Monday, October 15, 2007

happy anniversary to me....

Today is my one year anniversary of blogging.

I've come a long way baby, from the days of sitting in my truck in front of the newsstand to grab their wireless connection.

In the spirit of my commitment to blogging every day this month and connecting it to numbers, here are fifteen updates about posts and events this last year.

1. One of my first posts recounted my recent dating history. I'm happy to report that I'm still having awkward encounters with men and that they continue to move out-of-state at an alarming rate.

2. Remember the missing screws to this dish rack that I purchased on this trip? I found them - in Tekamah. They were in my suitcase the whole time --they'd been to Phoenix and Sanibel and lived under my bed for six months. Too bad I found them too late to save the Ronald McDonald glass.

3. Construction still has not started on the grocery store that is to be built on the CATH coffeehouse site. Every Sunday for three months I've stood in the exact same spot and taken a progress photograph. If there is ever something to see besides a porta-potty, I'll post it.

4. I have not written much about my PEZ collection, the namesake of this blog. The collection toured two libraries this year. It married two of my favorite things -- PEZ and the public library.

5. A Friday night dinner with Jerry led to a trip to Nebraska to visit Cliff and Marilyn and their family. That trip is one of the best things that I've done this year. I don't think that I've ever properly thanked Jerry for sponsoring me for the trip. Thank you Jerry.

6. I got promoted in March. I can't believe that was six months ago. I still think the job is a perfect fit for me. I keep waiting for a slow week to catch up on filing and correspondence. Heck, I'd be happy for a week without plunging a toilet. That said, I love every second of it and cannot imagine doing anything else.

7. Music continues to be a tremendous part of my life. Over the weekend I saw 13 bands. You can read my Broad Ripple Gazette columns here and my NUVO work here.

8. In May I posted the first of many photographs of my feet. Most of the pictures have been snapped by accident and some on purpose. I'm finding them to be a fun remembrance of where I've been. And what the floor looked like.

9. I turned 46 this year. I still don't know how that happened. I swear I'm still 28. Except when I look in the mirror.

10. Something very traumatic happened to me in June. I only had to wait until August for relief. Thanks Cliff, and I suspect that Ralph helped the process along.

11. I bought this camera and it truly has changed things for me. Not only do I take pictures of my shoes and my chocolate covered self, but several music photographs have been published. Here and here are two of my favorites.

12. A lot of my friends have moved out of state this year. Besides the boys that I seem to drive out of town, Maura, Amy and Otis have all hit the road. I'm thrilled for the opportunities that they have, but I miss them.

13. I bought the house I've been living in for 12 years! I couldn't be any happier about it. It has a great back yard, is full of books and usually a little messy. I'm working on the whole air conditioning thing.

14. In looking at the sidebar of labels I see that they number one thing (30 times) that I've blogged about is family, followed by crabbiness in a close second place (25 posts). Coincidence?

15. I am looking forward to meeting even more of you at Blogstock '08.

If anyone told me a year ago that I'd be visiting Cliff in Nebraska, buying socks from Crabby Dad's kid, anxiously waiting for photographs from Ralph's daughter's wedding, tracking Kim down in at a concert, re-connecting with a girl that I knew from my Sunday School days through a writer in Canada, taking a road trip with Jerry, talking Def Leppard with a Michigan mom, meeting Loner at her dad's funeral, learning and experiencing Jamie Dawn's word hitonious, looking forward to Rachel's Sunday church signs, watching Scott teach a class at Second Helpings, sending a little milk money to Spilt Milk, worrying about Granny Annie's chickens and corresponding with the most wonderful Naomi, I'd have called them crazy.

Thanks also to you regular non-blogging readers: David, Maureen, Nancy, Susan and Brenda. You guys are the ones who make me the most nervous.


Cliff said...

You get my Blogger of the Year award. I've been here thru all of this and man has it been fun. I'm also looking forward to some night walking into the Red Key for a visit.
Get the AC fixed and Marilyn and I could sleep on your couch like real musicians.

Jerry said...

A year already? Wow, that doesn't seem possible. It's been a fun year. The road trip to Tekamah was a blast. We'll get to do it again for Blogfest '08. Can't wait!

Granny Annie said...

Thanks for the year in review. It has been a joy to find you in the blogisphere. Not only are your posts great, you've directed us to some other great bloggers. Happy Anniversary! Keep up the good work.

Rachel said...

The year has gone fast hasn't it? You are a wonderful addition to the blogging world and I'm looking forward to meeting you in person!!

You do NOT look 46. No way!

King Tiger said...

Kudos on the blog-thang.

You had that "I just turned 46" experience this year too? I swear I was just 30 last year! Who stole all my years and traded me this overweight old body in return?

Jamie Dawn said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!!
I'm glad you're one of my blog buddies!!
It's a joy knowing you!
Keep on blogging!!!!