And this was my inaugural post.
I look back now at how different my life was five years ago and how much has changed and I can honestly say in many ways I'm not the same person, but in other ways I'm the very same.
I've been through a couple of job changes since back then and for those who worry sometime, despite the current rumbles, I am happier where I am now than I have been at any previous places of employment. So for those out there - don't despair. It took me a while to find my home away from home aka work, but find it I did.
I have made friends - such good friends, through blogging. And I've been extremely fortunate to meet many of them in person. And each and every one I've met whether in person or just over the 'net, has enriched my life. To find such a wonderful group of people who can relate so easily to many of the quirks us romance readers have is - well - sounding a bit gooey here - beyond amazing.
I have traveled - by myself! - half way across the continent!! For me to do something like that five years ago would have been inconceivable. But I still remember saying to myself as I got off the plane in Detroit, coming back from San Francisco - "Damn Girl (yes - I did address myself as girl even though that could be disputed) I am proud of you! You made it SF and back all on your own!!" So traveling the next year to Washington DC was a piece of cake. The next challenge will be DRIVING to Columbus - about a 7 hour drive - on my own. Which reminds me. I need to get a GPS and even tougher still - figuring out how it works! Or is that GSP.
Of course what affected me the very most was losing Ron. That shaped and changed me in drastic ways. The other half of me - the grounding part - is gone. While there has been a lot of healing, the scar is still there and always will be. In some ways I've failed - like in housework. Ron and I were the Felix and Oscar and without my Felix, my Oscar has kind of taken over. But in other ways I've accomplished quite a bit! I had my kitchen remodled (even though Destructo Cat has done a number of some of the walls), I had the yard landscaped and from the outside the house looks entirely different. I haven't had any utilities cut off - though I'm sure the cable, phone, hydro companies scratch their heads when they get payment from me and it very rarely matches what the bill says. And biggest of all - I'm traveling - by myself. Ron wasn't much for traveling - he refused to fly and I've done more flying now in the past few years than I had in the entire 31 years we were married!
So - thanks to each and every one of you that has dropped in and spent some time here over the past five years. Who'da thunk I'd still be doing this - and still loving it - way back when I first started.
So to celebrate becoming FIVE I'm going to give away some books. I don't know which ones yet, but I have a number of doubles and I'll go through them and list titles. I would have done this before, but I didn't realize the blogiversary was so close until a couple of hours ago - and well - the men's short program is on. Leave a comment on anything:
- Favourite books
- Favourite genres
- North and South
- Your troubles with electronics (so I won't feel alone)
- The troubles you have with pets
- Your fridge magnet collection (I have a real fine one going thanks to the conferences!)
- Your pen collection (I have a real fine one going thanks to the conferences!)
- Hot actors (though non can top Richard Armitage)
- How you like embarrassing your kids
- Your fear of mail
- Your addiction to Free Cell/Boggle
- The number of books in the TBR pile
- Your favourite 80's music
- The Winter Olympics - I'm hooked
- Who you think is the hottest athlete at the Olympics
- What makes a book a keeper
- What do you like in a hero
- What do you like in a heroine
- Or anything else that strikes your fancy
and I'll announce the books and the winner next Tuesday.