best laid plans and all that

So, I commented on... zero blogs last week. I did try on one, but the site kept rejecting my comment and I got lost in a maze of bizarre comment validation and page resets and I gave up and wept quietly.

Okay, so weeping may be an exaggeration. But I did whine. LOUDLY. My cat was concerned.

I may have also been whining because I was sick, and I'm a terrible sick person. HORRIBLE. MISERABLE. I sigh and moan and whimper. I toss and turn and make pitiful faces at my husband. And mostly, I felt like the underside of a shoe.

On Friday I could barely lift my head, and after being woken up by the doorbell (rung by the UPS man, who, really. Must you ring it six times in a row in rapid succession?) I saw that Shannon was bringing me dinner and had instructed me to stay away from the kitchen!

Shannon is the kind of friend and neighbor everyone should have. She drops off pies and warm loaves of bread on my doorstep, and is always understanding when I have to whine about "The People" and their various "Crap."




Feeling a bit melancholy today. Sickness has descended on our house. Emma feels fine but sounds terrible and I go back and forth between zero energy and bouncing off the walls.

October has always been my favorite month. Cool air and the promise of Halloween. This year, I feel like I'm enjoying it less. I'm cranky about the cool air and Halloween seems like one more task to check off the list. That's a terrible way to feel about one's favorite holiday. I think it's because I know what's around the corner: winter. In Chicago. Never a good thing.

But! I didn't come here today to whine. I came to say thank you to all of you who come here and read. The other day, I joined a bunch of gals and posted a link to my site in an effort to stop lurking and be counted. And lo and behold, there was Kayla -- stopping by to say hello. And what an awesome feeling to have someone take a moment to do just that. I started thinking about all of the sites I go to every day and how much I love them and how I never say a single word. Nothing. So I'm going to do my best to change that. I'm going to comment on EVERY. SINGLE. BLOG I read during the month of October, until I've commented at least once on all of them. I encourage you to do the same.