time Tips post. And this one will be my absolute favorite tip (I figured we’ll start off with a bang and let my advice get progressively worse until I run out of things to say – ha). So while I might be taking a rest between, now you know all of the reasons why :) Have a wonderful week!