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Working on a new site and garden week 5.

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I am working on transitioning this blog to a self-hosted domain and making it part of a larger website. The other day I learned how to export this blog here as an xml file and upload it to the new site. But I’m not quite ready to start posting from the new site. I’m chipping away at it in bits and pieces.

I’ve had a few obstacles. One of them has been learning how WordPress works when you’re using it to make a website. I will get stuck on one thing that I want to do and then get super frustrated when I can’t figure out how to do it right away. In these situations, when I get over the frustration that makes me want to cry and throw things, I have to laugh at myself. How many times, as a tutor of school-age children, have I lamented that they get frustrated when everything doesn’t come easily to them? I try to explain to them that it takes mistakes to learn, that you have to let yourself be bad at something so you can practice and get good, and that they just need to keep trying. All the while, I’ve gotten caught in the same trap. If something doesn’t come easily right away, I let myself get distracted, procrastinate, and go do something else. My biggest weakness? I don’t like asking for help.

Here are last week’s shots of the garden. It’s gotten even greener by now.

Baby lettuce! I need to thin these, and then eat the thinnings 🙂
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Snap peas have started to climb the trellis.

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Zucchini plants getting bigger, and the whole garden getting greener.

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Jalapeños! Sadly, they weren’t spicy. Apparently too much water can do that to them. We had the same problem last year.

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Another overall garden shot from the other side.

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July 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Slowly learning html while making a website

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Weaving has been slow, since I have something else occupying my time. Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly working my way through Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. The past couple of weeks, I’ve finally been putting my newfound HTML and CSS expertise to use and building a couple of websites. It turns out, though, that when you work through a book like this as slowly and in as many fits and bursts as I have, you tend to forget a lot of stuff. So it’s been a real brain exercise to build the websites, going back and looking up stuff to remember how to do it, or to use google to figure out things that weren’t in the book. It’s slow going, but doing it is helping me learn.

The first website I’m building is for Chris’s business, named fix with a lowercase f. He bought a business this fall called Macintosh Doctor, but he researched a bit and found out that Apple forbids use of any of its trademarked names in other people’s business names. Which is not really that surprising. He’d wanted to change it anyway, and just this week found out that his name was approved! Now we need a website and there’s a little bit of a time limit on it – I’m teaching an iPod touch and iPhone class through our Community Ed program at the end of this month! We need the website ready to put on the handouts for the class.

The other website I’m building is my own, and this blog will eventually be incorporated into it. I’m hoping my website will be a personal site for sharing resources for the crafts I do, and also eventually able to be a space to house some fiber-selling business activities. I also have a deadline for this website, because the week after my iPhone class, I’m teaching a knitting class, also through Community Ed! Again, I need the website to give to the people in my class so that they can reach me again, or get info about taking more classes, or whatever.

It’s all exciting, but it’s also slow going. Working a full time job and trying to start other stuff part time can be exhausting! Tonight we are coffee shopping it, getting a chance to be away from the distractions of home so that we can focus. Speaking of focus…time to get back to that website building!

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April 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

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