Saturday, August 05, 2006

Good morning. :) Digital decluttering and such.

Stretched out in bed, mentally awake, but still physically asleep.  The bright sunlight streaming in the windows, washing over me.  The sounds of the kids playing quietly together in the next room, punctuated by rolling waves of preschool girl giggles.  Savoring these moments, knowing that the days of getting up before dawn and the hustle and bustle of getting the kids off to school are just around the corner.  The perfect late summer morning.

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I took a break from working on the kit the last day and a half.  I was enjoying it even though tedious, but then the tediousness took over.  Especially since I'm going to redo part of it, since I wasn't happy with the way it came out.  :-b  Anyway, I had an overwhelming attack of needing to tackle some of my digital clutter, specifically the "links" bar in IE and my email inbox.  I have this habit of just tossing things onto my links bar that I want to come back and look at later and then either never coming back, or deciding to keep the link but not organizing it into the proper category in my favorites so that I can find it later.  It had gotten to the point where I was having to scroll down ridiculously far in the links to get to the little widgets that I use all the time that do need to be there.  So I spent Thursday evening going through all those and getting them down to a manageable level.  Still needs a little work, and the favorites categories could use a major sort and purge, but that can wait.

While I was at it, I went through and trimmed down my Yahoo group list a bit and began changing my email address for those.  I'm gradually switching all my emails over to one from my own domain. After being stable for the longest time, our ISP has been bought or merged of something yet again.  I think this is the third time since we had them.  It started out as @home.com, then went to something like attbi.com, and then to comcast.net, and now is going to be something like roadrunner something or other since it's under Time-Warner now. Of course, they can't leave well enough alone and just let everyone keep their same email addresses.  So, anyway, since I'm planning to keep my kimetc domain for the long haul, I'm switching everything over to that, but yikes there's a lot to switch, so it's going to take some time.  

So then yesterday, I spent practically alllllll day working on getting my inbox sorted out.  There were, of course, breaks for the necessities, like Matthew reading five or six short books to me, or having Kaylee do my "fashions".  I look just stunning in a fluffy sparkly pink scarf and bejeweled gold plastic crown with pretend lipstick and nail polish, by the way. ;-)  Anyway, I started out with around 600 emails in my inbox I think, and finally, by around midnight, I managed to whittle it down a mere 15 messages that were either currently relevant or that I needed to do a bit more investigation on before I decide what to do with them.  This doesn't include some other folders I have that have stuff automatically filtered into them, but the inbox is where I need to hunt for stuff and can never find what I need, so this is going to make that so much easier.

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I'm back.  Did you miss me?  I had to take a break from writing to mend Cinderella's wedding dress, the overskirt of which had torn at the waist across about a third of the width of the gown. Good thing it's just a costume and doesn't need to be perfect and it doesn't matter that that layer of the skirt is an inch or two shorter on that side now. LOL  I'm so proud of myself for just jumping on that and getting it done.  Normally when something of the kids' needs mending, it sits in my closet until they've outgrown it.  But she's been wearing this gown almost every day lately, and when she put it on this morning and I saw that huge gap, I knew I needed to do it before it got worse.  So Kaylee very impatiently waited while I took the 20 or 30 minutes to fix it, then decided she didn't feel like wearing it right now. :-b

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So Bloglines was totally screwy yesterday.  It's been missing some feeds and such anyway, but then yesterday, it was showing new feed indicators, but wasn't displaying the posts, so I'd have to click over to look at them directly.  It said in the Bloglines news that it was messed up because the servers were catching up after a security patch.  I hope it's better now.  So annoying.  I've gotten so totally dependent on it to make sure I don’t miss anything on the 103 (and growing) feeds I subscribe to. :-b

Ok, time to get going with my day!  Happy weekend, everyone!

5 comments:

Tania said...

So after our conversation about Bloglines, now it's not giving me your last two posts!! I will just cry if I can't rely on it to keep me up-to-date.

Anyway, sounds like you've been busy!!

Natalie said...

What she said! I figured you hadn't posted any updates, but tonight, since it had been so long, I figured I'd pop over and double-check...and there are TWO new posts!

My internet faves isn't too crazy. Well, it could be better organized within some of the categories, but at this point, it's not that bad. However, I'm realizing that some of the digiscrap stuff I have on my hard drive...I will probably never use. I'm trying to get up the nerve to delete some of it!

Kudos for repairing Cinderella's gown - reminds me that I need to fix James' toy stuffed spider... ;)

karin said...

Kim you have been *busy*! I am so impressed with you .... rock on sistah!

Love the Cinderella mending story .... I can just hear her toes tapping while she had to wait IMpatiently.

:-D

my2boys said...

we have been on the same waves darlin! I have been busy purging, compacting, burning and cleaning up the old computer. And I am redoing a kit too. too funny eh? Love the story about the dress...and then not wanting to wear it, lol.

Mish said...

I love decluttering...especially the digital kind. Good for you Kim!

I don't usually have to dress up, since my girls dress themselves and each other up. I figure that will change soon though...