A former slave’s great response to his old master’s request to get back to work on his farm, in 1865.
I know, the last design was only, like, two posts away, but I felt ready for some colour this grey albeit mild winter but was too lazy to come up with a new design from scratch. I checked out collections after collections of free WordPress themes but they all seemed to have this “slap a gigantic image on top and put a slider on it” attitude that I detest. Solution? Spend money on a premium theme that I really like! I didn’t even spend that much money. I didn’t buy from one of those design studios that offer a lot of themes with a premium subscription fee. I’m allergic enough to commitment not to want to subscribe to anything willingly. Sorry, web design studios, I just want to pay for one theme that I like without having to subscribe because I might not want another design from you ever again.
So yeah, I paid for a theme I came across that I really liked and had all the features I wanted, especially the ability to post multiple format entries a la Tumblr. The only thing I didn’t like about the theme out of the box was the colour scheme, but it was easy to change. One child theme and a few lines of CSS later, I got it to look just the way I want it. I’m still not sure about the header image that I made with a graphic from a CD that comes with an art deco book I bought last month from a reduced price bookstore in St. Catharines, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me. If not, all I have to do is come up with another one that I like better and slap it on. Easy peasy.
Resources I found useful this n-th blog redesign (don’t really remember how many times I’ve redesigned this blog in the last 12 years):
- Colourlovers for all your colour-scheming needs;
- Google Web Fonts for all your fancy typography needs, complemented with the WP Google Fonts plugin;
- Last but not least, Elma Studio for making the theme so easy to customize.
My god, this post is so boring I’m falling asleep writing it. Next post shall be more interesting, promise!
PS. Please send me a haiku?
And suddenly, it’s 2012! How long has it been since my last update? Let’s see… Oh, only 3 months. I’ve done worse. What can I say, I’m a crappy blogger. I should’ve stuck to posting stupid links to my blog instead of trying to be all deep and thoughtful and write journally entries that no one gives a crap about. Even I don’t give a crap. But why am I writing this? Um, out of guilt, I guess? The two or three people who are still reading this blog deserve to find something new here every once in a while.
So, since this is my first post of 2012, I should probably write about the highlights of 2011. Well, I became a full-fledged Canadian citizen in March and voted in my first federal election in May. Sadly the Conservatives won a majority government this time. And later in the provincial election, the Conservatives won in our riding so now we’re represented by a Tory in the parliament. Sigh. PEOPLE, Y U NO VOTE?!?
In June, we made it to Newfoundland and back. Did a fair amount of hiking, ate a lot of fish. I even had a moose burger once (good but kind of dry) as well as iceberg tea (iced tea with chunks of iceberg in it). I found out that iceberg doesn’t melt very quickly in your mouth (it’s so dense). It was an amazing trip with a lot of moose and some iceberg sightings. Words can’t do it justice. Go there if you can! Don’t wait until you’re old and retired and not fit enough to do a lot of hiking! I would love to go back there again someday.
Right after the trip to Newfoundland, we took up a new hobby, which is geocaching. Soon I decided that I prefer hiding geocaches to trying to find them because I’m not a big fan of beating around the bush. When we go geocaching, I usually just observe the area around the ground zero and try to figure out where the geocache would be with my mind’s eye. If there are bushes to beat around, I’ll just summon Troy to do the dirty work. Yes, I’m a princess. But Troy actually enjoys beating around the bush so I don’t feel too bad about it.
And the last but not the least highlight is, I finally got an Etsy shop up and running. Not only that, I even got people buying the stuff I was selling! Craziness! I’d thought it would never happen! I sell vintage cameras (mostly Polaroids) and expired film on Etsy. It’s enjoyable. I like selling stuff that I actually care about and getting to meet customers who love cameras and film photography as much as I do, if not more. Having a shop also makes our weekend thrifting rounds more exciting because I have something specific to find as opposed to just thrifting for whatever, and when I do find cool cameras, I just can’t wait to list them at my shop. Except, of course, I have to procrastinate and now I have a big pile of cameras waiting to be listed. Such is my life.