So, How Was Your Day? Plus, News.

Hi guys! We interrupt your regularly-scheduled How Was Your Day post with some info on possible changes that might be coming to the blog: next week, I’m starting a new job, and I don’t know if I’m going to have time to check for and publish posts during the day. I might, but I simply won’t know until I’m done with training and have gotten into the job groove, so I don’t want to bank on it. So, there are several ways to go from here:

1. We just continue on the way things are, except posts will get queued up in the evenings and published the day after they’re submitted. This is generally how things happen now anyway, but we would occasionally miss out on any breaking news.

2. Someone else who has the time and wants the job takes over admin responsibilities (it isn’t hard or time-consuming, and I have no problem passing the torch).

3. I give everyone WordPress “Editor” privileges, which means that you can schedule or publish posts whenever you want, like artdorkgirl can. I think we all know enough about WordPress at this point that this could work, although I would make a general reference post beforehand, just to remind everyone about things like adding “read more” cuts to long posts, or how to add images and links.

I am 100% fine with any of these options, and we also don’t need to decide right away, but I thought it was worth discussing. The only reason I’ve done things the way I have is that when we were first starting out, I didn’t want to run into a situation where we were getting, say, ten posts on one day and then zero the next–having a regular schedule helps sites like this stay afloat, in my experience. But we’ve been pretty consistent for a long time now, and I think any of the above scenarios are workable. We can have an official vote at some point, if necessary.

As a final note: no one worry about this site going anywhere, no matter how busy I, or any of you, might get in the future. If it comes to it, I’ll just write up and queue general chat posts to go up every day, just so we can talk about whatever, because I need to keep talking about whatever with you nerds.

(Okay, now tell me how your day was.)

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47 Responses to So, How Was Your Day? Plus, News.

  1. hotspur says:

    I started a new diet, which is to say: yesterday on a whim I bought a jar of peanut butter and put it on my desk at work, next to my work spoon. I ate the top inch for breakfast. (I don’t feel great — still adjusting to new diet.)

    • Sota says:

      This is the reason that I cannot buy jars of PB. I sit and eat the whole thing with a spoon. And as an added twist, when there was easter candy sitting around, I would take a spoon of PB and then stick a few m&ms to the top, eat and repeat. Very delicious.

  2. flanny says:

    I wouldn’t mind possibly double-teaming editorial duties with another person, I just know there are times of the year when I’m going to be frantically running around/my schedule will be wonky, so I don’t think I can do solo. But I do just sit here in front of my computer most days, so “I volunteer”, a little. But I also don’t think it’s bad to have things queued up. We don’t have too much breaking stuff going on that we won’t still want to talk about the next day. And I think having multiple editors could work. We’re all pretty used to the schedule, and none of us are dickfaces. So I guess I am impossible in my flexibility. Thanks as always for being here for us, though, Theresa!

    However, I did have the thought that lots of times our posts will go up in the morning on the East Coast, and I worry that that leaves our West Coast Monsters high and dry for content and convo. Maybe we should shift our posting times to later in the day so that we have more active commenters? This is not an answer to your question AT ALL, Theresa, but just a thought I had.

    Also my day has been a little busy and frantic and many times already I’ve questioned my sanity, but overall it’s sunny and my coworker just gave me a KitKat so I’m doing fine.

    • Oh, the posting schedule could totally be adjusted, but that would be up to whoever was admin-ing. The East Coast 9-4ish schedule is what works for me because I love you guys, but 4:00 PM = the start of “Theresa is done working” time. If someone else (or someones else) took over, though, they could do it however they wanted!

    • hotspur says:

      West Coast monster here. My 9 is your 12, if you’re on the East Coast, but that’s never bothered me. Sometimes I’m late to the comments, obviously, but I’m okay with that. I like having new posts to read with my coffee, and if we switch to WC-centric posting times, we’d be taking that morning routine away from EC monsters. Which would be wrong. As it is, we all get first-coffee, settling-in, a.m. posts.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      For the foreseeable future, I’m going to have time available, so I’d be happy to tag team it with you.

  3. FRQ says:

    I can take responsibility, if you’d like. While I’ve gotten busier at work, I certainly have time to make sure everyone’s posts go up, and take care of any housekeeping.

  4. nastyemu says:

    I accepted a job offer yesterday, but I don’t start for a week and a half, so obviously I am treating myself to some lunch beers. It’s not really the job I wanted, and it will be boring, but it pays well and I can walk to work. It’ll do for now.

    • flanny says:

      Yay! Congrats! I’m jealous of your commute.

      • nastyemu says:

        Thanks! Honestly, being able to walk to work was my top priority, which is why I was unemployed for this long. I was probably two weeks from becoming a barista. My commutes the last 10 years have all been at least 40 minutes each way, so it’s very exciting. It’ll also let me keep my unemployed workout schedule, which my doctor will be happy about.

    • mordonez says:

      mrsdonez is in negotiations for just such a job. It would be a weird dang job if she gets it, I’ll tell you. Non-emergency operators for the city might end up knowing more about my fair burg than is entirely healthy.

    • FRQ says:

      I also had about a week off before starting my current job. I went to a concert at a venue 120 miles from my apartment on a weekday, and it felt great.

      • nastyemu says:

        Nice. I went to a concert last night about 75 miles away, but mostly I just wanted to go around slapping phones out of the hands of 22 year old frat boys while yelling “you’re never going to watch that video”.

        • nastyemu says:

          Also, one of the opening bands closed their set with a cover of Suffragette City without ever mentioning that it was a cover and I’m pretty sure I was one of about five people that knew it was a cover. I’m very old, is what I’m getting at.

        • artdorkgirl says:

          I had to tell someone next to me at the Arcade Fire show that they were doing a cover of the Pixies (they just said “a local boston band”). The guy thought they were just picking some random song.

  5. catweazle says:

    Work is nuts and everybody here is super stressed out but I knew in advance that it was going to be a shitshow of a day so I bought TWO doughnuts this morning to cope. Also after work I get to hang out with a baby so all things considered my day is ok!

  6. mordonez says:

    I can also help out if needed (the timeliness of my recaps and my book exchange shipments notwithstanding). As I may have mentioned, from Friday until the End of Time I’ll be working from home, and will presumably need something to break up the day.

    Other than that, my day is fine, outside of the bizarre last minute “what can I scavenge” situation going on here in the office. Sure, I guess I’ll take some decaf k-cups, that’s 15 bucks when I flip it to Amazon.

    Does anyone need 30 desk chairs and a bazillion monitors? I did score a sweet “plastic thing that you put on the carpet to make your chair roll good” thing.

    After work, we are all headed to the local drinking establishmentarianism, where won’t they be surprised to find that we have a coupon for $100 off of a $200 bar tab.

  7. nastyemu says:

    Oh, unrelated to anything, I bought a while back and pointed it here and forgot about it. So, if we ever figure out how to monitize that, we’ll have that French chateau in short order.

  8. Sota says:

    My day is good! I worked remote on Monday from NYC, which meant I had like a million conference calls, but since then the week has calmed down. I am getting a few big projects out the door and the weather is fantastic today! Things are goooood.

    I can also help out when/where needed on the blog front…in whatever form that takes. I leave it to you smartypantses to make the big decisions and let me know where I can step in to help! Things have been a little busier than usual at work lately which has taken my posting down to a bare minimum, but I have high hopes that the summer will be quieter. I may actually even try to revive Scrunchies & Remotes one of these days…its really about time.

  9. artdorkgirl says:

    My interveiw today went really, really well and I’m super hopeful that they’ll offer me the adjunct job. The department head I met with even suggested there would be more work down the pike if everyone was onboard. FINGERS CROSSED.

    Anyway, I said it upthread, but I’m happy to help as I’ll only be teaching 2x a week (if I get the job), so I’ll be around to help.

    • artdorkgirl says:

      Oh man, you guys! I forgot all the excitement this weekend! I’ve got a brand new neice! Her name is AnnaLeigh and now I feel soooo old because with her birth, I’m officially a Great-Aunt. AL’s mom was four years old when I started dating Philip! ARRRRGGGHHH

  10. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Our office started a healthy challenge this week – the goal is 150 minutes of exercise per week, which is a normal amount, but it seems like TOO MANY MINUTES. I am so lazy – ugh.

  11. old man fatima says:

    This was my first week of class! I don’t want to come across as a huge snob, but… wow, what a difference between university and college! I feel like 90% of my classmates have very serious learning disabilities? They are all very nice, but we spent FORTY FIVE MINUTES today explaining what a running balance is. Nobody got it. You just add it up as you go? I don’t understand where the confusion is coming from. Nobody could do it. The teacher gave us 5 exercises to do today, and I was done them all before anyone had even finished the first one. I don’t know, you guys.

    I came home early and took Chomper for a long walk and she just lost her mind with joy. I let her off leash on the trail and she raced in circles around me for about 20 solid minutes.

    BUT THEN, I came home and my tap water is brown and smelly?! I called the water commission and they said they were doing leak tests on the pipes and “unexpected complications” have arisen. You may recall that I suffered through 4 months of road work when I first moved here because a water main burst in front of my house. If I have to go through that again, I am going to seek compensation from the city.

    In other news, I am addicted to Draw Something. If anyone wants to draw something with me, my username is jasmine.fatima and I have A LOT of free time in class.

  12. My kid will legit not sleep today. Between 4:30am and now (4:07pm) she has slep for two 40 minute chunks (for comparison, she should have slept 8-9 of the last 12 hours). We’re driving her around to trick her while we run errands and I don’t want to jinx it, but she’s asleep so far.

  13. Today is going well so far. I’ve been good about running the last few days (pretty much an Olympian as you can tell) and I’m starting to feel those sweet, sweet endorphins. Plus today we had a pretty late start at work so I got to sleep in which always makes me happy. Other than that, not much going on, so there’s my fascinating life in three sentences

  14. mrsberesford says:

    I am ok. Work’s been super busy, which is good, I think. But my friend is in the military and just got shipped off to Afghanistan, so I made her a card of her holding a sparkler and riding an eagle. The eagle is painted like the stars and stripes for extra patriotism. I hope she stays safe!!!

  15. Simon Spidermonk says:

    I went to the dentist this morning and was told that I get to pay $300 for the privilege of having my last remaining wisdom tooth extracted. It’s lodged up near my sinus so that should be fun. I’ve still got three weeks until my appointment though. A lot can happen in three weeks. Maybe it’ll crack open and a butterfly will emerge and the tooth-cocoon will just sort of dissolve in my mouth. I hope it doesn’t happen in my sleep. Waking up with a butterfly trying to get out of your mouth would probably leave some psychological scars. I’d probably take it over dental surgery though.

    So that’s a “yes” on the question of “would you like your wisdom tooth to give birth to a butterfly?” in case anyone in power is listening.

  16. nastyemu says:

    Ah, shit. I also have one remaining wisdom tooth and every time I go to the dentist I’m afraid they’ll tell me it needs to come out. If it’s awful, please do not report back. Good luck, I hope your tooth gives birth to a beautiful monarch.

    • nastyemu says:

      Argh, everyone pretend I hit “reply”

    • Simon Spidermonk says:

      I vaguely remember the dentist asking me, when I was in my early twenties, if I wanted him to go ahead and take it out since he was already taking out my second-to-last one. “But it probably won’t need to come out until you’re in your forties,” he said. “Good! Leave it!” I said, because obviously I was never gonna live to be forty.

      Young me was an ASSHOLE.

  17. smacky says:

    Things seem to rarely slow down. I finished a big work project for a supervisor who was out the first three days of this week (and which happened to coincide with this deadline) and I busted butt to get it finished in time. We’ll see if it means anything. And the little sprout (2.5) is going to start an hour of speech therapy a week next week. Yesterday he was repeating words like a parrot, so he can hear and speak. We just need him to start putting sentences together!

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