OMG, people, it’s so long since I’ve been here without structure and forethought, I’m not sure I know what to do any more in a normal blog post!
Okay. First order of business is to ask how your holidays went? (I know most of you are American and just celebrated Thanksgiving.) I hope you had an awesome time, because your break from the Internet was most inconvenient for me. Most inconvenient. I have never had a year quite like this one when my social calendar is so entwined and dependent upon another culture’s and then blammo! Complete disconnect. Suddenly the people I rely upon for chats/information/laughs disappear en masse. It’s very disconcerting and I hope the time you took to reconnect to family and friends — to gratitude — was worth it.
Frankly, I’m skeptical.
Second, I need to announce the winner of the RNG draw for Timothy Power’s THE BOY WHO HOWLED:
Jennifer Walkup, congrats! Will you e-mail me your snail mail? 🙂
Third, are you guys in the mood to help me out with a website question? I’m writing again, and I’ll say more about that on Wednesday, but I procrastinate with the silliest thing: designing blog headers. You’re probably noticed that they’ve been changing faster than a politician’s loyalties, but I don’t feel like I’ve quite found the right one. I’d like to resolve this and move on, and I do value your opinions. I mean, you are the people who’ve helped me parent for the last year. (And our children are doing very well. Thank you for asking!)
I want to keep the oranges in a meaningful way. They’re vibrant and fresh and just feel like “me.” I’ve been trying to find a way to also work in the woman with the attitude and heart pillow — the one on my Twitter page and website. Problem is, the header’s dimensions make it a challenge. So below are the best I’ve come up with. I’d love to hear your preferences and/or thoughts. If you really don’t care, I’m okay to hear that too.
Please note that if you like a design but not the colors or font, these are all details I can work with.
Despite what would probably be smart marketing, I can’t rename my blog to Jan O’Hara’s Tartitude, or some such. I just can’t. Including my name in the header as a byline seems like a compromise I can live with. So…thoughts?
If you have a website, do you mess around with these kind of things? I thought I was the only person who tweaked all the time until I noticed a few other sites seem to do an overhaul pretty frequently.
Lastly, Wednesday I want to tell you about Velma. Will you remind me if I forget? Please?