Friday, September 9, 2011

Xazmin! It's NEW!!!

I would explain my title to y'all, but as long as THIS GIRL is laughing hysterically right now at my stupidity, I have done my job. 

Now before any of you go all "Ricky Ricardo" on me, and tell me I have some 'splaining to do...
I just wanted to say thank you to all my friends out there in the blogosphere.  Y'all are the BEST!  I can't even count how many emails, texts, phone calls, snail mail lettters, etc. I have received since my abrupt hiatus began.  It's just nice to know that I was missed. 

I missed you guys too.

Typically, I am the "wait until Monday", or "Start fresh with a new month/year" girl, but after an urging text from THIS GIRL, and an encouraging phone call from THIS GIRL all in one day, I decided I'd just take the plunge and get back to it. 

After all, my most recent and most successful diet program to date started on a Thursday...why not?

Now for the explanation...

Quite simply, I burned myself out.  The perfectionist/devoted friend in me would not allow myself to write unless I had visited every blog I followed, and commented on at least one of their recent posts.  If I missed even 1 day of visiting, it would take me a week to get caught up. 

It just wasn't fun anymore.

Not to mention the fact that my house was spiraling out of control around me, and my weight reached a number I hadn't seen since I was 9 months pregnant with Bug. 

It was just not pretty. 

I took a step back, and realized I needed to concentrate on ME.  I needed to establish routines, make fitness goals, get our financial house in order, and concentrate on making my house feel like a HOME again. 

But, something had to give. 

That thing just happened to be blogging for me. 

No, blogging is NOT bad.  I love it.  I really do.  BUT with how intensly I was concentrating on it, it kind of took over my life.  With the summer coming, and going from having 2 kids at home to having 4 at home, I knew I had to make a change. 

So, I gave it up.  Plain and simple.

We had an awesome summer, and now that Sissy, Bubble, and BUG have started school, I finally feel like I have some ME time again. 

I am actually completely childless right now, because Boo is at her first day of preschool OUTSIDE of the house!  A GOOD FRIEND and I have started a co-op type preschool 2 days a week, just to clarify. 

My plan for now is to blog at least 1 day a week.  Most likely while Boo is at preschool. 

I am also going to come up with a game plan for when to do my tours of blogland. 

But I'm not going to apologize for putting myself first anymore.  I will always blog first, if I feel like I have something to say, and THEN I will be by to visit if I have time.  I will also no longer visit blogs because I feel like I HAVE to.  If you entertain me, or we connect, you can bet your behind I will be very hard to get rid of.  Isn't that the point of "blog LOVE"? 

If you want to guarantee regular interactions with me, let me know.  I'm sure we can work something out... (Did somebody say Facebook or Texting???)

Any bets on how many followers I lose? 

Until next time...

It's good to be back!


Xazmin said...

Haha! I love you, and also, of course I love all the shout-outs to me!!

I'm glad you're back! I don't have much room to judge, since I am frequently MIA in Blogland also!!

Janna said...

I am so glad you are back...I was worried about you!

YOU have to blog for YOU...when YOU have time...and the rest can wait :) me...pick me!
jannac at msn dot com

Welcome Back Sami!

Jen said...

Sami! I was just going to fb you and tell you I missed hearing from you on your blog, and then I saw this! Happy day! Glad to know you're out having a fun and fabulous life with your hubby and adorable kiddos. :) And glad to see you're back! (And you'll probably notice that my take on blogging is similar to yours--whenever I get around to it, even though I, too, enjoy it.) Loves!

Lisa said...

You won't lose me! :) Glad you're back. And it seems that finding yourself was the theme of the summer. I know I did the same thing, as did Evelyn. The joys of being a mom I guess. Thanks for the reminder, though, that other people come AFTER myself. :) I <3 your blog!!!

Debra said...

I love reading your blog, I doubt you will lose any readers and if you do, they weren't great readers in the first place. I am glad you are back! I was sad that you had gone...

Bridget said...

Oh my gosh I'm so glad you're back! I was so worried that something was wrong and hoping nothing was. YAY so glad to see you again!! :)

Emmy said...

Yea!! I have missed you too. But seriously good for you. Life is not about blogging- blogging should be about life- oh how catchy and clever :). When I am feeling overwhelmed or behind I only read the blogs of people who commented on mine- so if six people comment I may only check six blogs that day if that is all life will afford me. Do what you can and want- I will be here :)

Anonymous said...

I seriously screamed when you came up on my blog reader with a new post!! I've missed you a ton!

I am so happy that you took time to take care of what needed to - I'm so glad you put you and your family first!

Thinking of you and sending you a ton of hugs!!

aubrey said...

Glad you're back! I missed you... sniff* sniff* :)

Myya said...

Hi you! Do you see me waving? I've missed you. I've been horrible at chatting this Summer. I've been m.i.a., not quite as m.i.a. as you but still definitely not the blog gal I used to be. I was the same as you, felt like I had to read & comment before I posted. I finally realized I dont have to. First & foremost this blog is a scrapbook for my kids to read one day, a place to kat down my thoughts sho I dont go crazy. I'm so glad I got to that point the Summer & didn't let it consume me. Yrs I miss some of my boggy friends a lot but the stress I definitely dont miss. I hope we will get back to chatting more often again, I've missed you my friend & I am super happy you will be popping your head into blogland once in a while! Hugs!!

Jessica G. said...

Sometimes taking a break from blogging is all you need to get your mojo back. As far as the commenting goes, I've separated the blogs I read into folders on my reader: real-life buddies, inactive, etc. If I have the time, I read them all. If I don't, then I click a whole folder (or two) to mark as all read and get on with my day. Hey, not everyone I read comments on my blog so I don't think anyone's feelings are going to be hurt if I miss a day (or week) of posts.

Amy said...

Oh goodness, I had just found you, then you disappeared, and I sort of almost did a cartwheel when I saw you were back. Seriously.
Blog/life balancing is sometimes hard, isn't it? Learning the fine line between being a good bloggy friend and having no life is also hard. Good for you for just taking a step back and doing it. So glad to have you back, and I am sending out all sorts of wishes, good energy, prayers, crossed fingers and toes that I am entertaining or connecting with you. Just so you know. :)

Mamarazzi said...

so nice to "hear" from you. your bloggy goodness has been missed. glad to know that all is well, can't wait to catch up.

never apologize for putting yourself first.

the bulbs you sent me last Spring are in full bloom, they really brighten my yard. thanks for that.

MiMi said...

I've been taking lots of breaks this summer. I am like you, OCD about reading blogs and commenting and not feeling like I should write something if I didn't visit all of my blogs.
I finally realized, "WHO THE HELL reads all my posts that follows me?" Hardly anyone. Do I quit following them? No. Well, not, there ya go.
Glad you're back. REALLY glad.

VandyJ said...

I was wondering what had happened to you. Good to see you back.

SusanD said...

So good to hear from you. I've struggled with posting, reading, and commenting the past few months too. I love to blog but me and my family come first. I'll still be hanging around so don't think you can get rid of me that easy. ahaha! Blessings, SusanD

Impulsive Addict said...

Will you be coming back again??? =)

Dayngr said...

So where'd ya run off to now?

Jen @ said...

Hi Sami!

Happy Holidays!! Sorry about the random card this year. Glad you are back blogging!!