Remember when I used to blog? No? Me neither.
It's been quiet chez Amelie, hence there's not really been much to write about. Thought it would be a nice idea to update this place once every few months though, yes? Yes.
- D is now almost 16 months old. We celebrated his birthday back in June with family and got him a ball bit as a present. He loved it for a while, then realised it's far more fun to throw all the balls out and watch everyone rushing to pick them up than it is to actually play with them :P
- I've started a separate 'mommy blog' - if you want to call it that - where my parenty ramblings go. My intention was to keep this place a bit more separate, but since there's not a great deal else happening, it's kind of resulted in a flood of activity there and nothing here. Might have to fix that at some point. In any case, if you want parenty stuff, here you go (warning: contains fairly uncensored talk about boobs and nappies and whatnot. Might want to give it a skip if you're eating or something).
- Oh, and there's also the small matter of D's impending sibling, due in late December. Yep. Weren't expecting that, now were you? It's going well so far; very little icky sickness or anything like that, so that's good.
Otherwise, yeah, pretty quiet here. Time is a thing I've forgotten how to have, and any I do have seems to disappear in the blink of an eye. It's all good fun though :)
Ever felt like everyone else's world is moving at 100mph while yours is standing still? I have. Still do, in fact; have felt it for quite some time now.
I guess that happens when big things change in your life. You watch the people you used to know, doing what you used to do, and continuing to do those things while you have it all on pause. You wait for a time when you'll be able to catch up and carry on as before.
Of course, it doesn't really happen. You get a moment to catch up, but it's never long enough to have caught up with everything everyone else was doing in your absence. It's sad, because obviously you end up losing touch with people/activities you used to spend a lot of time on. It's not easy from the other side either - I distinctively remember the feeling of losing friends when things started happening for other people and they weren't around as much, or started having different interests as a result of their new lives.
It's an odd feeling. I'm not sure I like it.
(I don't deal with change too well. Can you tell? :P )
So, today marks the last day on NaBloPoMo (hurrah, I hear you cry. How rude! :P )
A few people asked if I would do a bit of a review on this whole experience, so here's a quick little FAQ thing:
Why did you do it?
Well, for a few reasons really. The main one being that I've felt like I had nothing to blog about for months - years, even - and I wanted to get back into the swing of things. Did it help? Yes! I had a real problem where I felt held back by what others thought and this allowed me to think past that.
What was the hardest part?
Having something to write about. I had vague ideas every day, but nothing I really felt was worth publishing. I didn't want to post 'filler' so I went through past NaBlo prompt lists for inspiration.
Did you cheat and schedule your posts in advance?
I only did this with a few posts, like if I had a particularly long D-free moment and inspiration for posts and/or if I knew I'd be away the next day. In general though, they were all live.
Why was everything posted at 6pm?
Ah, that'll be my annoying edit-re-edit cycle :P I wrote most posts an hour or so before letting them go live, so I had time to fiddle with them as much as my perfectionism demanded. By 6 I was usually busy doing other things, so the version that was current at that time is the version that went out. Yes, I am weird. :P
Will you update more frequently now?
I'll try ;)
Yep, so there we go! I really enjoyed this challenge and definitely feel more inspired to write now. Hopefully I haven't bored you all too much with all this - maybe you even enjoyed it too :D