Friday, June 28, 2013

On California, Austin, Blogging and the Weather. . .

It seems as though referring to trips to California in the plural in my last post was apt. I'll be going the week of July 22nd, then again in either late September or early October when my mom's having a pretty major surgery. July is vacation, the other trip will be to help care for my mom while she heals. I won't know, though, until maybe the month before her surgery date when it will be exactly so that I can book the trip. If I have a decent flight on American Airlines in July, then I'll fly with them again.

For now, though, I've been working with Demand again as a freelance writer/web content producer. It's been pretty rewarding to be back to work doing that, even though transitioning back into being my own boss is taking some time and the editorial queue is a little bit slow going at the moment, which means projects sit for a week before they approved or sent back for re-writes. I'm also going to be applying for some other freelance work and I've applied with Leapforce to work as a search engine evaluator--but Leapforce requires a process before being accepted to work with them as an independent contractor, so that might be another week or two before I know anything from them.

Let's see, what else? There's not a whole lot else going on because I'm at home so much. There'll be an event at the capital in Austin on Monday for women's rights and though I'd like to go, only having one car makes that impossible. So, I don't think I'll be making it down there, particularly since it's not a short drive. Unless I can catch a ride with someone else going that way. Even still, I'm not sure I'll be able to go.

Oh, and I've been considering changing my blog's name. I don't know that it gives off the right vibes, but making that kind of change is a huge process and so far, I'm certain it's worth it. It would be easy to just buy a new domain name and point it, via redirect, at this blog, but then I'd have to maintain two URLs. To do otherwise and change everything over would be a huge amount of work and I'm not sure I wouldn't royally screw it up. Besides, I'm not sure what I'd change it to. Just something I've been thinking about.

Otherwise, the only thing going on is that the summer here is atrocious! It has been above 100 degrees almost every day this week and it's only June! And, for whatever reason, my air conditioner--which works and is blowing cold air--can't keep up with the heat so our house is like 80+ degrees at the hottest part of the day, even though I have the air turned down to 68 degrees all day and night. It's insane. Matt and I are thinking we'll get a window unit for the kitchen window to help give our AC that extra little push, but my biggest fear about that is that it won't work and we'll have waisted the money. We're also going to get insulated curtains for the bedroom windows and maybe new ones for the living room, too, I don't know yet. Maybe, also, new weather stripping for the door. Being hot is for the birds.

And now I'm rambling. Sorry. It's been a difficult week. I'm feeling a little bit low, so my brain is all over the place. Time for me to go, I've got work to get to.


  1. Ugh, I wrote this once and must have hit the wrong thing, because it jumped to something else and away went my post! I was thinking about what you said about the a/c not keeping up. I am wondering if maybe the whole house isn't insulated well enough to keep the cool inside? I do think that the weather stripping and insulated curtains will help some though. It's been 104* here or so and promises to be for several more days, before "cooling" to 97* Ha weather people are funny, I don't think that 97* is cool. Well, at least we don't have the humidity...usually. The master cool system here is keeping up, barely, with the help of some fans. Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!! We can go in the pool! Oh yes, and hug Matt really big for letting you come out when I have surgery in a few months....I really really appreciate it Love you both!! Mom~

  2. I'll tell him, but it's not a problem. I'm just really glad to be in a position where I can come help. Thanks, too, for the suggestions about the AC. The house is DEFINITELY not well insulated, but the windows also need to be re-sealed and the weatherstripping around the door is shot. So, we're going to get a window unit, new curtains, weather stripping, new filters for the AC and coils cleaner for the air conditioning coils which the repairman said needed to be cleaned off. If all that fails, then I have NO idea what will work. Summer is such a bitch here!

    Anyway, I can't wait to see y'all either! I'm really looking forward to it. Love y'all!!

  3. I'm so intrigued by the idea of you changing your blog's name. Have you thought of any other possible names yet? This has been Pretty Pessimist for so long, I can't imagine another title. But I have to admit, it WOULD be fun to see something new. You know me, I'm a perpetual blog name-changer.

    Off-topic, but is that a picture of your (long auburn) hair on the Instagram sidebar? It's gorgeous!

    Glad to hear your still on for your CA visit!

  4. I'm not sure what I'd name it. I was jokingly telling Matt that I should rename it "Pretty Pragmatist." He says it doesn't have the same ring. LOL

    Oh, yes that is my hair! Thanks!! It's only partly auburn, what's left over from my red-dying adventures. I'm about to bleach it out and get a bright color on bottom. Ombre hair! But, it'll still be that long. :)

    Still on for CA, going to come on the week of the 22nd. Looking forward to it!

  5. Oh come on, the weather hasn't been that bad this year . . . unlike two years ago. This has actually been a pretty enjoyable summer, heat wise . . . until this week. ;-)