Series of Unfortunate Events – for real!

Some time ago, I was feeling great, working out regularly, summer was full swing, everything seems fine, and the kids had moved away leaving me free to do things I hadn’t thought about earlier.  Then I twisted my left foot out of all recognition, and just couldn’t deal with it.  I managed to drag myself into the house and phone my husband who was in the basement watching baseball loudly, and could hear his phone ringing upstairs.  Not good.  So, I called Shawn and he rescued me with an ice pack and ace bandage.  Thinking that would be sufficient, I hobbled around for another two weeks before heading to my favorite foot doctor.

As luck would have it, I had tossed my old black boot about two or three weeks before the incident!  Of course!  And the doc after xrays determined it’s just a painful sprain, and got me another big boot, but gray.  Not exactly a fashion statement!  So, happy I could walk again, at least, I thought all was fine!

Then I woke one morning and discovered a bite that I’d been itching was large, huge, in fact, and angry red purple, with the entire area swelling.  Called doc.  Saw nurse practitioner.  She recorded the thing, and prescribed antibiotics, said it was infected.  No way to determine what bit me at all.  The antibiotic helped, but inflammation set in badly, and pain from the lower back slowly crept up to the neck, which became very stiff and painful.  Over a period of a week, I was a blasted cripple.  Not to denigrate cripples, but being one wasn’t my idea of a fun summer!

My long suffering and sainted husband took over my care splendidly, and while the nausea and vomiting stopped, and the pain began to clear from the same bottom up, the neck was still very stiff, sore, painful.

Then, I woke with another bite.  What on earth is biting me?  There’s no sign of bed bugs, no sign of fleas, no sign it was a tick, although the bite looks ticky… no tick was there.  And I was weak, dizzy, and vomiting all over again!  There’s some bug that makes me quite sick, and I don’t know what it is!  It’s scary!

But, today, for the first time in maybe three or more weeks, I’m going for a workout, with my boot on, and intend to get some energy back!  By the weekend, I have to be ready to handle Nationals Park…..and I’m NOT missing that game for anything!  Although several folks have not offered to fill my seat for me….he he!  Nationals vs. Dodgers!  Richmond family coming up to take us!  Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

The family moved away…

So, I’m finding myself with lots of time I don’t know what to do with, other than continue my courses in ethical hacking.  Just got another one in forensics, which should be quite useful.

Useful?  Who am I kidding?  I am veritably unemployable now being so old, but I can still be of help to folks who might ask.  You never know when a friend will get an idea about building websites, and marketing, or something like that.  You never know when what knowledge you’ve acquired can be useful to someone.

They took my darling granddaughter.  My granddaughter who was here everyday, while I attended to her homeschooling work.  How I miss her!  She wasn’t always good.  She wasn’t always well behaved.  She was stubborn, and had a problem with anxiety and ADHD.  But, if something was wrong with me, there isn’t a person on earth who could tend to me more sweetly, and more thoroughly!  She could be an absolute angel!  I believe she has a strong need to be needed.  Hmmmm.  Might run in the family!  Seems familiar!

What do I do with myself now?  Play with the dog?  Well, that IS fun!

Learning quite a bit about website security

I had no idea it was so easy to hack a website.  And it seems to make no difference to hackers that there’s nothing worth the effort!  I’ve checked my stats and it’s amazing how many times exploiters will try to gain access, for seemingly no reason.  There’s nothing worth hacking this site for, yet there are always attempts.

I’m thinking now that these attempts, many of them anyway, are folks just trying things out to see if they can do it.  I’ve been taking classes in ethical hacking and penetration testing, and while I’m certainly far from an expert, I can see the challenge, and understand the desire to just try!

My husband has forbidden me from hacking his system.  LOL!  I can log into his system any time I like!  But IT’S NOT THE SAME!  Being able to do it like a hacker is a challenge I am  thinking about all the time!  Nothing on there is private from me anyway, but it’s the principle of the thing!  Can I do it? I’m going to try, but not for a few weeks.  I need to know more.

It’s like a dare to a young kid!  Dare I?