Monday, December 01, 2008

NaBloPoMo Curtain Call

Don't call it an encore, bitches. Mostly because I'll probably miss a day or two for holiday-related reasons this month.

As I sit here at my desk, eating Thanksgiving leftovers supplemented with pre-cooked lunch fare I thought it would be a good idea to do a little reflecting on this my third NaBloPoMo. Hell, everyone's third since I, for once, jumped in with both feet the moment Eden proposed this crazy scheme.

At right is a photo of me from the beginning of the month. (Ye gods my hand looks like a flipper. And the other one looks like tentacles. My fingers are very long.) You've seen all the photos I took at the baby shower but you didn't see how I wantonly defiled a perfectly good restaurant chair by standing on it for an hour or two while blinding shower-goers with my nasty little flash. This should also serve to explain why all of my photos were taken from one angle. There was only one angle. We had a space that fit us all perfectly but we did have to leave that space to change our minds.

Strangely enough that's also a picture of me the day my boss died. He died a few hours after that photo was taken.

I didn't take a photo class I wanted to take.

I did get my Christmas cards made and even wrote a bunch of them last night. Getting postage for them is another matter entirely.

I had some annual NaBloPoMo anxiety. It's silly because I write most days anyway but in October I'd given myself a couple of free pass days and I guess I was afraid that those felt too good and I might accidentally give myself a free pass in November and then I would fail NaBloPoMo! FAIL! OH THE HUMANITY!! Yeah, so then I realized how ridiculous that sounded and I got rid of the anxiety by about day 3. I brought it back for days 29 & 30 because I felt it would be a little tragic to fall off the wagon just at the end. I didn't.

I motivated myself by glancing at the prize page on Saturday. I scrolled through and clicked links and thought, "Oo, I would like that! Hmmm, what would I do with that? I wonder if those are made out of _____?" It's all academic because have you seen the number of people on the November blogroll and then related it to the number of available prizes? And one of those prizes isn't even for people who completed the 30 days! So I do not anticipate an homage to Ed McMahon in my inbox but I had a lot of fun looking at the pretty, shiny stuff that people will be winning.

I posted a lot of pictures to Flickr.

I participated in a historic election.

I threw a party.

I baked some pies.

I posted every day and I liked it. I'll do it again, I'm sure.

Did you like it? It's OK if you wished I'd shut up. I get that.

Traditionally I take December 1 off as a post-NaBloPoMo day of rest then at the end of that rest I kick myself for missing World AIDS Day. Please take a moment to think of those we've lost and those who are still fighting and think good thoughts for breakthroughs in research to come soon. Very, very soon.

Thanks for reading. I'll see you tomorrow.


  1. Thanks for writing, we enjoy it.

  2. Anonymous3:36 PM

    I'll second that! I, too, did the whole Nablopomo thing and I learned that I enjoy it quite a bit.

    That is a nice photo of you, despite the sad associations...

  3. That is a great dress! And yes, I clicked on the picture to make it bigger. I'm cool like that.

    Keep writing baby. I enjoy stopping by and hearing what you have to say.

  4. I'm embarrassed to say that I wrote 47 posts during NaBloPoMo. does that mean I'm extra chatty?

  5. I wonder how many posts I wrote. I know it was more than 30 but I don't know how many more. I don't think chatty is bad.

    Glad you like the dress! It's a favorite of mine these days.

    I don't have sad associations. I had a lovely time at the party and I didn't find out about my boss until the next morning.