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Hello, it's me. I've been wondering if after all this time you'd like to.. oh, wait those are Adele lyrics.  I've spent weeks wondering what I should with this blog. I have a dozen half-written posts from the past few months, and I've missed writing here. But something just kept interrupting my time. I didn't write very much during #reverb either, which is indicative of me putting my energies elsewhere, but also of just using other spaces like Instagram to tell daily stories.

I've been blogging for over decade. That's a lot of posts, images, music, recipes shared. So much of my life is represented, reflected, explored in this space, and I didn't want to completely give it up. I started blogging around the same time I moved to the Midwest for grad school. I also began researching blogging and as the genre of blogging evolved so did my own writing style. I think that's evident if you read old posts which sometimes feel like a public journal than the more essayistic, narrative style of more recent posts. I love that I have a record of my thoughts and feelings on so many topics. I like that my individual, personal, spiritual growth is as evident as my intellectual one. I started blogging because I wanted a space to share what I was thinking, and to use what I wrote to connect to others. And when I think about all of the people who have stumbled across my writing and commented over the years, it satisfies a need in me, one that has been making its way to the surface in a variety of ways over time. I care about people, even people I've yet to meet and I hope my experiences offer insight, or at the very least help them feel less alone. That's what reading blogs has done for me, anyway.

This is a year of big changes. We're moving to South Carolina where I'm taking a new teaching position. I'm incredibly excited. I'm also a little terrified. The past four years have not been ideal, but you get used to a routine nonetheless and despite my nomadic tendencies, change is difficult even when it's really good because it's unknown. However, I am lucky because I have so many people in my life supporting, encouraging and rooting us on.

With all of the changes about to happen, and with my need to get back to writing coupled with the desire to honor all the writing that's come before in this space, I decided to refresh my blog design, and re-commit to writing here. My goal is to post something once a week, which may be photographs, small snippets and observations or longer form writing. I'll also be re-publishing some of my favorite posts that you might have missed since you probably haven't been reading my ramblings for 10 plus years.

I hope you'll stick around, follow me on various social media, and see where this next adventure takes me. I've missed you, dear readers.

 

2010 Holiday Wish List

Each year I make a wish list of things I've noticed throughout the year and sometimes more recently to help those I love figure what to buy me for Christmas. Sometimes the list helps other readers with their own shopping lists or their own wish lists. Enjoy.600holidaygift (1)

1. Isotoner Smartouch Gloves $10 on sale reg. $26-$40 2. Letter Pillows $65 for 4 pillows 3. Keep Calm and Carry On Band-Aids $7.50 4. Living Ecosphere $90 5. Little Owl Rubber Stamp $5 6. Open Sesame Password Keeper $13 7. Scrabble Flash$30 8. Street Sign Cuff $25 9. Philosophy The Present Clear Makeup $25 10. Etch-a-Sketch iPad Case $40 11. The Sound of Music (Limited Edition Collector's Set) $60 12. Family Fued $30 & Deal or No Deal $20 13. Kitchen Grips 2-Piece Oven Mitts $20 14. Tapered Rolling Pin $14 15. DeLonghi CGH800-U Retro Panini Grill$ 55