“So, you went to sleep a year ago, and then what happened?”
My friend Melanie, the miniatures artist turned travel writer turned certified wine expert, asked me this during a phone call last week. We haven’t connected in real time since about a year ago, so she was right.
What a year.
I’ve been busy, to say the least, and using my writing and creativity in ways that distracted me from the blog. Lately, though, I have been getting that familiar urge. It goes something like this:
I have a thought, and it is bigger than all the other thoughts. “I need to write about this right now,” I say to myself, but the opportunity to dash to my home office and open up a new post like I used to do hasn’t happened until…now.
I was inspired to draft this by a quandary: which people from work should go on my Christmas card list this year?
That seems pretty random in the context of this blog, since I haven’t posted in 7 months! I feel compelled to draft the backstory. Who are my coworkers? Why is this a quandary in the first place? What are you even up to? You left us hanging from March to November? And isn’t this a mommy blog?
All that is to say I’ll be back.
Self help. I had a year full of turmoil starting at the end of 2017. Deaths, losses, internal strife, a job change, a fire. One stressful situation after another, and I reached a point at which I had to do something to strengthen myself against the next blow. After all, I'm the matriarch, and people depend on me. For a long time I depended on a quiet morning, a cup of coffee, writing in my … [Read More...]
Happy New Year Oh, hi! Yep, I'm still here. It's been a while. It's been several months and a handful of big life events. I just read my last post...from July! Is that the longest I've ever gone without publishing here? It seems comical to me now, this idea of setting goals last summer, and making incremental changes in my life to move towards achieving them. There's certainly a lot … [Read More...]
Lots of people do their goal-setting at the end of the year, or the beginning of the year, or near the end or the beginning of their financial year. I just realized I do mine while on summer vacation. That makes sense, right? After all, I've always lived by the school calendar, even when I wasn't in school and didn't have kids in school. But this year, on my annual visit to my hometown, I paid … [Read More...]
What do you when Mother's Day sucks? I don't have high expectations for gifts or favors on special occasions. My husband isn't much of a planner or a big-gesture kind of guy, and try as I might to set the example for my kids, when it comes around to my birthday or Mother's Day, it doesn't seem to have taken. One year my husband actually forgot my birthday, something that can only happen … [Read More...]