February 3rd, 2008

fireworks--hurray

Website Improvements!

Well, because it's now February and I didn't feel like waiting around anymore, I made some improvements to the festival website. To be perfectly honest, I'm really proud of how things have turned out!

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Most of my recent festival work has been focused on IT-related duties. (I was even working on my IT notes while at the Tax office earlier today.) So I think it's a pretty big thing for me to make these multi-page changes to the website. Coming up with brand new coding was a challenge, but not horrible. (I've tackled much worse, really.)

I also added News to the major left-hand side navigation, which was tricky simply because I didn't remember all the steps off the top of my head. (One of those if-you-don't-do-it-daily things, then you'll forget it. I always keep that in mind when other staff can't recall a given set of steps for doing something on the computer. None of us will remember things we don't use all the time -- nor should we be expected to! So I try hard not to be a 'Computer Nazi' and/or beat people up when they have issues...)

Sara is out of the office for the next week, as is Jessica. But it's going to be pretty busy around there next week, with all the new staff starting!



In other news, we did go to the Tax office. It was amazingly snowy in St. Johns, by the way! So nasty that we decided not to stop at Starbucks for coffee (as we didn't feel like walking in ths slush). We went to the Tax office, then drove down to the main post office (downtown) to mail some bills.

After that we went out to Mexican with sister Sue to celebrate her birthday, which was nice.

Then we had a nap and when we got up Sue was heading to Freddie's to shop -- so she offered to take us along. We picked up a few groceries and came back home. I played The Sims (I made a Jonathan Reiss and Terry Sheridan to live together in a new house I built) for a bit, while Marilyn played good old Zuma. Later she and Sue played Slingo, as well. Fun, fun!

Then when Marilyn headed downstairs to do the treadmill, I went back to the website coding I just described. I've been working on it since last night, so my mind has been very wrapped up in it. I almost got up in the middle of the night to do more work -- I was so caught up with thinking about it that I literally couldn't sleep! And it was on my mind all day, so it was hard to even take time out to play Sims... Anyway, that's how I get when I'm all wrapped up in coding! (smile)

For recreation on Thursday night, I made some wallpapers of our 2008 official rose. I'm thinking of adding the festival logo to a couple of these and then having them available for the public to download. I have one as my own wallpaper right now -- very pretty! And, yes, that's my idea of fun -- making wallpapers! Creating graphics is often relaxing for me.

Speaking of graphics, I got a copy of the Spanish Yellow Pages to add to 'my graphics portfolio' (heh). The festival entry is a full page, with my graphic at the top. Hard to believe, but that's yet another graphic I got to design for publication! (Gertrude, you must be smiling down from heaven, I'm sure...)

I was too busy to meet with June for coffee this week, as I'd hoped. And next week is slated to be even more busy, I'm afraid. But I did speak to her on the phone this week, anyway.

And I got an email today from Mitch, whom we haven't spoken to since before the new year. I need to give him a call, too.

Busy, busy, busy! (And loving every minute of it.)