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Friday, November 7, 2008

Mommy's Martini Turns One!

One year ago this week, this blog was born. It began as a way for me, my sister, and my friend, to keep each other accountable to our new exercise goal -- but as the holidays approached and our enthusiasm for exercise waned, it turned into a platform for recollections, for story-telling, for chronicling the antics of children, for pondering the strangeness and wonder that is this world we live in. It's been partly a private journal, partly an effort to knit myself into a larger community. Some things in my life have changed dramatically in the last year, others have changed hardly a whit.

* My house is still messier than I prefer. My office is still a disaster; the dining room table is still a landing spot for things that really have other homes where they belong. I have formed a resolution to make November my official "Reclaim My House from the Clutter" month, and I've been doing little projects nearly every day to that end. I think I will get braver and post occasional pictures (like Tara and Jill are doing), and I hope that THIS time the resolution to keep it that way once it's been cleaned up will stick. I hope.

* I see from reading back in my archives that this week last year, I was raking leaves and counting it as exercise -- which is precisely what I did yesterday. In the gorgeous sunshine of an Indian Summer afternoon, I raked enough leaves to fill five large trashcans packed tight. (I stood in them periodically to tamp the leaves down.) I'm only half done with the leaves in our yard, but I'm all out of cans, so now I have to go buy leaf bags today. Because, just like last year, my raking window is about to close. It's supposed to be damp and freezing this weekend. Some things never change.

* I have set myself a big new exercise goal for the month of November again. This one is even crazier than last time. It is my hope that crazier = more likely to succeed. Anyone want to train for a triathlon with me? Seriously. Details coming soon...

* On the big changes side of things: we have new neighbors! The abandoned, neglected, empty, sad-eyed house next door, the house that for the last five years has sent its sump pump water into our basement, its weed seeds into our yard, and its vibes of empty loneliness into my heart every time I looked at its blank windows, that house has owners! Real live people who are weeding and pruning, painting and carrying. Even more than that, they are NICE people. Neighborly, chatty people. I am delighted.

* My children have grown -- oh, how they have grown. They are more adept talkers, more dangerous climbers, more raucous spirits than they were a year ago. They never cease to amaze me with their comprehension and creativity. And loudness.

And another thing that has not changed, but has grown in such wonderful ways, is YOU. A year ago, the only people reading this blog were my sisters and a couple of close friends. Now, I've made new friends through it stretched all the way from Alaska to Florida. I want to thank you for stopping by here, for sharing your thoughts, for jumping into conversations, for inviting me back to your places for your stories. For giving of yourselves, and for encouraging me to do the same. I could never have imagined, when I started this blog, how many wonderful people I would encounter as a result of it, and I am truly grateful for all of you.

So on this "Blogiversary," I most want to say: thanks for reading and for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend!

28 comments:

Amy said...

Happy blogiversary. It's fun to get a full year into blogging and look back.

Mr Lady said...

Has it only been a year? Best. Year. Ever. I am happier than you could ever know that you started this thing. * smooch *

Angela said...

Here's to many more!

Deb said...

awww, what a great post! congratulations. your blog has evolved into a fun, smart, philanthropic place to visit.

i'll have to take a pass on the triathlon training, however!

happy anniversary.

E... said...

Your blog is one of the best ones I've discovered all year. Thank you for always having something interesting, insightful, and well written for me to read. I think my own blogiversary might be coming up, I better check!

E... said...

Holy crap! I started MY blog a year ago today! How weird is that? I guess I need to go write one of these posts myself. From reading about your life, I knew we had a lot in common, but sheesh!

Aimeepalooza said...

happy Blogiversary!!!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Wow, happy 1! Here's to many more beautiful posts!

Rachel said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!

Sounds like there have been some awesome changes! I am more familiar with the "THIS is the month I de-clutter and stick to it!" than I'd care to admit. Let's compare dining room tables...

Thanks for stopping by mine, too!

justjuli said...

Happy birthday! Congrats on keeping up the great writing - and the excersize!

Heather of the EO said...

Now time is starting match up with how seasoned you are at this :)

I hope that made sense and was the nice compliment I meant it to be.

Happy blogiversary!

Desiree Fawn said...

Woo! Here's to many more years :D

bejewell@yahoo.com said...

Congratulations on a year! I'm surprised to say that I'm not that far behind you.

I read somewhere that most blogs have an average shelf-life of a year and a half. I certainly hope you go much, much longer.

P.S. Triathlon? You're nuts!

Missy said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Fawn said...

What?! I had no idea you'd been blogging for only a year! The number of people who read and comment on your blog is a real testament to what a great site you have -- and what a great friend you are to your visitors. So glad to get to know you. :)

Mrs F with 4 said...

Happy Blogiversary to you ! (Picture Mrs F and her troupe singing... or perhaps not).

Now, about the triathlon thing. Mr F wants to do one and has been trying to talk me into it for a loooong time. I love to swim, and to cycle, but I loathe running with a passion previously reserved only for earwigs. I'll make you a deal, MT, if you can cure my anti-running thing, I'll train with you!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Happy 1st Anniversary.

You should be very proud of your accomplishment, both here in the blogosphere and in your exercising.

I admire you for attempting a triathlon. I really need to get back into an exercise routine...maybe if I check back here more often you'll inspire me to at least do some running.

Huckdoll said...

Happy Birthday Mommy's Martini! Weird, it was Huckdoll's Hood's first birthday yesterday, too...we should have a party together. Oh, what a party it would be :)

cy said...

me, i want to train for a triathalon!!

MommyTime said...

Thanks to so many of you for the kind words and good wishes. THIS kind of friendship is why I do this. *mwah* to you all.

As for the triathlon training: Mrs F, I'll do my best to be inspiring. :)

Cy: I'd love it if you would train with me! I'll be posting about it tomorrow.

lattemommy said...

I, for one, am so very glad that you decided to exercise last November! You are one of my most favourite "found" people on the internet. ((hugs))

Sorry I've been away so long. I've missed you terribly.

Oh, and congratulations!

Lipstick said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! Congrats!

Suz Broughton said...

Happy Blog Birthday. what did we ever do with out our blogs? I can't remember, can you?

Ree said...

I'm thinking it is time for another blogger dinner to toast this milestone. ;-)

All Adither said...

Happy First!

catnip said...

Congratulations on making it a year! I hope there will be many more blogiversarys to come, you're one of the best writers out there.

BusyDad said...

Can I give you a blogiversary hug? Because you are that awesome. Glad I caught you from the kind of beginning.

Kimmylyn said...

Happy anniversary!!! wooo hooo!!!

 

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