Note to self: When you have a SiteMeter on your page, you need to have the SiteMeter link appear on said page so that it can actually track your visitors.
I got rid of my blogroll on the side of my page because I have over forty blogs listed. And yes, I read them. All of them. But the list was just too long. It was taking up too much room on my sidebar.
So I ditched it. And then I started getting zeros on my SiteMeter reports. I let it go for a couple of days, thinking it was some kind of issue over at SiteMeter. It wasn’t till today that I finally had the lightbulb go off over my head.
Some days I really wish I had a real-live lightbulb over my head. Wouldn’t that be great?? All of a sudden, that light would go off, and people would gather around you wanting to know what kind of insight you had just gained. Sometimes it would be as mundane as figuring out why SiteMeter wasn’t working, but maybe one day you would come up with something useful, or cool! Something like the Two-da-loo featured on Poolie’s blog today.
Well, okay. Maybe not, then.
Today was quite the day! A fellow blogger, KarmaCat, lives here in Rhode Island, and we had batted around the idea of meeting at some point. We Twittered last weekend about this wonderful restaurant we both enjoy here in Newport, and I said we should meet for lunch! She Twittered back and offered to meet this weekend, and plans were made.
And today we met! We probably took up a table at the restaurant for probably far too long, but I made sure the waitress got at least a 20% tip. We wandered around Newport a bit. Wow, is this place going to get insane come summertime. It’s only April. People are still working, they’re still in school, and yet Newport is packed. The weather was nasty to boot — cold, windy, rainy, just really gross. Yet the sidewalks were packed, the restaurant was packed when we got there (but cleared out before we overstayed our welcome), and parking was nearly impossible to find. We hit gridlock to boot because people got impatient and decided to start blocking intersections. Emergency vehicles needed to get into a particular parking lot, but by the time the firetruck showed up, someone had managed to block the entrance to the lot. The firetruck blasted its horn at the car, scaring the crap out of everyone in the area because that horn is loud.
I think the only way we’re coming to Newport in the summer is if we take the bus there. And even still, I doubt I can handle the crowds. Me and crowds — we just don’t get along.
Oh! And we went into the Marriott to check out their pool. See, we can swim in their pool for $15 per person, if we’d like. We’ve been spending so long trying to find a decent indoor pool ever since we moved away from Washington state. The three of us are fish, and we miss the water.
The pool was blah. Just your average rectangular swimming pool going from a depth of 3½ feet to about five feet. Hmph.
But! We did find a wedding. A very ritzy, hoity-toity wedding, no less. We tried to get photos, but we were too far away and the light was too low.
The bridesmaids dresses! How to explain these dresses!! From a distance, they were pretty scary. Karma described them as “salmon pink with a lavender sash.” We agreed these colors just don’t go. (Friends don’t let friends mix lavender and salmon.) Not only were they garishly colored, they were also voluminous! (Neener!!) The skirt was a whole lot of fabric gathered up into “artfully messy” tiers. We got a close-up look of one of the bridesmaids; it was worse being so close to such a disaster. Those “artfully messy” tiers were decorated with many beads, and were held off the body with hoops. Hoops!! From a distance, it looked as though the dresses were all strapless (the girls were all wearing salmon stoles over their shoulders), but close up, we could see they had rhinestone-studded straps. And to add to the sparkle effect, there was an inch-wide strip of rhinestone-encrusted goodness along the top of the bodice.
These dresses really could have given Liberace a run for his money.
The bride’s dress was just as bad. Her dress featured those same “artfully messy” tiers, and the same rhinestone straps. There was also a train several feet long, and the same rhinestones thrown among the tiers. It was just insane.
It makes me so thankful for my small, inexpensive wedding with my dress from Macy’s that I’ve worn probably seven times since then.
So I invited KarmaCat back to my house, and we sat and chatted and had a fantastic time! She is a really lovely lady, and really easy to talk to. I am so thankful I have met someone like her here in Rhode Island. YAY for new friends!