Case in point, you might of noticed the absence of my Friday Weird news roundup last week. I actually had some things going on that didn't allow me to sit and while away (waste) hours at the computer. I hear you asking "what would be more important than blogging?" Here's what happened.
Thought Number One....Fun (**sarcasm**) Things Happen When Husbands Are Out of Town
Every "wife of a traveling man" will agree with me that if their husband travels extensively, these two things will happen.
1. When they are IN town, life will hum along easy-breezy and hubby will secretly wonder what you do with your time. (Actually there are a few that have been known to actually say out loud, "Don't you ever get bored?" Some of those men learned that question isn't met with a favorable response.)
|Hubby is in Paris so I can't blame him.|
2. BUT...when husbands are OUT of town, something BIG will break, someone will get sick or a natural disaster will strike. Sometimes all three will happen simultaneously...this is more likely if the traveling husband is not able to be reached by phone.
As far as last week goes and the reason for the missing post is....
Wait....make that the REASONS for the missing post are:
A. Poor time management
B. Lack of inspiration
C. Preparing for my trip to Europe
D. Leaves plaguing me with their messy and time consuming cleanup
E. Mother Nature is a mother-sumthin-sumthin
F. All of the Above
Some of you might remember a post I did quite awhile ago called Spitting in the Wind [link] in which my darling husband attempted to repair a sprinkler head in our irrigation system which resulted in an emergency call to the company that installed it. (sorry, honey, but those little keys that come with Hunter irrigation systems are Kryptonite to your Superman ...you know it, I know it and the Hunter repair guys know it.)
|While my house isn't exactly Tara, the water spout is pretty accurate.|
Luckily for him but unluckily for me, the very same sprinkler system, didn't respond favorably to the unseasonably cold temperatures that went from 53 degrees Fahrenheit to 17 degrees in the time span of less than 24 hours. I didn't get "wind" of this until I was picking up my grandson from school and my cell phone rang. A very concerned neighbor wondered if I was home. WELL...let me just say IF I was home, I might of noticed the geyser in the front yard that was shooting higher than the second story gable of my house. What to do? It's past 5 PM so the irrigation company is closed and the city water department is closed and my neighbors are watching the equivalent of Old Faithful. The big difference is my geyser is causing a frozen mess.
Did I happen to mention that just a few days prior to the big break, I had a new patio poured and there was new sod put in? Of course, because trying to figure out how to shut off an irrigation valve isn't stressful enough without adding the component of freezing a yard of freshly laid fescue sod.
Never fear, I made my way home to a crowd of onlookers that were audibly "oohing and ahhing" over how pretty iced trees look and inaudibly thanking their lucky stars it was my house and not theirs.
BTW...I don't fault either company for a slow response, as there were irrigation system backflow valves all over town exploding. This freezing temperatures are unheard of for this time of year and no one had winterized their irrigation systems. To enforce the lesson to take care of that earlier next year, the city guy did mention, that I am probably going to be getting a hell of a water bill. Evidently geysers go through a lot of water.
Thought Number Two: Where to Go From Here
So, anyway...those were some of my
On the occasion of this 400th post, I just wanted to say to all my readers how appreciative I am of you. I know a lot of you have been here from the beginning and endured the "learning as I go" process that went with TAOBC. You were here with inspiration and support even when the reader count didn't warrant me to continue. I thank you for you readership and comments. Both of those things make me very happy.
Also, a big THANK YOU to the bloggers that have always been supportive of me and have become good friends. (This is especially true of the Blogdumps group that have been here from the very first months of TAOBC.)
AND to some of the newest blog readers and blog writers that have more recently connected with me (or is it Crabby Pants that you are reaching out to?) I am creatively renewed when I see new people visiting.
As for the future of The Art of Being Conflicted...I hate to say it but for the next month or so, my posts may be scattered and irregular. Seems a bit disingenuous on my part to thank you for you loyal readership and then tell you that I am probably going to be sporadic in my writing for awhile...just know that I am terribly conflicted about that.
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