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It's been... a day.

Sketch Fest has been intensely frustrating this month - yesterday afternoon I did two pieces I REALLY like, one that may turn out, and one that is no more than a few idea lines... and today I have accomplished nothing artistic, only administrative hand-holding, polite-but-firm fix-it emails to my host (whyyyy must server problems always occur during Sketch Fest?!) and a lot of damage control. (Note for self - have put in check for 0% donation, isolated prompt-adding script [non-problematic!], isolated non-member prompts [still remains to be seen if they are a problem, but definitely not the ONLY problem])

Many people groused about the (really not) draconian new password requirements, but my empathy for that is on the low side. Until you have had your customer database hacked and all of their emails and passwords spread about the Internet, until you have had an admin account brute-cracked because of a too-easy password and woken up to a series of emails letting you know that all of your members' account have been deleted - including your own! - I do not think you will understand how powerless and violated being hacked actually feels, nor would you feel that requiring people to read and follow a few stupid instructions to protect everyone's data is asking too much.

The ice-cream topping on my cake? I'm not reliably getting emails from my shopping cart service. Paypal, yes, so I get HALF the verification for sales, but not the half that tells me what actually sold. *facepalm*

For sprinkles, my Facebook messages are currently not loading.


But, if I was in any way short or brief with you, or anything less than helpful and kind, I apologize. The security stuff is clearly a tender point with me, and I spent my entire day feeling like I was running from one crisis to another, on-line and off. Most people were awesome and understanding. Many fabulous sketches were sketched.

And on the plus side, it was an intensely productive day. We worked on tubing in the basement, I got part of my studio space greatly consolidated (in preparation for more tubing), and I worked off some of my negative energy digging drainage channels because today was Day of Thaw. Our driveway went from soft snowpack and slush with a few spots of dirt showing to mostly mud with a few thin, lonely pieces of ice. Thanks to drainage channels (which the engineer in me loves working on!), most of the melt has gone harmlessly off the side of the embankment, and I'm hopeful that the mud will be short-lived if we continue to have warm days. On the downside, unknown troves of dog poop are appearing above the snow and will need to be dealt with in short order (before they stop freezing in the morning, preferably!).

(sometime later)

It's taken me most of the day to compose this, and Guppy decided my evening needed a little more poop, so she kindly produced one in her bathtub for me. And oh, she looked so pleased about it!

You can only laugh, really!

And for all the foibles of the day, I wouldn't have traded it for anyone else's. There were many moments of cuddles with baby and husband, there was delicious food and good music, there were moments of triumph (mostly Guppy's), lots and lots of laughter, and it's actually, honestly, finally spring. The window beside me is open, and it smells all fresh and melty, though it is just cold enough that I should probably get up and close it.

I'll do that now. I'm ready for bed!


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May. 12th, 2013 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness, the dog poop. With the rapid thawing, our yard has suddenly become Poop Central Station. I can anticipate what delightful spring task I'll be doing the next few days. But I don't care, because it is SPRING! FINALLY!

I'm sorry Sketch Fest is being so frustrating - but glad you had an otherwise productive day!
Jenny Heidewald
May. 12th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
*HUGS* You are always great! Totally understand about being frazzled about the SF site troubles, and others!

I think the new password requirement was great, I'd been trying to change it before, but it seemed like it wouldn't "take". Then I had to find the right combo of stuff, but I always do that for my passwords. Totally blanked on what it was last night at 11 :30PM. XD Luckily I remembered. Getting hacked is like getting mugged, less physical, but the same emotional stuff goes on, the sense of violation is frustrating.

Every body poops! But hopefully not in the bathtub again. *haha*

I am off to load some sketches, gotta do 4 per hour starting at ..*looks at clock* Er, the husband is still sleeping in his half of my studio ( the bed)...
May. 17th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
You diiiiid it! I can't believe it! You diiiiiid it! (Actually, I can totally believe it...)

She gave me another bathtub poo last night. *facepalm* SO GROSS.
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May. 17th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
No worries about adding to my frustration! I'm glad things finally worked, eventually, and it's awesome having you participate. :)
May. 13th, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
Three cheers for spring! And more for cuddles! (And none for hackers and flaky computer systems.)
May. 17th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Short-lived spring. There is MORE snow in the forecast! RARH!
May. 17th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
O_o The forecast is full of lies. No more snow!
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