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Crossroads

crossroads

I wouldn’t call it Writers’ Block. I have plenty of ideas and lots of thoughts to share. I still adore writing. Yearn for it, actually.

I wouldn’t say I’ve lost interest in blogging or in social media. I maintain a curiosity for what others have to say and I feel a thrill of creativity when I think of the possibilities.

It’s not – exactly – that I don’t have time, though time certainly is an obstacle. A daunting obstacle for one who works full-time (among various other commitments) and has a forty minute commute on either end of the work day. Still, it’s not, I suppose, an insurmountable problem for one who has the proper motivation.

No, instead I’d say that I’m suffering from a kind of soul ache. Some people might call it depression, but it’s not – exactly – depression.

I’m tired. Not physically tired, but spiritually exhausted. I find lately that I don’t have it in me anymore to furiously race against the clock just so that I have a couple of hours left at the end of the day to devote to a blog post. The very thought makes me weary.

This all came on fairly suddenly, and so I have to ask myself, Why? What’s different? More importantly, What’s the solution?

Do I need to narrow the focus of my blog? Since T’s been back from The Stan, it feels less like a MilSpouse blog and more like an EverythingUnderTheSun blog.

Or – and I keep coming back to this – do I resign from the blogging world entirely and focus on a larger, more cohesive piece of writing? Maybe. I’ve always wanted to do that and, most unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do both.

Somehow, though, the thought of giving up my blog hurts me. I love my blog and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. I adore the people I’ve met through blogging and am grateful for the connections I’ve made. I revel in checking for comments and, of course, in reading my Odd Blog Searches.

How can I give all of that up? I know cutting the cord is always painful, but that it’s often required to move on. I just don’t know that I can do it. Yet, here my blog sits like a virtual orphan.

That hurts me, too, but I need some time to think.

So, on the advice of a friend, I’m taking a blogging sabbatical. You may see me around now and again. I reserve the right to post an occasional entry, should The Muses be kind. But I suspect I will be largely absent for at least a month or two.

I need some time away from belly shots and memes. I need to re-learn how to think in threads longer than 140 pithy characters. I need to rout the words seriously, totally and like from my vocabulary. I need to stop believing that the interverse needs to know my every thought milliseconds after it flashes across my consciousness. I need to know that I can be clever without being critical.

I need a soul vacation.

View from Glen Boulder

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A Super-Challenging Rebus

I decided I needed to make this announcement in style, so I used my mad skillz in Paint to create a super-challenging rebus. I think you’ll enjoy it. And don’t worry – if you get stumped, the answer is at the end of this post.

Okay, here goes. Mowenackie is now on:

face + book

I know, I know – it’s tough, right?! Here’s a hint: it’s another form of social media.

Give up?

Answer: face + book = Facebook

Nice job! I hope you’ll stop by, “Like” the Mowenackie page and join the conversation!

(Hello, everybody. I’m addicted to social media.)

How about you? Are you on Facebook? Twitter? Are you addicted to social media?

An Exciting Announcement

We interrupt your (ir)regularly scheduled programming to bring you this exciting announcement:

I’m guest blogging over at The Annoyed Army Wife today!

The Annoyed Army Wife

I was so thrilled – not to mention flattered – that Michelle asked me to write a post for her. I admire the stark honesty and down-to-Earth realism of her blog, not to mention the way she engages her readers.

Her husband, OccDoc, recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, so while the two of them are making up for lost time, Michelle asked me to write about my own reintegration experiences and offer up some advice for the newly reunited.

I did it the way I do everything: with a bit of sarcasm. Here’s a preview of :

A Cynic’s Guide to Reintegration

Buh-Bye Abs

Remember all that work you did over the past six, three or even just one month to look and feel fantastic when you greeted your soldier? We all do it. It’s as good an excuse as any other – better even – to lose some weight and get in shape.

Well, say buh-bye to your new body, because it only takes about two weeks of celebrating, eating out and vacationing before your pants start to get tight again. Not to mention the other people (I’m looking at you, Mom) who want to feed your returning hero as a way of welcoming him back.

Because clearly everyone needs three desserts at one sitting.

I love Italians.

Now get on over to The Annoyed Army Wife and check out the rest. Go on!

Guess What

Guess what?!

If you were my husband you’d take this opportunity to say, “You won a million dollars?” And I would roll my eyes and say, “Um, no.”

Fortunately – for you – most of you are not my husband.

So, do you give up yet? Okay, I’ll tell you! Today I’m guest blogging over at New Girl on Post! Melissa is taking a break from her Adventures in Italy while she and her husband take a 16-day tour of Europe. (Not that I’m jealous.) She recruited some folks to help her keep the blog fires burning and I made the cut!

Well, it’s not really like there were try-outs or anything, but there are some pretty fab-o bloggers lined up for the next two weeks, including Michelle at Annoyed Army Wife and Jessica at {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife, so I feel like I’m part of an A-list.

Please head on over and read my guest post. I know it’s really good because when T read it he said, “Okay. So, what’s the point?” Exactly what every writer yearns to hear!

While you’re over there, check out New Girl’s blog and don’t forget to stop back by over the next couple of weeks to check out the talent!

Arrevederci!

A Prize Awarded and a Prized Award

A Prize Awarded

We have a winner for the “I Love Comments” giveaway!

Natalia from Army of Two made the 400th approved comment today. Here’s what she had to say about today’s post, Check Out My (Fall Favorites) Package!:

Very cool! LOVE that apron!!

Me too!

And I love comments, so keep ’em coming. Thank you all for reading and, of course, for commenting!

A Prized Award

Last week I received this blog award from the very sweet Mrs. K over at Mrs. K and Captain J:

The Versatile Blogger

I was flattered for two reasons:

1. Mrs. K is one of my newest bloggy crushes. She and her husband are currently stationed in Alaska and, although it is a far cry from her native Tennessee, Mrs. K is always ready for the next adventure.

2. It was my first-ever award! Thanks, Mrs. K!

Part of the deal for receiving the award is that I have to list seven things about myself. Here goes:

1. All eight of my great-grandparents were born in Italy.

2. I am the FRG leader for the southern branch of my husband’s National Guard unit. (We also have a northern branch since the families are spread all over the state.)

3. I hate to bake.

4. L.M. Montgomery is my heroine. She wrote Anne of Green Gables, but also many other amazing novels and stories, including Emily of New Moon and Jane of Lantern Hill (two of my favorites).

5. I read a lot of young adult fiction.

6. This is because I have the mentality of a young adult.

7. I wrote and illustrated my first (and only) book at age eight.

Part of the deal is also that I pass the award to 15 other bloggers.

I am breaking this part of the deal. I follow many wonderful blogs, but many of them have already received this award. And, as Mrs. K pointed out, the award becomes a lot more meaningful when it’s not tossed out freely like handfuls of candy from a parade float.

I may pass it on to one or two bloggers at some point, but right now it is past my bedtime, so forgive me if I hoard the award like a squirrel does acorns.

What’s with the similes?

Goodnight!

Check Out My (Fall Favorites) Package!

Who doesn’t love to get mail? These days I mostly get bills and junk mail, so when I peeped the package that was sitting next to my mailbox this Saturday, I was thrilled!

Better yet, it was addressed to me!

And better still, it was my Fall Favorites package from my swap partner, Mrs. Mike over at The Year After!

(Just to remind you, Nicole at Flip Flops and Combat Boots hosted a Fall Favorites Swap. She randomly paired up participants and each was to send the other a box of “fall favorites” by October 9th. Be sure to click on the picture below to see what everyone got!)

Fall Favorites

Mrs. Mike must have been really on the ball to get her package to me so quickly. I, on the other hand, am a bad partner. I haven’t sent mine yet.

But before you throw things at me, I’m sending it tomorrow – honest! I just had to finish up a few things over the long weekend.

Now, on to the goods!

The first thing I did was to clear off the coffee table and get my camera.

Owen & package

Anything in here for me?

Then I had to clear out the pets so I could use the box cutter.

Mowgli and package

Can I have the box when you're done, Momma?

And then I started unpacking. Mrs. Mike’s items were all wonderful and intuitive and thoughtful.

First I pulled out some bold and bright decorations and two delicious-smelling candles. Fall is such an odiferous season, isn’t it?

fall decorations

Hello autumn!

 Let’s take a closer look.

Harvest Blessings

Love. These.

My camera gave these a bluish tint, so the picture doesn’t do them justice, but they are painted in perfect fall colors. And they have glitter. I love glitter.

Next I found these.

Owen's toys

Beef and pork!

Mrs. Mike, you are too funny! You remembered Owen’s cow fetish!

(And, yes, I am a mean mom. I made Owen wait until I took pictures before giving him the squeaky cow. Once I finally did give it to him, he carried it around the house for the rest of the day.)

St. Christopher medal

Then there was an Army key chain (awesome) and a St. Christopher’s medal. I will be sending this to T with a prayer to protect him and his men as they begin the redeployment process.

book and journal

Searching...

In a recent post I mentioned that I was lost spiritually, but searching. Mrs. Mike included this book – The Purpose Driven Life – and a journal to help me in my search. (Thank you.)

And now, for the pièce de résistance.

Mrs. Mike has a business called Kaylee’s Kloset. Remember how I told you that she makes wonderful ACU-based clothing for infants and small children? And remember how I said they were so sweet? And remember how I asked her, only half-kidding, whether she made anything in adult sizes?

Well…

ACU apron

She does!

Isn’t it amazing? I have the hugest crush on this apron. I almost put it on while I was making dinner tonight, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to get it dirty!

Let me show you what I love about it:

dish towel holder

It's got a dish towel holder - brilliant!

red star straps

The straps are both bold and patriotic!

the button

Big, fat button - so cute!

contrast stitching

Beautiful red contrast stitching.

Kaylee's Kloset patch

Kaylee's Kloset patch on the inside.

Monogrammed card

Kaylee's Kloset monogrammed cards.

And this. This may be my very favorite part, though it is so hard to choose.

inside the card

The first ever Kaylee's Kloset apron!

Call me narcissistic, but this made the apron extra-special to me.

Mrs. Mike, you are so talented! The apron is absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you!

Hugs, Sarah

Happy October!

I adore Fall. It’s such a wonderful time in New England. A time of bounty, a time of riotous color, a time of biting air, wood smoke and home cooking. It’s almost magical.

Passaconaway

It’s also the month in which I met my husband, whom I still kind of like, even though he’s been gone for ten months.

In honor of the season, I have adopted a new blog theme with a touch of autumn. It’s part of my fall cleaning. Except that it was a lot faster and easier and I dreaded it a lot less. I hope you like it.

Speaking of fall, I am so excited to be participating in the Fall Favorites Swap, hosted by Nicole at Flip Flips and Combat Boots.

Fall Favorites

I have been paired with the talented Mrs. Mike over at The Year After. If you have small children or just want to see something that will make you go, “Awww!” please go check out her blog. She has created some wonderful ACU-based clothing for the little ones. (Do you have any adult-sized creations, Mrs. Mike?)

The swap is set for mid-October and I’m looking forward to it!