Sometimes it’s nice to take a look at where we’ve been.

Every now and then I take a look through photo albums, old letters, piles of filing in my office that need to be handled…but I haven’t done much backward observation here on my blog. Today’s as good a day as any, so come along with me and let’s visit the ghosts of blog posts past…

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Words, words everywhere and not a one to post.

I have been writing my little fingers off lately. Truly. The lack of posts here tells a different tale. Granted, I did admit the other day that much of the writing has been going elsewhere, off the blog. But still. I don’t like when this space sits empty.

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I’ve felt rather bothered for the greater part of today. Bothered perhaps by the fact that I have all these words and none that I want to call complete enough to hit that publish button. It’s not that they’re complicated or profound or anything else. They’re just…incomplete.

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The Internet swallowed me.

It seriously did. I hopped on the social media bandwagon and then…overwhelm. So many people – so many good people – to meet. And so many really amazing things to read. I couldn’t keep up. So I buried my head in the sand, stepped back, and said “whoa.” I am truly so excited to “meet” and talk with so many great bloggers. I just feel like I can’t possibly read everything, tweet everything, follow everybody…yikes!

I’ll get there. Baby steps.

I love what it’s doing for the #1000Speak campaign, though. There is so much good out there and to see it all come through that Facebook page…it’s also overwhelming, but in a whole different way. A good way.

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So while the Internet was gnawing on me, I was writing my little fingers off. Not posting any of it, mind you, but writing my little fingers off. It’s all coming, I promise. Well some of it – a lot of the writing is for the books, not the blog. But I still owe you a smoothie story and the two soups. I’m way behind on Soup of the Week. I have some more of Kidzilla’s wisdom to share, and lots more in process in the drafts box.

So here’s what’s been happening around here this week. The thankfuls are all here…

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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! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~