Today marks the 1st anniversary of me writing There's a Bug in My Coffee. I've walked through some difficulities, some joys, some funnies and some major changes here on these pages.
I've had moments of brilliance, moments of spewing mediocrity and minor stretches of "yeah, I got nothin."
The most difficult time in all the blogging was trying to come up with a title. Jimmy, our Community Manager here at ChicagoNow, was attempting to help/coax a good title out of me.
You can read the whole story here - There's a Bug in My Coffee - How I got my blog title.
Funny thing is, the title still fits today, because it's the epitome of what being a parent means.
How's that, you ask? Well, for those of us that are parents, think about it...
You make a cup (or pot) of coffee. You get it just right - temp, cream and/or sugar, shots of flavor, or whatever makes you happy.
You take a sip or two or three, then set it down to get the bills to pay, or put dishes in the dishwasher.
You come back a few minutes later and it's still tasty and warm, so you sip some more.
Then you sit down to do the bills, or you stand and wash the dishes that can't go in the dishwasher. Some more minutes go by, your coffee is still somewhat warm, so you sip some more.
Then the kids show up and need things. What things? It doesn't matter, because they need them.
Then the spouse shows up and says, "Honey, can you....." and off you go to help with that.
After tending to spouse and kids, you come back and your coffee's cold, so you warm it in the microwave. Mmmmm...
Take a sip, and "YOUCH!" you burn your tongue, because now it's too hot. You set the cup down, and go back to whatever you were working on before the kids and spouse came into the room.
Repeat this pattern on/off for a couple of hours. Here at home, this pattern could (and does) go on all day if it happens to be a day off from work.
(A day off from work? Bwahahahahahahah!!! OMG, I can't stop!! Bwahahahahaha!!! All that means is that I'm just not getting paid! LOL!)
Eventually, I come back to my 4x's rewarmed coffee, and yeppers, there's a bug floating in the cup of coffee that I never quite finished.
I was so excited to write one year ago today, that I forgot about my coffee sitting next to me, and when I finally got back to it, there was a floating dead bug in it.
The floating dead bug thing happened again just a couple of weeks ago. See?
Thus, my title. So now, today, I'm sitting here writing, being distracted by pugs that need to go outside, friends and stories on Facebook, and my coffee is cold....again.
Some things never change!
One thing I do not want to forget in all of this, is to say thank you.
Thank you, Jimmy, for giving me the chance to write on such a well-read public platform. Without your help and guidance, I'm not sure I'd have made it a year.
Thanks to the other ChicagoNow bloggers for their tips and advice. Some of these amazing writers are published authors, paid journalists, and well-known media types who share their knowledge and expertise generously and freely.
Thank you to my readers. Without you all of this would be quite pointless, wouldn't it? Your love, support and loyalty of reading my blogs and Facebook page helps inspire me to continue. Thanks!
And most of all, thank you God for the good gifts, talents and abilities you so generously pour out.
God has gifted me with the ability to write and tell stories. He's given all of us His Word to read and share and live by.
Because of God's great blessings and answered prayers, I get to be an international missionary from the basement of my own home. God is SO good. Thanks, God.
Thank you for coming along on this blogging journey with me! I hope you stick around for whatever stories life tosses in my lap for the next year (at least).
James 1:17 (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
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