You know you live in the Maritimes when…

I was woken up at 8:30 this morning after 4 hours of sleep to go out in the middle of a snow storm to get groceries. This was Cory’s brainchild not mine. So in my PJ’s I bundled up in my too small winter jacket and hat and mittens braved the snow covered roads in my trusty little Cobalt LT and went shopping. Seriously?! WTF!

Not my car but you get the idea!
Not my car but you get the idea!

To my own credit I suggested doing this last night, but he wanted to go out to a friends and his exact words were “oh it won’t be that bad”, tell that to my car that kept sliding everywhere. Stupid, stupid idea. We made it home covered in snow and half frozen but in one piece.

This was this afternoon, again not my picture but it shows how much we got, and we got more after that.
This was this afternoon, again not my picture but it shows how much we got, and we got more after that.

Overall the province got more then 30-38 cm (11.8-15 in), with Halifax getting about 35cm (14.8 in), since about suppertime it is now freezing rain on top of that. A plow has not gone down our road since earlier and our car is buried and the road covered in snow still. Hopefully the truck that does our parking lot comes before morning. The plow dumped a bunch of snow at the entrance to our parking lot.

Tomorrow I work at 9 AM, and I am training a class so I have to be there. Should be an interesting morning. I’ll be in bed before to long so I can get up early and dig my way out in the light of the day. After all the freezing rain we are getting it’s gonna be one hell of a mess.

As I am writing this, the snow plow guys came to do our apartment’s parking lot, so I had to go out and move my car, there is still a lot of snow and tons of water and ice. Overnight it’s supposed to go to -4°C (feels like -10°C) so you know it’s all going to freeze. It’s going to me a messy week.

On another note, Cory gave me my big Christmas present early. $100 to renew all my domain names (3 currently) and my reseller package. It’s given me the push to really get my hosting moved over to it’s own domain. I am currently in the process of trying to set it up and make it look more professional.

I am struggling on whether to use WordPress or look into using something else. I really don’t want to pay for anything right now till I get it up and running and get more hostees (both free and paid) then I will look into buying or designing a really nice theme and maybe try a different CMS. I’d currently really struggling to find a decent free WordPress theme I can use and/or adapt for the site. I have no idea what to use.

A ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day

I don’t usually like using my iphone to write but since my site is down and I want to blog now I really don’t have much of a choice. This is one of the reasons I am just trying my host before I purchase anything. Just because the price is right doesn’t mean much. So we’ll just see.

Anyways, I love good news! A few weeks ago a woman bumped, and I literally mean bumped into my car in the parking lot of my building. Just some scratches on my bumper. I was upset but whatever… My car’s been hit before and I hit something [someone] once. So it’s by far not the first scratch on my car (I drive a 2008 Cobalt Lt), but still I’ve just had nothing but bad luck. Including a 3x hike in my insurance. So anyway, I got a call from the insurance company saying the estimate is for about $1300.

Since its literally scratches and with the other scratches it seems silly to fix it, I asked if I could just settle for cash instead and they said yes! They are giving me a cheque for $692.90 and I don’t need to use it to get the car fixed! It’s mine to keep and use for whatever!!!

Of course that opened up some doors. I am in bankruptcy. A fact I was at first scared to admit and say “out loud” to anyone. But honestly everyone gets into financial trouble. 1000’s of Canadians file for bankruptcy every year! Over 145,000 according to one site from June 30, 2009 to June 30, 2010! Shocking eh?

So my question was being in bankruptcy will my trustee seize it? And the answer is no! They have no interest in it. It’s mine. That being said I plan on paying about half my fees with it. On top of that I get my HST cheque back too. So I may actually get somewhere this month. I’m so happy about that.

It’s a bit if a relief. I was starting to really worry I was gonna be back in debt before I even got out of it. But then came this little ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day!

Cory went to bed early and I’m not tired yet. I should be working on a WordPress portfolio theme for my new domain. I purchased simpleillusionsdesign.com a few days ago and plan on making it my portfolio site. I am trying to find some of my old designs to use but I believe I deleted everything. Which ticks me off. I have an idea in my mind of what I am looking to do for the design but I can’t come up with a color scheme or any inspiration.

Cory has been so sick still from the other night. He went to his doctor today and his doctor was upset the hospital did no tests and really didn’t exam him more then just pressing on his tummy and saying go home and sleep it off. He’s still in some pain.

I’m still having issues too but don’t feel much like talking about that. So I guess I’m just gonna look around for a bit, visit a few blogs, listen to some music and then go to bed when I get tired enough to go.

All Work An No Play

I have been working for for about 3 days strait on a new theme. I decided to do it completely from scratch, designed it in Photoshop and coded it in html then coded it into a WordPress theme. It’s a large project for me and is keeping me busy. When I am done though I am sure it will be worth it.

I have run into so many small problems along the way, but nothing huge or major. Just annoyances that it takes a while to figure out. I’ve always used pre-made themes and then would change them to my liking. I would sometimes even design something, find a theme similar and then re-do it. Leaving credit in tact of course. This time however I decided to start from scratch and see what I could do.

I’m learning a lot and enjoying it. I’m sure my first few themes are going to be fairly simple and I’m sure there will be mistakes. I’m bored though. So it really gives me something to do while I wait to see if I can go back to work on Tuesday. Part of me wants to get back to work but part of me is scared of it happening again. I can’t afford any more sick days, at least on a Leave of Absence I can take my time and get it all figured out. I got to the doctors on Monday to find out if I can go back to work or not. I am anxious about that. I still don’t feel 100% and would like a definitive answer on what is going on. But I am not sure I will ever fully get one.

I’m thinking though on the side that making WordPress themes would be fun to get into and start selling them. There are tons out there but if your good enough at site design you can make some money off of it.

I really need to figure out a good way to make some extra money and try and get ahead. Being off work has really put a strain on us financially. But I guess it was needed.