We are now one week away from our trip to WDW. Time to get all the detail work done in preparation for TEN DAYS away. Time to pack, and see if there’s anything else we need to pick up before going. Time to write up info sheets on each member of our animal family for Riki and Kate (who will be staying here, and watching over them all). Time to buy food and meds, enough to last all the dogs/cat/parrot. Time to prepare games, and activities, and toys for two days of sitting around in airports. Time to decide on our budget, and to get some American money. Time to decide what things will have priority and what will be an “if we can work it out” thing. Time to get everything in order. Time to finish sewing, time to put away other projects, time to admit I didn’t get everything done that I’d hoped to… time to start getting excited as our trip is really just around the corner.
I’ve never been to Disney World, but I did go to Disneyland when I was nine – with Gramma, Grampa Bear, and Devan. And I’ll be honest, with my memory issues I don’t remember hardly any of it. I wish I did. I was old enough that I should remember it… but there really are so few moments that made it into my emotional memory that it’s barely a blip. That makes me sad. This trip though? Even with my terrible memory, I’m sure will be one I keep with me for the rest of my days.
While the girl was at school this afternoon, Damon and I headed out to visit with Karla – our travel agent. We talked over a few things. And she put my mind at ease over a couple things I was unsure of. After hanging out in her office for about an hour and a half I really do feel set to go. Now it’s just a matter of getting all the little details arranged, then we’ll be off.
So, with that on my mind, here’s my challenge shot for today:
With the challenge being “reflection” I could have gone a few different directions… I thought about taking another snapshot of Kid Kid – and talking about how our children reflect what we put into them. But then I thought about the huge number of photos I already have on this blog of her. LOL So it occurred to me (after changing into my pjs) that I could go completely literal. So I grabbed the mirror that belonged to my paternal Grandmother, who passed when I was too young to really know her, and photographed the reflection of it’s reflection. I love this little mirror. It feels like I’ve always had it, and I always feel beautiful when I look into it – even with pjs, chipped nail polish, and damp hair. 😉
After being out of our ordinary routine for so long, the routine is hardly routine any longer. Getting used to bedtimes the way they were before heading out to the lake will take a little while again. In fact, my brain is more than a little fried tonight. It’s one of those days where there is SOOO much I could be sharing (especially after a week of silence) that it’s hard to get myself centered enough to write much of anything. So how about this? How about a thank you!
I was looking at my blog stats earlier today. Cringing and preparing myself for the worst. After all, a week with no new posts to help drive traffic? I didn’t expect much. And while yes, my daily traffic did take a bit of a nose dive, my month still ended up pretty good. Which made me think back on all the years I’ve been blogging now… and how crazy it is that so many of you stop in to check on what our family is doing, what I’m ranting about, or to find a new diy idea. It really is a little staggering, and I appreciate each and every one of you. I truly do.
By the end of August 2010, I had just finished up my 8th month of blogging. And my traffic for the month stood at 263 hits. My blog was a personal challenge, so I was thrilled that there were so many people who came by to check on my photo of the day.
In 2011 I changed the focus from a photo a day to a post a day… which opened things up a great deal for me. I still shared a great deal of images, but I also began sharing my thoughts and feelings too. August of 2o11 this blog saw 978 hits.
Now it’s 2012, and I’m in my third year of blogging. I write on a number of topics (some of which are fairly “hot button”), and I’ve switched to six posts a week, taking Fridays off. I share photo shoot previews, and personal snapshots too. But in all things, you can count on me to be open and honest. I don’t think there are really any topics I won’t discuss. If it’s important to me, I’ll share… and yes, sometimes that includes things that are seriously TMI. And this year? In August we had a total of 1910 hits (in spite of a serious drop in traffic the last week).
Are those numbers staggering? Maybe not to some. But to this crunchy momma who started this journey as a photo a day challenge to herself, not expecting anyone to really follow along? Yeah, those numbers are pretty darn amazing.
Thank you! Thank you for your “follows”, your “likes”, your “comments”, your “shares”, your “tweets”, your “pins”, and mostly? Thank you for coming along with me. Life is many things, but it’s rarely easy… and it’s nice to know that there are others along for the ride.
Here’s to another year, and many more wonderful Augusts!
I’ve started this blog post a few times now, and on vastly different subjects. Clearly I’m in no shape to really be writing much of anything tonight – at least not in a cohesive fashion. So it is what it is.
What do you want to see here on nights like tonight? Do you mind these rambling “I have nothing to share” shares? Would you rather I taped my fingers together and just watched reruns of Bones or Frasier? Or should I pluck some random fb meme from my newsfeed and post that?
I’ve been posting here on an almost daily basis for a few years now… and while I love that it gives me a chance to wind down at the end of the day, I do wonder if you (my wonderful reader) would be better served by my posting a little less frequently. After all, not every post is a gem. I refer you back to the post I made a couple years ago that in it’s whole was an image of my reusable slurpee cup. LOL Clearly, not every post is a winner.
So, for my own self serving reasons I continue to post six days a week (unless I’m sick, away, or dead). But I do wonder if you’d rather see other things when I end up on one of these long-winded, winding, posts about nothing in particular. 😉 Let me know. 🙂 After all, there is a comments section.
And for something completely random, here’s a necklace I made with one of the many charms I commissioned from Nanashi-no: I now wear it to all my photoshoots. 😀