Tuesday, January 3, 2012

We're back!

you guys... 

we are back! and we are very busy playing catch-up with work and FB and twitter and blogs and our blog and comments and laundry and the full dishwasher i totally forgot to run before we left so now the dishes in there are super gross and all kinds of things. 

i'm not going to ramble on here, but i will say this:

  • i passed my hardest Animal Behavior College test yet--with a 97. go me!
  • desmond was totally fine at the sitter's, as predicted by normal people
  • we came back from our trip a day early, thanks to lake-effect snow
  • 2011 was a life-changing year for me and my little family, and i was sad to see it go
  • 2012 is going to rock the house. i just declared it. 

OK, wait. i am going to ramble on a little bit for a moment. 

you guys...

YOU GUYS! are awesome!

it is so beyond nice and comforting and enjoyable and fun and sweet to be a part of this community of animal lovers who write. i really want to say thank you to everyone who stops by this blog regularly or less regularly and even those who have come here one time and hated it and left and aren't reading this now.

i felt immediately welcomed into this group, and i honestly did not expect it to go that way at all. truly. thank you for being so nice. thank you for your support. thank you for the awards! thank you for having cute dogs i can look at and crazy dogs i can feel better about desmond because of. thank you for understanding that i have no idea what i'm really doing and that i cannot do this full-time or comment on your blogs every day. thank you for answering all my stupid questions, whether they be dog-related or blog-related or coding-related queries. thank you thank you thank you for letting me stick around.

i used to be a writer. and then i wasn't and then i was and then i was an editor and then i tried to write again and then i thought i didn't understand anymore what the heck a writer really was supposed to be. and then i realized that, for me, trying to write for money, as a job, with "real" publication in mind, turned writing into too much of a task--especially after becoming a professional copy editor--and sucked all the fun out of it.

that's why being here, with all of you bloggers and readers and friends, is meaningful and fabulous. far more meaningful and fabulous than i had hopes for. so, really...

thank you!

things to look forward to this month include my semi-insane list of goals for 2012; video of a semi-insane dog playing fetch on slippery floors; and the pet blogger challenge (see sidebar). 

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