Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Post Hiatus

I'm back! I'm sorry to have been gone for so long, and with no warning. There were many reasons I was away: moving the computer from the kitchen table into a back bedroom, sickness, tiredness, company, travel, family, moving the computer from the kitchen table to a back bedroom . . . but when it comes down to it, there's one real reason I stayed away.

Everything I thought of writing, whether I hoped to be funny or clever or anecdotal or just to say hi, everything I composed in my head sounded negative. Sniping, nasty, mean, negative. And I didn't feel like being that way, so I stayed away. I drowned myself in fiction, and it felt good. I'm still in a heavy reading phase, and I'm still feeling good.

Last weekend was good too. Paul, Ellie, Lizzi-pug, and I were up in Iowa for a family reunion - Paul's side. I had extremely low hopes for the event, so I couldn't help but be pleasantly surprised. And indeed, the weekend was restful, rejuvenating, and fun. There are some really good people in that family.

One of Paul's cousins had twins 3 days after Ellie was born, and it was indescribable to see the three one-year-olds together. Her mother, Paul's aunt, loves to tie-dye. She made color-coordinated, huge shirts for everyone in the family, with each individual family unit getting a matching pattern. The result was stunning. I offer proof:

To top things off, here's a shot of Ellie with her cousins. See what I mean?

13 comments:

  1. So glad you are back. Don't leave us like that again. You were sorely missed. Now I am green with envy. (So "j") I want my family's tie-dyed tee-shirt. It will be the next plaid pattern for Scots!

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  2. Welcome back!

    All I can think of when I look at those photos is "Oh, my". I sound like a granny saying it aloud.

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  3. Glad you're back!

    I'm also glad to see that my husband's family is not the only one who does shirts for gatherings. However, your shirts are far cooler...

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  4. It sounds like your fiction get-away was needed. I loved the pictures of the tie-died reunion, what a colorful bunch and the three 1 y.o.s together is precious.

    Isn't wonderful to have a family reunion and to get to 'know' family members that you really didn't 'know'. Sounds like a great time and I'm glad you are back.

    Peace, Tara Marie & Emma Sage

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  5. Hey, welcome back!

    Awesome family picture. :)

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  6. Glad to see you back!

    Does Ellie have a new haircut? It's very flattering on her :)

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  7. Hey! You had us worried! Don't *do* that! (finger wag, finger wag)

    Glad you're back and feeling less negative. And wowee wow wow! as Junie B. would say--those shirts are groovy!

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  8. Oh, those shirts and outfits are awesome!!!

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  9. I am nuts about those shirts! NUTS! Sarahlynn, you are soooo pretty! Man!

    Ellie is so precious. Awesome family you have there.

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  10. So glad you're back. Fiction is good therapy for me too.

    Groovy pics!

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  11. Glad you're back. I was worried!

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