It’s May Day, and We’re Doing Fine

Life goes on, as it always does and things are settling back into a routine, an exhaustive set of tasks, but a routine nonetheless. Of course, school will soon be out for the summer and we’ll have to find our next new normal. I started back to work full-time this week. I’ve been working toward that, but now I’m back to the 9 – 5

Amelia has been colicky, but since we’re treating her reflux, it’s ever so much more manageable than when I had my oldest. Back then, I didn’t know how to stand up to pediatricians and say, no something isn’t right. A note to new parents: it’s ok to push back with your doctor if your gut says to. It’s better to be a little embarrassed about being naive than to suffer for an unnecessary length of time. Document what you’ve tried, when, and for how long, so it stands out from the usual sleep-deprivation misery that all parents go through. Our little peanut is putting on weight and sleeping for longer stretches, oh happy day!

Site admin stuff:

I’m participating in a challenge to get myself back into the routine of working on this site before work. Don’t worry, you will not receive an email every day. After today I’m setting the mailing schedule to weekly (Fridays at 10:30 am Eastern). Tomorrow I’ll be pulling a question from the abyss that is my inbox and starting fresh. I’m hoping to figure out the best place to take pictures in our new home. The kitchen is dark, but the porch holds promise. When you have a lot of kids and a house with enough bedrooms shows up in your budget, lighting for cooking is a very low priority. In the meantime, I’ll be focusing on reader questions, cleaning, fixing, and laundry

There is a lot of talk about privacy and a thing called GDPR which goes into effect later this month. I’ll be giving a quick talk about it at our local WordPress Users Group (WordPress is what I use to run the website). While most of you are in the US, I have to ensure we formally meet all the guidelines, in practice, I already abide by them. I just have to check some boxes. You may see an email or two related to what’s happening on that front. As difficult as the process is, I hope the USA follows suit and introduces a similar policy, just with the same requirements, not new hoops to jump through. 

I have seen a couple of emails regarding ads on the site, they are staying. ♬I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed, ain’t nothing in this world for free. ♬ (Does anyone else remember this song from prior to 2008? I tried Googling, but ended up down a rabbit hole on the Mandela Effect. Interesting stuff.) I work with a service that is supposed to keep bad ads out, but since everything is done by algorithm these days, sometimes the jerks get through the filters. If that happens, please copy the URL of where it leads, send it to me and I’ll make sure it gets removed. 

Onward and upward! 

Send your questions to helpme@home-ec101.com



6 Comments

  1. sammy on May 1, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    “Oh, there ain’t no rest for the wicked
    Money don’t grow on trees
    I got bills to pay
    I got mouths to feed
    There ain’t nothing in this world for free
    I know I can’t slow down
    I can’t hold back
    Though you know, I wish I could
    – Cage The Elephant – Aint No Rest For The Wicked Lyrics

    • Heather Solos on May 2, 2018 at 10:58 am

      I’m never going to stop singing this, am I?

  2. phillip on May 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    LunchMoney Lewis – “Bills” maybe?

    • Heather Solos on May 1, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      I like that! It’s not it though, I swear I’ve been hearing the Ain’t no rest for the wicked line longer than 10 years.

  3. Groovy Goldendoodles on May 1, 2018 at 11:39 am

    So happy to have you back! Renovations are in full swing and I’m doing my best to stay afloat. I’ll call you in a few weeks, and see when’s a good time to meet the two new additions to your family. I am so happy for you all – I love your love story. Besos

    • Heather Solos on May 1, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you! It’ll be great to see you. As long as it’s not a Tuesday (Tuesdays are a logistical nightmare) we can make it work.

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