Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Our New Location is www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com

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We've moved.  To access today's post click here, or type www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com into your address bar.  Don't forget to subscribe at our new address.  Thanks for trying to find us.

Monday, May 31, 2010

We've Moved! This site will soon begin to crumble and collapse

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One day soon, I'm going to stop reminding you that we've moved.  Please resubscribe at www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Well, Come on!

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Just a reminder that this site is not going to be getting my regular posts any longer.  If you want to keep subscribing to Did You Remember Your Pill Today?, then you're going to have to visit our new site - www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com - and subscribe there.

I hope to see all of you really soon.  Let me know what you think of the new site.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Thanks to You!

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When I started blogging, I bought a domain but, being terrified of going it alone, I just let it sit there.  Last week, I decided to try to make the transfer.  I got a hosting site (bluehost has very patient 24/7 customer service), a new email address(heather@didyourememberyourpilltoday.com), and then spent hours trying to figure out WordPress (it's not really that hard, I'm just so used to the Blogger platform).  Last night, at 2:00 in the morning, the new Did You Remember Your Pill Today? went live.  It's located at www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com.

While reflecting on how, in just 3 1/2 short months, this blog has changed from concept to reality to it's very own site, I realized (once again) the importance of mentors and the support they offer.  When I was still brand new, I came across a blog on a message board that billed itself as a "Humorous blog looking for followers".  I had no idea at the time that responding to that post would be one of the most important developmental steps I would take as a blogger.  The author of that post visited my fledgling blog and decided to follow me.  She commented, she sent emails, and she added me almost instantly to her blogroll.  (I never told her how much that both inspired me and scared me.)  In the months that have followed, nothing has boosted my confidence or inspired my creativity the way that Anne and her blog, The Day After Yesterday, have.

Today, as Did You Remember Your Pill Today? takes a giant step forward, I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to those who helped teach me to walk.  It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Anne Dickens, the author of The Day After Yesterday.  I hope that you enjoy her posts as much as I do.  Thanks for everything, Annie.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

We're Moving!!!

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Did You Remember Your Pill Today? is moving to it's own domain!!!  You can now find us at www.didyourememberyourpilltoday.com.   How exciting is that?  We have some kinks to work out, so please be patient, but all in all, this is a good thing.  Please update your RSS feeds and subscriptions.  Thank you so much!!!

Heather

I Made Two Dollars!!!

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This morning, while running through all of the blog diagnostics that have become the accompaniment to my morning coffee, I decided to check out my AdSense account.  (I very rarely do this because it doesn't really change that much.)  The initial screen didn't surprise me.
My earnings today, thanks to having "Monetized" my site.

This is pretty standard, really.  I don't ever expect it to look any different and get downright excited if it shows that I made a penny.

I clicked on the drop down menu next to the word, view, and selected "All Time".  This is generally much more rewarding because I check it so rarely.  It's kind of like watching a time lapse video of a flower blooming.

My All Time earnings report

I just about squealed with delight!  Did you guys catch that?  I mean, did you?  I've made $2.47!!!  The last time I looked I had just broken the one dollar mark.  Today, I could almost buy an ice cream cone!!! 

I realize that this is probably not that big of a deal to anyone but me and that, in all honesty, it's really kind of pathetic.  You have to remember, though, that I haven't garnered any wages at all for over 8 years.  I'm not saying that I'm planning my retirement or anything.  I'm just saying, "Wow!"

This isn't really about the money.  (I've spent way more on this blog than I can ever hope to make back in advertising.)  I make pennies on advertising and it's based entirely on views and clicks.  The only way I can make anything at all is if people are viewing my blog.  To have made $2.47, my blog had to be viewed over 5000 times.  Five thousand times!!!  I find that number to be staggering.  

This is my 91st post.  (I've been writing nearly every day since the middle of February.)  When I started, I had 2 1/2 followers.  (my husband, me, and my other FaceBook profile - so, also me.)  Today, according to feedburner, 67 people subscribe to my blog.  You guys rock!!!  There are a lot of blogs out there with higher numbers and maybe one day I'll be one of them, but that's neither here nor there.  Today, in this moment in time, I have you guys and I just wanted to let you know how special you are to me.   Thank you for reading and commenting and for joining me on my adventures.  Thank you for following my posts and sharing my blog.  Thank you for helping to motivate me to write everyday and thank you for coming back when I don't.  Thank you for everything.  Thank you for your support.  If I could, I'd give each of you 3.7 cents.  You've earned it!!!


***Ohhh!  And thank you for voting for Did You Remember Your Pill Today? at Top Mommy Blogs!  :)  See you all tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Laundry Day

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I don’t know why laundry is my biggest hurdle when it comes to housework, but it is.  Floors are a distant second, but it’s not even close.  Laundry is my achilles heel.  It’s not that I don’t do it.  I do.  Constantly.  But doing the laundry isn’t enough.  It has to be sorted, washed, dried, folded, and put away.  
Part of the problem is that my washer and dryer are located on the second floor.  While this certainly means that I don’t have to carry laundry from one floor to another, it also means that the laundry is not located where I spend my days.  I have to make a conscious decision to break away from what I’m doing to make sure that the laundry process progresses from one step to the next.  I can always get it started.  I just throw a load in the washer before I go downstairs and move the previous load to the dryer.  The load that was in the dryer gets put in a basket or (when there’s no more room in the basket) the floor around the basket in my room.  (I know that I should fold it right away, but I can’t!!!  I have to get downstairs to let the dogs out before they pee on my floors again.)
So far, so good.  Laundry has been started and life is good.  The problem is that, a lot of the time, the dryer needs to be run a second time.  (This could be because I put way too many clothes in there at a time.)  Since I’m no longer upstairs, the clothes in the washer and the dryer have to sit until I find myself back upstairs and remember to restart the dryer.  It’s usually the kids’ bedtime when I get back up there to pull the now dry clothes out of the dryer and transfer the clothes from the washer.  As soon as this has been done, I’ll start washing another load of laundry.  (I know full well that it will sit in the washer overnight, but - if I remember to restart the dryer when I go to bed - then we can start the whole process over the next morning.)  Unfortunately, about 50% of the time, I don’t remember to restart the dryer before bed and everything sits until morning.  (This is horribly demoralizing because it means rewashing the laundry in the washer and probably dealing with complaints from my family members that their shirts smell a little mildewy.)
This process, while fraught with snares and pitfalls, does ensure a constant supply of mostly clean clothes.  What it does not do is get the clothes folded - ever.  The kids are used to this system and simply come into my room to find the clothes they need in the mountain of clean clothes.  The more the kids dig through the mountain in search of the shirt that they just have to wear, the more the pile spreads across my floor.  When the pile reaches the door, I can take it no longer and finally declare that “today is laundry day”.  The kids go off to school, I stay in my pjs, and I spend the next several hours sorting, folding, and (on good days) putting the still-mostly-clean clothes away.
Today is that day - except that I’m no longer in my pjs and it’s already 10:30 in the morning.  I’ll collect my youngest from gymnastics and we’ll go home and watch tv.  Nothing can make laundry day more miserable than watching Dora the Explorer while you fold clothes that are mocking you for your slovenly ways.