The Crazy Suburban Mom

Hobonichi Cousin Planner in my Filofax

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thank you all

I had some goals when I started my blog in February 2009. For many of those years I blogged every single day. I blogged on weekends, I blogged when I was on vacation and when I wasn't blogging, I was thinking about it and learning how to do it better. It energized me, made me feel connected and creative.
I focused on it, networked... tried to grow it into something special. In the last two years or so I moved to posting only few times a week but at this point it's only monthly. I used to love doing the posts and I worked very hard to make whatever I had to say entertaining, no matter the subject.
But coming up with original content is very time consuming when you are the only one writing - and honestly, I've not met the goals I set for myself. Maybe that is why it doesn't feel fun anymore or maybe I've just done it so long I'm burned out... I'm really not sure. I'm not sure it matters.
I think it might be time to just let it go. Chalk it up to something worth while that I'm proud to have done but didn't go as I'd planned. Maybe the space left by letting go will make room for other ways to be creative that might be more fulfilling.
I want to thank everyone who has ever read my posts, the long ones, the short ones, and especially the ones with the crazy crazy titles. At this time my blog has had over half a million hits... so please accept half a million thank yous - it's been a great ride and a wonderful journey....
Love you all,
tracy - the crazy suburban mom who doesn't feel all that crazy anymore.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

The soft pile at ground zero

A few hours ago I had a planner related meltdown on facebook.  Everyone was so kind about it; coming up with suggestions and offering assistance.  You guys got me though this afternoon....

Since that status update I had occasion to walk Ventura and as often is the case,  someone did not pick up after their dog.    This time, instead of Ventura brace descending into a soft pile at ground zero, my sandaled feet did.   I suppose there are a lot of possible reactions to this, mine was to have an epiphany.

 Put on your big girl panties Tracy -  There are worse things then planner issues and one of them is squishing up through your toes now.

  I considered all this further as I carried Ventura's bag of doody in one hand and what was once my sandals in the other, to the poop station.  

When I got home I threw out my sandals,  washed my feet several times with anti bacterial soap, followed by an obsessive dousing with alcohol.  Then I tried to get to my happy place and set about righting my planner.    (Although, I suspect my feet will never seem clean  again.)

I had a mix of dated 2014 inserts that can get me to 2015; some English, some not so much.   I was able to dig up a rag tag assortment of single sheets  that I can use as daily pages and I printed the A5 DIYFish  weekly pages (the one that folds over) to use.   That page is the best thing for the way I meal plan. period. Plus I  suspect the  weekly review area and  section about 'whats most important this week"  are exactly what's been missing in my planning.

It's all in my Malden now.   I guess I can't call it a franken-planner because the planner isn't a jumble of parts....  But if my planner was a band I'd call it Mr. Malden and the Franken-serts...


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