Yes, I'm alive. Even though my head is filled with Good Things to Blog About, since before Thanksgiving I've been able to post little more than pointless space-fillers which makes my readers think Well damn, THAT was a pointless space-filler.
Sorry 'bout that.
It's been empty here lately mostly because the closer we got to the end of 2009, that's the more fixated I became on that blogoversary button over there —>. Like with most everyone, the end of any year always gives me pause to stop and reflect on where I've been and look ahead to where I'm going. The fact that my blogoversary is so closely timed with the rolling over into a new year lead me to really zone in on the progression of time on this blog from when I wrote my first post on January 26, 2008 up through today. I realized that though I'm heading into my third year of writing here, I've made very little forward progress:
January 2008 – writing about the beginning of my surrogacy journey with Mia and Urs.
Summer 2008 – writing about a chemical pregnancy and the end of my journey with Mia and Urs.
January 2009 – writing about the start of my surrogacy journey with Chance and Apollo.
Summer 2009 – writing about chemical pregnancies and the end of my journey with Chance and Apollo.
January 2010 – writing about the beginning of my surrogacy journey with Miss W and Mr. W.
Screw Groundhog Day. I have Groundhog Year.
And that, my friends, was a sucky thought to have as I bid adieu to 2009 (flipping it the bird on its way out the door) and even moreso now as I approach my blogoversary. I wish that I had something more to celebrate as I look back on 2009, but all 2009 makes me want (other than a mind-numbing, colossal-sized alcoholic beverage)is a hug.
It's a damned good time to re-introduce Sock It to Me. If you missed out on the Sock It to Me fun last spring, now is your time to join in. The complete history of how I came up with Sock It to Me is here, but in short:
It's The Great Sock-It-to-Me Exchange. The warmth you feel from your
bloggy support is a warm and fuzzy pair of snuggly socks.
Take the support with you for a trip to the stirrups. Wear them when
you're chasing around your battle-won little person. Put them on when
you have something to celebrate or when you need a hug. Wear them as a
physical reminder of all the people inside your computer who you know
care for and are thinking of you.
If you want to participate, here's what to do:
- Sign up runs from now until Sunday, January 24. Click here to complete the information form, then add your name to the participant list below.
- I'll will send you the information for your "sock buddy" by Tuesday, January 26.
- You have until Saturday, February 13 to send the socks to your sock buddy.
- The week of February 22 is Sock It to Me Week. Post a picture of
your socks (worn or not worn) with a link back to the blogger who sent
them to you. The topic of the SITM posts will change each time.* For SITM Winter 2010, reflect on ways which the community supported you in 2009 (or if you're new to blogging, ways in which you needed support in 2009) and also look ahead to how you'll give and continue to receive support in 2010. SITM is a week for warm and fuzzies. Like ummm…the socks.
- During SITM, come back here to leave a link to your SITM post. This will be "home base," where we'll all be able to find each others' SITM posts.
- Optional – help promote the Sock-It-to-Me Exchange by posting
about it now with a link to this post. Check back here in a day or so for the badge!
*In a poll, participants voted that it should be held twice a year. So,
from here on out I'll host a Winter SITM in January/February and a
Summer SITM in June/July.
Questions and Answers:
- Can I participate if read blogs, but don't write one of my own?
Sure you can! I'll post your SITM week entry to my blog for everyone to read.
- Can I participate if I don't live in the US?
Absolutely! The last SITM had 3 Canadian participants, 2 living in Japan, and 2 from Australia.
Ask any other questions in the comments or send me an email: SmartOneMoxieATgmailDOTcom.
The last SITM was an overwhelming success and I'm looking forward to hosting it again! I think we could all use the virtual hugs to help warm us up to the new year.