The most challenging thing about today was … #blogjune

Thanks sis. The contemplating caterpillar suggested I share the most challenging thing about today.

? … ?

Challenging: testing one’s abilities.

Wanted :

I wanted a way to extract data from particular cells in multiple workbooks to give me an index to the content of those books (which are named with numbers).


I had no prior background in VBA, but with a rough question google helped me find a macro by Ron deBruin that I guessed might do something like that… then I worked out how to edit the macro, then how to run it.

The Country Town _ 2000 pc jigsaw puzzle
This big (2000 piece) old puzzle and my job have much in common. (The puzzle is called “The Country Town” Tower Press. (c.1960). Gold Medal #4774)

But the post title is also true, #blogjune may arguably be the most challenging: it is taking longer, has looser parameters, and its hard to know when its done.

Payback, sis:

What makes some challenges enjoyable, but others unpleasant.

I missed a day — and I liked it #blogjune

I missed a day –

Somewhere in our exchange of posts I missed a topic from my sister, and Sunday flowed away with perhaps a passing thought to #blogjune sometime during the night.

-and I liked it

For most of Sunday I worked on a jigsaw puzzle with my uncle (my sons’ GUF).

Sunday's puzzle


So today, when I finally saw the topic sis suggested I write about: “the benefits and difficulties of prioritising”, I figured this all ties in.

The biggest benefit of prioritising is that:

you get to choose

You can prioritise what makes you happy, or satisfied or what you think will take you towards your goals, or what you believe (true or not) to be important. The second biggest benefit is that you get to rationalise your priorities in ways that make you feel good, and maybe feel that the world becomes a better place.

Bike boulevard in Tucson
Creative Commons License Steven Vance via Compfight

The difficulties of prioritising are:

  1. choosing, and
  2. knowing enough about the choices (recognising all one’s options, risks & benefits of the choices), and
  3. accepting outcomes and
  4. owning even the negative outcomes of the choice.

Over to sis:

Tell everyone about this:

Wet penguins

A is for Arbitrary

Want to play a game? Tell me what you think of when you hear “Arbitrary”?

Where did that come from? Read on…

Con’s “C is for…” post in my Twitter Stream (thank you echofon firefox plugin) made me curious (which gives me a good word for C) so I investigated the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Unfortunately Discipline prevents me from opting in to the challenge at this time.

Even so, her beginning Awesome post made me ponder what my A would be. Ambition was the first word I thought of – both for the challenge (it clearly represents a strategy for keeping up the practice of writing for those who have writing/publishing as an ambition), and for one of my goals in blogging Anyway: to be seen. But that would be too introspective and, like Con, I don’t want to write again about why I (would again if I had time) blog.

(And) then a neural connection fired from my Upwords game this with Cecilia this morning, and the random blogging I did a few years ago inspired by words from scrabble games: I could narrow the field of the challenge: look for an obscure (A-Z) word in a dictionary – and tie it somehow to some current matter that might interest my potential Audience.

All of these Words for which I have emboldened the initial fired off ideas I might blog sometime.  Would I use A-Z as a category or a tag?

Upwords board at end of game

Aside from the ‘random obscure dictionary words’ (t)heme what other themes could I choose?

Professionalism? Librarianship – or perhaps a theme on my notion that little of what our field calls librarianship is occupationally or professionally distinctive, so much not a field in which ‘we’ are the experts? Would that be tactless, career suicide? Or just arbitrarily non-constructive?

So how do you feel about “Arbitrary”?

I feel proud :-)

cue game winning moments

… over the mountain …

Tonight, despite the lingering dizziness from Saturday’s pain medication…

… through the woods …

CSS? Div this? ID that? sweep it all aside, I go back and wrestle with html.

… face to the sun …

I worked out how to line up the social media icons in the text widget in my sidebar, without messing (yet) with Child Themes.
(Social media icons are courtesy of the Responsive Theme where they normally, and still do, appear in the footer)

At least, I thought it was an achievement (turning a vertical ul into a horizontal one); but maybe I could simply have placed them there side by side, considering I was handcoding anyway? And yes that means that if/when I add others as they become available I will need to hand-alter the widget 🙂

In any case, I achieved what I wanted 🙂

Not only that, but I’ve (hopefully, all going well,) puzzled my way through the details of the WP to Twitter plugin so that I can autopost this blog to my secondary Twitter account. This involved setting up a Twitter developer account and finding my API. I’d have gone for because it has one less character but already had a account of which I had not yet made full use.

cue game winning moments
As proud as when I achieved status of “Supreme Chief of all Hospitals” in the game Theme Hospital.

I could tie this in to the whole INF2506 learning thing, by associating it with the discussions hither and yon about tying social media accounts together or the value of coding skills … but honestly, I learned that before this subject too. And right now feels too glorious to go chasing up references.

Motivational Helen Keller Quotes via kwout

Oh my literary friends …

Please, shower me
with better quotations
to express the
pride and joy
a being feels after
plowing through
to exhult in
deserved glory
of tiny achievements.