Saturday, June 25, 2011

Back in the Saddle

Question: What does riding a horse and writing a blog have in common?



What could these two things possibly have in common? 

Give up? 

This expression,

"When you fall off the horse,
you have to get right back on."

sums it up for me.

If you don't get right back on,
it gets harder and harder. 

And that's kind of what's happening with me right now with my blog. I took, what was going to be, just a few days break. Those few days have stretched into more than a month, and now I'm finding it very hard to get back in the saddle. 

The first few days off were intentional -- my life had just gotten too crazy, and something had to give. I had to do two hours of mandatory overtime for a week or two in my 2 to10 job (I have a 2-to-10:30 pm job instead of a 9 to 5 job, which is a story for another day). I had also gotten four side jobs to do -- two dissertations to edit and two college textbooks that needed a light edit and a proofread. When it rains, it pours, right? I was just going to take a day or two off, and hey, bloggers do it all the time. 

But then on top of my work load, my kids were all graduating from school! Three graduations in three weeks -- how is that for timing? Yay! and hip, hip, hooray! First up was my oldest daughter and her boyfriend -- they graduated from pharmacy school.

Scottie and Jenny -- all smiles after earning their Doctor of Pharmacy degree

My son and his girlfriend graduated a week later. Erik earned a BS in mechanical engineering, with a concentration in aerospace engineering.

Erik's turn to be all smiles

His red, white, and blue sash is from doing a study abroad in France. My son's girlfriend, Jackie, earned her second (or is it her third?) degree -- she earned a BA in women's studies to add to her BA in anthropology and art history that she earned last year.

Jackie and Jenny at Erik's Graduation

I'm really bummed that I don't have a picture of Jackie in full regalia, but I wasn't able to take off of work to attend her ceremony -- that mandatory overtime thing again.

Last, but not least, my youngest daughter graduated from high school, and that event carried its own huge ball of freaking out emotions to contend with.

Wait! I have even more excuses!

Mother's Day and my birthday also were in that time period. I don't know about you, but days that are set aside to celebrate *me* never quite turn out the way that I had hoped for or envisioned. My oldest daughter and my son really outdid themselves this year though in making those days special. My youngest gave me flowers.

Along with all the emotional upheaval of three graduations and special days and the intense time suck that was work, we (as in the East Coast) had our first heat wave of the season. I don't know about you, but I don't have air conditioning. Not because I function better in the heat (snort!) or because I somehow sleep better with fresh air (double snort!) -- it's because I live in an old house. The installation expense coupled with the idea of losing what passes for closets in this house precludes air-conditioned comfort from becoming my reality. 

Instead I lose all semblance of being sane and rational, because trying to function in that kind of heat for extended periods and not being able to sleep is ... well, it's just not fun. I get snappy. I get edgy, I get frazzled, and yes, believe it or not -- 

I turn into a first-class, grade-A b*tch,
who whines incessantly.
(Yeah. Sweet li'l old me. Just ask anybody who knows me).

In addition to the miserableness that a heat wave wreaks on my sanity, it causes my yard to go completely out of control. I've been weeding and weeding, and my yard still looks like this (and this is just one small corner)

weeds, weeds, and more weeds and some ivy
As the Urban Dictionary says, "the excrement made physical contact with a hydro-electric powered oscillating air current distribution device." I rather like that way of saying the sh*t in my life hit the fan. 

The longer I stayed away, the harder it was to write another post ... I couldn't even bear to open Google Reader, I was just way too overwhelmed. Hope you all can forgive me for not stopping by and visiting. This doesn't begin to cover all of my angst and anxiety and guilt and emotional upheaval, but it's a start. Rest assured, my saga *will* continue ...

Oh, I almost forgot! Here's an outfit pic from Thursday, June 23, 2011 ...
Kari does matchy match.
tank -- Vassarette (KMart)
shirt -- MKM Designs (Marshalls)
pants -- Gap 1969 (Gap)
necklace -- thrifted
belt -- nautica (thrifted)
shoes -- Dansko Professional (Dansko outlet)

I was actually quite proud of this outfit. I like my white jeans a whole lot more in this "matchy-match" look than when I channeled Mr. Clean in the white-out challenge.

Why is being "matchy match" a fashion sin that is almost comparable to death?


  1. You look great! You do not look like you have been through all of thing is for sure...blogging is a huge commitment and sometimes a break is necessary just to experience LIFE!! I think if "matchy" works for you then of course it is not a really look good in your picture. I hope you can keep up the posting...nice to see your return.

  2. I have up and abandoned my blog twice before because of well, LIFE interference and I am trying really hard not to do it this time around.

    In other news, I love your jeans!

  3. Great minds do think alike! Glad to see you're "back in the saddle." And I love your overgrown yard. That's actually how I prefer my yards. Not because I hate yard work, just because I prefer things less than perfect.

    And I just started reading Kandi the other day, but I do think she's pretty cool.

  4. Kari--you are rockin' the white jeans. I am IMPRESSED that you have three such accomplished'll notice I'm not boasting about my kids college degrees. You should feel very, very proud. And that work load sounds like a b****.

    As for the AC problem, back in the days when I couldn't afford it, I would sit around in a wet swimsuit. That's how I coped.

  5. Matchy matchy isn't a sin to me, I enjoy it often! You must be one proud mama, that is quite the achievement train you have going on over there. I wondered what happened to you and am glad to know all is well just busy! And you look mahvelous, darling.


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