January 3, 2010 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Who’s computer smart?

I have a technical support problem, and I am coming to you, Dear Geniuses of the Internets, for help. I am in the midst of trying to (in simple terms) export all of this blog’s content and import it to another WordPress site. It’s supposed to be pretty simple. WordPress is all, “just click this ‘Export’ button to create an XML file, then import that file into your new site!”


Problem is I can only import a file smaller than 8MB, and all of my content creates a 12MB XML file.

So, how do I make that original XML file smaller, or how do I break it up into two files to be imported separately?

Help. Please. This is me begging.

January 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm 3 comments


So, I’m on the phone with GoDaddy.com right now, working on some things. Just for future reference, if things go haywire over here, you’ll find me at www.krittabug.com very soon. The big transfer is happening!

And by the way, the site may be down a day or so while it gets set up. IT’S NOT Y2K DON’T PANIC OMFGPONIES!!1! I’ll be back before you know it. Better than ever! Happy New Year to all!

December 31, 2009 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

“We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”

Ah, 2010. I look to you with the most hopeful of eyes. Really, they’re pleading. Bring with you a good year. Good luck, good friends, good times. Just good. We could all use that after the decade we’ve had.

I’m wishing 2009 farewell, and heading into the new year with fresh eyes and a fresh mind and fresh plans. Good riddance, 2009, we are done with you. Or maybe I am. That’s what I’m calling them this year, by the way. “Plans,” not resolutions. Resolution sounds so stuffy. Final. Hard. I want to make plans, instead. Plans evolve, change, adapt. Plans don’t slap you in the face on New Year’s Eve, stamping your forehead with FAIL. Instead, plans roll steadily with you into the next year.

Plans. Say it. See? So much nicer.

And with just one more day ahead of us in this very long decade, I shall lay out my plans for the new year.

I’m going to start with the obvious: running. It was a big goal in 2009, and it’s going to be just as big next year. I want to maintain what I’ve built. I need to keep enjoying it, continue to be inspired by those I meet and continue to motivate others in any way I can. I’ve set a lofty mileage plan for 2010. I’m hesitant to say it out loud just yet, for fear of setting it in stone, but here goes: 1,500 miles. If I continue the path I’m on, I can do it, and I can enjoy it. I’ve got DailyMile, I’ve got my Garmin synced with my computer, I’ve got my many, new running friends. That breaks down to about 125 miles a month, 4 miles a day. It’ll take consistency and commitment. Two things I tend to lack. If nothing else, setting this plan for myself is going to keep me consistent and keep me committed. Now to the dirty details. I’m still chasing the sub-4 hour marathon. I’ve got two chances in 2010, and I’m not giving up on it. The half marathon isn’t safe this year, either, because I’m going after a 1:45. Best so far? 1:49. Average? Low 1:50s. And the 5K. How I loathe the 5K. My plan for 2010 is to knock one out in 23:30 or less. I’ve broken 24 minutes, but it’s tough.

I fall off the reading wagon every year. Never fails. And if I could stop reading the Twilight saga long enough, maybe I’d get somewhere. My plan for 2010 is to shoot for two books a month. Two new books. I’ve got so many on my shelf, and so many recommendations. Reading is by far one of my favorite things to do, but I tend to forget that. A great book club is not out of the question.

A lot more writing is going to happen in 2010. I’m going to start using my blog as the outlet it is. If I’m able to find and join one writing group or writing class, I’d consider the year a success. Writing is like riding a bike. You never forget how to do it, but it’s useless when it’s just sitting in the garage. I’m toying with the idea of randomly posting fiction snippets on my blog. Short, rough drafts of stories that sit in my head. If I don’t post them somewhere, they’ll sit in my mind useless. Ideally, I’d like to write a blog post daily. Just having the ability to do so again in the last few days has significantly improved my mood. I’ve missed it. I miss the outlet. I’m also not giving up on finding a writing career again. I want to write in any capacity. Newsletters. Press releases. Articles. I just want to use words for what they’re meant for.

This coming year I also want to break out of my shell. I’ve been locked up in my own little world since moving to Madison, unsure of myself. Unsure of how to meet new people, make new friends. I want to be myself. Find others like me. Be open and honest and caring. I’m going to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Take an active role in reaching out to others. Along the same lines, I’m going to maintain a good connection with the friends I do have. I want to reconnect, be a part of their lives, even if they are several cities and counties away. You all know who you are.

And finally, what will come will come. I’m going to take it in stride. Remember what I’ve already accomplished and overcome. A year is just a year. They come and go. I’ll turn 28 this year, early on , in February. Another fresh year, another fresh start. I’m feeling good about it, and the things to come. I’m working on a side blog project that’s still getting its wings, and I’m extremely pumped to let it out into the world.

Good things to come, friends. Hopefully for all of us. Happy New Year.

December 30, 2009 at 5:35 pm 6 comments

One thousand of them.

Oh yes. Tonight I did it. I logged my 1,000th mile of 2009. ONE-THOUSAND MILES. Me! Yay! Pat self on back! Etc.!

I am ridiculously pumped about this. I’ve been shooting for that goal for two years in a row. And right now, I don’t really have anything deep or wise or exciting to say about it. I did it. And that feels GOOD. It’s only the second New Year’s Resolution I’ve actually stuck to, the first being giving up soda for a year, which I did in 2007.

So, I’m patting myself on the back pretty hard right now.

The last two months have really given me a greater appreciation for running that I didn’t have before. Through November and December I was scrambling to get those last couple hundred miles in. Logged 115 in November and am at 110 for December so far. I got myself into a solid routine, logging 30-plus miles a week. I felt motivated and challenged, moreso than any marathon training I’ve done. I had a real goal and I was hellbent on meeting it. It’s a great feeling to work toward something.

Goals are good. It’s the real conclusion I’ve come to.

I’m still going back and forth with my mileage goal for 2010. I’m struggling with setting it too high, or not setting it high enough. I want to bump it up from 1,000, but also don’t want to set a goal that isn’t realistic. I’ve got two days to decide, and will be sure to fill you in.

I’m going to go bask in my self-made glory now, don’t mind me…

December 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm 11 comments

It’s mine. All MINE.

I purchased a Web site domain last spring. It’s cheap and easy, but totally over my head. (That’s what she said?) Anyway, I never did a thing with it, other than let www.krittabug.com sit, taken and unavailable to all the other krittabugs in the world.

Wait. Are there any other krittabugs out there? I certainly hope not. I patented that shit. (Not true). But Mandy did. She started it. Ask her.

So, anyway. Krittabug. I’ve got the domain, but not enough brainpower to do anything with it. Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t have the brainpower to do anything with it, but a pal on Twitter does. He generously offered to get it all set up for me. Right now, if you go to www.krittabug.com, it’ll take you here, to my WordPress site. Do it. You know you want to. But by next week, www.krittabug.com will be its own site. No redirecting to WordPress. Just a plain, old dot-com. This is probably not exciting to anyone but me, but don’t rain on my parade, OK? THIS IS FUN.

In other blog news, I’ve got another project in the works, again thanks to the same Twitter pal. It’s still under construction, but I’m hoping to have it up and running soon. It’s geared toward the active in an attempt to bring area runners, cyclists and other active folks together.

Gosh, I love the Internet.

December 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm 8 comments

This rules my running universe.

So, on New Year’s Eve last year, a bunch of us on DailyMile posted our running goals for 2009 in video format. I posted mine right after my very last run of 2008. I’ve been trying to hunt down the post on DailyMile for weeks, but couldn’t find it. I wanted to watch the video again, especially since one of my goals was to hit 1,000 miles for the year. Today the DailyMile creator, Kelly, found it, and he posted it to his page, along with the videos of others. He’s encouraging us to post new videos with shiny, new goals for 2010. I’m totally going to do it.

For now, here’s my video. Harley, as well as my then-sweet-ass apartment make an appearance. Next year will bring new goals, I just don’t know what they are yet.

December 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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