January 15, 2007

Weekend Recap: The Housekeeping Edition

Take a look around. Anything look different? No, I didn't think so. But this whole place has actually undergone a radical transformation (think Joan Rivers, except, no, don't...it's way too early on a Monday to think of that) thanks to Beth. See, for years, we've had a billion (or five) different servers running different sites. It's been confusing and slightly expensive. For months, Beth has been urging me to join her in a pretty world of centralized servers a nice new upgraded version of MoveableType. Since my site was already flaky at best on Friday I figured, what the hell.

So, here I am, looking all, uh, the same, but a couple things have changed. First, as I've promised over and over again for the past several months, I'll be finalizing and posting my updated blogroll soon. Second, I didn't manage to import my notification list; if you've been getting an email notification as soon as I update and would like that to continue, please mention that in your comments or drop me an email.

Now, you know how I feel about this site and how much I freak out when something goes wrong. I'd like you all to know that I handled this whole migration with remarkable patience and calm. I think even Beth - the mastermind behind the process - would agree. I didn't get drunk, develop the shakes, or curl into the fetal position asking for my mommy before or during the change. I'm rather proud of that. Probably because I knew Beth had it all handled. I used to be the technical one in this house. When it comes to this stuff, though, Beth's far surpassed me.

The rest of the weekend - the part not absorbed by obsession over my site, hitting reload every seven seconds - was wonderful. I had two wonderful days with my girls, my funny, funny girls. And there was sleep. Yes, the skies parted and angels sung from on high and we all got wonderful, blessed sleep. And I was awakened each morning by Mia kisses. That and a new blog? That's quite a weekend, my friends.

Posted by Chris at January 15, 2007 7:16 AM

Boy, getting a whole new site makes you downright chipper on Monday mornings. Or is that all the sleep you got? Either way, enjoy the chipper!

(Oh, and I like that your word verification has an actual, you know, word in it.)

Posted by: Contrary at January 15, 2007 7:45 AM

A change is as good as a holiday, or so whoever "they" are say.

Posted by: E :) at January 15, 2007 7:47 AM

Congratulations on, well, everything! You certainly sound happy, and for that I am happy. Now go, and have a great day!

Posted by: Alissa at January 15, 2007 8:06 AM

It looks great, like nothing was ever done, unlike Joan Rivers.

Posted by: William at January 15, 2007 8:25 AM

Congratulations on sleep and blog revamping!

Posted by: Emily at January 15, 2007 8:30 AM

Glad you had a great weekend! Sleep is always a good thing.

Posted by: Heather J. at January 15, 2007 8:50 AM

Sleep? A wife that does server maintenance and blog migration? Must be nice to be you, my friend.

My weekend? It was, well, you can read about it over at my place. (But I will say that it involved Homesense and breakfast sausage.)

Posted by: Jeff at January 15, 2007 8:58 AM

Quite a weekend indeed!

Posted by: mamatulip at January 15, 2007 9:25 AM

I'm not off today.

I don't like it.

Happy new blog, though!

Posted by: kara marie at January 15, 2007 9:48 AM

I was awakened this morning to an exploded diaper. (Not quite as nice as mia kisses, I'm sure.)

Posted by: s@bd at January 15, 2007 9:54 AM

I have got to upgrade to the new version of MT, and I really would like to switch to one of those blogrolls that's tied to Google reader or Bloglines, but a) I don't know how and b) I don't have time to figure out how. I probably shouldn't even be allowed to have a blog. ;)

I'm so glad your transition went successfully, and that you handled it so well!

Posted by: bad penguin at January 15, 2007 9:55 AM

Congrats! Put me on the email list.

Posted by: Debbie at January 15, 2007 10:05 AM

Sounds like a fabulous weekend.

Congrats on surviving the change over with your sanity intact.

Posted by: mdv at January 15, 2007 10:20 AM

That sounds like a nice weekend! I keep thinking I'll redesign my site but alas, no. I mean, what exists there NOW isn't even finished. *snort*

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at January 15, 2007 10:46 AM

That sounds like a great weekend! We spent the weekend doing boring things like errands and buying wedding presents and going to a wedding shower. Ick.

Oh, but I watched an inordinate amount of football. That always makes a weekend great!

I really need to update my site and switch servers. I'll get around to doing it one of these days....

Posted by: Hope at January 15, 2007 10:57 AM

Glad you all enjoyed a great weekend. Here's hoping the rest of your week goes as smoothly as your server transition. Beth did good work.

Posted by: anna at January 15, 2007 11:15 AM

Glad to hear that the upgrade went so smoothly! That's always good news. :)

Posted by: Zandria at January 15, 2007 11:38 AM

Do you realize that your comments box says "chrisbeth.com" instead of "rudecactus.com"?

Posted by: Zandria at January 15, 2007 11:39 AM

Wow, being woken by Mia kisses? Do you think you could develop an alarm clock with that for the rest of us?

Posted by: Beth in StL at January 15, 2007 11:50 AM

congratulations on a wonderfull weekend! I'm sure waking up to mia kisses tops it all off, even more then blessed sleep, lol :) yay for beth & her brains helping your site out, how nice of her to assist you!! hope you have a great monday!!

Posted by: Jodie at January 15, 2007 12:15 PM

well..the whole cacti thing is new (which i'm all for...since there's little chance i will screw that up like i do with the blogger annoying as as ass ones)...and my bloglines said you had 17 new posts...:)

Posted by: ali at January 15, 2007 12:28 PM

P.S. That explains the 30 feeds from you in my Bloglines this morning. Gee, and I just thought you'd been really prolific over the weekend. :)

Posted by: Marilyn at January 15, 2007 12:52 PM

As a fellow wary-of-change-type person, I congratulate you on going through this one without losing all your marbles.

And puh-leeze add me to your email list.

Posted by: fw sunshine at January 15, 2007 1:22 PM

is that a plug-in you use for the "cacti" text box? i think i might need to add something like that.

Posted by: jodi at January 15, 2007 2:49 PM

You know, I thought I smelled that "new blog smell" but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Posted by: angela at January 15, 2007 6:34 PM

Awesome! Awesome that you had such a great weekend. Awesome that you got through the server thing. I know what that's like -- it sucked when I switched hosts. I could barely keep it (me...and the site) together! :)

Posted by: haley-o at January 15, 2007 11:20 PM

My weekend sucked for the most part as I was quite ill. Thus my silence in the blog world. I plan to rememdy this directly.

Posted by: wordgirl at January 15, 2007 11:26 PM

I am a super intelligent evil spambot, version iii.
Please add me to the email update list so that I do not have to frantically refresh your site each morning. ;)

Posted by: Nanette at January 16, 2007 4:25 AM

Yay - change is good! I still want the emails - I changed my email address on ya though!

Glad the process went smoothly!

Posted by: Sue R. at January 16, 2007 1:18 PM

Hooray for newness!

Posted by: Isabel at January 16, 2007 4:58 PM