December 8, 2009

The last remaining hitch in the WordPress install. (Update: Hours 29-?? involved the DNS server updating, Nuno asking how things were going, and then Nuno taking things into his own hands.)  is I need to figure out how to automatically send this site over to the domain link:


Yep. That’s where you will find updated updates. I will try to fix this so that this address autoforwards over there, but that will have to wait until tonight. In the meantime, I have a post ready to go, and it’s going to go up on the NEW. IMPROVED. SITE.


Special thanks to Nuno and Lis, without whom, I would not have a new FANCY-PANTS site.


My phone was ringing right before I took this photo, but I couldn’t find. STORY OF MY LIFE. (Oh hello, old lip ring! This was January 2007.)

First, in my family, we have a saying about the “10 minute job.” This is anything my step-father says will take 10 minutes that you find him doing eight hours later because it required more tools/supplies/hard labor than originally anticipated. The extreme example is trying to change an outlet only to discover that the wiring in the whole house needs to be replaced and it’s only due to the hand of G-d that it hasn’t set itself on fire already.

Second, there is a phenomenon that I like to refer to as Sonja’s Law. Sonja’s Law states simply: If something STUPID can happen, it will happen to me.

I have incredibly bad luck for stupid things. Not tragedies, nothing particularly AWFUL happens to me – just every little snag in life, yeah, they all hit me. Combined with my 3 super powers – the abilities to get lost anywhere, lose anything, and break anything – I spend most of my life trying to stay out of my own way. I’ve developed a possibly dangerous nonchalance to having dumb stuff happen to me. Having to wait an extra day for a prescription because it was accidentally called in to a pharmacy in another state… needing a new battery in my car not two months after taking possession of said car which worked fine previously… every single time I go to visit my parents, a package is prepared the next day of the various crap that I left behind – no matter HOW HARD I check to see if I left anything.

So, to document. The “10 minute job” of the “Five minute” install.

Hour one: Configure my domain host to be able to host wordpress. In theory.  And of course, all of this started because I found a beautiful theme that I’m in love with – and I really want a new design really badly. So badly that I have considered paying an actual designer. I still might. So. Try to configure the domain to host wordpress.

Hour two: I have no idea. The whole thing is a haze involving reading and re-reading the instructions, wondering where I went wrong, and remaining firm in my belief that “SQL” stands for “SQUIRREL.” Becoming exasperated that this SAID it would take five minutes, which I figured translated to half an hour, but still… two hours? Sigh loudly. Say something to Nuno, who offers to fix it.

Hours three – infinity: Nuno tries to fix it. Grumbles that there must be an easier way. Wonders aloud if I can be trusted with this much technology.

Hour fourteen: I get up in the morning and check out Nuno’s handiwork. Nothing actually works. I feel so guilty about the amount of effort that he’s put in that I see if I can fix it.

This is where you start laughing. Me? I think *I* can fix this? I am like the King Midas of Crap where this kind of thing is concerned. I shouldn’t be touching it in the first place! THIS IS WHY I CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!

Hour sixteen: Nuno wakes up and asks how I like the blog. I gently explain that it didn’t work and i tried to fix it. He asks “Did you delete anything?” I say “I don’t THINK so…” Turns out, I did. A lot. Nuno washes his hands of it and declares that I probably *shouldn’t* have access to technology more complicated than, say, Twitter. He may be right.

Hour nineteen: I chat with some friends who have greater internet-fu than my own and get some opinions that this is probably a DNS error. (Discount Nut Supply? I don’t even know what that IS.) A friend who can install WordPress in her sleep offers to try and help when she has some free time in the evening.

Hour twenty four – twenty six: Lis starts trying to work on the DNS problems. Narrows down the issue to the host server, that this wasn’t something I COULD have done, even accidentally. Puts in a claim ticket. Claim ticket will take up to 24 hours to process. At this time, I need to be asleep within two hours and will then be at work, so it may well be 24 hours before I have a chance to touch it anyhow. At which point, we’ll be back at square one.

Pray for this blog, friends, that it survives my efforts to improve it.


November 4, 2009

That sounds like it should be a euphemism for something really dirty, but it’s just the abbreviation for National Blog Post Month. Y’know, like NaNoWriMo for those of us who can only think in paragraphs, not chapters. It hadn’t registered on my radar until Kat’s post about how she did it last year, and hey! Nothing helps fuel a blog re-launch like an arbitrary “national” (something tells me that since this wasn’t limited to US sign-ups it’s more like “international”) blog posting month!

So, yes, I’ve joined. And hey, I’ve already posted each day in November! Bonus! Expect more of the same with some of the new columns (Jedi Nanny, Nanny Tested) rolling out soon. For a whole month! And beyond!



November 1, 2009

Welcome to ALL NANNY BLOG ALL THE TIME. Yes, that’s right, I’ve taken all of those articles I’ve read about blogging to heart and decided to really focus on my niche. I can get very scattered, and it’s best for me to just focus my attentions here. Any extraneous blogging I feel compelled to do might get a side Tumblr account or something – just like my business card states, the mission here is “Art. Childcare. Sometimes both.”

So, I’ve come up with a pantsload of new content over the weekend that I’ll be releasing. Some new categories include:

  • Nanny Tested: Reviews of childcare related program activities. I have the perspective of having worked with many families, and thus many products, and have opinions and preferences to share.
  • (Not) For Babies: Thus far, this is a music column, but the intent is anything that’s not labelled *for* children that is nonetheless not only child-friendly, but child-awesome.
  • Jedi-Nanny: Top secret nanny tips. May the force be with you.

I will also be doing my best to post more art – both of my own and art created by “my” kids.



October 30, 2009

As usual, I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog even if I haven’t been blogging much on the blog. I’ve decided that over the weekend, I’m going to come up with a formal *plan* for new content and categories and possibly re-tool the site a little bit to fit whatever I come up with. And oh yeah, write some new content as well.

So yes! Come back Sunday night and see what I’ve cooked up! Re-launch on 11/1!

Blog evolution.

October 2, 2009

[Lisbon. 2009.]

The fashion updates are going the way of the dodo. I don’t think they even evolved legs. They’re really going the way of that really cute herbivore you create in Spore who gets eaten so many times that you give up and start the game over as a carnivore and eat everything. I do still intend on participating more frequently in wardroberemix, but as for integrating that into the blog, I don’t have time!

This is the only time in my whole life that I’ve been honestly able to say that about something that takes half an hour (tops)! I also have an AM/PM yoga DVD that I’ve been longing to get some use out of – at either end – but I don’t have 20 minutes to spare at either the front or back ends of my day! I’m doing my best to be as productive as possible in the little bit of free time that I do have, but I’ll admit, I’ve been considering “Unlocking Eternal mode in Katamari” to be “productive.”

Anyway, I’m sad to admit that I’m not up to the task I set for myself here. I get inspired a lot and I’m really gungho about starting projects, but it’s the follow through on finishing them that gets me. My desk is like “Good Idea Purgatory” and I’d like to revive a lot of stuff that I’ve started and abandoned. Sadly, working on nanny fashion is going to have to enter this netherworld for now.

I do have an idea for some daily things that I’d like to also incorporate into blogging, which I hope to launch this weekend! So, that’s cool. The only snag is just as I’ve come up with some real daily practice stuff for myself, the toddler I work with has also reached the point in his own self-improvement quest where he can open his door. Nap time is no longer sacred. I no longer have even the idea of downtime at work. It’s a pretty big blow.

We’ll see what happens from here, both in terms of my sanity and my blogging abilities.

As this blog matures (like a fine wine, or a cheese), I’m wondering about how things are working out for you, the reader. I have a basic sense of how many people are coming in on a daily basis and generally how they got here, but for those of you who may be reading via RSS (if you’re not and you would like to, go to the subscribe page!), I have no idea how many of you there might be or how you got here or what.

If you would care to enlighten me in the comments section (or via email: sonja . engdahl @ me . com – without the spaces) with a little about yourself and your blog reading experience, I would be much obliged! I could even find a way to thank you, by a link or a special post or something! It’d be fun! So, yes, if you could comment with:

  1. Name/alias/secret identity
  2. How you found this here blog
  3. What would keep you reading
  4. Something I could do in return that would bring you joy

To get started on that joy, here are some sunflowers from Lisbon!