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Monday, February 08, 2010


My Last Post

This is my last post on the old Blogger framework.

I've switched over to WordPress.

If you are reading this on Google Reader or one of the other feed readers out there, then you MUST change your link to my new feed, which is:

I don't want to lose you! So, please click on the above link, subscribe to the new feed, and then delete the old one. All of my posts will now come through the feedburner feed.

And then come on over to A Family Runs Through It and check out the new look. Leave a comment letting me know you're still on board. Thanks!


Blog Change

I spent the better part of this weekend wrestling with a blog change.

Blogger recently announced that they were ending FTP support for self-hosted blogs. Since that's the category I fall under, I thought this would be a good opportunity to switch over to WordPress for all my blogging needs.

I also thought it would be easy. It was anything but.

Oh sure, it was relatively painless setting up a new WordPress blog. They even have a handy little button to import all of your Blogger posts and comments over to WordPress. Of course, it didn't work for me and I had to do a lot of digging to figure out a little coding.

At one point I managed to successfully convert six years worth of posts. An hour later, I had somehow crashed the entire blog with one code change which I then could not undo.

So I redid the blog from scratch.

After that, I struggled with how to slide the new blog right over top my old URL. Hours and hours of reading coder websites later, I somehow typed in the correct code in the correct files and it worked.

So, why are you not seeing that new page right now?

Because I am well and truly stuck on one thing. How to send my new WordPress posts to my old atom.xml and rss.xml feed subscribers. There are over 150 of you reading my blog through Google Reader on those feeds and I don't want to lose you.

If anyone out there has experience with how to publish an atom.xml or an rss.xml feed from WordPress, please let me know.

Friday, February 05, 2010


Photo Friday

As we explored the Universal Studios backlot, my son was losing his patience with me.

He already wasn't feel very well, and my constant, "Stand here! This will make a great picture" was becoming annoying, I have to admit.

But he had absolutely no problem running over to this fountain and telling me to take his picture after the tour guide explained that the Cuzco scene from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull had been filmed in this very square.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


That Sinking Feeling

As parents, it seems like not a day goes by when we don't get some sense of dread or disappointment. Thankfully, these feelings are usually minor. We get over them quickly, or at least with very little pain and suffering.

Here are my Top Five Sinking Feelings (that don't involved death, destruction, or body parts):

1. The most common one occurs while sitting on the toilet, usually after you've concluded your business, when you look over to see that there is no toilet paper on the roll. How many times do we have to tell our kids to replace the paper after they've used it up?

2. Standing in the grocery store checkout line, you've just unloaded a heaping cart full of perishables, the cashier is halfway through your items, and you realize you left your wallet at home.

3. It's lunchtime and your hungry kids are very happy because you're fixing macaroni and cheese. As the pasta softens in the boiling water, you reach into the fridge to find that someone used up all the milk at breakfast.

4. It's been a long day, you're dead tired, the kids went to bed on time, and your bed is looking mighty comfy. You lay your weary head down on the ultra-soft pillow and you just know that this will be the best night of sleep ever. And then, in the distance, you hear a soft sound, barely recognizable at first. There it is again, a choke followed by a growl, and then the unmistakable splashing sound of vomit being spewed about the bed and carpet.

5. Your toddler walks up to you with the biggest smile on his face, along with blue permanent marker on his nose, arms, and fingers. He wants you to come to his room to see his cool new artwork.

You have any "sinking feelings" to add to the list?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Let's Take The Whole Day Off

My son gave me the day off today.

He knew I was way behind on housework and various other projects I have going.

Well, yes, he knew that. But he really just wanted the day off for himself.

So he worked extra hard on Monday, doubling up some of his lessons and researching like a madman for his paper on How Humans Will Live In Space.

Today we get the day off.

Doh! I forgot. I have another homeschooler.

Okay, so my son gets the day off, while I get to teach my daughter.

Of course, she's in third grade. She can afford a day off from times tables, pronouns, and Greek myths.

I don't know. Maybe we'll all get the day off on Tuesday.

I'll decide what to do when my alarm goes off in a few hours.

What do you think will happen?