Archives for November 2006

One Year Later

As a general rule, I’m an all-or-nothing sort of girl. I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time living in the happy medium, and I think that’s one reason why I’m kind of shocked that I’ve actually stuck with blogging for a whole year – and that I’ve found a way to make it a part of my life without letting it take over my life.

Who knew?

I certainly have had my moments of pure obsession – moments where I could hardly break away from the computer long enough to go to the bathroom, moments where I sat down “just to check on the blog” and then finished what I was doing an hour or so later, realizing that Alex had watched not one, not two, but THREE shows in a row on Noggin, and in those moments I shook my head, chastised myself, and then found solace in the fact that at least Noggin doesn’t show commercials.

(You wanna go toe-to-toe with me in the Mother Of The Year competition? I think it’s pretty clear that I’ve got a lock on the title.)

But in the last six months or so, I think my blogging habits have leveled out a little bit. I’ve tried to find a middle ground.

And do you know what? It’s been good.

So in keeping with my realization that I don’t want to be so busy writing about my life that I forget to live it, I’m going to mark the one year anniversary of BooMama by taking a bit of a bloggy break. We’re moving in just a few days, and there are lots of things that I need to take care of here on the homefront. I’m sure y’all have realized that I lead a Terribly Glamorous Life, and as proof of that I am going to dedicate a couple of days to cleaning out our laundry room, packing up our basement and hauling boxes to the new place.

Be sure to look for coverage in next week’s People magazine!

Now I believe that it’s in the Blog Bylaws that you have to list some of your most memorable posts after a year of blogging (and by “Blog Bylaws,” what I really mean is “Shannon said it”). So here’s a little something to keep you busy while I’m gone:

Thanks, y’all, for everything.

It’s been a mighty good year.

And I’m more grateful than I can say.

See you in a few days.

As It Turns Out, The Blog Is Also Moving

Last weekend when Heather offered to do a re-design on my blog, I mentioned to her in an email that I’d actually purchased a domain name several months ago, but I hadn’t done anything with it because, well, I didn’t know what to do.

And I am not kidding y’all: within about thirty minutes, Heather had switched me to WordPress, arranged for web hosting, and started the re-design so that I could have it all ready for my one-year blogiversary.

Which just happens to be tomorrow.

(I am pausing so that you can sing, “Happy Blogiversary, Baby – I got chu on my mi-ind.”)

(And don’t kid yourselves. Saying “chu” is very critical to the meaning of the song. “You” simply will not do.)

Anyhoo.

I’ve spent a large portion of this afternoon (thanks to Alex, who is currently in the middle of the Longest Nap Of His Life) trying to find my way around WordPress, trying to figure out how to make links, and trying not to go into a Twitching Fit because oh have mercy there are features that I don’t understand or know how to use.

In the meantime, while I’m trying to keep the twitching at bay, there is one pesky bit-o-business for those of you who subscribe to BM: The Blawg. You’ll need to update the feed to your subscription – which you can do by clicking the little button in the left sidebar if you use Bloglines, or you can update however you normally would if you use another feed reader. But after this post I won’t be updating the Blogger blog anymore (cue: single tear rolling down my cheek), and oh, I would hate for us to lose touch since we’ve become So Close in these last few months and all.

I mean, I know that I’m like, moving or, like, whatever, but we’ll, like, totally stay in touch.

‘Kay?

Best Friends Forever!

See y’all soon.

Look! I Posted A Picture!

The learning curve, it is long.

Look! I Posted A Picture!

Your Eyes Are Not Deceiving You

I know everything looks really different – but I’m getting ready for a few changes in this little corner of the blawg-o-sphere. Except it won’t be THIS corner, exactly – it’ll be a different corner – and I hope y’all will come hang out in the new corner with me.

:-)

More details soon!

Because I Love Me A Post-Thanksgiving Bargain

I don’t know if any of y’all are interested, but Home Depot has six and a half foot pre-lit Christmas trees for $29.99 – and then you can mail in a rebate and get a $30.00 Home Depot gift card.

Which means that you get a tree AND make a penny.

What could be better?

D got up this morning and bought one for us – I decided that it would be a great thing to put in the den off of our new kitchen, and I’m going to hang all of our Christmas cards on it.

Which is about as close to crafty as I’ll ever get. But I’m tickled that I actually thought of a holiday-themed decorating idea.

If you don’t have a Home Depot in your area, click here and you can order one online.

Merry Christmas!

(I love being able to say that so much that I think I’ll say it again.)

Merry Christmas!

Thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands-down, but this year I’m feeling a bit of bloggy pressure to write some Deeply Touching Treatise on thankfulness, something in which I repeatedly use the word “autumnal” while describing the vast range of colors one can find in a single maple leaf as it basks in the rays of a golden harvest sun.

(I don’t know if y’all have caught on to this or not, but Descriptive Word Pictures aren’t really my thing, seeing as how I have the vocabulary of your average eighth grader, not to mention the fact that I’m far too literal to compare that ever-changing maple leaf to, say, a cocoon, because for one thing there’s only one way I know how to describe a maple leaf (ORANGE!), cocoons really gross me out, and I believe my usage of the phrase “gross me out” brings us right back to what I was saying about my eighth grade vocabulary.)

So I will not be discussing nature in this post, is all I’m saying.

Limited descriptive powers aside, I have so much to be thankful for – an embarrassment of riches, in fact. And those riches have absolutely nothing to do with money or houses or cars or even my beloved DirecTV / TiVo combination. Instead, those riches have everything to do with faith and family and friends…and when I start to think about the people I love and the people who love me, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m blessed beyond measure.

Not to mention: the blawg.

Almost a year ago, I sat in the rocking chair in our guest bedroom while keeping one eye on Alex in the bathtub, and I wrote my first blog post. It wasn’t anything special – just about the events of the day – and I wrote it with no audience in mind, fully believing that no one would ever read it besides D and me.

(Perhaps now you’ll understand why my sideline business in fortune telling isn’t really all that successful. I’m not very strong with the predictions.)

I guess what I’m saying is this: I had no idea that this blog would turn out to be such an incredible blessing in my life. I had no idea that people would, you know, read it. But I am forever humbled and forever grateful that you do…and your encouragement, your emails, your comments, and your friendships have been life-changing for me. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that.

All week long a song that we sometimes sing at our church has been running through my head, and while I wanted so badly to be able to share a recording of it with y’all, I can’t find one on this here interweb (and they say it’s useful – HMMMPH!).

But I did find the lyrics – I think they’re beautiful on their own.

For all that You’ve done, I will thank You
For all that You’re going to do
For all that You’ve promised and all that You are
Is all that has carried me through
Jesus, I thank You

and I thank You
thank You,
Lord
and I thank You
thank You

Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You
Jesus, I thank You
I gratefully thank You
And I thank You

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.