Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pulling the Plug

I've decided it's time to officially pull the plug on the Blog.

I'm sure that comes as no surprise, as I haven't been giving it the attention it deserves for months. Life has just become much more chaotic lately and I am making the choice to simplify where I can.

I started blogging almost six years ago to pass the time while the Hubster was doing a year unaccompanied in Japan. In the beginning I was a mom of three getting settled into our new home in Florida with three school-aged kids. My days were spent driving kids from Point A to Point B and back again, teaching the Diva to drive, and dealing with my pregnancy hormones. It seems like such a long time ago....

I have enjoyed blogging, and getting to 'know' so many different people from all over the world. I've loved reading your comments, getting feedback on every aspect of the site, and reading your blogs. I was thinking about this last night, and can only remember one comment in the entire six years that really upset me. You all are just that awesome!

Right now we're looking forward to the Hubster returning in another month or two. Things are going well for him over there, but he (obviously) misses home and would much rather be here than there. If all goes according to plan, he will retire in the next year or so and we will head back to Hawaii or move to all depends on the economy and the job offers.

The Diva is waiting on an acceptance letter from the college she will (hopefully) graduate from in the next year (or two). She is looking forward to getting back to Hawaii and becoming a teacher. Or a librarian. Or a physical therapist. She's still a bit up in the air about future plans.

The Blonde One is motivated, focused, and loving college. This is the kid who hated high shool and refused to do homework in the classes where he didn't like his teacher. He is majoring in Biology and plans to go on to medical school after he finishes his undergraduate degree. The military is probably in his future, since they have great scholarship programs and bonuses for doctors.

The Wildcard will start high school next year. He plans to either follow in his older brother's footsteps, or become a computer animator. Yeah, there's a huge overlap between those two career paths. He is the artist and brainiac of the bunch, so I can see him going in either direction and being happy. For now, he goes to school, swims, plays video games, and has his moody teenager moments.

Destructo is getting ready to start kindergarten next year, can you believe that? He has a new imaginary friend, Fast-o Car-o, who was born in Alaska but moved here recently. He is six and stays up all night because he lives alone. Mostly he just drives his Mustang around town and practices drifting in empty parking lots. I'm predicting lots of wild and creative excuses from Destructo when he hits the teenage years!

As for me, I'm planning to go back to work full-time when Destructo starts kindergarten. I (think) I have a part-time teaching job lined up at a local college until then. I've also been working on my photography, and recently started making a few dollars doing portraits. I'm not loving California so much, and am looking forward to moving elsewhere when the Hubster retires.

With that, I want to wish you all only the best in life. It's been a fun ride for me, and you can always reach me at talkinstory at gmail dot com.

Aloha Nui Loa!

Edited to add: You can find me as 'talkinstory' on Twitter ( ) If you follow me, I'll follow you!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Da Peeps

So, I finished the February wine glass project. It was fun, other than those days when I had zero creativity.

My plan for March was simpler and didn't involve any creative thought. It also wasn't as interesting, and not worth posting on a daily (or weekly) basis. So I scrapped it.

Plan B is Peeps.

You know those sugar coated, pastel colored, marshmallow bunnies and chicks?

Yeah, those.

The kids and I are working on it together, and we're having a blast coming up with ideas.

Check it out!