Thanks to everyone who commented and entered my giveaway! The winner is…
Congratulations, Christina! I’ll send you a note to find out where to send your goodies!
Thirteen years ago I was sitting in my cubicle in a Norwalk, CT office. (Next to the Chick in the Kitchen, actually!) I’d just grabbed a coffee on the way in to work and decided that this was the day I was going to purchase a domain. It was a big deal back in those days! I had an online journal, but was curious about this thing called “Blogger” and wanted my own space on the web.
I tossed a few ideas around in my head and then I looked down on my desk and saw something that resembled this:
And that was the beginning of a crazy journey through this world of blogging. I started out using Blogger, moved over to pMachine (which is still my favorite blogging platform of all the applications I’ve used), and made my way to WordPress somewhere around 2006. I’ve “met” more creative, wonderful people than I can count. Many of these online friendships developed into honest-to-God real friendships and I can’t imagine my life without them.
My blog has seen me through my wedding, the birth of three children, the purchase of our current home, the purchase and sale of a wine shop, taking up scrapbooking (oh, remember the recipe swaps?) and eventually giving it up because there just wasn’t the time anymore, learning to knit, learning to sew, learning to crochet, and many other crafty pursuits. I’ve blogged about sleepless nights, my kids’ milestones, what I’m making for dinner, what I wish I was making for dinner, and many boring stories about “a day in the life.”
I “quit” once. Went on hiatus several times. Changed the name once. (Anyone remember “Parapluie”?) Went private for a while. Deleted and started with a clean slate a few times (but oh, to have all those archives… if I’d only known).
Somehow I can’t imagine not having a blog, especially after all this time. It’s nuts, I know. And I’ll bet that the people I know in real life who know about this blog probably think it’s totally weird. But that’s OK! The people who know me in real life already know that I’m weird in general
Anyway, it’s hard to imagine that if my blog was a person, she’d have her period and be thinking about boys in between writing bad poetry and painting her toenails. Especially since I wasn’t sure I’d even make it through the year when I first hit that “submit” button.
To celebrate this occasion, I’m hosting a giveaway right here, right now!
Please make sure that you use a valid e-mail address when filling out the comment form. If I can’t get in touch with you, I can’t send you the goodies! So. I bet you want to know what I’ve put together, right? Well, it’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I chose items that sort of encompass bits of my personality. Kinda like Oprah’s Favorite Things. Only I’m not Oprah and… well, this is on a much smaller scale Anyway, on to the giveaway!
Good luck and thanks so much for reading!
Well just like that a couple weeks go by and you forget all about blogging! Actually, it’s been on my “to do” list for several days now, but I just have been too busy to get to it. I know I keep saying that I’m really going to pay more attention to my blog, but with the back-to-school schedule ironed out and things moving along nicely, I really mean it!
In the meantime, how about a laundry list of what’s new?
Hope your September is off to a great start!
Yay! My husband is homeward-bound today, returning to NY from a week in Kansas City (both Missouri AND Kansas). You know Drew, he can’t go anywhere without his music and he managed to cram his ukulele into his carry-on bag. Even better, he actually posted videos on Facebook of new stuff he was working on in the hotel room! That’s my guy.
He probably was also trying to figure out if he could save on super champ x2 hd at guitar center. My guy does a lot of window shopping But what will be super exciting is that he has a new (used) guitar waiting to be opened when he gets home. He found a deal on one he’s been drooling over for ages. I know exactly how he’ll be spending his weekend!
Although I knew yesterday’s date was July 31, when I woke up this morning and changed the calendar page to August it still took me by surprise. While we’re still certainly in the midst of summer, August just seems so close to fall. But I’m going to squeeze every last drop out of summer vacation, and thankfully we live in an area of the country where kids don’t go back to school until September. So I’m trying not to occupy myself with pumpkins and scarecrows just yet.
It’s been such a weird week with Drew and Jacob gone! Although I have to say, FaceTime is a wonderful, amazing thing. We’ve been able to chat with Drew, and the kids love it. Just two more sleeps and everyone will be home — yay!
Tuesday night we had a bit of unexpected excitement. One of our cats, Pepper, is always trying to sneak outside. They’re indoor cats and really we’d prefer it that way, so this has caused a few problems. Well, I’d just made last-minute plans to visit with a friend when I heard the UPS truck pull up. Without thinking, I opened the door to get the package and Pepper ran out into the bushes.
I spent 20 minutes running through brush, pricker vines, lost a flip-flop in the process, and decided that I just wasn’t going to be able to catch her. So I got the kids ready and as I opened the garage door, in walked The Escape Artist. So we quickly shut it and got her into the basement. What an ordeal! Luckily, my friend had a glass of wine and plenty of laughs waiting for me when we finally got there.
Anyway! I need to get going. Looks like it might rain so I want to bring in my kitchen floor mats, which I left hanging over the deck railing overnight, while I’m thinking about it. But I’ll be back later with a recipe!
Or, more accurately, afternoons and green tea frappucinos. I’ve been craving one of these for quite a while and the kids and I were having a “treat day” so to speak, therefore I found it perfectly reasonable to indulge. Drew is halfway across the country at a conference, Jake is at Boy Scout camp (sleepaway) this week, so it’s just me, Noah, and Laura.
Clearly I’ve just not been in the blogging mood lately. But I figured it’s a new week, so I’d try to jumpstart my mojo and take part in Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday!
The weather….. I am loving this week’s weather! Highs are in the low 80s, the humidity has gone way down… I’d be thrilled if the rest of the summer was like this.
Right now I am…. Having a glass of wine and contemplating whether or not I’m hungry enough to heat up a cup of soup for dinner. Yesterday I made a big batch of my creamy chicken noodle soup, but we had a big lunch out so I’m not terribly hungry. Maybe after the kids are in bed.
Thinking…. About what to do tomorrow. I think we’ll go to story hour at the library and I have a little cleaning to do, but not much. Boy, with two people gone there is so much less laundry and fewer messes!
On my reading pile…. I borrowed Medium Raw by Tony Bourdain from the library, but I haven’t started it yet.
On my TV….. Not much. Mostly I’ve been watching “CSI: NY” from the beginning. Maybe I’ll give “Orange is the New Black” a try, but considering how stupid “Weeds” got toward the end, I don’t know if I’ll get into it.
What I found while surfing the net…. Hmm. I can’t really think of anything! Guess I’ve been spending less time online (a good thing!)
On the menu for this week…. Since it’s just me and two of the kiddos, honestly I didn’t put a lot of thought into our menu. I think we’ll have breakfast for dinner one night (bacon & blueberry pancakes), I have some chicken thighs to grill (Jake and Drew don’t really care for dark meat, so this would be the perfect week to make them), probably hamburgers one night, and I’ll figure out the rest.
On my to do list….
- load of laundry
- wash the floor
- bring clothing donations to the dropbox
- start planning the boys’ birthday party
- finish purchasing school supplies
In the craft basket…. I’m still chugging away on my granny stripe blanket. I usually get at least one stripe (2 rows) done a night.
Looking forward to this week…. Some laid-back time with N & L, and not having to really do anything or be anywhere. I’m also looking forward to my guys coming home at the end of the week!!!
Looking around the house…. The cats are being really pesty, knocking things around and driving me crazy. I also have to finish tidying up before bed — some toys and art supplies need to be put back in the proper places, and a few dishes need to go in the cupboard.
From the camera…. Don’t you just love this spoon rack my dad make for me? A friend of mine took a photo of something similar (though a bit more prim in style) when she was at the Country Living Fair back in June. I knew my dad could make one so I hinted and he brought this down to me over the weekend! One of my friends gave me the brilliant idea to hang coffee cups from it, and I think that’s exactly how I’ll use it!
On my prayer list….. My son Jake at Boy Scout camp. This is his first time away from home where he isn’t staying with family, and I’m hoping he is having a great time as well as staying safe! I’m sure he is, but as a mom it’s my job to worry
Hope your week is off to a great start and I’ll try to see if I can get my creativity back!
I am loving this week! The weather has gotten cooler and I’ve gotten my house cleaned and organized. Laura was with her grandmother for a few days, which gave us some more relaxed time with the boys. Yesterday we did some tie-dying, which was really fun! It’s been so long since I’ve done that.
The kitties are still obsessed with the birds nesting in my geranium plant. I got a video of our very loud, very little feathered friend last night. It so funny watching the cats go crazy when one of them perches on the railing.
I also have gotten back to my granny stripe blanket. I don’t really have a pattern for the colors. It’s more of a “stash-buster” project for my odds and ends, but it’s easy and I’m happy with it so far.
Since the weather has cooled a bit and it’s not quite as humid I decided to use up some leftovers in the fridge and make beef stew for dinner. The garlic-cheddar biscuits, however, were the real hit
As for tonight, I plan to work on my blanket a little more, maybe have some anise cookies and a cup of tea, and watch some TV. Tomorrow I have a bunch of errands to run and I need to finish getting Jake packed for Boy Scout Camp. Have a wonderful evening!