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Married to MoneySGT

FRESH NEW FACE

You MAY have already noticed that totteringhall.com is looking a little different. Call it–redecorating.

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This is basically version three of the Tottering Hall blog. The first is the original incantation launched in 2009 on blogspot, the second the transition to a wordpress blog with the acquisition of the totteringhall.com domain when we got married in 2013 and now the latest–v. 3.0 in 2016. The saddest part being I don’t have screenshots to show how far the blog has come. 
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Yesterday I was tooling around looking for a dinner recipe on pinterest and I couldn’t help but notice how food blogs are so pretty. Most blogs provide a theme credit and so I started browsing the theme market.

UNLIKE BUYING A PLANNER, I knew what I wanted but I wasn’t really sure what it looked like until I found it. MUCH LIKE BUYING A PLANNER, I didn’t wake up with a mission to make this purchase but it is where my day led me and with money in my pocket and time to burn (it was nap time).

When I heard an earful from T last night about how much I spent on the new theme ($50), I replied, well that’s better than the $100 I could have spent on any other. It’s a one-time cost (unlike web hosting) and for that one-time cost you are on the fast track to a new look.

On this topic, I wouldn’t have to spend $50 if I actually knew how to code. And my updates and changes would be complete rather than in process (yes, I know there are some things to fix) if I actually knew what I was doing, rather than just getting sucked into the vortex of blog settings (kind of like the vortex of organizing pinterest pins and boards, which you know I do… for hours).

Do I really want to learn how to code? Do I really have what it takes? I have doubts. I sincerely don’t know. In the same way I googled web color palettes and came up with my new google calendar scheme which resulted in “top 50…” and “most popular…” a few days ago is the same way I googled new web theme and resulted with “best themes for…” and “new themes in 2016…” for my project yesterday is the same way I found all these places you can “learn to code.” Am I even the right candidate? I just want the blog to be better, and for me to be better at doing it (in all ways). Do I want a job as a coder? I don’t think my knowledge of gaming, ComiCon and sci-fi is deep enough.

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A couple of years ago I signed up for SkillCrush. I think I only signed up for their free emails and I don’t remember rigorously following the curriculum…

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These “learn to code” workshops and “incubators” are yesterday’s news. But credit to here. When we moved here, someone told us that here is 10-15 years behind the rest of the country in most everything. I listen to TPR (TEXAS Public Radio) and I’ve heard the advertisements for CodeUp, but I didn’t realize they are based in here and if you want to do a CodeUp class (4 months, $17,000) then you come to here. That’s pretty good. It’s too bad such an amazing resource is just down the road when there’s no way this mommy life can support an intensive bootcamp workshop for the cost of two years of private preschool (yes, that’s how the math works in my head these days and for the record) and then some. So in the meantime, bear with me as I putz around the vortex…

Married to MoneySGT

Be frugal now so that you’ll be able to weather the storm that is coming

I’m not ready to talk about the new frugal leaf I turned over this week but I did it, in case you don’t see it in the pics below. Everything in between is a blur but here’s the start and end from our week at Tottering Hall.

Sunday night: watching Colgate basketball hoops with mommy. He loves basketball like he loves bacon and the ESPN interlude music. There was a lot of that while he was in utero, I’ll be real honest.

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Monday night: he can multi-task–dinner al fresco and Mardi Gras practice.

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Friday night: and wrapping up the week loving on his dad.

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I am glad we made it to the end of the week. For our Friday fun day, we made a day trip to Austin with Becky. There really should be photos from the day–her sister’s beautiful bed and breakfast, her former brother-in-law’s new condo that is decorated like a sex den, and OJ having the time of his life at her son’s lumber shop replete with old fashioned country music, a “woof woof” (a dog) and lots of dangerous toys. But there are no such photos. There are also no photos of the fantastic conversation. But I’m not ready to talk about that yet, either.

And yet today WE WISH WE WERE IN DC for #Snowmageddon2016. Instead we were at IKEA.

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I spent only $46 (#FTW).

 

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