Two of my friends and colleagues and I are working on a personal project site, so after our meeting last week we decided to give Drupal a try.

I volunteered to host our new site and this morning installed Drupal for the very first time. I had to install and remove the database twice before it would accept it, and I learned how to change the PHP register_globals setting in cPanel. Other than that, the install went easily.

I then set up the others as users, and discovered that ‘administrator’ is not a default user type, so I added it and assigned all three of us as admins.

I only looked around in the control panel briefly, but I’m looking forward to learning how to build a site with Drupal after using several other CMS’s. My next task is checking out themes while one of my colleagues will be doing some research on modules that will suit our site’s goals.

February started off with a bang – I attended several days of Web Directions North in Denver the first week (I still need to blog about some of that), which was great – I’ll go again if they come here in the future. You can view/listen to many of the presentations here.

So I was already behind and worked that first weekend, and got mostly caught up. Tuesday night was camera club – and I really intended to go, but it started snowing about 45 minutes beforehand and I had a bit of a sore throat, so I decided not to go.

Good thing too – the next morning I woke up feeling rather blah, stayed in and got caught up on the rest of my most pressing work, and went to the store for some meds in case I actually had something unpleasant.

Thursday morning I woke up feeling like I’d been run over by a large truck. Zycam did not help (it usually does if it’s a cold, so we assumed it was the flu). My husband was about 1/2 day ahead of me with symptoms, and that was bad because there was no sympathy in the house. The dogs were very unhappy about being inside for so many days in a row.

The only time I ventured out between Thursday and Sunday was for an interview on Friday morning that I had no business attending. The clients put me at one end of the table and gave me hot tea, and I suppose I earned brownie points for coming because I got the job – a pretty nice-sized Joomla site.

I got virtually no work done between that Thursday afternoon and Sunday, but we did level our mains to 80 in WoW. So that’s something!

The next week I had two meetings on Tuesday, was feeling a bit better and then found out I had a sinus infection on Wednesday.

It was just not a very good 10 days for me.

The rest of the month I was productive – I pulled in about 3 new jobs, launched one site and did a lot of maintenance work on several others.  Things are pretty much back to normal and I’m looking forward to a less exciting March.


I just spent the last 2 1/2 hours getting QuickBooks up to date through the end of January. Once I got everything in from the bank, and fixed three deposits that had been showing up twice for months, I had to go back and redo my reconciles through last October.

But now apparently everything is current and balanced. We’ll see about that when the next statement comes.

I find QuickBooks to be one of the most unintuitive applications I’ve ever used.