Shifting Priorities

If you visited my site last night around 10:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, you would have found an entirely blank site as I was in the middle of trying to update my site after reading that the previous version of WordPress had been compromised and spammers were inserting nearly invisible links into people’s blogs.

Having been hacked at least once before by pornographers, I wasn’t taking any chances, even though this is a less than ideal time to update my site. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m largely self-taught on this blogging thing; which is to say that there’s a lot more that I don’t understand than I do understand. Even though I’ve updated my site several times now, I’ve always run into some kind of complications, and last night was no exception. Apparently the latest version of WordPress didn’t like something about my old theme and wouldn’t recognize it at all at first, leaving the page blank. With a little fiddling I was able to get it recognized and restart all my old plug-ins, and as far as I can tell everything is working fine (feel free to email me if you find something that’s not working right). I’ve decided to let the problems of updating my template, and particularly updating the links in the sidebar, wait until I’ve addressed other priorities.

Like Theresa, I still haven’t finished my taxes, not that I’m in any particular rush to pay whatever it is I still owe. But obviously that’s my next priority. I promise I’ll quit playing Heroes of Might and Magic V long enough to finish the taxes and have them mailed by the 15th of the month.

My number one priority, though, remains trying to fully recover from my recent bout with the flu and pneumonia. My lungs actually feel good, but my digestive system still hasn’t recovered from the antibiotics and the prednisone. As a result, I still haven’t been able to return to my full regime at the YMCA. I’ve had to skip at least some classes each week, and taking Skye for his daily walk has become more of a burden than a pleasure.

Of course, if the sun would just come out for an extended period, I’d chuck it all in order to get back outside for a whole day. I’d planned on doing that today since I don’t go to the Y on Wednesdays, but, despite previous forecasts and some tempting breaks in the clouds, I don’t think I could get in a long walk with getting drenched.

As you can tell, this blog IS a priority, or I wouldn’t bother filling up space like this, but it may be a while before I can get back to e.e. cummings’ Complete Poems 1904-1962.

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