Thursday, August 21, 2008

Late Night Ramblings

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There, I think that about covers it.  ::sigh::  :)  I am tired, I had a midnight shift last night, only a 2 hour nap today, and should be in bed instead of  writing here.  But this is a special occasion!

Happy 5th Anniversary to J-Land!!!

I meant to take the time to write a carefully thought out entry, wax poetic on everything this community means to me, get all philosphical, but as the days and hours slipped by, no entry materialized.  This may be all for the better, we'll just see what happens.

About 15 months ago, I discovered blogs.  I was very new to computer use, had never heard of journaling online.  I was poking around on AIM and clicked onto the blogs link, and that was all she wrote.  Okay, let me rephrase that, that's when she decided to write-online. 

Playing around with the different styles, colors, fonts, and then typing my feelings into my private blog.  I read other journals, not brave enough to leave a comment, but enjoying reading about the lives of others from across the country and overseas.  Oh, I wanted to comment, had clever comments on the tip of my tongue.  I was an outsider, a "lurker".  This was obviously a community where folks knew each other well, cared about each other. 

It took time for me to get up the courage to comment that first time.  And without going back in the archives, I can't even remember the first one.  But then, I got a couple e-mails from writers I had commented to.  I had taken the first steps into J-Land.  "Did I have a journal, could I leave the link?" 

Hmm.... I started to think about writing publicly.  But my life's pretty simple, kinda boring, what would I write about?  Finally, I screwed up my courage, set up a public journal, typed my first entry and hit Save. 

And she's still writing!  Over this last year, I've met some wonderful friends, learned about life in other corners of the world, and in doing so expanded mine.  I've discovered that I like to write.  I may never be one of the great writers here, but so what? 

When I sit down in front of my computer screen, I feel like I'm writing letters to my friends, baring my soul, sharing something of myself, and learning more about that same self.  I hope to continue to do just that for many years to come.

So, whether you've been here 5 years or 5 minutes, Happy Anniversary to us all!

I can't believe it's almost the end of summer already.  It's just gone by so fast.  I'm not ready to give up the beach and going barefoot yet, so I guess I'd better get busy and enjoy what's left, huh? 

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately.  Potsey's moved out for now.  The house stays cleaner, the grocery bill's gone down and I get to park closer to the house without someone blocking my car in!  Yay!!

The friend that bought all those necklaces at the beginning of the summer came up with the idea of having a jewelry party featuring my creations!  Just in time for holiday shopping.  Maybe combine it with a Pampered Chef party, then we'd get some goodies to eat, too.  I've been working on some designs and found some unique handmade beads to use.  It's all pretty exciting!  I'm really enjoying the process. 

My work hours are still down, except for an occassional midnight shift.  But that gives me some time to fit in some more summer fun before it all fades into fall. 

Well, if I'm going to get this Anniversary entry posted by midnight, I've got to go for now.  Besides, I need some sleep!  :-O (that's a yawn)

                              ~Thanks For Stopping By~



mcknansmom said...

have a wonderful night....  I fight with sleep deprivation every night....  its a miracle I even know my name....

lv2trnscrb said...

great entry for J-Land's 5th anniversary!! so glad you took the plunge to make that first comment and then to go public with a blog!

wonderful idea to have a jewelry party!! I bet you will do well!


toonguykc said...

Red Bull really helps me fight fatigue after a sleepless night, but there are reports out now that it can cause heart damage.  Great.  :(


makemarc said...

That was a great anniversary post! And look Ma, no crystal meth!

cuteallison1980 said...

I like your reminiscence on five years of J-land and the courage it took for you to finally comment was cute.  I'm glad you are here.  So I won't be asking for any refunds. : )  That necklace/pampered chef party sounds like so much fun.  I hope that will go over big!  Have a happy weekend.  Luv ya!


dbdacoba said...

Dear Sleep Deprived Person.

It's a damn good thing you decided to wrote, because your writing is always interesting and entertaining.                   DB

dsonney01 said...

I agree with DB! So glad you are around. You are one of my "best buds" Dannelle

stetsonsfyre said...

I, for one, am very glad you started writing ~ I like reading about your life; the ups AND the downs :)  we all have them don't we?  Thank you so much for deciding to share yourself with us.  I think it's great about your jewelry, I hope you have much, much luck with it.  Blessings & Love** Teresa

rdautumnsage said...

I for one am delighted you decided to start writing here in J-land dear friend. I've come to cherish you words and friendship. A wonderful entry...I'm looking forward to Fall! It's my favorite season of the year. Of course with a screenname like RdAutumnSage you probably already figured that out. Your in my thoughts dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo