Earlier this week I discovered that my website theme’s update wasn’t compatible with WordPress. Compare it to Ray and me wanting to see two different kinds of movies ~ him wanting to see massive explosions, machine guns, and bloody marines in an enemy war zone and me wanting to see a tear-jerking-drama-love story, oozing with romance. The. Two. Just. Do. Not. Mix.

My wonky website

After I updated the theme, my website looked wonky. It wasn’t anything I did. These things just happen sometimes with website themes and WordPress updates. The theme creators then have to go back to the drawing board to make sure their themes’ updates stay compatible with WordPress, which also has frequent updates.

I contacted everyone “technical” I personally knew for help. This was out of the area of expertise for one person, and two had been sick all week. I felt so bad they were sick (because I’ve been sick recently, too), but I am often like a racehorse chompin’ at the bit, raring to get out of the starting gate….i.e., I don’t have any patience!

Nor am I tech-savvy. Actually, technology and I have a love-hate relationship. I love its benefits, but hate how it tears up sometimes and gives me hissy fits…especially when I am working on a major project. If you don’t know what a hissy fit is, that is a southern term for a major meltdown. 

When I could take it no more…

Toward the end of this week, I decided to go ahead and activate another theme on my site, like one of the tech people I’d talked to had advised me to do, to see if that would resolve the problem with the “wonkiness.”  Yes, that was the issue!  My theme’s update was NOT compatible with WordPress. Mystery solved!

Naturally, the new theme changed the look of my website, so I spent all day Thursday working on the sidebar (look on the right side of my website). I know, it shouldn’t take me all day. But this is me and technology, remember?

Then the header – what is at the top of the website. This is still under construction, but I have a temporary header with a pic of me when I spoke in Canada at Doreen Penner’s women’s conference. The header shows the new tagline, Speaker, Author, CoachI am planning to keep the pic of me speaking on my header, but use my cartoon graphic header for my blog. 

The point of this blog post

I wish I could say that I handle stresses in life like this maturely. But then I’d be lying out of my teeth. You know the expression. When mama ain’t happy ain’t NOBODY happy. When I’m not happy, Ray, Leah and the rest of my family run for cover! Haha. Just joking – sort of!

White Men Can’t Jump – The Glass of Water Illustration

Actually, Ray TRIES to run for cover. But I TRAP him in the bedroom and force him to listen to hours of me ranting, whining,  and contemplating the messes in my life. Ray still doesn’t understand that when I do this, I don’t necessarily want him to fix the messes...like Gloria explains to Billy in the movie White Men Can’t Jump. I just want Ray to listen to me.

Gloria:  “Yes. I read it in a magazine. See, if I’m thirsty, I don’t want a glass of water. I want you to sympathize. I want you to say, ‘Gloria, I too know what it feels like to be thirsty. I too have had a dry mouth.’ I want you to connect with me through sharing and understanding the concept of dry mouthedness.”

Anyway, I digress. The point of this blog post is that the website has changed. The header is changing. I will be tweaking pages, posts,and  pics in the weeks ahead because the new theme has affected the way things look on my site. My plan is to finish my Canada blog series this weekend and to share other exciting things with you coming up soon, so stay tuned!

I appreciate your patience during the “reconstruction.”  I love and appreciate you!

Thanks for being understanding. I know you too, like Gloria, sometimes “have a dry mouth” – or at least techy issues. 🙂 

Share in the comments below how you handle stresses like “techy stuff.” What’s your number one tip for overcoming?

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