I’m back. Maybe. It’s been over a year since I posted here last. Strangely it doesn’t seem like all too long ago that I was revealing my bedroom, but in other ways it seems like forever ago.
I don’t really have any one reason why I haven’t been here in all that time. I was a bit burned out from redoing my bedroom for the one-room challenge, so I didn’t post for a few weeks. And then it was Christmas, but we didn’t do our traditional Christmas stuff last year, so I didn’t have anything to share. After a while the idea of doing all the work for a blog post just seemed like more of a massive chore than something that I did for fun. Blogging takes time, and when it became something I felt like I ‘had to do’ versus something I ‘like to do’ I stopped doing it, and I felt little or no guilt about it.
After many, many months I started to miss blogging. I missed trying to think of creative things to do and then sharing them with you, but the problem was trying to figure out how to start again. I worried over what I would post about, and how it would be received. I worried that maybe those who read in the past would be disinterested in what I had to say now. I worried more that nobody noticed I was missing from the blogosphere during the time I was quiet. That self doubt became yet another reason for not posting – I spent so much time trying to think of just the right thing to say, to do, that I didn’t actually get back to the actual act of blogging.
Here’s the thing. All that worrying was stupid. It’s not like this blog pays my bills (in fact it actually costs me money each year – the few ads in the sidebar don’t begin to cover hosting fees, etc). So, I’m going to try something different. I’m going to try to stop pressuring myself to post on some sort of self-imposed schedule. I’m going to try to post about whatever I want, whenever I feel like it. In the past I’ve posted mostly about home decor stuff, and that might change. I might post about random stuff I saw that I loved, or I might write about something that drives me nuts. Or I might stick to home decor, because I still love it.
Anyways, here are a few snapshots of what I’ve been up to in the past 12 months:
My ceiling caved in early January, which so soon after my bedroom adventures with plaster was not fun.
I was called for jury duty, which was beyond boring. After the first day of jury duty I went out for dinner with friends and ended up getting a ride in an ambulance when I fainted. That was a bit mortifying. As an FYI, in case you’ve never had the pleasure, you get a bill in the mail after you ride in an ambulance.
Got home from work to find actual mail in my mailbox (yay!). Sadly instead of being notified I somehow won $, I discovered I’m being called to go to court as a potential juror. Did you know that if you serve you don’t get paid unless you serve for more than 10 days, and then it’s $40 a day? And if it lasts longer than 50 days you get $100 a day? A photo posted by Michelle (@eamonnandjack) on
I tried to get back into running, and actually ran three races this year: The Sporting life 10K, in support of Camp Ooch
Waiting for the start of the #SL10K #campooch #sportinglife A photo posted by Michelle (@eamonnandjack) on
The Nike Women’s 15k on the Toronto Island
And, just a few weeks ago I ran the Adidas #Runmore 10k with Casey of Waffling Blog. I’ve got no pictures of that since it started at 1am and I forgot to charge my phone, but you can read her account here.
My immediate family travelled to Ireland in late July to celebrate my Nonna’s 95th birthday with most of the Irish side of the family.
My family with my Nonna. The last time the four of us were together was well over a year ago #Nonnacelebrates95 A photo posted by Michelle (@eamonnandjack) on
I’m still taking Interior decorating courses at George Brown College. I
want to have to renovate my bathroom in the spring, so I decided to take a bathroom design course this semester.
Got to visit the @olympiatile slab showroom today in class. So interesting #marble #marbleslab #pretty A photo posted by Michelle (@eamonnandjack) on
Coming up: my family isn’t having a traditional Christmas again, so this time I got smart and decided to book an adventure of my own. I’ll be spending Christmas day in Ireland with my grandma, but then I’m off on a 21 day tour of Ethiopia. I’m excited and a bit scared all at the same time. I have so much to do before I go, and not that much time to do it.
In just under 3 months I’ll hopefully be seeing this guy and his friends while on a 21 day tour of Ethiopia. Some people have asked me why I want to travel there, and to that I can only answer ‘why not’? The world is a huge amazing place – why would I not want to go see and experience all it has? Ethiopia may not be top of the list of dream travel destinations for many, but I think that makes it all the more attractive. By @natgeo “Photo by @tbfrost A male gelada monkey having a bad hair day in the highlands of Ethiopia. A photo posted by Michelle (@eamonnandjack) on
There you have it – some of the things I’ve been up to since I last posted here. Hope you missed me when I was gone 😉