The only problem with working on so many great blogs for our clients is that my own gets sorely neglected. I’ve had a new design for this site in the works for several months – but I can’t find a spare minute. Also, relatively decent ideas for posts here come and go throughout my day. They are there….then *poof* they are gone again.
Aside from gobs of design work, I did finally begin the writing of the second edition of WordPress For Dummies, due to be released in a few short months. I did finish the writing of the free bonus chapter that should be available for download soon – after it goes through copy editing in the great Wiley Publishing mill!
During the course of my day, I try to find things to keep my mind on an even keel — maintaining my Zen and sense of peace, as much as possible. I depend a lot on my iPod to keep my brain balanced. A week ago, my iPod died. It just died!! The battery ran out and it refused to charge. I was devastated, to say the least! I keep several different genres of music on my iPod – from metal to classical… jazz to pop…reggae to folk — and all points in between. I just never know, from day to day, what music is going to soothe the savage beast. Needless to say, my iPod is with me at all times..so when it died, a little piece of me went with it.
Luckily, the wonderful folks at ServerBeach shipped a brand new iPod Nano to me in the mail and it arrived the very day after my old iPod died. Were they reading my mind??? We’ve been doing business with ServerBeach for about 6 years, now. (About this time, last year, I was their official Geek of the Week) We run all of our unmanaged severs through their facilities and I adore their service and customer care. I even had the great opportunity to meet a bunch of them at SXSW in Austin this March. I hugged QT — anyone who does business with ServerBeach should know QT very well – – she is the backbone of their support service and she excels at what she does.
So, back to the iPod. Apparently, when we purchased our most recent server through them, they were running a promotion where they gave away iPods with each new server purchase. I didn’t even know!
Here I thought they were reading my mind and felt sorry for me that my own iPod is broken. Now THAT would be customer service, eh?
If they REALLY were mind readers, they’d be sending someone over to mow my lawn!
So I have my music and my sanity back, which is a good thing. This time of year also brings with it my other big stress-reliever and outlet — my veggie garden! The rule I abide by every single year is that I don’t plant anything until the weekend before Memorial Day. The weather here in Wisconsin just isn’t trustworthy enough until Memorial Day. Before then, I know it can freeze at anytime. So, the big weekend is coming up soon and I already have my seedlings ready to go into the dirt:
- Green Onions
- Pole Beans
- Various types of peppers – mild and HOT
- Various herbs… basil, oregano, dill, fennel, taragon, chives, etc, etc
I’ve already been out in the garden a couple times over the last week, or so, just preparing the dirt, getting rid of the weeds, fertilizing the soil, etc. Something about tending to the garden on a daily basis is calming to me. Even if its just 20 minutes spent outside pulling a few weeds and checking on the harvest.. its something I sorely miss during the winter months.
I got my iPod.. .will soon have my garden – – I should be bringing the Zen back around here any day now!