Mail Client Challenges Equal Frustration

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Mail Client Challenge

  1. I do not like Outlook. Maybe I never learned it well enough to be in charge, but no matter how many times I try it, the same thing happens. It seems to think that I don’t need to see all the items in my inbox. I swear it gives me a glimpse and then stashes it somewhere I can’ find.
  2. I upgraded computers and since the mail client I was using on the old pc was discontinued several years ago, that’s not an option. So much for the advantages of mastering that learning curve.
  3. I have 4 mail accounts that matter – my own Gmail, my throwaway Yahoo, my work email (!!!) and my MSN, which apparently controls my entire digital existence.

So What’s UP?

I want to set up my work email on the new pc. Windows 10 seems to have a mail client included, which is somehow related to Office 365, which I love. So I added the work account. Easy Peasey. Except it’s empty and when I attempt to sync it says “Problem”. Grrrr.  I seriously have too much to do today to mess with this.

 

Can’t someone make email easy? Pleasey?

Day Off? What is That Exactly?

Today is our New Year’s Day Off

For someone who is supposedly has a day off today, I sure have a long list of stuff I need to do first. We have a very generous boss and he gave us two long weekends in a row. The problem is, with our line of work, there’s always something I have to do anyway.

I plan to knock several critical things off my list this morning, take the afternoon to play “taxi” for the visiting grandson, and then spend a little quality time tonight working ahead for the chaos that is tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Don’t Wanna (clean that)

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Update September 27, 2017:  I have to admit that almost a year has gone by and not much of what I promised myself has come true. I did get the pile of clothes sorted between the consignment shop and Goodwill – so the guest room would be cleared. That is true if I get my ironing done now. sigh. Today I am very thankful for the woman who comes by a couple of times a month and cleans my surfaces and floors. I clear clutter the day before and that combo keeps the health department at bay.

I don’t wanna deal with that…

It’s January 1 and if you’re like me, organizing is top-of-the-mind right now. But I look around and most of the stuff that really needs organizing is stuff I don’t wanna. So I thought about it and I think I’ve hit on a solution I can pick away at, which should make it seem less like punishment.

I just decided to list one room per week in my planner – and sometime during that week I must deal with one “I don’t wanna” chore in that room and write it down. I pushed and pulled my brain matter to come up with a list of 13 so each quarter of the calendar year, one room gets something taken care of that I have dreaded long enough. I ended up with just a couple of repeats – maybe only 1 – my bedroom, which is the biggest disaster in the house.

My “don’t wanna” list for Q1

So…

Kitchen – rearrange the pantry (this is a natural, since all the serving dishes are spread out on the counters now because of Christmas)

Bedroom – Pick a pile, any pile. All LOLing aside, I need to clean my stuff out of my old computer so I don’t lose precious pictures and so I can pass it on.

Master Bath – the shower is begging me to find the steam cleaner attachments and get to work.

Guest Bedroom – Seriously – organize the crap that’s just sitting there mocking me.

Guest Bath – easiest spot in the house – I keep it pretty clean – check that cabinet under the sink – it must need something.

Laundry or utility room – Find something skinny enough to dust between the washer and dryer.

Hall closet – hmmm floor or shelf? They both need some love

Garage – Not a disaster, but there’s always something that needs to be somewhere else – recycle the cans? Sweep the floor? Cut down the Amazon boxes?

Bedroom – still a pile or two to disperse – are you kidding me? I live in this room – clear the clutter! Strip out one bookcase that’s just holding stuff I don’t know what to do with. It’s been there for 30 months – I’m not going to do anything with it – say Bye-bye!

Livingroom – is that media case still sitting there with things that are too full of memories to give away but too useless to display? Decide!

Car – find every empty water bottle and get it out of the car.

Computer – yep – it’s the biggest room in the house if I’m admitting to I don’t wanna tasks. Clean up one whole drive and organize the files that remain.

Roll-top – this desk might as well be a room – it takes up as much space and holds just as much junk. It’s just about tax deadline – clear the main desk area and make sure you didn’t miss filing any receipts.

This list has been noted in my planner – wish me well!

 

 

 

Organizing Christmas For Next Year

Where can I put these so I can find them next year?

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When it’s time to put Christmas away for another year, I always get the urge to organize it so next year is effortless and I don’t have to dig so deeply for the things I absolutely need early.

 

Christmas baking supplies organized for next year.
All ready for next year

Our library cookie walk is always the first Saturday in December and my calendar usually has Thanksgiving weekend blocked off, not for BFCM shopping, but for baking. That’s admirable, but instead I find myself fighting the crowds to find cupcake liners in holiday colors and wondering where I stashed the treat bags I bought from Current on sale.

Let’s back up just a step and admit that my pantry is big enough that it should be useful, but it’s in need of an overhaul so badly that when I took a picture I decided you were never going to see it. 🙁  I vowed that I would put the Christmas baking things somewhere easily seen from my 5’2″ nearsighted view.

Photo box to the rescue

Photo box from Michael's
$1.50 solution to an annual de-motivating problem

Yesterday I was in Michaels, browsing more out of boredom than need, when I realized that a Christmas “photo box” was the perfect solution. If I bought one (75% off) that was decorated christmasy enough, I could put the cupcake liners and treat bags up high and still see them when next November rolled around.

You can surely understand the thrill of gathering holiday cupcake liners for $.59 and Santa treat bags for $.59 and this perfectly function-visible box for $1.50. Pantry problem solved. Next year I will not need to postpone the cookie walk baking to find liners or any of the other stuff I racked up $20 gathering this year. Help me remember not to bury it too deeply in this overflowing pantry of mine.

Blog Tradition – Mine Doesn’t Work

Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s Day and I just discovered that I hadn’t touched this blog since this time last year. Poor pitiful blog 🙁

I woke up with a non-hangover headache. I was so tired of 2016 that I sullenly waited until 1 minute after midnight and went to bed. No TV, no celebration drink, no excitement. I read 3 pages in on 3 different books and just couldn’t muster any interest.

The one thing that remains consistent though, is my exciting plans for my own sites. Ideas for posts happen daily, sometimes several at a time. I get all excited and make goals for the coming year. The reality is uglier – I logged in this morning with an idea and see that my last post was this time last year. Sigh.

Blog Resolution

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I wonder how many office supplies I will purchase with lofty goals in mind when the truth is I had to reset my password to do this. Well, since hope springs eternal, I’m making a resolution (it is the day for it, right?):

2017 will see this blog develop a following while I develop my lifestyle blogging voice. Another blog of mine will be reconfigured and developed as a business voice and my shopping site and my housing site will get enough attention to generate some $ again.

Now I have to decide on a theme for this site and check Amazon for a combo whiteboard/bulletin board for the wall above my monitors.

Blog Reality

Do you use Yoast? The SEO tool? We use it at work and I really like it – at least until I finished this post and it told me how pathetic the writing is. “Passive voice” “Too many words in 26% of the sentences” “No keyword focus”.  So I went back and added the headings and this paragraph. LOL

Adding about nine more words should also help the score.

Hillary For Iowa

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I’m excited about my first Iowa caucus. Iowa politics and Johnson County were big a big influence on my decision about where to live when I moved back to the Midwest last year. Tonight was my 3rd time helping at the local campaign office in North Liberty. I love how Iowans take the primaries seriously. They study the issues, they ask questions and demand answers. They seldom commit early; their tradition is to listen, learn and make a good decision. Too cool

Hillary Town Hall at Old Brick in Iowa City on Dec 16th.
Hillary Town Hall at Old Brick in Iowa City on Dec 16th.

The image is from Hillary’s townhall at the Old Brick Church in downtown Iowa City on Dec 16th. It was my first time up close to a presidential candidate ever. The energy was so motivating! I can see me in this photo because I know exactly where I was sitting, but this is the only image I can find where even a little bit of me was visible. The lady in pink in front of me was extending her cellphone most of the time.
Will you be caucusing in Iowa Feb 1? Or if you live elsewhere, do you vote in the primaries?

Whatcha Reading?

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Do you ever feel guilty for not keeping your GoodReads stuff up-to-date? I love the concept but the caption on my list as I found it a few minutes ago says it all.

Currently Reading list at GoodReads
I can spend my time reading or I can spend my time updating GoodReads.

Some of these don’t even sound familiar and I think they land on the list when I open a book on my Kindle and get the pop-over question: “Mark as currently reading on GoodReads?”

I did stop answering that one for the most part, but some of the crap I read a few pages of and deleted are still lingering in my life now, creating stupid tasks for my procrastination list.

Savoring The Last Few Hours of Holiday Break

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Our holiday breaks made for 2 nice long weekends in a row this year. I loved it! But now I’m down to one last day and everything I planned to get done is glaring at me and my procrastination techniques (Pogo games and naps, usually.) Today it was venturing outdoors in the freezing cold.

I intended to get more site work done. Of course I managed to create the spreadsheet and break open a new flash drive, but as far as getting all the WordPress tasks done, I’m a dozen domains behind my goal.

The ornaments are off the Christmas tree
I should have grabbed a picture when it was beautiful.

The Christmas tree is still up. It’s bare and the ornaments are in a dish on the dining room table. All the Santas are hanging out there, too. So… progress, right?

My poor apartment could use a good cleaning from top to bottom and left to right, but all I managed was to week 2 dozen books out of the first case and leave some piles of books around to send off to a new home. When I spilled coffee grounds on the floor a few minutes ago, I saw that the stove is OMG! Stainless steel shows everything and I just saw everything. yikes.

 

Time to put the Santas away for another year.
About half the Santas waiting for the bubble wrap and the green bin.

So I will leave this here as the first post of the New Year and head back to my solitaire game until I work up the mojo to FTP some files. Happy 2016!