Monday, February 1, 2010


It's February 1st.  About a week ago, I received an e-mail from Namblopomo, National Blog Posting Month..  It was my monthly reminder that I could sign up, post a post each and every day for the month of February, and not only have the satisfaction of having achieved something (what, I'm not exactly sure of, but something), but also be entered into their drawing for prizes.  I've participated in this one time in the past...  I won... two dozen homemade brownies.  Not exactly the prize I was looking for, but what the hell?  I ran a small contest on my own blog, and either I did not increase my readership much for having taken part in Namblopomo, or not very many people wanted the brownies.  Whatever.

Anyway, I received their reminder e-mail and instead of deleting it immediately, I've been actually thinking about it.  The hook was that February is the shortest month of the year, and therefore the commitment is the least.  I actually enjoyed participating last time - crazy me - and always knew that I would do it again at some point.  But then life took over, and my posting on this blog became more sporatic.  I started caring less whether anybody was reading or not.  Why?  I couldn't tell you, but I guess it is about shifting priorities.

So why am I considering participating now?  I know that people are still stopping by here, even with as infrequently as I post because the hit counter keeps increasing.  Am I that interesting that people feel compelled to check on me?  Or is it lack of their own life?  I don't know.  But the fact is that somebody still cares.

Couple that with the fact that I am feeling terrible about myself; like I am an underachiever even though I am probably doing more now than I have in years.  Maybe the very fact that I am attempting to do more, and it's resulting in my body failing me drives home the point that I can't do what I want to do.  Something tells me that I should participate.  Use this blog, just for this month, not so much as a tool to entertain myself or others, or even vent (although I expect that will happen quite a bit), but as a daily reminder to myself of what I did accomplish. 

So I've just signed up.  I'm officially a part of Namblopomo for February.  I very likely will fail this challenge because I just don't feel well at all, but I'm setting out to at least try.  And I think trying is half of the battle, at least in my case.

Now, as for today, I became very ill last night on the way home from dinner out with Eric, the kids, and Mom.  In fact, I was already in bed when Beth called, and I cut the conversation short because I was just too tired and falling asleep.  However, I also had an extremely bad night for my Crohns Disease, and was up in the bathroom several times an hour, all night long, and also had to change my sheets because of night sweats.

I must have been even more fatigured than I thought last night because I didn't get out of bed until 11:45 this morning.  LAZY!  I checked my computer, took a call from Eric, and was so tired that I actually had to force myself into the shower.

Ah, but before I showered, I realized that I had missed most of the "good" light for photographing jewelry, but had a short window of opportunity to take some pics for ArtiZen Beads, my newest Etsy store, so I did and posted one or two pieces of jewelry there.  Then I took a shower.

Absolutely exhausted, I prepared the dogs breakfast... hours late.  I was out of dog food, both dry and wet, so I made them Aunt Jemimah Buttermilk Pancakes, no syrup, but drenched in butter.  No complaints on their part.  Ate lunch myself, and then laid down for 45 minutes to rest.  I'm serious.  I'm really tired today.

Got up, took the dogs for a walk, cleaned up the kitchen from breakfast, ate a snack, and then took Lucy to Red Barn to buy dog food.  Worked on my web site for a while - if you haven't visited it for a long time, you're in for a surprise, but it's still far from complete.  Then it was time for Richard's chat.  The subject being adventures we've been on.  Mine was not used, but I'll live.  I'll post about that some other time, but I will tell you that what happened to me was more unique and exciting than pretty-much anything that he did talk about.  Sigh... I bet he doesn't believe that I really did what I did - lol!

After chat, fed the dogs, fed myself, worked on Etsy (both shops), took a bath (I think I had a fever I was so cold, and the bath was an attempt to warm up), then made my first Knitting Phrase bracelet.  "Knit One, Purl Two."  Decided to participate in Namblopomo this month, so am writing this post.  Next I'm getting into bed.

Tomorrow I am changing the name of this blog.  It's going from "I'm Making It" to "Making It Day by Day".  It seems more appropriate for my life at this point.  Of course, the title change will mean that I also will need to change the banner here.  It's about time to do that anyway.  My computer/photo skills are much further along than they were when I made the current one (and I was excited about having had the skills to do what I did then!), and the banner should probably reflect the skill set that I am displaying in my new web site.

I should also make a new banner for my older Etsy Shop, I'm Making It although that is probably going ot have to wait because I have a concept for it in my mind and it will require me to make up some beaded bracelets to photograph.  Ah well, it will wait.

I'm not going to commit here and now to anything else for tomorrow yet.  I don't know if I'm going to exercise class or Obedience School with Lucy.  That will depend on the weather.  Rain = Richard, No rain = Laurie and Lucy. We'll see.  I know what Lucy votes for.  She loves school.

And at this, I'm signing off.

28 posts in 28 days.  This is day 1.


Carol said...

You go, girl!! Love you


Wilda said...

Yes there are people who do check your blog and I am one of them. I usually check once a day to see if you posted anything new. As far as the monthly challenge to post every day just do your best if you can't because of other things that is understood. Still debating on 2 items in your etsy store one is a little on the pricey side the other is more reasonable.


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