*Tap, tap tap* Is this thing on?

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Well hello there. What’s new?

Today I found myself arguing with a four-year old over the way she holds scissors and why couldn’t she have learned to hold them properly at preschool this year. All of a sudden I could hear my father’s voice coming out of me and I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that while I may be many things, a teacher I am not. I did not, however, call her stupid so we can all be thankful for that.

This may seem like an odd thing to write about since I haven’t written a blog post in a really long time but… that’s all I’ve got. I’ve spent most of this evening reading about stain removal for laundry and creating a list of things I should buy for my laundry room if I ever hope for my family to have clothing that I am not embarrassed for them to wear. Did it really take me hours to read about stain removal? No. But, as always, reading about one thing leads to another and that is the way it is with the internet.

So, how was my ‘internet sabbatical’ you may ask? Not that interesting. I would have to call it more of a ‘blogging sabbatical’ since near the end I found myself on the internet more and more but managed to stay away from reading (and, obviously, writing) blogs. Pretty much all the information I want is stored on the internet so that is where I go when I am doing research on something (we don’t even bother keeping books like the Yellow Pages in the house).

The beginning was hard. I found that I kept thinking about things I wanted to blog about and I was tempted to make a list but in the end I avoided that. Making a list seemed like not living in the present which is what I was trying to do. One of the things I hoped to do was clean my house more – but not being on the internet didn’t magically make me a better housekeeper. In fact, mostly I just read in the evenings. I read a lot of books – and it was nice. I watched more movies with the Mister than I usually do and that pretty much sums up the last 100+ days.

Getting down to business.
Life during the last 100+ days:

  • Became seriously lost in Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicle. Both books were large and consuming. I think that took up the rest of the winter. Highly recommended if you like fantasy – but not if you like your novels to be less than 600 pages).
  • Moira turned four and we have been steadily working our way through the Little House On The Prairie series.
  • Fionnuala started putting words together and then jumped into full sentences like, “No, Daddy go get my sippy cup,” and “I DO IT MYSELF!” She calls herself Lula and sings non-stop.
  • The garden got planted, we bought some plum trees and there are eleventy billion sunflowers growing around our house.
  • I took a knitting class and made one sock. One. (Although to give myself a bit of credit, the yarn I was using was terrible and kept breaking and we had to throw it out to save my sanity and I refuse to buy more yarn until I’ve used up more of my stash – and that was the only sock yarn I owned).

I know much more than that happened but I didn’t take notes and honestly didn’t try to think too much about what life was like without blogging. Truth is I missed it, but maybe not as much as I thought I would? Truth is I’m still struggling with where I want this blog and my other blog to go. Truth is my house is still a mess and I could write more but I promised myself I would scrub out the kitchen skin before going to bed.

So tell me – what’s new with you?

  29 Replies to “*Tap, tap tap* Is this thing on?”

  1. June 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I got a new job and I’m inching ever closer to finishing my degree.

    I’m glad you’re back.

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Me too! I owe you a letter but I just couldn’t get one written before we left for Ontario. Soon!

  2. June 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The baby weighs 15 pounds and is quite adorable.

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      You should bring her over soon!

  3. Jocelyn
    June 23, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Welcome back! I’m so thrilled that Moira is reading the Little House on the Prairie books. Can’t wait!

    What’s new? Two jobs, now with dental. I wish I had something more to share than that.

    Have fun on you vacay!

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      Dental is good. Moira hates your jobs though – she wants you to herself.

  4. jac
    June 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Welcome back! The baby over here is six months old and crazy bald. She likes the dog, putting her hand in your mouth, and scratching at the cut-out bits in her board books.

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      All that hair gone! Moira went bald but it didn’t last long. Has her hair started growing in lighter? That’s what happened to Moira.

  5. Lectio's mom
    June 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Nice pic of the girls, growing up so fast! I remember Lectio reading, as she would pronounce it “Little House on the Peerier”, how she wanted to see the prairies, and now she lives here. Well, in the foothills, but still…hope you have a great summer!

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I never read the Little House books when I was little but I’m making up for it now. I have made Moira promise that when she learns to read I will still be allowed to read to her. : )

  6. June 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Yay! I’ve missed you! New baby over here (Eleanor, born June 5, adorable), Miss B just finished grade 3, the boys are like wolf pups, and my house is also a mess. The amount of laundry I do is staggering.

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Wolf pups – I love that description.

  7. June 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Glad you’re back! ‘Lula’ is a very sweet permutation and I love the sound of the garden. Pic when the sunflowers are blooming?

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you! I read your short story collection while on hiatus and one of these days will post about it on my other neglected blog.

      I promise lots of pics when the sunflowers bloom.

  8. June 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Welcome back 🙂 Nothing new happening here except for slightly more involved daydreams of what I want to try and do with my life with only very, very slightly more activity aimed at actually getting me closer to any of those daydreams. Had a couple of deaths in the family and a few colleagues have also lost people close to them in the last couple of months so it’s a strange mixture of trying not to fall back into a black hole of depression and really feeling the need to be seizing the day!
    Are you going to try drying some of the sunflowers for their seeds? 😀

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      We didn’t dry any of the sunflowers last year – we just left them out all winter. I suspect if we do that again this winter we will be over run with sunflowers next year so maybe I should dry some. Although I would much rather have a yard of sunflowers then grass and weeds.

  9. June 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Yay! Very glad you are back. Also, very glad that I can tell my husband about the results of your experiment so that I don’t have to do it. No blogging does not equal a cleaner house. 🙂

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Feel free to share my results with him. You need to start blogging again too!

  10. June 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    So glad you are back. I still checked daily to see if you changed your mind. New here? We are moving closer to our Waldorf school. Yippie!

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      That’s exciting Rachel. Will you still be on a farm?

  11. June 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    HI mama! Guess what name is on our list for #4…Moira! 🙂
    Go get sock yarn and finish that sock! Then move on and use up your stash.
    xo

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      My Moira wants to know when your #4 is due – she is very keen for you to use her name.

  12. Vivlish
    July 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Aww so sweet my daughter and yours share a nickname <3 They are nearly the same age…my Lula turned 2 at beginning of May. I bet they would get on like peas n carrots too.
    Glad to see you posting. I love your writing.
    Moira has the most beautiful hair and I love hearing she is into LH. I loved those books as a youngster myself. Asked my dad to call me Half Pint. 🙂

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      It’s been a couple weeks since I wrote this post and Fionnuala refers to herself as Lula all the time now. “This Lula’s water. This Lula’s book.” Sometimes it sounds like Nuala. It will be interesting to see what she decides on when she is older.

  13. July 11, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    One sock is better than no socks!
    I like your writing style a lot. Also, I’m a Canadian blogger too, so I like you just because.

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      While one sock IS better than no socks – it still leaves one foot very cold in our long Canadian winters.

  14. July 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

    hey you! glad to read you again. I picked up the first kingkiller a week ago, going to go to the library and get the second one tomorrow… thanks for the recommendation, am always looking for easy, enjoyable reads for after the girls go to bed.
    we have been trying to keep the fire going in our little log cabin since its winter here, collecting wood for said fire, bub is learning to read and it’s amazing, looking forward to moving into our new house that we’ve just bought with the proceeds of the sale of our place in vancouver and all sorts of other stuff. oh, and I got my driver’s license at 35 years old – what?!

    • July 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you. And I’m glad you are enjoying the Kingkiller books. Of course, now you too have to wait YEARS for the final one to come out – and this is supposed to be just to bring us up to the present. Apparently there is another trilogy for what happens after we get caught up. I hate waiting.

  15. July 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Welcome back to blogging! The overarching new thing in my life is that husband and I started working the Summer Shift again, circa April. (Our lives are consumed with work until October-ish, so forgive me if I am mostly MIA until then.)

    I guess I should have expected that 100 days away from blogging wouldn’t be as dramatic or catastrophic as I feared. Still doesn’t make me want to give it a try, though. 😉

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