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Geeking out, Cursing at Scrapers, the Husband’s Birthday & Pregnancy Brain

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The title of my post pretty much describes the last 24 hours for me.

Yesterday I dragged my pregnant butt, head cold and all, to the gym for step class. I’m really having fun in there. I found a great instructor who makes routines that are fairly easy to follow and I’m getting good again. Those of you who have taken step know about the learning curve, "Ride the L", "Mambo cha-cha-cha", "V step", etc. It’s all coming back and I remember that satisfaction when I make it through a routine without messing up which is NOT very often.

After class I geeked out a bit doing a little maintenance on my sites. There are some days I want to get lost in code. I find it very satisfying to solve a programming problem. This time it was adding the titles to my GreenLiteBites archive pages. I knew there was a way to do it. It just took me a few months to figure it out. Now if you visit my All Recipes by Photo page you’ll see the title of the idea under the image. You can also mouse over but I wanted the titles visible.

You may have also noticed I added a top ad here on Roni’s Weigh. I’m not sure it’s going to stay there. I’m kind of evaluating ad companies at the moment so please bear with me. I only keep ads on the left and top so you never have to worry about them invading the content area or right side bar (although there may be a few remnants in REALLY old posts.) Earning an income from a blog is still very much a learning process.

Once I solved some of my technical issues I moved on to writing which in the case of this post was still a bit geeky. Over on I shared how I’ve been cursing at scrapers. A scraper is a site that gets all of it’s content from other people’s RSS feeds. Some of you may be reading this in your email or in a reader which is fine but for me to give you that ability I have to publish all my content in the feed. This creates a situation where others can steal it as well. It’s a common problem for bloggers and I’ve dealt with it forever but there are a few sites that refuse to take down my content. So I publicly cursed them out. It felt good. :)

Last night for dinner Little Man and I recorded ourselves making Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole. It was SO much fun. I forgot what a good time we have doing our cooking videos for GreenLiteBites. This one was special though as I wanted to record and enter My Crescent WOW contest. There was only one problem. The video could only be 90 seconds.


I can hardly record a video in under 10 minutes so last night and this morning I spent most of my time editing. Editing. Editing. Editing. I went from 33 minutes to about 8 and then actually got it doing to 90 seconds. I can hardly believe it myself. You can see all 3 cuts by clicking here.

All this stuff I’ve been doing, plus the holidays has not changed the fact that today is the Husband’s Birthday! It’s a big one. He’s 35 today. I meant every word I wrote in last years birthday post and still feel the same exact way about him.

This year the Little Guy and I decided to make him breakfast in bed. We greeted him at 7:30 in the moring with a cinnamon bun, coffee and presents. Little Guy got him (and himself) a new Nerf Gun..

Which I think he regrets now… ;)

and I got him Inception. We were big fans.

I also secretly planned for a babysitter tonight so we are heading out for dinner and a movie. I made reservations at the Melting Pot and we are going to see the Fighter (Tron if we are running late.)

Somehow I planned all this even with "Pregnancy brain". Don’t know what pregnancy brain is? Here, I’ll give you an example. This morning I rushed to finish up the video editing before showering and heading to Ryan’s school for a volunteer session I signed up for. I was freaking out and running late. I ran into the school, grabbed my name tag at the office and rushed down the hall about 10 minute late. My son’s teacher saw me and simply said, "Hi."

To which I responded, "Let me guess? Today isn’t jump rope day."

She responded, "No, that’s JANUARY 21."


So here I’m thinking I’m 10 minutes late when I was really 4 weeks early.

*sigh* pregnancy brain.

Or me just being a dingbat but I’ll blame pregnancy brain. :)

Ok, I’m out. I have to straighten up before the babysitter comes or she’ll have no where to sit. Yes it’s that bad and NO I’m not taking a picture. ;)

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There are 10 comments so far.


    December 21, 2010

    Enjoy the Melting Pot – It’s my very favorite restaurant – in the entire world!! :) And The Fighter was really good, I was surprised, I didn’t think it would be my thing.


    December 21, 2010

    I agree with Holly; the Melting Pot is AMAZING! My husband and I have spent some of our own special celebrations at Melting Pot.

    Have fun!! :)


    December 21, 2010

    On the bright side it shows that you are a committed parent!


    December 21, 2010

    Hilarious as usual :) Have fun tonight!

    deb roby

    December 21, 2010

    Pregnancy brain sounds like meno-mind (hello hormones or goodbye hormones)… except that mine isn’t likely to end in a few months.

    OMG seriously… that guy is a DIRTBAG!!!! if you click on his Dec 2010 link, THIS EXACT POST pops up… pics and all!!!!!!


    December 22, 2010

    My favorite thing to do with scrapers is to look up their host and send them an email… you can also send an email to google ads… they will remove them from their system for stolen content, and after all, getting paid is the whole reason they are taking it!

    Karen Chatters

    December 22, 2010

    I know that scraper issue isn’t funny, I’d be wicked pissed, but your post/solution is HYSTERICAL. I need to show that to my husband, he’d get quite the kick out of that(he’s techy too).


    December 22, 2010

    Your solution to the scraper is hilarious…I googled his site and then searched it for Roni….pulled up lots of your content, all of it with your special message displayed in big bold letters! Priceless!!!

    How long do you think it will be before he catches on and removes your content from his site?


    December 22, 2010

    No idea. Most of these sites aren’t really managed. They never look at the content they are pulling in. So it may not work but at least I get a chuckle.