Happy 100 to me!

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Me, sitting at the end of the day, boys asleep, grabbing my laptop and sitting down in my jammies on my super-crazy-comfy RH couch.

Daughter A comes in, “Are you blogging again?”.

“Yep. Grab a piece of couch and stick in the last disc of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ (when is he EVER going to meet the mother!?!?). We’re gonna be up awhile.”

We sit, and she watches over my shoulder as I type, add photos, type, add photos, read blogs, type. Add a cup of tea, and we’re talking bliss.

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AND have a look – I’m about to be “published”!
Check out <urbanmoms.ca> in the next while under “Our Members Say” and leave me some fantastic comments to make me look awesome ;-).
(I’ll add in a reminder when it actually appears).

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WOOppie!
100th post, right here, baby!

And I’m not even out of things to write (yet).
It’s a fun hobby, which so far hasn’t cost a dime. But, I am still a spender at heart – I’m sure I’ll find ways to spend something somewhere.

Thanks to all my faithful readers (ya, that includes you, J+K!), friends and fellow bloggers (it’s been fun getting to know some of you).
I already have a list of about 80 more posts to come – hope I don’t run out of steam before the 200th!
Any ideas out there to add to my pile?

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Wow! Thanks!

BONJOUR!

Apparently people who DON”T live with me actually do like to listen to me! Who’d have thunk?
An average of 45 guests a day come about to my 3-month old hobby, and I just wanted to say thanks for stopping by. It’s a whole lot more people listening than the 5 that live with me!

It also, I have decided, completely justifies the amount of time I spend reading and writing, even with all the other things I SHOULD be doing.

Feel free to browse about and leave some comments.

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Au revior,
(Just practicing… 2.5 yrs to go…)

Momma Kent.

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New Look!

It was time for an interior reno ’round here. (Yes, I design houses for a living…). I think it’s kinda perky!

Now I just need to work that exterior-almost-40-reno on myself…

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Photo Blog Photo Blog

I’ve been trying to check out more and more blogs lately from “Moms who blog” websites and links to other cool blogs. Just poking around in my one or two precious hours of late evening time, looking for new homeschooling ideas, other peoples fun travel or teenager ideas, interesting things.

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But I’ve realized I have the attention span of a gnat.
(I don’t actually know what it is, but I’m assuming it’s low to non-existent since they’re so tiny).

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I can’t focus on text without the regular interruption of a well shot photo to keep my mind in line.

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Now blogs with great photos ARE apparently hard to come by. So far, and by far, the best I’ve come across is The Pioneer Woman. By the by, she is also nominated for all kinds of blogging/website awards. If you check out her brag bit here (ok, couldn’t get it to link more directly – look for Squirmy Jan 26, 2009) ¬†you can also search through the “comments” below it and try to find other interesting blogs. I’ll get through it bit by bit, maybe, but I hope she posts a “best of the best” rather than making people read through the 11,000 comments she attracted on this piece alone!

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I’m suddenly wondering if they make picture bibles for adults…

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Well, thought I’d post some nice snow shots between my rambling text since we’ve been hit again today. Enjoy!

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I’ve been at this blog thing for less than two weeks, and I must say it’s been interesting.

There’s an entire world out there I had NO IDEA existed. I seriously thought I was “up on things” just by having Facebook. Tres naive. I had previously been sent links to Pioneer Woman, but I thought it was a one-off special kinda websitey thing. (admittedly hers is still the only one I actually read, but I think it’s more a website than a blog). In the past week I’ve been googling around various blogs to see what the heck this stuff is all about.

I can’t BELIEVE it! Just in “Mom Blogs” alone (which I’ve read is a term Mom’s who Blog don’t like) there are links for Mom’s who work, Mom’s at home, Mom’s with large families, Mom’s who Homeschool, etc, etc, etc. AND THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ‘EM! I tried also reading my brother and sis-in-law’s blogs, but OHMYGOSH dry, unless you’re into millions of computer words.

And everyone seems to have their own reason for these creative little spaces in time. Mom’s (especially Mom’s at home, whether they also work or not) seem to need some kind of me-time outlet to journal, be creative, get their thoughts out, let their steam out – you name it. Sounds good!

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But then comes the “frills” – do you post it on Mom Blog sites? do you download ads? do you find sites for extra sparkly graphics? do you do an email send out? do you seek out a following? do you offer free giveaways? WHEW! Too much fuss and pressure for me.

I’ve been continuing to question my own reasons for being here in this apparently huge cyber-world, and while looking at other sites it’s hit me. I don’t like to read other blogs. Not because they’re bad, but I’ve realized that I just don’t like to read. Words lose me (unless they’re really descriptive) – pictures move me (why don’t more blogs have more pictures than words??). I won’t even buy a cookbook unless it has a photo for every single recipe beside it.

(note I’m adding in totally random photos here to keep people like me with lazy brains entertained).

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I’m visual (which I suppose is how I ended up in Architecture!). I’ve also realized, after 37 years that I really do love to write. I’ve come to assume there are masses of Mom’s who prefer to just read blogs, and ones that prefer to just write ’em.

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I’ve never forgotten that time in gr. 6 or 7 living in some city on the island when I wrote an essay on Australia and won an award and got to travel somewhere to pick it up in a ceremonyish thingy (Ok, so I’ve forgotten all the details, but I’m pretty sure it’s still a valid memory). Since my 20’s, I’ve started 3 or 4 books, 2 novels, 1 screenplay and 20 lyrics (not including the 20 or so lyrics I miraculously have completed). I’ve also journaled since I was a teenager – guess this is my new edition old-lady journal version. And it’s somewhere to keep my writing-brain functioning until I can finally find the time to actually sit down and FINISH that screenplay. Or a book.

We’ll see if I can keep it up for more than a few weeks…

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Blog? What’s a blog?

This whole blogging thing is pretty new to me. Msn? Got it. Gmail chat? Yep. Facebook? I’m up on it, man. A website? Got that too (kinda) (ok, so I should be working on that right now…). But I don’t know the blog. I started it just to post some photos for those poor non-facebookers I know.

At first I didn’t know what to do with it. Do you just basically talk to yourself and wonder who might listen? Is it for people who have no friends to have REAL face-time chats with? Is it just something I can use to procrastinate from work or from changing that super-stinky diaper?

It’s been a week, and I’m totally completely hooked.
And I figured out why.
I get to have THOUGHTS. I get to use my brain, think, process. I get to wonder, revel, express. GOSH, I’ve been missing not having time to journal, to sit quietly with myself. I used to have an actual BRAIN, you know! Not that work doesn’t take brain – it certainly does – but this is a different part of my brain, and it’s been shoved to the back burner for a few years too many.

Now I can have THOUGHTS whenever I dang well feel about anything I want, even at 1am. PLUS I have somewhere to dump some of the millions of pictures I keep taking…
I like blog.