Monday, May 16, 2011

How to...

...survive when Blogger is "not available".

Take a deep breath.

Try to reload the sign in page.

Take another deep breath.

Click where it says it will give you more info.

Read the info, which just says that Blogger is unavailable.

Take a deep breath.

Be tempted to cuss, but refrain, the children might be within earshot.

Try again to load the page.

Get angry because it still says unavailable, thus necessitating another deep breath, and the swallowing of some more words you don't want the kids to hear.

Refill your water bottle.

Open a notepad and start writing the blog you would be writing for day after tomorrow if Blogger were available.

Check again, only to find out they've updated that they are erasing everything you uploaded an hour before they became unavailable.

Dive into your favorite comfort food to keep from cussing.

Do a Sudoku to pass the time.

Check again, and find out Blogger won't be available until tomorrow.

Write more on that notepad.

Write out all the words you want to say.

Erase them, so the kids don't see.

Do a KenKen puzzle.

Eat more comfort food.

Get mad instead of comforted.

Write more on the notepad.

Decide to give up and go to bed.

Next morning, wake up and check Blogger.

Find out Blogger is still unavailable.

Angrily make coffee and drink the whole pot.

Check email to pass the time.

Check Blogger again, and swear you are going to switch to another blog site.

Suppress more words, the kids might be up.

Look at the angry gibberish you wrote on the notepad the night before and erase it.

Wonder what other people would have written had Blogger been available.

Do another Sudoku puzzle.

Get back on to find, lo and behold! Blogger is back!

Decide immediately to abandon your plans to leave, and go look at your scheduled posts.

Reconsider again, as you find out the one you had worked on for today was published without all the editing you did right before Blogger went down.

Eat something bad for you, to give your mouth something to do besides yell.

Rewrite it as best you can in your current foul-and-hyped-on-caffeine mood.

Read what everyone else is saying, including how they also lost posts.

Commiserate with them.

Wonder if maybe you have been blogging too long.

Decide there is no way to do that, and get back to your normal routine, with the undercurrents of a caffeine buzz and bad food to accompany you.

Today is

Biographer's Day

Discovery Day -- Cayman Islands

Love a Tree Day -- and read about the love of a tree, in Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree

Middlesex Day -- Middlesex, England

National Sea Monkey Day -- go out and get yourself a kit, and enjoy these lively little critters!

St. Brendan's Voyage Day (St. Brendan the Voyager, patron of sailors and Ireland)

St. Honoratus' Day

St. John of Nepomuk's Day (patron of bridges, Bohemia, Czech Republic; Slovakia)

Teachers' Day -- Malaysia

Wear Purple for Peace Day

Anniversaries Today:

Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, marries Marie Antoinette, 1770
Edgar Allen Poe marries his cousin Virginia Clemm, 1836

Birthdays Today:

Megan Fox, 1986
Jim Sturgess, 1981
Tori Spelling, 1973
David Boreanaz, 1971
Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
Tracey Gold, 1969
Janet Jackson, 1966
Olga Korbut, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Pierce Brosnan, 1953
Bob Edwards, 1947
Liberace, 1919
Woody Herman, 1913
Henry Fonda, 1905
William Seward, 1801

Today in History:

The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence is re-established as a republic, 1527
Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England, 1532
Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer, James Boswell, in London, 1763
Denmark abolishes slave trade, 1792
The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail, 1843
Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer, 1866
A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight, 1919
Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc, 1920
Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel, 1948
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines, 1951
Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, 1960
China's Cultural Revolution begins, 1966
The Soviet Venera 5 spacecraft lands on Venus, 1969
India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favour of merging with India, 1975
Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1975
The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain, 1986
A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine, 1988
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the US Houses of Congress, 1991
Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote, 2005

1 comment:

  1. Sorry blogger was being obnoxious.. fwiw LiveWriter, the thingie i was testing, is so that you can write a blogpostwhile offline and then just upload it whenever you have access to the internet.. and don't need to worry about obnoxious blog hosts deleting your post because you'll still have it saved to your computer....