Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- I posted earlier this week about WP’s upcoming changes to their plan structure, and there are updates, which you can see on the Pricing Feedback forum and a post on the WordPress blog on Tuesday Apr 5. They’ve increased the storage limit on the new free plan from 500MG to 1GB. They say “Additional storage will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price, very soon” and “as-you-need them add-ons for both plans, to give you a la carte upgrades” are also coming soon. Depending on the prices they set, being able to pay for only the specific features you want could end up being better than what’s currently available.
- I’ve been getting a lot of spam via my site’s contact form in the last couple of weeks for erectile dysfunction drugs and horse dewormer. I’m trying to decide what to do with that. It might help to add a Recaptcha, which is the Google prove-you’re-a-human thing that can be either just a checkbox or a select-all-the-squares-with-buses thing that always seem to indicate that I’m not a human. Anyway, I don’t know if that would solve the problem because I’m not sure if it’s a bot leaving the messages or an actual human (although I suspect the former), but the bigger problem is that using Recaptcha apparently slows your whole website down (correct me if you’re more on the ball than me and I’m wrong). That wouldn’t be great as my site is already a little on the slow side as it is. Another option is to just remove the contact form for a few days so hopefully the spammer will learn that there’s nothing to see here. Haven’t decided yet what I’ll do, or if I’ll even do anything, as the whole shebang is bugging me less than spam typically does. Because I love words, I just Googled shebang to find out where that came from, and according to Vocabulary.com, it was a US Civil War term that meant hut.
- I like to poke around with various analytics tools, and one of the things that I like to look at is who’s linking to my blog. I discovered that the Utah Valley University library website is linking to my post on conspiracy theory psychology. That makes my geeky heart sing.
- The baby guinea pigs Toffee and Brownie have been popcorning this week. It’s hard to capture on video because it happens so fast, but it involves jumping straight up in the air and then contorting themselves like a popcorn kernel popping. It’s all kinds of cute. They’re also spending a lot more time hanging out on the roof of the house than they used to. Casper seems to be sleeping quite a bit, which I suppose is probably because she’s getting to be quite a senior piggoo.
- I got all the assorted bits and bobs and ideas transferred out of my hospital journal and into either my home journal or my laptop, and the hospital journal is now retired and tucked away in a drawer. That felt like a very positive transition.
- I used to think that having some idea of what was happening in the world was part of being a responsible citizen, although during the pandemic I’ve been pretty careful to limit my total daily intake of news. However, being almost completely news-free for the last month and a bit has changed my mind somewhat. What’s happening in the world is going to happen whether I know about it or not, and reaching out for information on specific topics as needed might serve my mental health better than trying to follow the news regularly.
- The brief mixed depressive/hypomanic episode last week has fully subsided, and I’ve been sleeping well (8-9 hours a night) all week with meds, which is positive. Speaking of meds, but not really, I’m mega-dosing on vitamin B6 to manage my lithium tremor, which involves popping 9 pills a day. Normally I can down a big handful of pills no problem, but these are an odd shape and they’re not coated in any way, so they stick to my mouth and the back of my throat. Even swallowing 2 at a time is hard, so I’ll definitely need to get a different brand next time.
- Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on my draft letter about the hospital mouse infestation. I think I’m sufficiently de-dudgeoned now, so I’m going to finalize it this weekend and send ‘er off early next week.
- I ordered some hay online got the guinea pigs, and the very awkwardly large box got left by the building’s front entrance. This has triggered high dudgeon and the sending of fiery emails on more than one occasion in the past, but now I have my shopping trolley-type deal, which also functions as a hand truck (which I always thought was called a dolly, but apparently I was wrong). I can load boxes onto it and cruise along dudgeon-free.
- As another example of me trending in a mellow direction, I finished writing a review yesterday of a book that included a section that got all psychosocial reductionistic about mental illness (Johann Hari Lost Connections style), and I didn’t even feel the urge to rant. I think feisty Ashley has left the building for some well-deserved R&R.
I managed to catch Casper grooming herself. It’s early in the morning so the lighting isn’t very good and I didn’t want to move closer and disrupt her, but despite the crappy video quality, I think she’s still all kinds of adorable.
I tend to be a plant killer. This prayer plant seemed like it was on its last legs back in February, but it’s doing much better now. A metaphor, perhaps?
How has your week been?