I'm starting to sound like a broken record on the work injury so I am not going to bore you with details. I will just leave you with one word for now, PROGRESS...
I hate to say this, but I will. It's killing me just a little bit seeing my friends FB posts on their races they have been running, or their final training prep for their fall marathons in a few weeks.
Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled for them and couldn't be happier for them. But I've been on the sidelines unable to do them far too long and it's hard to hear and watch when all I want to do is be doing them with them!
BITTEN, ya a week ago I was decorating for an outdoor wedding up on the side of a mountain and something bit me. I got this huge welt on my leg, and it burned, itched (still does a little). I was going to show you a picture, but then it occurred to me, it doesn't look so great so I will spare you the visual:) Your Welcome!
Let's just say, it's been all sorts of shade of reds, purples.
I assumed I was bitten by a spider or possibly a scorpion, based on the information I found on google and where I was at. I ruled out anything dangerous on my own. But will admit by day 4, when it started taking on some deeper colors I did break down and visit a Dr.
Granted, I went to an instacare, and the Doctor was less than helpful in some ways. He was just one of those, get em out quick guys.... Well, he did exactly what I did. He pulled up some pictures off the Internet and ruled out everything I had already done, and came up with the exact same diagnosis I already had assumed, LOL
Truthfully, I only went to the Dr. because it turned to a very dark color and to make sure I was right and I wasn't going to eventually have some flesh eating bite that I mis-diagnosed, because that would be bad! LOL
Despite what people think about the spider, if you don't get the cramping and vomiting, you don't even have to go to the Doc if your bit by one. You just get to suffer through the lighter reactions, in fact I was told no one has died from one in like 10 years:) Yay for good medicine!
So ya, I was given some itch relief cream (which I don't really find works.)
I won't be wearing shorts or a skirt for a while.
I was told it will eventually go away (sooner would be better than later.) Frankly, I just want it to quit itching!!!! I can't even say that enough!!!
So ya note to self, if I am climbing, crawling around in peoples backyards for weddings again. I am so, duck taping my pant to my sock and I won't even care about the looks anyone gives me for doing it!
Just the thought that a spider crawled up my leg and bit me, and I didn't notice at the time just freaks me out a little more than you'll ever know! (I hate spiders, always have!)
I wish I had more excitement to share. But I will say, I am done with weddings for a few weeks, so I fully intend on playing.
I got to decorate one of my (what is becoming) my favorite backdrops. It's also the one that takes me more hours than you want to know, to decorate.
Here is a before (above) and after (below).
It may not look like it takes much time, but getting all the greenery, floral and ribbon weaved into it takes hours and hours! I actually LOVE this backdrop!
|Wedding Backdrop AFTER|
NEW BLOG HEADER, okay so you may have noticed or maybe not. My new blog header. I finally think I finished tweaking it the other day, and it is finished, YAY.
I actually made 8 versions of it, this was the one I decided I liked the best:)
Originally I hired someone to make one, but that was back in March and long story short, they dropped the ball.
I don't exactly have the graphic software I would love, but I took my time and did the best I could with the software I have, and what you see above (Okay here is a mini version below.) Is what I came up with.
I'd love your thoughts on it, good or bad all opinions are welcome!!
|I wanted a header that was more ME, and what I blog about.|
That shows what I do and plays off my true personality more!
Additionally I have made a few other BLOG CHANGES, that are less noticiable. With font's, size, orientation, color. On top of all that, I did a little blog clean up on the home page.
I have this huge list of things I want to do on this blog, so I put them on a priority list and I have been slowly working through them.
I could be wrong, but so far the flow is looking much better! If you noticed, what do you think?
One thing I understand HTML and some CSS so if I really want to, I can make even this simple free Blogger blog, do things that most only think can be done on self hosted blogs.
Although eventually I do want to go self hosted, but for now I will stick with this.
I am working (it takes time) on code to make other new changes, you may notice them over the next month as I finish working on them and set them live on the blog.
Last, I have finally chosen a new comment system. It's been live for a few days.
I REALLY want to know what you think!
I went with Disqus, and it was not without a lot of contemplation. It was actually between LiveFrye Disqus.
I hate the limited abilities the blogger comment system has, which is why I have been shopping for a new one again. That and almost everyone I talk to hates using or commenting on the blogger system too!
I would love to go back to Intense Debate, I love that one best. But they need to make it mobile friendly, and so far it is not!
The GREAT news is when I switched I was able to get ALL my comments back that I had lost when I switched from blogger to Intense Debate, and then back to Blogger again. YAY, that made me SOOOO happy, you have no idea!
The bad part they are a little jumbled from the past, I am working on that!
Like all comment systems it has it's downfalls, but in case others are interested in switching I am working on a post that I will run soon that will explain why I picked what I did, and all the things I found out as I investigated all the different comment systems on the market.
So far, things seem to be running pretty good with it. I am testing it for 1-2 months to see how others like or don't like it and how it all pans out.
So far, having the additional interaction with bloggers as they comment and see my replies in their IN box, has been fun and better than I thought, far more interactive and it's only been up since Thursday night! YAY!
Or, if you use another comment system that you love please share! I am a blogger, which means I am always open to change and all thoughts and opinions and suggestions!
|Leave you one more picture of the backdrop, just because I like this one so much!|
Have you ever been bit by a spider? Did it creep you out as much as it has me?
Do you have a blog comment system that is easy to use that you love and are willing to share the name of it with me?
What do you think of my blog changes and re-design? Share even if you dislike, I really want honest opinions!