Three hundred and ninety-four

Blogging used to be my ritual.  The one thing I had to fit in every day.  My release.  Now it’s my writing the book and blogging seems a little foreign.  I forgot what it felt like when I first started sending my thoughts out into the internet abyss – like I am sharing a part of my soul for the world to read and judge.  Happily, it turned out most people out there are supportive and encouraging, or are genuinely interested in an intelligent debate.  But it’s still more difficult every week now than it was once blogging became a habit.  By the end of the year I just wrote, whereas now I’m constantly questioning what I’m sending out there.

Around this time last year, at the start of the Toronto Football Club season (because my pub gets very busy for the games), I read some of my posts and think of how I managed to post something despite working twelve-hour shifts at the pub running around like crazy.  I figure if I can do it then, I can do it now.  When you’re passionate about something, you make it happen I guess.

Speaking of passionate, because I’m writing about my experiences extreme couponing right now, I’m starting to see coupons everywhere I go again.  There was a time last March when I would see anything to do with a grocery store and instantly think “coupon” in flashing lights in my head, like what I’d picture a Las Vegas wedding chapel to have.  (As a side note, friends of mine from Australia just had their second wedding at one of those.  The average number of weddings per day in Las Vegas is 300+, with the cost of a Nevada marriage license only $35.00.  It’s still a very popular wedding destination.  Although how much electricity those neon signs must take I’m sure is ridiculous!)  I still keep the occasional coupon in my wallet, but I’m now remembering the advantages of using coupons.

Since I wrote my posts last year, TLC has aired an Extreme Couponing All-Stars, pitting two couponers in each episode against each other with the person having the highest percentage of savings named the winner of the round.  The three couponers with the all-around top percentage of savings advanced to the finale.  It really is a sport now!

And an extra little photo of my vegan baking yesterday before I head off to serve beer to soccer hooligans:

Recipe from ohsheglows.com.  So delicious (and yes, I couldn’t wait and ate one before I took this photo)!

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8 thoughts on “Three hundred and ninety-four

  1. You’re totally right that at times, it can seem that making time to write can be the toughest thing in the world. Especially as you have another book project on the go. I remember Abigail Thomas in Thinking About Memoir http://tinyurl.com/7zehtgt, and she stated, you have to just set aside time. It’s a must. Like exercise (which I still need to make time for). Thus, I’m sure you’ll find time for your adoring fans (ah-hem), to let us know how you’re doing. :D

    • Thanks Pink. :) It’s true. I am setting aside time every day with the book writing, but it’s still important I keep up with the blog, even if it is hard at times. And I love the interaction on the internet with fellow bloggers like yourself! Blogging is so immediate and I like that. It’s a time capsule of how any of us feel at that very moment, put out there for others to respond to. It’s scary and great at the same time.

      • Greetings!

        I totally agree! At times, it really is difficult to just ‘put our thoughts out there’, but think of it more as a memoir collection, photos in writing of your process, as we are all fascinated to learn more, all the highs and hits of getting your book together.

        Think of us as your fan club, cheering you on! Really, don’t deprive us of your musings and meanderings. It’s what helps us get through our own quirks and quips in life. :D

        Pink.

      • Thanks Pink! That’s so nice of you to say. And it definitely helps to have supportive people like you cheering me on! I will continue to blog and try my best to keep everyone informed of my ups and my downs of the process. :)

  2. It really IS hard to set aside the time to post. When I started my blog, I was pumping something out every few days – now it’s every couple of weeks. I guess it boils down to what you said about questioning what it is we’re putting out there. For me, too, a big part is inspiration. Anyone can write about anything, but will it matter? Funny aside to that, my son’s fiance’s uncles are the Warren Brothers of Country Music fame, and they wrote the song “Red Solo Cup” just goofing around in a writing session, and look what a success that became for Toby Keith. Sometimes ya just gotta shake your head. Keep writing, we’ll keep reading.

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