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Mundane Monday: Making a Move

Today’s Mundane Monday blogging prompt is “Making a Move.” On Dr KO’s blog, the move involves a cat.

I tried the new Word Press editor last night on my blog. Change is inevitable: even if it ain’t broke, people still try to fix it. So I was planning to “make a move” to the new editor. Use blocks! Paragraphs! Pictures! Galleries! It’ll be so easy, and my blogging efficiency and posting frequency will skyrocket!

Epic fail.

The problem for me centered on the picture galleries and the captions. They don’t work on iphones or ipads (at least). If you put your pictures into a gallery on the phone while you are waiting for a long intermission to finish, when you get back to the computer to finish up the post, the computer doesn’t recognize the pictures as a gallery at all and turns those gallery blocks into lists.  In list mode, rather than being under the pictures, the captions were to one side. And there were weird, annoying bullet points next to the text. The placement of the pictures wasn’t right either.

So I re-made all the galleries in the new editor and published the post. It looked fine to me. Then I got an email from a friend. On his ipad, my blog looked like this, with the pictures STILL messed up.

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New editor gallery block fail

So I went back to the classic editor. The blog looks fine now.  I hope. I’m not making that move yet. But please read the blog–I worked hard on it! Thanks to these editorial snafus, I didn’t get it published until very late, when most people east of me had already gone to bed.

When I first read this prompt, “making a move,” I actually thought of something different, however: a physical move. I am working on my holiday letter, which always puts me in a retrospective mood. I scroll back through most of the current year’s pictures, and sometimes those from previous years too. Three years ago, we got ready to make one of the biggest moves of our lives.

This is our realtor’s gift of flowers and a balloon, congratulating us on our new house (set in front of the door of the old house):

Congratulations

And our cars, on a truck ready to move across the country:

carsonatruck

And our empty house:

emptyhouse

This post about the move, “Gandalf’s Knock,” is still, more than three years later, my most-viewed post.

Am I glad we moved? Yes. But more on that another time . . .

 

 

Mundane Monday on Saturday: Charging, Charging, Charging

I didn’t get around to this challenge on Monday, because I had to take a new picture for it! I couldn’t just look through the old ones I had on my phone. . .

But I like that Mundane Monday has themes now. It means we have to be more intentional about what we post. This week’s theme is Switches.

I’m taking the opportunity to neaten up and show the area where I charge stuff. What’s shown in the picture is my daughter’s old iphone in the center, two external batteries on the left, and on the right a charger for regular rechargeable batteries, where I charge the batteries for my metronome/tuner, the batteries for the Wii that we don’t use much anymore, and the batteries for the Christmas candles that we put in the windows last month. Sometimes there are more things there being charged (like my own iphone, but I needed the slot for my daughter’s, and I needed my own phone to take the picture in the first place). All the chargers are plugged into a surge protector, which can be turned on and off with a switch.

Charging stations have really taken over in the past 5-10 years. Before that, people didn’t even have them, let alone consider them essential. This station is downstairs in our house, in the family room. I make a point of leaving my phone there overnight to charge rather than having it in my bedroom. Bedrooms should be for activities that don’t need a phone!

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For the Mundane Monday Challenge #144.  Mundane Monday Challenge encourages you to take more pictures by being aware of your surroundings. The philosophy of MMC is simple. You can create a beautiful picture even by focusing on a very common looking, dull or so called Mundane subject!

 

Mundane Monday: Patterns of Creativity

The Mundane Monday challenge for this week hasn’t been published yet, but it’s still Monday, and I have a picture that fits the spirit of the challenge: to find beauty in the mundane and take a picture of it.

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