It’s Alive!

(Be sure to read that title in your best Dr. Frankenstein shout of amazement, joy and wonder)

Yes, it really is me! (I was going to title this “Surprise!” but I’ve had the other title stuck in my head all day.) Don’t bother asking me where I’ve been.  I don’t think I could tell you. I keep meaning to sit down and write something, but my not so wonderful skill of procrastinating has been prevailing.  

I’ve recently come across a couple different blog posts that have stuck with me.  The first is a short, but very powerful article called, “She Left Proof”.   (If you avoid being in photos, you need to go read it. Be sure to grab tissue first.) was not so much about blogging, as much as letting yourself be photographed with your family.  I have to admit that over the years I have gained much more weight than I ever should’ve. And somewhere along the line, I have developed a really awkward camera smile.  In short, I don’t like the way that I look and do my best to avoid being in photos.  I seriously cringe whenever I see pictures of myself. 

The other was a video post about journaling.  It’s actually more like an infomercial for a particular journal, but it is so well done that I feel I need to share it. (It’s kinda long though) The video really made me think about how I need to get back to documenting all of the little things that go on in our lives.  It’s important. 

My first blog post was December 8, 2005.  Shaun had been trying to get me to start one before that, but I was being mule headed.  I was content to write my “little stories” as I called them and send them to friends and family members via email.  I’m not sure where the little stories are, but everything I’ve ever blogged about is in one spot.  I never really thought about it, but it’s my version of a journal.  (We aren’t going to talk about all the blank journals I have stashed around here!) I can go back at anytime and relive little things that I had forgotten about.  I love being able to do that.

The other day I read a blog post that basically said in order to write something, one has to do something.  That was never an issue for me. Things don’t have to be exciting for me to write about them. I’ve always been content to write about a new coffee mug or how very talented my puppy is. (Shaun is training him to be a Circus Puppy!)  Besides, it has been busy around here.  In the last two weeks I’ve traveled outside the state through a scary mountain pass despite avalanche warnings, had a makeover at a famed Spa, decided to become a farmer, been in a minor fender bender (with a scammer!), discovered that my child is a green-eyed pirate alien and well…all sorts of other exciting adventures.

I’m ready to start writing again.  My fingers are itching to spill out the words. 

To quote another movie because it also, has been going through my head. (be sure to use your best Old English Man accent) I’m not dead yet!

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13 Responses to It’s Alive!

  1. Tylor says:

    It’s kind of odd for me reading this and not just because I’ve been avoiding cameras my entire life. Right now I am gearing up for another move and sorting through everything I own and getting rid of as much as I can. As a result I’ve been tossing all but the most important of knickknacks and memorabilia stuff. It’s actually been an interesting experience figuring out what is important and what memories just don’t hold that much sentimental value for me anymore.

    Perhaps it is because I almost never write about my personal experiences (or lack there of) I’m thinking you could sing “well now he’s dead, you hit him on the head” about my blog. Don’t you go doing that, now.

    • Susie says:

      I really think that we go through different phases in our lives when some things are so much more important than others. Things that I valued when I was a young’un like you are, no longer matter to me. (it sounds like you are already starting to experience that though) I have to admit that it’s fun to look through the sporadic journals I kept just for a jog down memory lane.

      Words seem to be the one thing that has always mattered to me. I’m at a loss to explain why I stopped writing (and it was everything, not just the blog) but I have missed it. So…I’m starting again. If nothing else, it will make my folks happy!

      I’ll sing “Always look on the bright side of life” as you don’t want me singing the other!

      To me, it’s too easy to get attached to the “things” in life.

      No fun…just when I was prepared to whack you on the head!

  2. It’s a great reminder to document ourselves along with our children. I do try to remember to do that–I’m not in all the shots, but I make it a point to be in some of them.

    Welcome back!

  3. Kathy says:

    Glad you’re still with us! I’d wondered where you’d gotten to. I’m one of those who doesn’t like to be photographed. I do think that needs to change.

  4. anneberit says:

    So glad you are writing again, nothing like putting a few words out here 😀

  5. alexa says:

    Nice to find you (via BBFS)! I tend to fight shy of photos of me too, but am coming round to realising that my children are going to be sad if there none of me at all. Sounds as if you have lots of words and stories there – looking forward to seeing them spill out!

    • Susie says:

      You know, I look at photos of my grandma and I don’t think about how bad she looks…she just looks like my grandma and I treasure those few photos we have of her. Like you, I don’t want my kids to be sad that there are only a few…

  6. Nadja says:

    I’m so glad to have found you through BBfS. I can relate to the photo thing. It saddens me to think that my husband and I have been together for 17 years and we don’t have a lot of pictures together. Thank you for reminding me that I need to step from behind the camera once in a while.

    I, too, have a lot of blank journals around my house, along with several that are for different things: one for collecting quotes, one for my books, one as an actual journal, etc.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    -Nadja

    • Susie says:

      Hmmm…that’s a good point. I was only thinking of our kids, but we have very few of my husband and I. We’ll have to get on that! Thank you for bringing it up.