Ol’ school!


At the Huntington Library, Art Gallery, & Gardens, San Marino, CA.


What began as a simple hello, along with an overdue Weekend bonus shot, morphed into an ill-fated WordPress update which borked the blog.

So what you see here encasing this post–that is, if you view this puppy outside your reader & in the comfort of its mothership URLis a blast from circa 2008 or so. Trippy! What you see as the container for the content is a minimalist stopgap which will now be patiently awaiting further detailing as off-work, weekend, nonchildcare time allows. Meaning: don’t hold yer breath for the pretty thing we used to see here! But do chime in if you have design thoughts because I think the doors are wide open for bright ideas.

I have sent an urgent message via the batphone to the design wizzards at the other side of the country whom I hope to enlist as Blog Saviors. Meanwhile, for anyone who didn’t visit this blog way back in the olden days of 2008, this is way more what it used to look like! (Header here: me hoisting kid #1, back when I could hoist her above the head instead of on the hip, which, yes, I still do & she’s nearly 7 yrs old as of this writing.)

Needless to say I keep a shiteload of content in widgets (currently shrouded by a heavy curtain of borked HTML) in the sidebar, not least of which is a ton more explanatory info, links to various orgs [got them back; they matter], and some BlogHer ads [fixed that right quick: peeps, they help cut the losses this thing: I’m only out a few hundred, annually! 🙂 ] to help keep this project from draining the family finances. Hopefully within the week or so it’ll all be back to normal, or even (better yet!) a new normal.

5 thoughts on “Ol’ school!”

  1. Wow, it’s so bright in here. These stark white walls and simple layout in some way look so clean and crisp and yet I love eye candy so I vote for the newer version with all that extra fun stuff to read. Hope San marino and the sunny days make some great memories for you and the loving family, LD.

  2. Whoa! Major Twilight Zone moment here… I feel like I’m floating in space without my usual design cues to tether and orient me… Not a bad feeling for once in a while, perhaps: sort of a visual cleansing of the palate?

    Good luck herding the borked code. I hear it’s something like herding cats!

  3. Me too, lizk! (I.e., I’m also disoriented.) Didn’t plan it that way. Have now got enough back up on its feet to last til I can spend the time & $ on a Blog Savior. Have found in short order that, with next to no spare time to school myself, I don’t do widgets.

    Lynda M O, I’m with you: I was fond of that eye candy (since it delivered plenty of content, too). Though I’m also w/ you, proudsecondgen: simple is good. So sue me: I’m a Libra.

    At any rate, for the moment, any recovered blog content is good!

    Oh, and a note: the header pic w/ just me in it, hiding behind words, is a bit of foreshadowing. Regardless of the ultimate design of this blog, I think its contents will include more of a scrim in front of my kids (either visually or topically or a bit of both). The older they get, and the more public this blog has become (who knew? no one expects more than their BFF to read their blog, when they start it), the more of them there has been to expose (and more widely). I want to do neither of those things here, even as I continue to want to share my parenting story so as to create common cause with fellow LGBTQ parents and with our allies. As with all else involving this five-plus year-old enterprise, I have no doubt you all will be of great help.

  4. Wow, loving your new site and design. It’s so bright, clean and simple. It highlights your writing and photography more. Congrats on your new home.
    So when is the housewarming party?! 😉

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