Friday, March 31, 2006

Rain and Pretend and Firefox and HTML and Web Design and my Hubby and Spam

It is a bleak rainy day today. Dark and drizzly. I kind of enjoy it though. I decided to just get dressed in flannel PJ bottoms and a sweatshirt. Rather lazy of me, actually. I have lamps on during the day, which gives a wierd effect. It is a good day for soup, coffee and tea. Warm things in mugs. We did get a thunderstorm, but I was so disappointed. I wanted to at least see some lightning. It didn't start until after we had gone to bed and I was dozing off. Oh, well. I am sure that there will be more. We live in wierd pocket of a valley next to the Wisconsin River. People who live in the mountains would be so offended I said that. It is really just spot between 2 hills where the river flows. But anyway, we get more severe weather through here than 20 miles north or 20 miles south. There actually was a tornado that touched down across the street and took out an old barn about 4 or 5 years ago.

Mark is still being very good. He has learned how to (or at least I have finally noticed that he is) playing pretend. He walks around holding his play phone to his ear and has long discussions with someone else. It is so cute. He actually babbles for a while, then waits a few seconds, and babbles some more. I think that he is 'talking' to daddy because 1) everytime we try to get him to talk on the real phone it is to daddy and 2) when he 'talks' for pretend he goes to the patio doors and looks out. The only reasons that he plants himself there are to watch snow (no more snow!), watch birds (at which time he inevitably cries 'Woof!'), or look for daddy coming home. He has in general been more playful recently. He is so cute to watch.

Most everything that I have tried to do today, I just end up banging my head against the wall. Alot of little things. The only one that comes to mind, mostly because it is puzzling me, is Firefox. I have decided to go ahead and download it and give it a try. The download went fine. But when I double clicked it to install, I got an error message. I thought after a few tries that maybe something went wrong with the download, so I just deleted the .exe file and redownloaded it. Still it won't install. I get a message titled 7-zip and says unspecified error. How am I supposed to know what to fix if it is unspecified? I tried to look-up help in the Monzilla forums and FAQs but nothing so far. No big deal I guess. I will either figure it out and try Firefox or just give up and keep using IE.

I really like one of the books I got yesterday from the library. "HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS, 5th edition" by Elizabeth Castro. I hope that you didn't fall asleep reading the title. But the book reads like a school text. Easy and basic. Any one with a brain can figure it out. Well, that includes me half the time. I figure that if I take it page by page, it should be simple enough. I am already learning alot that I had no idea about. And I am on page 20. The Bravenet tutorials that I was trying to use just kept turning me in circles.

Gabriel and I had a nice chat last night with the TV off. We haven't just visited in a long time. It seems wierd to 'visit' with your husband. It was kind of like when we were dating. Just rambling about whatever. Once upon a time before we had Mark, I said something about maybe doing Web design from home. It kind of fell away with being pregnant and not having any training or knowledge about programming and design. With my renewed interest in HTML and my stronger determination to learn it, Gabriel dusted off the thought of Web design. I must confess that I do think about it. It wouldn't be a big money maker or anything, like a hobby with a profit. But I try to keep it in check until I actually have the ametuer ability to do something about it. As a teen I was friends with a women who was a busy as heck SAHM that did Web design from her home. I remember being so jealous because I wanted to be able to do what she did. Maybe I can. I am very good at teaching myself. I was homeschooled and have a very good abilty to learn straight out of a book without needing someone to led me by the hand.

Ugh, I had spam in my tag box this morning. Only 3 messages and I deleted them right away. But if I have a huge problem with spam like at Bravenet then I am just going to take down my tagboard. I am not going to put up with deleting a hundred spams every morning. I do that already with my e-mail.



Wenchy said...

I love PJ days. :)

Mammawannabe said...

OOOH...PJ days. THOSE ARE THE BESTEST! I think you should go for the web design thing. Give it what you've got and see where it takes you. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and so much to gain! I'm rooting for ya :)

PS - Did you get my email?

chelle said...

I love pj days too!!

I am self taught on the web design takes time, but it all comes together! Not sure if I will ever make money per say but i enjoy it!

The theme I am working on now will not have a shoutbox..I am sick of spammers!

Momma Bee said...

Web design seems like a lot of fun. It's something I've always wanted to do but never seem to have the time for -- hope you continue with it!

Btw, speaking of spam and the tag box, I think it may also cause those annoying pop-up ads. I seem to get them a lot when I come to your site. Anyone else?