Spring is in the Air?!

Day’s Verse:
“Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?”
declares the LORD.
“This is the one I esteem:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit,
and trembles at my word.

Isaiah 66:2

I hate to beat this dead horse, cause it seems like nobody in the Seattle area has anything else to talk about besides the weather, but a bunch of trees on my route have burst into flower. For the record, it’s February 18, but I smell spring when I ride by those flowering trees.

Although the temperature dipped toward freezing last night (note: no agreement exists in our household on whether it actually hit 32°F or not, since some members foolishly trust in thermometer on the back porch, which is at least as old as the monkey puzzle tree and as a result cannot possibly accurately tell the temperature anymore), now I find myself not needing a jacket outside. The sun feels delightfully warm, the online temperature read an astonishing 56°F at its peak, and I expect to flash my dazzlingly white legs (LEGS! What did you think I was going to say?) on my ride home tonight.

Yet another reason I love this move to Seattle: Shorts in February.

Let Me Introduce Myself

Day’s Verse
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

Isaiah 58:6-7 (context)

Looking toward the future.Hello. I am Katie’s new, improved, Blogger-free blog. As you know by now, Blogger stopped supporting FTP-based blogs because they took too much work. Simultaneously, Haloscan, which provided Katie’s commenting functionality, decided to throw in the towel. After some serious deliberation (it took about 30 seconds) Ian and Katie agreed to both finally make the switch to me — WordPress.

In the move, Katie honestly assessed most of the content from her previous blog and admitted that nobody, including herself, actually ever looked at them. In fact, she never updated them again after she created them back in 2006. Thus, she has trashed the vast majority of that content and refined the content I get to display for your viewing pleasure. Here are some of my features you might want to take note of.

Run-Down of New Blog Features

Tabs

  1. The About tab provides basic information about me and probably has no value for you, since you’re all Katie’s family or friends anyway.
  2. The Links tab remains under construction but already contains all Katie’s old links to other blogs.
  3. The Archives tab contains a list of all Katie’s old Blogger blog posts, which Ian rescued from Blogger before he and Katie jumped ship (kind of like the way Rose ended up with the Heart of the Ocean at the end of Titanic). All Haloscan comments also came with the posts, thanks to Ian’s magic touch.
  4. My new favorite feature, the NaNoWriMo tab offers a synopsis of all my NaNoWriMo novels to date and includes links to hyperlinked, bookmarked PDFs of all of them. They should be much more user-friendly in this format.

Sidebar

In the sidebar, you’ll find (in this order) Katie’s 3 most recent Flickr pictures, Ian’s 4 most recent Twitter posts, and Katie’s 3 most recent +3 Networks activities. Katie also plans on categorizing and tagging her posts for easier classification, and a list of categories appears at the bottom of the sidebar.

At the very bottom right-hand corner of the page, in the dirt, you’ll find links to the RSS feed for Katie’s posts and comments.

It was wonderful meeting you, and I hope you’ll come back often. Next time maybe we can talk about you a little bit, OK? Or maybe not. I do love to hear myself talk.