Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- One of the things that happened when I got my laptop repaired earlier this week was that they had to erase the hard drive to update the firmware. I thought I had backed everything up, but clearly my scattered head wasn’t quite as on the ball as I hoped it was. I also had three different major backup systems, but there was less rhyme and reason than I thought as to where things were backed up. I didn’t lose anything too important, but it does mean having to start over on a few things I was working on.
- Most of the shifts I do at work up until now have been with my best friend (and only in-real-life friend). He’s now graduated from nursing school and is going to be starting a new job elsewhere. I’m very happy for him, but it does leave me feeling less safe at work. I’m mostly away from the BS only working night shifts, but that place has a culture about people complaining about each other to management, and no one gives a crap about how others are affected by their behaviour.
- I got a fascinating scam email. It started off by saying “I know your password is” [password].” It went on to say various things designed to scare people, including that they hacked your webcam and recorded you engaged in a little autoerotic activity. It then demanded $900 in Bitcoin. Initially it freaked me out, because it’s a password that I use for a lot of things where easy to remember is the priority and security not so much. But this particular scam relies on the hope that your email password is the same password you use elsewhere. In my case, the password they mentioned was not the password for my email account. So basically they hacked one of the thousand assorted websites where I’ve signed up with that email address and the particular password over the years. Anyway, I can see how that kind of scam could have some success.
- Some of my neighbours have a dog that barks a lot and has recently started whining plaintively. The noise is annoying, but mostly I’m annoyed that these people clearly don’t have a clue about how to train a dog, and the poor dog is messed up as a result.
- I went and voted earlier this week in the Canadian federal election. I’d been mulling that over because I feel like it’s my responsibility as a citizen to vote, but I hate being around people. It ended up being really fast and I was early enough in the morning that there was hardly anyone there.
- I had my last massage with my amazing massage therapist before she starts her maternity leave. I’m seeing someone else at the same clinic next week so we’ll see how it goes. I’d rather not get massages than see someone I don’t feel comfortable with. And if she tries to talk during the massage, that will be the end of that.
- I am incompetent when it comes to around the house jobs, but sometimes I’ll decide to give things a go anyway. My latest try-it-anyway project was dealing with a door that likes to swing open of its own accord. I googled it, and it looked like a pretty easy fix – bang the middle of one of the hinge pins a few times with a hammer and you’re good to go. Alas, the only hammer I have is a dinky little thing I made myself in grade 8 practical arts class, and it wasn’t quite up to the job. Luckily, though, I was able to put the pin back where it belong without any difficulties. Accept the small victories!
- I usually try to at least take a quick look at any blogger that follows me. The other day I went to look at a new follower’s blog, and each post included a picture of their cutting. Ok, their blog their choice, but not something I want to look at. The next day they unfollowed and refollowed me (there was no post-liking involved in any of this). I don’t like that kind of attention-getting crap in the first place, but particularly in this case, because it’s stuff like that that gives cutting the “attention-seeking” bad rap.
- I’ve been trying hard to generate sales of my new book by advertising on Amazon, but I was only getting sales when I was spending a lot on ads. I added up some numbers, and I’m spending substantially more on ads than I’m getting in royalties. I think it’s probably best if I just accept that the book just isn’t going to do very well, because there’s no point throwing money at ads that are minimally effective no matter how many adjustments I make. It’s not that I’m giving up on the book altogether; I’ll keep running some ads, but on a budget that’s going to get me very few sales, if any. Such is the life of a writer, I suppose.
My blog was featured this week on Our DID Journey’s Heroes in the Mist series. Thanks so much to Mike and the gang!
How has your week been?