30 week blog challenge – week 7: the meaning behind your blog name

Hello! So sorry for the silence. I was off in the Big Apple causing trouble visiting some friends and seeing the sights. Here’s my entry for week 7 in the 30 week blog challenge!

My blog’s name is Anywhere Is. It’s my favorite song ever. I became an Enya fan when I was in college, and I was in a record store when I realized they had a new CD of hers out: The Memory of Trees. I liked what I was hearing in the store, so I bought the CD. I didn’t hear Anywhere Is until I was home and listening to it in my Aiwa CD player.

I heard the song. And was instantly in love. I’d put on my headphones and put the song on repeat, and literally listen to it for hours.

My former roommates said they think of me whenever they hear the song. :)

When I decided to get a domain back in 2000 (This was a big decision–only the most elite blogs/sites were supposed to use domains, and mine wasn’t that. I didn’t care.), anywhere-is.net was the only name that would work for me. And it was available. I worried slightly the Enya’s team would come after me, but they never did. And here I am, nearly 13 years later, with the same domain name, still blogging.

Well, THAT Was a Scare!

The Grand Canyon

I was reading an email from SITS about web design, and I decided to pop over to my blog to see if I measured up. (I don’t think I do but I’m not that bothered about it, obviously.) Imagine my surprise when I pulled up my page and saw my header, my sidebars, but no entries or pages. My first thought was that I’d been hacked, and my second thought was “oh well.”

I was bothered by it, but not too terribly bothered by it. I had a backup (of course, the one I’d downloaded didn’t work properly but that’s probably because I didn’t upload it in the right place), and all of my entries are cross posted to Live Journal. So they weren’t lost forever or anything like that. I was just weary, thinking about how much TIME it was going to take to redo everything. I was thinking of moving to blogger, then I thought about wordpress.com, then I got tired and decided to play LEGO Harry Potter for hours and hours. Then I decided to install The Sims and a few expansion packs on the PC. Of course I had to play a bit to test it out.

Then I decided that I was going to scrap everything and start the hell over. Daunting task, but it’s not like I haven’t done it before. But while I was doing that, something told me to check out the databases. There was one in there that was 0mb. I deleted that one because it was obviously useless. There was another from a bulletin board I thought I’d host until I remembered that no one posts on those things anymore. Then I noticed that there was a big one that matched the name of my backup. I noticed there was a button to analyze it, so I did. What a mess. So many things were messed up! I had no idea what it meant, but I knew it wasn’t good. So I did a repair, which took about 10 seconds. Once it was done, I refreshed my site, holding my breath. And all of my entries and pages were back!

I squealed and jumped up and down and woke (and scared the crap out of ) poor Adam to tell him the good news.

So now, things appear to be running OK, except for the hiccups I deal with moving between the PC and the Mac. Some things just act so WEIRD on the PC for some reason. Oh well. Anyway, I’m happy to be back and maybe I can go for another 13 years or more.

Til next time….

I’m Featured at Skinny Scoop!

Dude. I got the coolest email yesterday. The nice folks over at Skinny Scoop decided to feature ME as their Coffee Break: Blog of the Day.

Pretty awesome, right? Skinny Scoop is a pretty neat site, and if you like making lists (I do), then get prepared to fall in love with another total time suck (and I mean that in the nicest way possible)!

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It’s Party Time!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

YAY! This is my first year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes For Mom. Cool.

If you’ve popped by from the party, WELCOME! :)

I’m Ronni.

Photo on 04-13-2012 at 11.48 a.m.

I’m a 30-something mom living in Chicago. I’m a freelance copy editor, a big reader, and a wannabe author. I’m currently in training to be a certified yoga teacher, and my favorite colors are purple and pink.

This is Adam, my husband.

My Yummy Husband

He’s a ghost tour guide, an author, and all around smart ass.

This is Aidan.

Aidan and Crookshanks

He’s nine years old and most definitely the BEST kid in the world. Smart, resourceful, creative, kind, and funny. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be famous one day.

We are a happy family. And we love going to Disney World.

It's Us!

We have three cats: Helena, Crookshanks, and Fi.

Beautiful Helena

Crookshanks

Fi

Adam and I live in Chicago all year, and Aidan lives with us 1/3 of the year. (He spends the rest of the time with his dad in Ohio.)

Down the Block

Life is good. :)

It’s nice to meet you. Sit back, relax, and stay a while. I hope you subscribe and come back again. In the meantime, let me know you stopped by!

Happy Friday! :)

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