For the, oh, six or so of you who may have noticed that I’ve been blogging less frequently (my Grandma counts as two people on that list, because she has asked me twice when I’m going to post about our little fender-bender a couple weeks back), you can get off your seats of pins and needles. Here I am.
I guess it would kinda suck to throw that car accident reference in there and not elaborate, huh?
Also? If your Grandma is badass enough to read blogs, you can’t really say no to her requests.
So, yeah, this happened:
Yes, the kids were in the car with me. No, no one was hurt. Yes, it was scary as hell. No, it was not my fault. Yes, it did happen directly in front of a US Army recruitment office and six big dudes in fatigues rescued us from the middle of the street. No, I did not let them recruit my children, although they tried. With Oreos. Yes, the other driver’s insurance will cover the $7000 in repairs. No, I do not enjoy my silver Chevy Malibu rental. Yes, I did make Bryan trade cars so he’s driving the rental to and from work while the kids and I are redecorating the interior of his new(ish)(to him) SUV with finely ground goldfish crackers and Halloween stickers.
But back to how I haven’t been blogging. I have, actually, been writing quite a bit, which is exciting. One of my reasons for starting this little bloggity blog blog (besides the voice in my head that told me to) was to see whether the writing part of me that had been pretty dormant for a decade or so was ready to get back into shape. I wanted to see if anyone else thought my words were sorta cool and should be read by an audience bigger than, say, my Grandma (who, as we’ve established, is definitely reading this. Hi, Grandma!).
And then, as is so often the case when you decide to do something you should have been doing all along, stuff just started happening:
- My role at Scottsdale Moms Blog has gradually grown from Contributor to Editor-who-also-Contributes, a shift that will become more official in 2012. I am loving being a part of a rapidly expanding mom-founded and mom-run business and I feel like I’ve found the ways to be involved that are a perfect fit for my
incurable bossiness and formatting OCDskills.
- I’ve continued writing for SMB at least every other week but haven’t been posting the links here (for no reason other than laziness). So over the last little while I’ve written about Christmas lists, why my pediatrician sucks, a local kids resale store, and I did a sponsored post (more paid writing!) for Girl Powers’s old daycare. This link takes you to all posts by me on Scottsdale Moms Blog if you have any interest in reading what I’ve been doing over there.
- Through SMB I was given the chance to submit an essay to Raising Arizona Kids magazine and as a result now have my first published piece! Will post a link to the online version as soon as I can get it, but in the meantime I snagged enough copies to wallpaper my house.
(Yes, Grandma, I’ll send you a copy.)
- I have also been taking an online writing class, which is less of a writing class and more of a Business of Freelancing 101 class, taught by the unendingly talented and maddeningly down-to-earth Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom blog (and book). I’ll have more to say about this class, my classmates, and my first experience in a virtual classroom in a future (soon! I promise!) post, but for now let it be known that signing up for it was possibly the best decision I’ve made since having these two:
(Sorry. Had to find a way to throw this pic in.)
- I also have a guest post coming up for the blog of a non-profit organization I’m proud to be contributing to. Please don’t tell my writing teacher that I wrote that last sentence. Or my Grandma, a career English teacher. CRAP! She’s reading this. Anyway, I will link over when it goes live, but that’s just another cool thing me and my little ol’ words have been up to.
And finally, although I haven’t posted in a few weeks, you’ll be happy to know that just like always, I sign off not because I’m done writing or because I’ve thoroughly proofed and approved of my contribution to the blogosphere, but because THE BABY’S UP FROM NAP.