A move to my own domain

After some thought, I decided to move my blog to my domain. I’ve had heatherdudley.com for quite some time, but mostly just had it parked, so that no one else could get it. I figured… it’s utterly ridiculous for someone of my web design background to have a parked domain.

I thought about which service I’d like to use, and figured that a wordpress site would be good; it’s often cited as a requirement in job listings these days, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so I figured what the hey. So here I am; I even imported the last five years of blogging.

So I’ll be working on moving my subscriber list (pitiful though it may be) soon, so if you end up here, you’re not crazy, it’s still me, I’ve just shifted things over.

Now, to find a good temporary theme until I can design my own.

>Spanish Engrish

>On the recommendation of a friend, I went and picked up some real Mexican hot chocolate… more specifically, handmade salvadoran chocolate tablets.

The short of it: milk, chocolate, and a cinnamon stick… boil and serve.

That’s not the fun part. The best part were the directions. This is a direct transcription:

1) Dissolve one tablet of Salvadoran chocolate in two cups of milk or water.
2) Cook moderate fire. Constantly revolve.
3) Boil for one minute and retire of fire.
4) Serve hot

How awesome is that. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

>Spanish Engrish

>On the recommendation of a friend, I went and picked up some real Mexican hot chocolate… more specifically, handmade salvadoran chocolate tablets.

The short of it: milk, chocolate, and a cinnamon stick… boil and serve.

That’s not the fun part. The best part were the directions. This is a direct transcription:

1) Dissolve one tablet of Salvadoran chocolate in two cups of milk or water.
2) Cook moderate fire. Constantly revolve.
3) Boil for one minute and retire of fire.
4) Serve hot

How awesome is that. You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

>Of sprained ankles and Trick or Treating

>

Yesterday started great. We went down to Cordele, GA to ride Thomas the Tank Engine (the real one.. full sized passenger train, not just the dippy little thing at Six Flags).

It was an absolute blast, although my husband almost had a seizure and the staff freaked and called the ambulance. It was more embarrassing than anything.

We got home, carved pumpkins, went trick or treating. All went well, until we left the last house, and started walking to the car to go to the next neighborhood. I put Elisabeth on my back, and lo and behold, a pothole grabbed my leg. I went down, candy and Elisabeth went everywhere and I started hollering… fortuitously, I fell down in front of a freakin’ gold cart. They helped me over, and rode me down to my car, and Nathan came to get me and take me to the ER.

Four hours later, I’ve got a really bad sprain, (yes, crutches) I can’t walk, can’t do much but sit around.

Ah well. Necessity is the mother of invention, and it won’t be that long and I’ll be back on my feet. The good news is, this means I’ve got lots of ass time for writing and modding the forums. Naturally, I’ve done neither this morning.

Back to the grind.

Oh, and last night, I did manage to get 200 words in before the painkillers knocked me down.

>Beautiful decay

These are such inspiring photographs:

http://www.viceland.com/wp/2009/04/battleship-island-japans-rotting-metropolis/

I love old, decaying buildings. I even created a blog photo project to display my own photos, but alas, two small children make it hard to drive around and photograph these old buildings. I’ve already lost one of them; one down the street was knocked down and is being redeveloped. I really wanted pictures of that one, I remember before it was abandoned, there was a sign in the yard about piano lessons. I imagine someone died.

Abandoned buildings are rich playgrounds… Downtown Macon is full of old abandoned places like that. Such stories, so much to imagine. Maybe I’ll do that some this November to see what is inspire for my NaNo. I still don’t know what I want to write. I’m not stressing. Best one I’ve done yet came from nothing, started on November 1.

>Steampunk art

I met with a local steampunk artist today. She makes steampunk jewelry, and she does really pretty stuff.  I wanted to see some of her pieces in person, so I met her for lunch.  Her stuff’s so nice I wanted to share with you guys. Here’s her stuff: Dream Steam.  I can vouch for the quality of her work. She’s VERY good. If you’re looking for that perfect piece to complete a steam punk costume, or you just want something very unique for every day use… this is the place to get it!

>Betcha thought I was gone, didn’tcha?

>I am in fact, still here. I’ve been busy of late (not writing, much to my shame) mostly with schoolwork and housework.

Today I’m committed to writing a good bit, so I’ll definitely get some work. I’ve been having trouble with the ending to Nightblade, which is ironic, given that it’s the one part that I’ve had written in my head for years… I know exactly how it’s going to end.

I’m just procrastinating, I think.

Anyway, I’m still alive, still blogging, and maybe I haven’t driven all four of my regular readers away.