Thank You!

thank you note for every language

I had a “Best of 2012” post in the works, but I just wasn’t feeling it. What am I feeling?

Grateful. I’m really happy that this blog reaches people, whether few or many, and that people want to read what I have to say.

So thank you, readers. Thank you for your visits and your comments and your links. Thanks for coming back. It really means a lot to me.

And have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve!

Photo by woollywonderworks, via Flickr. Creative Commons.

Traditions: Blogging, or Happy Anniversary to Me

Webster Anniversary Cake

As of today, I have been blogging for seven years. I think that hyperlinked text may be longer than my first blog post. So how has my blogging evolved?

In fact, (as you may be able to tell from that first post) I started two blogs–one was Cake Batter, and the other was Tragic Sandwich–which I later merged.

At some point I migrated from Blogger to WordPress, and haven’t looked back. (BTW, the “Tragic Sandwich” blog that’s currently on Blogger? Not me. I should have figured out how to keep that URL.)

It took me a while, but I did learn how to embed photos.

Over time, I got better at it.

What I write about has changed.

The structure of my posts has changed (I still like this one about disgusting wine, but I would definitely hyperlink it if I were writing it today).

With more years of marriage (Mr. Sandwich and I had been married for about 14 months when I started blogging), a home purchase, and most importantly the much-desired arrival of Baguette, my life has changed far more than my blogging.

That said, I am beginning to have an idea that I may be at the point where blogging starts to change my life. Fingers crossed.

How long have you been blogging? And what’s changed for you?

Photo by TN Something Special Cakes, via Flickr.

The Liebster Award, or a Linky Post

Thanks to Off Duty Mom for giving me the Liebster Award!

In the spirit of sharing the love, and sharing the links, here are some blogs I’ve been enjoying lately:

Along the Yellow Brick Road

Bulldog and Baby

My Brown Baby

Katie is a Teacher

Wandering Scientist

So, go forth! Read! Enjoy!

Oh, and Off Duty Mom, I love your blog theme. 😉

Traditions: Mother’s Day

Baguette was born in April, so my first Mother’s Day was, like every other day, filled with New Mommy Exhaustion. But Mr. Sandwich wanted to make it special for me, and gave me all three things that I asked for.

Last year, all of us were a lot more mobile. But we were also trying to get together with Mr. Sandwich’s mother, since his parents live in the area. So I took a couple of hours to go shopping, but that was pretty much all the time I had to myself.

My solution? Take a day off from work and spend the time doing things that I want to do. I tried it last year, and it worked beautifully. So I’m doing it again today: Breakfast at Panera. Checking how Amazon Prime Streaming works (finally watched Mean Girls). Getting a massage. A two-hour massage. Having an unrushed shower. It’s been a really nice day.

On top of that, Kathy V. of Don’t Forget to Feed the Baby nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award.

So, for the rules:

  1. Add the award to your blog. Done
  2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you and add a link to their blog. Thank you, Kathy V. (See above for link)
  3. Mention 7 random things about yourself. I’ve already been nominated for this award twice, so you can find things here and here. Bonus thing: When people express surprise about learning that I was in a sorority, I say, “Then you’ll really be shocked to find out that in high school, I was in pep squad.” Huh. Maybe that’s two things.
  4. List the rules. You are reading them now.
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers. I agree with Kathy V. that this can seem spammy. But if you’re looking for new blogs to read, please check out my Links page.

It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated

It’s always nice to be recognized. And I don’t mean “you look kind of familiar–do I know you from the elevator?” Which just backfired on me last week. I mean the “Bravo! Great job!” kind. This week, another blogger, Puns Probably Intended, has given me this kind of recognition in nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

As the recipient of this award, I have some responsibilities to fulfill. These are as follows:

1. Thank the person who shared the award by linking back to them in my post. (See above)
2. Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that I’ve included them in my blog post. (See below.)
3. List 7 things about myself. (See below that.)

And now, will the following bloggers please stand up and be recognized?

1. A CUP OF JO
2. Casual Kitchen
3. Dooce
4. Dreaming of Sand Between My Toes
5. Frugal Mama
6. Gettysburg Family
7. Oilandgarlic’s Blog
8. Parent Girls
9. Punch & Pills & Pie
10. Suburban Snapshots
11. Tea & Scandal
12. That Darn Kat
13. The Happiest Mom
14. The Lyons Den
15. Zen Crafting

Now for the seven things:

1. I like working away from the house, but I really miss that one day of telecommuting they used to let me have.
2. I worry a lot about our dog, because I love her and she’s old and we only got her two years ago and how will I explain it to Baguette when the dog isn’t there anymore?
3. I am capable of fighting with anyone about nearly anything.
4. I am proud of that, and I also recognize that it is maybe not so good most of the time.
5. I miss going to the movies a lot less than I expected to.
6. I miss watching TV a lot more than I expected to.
7. If I won the lottery, I would hire an organic house-cleaning service to come every week. But I would probably still have too much paper everywhere.

How to Mommy Blog

That title should probably have a question mark at the end of it, because this isn’t an advice post. I’m too new at this topic to give advice (eh, like that stops me anywhere else). Instead, this is a post about my thought process regarding Baguette and blogging.

Baguette has no idea that I blog. I could post every day about everything she does, and she’d be none the wiser–she’s 15 months old. But someday she’ll be older, and she–and her friends–will be able to read. And surf the web.

With that in mind, I’m trying not to post things that I think will someday be embarrassing to her. Yes, I realize the time will come when my very existence will be embarrassing. But why provide fuel for that fire?

That’s why, for now, I’m only posting photos that don’t show her face. I don’t know how I feel about posting photos of her on the blog, because it’s public, and maybe several years from now she’ll be mad that I did that. I figure that photos of her back still give her that privacy. I’m not doing this out of a sense of safety–I don’t think predators go looking at random blogs thinking, “Maybe this one called ‘Tragic Sandwich’ will include photos of a small child.” But I do think she’s entitled to a measure of privacy.

So please bear with me as I figure out how to write about her, and parenting, and our lives. Hopefully I’ll manage to pull all of that together in a way that is moderately entertaining.