Posted by: mew | December 28, 2009


Either I’ve been a very naughty blogger, or the blog has basically taken a little unannounced intermission.

I didn’t even swing by to wish you a Merry Christmas.  Well, I did over at the other blog, appending Booty’s very Grinch-like face to my greetings.  (Boy, does that cat hate to wear a Santa cap!)

But, see, I’ve had my reasons.

Reason Number 1: I got married.

Reason Number 2: F. and I were given a free honeymoon by a friend.  A totally amazing and unexpected gift, which, due to a confluence of factors, we could only take advantage of the week before Christmas.  Of course we went for it.  I felt like it was the universe signaling to us, “Good decision.  Now go ahead and celebrate!”

I didn’t take many photos on our trip.  Almost none until the drive home, really.  That’s probably a sign of a darn good honeymoon; don’t y’all think?

Reason Number 3: I had to work.

I bet you thought I was going to say it was the holidays, and I got busy.  Well, I’d finished all the holiday prep before leaving on the honeymoon, which was some kind of miracle and made me think I was just about superwoman.  But this illusion persisted only long enough to come back home and realize, oh, no, the work has accumulated in my absence and is threatening to overwhelm the house.

My day job is done on a freelance basis, out of my home office.  And yes, that sounds fantastic to most people still working for the man out of a faraway building requiring a daily commute — but at least the man usually offers vacation and sick days, and the salary is steady.  If I don’t get the pages done, and billed, I don’t get paid.

Plus, clients could get pissed off at me.  I hate that.

So it’s really not that I turned my back on y’all.  It was just an intermission, some time for the musicians to get a drink of water and the dancers to catch their breath.

Here is F., turning his back on me to go play in the snow.  It was the first real snow he’s seen since he moved to the United States, having spent almost all his time in the Deep South.  He did not wait for me to bring the car to an actual, complete stop before dashing out into it.

I was not quite so enthusiastic about the cold and wet.  I suspect I got my lifetime quota of snow filled when I lived in Montréal.  Fini!

Great photo op, though, at the tail end of our trip, passing through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   This park was absolutely incredible, with breathtaking views of faraway mountain ranges, crisp, invigorating air, and a spectacular native forest.  We plan to go back soon, and not just to drive through it, but to really delve into all it has to offer.

Truly, though, it was good to come home, too.  The garlic was up, the yard was full of cardinals and chickadees and tufted titmice, and I heard my owl again last night, for the first time in over a month.  (I slept with the heat off and the bedroom window cracked, making F. think his new wife is cracked.  Oh, well.)

I don’t have the right equipment to capture a live cardinal on film, it seems, and I’m far from having developed the skills of a true nature photographer.  But I did manage to get a shot of this ultra-slow-moving cardinal recently.

In the next few days, it may seem as if this blog is ultra-slow-moving.  This blogger, too.  I’ll be playing catch-up, for sure.  But the lights have finally dimmed, the audience has settled into their seats, and the concert master is sounding the A.

Intermission is officially over, and I’m back.



  1. I’ve lived in the states my whole life (well, except for three years in guam) and I still get giddy about snow…having lived in the south for 20 of my years. I totally understand F’s joy!

    so glad you had a wonderful honeymoon and welcome back!

    • Thanks, brandi. I see y’all got a little snow over there in the West just recently 😉

  2. snow. blech.

  3. good to have you back!
    not that you need excuses, but those were good ones- glad you guys enjoyed your honeymoon. that was the best reason of all!

    merry christmas!

    also, fantastic photos!

  4. […] honeymoon was in Tennessee  — and the trip was a totally out-of-the-blue wedding […]

  5. Nice!
    Life is good!
    Stop by http://
    if ya want.
    gemmashouse will be back in spring.

    • Oh, cool, gemma. I’d noticed the “house” was kind of quiet 🙂

  6. welcome back! i too took an unintentioned intermission.

    your honeymoon looks lovely and i’m glad you were able to take advantage of it! looking forward to reading you in 2010!

    • Same to you, Alisha 😉 I’d missed your blog posts for several days now, you know!

  7. congratulations, congratulations, congratulations! 🙂

    I had my fill of snow from birth to 22 or so. For what felt like 11 months out of the year. Now I wish it well .. well away from me. Hee.

    • LOL, I can imagine. And thanks for the congratulations, elizabeth 🙂

  8. Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!! Hope your new year is full of writing, joy and love!

    • Thank you so much, Kate! A happy one to you, too 🙂

  9. Welcome back and congratulations on the wedding/honeymoon! Hope 2010 brings you more happiness and adventures. Love the Great Smoky Mountains photos–we were there at Christmas a few years ago, and it was so beautiful.

    • Kathy, thank you for those warm wishes. They’re much appreciated. 🙂

      I hadn’t been to the Smokies since childhood, and I now feel like an idiot for not realizing this incredible beauty was a 2-hour car ride away from our place in SC. We’ll be taking advantage of our proximity much more in the coming year, if I have anything to say about it!

  10. They sound like great excuses to take an intermission to me. How wonderful that you were gifted with a trip away for your honeymoon!

    I have lived in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia, since I was four years old and the only snow I experienced was when we lived in Wyoming for a time in 1997-8. The snow was beautiful to look at but I sure hated driving in the stuff. I didn’t like the blizzards either but do I LOVE snow pictures!

    P.S. – I’m so glad you’re back ~ 🙂

  11. […] above freezing each day, and there’s a chance of snow flurries on Friday night.  Since F. loves snow so much, for his sake I’m glad.  But for my sake, I’d just rather we skipped right on […]

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