Life has been throwing curveballs

Well, my small business has been interesting lately. Its the busy season. I had a job scheduled for both days this weekend. It had gotten set up late, but was going to be both days.

Unfortunately the client who hired me had a problem with their client who I was hired for. Rather, my client’s client had a problem with someone else who my client had hired, and ended up telling my client not to have me there for the event. In spite of my client’s efforts to keep the job, it ended up canceled. Fortunately I was able to keep a good relationship with my client, and I hope to work with the client’s company in the future.

But this afternoon I got a call from a friend who has been sick. She needs some help moving stuff around at home and getting to the store to pick
up some additional things for her. She’s been dealing with a metric ton of problems, both with her health and other parts of her life. So it turns out that I was meant be available to help her out. And I’m good with that. Its important to be able to help her out.

Between going to the Nasa tweetup that will be on Halloween and Nov 1st, and stuff like this, it has been a humbling season. On the one hand, I have really cool things happen. On the other hand, I have problems with jobs and seeing folks go elsewhere for jobs. So its time to pay forward, and
let life take care of itself.

Yesterday’s job

Yesterday I had a job for my small biz down in Mobile. Mobile is about 300 miles south of Birmingham. Which wouldn’t be so bad, but I had to drive back home after the job finished at 10:30 last night. So I got in right at 3 in the morning today.

The bags under my eyes have their own luggage today. I’m still pretty groggy. And I hurt. 10 hours in the car on top of working is tough. Hopefully I won’t be so dame bramaged tomorrow.

Tuesday nights here

Tuesday nights here are busy ones. After work I head to church for choir practice. We usually practice for an hour and a half or two. By the time choir practice is over and I make it home, its usually 9:00 or 9:30. Then its dinner time,

Once a month I miss practice, because I have a job with my small business for 2 hours in the evening. Of course a two hour job is actually longer than 2 hours, given the set up and clean up times. I need to make sure to add at least an extra half hour to the time of the job.

So Tuesday nights I’m getting in very late to get caught up on my computer. My Tuesday posts may be short in the future, and now you know why.

Wordcamp Birmingham 2010 part 2

Back now. On to more Wordcamp recap!

After Jen’s lightning talk, Tollie Wiliams addressed using Gravity Forms. He makes it do stuff that it wasn’t necessarily intended to. In spite of some technical problems with the laptop to projector connection cutting out and leaving the screen blank, he did a good job.

Next was the panel discussion with Wade Kwon as moderator, Karla Porter, Rebecca Morrow, and Lisa Isbell as panel participants. A good bit of my notes from this panel ended up on twitter. There was lots of good information that was shared. Between this panel and the next one I got lots of good things to do to help my biz web site out.

Brandon Eley’s presentation, “Tips for bloggers from online marketers” had lots of really good things to look at and see and check and alter. My biz web site is very elementary, and needs to be re-worked. I have to get it updated and keep it better updated, as well as track the things that matter. Its time to do it!

Brandon’s was the last presentation of the day. Dinner and then after party at Aloft Hotel in Homewood. A good number of folks came out and chatted and played.

Today’s Wordcamp festivities took place at Railroad Park, even though their wifi access was down. I was able to get there after 12:30, so I missed the folks who were there early but had to get out and get home. The camaraderie was very evident, and in spite of the heat it was a very pleasant place to be spending the afternoon. It was around 3:30 when the last of us there broke up and headed home.

All in all, it was a good camp. Many thanks to Andre, Henry, Wade, and all the other volunteers who worked very hard on Wordcamp Birmingham!

Fun day at work and Wordcamp Birmingham 2010, pt 1

This morning started out early at a breakfast where I was an invited speaker. It was for women entrepreneurs and women who are interested in possibly becoming one themselves. I was part of a panel of successful business women. The other ladies on the panel all were wonderful and The folks who held the conference made us all feel very welcome there at church. It didn’t end until noon, and by the time I got finished speaking to those ladies who wanted to speak to me and packed up my little display to head to UAB for Wordcamp it was almost 1:00 PM.

I took the scooter today because it was such a lovely day for a ride. Some folks were amazed, some were probably not pleased, but in the end, I got the opportunity to ride a bit.

I missed out on the BBQ last year because I had a paying gig, and was hoping not to miss this year’s BBQ too! Fortunately for me, not so much for everybody else, everything was running a little bit late and there was still food left for me to get! Yay!

Then sessions started back. I would have liked to see Syed Balkhi’s session on speeding up WordPress, but that was one of the morning ones. The slides from his session are on slideshare. The afternoon started with a full group presentation by Andrew Nacin with new stuff coming up in WordPress!

Then Jennifer West spoke about blogging for accountability and her use of her blog,, to keep her on track with achieving her weight loss and fitness goals. Jennifer was posting pictures of herself in her bikini, and pictures of the scale to the blog. One of the things that scare me about posting pictures of myself online and posting too much in for about me is stalkers. I’ve had folks get too intense too fast before, and it really freaked me out. So posting pictures of me online here isn’t really something I do. But Jen hasn’t had a problem with folks being abusive to her about her pictures. And I’m really glad that she hasn’t because I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

I alternated between taking notes in a document and taking notes on twitter. I’m about to be a weasel and say goodnight. I’m about to fall over now, so I’ll catch up with you later!

Cleve Eaton Fundraiser March 28, 2009

There’s a fund raiser for Cleve Eaton in Birmingham at the Open Door Cafe this upcoming Saturday. its from 2:00 PM until 8ish. There are bands playing, and things for the kids to do. its $20.00 at the door, and includes a BBQ chicken dinner. More info can be found at Cleve Eaton’s web site.

Tail end of a busy weekend

I got to the library and picked up American Gods and Land of Laughs. I’ve been reading American Gods as I can. But its been a very busy weekend for me, I’ve had 2 jobs that were fairly long this weekend, so I’m still recovering from those. I’ll be continuing to read American Gods around all my other commitments.