The Return of the Prodigal BloggerPosted: November 26, 2013
Okay, so it’s been a while. It’s been so long that I’ve probably lost most of my original readership. With the exception of some loyal family members, I get to start from scratch. I’ll try to see it as an opportunity.
I don’t want to get into too much detail as to why I’ve been so absent from my blog, but in case there are still some die-hard followers, I’d like to give a little explanation. I will sum up, for anyone who is wondering, the events of the last year:
Last April, my husband and I bought a house, which was a long, arduous, and tooth-gritting process. My heart was broken twice by things that could not be. We successfully acquired a house on our third try, which was in the town we really had hoped to live in all along, unlike the first two.
Some sad things have happened. During the final part of our real estate debacle, I had to watch the sudden and rapid decline of my beloved cat companion, Brownie. Then I had to make the awful choice to end her suffering.
I don’t want to get into it any further. I’m still working through it. She was with me for almost 17 full years. It was hard. Moving into the new house without her was very bittersweet.
Then, because apparently life wasn’t quite challenging enough yet, I recently lost two very dear family members, both of them my mother’s siblings, in quick succession. Neither of them were entirely expected, one much less so than the other.
This has been a difficult 6 months. Actually, it’s been a difficult year.
There has been ongoing renovation of our house to keep things interesting. It wasn’t in bad shape, but it wasn’t clean AT ALL when we bought it, and it definitely needed some alterations to make it work for us. (The house was split into two residences, so we had to open up a wall to connect an in-law apartment to the rest of the house, so that we could have use of two bathrooms without having to go outside and re-enter through a different door.)
We put a lot of work into making the upstairs ready for us before we moved in, sanding and cleaning and painting. Now we are in the midst of a total kitchen overhaul, which feels like a terrible decision most days.
In the middle of all the chaos, I took a temporary job in the office of the company my husband works for, filling in for a woman who took maternity leave. Most of the time, that also felt like a terrible decision. It was only for a couple of months, but I had been happily, intentionally unemployed for a few years up until now. Having a job again was quite an adjustment. I’m awfully glad to be back home.
I ended my job at the beginning of November, which would have given me plenty of time to work on my National Novel Writing Month book, if family tragedy hadn’t struck, requiring travel and time to grieve. The novel won’t be finished by December, but I will finish it. My plan is to have it done before my 30th birthday in May. This ought to give me plenty of wiggle room for putting together what I hope will be my first published work.
I’m optimistic about it, but the going is slow right now. I have to drag myself to the desk these days, and fend off some very compelling distractions once I make it there.
I did manage to earn enough money at my temp job to buy the MacBook I’d been coveting for many months. It’s a thing of great power and beauty, not to mention speed. It can be difficult to get any work done on it while it’s just sitting there being so awesome, and I know there are endless cool things I can do with it.
I have to remind myself that I bought it specifically for my writing, since my laptop was letting me down in a big way. Now I can use WordPress much more easily, as well as edit photos that I want to use in my blogs, and manage all my social media. (Take a peek at my Facebook page if you want to see a better picture of my lovely new computing machine, and the cheap table it’s sitting on!)
My iPad was great to get me by while I didn’t have a computer, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write anything other than emails and Facebook posts with it. Now I have very few excuses left for being a delinquent blogger.
On that note, I’m going to wrap this up, so as to leave myself more things to say later.
I plan on coming back soon. Thanks for reading!