Goal: Become involved in the online freelance community. Make connections, make friends, make dreams come true. Experiment with more of my own writing.
11:30 a.m.: Unbox new laptop.
11:33 a.m.: Read instructions. Realize that laptop needs to charge for 8 hours before use.
11:34 a.m.: Plug in laptop.
11:35 a.m.: Find spiral notebook, begin journal entry: “Things are a Mess right now with a capital M. The toddlers are taking turns breaking the retired espresso appliance I left on the dining room table. My son buckled himself into the high chair and is screaming for help. And the advice I have to offer him is this: ‘Don’t get yourself into a place you can’t get out of.’”
Goal: Post something to the blog of the new website.
11:30 a.m.: Take laptop out of the case, press power button.
11:31 a.m.: Mute Cortana.
11:35 a.m.: Realize that this laptop has Windows but not Office. Of course.
11.38 a.m.: Tell Cortana that I have a product key somewhere and I’ll find it later.
11:39 a.m.: Make a new email, because I’ve been needing one anyway. Also I’ve heard Outlook outranks Gmail.
11:40 a.m.: Start digging around for product key.
11:56 a.m.: Type in a 16 digit code.
11:57 a.m.: It’s not the product key.
12:01 p.m.: Give up and share Office through email.
12:02 p.m.: “Can’t send email right now. Waiting for a bit might help.”
12:04 p.m.: “Can’t send email right now. Waiting for a bit might help.”
12:06 p.m.: “Can’t send email right now. Waiting for a big might help.”
12:09 p.m.: Open link copied and pasted into my old email and sent to the new email.
12:14 p.m.: “Can’t download Office right now.”
12:16 p.m.: “Can’t download Office right now.”
12:17 p.m.: “Downloading Office. This might take several minutes.”
12:48 p.m.: Laptop dies.
1:01 p.m.: Plug in and reboot laptop. Press F1.
1:03 p.m.: Confirm that new laptop has Office capabilities.
1:05 p.m.: Try to log in to WordPress. Realize that new website is linked to old email.
1:07 p.m.: “Oops, that’s not the right password. Please try again!”
1:08 p.m.: “Oops, that’s not the right password. Please try again!”
1:09 p.m.: Send link to reset password to old email.
1:13 p.m.: Check old email. Link is not in inbox. Or in spam.
1:15 p.m.: Update and Shut Down.
Goal: Log in to WordPress on new laptop.
10:52 a.m.: Check old email on iPhone to confirm WordPress username.
10:53 a.m.: “Oops, that’s not the right password. Please try again!”
10:54 a.m.: Click sign in with Google.
10:55 a.m.: “Hi Meredith!”
10:56 a.m.: “Incorrect password. Click forgot password to reset it.”
10:57 a.m.: “Incorrect password. Click forgot password to reset it.”
10:57 a.m.: “Enter your 6-digit code to complete 2-step verification.”
10:58 a.m.: “We found a WordPress.com account with the email address ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.’ Log in to this account to connect it to your Google profile, or choose a different Google profile.”
10:59 a.m.: “Oops! That’s not the right password. Please try again!”
11:00 a.m.: Say prayer.
11:01 a.m.: Connect Google account to WordPress account with old email.
11:02 a.m.: View site.
11:03 a.m.: Realize that I trashed the posts page a few iterations ago. Click the “Get started here” link.
11:43 a.m.: “Your battery is running low. You may want to plug in your PC.”
11:47 a.m.: Plug in PC.
11:50 a.m.: Notice that the page for blog posts has the same content as the home page in a different format.
11:51 a.m.: Mother returns toddlers. Shut down.
Goal: Publish something, find it on the website, have system for next time.
1:48 p.m.: Log on.
1:52 p.m.: Copy and paste post from Word doc.
1:54 p.m.: Press Publish.