Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
I received the two Covid-test kits that our government sent out (for free) in the mail this week. It seems kinda “too little too late” after two years into this pandemic, but hey, I take two free tests when I can get them. I haven’t really had many situations where I needed to test, but I am glad to have a test on hand. Have you ordered yours?
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Are any of you guys knowledgeable about blog hosting? Who are you hosting with? What do you pay (monthly/annually)? Are you happy with their customer service? I’ve been told that my (tiny, personal) blog is exceeding shared hosting resources but they won’t tell me what is causing this and help me fix the problem. I’ve been self-hosting my WordPress blog for years and I have truly learned a lot about the backside of blogs and how to manipulate them, but that still doesn’t make me a tech expert. I have tried to optimize what I can, but I honestly don’t know what else to optimize and I’d like some help, and not be threatened with the suspension of my site. I don’t think I should be constantly trouble-shooting my own blog.
I am trying to figure out if my blog is truly just outgrowing the service I pay for, or if they’re just trying to get me to upgrade when it’s not truly necessary. Does anyone have any insights?
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The documents for tax season have started to trickle in and I think I am going to try and tackle our tax return this month (as soon as I have all the documents together). Our tax returns are generally pretty simple (we don’t itemize) and so I haven’t felt the need to pay someone to do them for me. Do you do your own taxes? Do you try to get it out of the way or do you wait until the last minute?
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My new friend Elisabeth (hi!) shared her favorite oat waffle recipe (with all her tips and tricks!) with me a couple of weeks ago and since she’s not on social media, I wanted to give her a shoutout here. I made the waffles last weekend and they were amazing! They were my post-run treat and I enjoyed them with just a dusting of powdered sugar and a fresh cup of coffee!
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Thank you to everyone who chimed in this week on my work situation conundrum. I am not asked to go back to the office before April (well, that’s the deadline as of right now, but who knows if that might be pushed back depending on how things with Covid are going) and I want to emphasize how very thankful I am for the way my employer has handled the pandemic. I’ve been in maximum telework status for two years and at no point did I feel any pressure to do anything work-related that I wasn’t comfortable doing. We had a lot of flexibility and leadership has regularly held Covid-meetings where people could voice concerns and ask questions.
The decision about the future of my work situation will also not be set in stone. I am sure I can apply for an alternate work arrangement later down the road, but I still will have to make a preliminary decision if I want to apply for remote work (full time at home) or a telework arrangement (with a minimum of 2 days per pay period at the office) by mid-February. I think I am leaning towards a core telework agreement (1 day/week at the office) for now. Part of me thinks it would be great to see people in the office again, but I know that many won’t return full time (or at all), so what’s the point for me to go in if my co-workers are not there and I am still doing Teams calls, just in a cubicle? I’ll have a talk with my supervisor next week, so we’ll see. What’s the situation at your work?
TGIF, friends! I hope you have a nice weekend!