A new year

I started off the year by joining the school district’s new scheme to save the employees money on health insurance (so instead of paying half of my paycheck, I can pay half minus twenty bucks).  It’s not much, but when money is short, one does what one must to save any dollars possible.

Before I continue, I want to assure you that I am NOT dying (to the best of my knowledge).  I’m don’t exercise, I eat poorly, and my life has quite a bit of stress associated to it.  The biggest health problem that I know of is that I have carpal tunnel.  While it hurts like the dickens, I don’t think it will kill me.  I also have bad allergies to what seems to be everything in the state of Texas.  I attribute that more to the fact that I grew up in a house full of smokers than I do to my love of chocolate and my big comfy couch.

Still, I recognize that I could use some changes, and I’m willing to make them.  This is a first step.

I will be talking more about it in the future, I’m sure.  For today, I’ll only say that the first tutorial I took suggested that I reduce stress by finding more relaxing activities, like keeping a journal to empty the mind of thoughts before going to bed.

I like writing.  But seriously… A journal?  That’s so 1980!  I figured I’d sort out my blog instead.

Alas, this has NOT been good for stress reduction!  I had to upgrade the software.  Then update the plug-ins.  Then I was going to update the theme.  Unfortunately, each step has been riddled with errors that I’ve never seen before, and it has been so long since I messed with the back-end of the blog that it’s taking me some time to figure out the issues.

Yes, I know there are easier ways to maintain a blog, but web and computers are my profession.  If I can’t figure it out, we will have to add “severe depression” to the litany of medical issues that the screening software assures me bring me two feet from grave.

I’ll figure it out, I’m sure.  It just brings to light the very point that occurred to me when I was taking the tutorial.

It’s amazing how much stress causes problems that create more stress.  It seems that all too frequently, the attempts to eliminate stress can cause even more stress.

I’m not entirely convinced that anyone can live without some amount of stress.  Maybe the point should be not to eliminate all stress but to eliminate those things that cause stress that aren’t worth it.  As I always told my daughter, decide whether the hill is dying over.

In this case, it’s been stressful to get this blog running again.  It was worth it though.  I’m writing.  Hopefully someone besides me enjoys it.  If not… whatever.  It’s my stress I’m dealing with!

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