Taking a Break — Heading West

nevada-932708_640 (2)

I am excited to announce that I’m taking a break and heading out to my most favourite place in the world, the desert.

 

I have been looking forward to taking a pause from the hectic first half of this year, and no better place for me to be than in the desert where I long to be. It will be a short respite in Las Vegas, not Arizona this time, but that will be my home for most of this coming winter. Happily though, our Arizona friends will be meeting up with us in Las Vegas and then we will hatch our plans for the many things we plan to do together next winter. And of course I’m going at the same time as the World Series of Poker is running there at the Rio. Needless to say, between playing some poker tournaments (if I haven’t got too rusty), shopping and socializing, I’ll be a very busy lady. I can’t wait!

DSC01679

In the meantime, I will post once while I’m away, and I’m not quite sure if I will be spending much time visiting social media or my blog throughout the week, so feel free to comment or visit some of my other posts, and know I will respond back to all of you upon my return.

Thanks again to all my blogging friends who offered me their wise thoughts on leaving the laptop at home. I’ve decided to do just that. The only device I’ll be taking with me is my smartphone for pictures and the occasional checkins on social media and maybeeeeee my blog. But it won’t be much because I don’t plan on going over my data limit. So I wish you all a fabulous week while I’m off to fabulous Las Vegas.

Currently Air Canada has cancelled many flights this weekend due to the Wildcat strike with fuelers. I’m praying my flight leaves tomorrow (Sunday). So as long as you don’t see me floating around the blogosphere, it means I made it there! 🙂

 

D.G. Kaye

#WordPress #Mobile

newsflash

Hi all, I just thought I’d share a tidbit of information here about a little digital snag I ran into.

I mentioned in a post a few days ago in #Scrivener #Audits #Revisions of my dilemma about going on vacation and leaving my laptop at home. I wanted to thank so many of my blogger friends here for offering up your opinions on taking a digital break.

I am almost certain that I am taking this wise advice, although I will be taking my #smartphone with me for pictures, to maybe glimpse at my social media, and yes, to have at least one techno gadget with me so I don’t go into complete withdrawl. This will also enable me to post a blog or two (time and too much fun permitting), if I feel the need.

Digital distress

In coming to this near decision, I went into my phone to make sure all of my apps are running smoothly with passwords plugged to avoid frustration after I leave. I then went into my browser to pull up my website and wasted about an hour trying to figure out why it kept rejecting my password. I had never tried to open my website on my phone previously.

After several futile attempts, I went back to my desktop to begin searching google and WordPress forums to try and figure out the problem. I had found many people’s comments there, complaining about the same issue I was having.

After wasting another hour of searching, I finally came across a comment where someone had stated that they downloaded the WordPress app and didn’t know what to put in for the user info. A light bulb clicked in my brain. Duh me! I wasn’t aware that I couldn’t just type in my URL in my browser and sign in from there, even though the sign in page came up asking me to do so, continuously rejecting my correct password.

I then went back to my phone apps and downloaded the WordPress app. I typed in my URL and password and VOILA – I was in! I checked my access to everything: comments, posts, etc., and felt huge relief.

Now, if I hadn’t got all that organized before leaving, I would have wasted precious vacation time, and not to mention, huge data usage for my two hour investigation. So I wanted to share this little tale for those of you who may not be so well-versed in WordPress for smartphones. You never know when the need can arise where we need to get into our blogs when we’re away from home or our computers.

As many of you may know, I like to share my digital woes so I can not only vent my frustrations, but I can also hopefully save someone else the agro. With that said, I’m armed and ready and leaving the laptop at home!

P.S. There was a time I’d never turn my data on when crossing the border. I’ve had a few unpleasant phone bills upon my returns. But if any of you are Canadian and are connected by Rogers, they have a pretty decent roaming plan now. For $5 a day you can use your home cell phone in the U.S. with unlimited calling and texting within Canada and the U.S. and by using your existing data plan from home there is no extra charge unless you go over your data limit. This plan is capped at a 10 day max charge equivalent to ($50) max for a month, if you happen to be away that long. And providing you don’t go over your home plan’s data limit. Hey, for $30 I’ll call it an accessory! I can also leave my little not-so-smart U.S. cell phone at home.

 

P.S. My book Words We Carry is on #Free promotion now until July 6th. How I found my self esteem www.smarturl.it/bookwordswecarry

Words We Carry Amazon click here

Note: I’ve had numerous problems with this site for a few days. Comments were mysteriously disabled, and my recent thank you post on blogger awards I was nominated has vanished. If anyone finds they cannot comment again (Thank you Cat) please let me know, it would be appreciated. 🙂