I made it…

Before I started NaBloPoMo I was in a bit of a blogging funk.  I was taking days off because I had nothing to write about.  I’d sit down each morning to write my posts and about half the time I’d be completely blank.  I was committed to keeping my blog going, but I was starting to worry that I’d just run out of steam.  I’m coming up on two years and, although I was determined to keep going, I just wasn’t sure if I had the stamina to do it.

Then November came and I undertook the daunting task of writing a new post every day for thirty days.  To be honest…I really didn’t think I was going to make it.  I thought I might lose it halfway through and end up skipping some days.  And I dreaded the weekends…because posting on Saturdays and Sundays was a new thing for me.

I knew right away that if I didn’t have a plan this whole project would be impossible.  So I sat down right away and started planning posts.  Nothing was set in stone…and I did end up changing things up sometimes…but I had a loose idea of what I’d be writing at least a week in advance.  I also wrote drafts of several posts at a time so that all I’d have to do each day was edit and publish.

Now, here we are at the end of the month and I’m happy to say that I made it.  Thirty posts in thirty days.  There are some posts that I like less than others, but I can say that there are none that I hate or find embarrassing.  And the best part is that I’m in love with blogging again.  It’s no longer a chore…it’s now something I look forward to again.

Another great thing…I discovered a few new blogs that I love.  I also found a couple of link-ups that I really enjoy being part of and I look forward to continuing those.

I don’t think I’m going to be able to keep up a seven-day a week posting schedule, but I will definitely be posting on a regular schedule again.  Thank you all for reading every day and for all your great comments.

So, did you participate in NaBloPoMo?  Are you glad you did?  What will you take away from it?

What the hell???

I like when things happen in the correct order.  Take holidays…when stores have Christmas decorations up before Halloween, it makes me absolutely bonkers.  Or when the seasons don’t cooperate and we skip right over spring and jump into summer.  Or when an appetizer is served at the same time as a main course.  I’m far too much of a control freak to just roll with that kind of thing…so when stuff happens out of order, I go a little nuts.

Well…this weekend, mother nature decided to screw with those of us here in the northeast and she thought it would be funny to dump a bunch of snow on us…before Halloween!!!  That is not supposed to happen.  In fact, the last time it did happen was 1952…and that was only about half an inch.  I don’t know what our final total was on Sunday…but there was a lot of snow in CT.  And it was so heavy and wet that we had a ton of downed branches.  One of our trees even split in half.

This branch was right in front of the deck...and the crash it made when it fell scared the hell out of me.

This is the tree that cracked into pieces.

J’s sister’s baby shower was Saturday and since I don’t let a little snow stand in the way of a good party, I traveled to Staten Island for it.  A trip that should have taken me no more than an hour actually took two on the way there and two and a half on the way home.  Driving down the Merrit Parkway with all the downed trees was like trying to make it through an obstacle course.  I swear, I’ve never been so tense in my life!  Luckily…all turned out well and the shower was really nice.  And the drive fulfilled my need for adventure for quite some time.

Also…we never lost our power, which was great…because no power means no heat and no water…and it was 32 degrees outside.  Unfortunately, the rest of my family was not so lucky.  My brother and Marisa lost power…even though half of their building was ok, their half had no power.  So they are staying with Marisa’s grandparents.  And my parents have been told that they might not get their power back on for a week!  So they are staying at my cousin’s with my grandfather and their dog.  It’s not ideal and my mom and cousin are sleeping on the couches…but at least they have heat!!!

Now…for some other news…

So…you may have noticed that I’ve been a blogging slacker for a while.  For my disappearance last week, I’m using the excuse that I was in Kentucky for a weekend of wine fun with Ally and Hutch.  But it hasn’t just been the past week.  I’ve been slacking in general lately and I don’t know the last time I got in a full week of posts.  Life…and more specifically, work…has been really busy lately and I’ve been mentally drained by the time I get home at night.  It’s really hard to be interesting and/or funny when you can barely form coherent sentences.  Usually, the extent of my effort involves feeding myself and J and summoning up enough attention to watch a sitcom.

Well…that is unacceptable.  My blog is important to me and I hate that it’s been suffering.  So in an effort to recommit and get back into the habit of posting regularly, I’ve decided to participate in NaBloPoMo…or National Blog Posting Month.  What is that?  Well…basically it’s a group of people who all commit to posting on their blog daily.  It happens every month, but November is sort of a big deal and there are prizes and link-ups and all kinds of good things.  Kallay is the one who inspired me to do this…because she’s got two babies running around at home…and if she can find the time to do it, so can I.

So starting tomorrow, I will be putting up a post every single day for the entire month of November.  This is going to take a lot of planning on my part, but I think it’s doable.  I’ve also decided to make some changes around here that you’ll start seeing in the next few weeks.  It’s like a whole new blogging world over here.  I’m so excited.

I promise that my first few posts will be about my trip to Kentucky.  It was a fantastic weekend and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

But first, you tell me…did you get this insane snow this weekend?  What did you think of an October blizzard?  Anyone else participating in NaBloPoMo?