So I’ve had this blog for a couple of years now.

I’m not even going to pretend that I understand most of the technical part of how it works. But I’m willing to poke around and look things up and read about whatever it is that I need to do. This usually works pretty well.

There are, however, a few things that I just don’t understand about my blog. I’ve tried to figure these out, but I’m coming up blank. And I’m really frustrated because I can’t get my blog to behave the way I want it to.

I don't get it.So perhaps some of you out there can help me. I’ve met a lot of great bloggers in the last couple of years. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been introduced to even more. Surely someone out there has some experience with this stuff.

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It’s been a week.

So many things going on here I can’t even sort them out quite right. But it’s good. It’s a good kind of whirlwind to be caught up in.

Let’s get to it because I still have about fifteen things to finish tonight.

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First, I have to be pretty happy about the fact that the writing is flowing both here and outside of this space. I got three non-TToT posts in last week. (Honestly, some weeks that’s been the only thing that keeps me afloat here at all.) This week I had words go up four times, I think. And there is more to come.

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Well, I think we may finally be up and running smoothly for the year.

Even with a snow day Monday and Kidzilla home not feeling well Tuesday, the regular routine seems to be in place once again. And maybe even with some improvements in the works – who knows?

I’m excited to get this list finished and linked, so that’s all the creative intro you get from me this week. Let’s get going…

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Our start to the New Year has been a very soft landing.

I think I first heard the term used in conversation when one of Kidzilla’s preschool teachers talked about giving the children a “soft landing” routine in the morning. At the time I thought, “OK whatever,” but it’s actually a nice concept. And here in our post-holiday time, it feels very much like a soft landing.

For starters, Zilla and the Hub don’t go back to school and work until the fifth of January, so we still have a few days to relax and enjoy this time off. Some years, life starts up again right on January second and that always feels a little harsh. This way, we get to ease back into the routine.

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We have been busy here, friends!

I have to tell you this. I can’t remember quite enjoying the time leading up to the holidays as much as I am this year. It’s different. I could ramble on here for a few paragraphs about all the specifics of why, but I’m not going to. Let me just sum it up by saying that what I’ve spent my life doing for the last many years was preventing me from actually living my life.

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I love this new life. I love having the ability to be available for my Daughter and my Husband – and for myself, actually – in a way I just haven’t been able to for a very long time. I love that I can make my own hours. I love that every aspect of my health has improved dramatically since making this change. There is no question that freeing myself of the negativity of the last several years was the right choice.

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Let’s take a little trip. Today I am honored to be guest barding over at The Well-Tempered Bards poetry blog. Thanks to Zoe and Lizzi for having me in their space. Click over and take a peek! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  

Saturday was the feast of St. Nicholas.

My Daughter woke to find her shoes filled with clementines and chocolate truffles with pretty wrapping and of course she was delighted. When else does a child get a treat for not putting away their shoes at night? She positively floated to our room that morning,

I am sometimes bothered by all the excitement over getting something that is pervasive at this time of year. Who could blame a kid, really? It is fun to receive presents and children are still so egocentric at this stage of development. It’s asking a lot to suggest that a six year old put the idea of giving to others before the prospect of what might show up under the tree. But her excitement about the St. Nicholas treats was truly more about the magic of it all than the actual stuff.

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