The Site is Borked and Yes I Know It

Over the past 24 hours, the website has been under attack from a number of DDOS attacks from, of all places, India. I have submitted multiple tickets to keep us up and running and the ladies at Hosting Matters have been working round the clock to keep us up and running.

Related, it appears that the wheels are finally starting to really come off the bus regarding the website, and I have been in contact with the trio of commenters who are helping me pick the web designer/developer so we can begin to create the new site. The fundraiser gave us a good sum to pick a quality contractor, so we should be able to move forward with that hopefully in the next week or so.

For those of you who wanted to wait until the New Year to kick in, as always, the paypal link is to the right.

In personal news, it is cloudy as hell here in Miami and I am cranky.








Lily Chemo Update, Website Redesign Update, Fundraiser Update, All in One Thread

1.) Lily and I headed to the big city today for her chemo, and she was, of course, an angel:

All the other dogs have to act the fool, but Lily just sits there like THE ANGEL THAT SHE IS. Everything is fine, come back in six weeks was the verdict. Now we are just relaxing:

2.) Had a conference call with Watergirl, Steeplejack, and Bella for about a half hour tonight, and we are still doing the prep work before accepting bids from web designer/developers. That’s a royal we, because they are doing most of it and I just blurt out an obscenity every time they start speaking dork. At any rate, they wanted to put out a call for any wordpress designer/developers you all might recommend. No spouses, significant others, relatives, please. Please email me with any recommendations (AND INCLUDE YOUR COMMENTER NAME SO I CAN REACH OUT TO YOU).

3.) Fundraiser is still underway, thank you to everyone who donated via paypal and sent checks. For those of you still wishing to do so, the info is here (or email me for a snail mail address):

4.) BJ Calendar: I have not spoken to Beth in a few days, but the last we talked she was doing the layout, so I imagine it will not be long before that is ready.

Is there anything else I am missing. I’m tired.



Thursday Night Open Thread

Tomorrow is a big day for the Mueller investigation, with the Cohen sentencing document dropping. I have a full day of stuff I have to deal with so I will probably not catch it live, but I do think there is one thing to remember that seems to have been forgotten- Cohen recorded Trump, and the FBI and Mueller have it. We might learn what was in those recordings tomorrow.

In other news, the fundraiser is still ongoing, you can click paypal to the right or below or email me for a snail mail address.

As I stated, we are entertaining bids from multiple web developers, and some of you have mentioned you have someone in mind who may be interested. That’s great, but this time around we are moving away from friends, family, boyfriend/girlfriend/ fiance, etc. If you know of a web developed you would recommend, send me the email/web address, and we will contact them and they can put together a bid after we go through their portfolio.

Finally, it is still not too late to submit pet pics. Use the email to the right and submit them asap.

I have a dental appointment tomorrow and I am not thrilled about it. Just a routine check-up cleaning, but as I age every time I go to a doctor they manage to find something else broken. Going to the doctor anymore is like opening up the wall in an old house you are renovating- “do I really want to know what is going on back there?”








Balloon Juice Fundraiser Open Thread

Watching Operation Finale, where they had the right idea and shot Nazis.

Reposting from yesterday.

As you know, we are working on a new website, and a crew of longtime members of the blogetariat have been helping me see things through the eyes of the reader and coordinating the redesign. They have put together a comprehensive list of what we want from the “new” site, and are currently in the process of reaching out to web developers for bids. Thus, I have been informed that now is the time for the site fundraiser.

We will let this run for two weeks (and then again in January), with another updated post every day or so. As always, the paypal thing is always to the right, and should you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, click through the link to the right and the website cuts a minute commission. Should you choose to not want to use paypal, email me and I will send you a snail mail address.

In what I consider the best news of the year, CafePress is once again doing calendars, so the BJ calendar will be available for purchase that way instead of having to go through the sheer hell we went through last year.

In other good news, the Balloon Man is coming back.








Site Fundraiser Open Thread

Whenever I wake up and there is snow on the ground, I get happy. I just like snowy weather- it’s so much better than a dingy, leafless, barren landscape without snow.

Reposting from yesterday:

As you know, we are working on a new website, and a crew of longtime members of the blogetariat have been helping me see things through the eyes of the reader and coordinating the redesign. They have put together a comprehensive list of what we want from the “new” site, and are currently in the process of reaching out to web developers for bids. Thus, I have been informed that now is the time for the site fundraiser.

We will let this run for two weeks (and then again in January), with another updated post every day or so. As always, the paypal thing is always to the right, and should you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, click through the link to the right and the website cuts a minute commission. Should you choose to not want to use paypal, email me and I will send you a snail mail address.

In what I consider the best news of the year, CafePress is once again doing calendars, so the BJ calendar will be available for purchase that way instead of having to go through the sheer hell we went through last year.

In other good news, the Balloon Man is coming back.

If you want to get an idea just how fucking long 2018 has been, Anthony Bourdain died only six months ago.








Balloon Juice Site Redesign Fundraiser

As you know, we are working on a new website, and a crew of longtime members of the blogetariat have been helping me see things through the eyes of the reader and coordinating the redesign. They have put together a comprehensive list of what we want from the “new” site, and are currently in the process of reaching out to web developers for bids. Thus, I have been informed that now is the time for the site fundraiser.

We will let this run for two weeks (and then again in January), with another updated post every day or so. As always, the paypal thing is always to the right, and should you do your Christmas shopping on Amazon, click through the link to the right and the website cuts a minute commission. Should you choose to not want to use paypal, email me and I will send you a snail mail address.

In what I consider the best news of the year, CafePress is once again doing calendars, so the BJ calendar will be available for purchase that way instead of having to go through the sheer hell we went through last year.

In other good news, the Balloon Man is coming back.



Balloon Juice Calendar

Ok- last call to express interest in the calendar. This is not actual orders, this is pre-orders so that I may gauge how many need to be ordered.

If you have not already, please email balloonjuicecalendar@gmail.com [fixed address —M4] and state HOW MANY calendars you wish to purchase. Nothing else.

Please follow these SIMPLE ASS INSTRUCTIONS or you will be judged the way Steve judges me every time I walk up the stairs to the second floor.

If you are wondering why the runner is all cockeyed, it is because around the corner is Steve’s litterbox that he rarely uses. However, I changed the litter yesterday, and he immediately went into the litter box, used the runner to plant his paws, and then kicked litter in every fucking direction, coating a sixteen square foot area with a light coating of litter. He didn’t even use it. He just arranged it for me.

Because he is helpful like that. The motherfucker.