January 17, 2007

Nearly Four Months

Yes, it HAS been nearly four months since I posted here.

I don't have any good excuses. I have reasons for my neglect, but in spite of being true, they are largely unconvincing. For what it's worth:

1. Let's start with the most stupid - but still truthful - reason I haven't blogged in four months.

I posted something that was extremely well intentioned, but it turned out to be something with unintended and potentially unpleasant consequences if seen by the wrong parties. I got an unexpectedly unpleasant dressing down for my trouble, and then spent a completely unreasonable number of hours and days trying to get the post in question deleted from my blog and from Google (for some reason when certain key words were entered in a search my little post was the first listing, right at the top of page 1). Google actually was not the problem - once I got the right info (thanks, Sis!), Google was very cooperative. Blogger, on the other hand, chose the (automated) position of "Go away and don't bother us," as their first, last and middle position.

So a good amount of my refusal to blog for four months was due to a passive aggressive response to that experience.

I never said I was reasonable.

2. I've been experiencing Health Issues. I don't want to get into that in detail, but I haven't had a lot of energy. So I've been parsing out my energy expenditures more conservatively, and blogging comes under "Non-Essential".

3. I've been busier lately with actual (paying) work. I need actual (paying) work right now. I need it a lot. When Push comes to Shove - as it so often does - actual (paying) work pwns blogging.

4. I've been busy doing things with The Kid. The Kid is getting busier and busier, and that means I have been getting busier and busier. This has involved:

a) A couple plays (me: transportation, attendence, volunteer work kid: performance)

b) Several recitals (me: attendence kid: performance)

c) A big charity/media event at the Mall of America that took entire weeks out of our lives (organizing, copying, shopping, transporting, marketing, training, meetings, etc). This kept us very busy, and caused us all a lot of anxiety for a while, but was a tremendously rewarding experience in the end. More about this can be found at The Kid's blog.

d) Transportation to and from + attendence at various classes (The Kid is Captain of his fencing team this year, how about that!), and

e) Organizing the homeschool front for a kid who is fast approaching his SAT's and his decisions about college. Urgh.

5. The holidays were in there somewhere. Lots of holiday activities and arrangements, because my family Does The Holidays.

6. My lovely Sis came from New Zealand to visit for nearly a week. I am SO glad she did, it was wonderful - but not conducive to spending time elsewise. Not that I cared. Sis pwns blogging.

7. My wonderful friend Susan From New York City came to visit for the main part of the holiday season. I LOVE it when Susan comes to visit, and as always, it was wonderful - but not always conducive to spending time elsewise. Not that I cared. Susan pwns blogging.

8. Somewhere in there I managed to spend some time harassing my husband and kid. I'm doing it right now, too - have you noticed my use of the term 'pwn'? The kid HATES that. I only use it so that I can watch him roll his eyes and huff and squirm (do you think that counts as 'physical education'?)

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Don't ask me why, with all these things going on, I couldn't think of anything to write about.

Did I mention that I'm not reasonable?



2 Comments:

Anonymous mamatulip said...

You've been in my thoughts -- I even asked Chris if she'd heard from you a few weeks ago. Glad to hear that things are relatively okay...sorry to hear about the health problems though.

1:24 PM  
Blogger mrspao said...

Yes, I've been wondering how you are too but figured you've been busy. Hope the health issues have been resolved.

2:28 PM  

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