But Molly, this is your blog...you can post what you want? Well, yes, but still. There is this marvelous book blogging community that I love and I am not sure that they have an interest in reading my personal dribble.
Another reason for my absence is that I think I have found the "scratch" to my "writing itch" in the morning pages discipline. Ever since I discovered the website, 750 words in April, I have written nearly every day (I have only missed 4 days and that is because we were on vacation with no internet access). While this kind of writing is not helpful in honing the craft, I have found it incredibly useful in ordering my life. It seems that if I write down a goal, I am far more likely to actually take the first step in achieving that goal. Funny how that works, isn't it?
So now that the writing itch has dissipated, I am left with making decisions as to what to actually post on the blog. Here are some possibilities that I have considered:
- Rosetta Stone - I am working my way through the French course (at least levels 1-4) in the hopes of conversing with the locals in their native language when I go to Paris next month. Lately I am spending about two hours a day immersing myself in the language. I thought of writing a review of the software as well as my personal discipline.
- Water - funny topic, huh? But I have resisted drinking water for years and I fear that it is now taking its toll. In an effort to develop healthy habits this summer that will (hopefully) remain with me once school starts, I have tried to drink more water. Two things have helped: buying a 32 ounce water bottle, and using a squirt of MiO peach/mango drops. I have thought of writing about this new lifestyle change.
- Wine Tasting - yes, another new interest. I know that wine is more plentiful in France than soda, and I have always enjoyed pairing wine with food (although that interest was put on hold while raising a family). I have read several books on the topic and watched a few instructional videos. I thought of writing a Weekend Cooking post on this topic - which perhaps might lead to future food/wine posts.
- Menu Planner at AllRecipes.com - while I have only had access to this tool for about a week, I must say that I am absolutely in love with it! At first I had to get over the fact that I had to pay for a website that I have used for free for years....but once I analyzed the benefits, I felt that it was well worth it. I love that there are hundreds of pre-designed weekly menus that I can choose from - but also adapt to my own taste. It is the jump start to getting back into the kitchen that I have needed. I thought of writing a review of this culinary find.
- Playlists - when I was in high school music was a huge part of my life - but once I had children my rock and roll albums gave way to Barney cassette tapes. I am trying to reconnect with this side of me this summer and have developed a few playlists -- some based on beat and melody (what I tend to focus on most) and others based on meaningful lyrics. I thought of posting my playlists in an attempt to perhaps hear some of your favorite songs as well.
- Photography - yes, this continues to be a focus, although I seem to be stuck in "head" knowledge and I can't quite seem to make myself go out and gain practical experience. I simply must change this before I leave next month. I have read several books (which I could quickly review) - but last week I took an online PhotoShop Elements 9 workshop that was FABULOUS!! I thought of writing a review and for those who might be interested, you could download the workshop at CreativeLive.
- Unraveling - another online class that I am taking this summer. This class is amazing - although rather deep and introspective (which is what I was looking for). Susannah Conway has managed to create a very safe, compassionate Flickr group where we learn to get in touch with ourselves through photos and writing. My sister-in-law recommended this perfect class for me - and I have thought of writing reviews of what I have learned so far.
- Writing - still a major interest of mine and I continue to read more about writing than do it (do you notice a pattern here). I have been focusing more on writing memoir (as I truly do believe that everyone has a story to tell) as well as learning to write with the senses. I would like to hone this craft so that when I eat those memorable meals - or taste that memorable wine - I can recollect it accurately in the written word. I have thought of possibly writing reviews of those books I have enjoyed most.
- Paris - of course most of my free time has been focused on preparing for this trip. I have done quite a bit of online research, as well as reading a few travel books. Since we may choose to return to Paris for our 30th anniversary next year (hard to believe I have been married that long!) and have other family members join us, I have researched a variety of tours that I would not normally consider just for myself. I have considered posting links to those here - and I will probably work on posting a few travel articles while I am actually there.
So this is the way I have kept myself busy for the first month of summer. Yes, I am still here, but just not sure that the activities that keep me busy will be of interest to you. If you find any of the points listed above suitable for a full length post....please let me know and I will be happy to oblige. Otherwise, I hope that all of you are staying cool as we head into this Independence Day weekend.