Weekend wrap-up series

Weekend wrap-up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • Thanks to rts at Facing the Challenges of Mental Health for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger award!
  • I had a very uneventful week. I went over to my brother’s place to visit my niece. I find that an hour is ok and then I’m done.
  • My little Peanut potato was a bit wheezy earlier in the week, although he’s fine now. This has happened before in different guinea pigs, and my theory is that they get a bit too excited with their veggies and a bit of something goes down the wrong tube.
  • In the ongoing saga of WordPress bugs, yesterday I was trying to republish an older post, and it would publish, but the stupid thing wouldn’t show up in the WP Reader, and after much fussing around I ended up just creating a whole new post. Later that same morning, I wasted a bunch of time on chat with a “happiness engineer” about the stupid “not a valid JSON response” error that I’m always getting. I don’t know if there’s been a big staff turnover, but the average level of helpfulness seems to have gone way down.
  • I’ve noticed that in the last little bit random marketers aren’t using my blog’s contact form, they’re hunting down my email address. The email address isn’t that hard to find, but I guess it’s a marketing tactic to email rather than use the contact form, and I’m not a big fan of things that seem contrived. Yesterday I got an email from a social media intern at an organization that sounded interesting, so I responded. She then sent me an email calling me Amber. A minute later, she sent the same email again but calling my Ashley, with no mention of the wrong-name email she’d sent a minute before. Are “kids these days” so social media focused that email is difficult?

I live on the 2nd floor of my building, and it’s not unusual for snails to climb up to hang out. This week a snail decided my bbq would be a good place to hang out. My woodpecker likes the bbq, too, so it’s a nice little party.

snail on ba

As guests on my blog this week, I had:


The video below isn’t my guinea pig, but shows a behaviour that I’ve had a hard time capturing on video with my munchkins. When guinea pigs, particularly young guinea pigs, are having fun, they’ll “popcorn,” which involves jumping wildly up in the air like an exploding popcorn kernel.

My girls have mellowed with age and don’t popcorn much anymore, but the boys do when they’re having playtime near the girls’ cage. They look ridiculous and adorable all at the same time.

How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Psych Meds Made Simple, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

32 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. Awwww, how cute!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t have audio, because I’ve been leaving my headphones in the car to take to the gym, but what a cute little guinea playing with the toy! Awww!!!

    The more I hear about WP and its runnings, the less hope I have of ever changing my own website to something that makes more sense than my site’s name-dot-water-dot-blog. [Makes face.] Oh well! ๐Ÿ˜€

    It’s been a bad week for me, but you’ve made it a much better one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, today, I’m working on my round 2 story and running some errands!! YAY!!

  2. That’s one thing that has surprised me, that you can come across a snail not on ground level. I wouldn’t expect that.

    I am seeing more complaints this year when it comes to WP ‘crappy’ engineers.

    My week has been a tiring week and I was counting down to Friday with my evening job, (even though off in morning job too), with it being my day off yesterday, making it a long and enjoyable weekend.

  3. I think an hour is just the right amount of time for socialising, and for me sometimes even that is too much, so I don’t see anything wrong with that personally.
    It’s good that Peanut’s airways are now cleared up.

  4. Love the love of pets….. They are so key. We have a rescue dog who is about 13 years old. He sleeps about 20 hours a day and is on medication for a colon problem. We love him dearly though, especially my 16-year-old daughter.

  5. That’s some snail you got there. I keep getting that JSON thingy coming up too, did you find out what it means Ashley? Sorry to hear your having problems with WordPress too and I hope you got it sorted.

    1. Still not sorted. the happiness engineer thought it was the gutenberg plug-in, but it still happened with that deactivated. Eventually, they said they didn’t know what was going on, so they’d pass it to the developer team. I’m not optimistic…

  6. Hello Amber! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think an hour of socializing is good, especially with a small baby around. The snail and the woodpecker must have a great home in your BBQ ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m having a throat infection so all I do is sleep, rest and read when I can. No other duties and that’s just fine for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  7. It seems like the people behind the scenes of WordPress seem to go out of their way to be unhelpful lately. I hope your experience with them improves soon.

  8. I have had a wheezy guinea pig this week. Itโ€™s happened a few times previously also. He seems to sneeze or cough with it too. I wondered if he was getting something stuck. Seems less noisy now though. They really are the most gorgeous things ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š xx

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