Here, Sort Of

Yeah I know, I’ve become a disappearing act. To be fair, I’ve barely been home and when I have been home I was dealing with the Case Of The Disappearing Internet. Or rather, hubby has been tinkering and it took out my internet for awhile and then he had to scratch is head and fume at my iMac for awhile because they don’t speak the same language apparently. Something about Arabic. Anyway, I’m sort of back now, but I know my posting is going to be pathetic and my blog reading is even worse probably. I’m here, sort of. I’m trying to plan so many aspects of this move at the same time that it makes my head spin and we haven’t even gotten an official job offer. I’m feeling impatient but really it’s only Tuesday and I won’t be surprised if we don’t hear from them before Friday afternoon. Whatever. Then I need to find an apartment, a moving company and health insurance in like the blink of an eye and you know, pack and move and get my address changd for like a gazillion things and actually move. Gah. Whose brilliant idea was this again?

I’d Like You Guys To Meet…

My husband is an elusive kind of guy. He’s that wind beneath my wings, in the background guy. Back in my self hosted days, he was the  guy that had to drop whatever he was doing any million number of times that my server went down or something went wrong ( and it always did). He’s the guy who makes my coffee or tea in the morning and usually my breakfast, too, before running off to work where he sometimes seems to be more often than he is home. There in the morning when MM wakes up, back briefly before MM goes to bed. Still he’s an integral part of our day. He makes me sane, keeps me standing, and backs me up when it seems like no one else is going to (including me). He stays up later than he wants to listening to all my fears, worries, concerns and plans and tells me when I’m being silly and when I’m not. He’s often the man behind the camera of our life, rather than the one in the picture.

A couple weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Karen @ Write From Karen made the decision with her husband to announce his name to her blogging world. It was actually his idea – not wanting to be an object in her world. He was not only her husband, he was him. He has a name. I let this idea simmer in my mind for awhile, meanwhile feeling all kinds of tedious referring to my own husband as dh, hubby, husband, that guy – when that isn’t who he is to me. He has a name. But ultimately it had to be his decision. You have to be careful in this online world and adhere to other people’s wishes. I am planning to continue letting my son be the masked bandit behind the nickname MM (My Monkey) because he isn’t old enough to have an educated opinion. But I asked my husband today how he felt about the subject and this is what he said:

People less reputable than your readers have seen my name on the internet… go ahead 😉

So I’d like you guys to officially meet my husband, Daniel…

Just kidding, seriously, I have like a million of these almost pictures of him and they always crack me up. Okay, here’s a real one…

I know you’ve seen some of these pictures before – heck this one is even in my sidebar. The picture isn’t the important part. The important part is that guy up there in that picture is not just my dh or husband, he’s not just MM’s daddy – he’s Daniel. And he’s awesome.

The Weather Outside Was Frightful

This weekend my state had a HUGE ice storm. Bigger than anything I, or anyone I know, have ever seen before. A lot of towns still have no power, from damage to power lines, etc. Trees have been devestated – a lot of homes and cars were damaged by falling branches, etc. Most of my family and friends are currently without power. We are blessed. The only damage we personally had was the loss of our cable for two days and our internet up until about thirty minutes ago.

I missed you. I missed my calorie count website. It was weird being forcibly away from all this while at home. But I couldn’t help but see how blessed we are to still have heat, water, electricity and even tv again so quickly. A lot of people can’t say the same. And now another storm is a ‘brewing and there is a chance we’ll be doing it all over again – will we get lucky twice? Or maybe this storm just won’t be as bad. Here’s hoping.

Anyway, I’m not ashamed to admit I marked a lot of your new entries as read, saving a small handful that I could manage. At least it’s only Monday and it was largely weekend posts I’ll have missed. It’s getting late and this is probably all I’ll post for today, not that that’s unusual for a Monday. But I wanted to check in, mention where I’ve been not that many of you are likely to have noticed, and to write down my thoughts from the weekend. The weather has been frightful and it’s not over yet – it reminds you to try and be prepared for more and to count your blessings where they fall – to remember things are totally different every day all the time. Nothing – not even 150 year old beautiful, majestic trees – last forever.

Driving through town this weekend has been heartbreaking, like driving through a war zone or the spot of a natural disaster. I’m lucky to not know what I’m talking about – to not know it could be WORSE WORSE WORSE – that this is probably the worst I’ve ever personally seen – but to know the tree my son used to swing on last summer, that was so tall and old, it had been there practically forever, is gone now. And many more like it. So many people I know are still trying to get rid of the debris. I hope if another storm does indeed blow through, that it takes mercy on the people already trying to pick up the pieces.

Just a Notice

From now on I will be referring to my son, aka, My Little Monkey as simply My Monkey (MM) – the reason is silly – MLM is apparently an acronym for Multi Level Marketing – aka pyramid scheme businesses – and I keep getting people directed to my website because of it, etc. Anyway MM I’m hoping won’t be as popular – a quick google search tells me it is mostly only used for units of measurement – so I’m hoping with a lack of numbers associated with it, it will be less of a google sore thumb?

I’m toying with the idea of just using nicknames instead of acronyms, but the acronyms are so much shorter and more efficient – what does everyone else think? What do you use if you want to avoid naming names?

It’s Real Life and my .Mac Account Really Hates Me

I’m not sure what’s up with big beautiful today (or what else is new, lately) but I can’t get my It’s Real Life pictures online for now (I may break down and head over to photobucket or something, but on normal days letting iPhoto and .Mac handle things is much easier and more effecient) so I’m going to give Apple the benefit of the doubt and assume they are merely updating their server or some other such “for my own good” excuse. For now…

::excessive pouting for I wants to play!::