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Kickin’ some sass.

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A couple of months on hiatus and I’m back. Look for changes, not just in the look of the blog, but in the attitude, the focus, and the results. I’m ready to kick some sass. Details to come in the next day or two. Saddle up and let’s ride!

Last call

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I’ve been away for a few days, in a place where I had no internet access, where phone reception was kind of sketchy, and where I didn’t miss any of it at all. The most modern tech I got was using a stove, a coffeemaker, and my blowdryer. That even seemed a little much. There was a movie night and it was nice having a TV, but that was the only time it was on the three days I was with my friends.

I didn’t miss the blog, either, or Facebook or email or surfing endlessly to no purpose other than frittering my time–and my life–away. None of these are inherently wrong or bad, and I’m not suggesting everyone become Luddites, but really. Did not miss them at all. I’ve been catching up on my email and I’ve looked at my Facebook stuff since my return, the email because I sort of need to be in contact with some folks, and the Facebook because it’s there. It seems kind of silly to me right now. I do use it to keep up with my widely scattered friends, but I’m thinking I don’t need to be there every day.

As far as the blog goes–well, I’ve said it before. I think I’ve gone as far as I can or should with it. It’s served a purpose, and a fine one at that, but it’s time to move on from it. I have other plans, other goals, other needs. It’s time to go in a different direction. This will be my last post.

I’m grateful to everyone who has read the blog, who has commented, who has offered support and encouragement. I thank you for that.

To the one who holds my heart–you will until the end, babe.

 

Break

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I’ll be taking a blog break until after the new year begins. I’ll be deciding, too, whether or not I’m ready to let the blog go entirely some time after the new year. Whatever I decide, there are other ways to stay in contact with me, if you so choose, and I hope you will want to.

I know it’s traditional in blogland to do a year in review, but I’m breaking with that. I’ll simply say that for me, 2013 was in some ways pretty great. In other ways, not so much. That’s true of any year, really, but I’m ready to say good-bye to this year and look ahead to what’s to come in 2014.

I wish you all a very happy New Year, and hope it will bring you at least some of what your heart yearns for. I hope the same for me. Be well, be happy, and do some good for someone else.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Christmas Day

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A simple but heartfelt wish–peace, love, and joy to you all.

Christmas Eve

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Gifts are wrapped and under or on the tree now, I have only one or two stocking gifts for my girls to take care of–and let me just say here that Aunt Santa will spoil those girls a little bit if she wants to–my roots are touched up, more or less, and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be for Christmas. I haven’t put out a single decoration, though I might later, and I’m deeply grateful that there’s been no Christmas music, which around here is the same two albums over and over and over.

My roommate is the Scrooge this year. I won’t offer details, but she’s cranky as hell. Merry Christmas, y’all. I’m kind of cheerfully ambivalent about the whole thing, grateful about the no music thing and that it’s relatively a low-key event this year and that the end of December means spring is that much closer. I’ll take that and be glad.

I have a lot to be glad of, from the critters I’m taking care of right now to my own critter, from a lovely evening out last night with one of my dearest friends, to a lunch date the day after tomorrow with other dear friends, to a wider circle of friends whose company is easy and fun and uplifting, to knowing mine is a pretty damn steadfast heart. I have loved, and continue to love, more deeply than I’d ever imagined, and though we are not together, that knowledge is still quite something. That’s sort of what this season is about, too, isn’t it? Love and gladness. So while I may be ambivalent about the holiday itself, I embrace the spirit of the season.

Love and joy come to you. That’s my wish for you all.

 

Frozen

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Cold. Very cold. It’s still below zero at just after 11:00 a.m. and though I’d rather stay in today and avoid the extreme cold, I have cats in my care and I still have that last bit of shopping to do. The sun’s out, which is nice, but it’s not adding a whole lot of warmth to the day. Thank goodness for the longies–they’ll certainly help!

I woke mildly panicked, thinking I’d somehow forgotten some of the critters currently in my care, and then I panicked some more when I couldn’t lay my hands on the keys to the various houses where I’m critter sitting. I found them, but clearly, I need to have a single place where those keys go once I’m back in the house. I’m all for getting the heart going, but that’s kind of the wrong way to go about it.

I’m off to shower and head out into the frozen tundra. Be safe, wherever you may be, and make it a great day, all!

After the solstice

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It’s the day after the solstice and a gradual return to more daylight, and it could not be more welcome. Although the gloomy days have been few, so far, I’m still craving light. I’ll always crave light, I think.

It was a busy day yesterday, with recovery from the night before foremost (game night = drinks = a somewhat overserved me), and pet-sitting duties (two cats and a dog, plus a meet-up with a new client and two more cats added to the calendar for later next week), as well as driving Mom around some. The icy conditions on Friday made getting out on her own somewhat uncertain, though it was clear after a stop or two that she would have been fine alone. Still, better safe than sorry.

It’s a little more relaxed today–just two kitters on the calendar–and I’m hoping for a bit of a walk, too. I could use one. I’m also mapping out the plan of attack for tomorrow so I can get all of my shopping done with the least difficulty. I don’t typically wait this late in the month to do it, but whatever–I guess I had other things on my mind. It’ll get done.

It’s Festivus Eve–do you have your pole ready? Mine’s going up later today. I’m looking forward to airing my grievances!

Happy Sunday, and happy Festivus Eve! Make it a great day, all!