Sunday, August 17, 2008

Well, cheese and rice, this got away from me

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So the big gap between posts, the big no show, in large part was caused by my dithering about privacy issues. How to keep blogging about my fine little family without having one of them come home from school in tears because their classmates teased them about something I blabbed to the world on this blog. Because, you know, this blog didn't start out for public comsumption. I was just looking for a substitute for the yahoo group I started for YuYu's 2004 adoption. So many in my circle didn't understand that they needed to sign onto yahoo. Without a yahoo account, they could read the posts, but couldn't see the photos, I wanted a better format for the 2006 trip. And worst of all, I thought I had printed out all my posts about darling YuYu after I got home only to realize that I had screwed the pooch, printed the yahoo ads and page template and whatnot, but the text of the posts didn't print. And before I looked at the pages to see what printed, I deleted the yahoo group, sort of like setting your own journal on fire, so sad and I was bitter about yahoo groups for travel log purposes.

So with this blog, I just thought it was kind of like a yahoo group, didn't know what the rest of the more technologically savvy citizens of the world knew, that the content could be googled and there I was, using the kids' real names, not even attempting, not even aware that I was doing the digital equivalent of throwing the front door open and inviting everyone to look in. And then I discovered that I liked keeping the journal and anyone who has peeked through our front door (ah, so much for extending the metaphor, that sounded creepy, I just mean anyone who has actually entered the center of chaos where I raise my children) in real life knows that there's no scrap booking going on in this house, and the blog was something, something pitifully small in comparison to the serious scapbooking going on in these parts, but at least something that will help me remember their fleeting childhoods.

So the dithering without finding answers started the big dry spell, and then I just got bucking busy being a mother of four and the sole financial support for those same four who insist on eating and growing and needing new shoes and stuff like heat and running water and college accounts and trying to fit in a more than full-time "career" and I use the term loosely, between the hours they are being kept safe at school or in aftercare. There's just no denying that my job is stressful, it just is, no getting around it, and I'm reviving the blog tonight instead of looking at the file I brought home because I scheduled clients early tomorrow morning because last week it sounded like a great idea and I'll be up for another hour just getting ready for that appointment. That's a seriously run-on sentence to say, cheese and rice, most of the time, I'm balls to the wall all day long (and of course, I didn't grow my own set of balls, I just adopted four children and out of necessity, anyone who voluntariy becomes a single parent has to man up and strap on a pair just to enter the game) and how do I keep a clever, engaging blog, and try to graciously respond to comments from the good people who have found our story on the internets? Well, I'm just not that all together and I can't even pretend that I am because I'm just not fooling anyone.

So this is my re-enty post. I haven't figured out the privacy issues, I'll have to keep thinking about a solution. I'll have to password protect at some point, or create a new address and start using code names for the kidnicks, I've written too much about how hard I have found it to attach to Nora to leave this out there in the ether for her or her classmates to find. There's got to be a good, easy solution, I just can't focus well enough to figure it all out just right now, and since Nora can barely read, we're safe for a little while longer.

The pics are of my three littles from a lovely picnic at the park with other single parent families yesterday afternoon. My big girl was acting camera shy, not sure what was up with her yesterday, so that's why no pics of Ellie. And see, I am such a slug, eating good food and gabbing up a storm with smart and fun moms, admiring their gorgeous kids, enjoying the really pleasant weather (kind of fall like, not like August at all) that the only reason I even used enough calories to dig out the camera was because the kids were climbing a tree right above my chair, I didn't even have to stand up to get these pictures, so, what the hell, why not get a few snaps?


Eliza2006 said...

I didn't even burn enough calories to pack my camera, let alone get one single pic of my child. You have me beat!


Lisa and Tate said...

Welcome back! You do have such adorable AND WELL BEHAVED kidlets.... I kind of miss them. Mesa just mopes around.

Do not expell too many calories... this is the time you can sit back, gab, eat and be free. Between all of us mommas, someone will watch and snap pictures of your beauties.


Amber said...

I am glad you are back!

Abby goes to Denmark! said...

I'm glad you're back too! I keep checking in every couple of weeks and hoping that everything is going so well in your lives that you don't even have a moment to update us... glad to hear that's kind of the case. =)

rose said...

Wow, it's been awhile and so exciting to see an update!! I know what you mean about the privacy issues, this whole 21st century is maddening that way. We're headed out the door to Teasdale this morning, and will return sometime this next week. Maybe we can get together before August turns into September? We'd love to see you and the gang. XO, Ellen

Rebecca said...

Nice to see some words and pics filling in the empty spaces. I am guilty of the same thing-nothing for weeks and sometimes months and then some time so everything gets posted at once.

I was worried about the privacy for my kids but so far few have "stumbled" across my blog that were not invited and have been harmless. Course single moms talking about their kids tend to be scary for most of the world so people tend to avoid "blog contact". And unless you are posting on myspace or facebook it is highly doubtful that friends or fellow students will stumble across it. My very computer literate daughter and niece have a hard time finding mine.


Denise said...

So glad you are back. I need some good "heathen" blogging to liven up my life. As for not having time... I don't know how you find time to breathe, I am a "single" mom for one silly weekend and no doubt my house will go to pot and we'll barely get out of jammies. You are wonderwoman! (with an edge, which makes you even more fun)

Anonymous said...

Me too. What they said.

I've wondered about the privacy issues as well. It seems to me that some kind of password access might be necessary. Because for those of us not next door, it is so wonderful to have these little views into your life. It makes us all feel connected to one another whther we're across town or across the world.

They are all so lovely, it is such a pleasure to "see" them growing up.

Jean (Sarah, and Eleanor and Genevieve's gamma)

Global Girl said...

I've missed your blog! Good to have you back.