Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
Can you believe it? NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is upon us again. Every year, I am hoping for people to jump back on the bandwagon with me. As always, I’ll take on the challenge and will post 30 blog posts in 30 days starting on November 1. As always, you’re invited to join me (via the above link)and I already know that my friend Tobia has pledged to participate. Yay! It’s a totally casual, no-pressure invitation but if you want to get back into a regular writing routine, this is your chance. You have another week to think about it.
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Speaking of NaBloPoMo, you probably thought I was saving up all the blog posts for the upcoming challenge, but I swear that’s not the reason why it’s been so quiet around here. In fact, I had high hopes of getting a couple of blog posts out this week but I had – yet again – problems accessing my blog.
I know it had nothing to do with my blog hosting this time (as I was able to access my blog on my phone via the cellular network and I have asked a friend to confirm that my blog is not “down” for them). The issue was with my Xfinity Gateway Router that seemed to be blocking my specific blog URL. It was the second time within a couple of months and I don’t know why it happened or how it got resolved the first time, but it was a real pain in the butt to not be able to access my blog through my laptop. I had googled the issue (of course) and read that lots of people seem to have problems with accessing specific websites through Xfinity Gateways. I also had reported the issue last weekend already via online form, but hadn’t heard anything in 5 days and finally got a support person on the phone yesterday. We spent 2+ hours troubleshooting and when they were not being able to resolve the issue, they finally said that I needed to go to the nearest Xfinity Store to exchange my router. Which I did this morning and which has finally solved the problem. So far, so good.
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I took another week of annual leave this week. It was Jon’s birthday and it seemed appropriate to take his birthday week off, even though we are still not making any plans to go anywhere. We had a nice, relaxed week at home, I baked this apple cake, and with the first winter storms hitting Northern California, a really intriguing book, and the baseball postseason going on, we had plenty of cozy home entertainment.
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My niece (and godchild) also turned 13 this week and no, I am absolutely not okay with it. Thanks for asking. She’s growing up entirely way too fast for my liking and that’s only partly due to the fact that I haven’t seen her in two years. Sigh.
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We’ve officially started soup season in our house and we’ve already made three soups in the last couple of weeks. We have quite a substantial list of (varying) soup recipes that we’ll be making in the next few weeks, but I am always looking for (even) more variety. If you could choose, what’s your favorite soup for the cold season? (If you have a link to the recipe, even better!)
Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!