I’ve been having a lot of fun building a website for the bookkeeper, and I’ve been learning a lot, but it’s clear that using a template doesn’t make the process fast and easy. Well, I guess that in theory you could just pick a template and type stuff in. But if you want to make your site look a particular way, then you won’t get that with a template unless you put a lot of time and effort into it, and you still have to know html and have software for photo editing and all that sort of thing. I certainly have spent enough time on it that I could have earned enough to pay the Art Teacher to do the design — and his would have been better. Still, as I say, I’m having fun.
I’m showing you pictures of this as a WIP. #1 daughter helped me make a logo (the client hasn’t been able to get one done; this may not be what she wants, but it’s better than having nothing there). #2 daughter says that all the pages should have big pictures. I don’t know yet.
I’m actually a little bit nervous about using the photos. I don’t know whether the client has model releases or permission from the photographers, or whether she just sent me everything she had on her computer.
I think I could get in trouble for using these images, even if she’s the one who said I could without getting proper permission first.
My efforts at improving the whole non-work life thing have been spotty.
I have a book where I write down my goals. I went to it today and saw that I hadn’t written anything since December 29th of last year. I went back a couple of years in the book and saw that I had goals of fixing my work life, which I think I’ve now done, and of getting all my kids safely off to college, which I’ve done, and of acquiring a wardrobe and dressing and grooming myself like a grownup, which I mostly do, and of developing adult friendships (as opposed to seeing only my children and their friends’ moms, and the moms out there know what I mean), and I’ve done that, too.
I had a goal of having a nice, orderly house, which I sometimes do, especially now that I have a cleaner come in once a month.
I also had goals about diet and exercise, at which I’ve failed miserably since I became a Computer Guy. In fact, I now have new health concerns. Getting enough sleep and avoiding destroying my back and my vision weren’t even on my goals list before, and now these are real concerns.
I think that most of us who try to take care of ourselves probably have to get up every day and start over, when it comes to meeting those goals.
I did go out yesterday, when I went to the bank, and I roamed around the bookstore. I was actually there to get the new issue of Practical Web Design magazine, which had a scary article in it about the physical consequences of sitting for long hours in front of the computer in poorly-designed chairs as well as the article on layout that I wanted, but I saw on my way that Georgette Heyer’s mystery novels have been reprinted. While I had to resist buying the whole series (I have tuition payments to make, after all), I did buy two of them. And then last night, less than hour after my computer binged at me to tell me I should quit working, I did in fact shut down and go spend the evening reading. It’s pitiful that this seems like an accomplishment, I know, but I’ve already had clients contact me this morning. Having taken an evening off is a big deal.
Today I have to work, but I also plan to clean house, get some cookies into the freezer, and do some reading. I hope. I also have a lot of Christmas gift knitting to do. And I’m determined to fit in a walk or some Pilates. Maybe a nice vat of vegetable soup for my lunches this week. That’s the plan.