it’s not entirely about blogging

Every time I read an old blog post I wish I blogged more. Does everyone love reading their own writing? I have no idea, but I sure do. I’m not even sure what exactly I like about it…I like being reminded of things that happened with the kids, but I also like reading content that’s not about the kids, even the most mundane things are interesting to me. Maybe because they happened to me?

Ironically, I also hate writing (and reading) blog posts about blogging, which is what I’m doing right now, but I’m here because I’ve decided to that I’ve just got to do it. Just blog. Just make it happen. It doesn’t have to be every day, or even every week. I just want to get to back to a state where I can accurately say “I blog” (not to be confused with “I have a blog”).

So, to prevent this post from being entirely about blogging, and to start the ball rolling, I’ll dive right in.

I’m sitting in a hotel room in Toronto (third time I’ve been in this particular hotel in the past three months) waiting to Skype with the kids. I’ve been doing about a week’s travel for December, January and February, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve enjoyed the work, I’ve enjoyed the break from “home duties”, and I enjoy Toronto. Not that I’ve seen that much of it — I take the subway to work which involves me being outside for about two blocks. But I have walked around downtown a bit.

A week seems like the perfect amount of time to be away (for me…Greg may say something different). I typically have been leaving on Sunday and coming back Friday, and compared to the 16-day trips to Saudi, this is a cake walk. I miss my family, but just in that “it’ll be really nice to see them and hug them” way, not in the “oh my god I’m on the other side of the world and I feel so disconnected” way.

The other thing I’ve noticed is the more I fly, the less nervous I get (which statistically doesn’t make sense, because the more I fly the more chance I have of crashing). Sure, if I sit there on the plane thinking about how much distance is between me and the ground, I can work myself up a bit, but I can also easily distract myself. So really it becomes almost an enjoyable activity, especially if I have a good book or I can find a good movie.

This trip is likely the last one for a while, but I’m hoping I can still go away periodically. It makes for a nice change from being in the office.

Now I’m off to Skype with the kids…and tomorrow night I can give them that hug.


I have lots to write about and have been unable to write it — I think because there’s so much and it’s all unrelated, I don’t know how to start. As I was running this morning I realize I treat blogging like I used to treat scrapbooking — everything had to be done in chronological order, and everything had to be compartmentalized (i.e. in a scrapbook). I got over that, and while I can’t say I’ve steamed forward with the scrapbooks, I can say I now do things out of order and there are (oh my!) pages done that are NOT in books.

So I’m going to take a similar approach to blogging. I’ve got a bunch of things to write about, some big, some small, and I’m just going to start with what I feel like writing and go from there. And if one entry has multiple unrelated things, so be it.

So my initial list of “tidbits” is (I’ll cross off each one I’ve done and add more as I think of them…and if I get up to 30 I’m going to kick myself for not saving this for NaBloPoMo):

E’s first few days of kindergarten
A’s reaction to kindergarten
My reaction to kindergarten
– A’s September transition
– My 25 days off
Jen and Emily
– Turning 40
– Vegas
– Work travel
– Work merger

i’m not sure i’ll have time for this!

I have now done two guest posts for Awesome Mommies (the second one is here), and they have asked me to come on as a regular blogger. I am feeling pretty good about this — I have always loved writing, and to have some positive feedback from people I don’t know means a lot.

They asked me to post once a week. Much as I would love to do that, I have enough trouble getting my “real” job done (that would apply to both my professional life and my personal life) in the hours allotted to me, so I will be posting every two weeks instead. It’ll be a bit of a challenge, both finding the time and thinking up topics, but I think I’m up for it. The thing about posting on a site that’s not my own is I take a bit more time with my posts and actually think more about my structure, audience, grammar etc. It’s good for my brain.

So stay tuned!

the facebook challenge

I don’t do Facebook. As you can see from this post, two years ago I couldn’t articulate why. I’ve thought about it a lot since then, and I don’t like Facebook because I believe it gives people an easy mechanism to act inappropriately. Specifically, abusing a relationship by having an inappropriate online relationship with someone else. Having been stung by this in the past, I’m a bit sensitive about it. But the internet in general gives people that ability, not Facebook specifically. So it’s not a very good argument.

It’s gotten so that I’m almost proud of the fact that I don’t have a Facebook account…that I’ve barely even seen what it looks like. Which is ridiculous because what is there to be proud of? There are things I should be proud of in my life and being anti-Facebook is NOT one of them.

So…and I say this with great hesitation…I’m considering it. I’ve had two kicks in the pants over the past 24 hours that have got me into this state. First, my dear friend K is torturing me by telling me she’s been posting every day on Facebook recently (I probably don’t even have the lingo right…do you “post” on Facebook?). Then there’s my dear friend B who tells me a tear-jerker story about how she reconnected with an old neighbour through Facebook — someone who was very near and dear to her heart.

With that in mind, I have a plan. If I can get ten comments on this post each telling me a story about how Facebook has affected you positively, I’ll at least take a good look over someone’s shoulder and see what I’m missing. I’m not committing to anything, I’m just saying I’ll seriously consider it. And I’m not talking about reconnecting with some long-lost third cousin, exchanging three messages with them and promptly forgetting about them again. I want some solid stuff here.

And you can post more than one comment. Because I know at least one of you has two stories to share.

lox-flavoured cream cheese, ham and dijonnaise

I purposely didn’t blog yesterday because I’m OCD enough that I thought it might lead into a whole how-long-can-I-keep-this-daily-posting-going thing, which would just stress me out. I even googled “world record blogging”, which wasn’t too helpful, but I was curious.

However, I actually enjoyed posting every day (except the one time I forgot and had to get out of my warm bed), so I’m going to try to post more often. I’ve discovered that I can usually come up with something to say, and this move has certainly provided some content ideas. Plus, three of my readers have voiced how they will miss my daily posts, and since that’s probably half my readership, I may as well listen to them. Although I’ll have to ask them again in a month if they’d still miss me if I disappeared into the ether.

So…on with today’s post. Today I took Yoshi for a neighbourhood walk with Amy in the backpack. I wanted to check out Highrock Park (also referred to as Cairn Park).

My first nice surprise was how warm it was out. The thermometer outside our house read a balmy 17 degrees. I actually took of my jacket before I even left the house.

My second nice surprise was the park. Wow, Esquimalt is good to it’s dog-owning residents. Highrock is an off-leash park, and it was beautiful. It’s small (just under 12 acres), but there is a path to the top of a hill (elevation about 235 feet) that provides a 360 degree view of Greater Victoria. The link above provides some pictures that give you some idea of the view.

Most of the paths are paved, so very stroller-friendly, but there are lots of side paths with little rock outcrops that Elliot will have lots of climbing over. And there’s a big open field as well.

My third nice surprise was how close the park is to the house. I had walked to an entrance that was about a kilometre from the house, but as I explored the park I realized there were multiple entrances, one that is just a couple of blocks from our house.

I’m thinking I won’t miss Macaulay Point quite as much as I thought I would.

Oh, and the title of this post has nothing to do with the content. It’s just the ingredients to a bagel sandwich that I made for Greg tonight for dinner. We walked down to “town” tonight to watch the Esquimalt Christmas parade, so we did sandwiches for dinner. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I made his.

finishing up

Continuing with the blogging thread from yesterday (I’m trying to have some continuity in these daily posts, but it’s hopeless…), one thing I always have trouble with is ending my posts. I usually can type something up pretty quickly, but when I proofread it, it always seems as if it’s missing an ending. One final statement that brings everything to a close. I don’t know why I worry about it, what with my vast and judgemental readership and all, but I do.

Maybe that’s why people put those stupid questions at the end of their posts — so they can tie things up.

i am nuts

I’ve decided to unofficially participate in National Blog Posting Month. Because I’m going to have so much time, what with all the purging, packing and parenting I also have to do in the upcoming month.

My only rule for myself, other than blogging every day in November, is that I have to say something of note. It doesn’t have to be anything eloquent, or anything lengthy, but it does have to be actual content.

I was also thinking of giving up chai lattes for the month of November, but that would be going overboard.