Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?

Tap tap tap. Is this thing on? Good lawd I forgot how to blog. Such a shame since I spent all those months perfecting the craft, and at this point I’ve probably lost all three of my readers.

My unexpected hiatus was due to a few things. A) The flu. Believe the hype. That toxic plague will take you down. Fortunately after two weeks, I am on the road to recovery. Still occasionally coughing until I dry heave/gag and/or belch, but that’s just for fun.

B) The holidays. As I whined in my last post, the pre-holiday period was a bit overwhelming for me. Then I spent 10 days in the outskirts of smalltown Wisconsin at my parents’ house, where cell reception is spotty and Internet speed is slower than dial-up. Even if I had wanted to blog (which I didn’t), the technological vacuum rendered me incapable. So I just stared out the window while it snowed. Dreamy.

C) The world. So. Much. Negative. Shit. Happening. What the hell? I have a tendency to get overly stressed when bad things happen. I got it from my mother. So I sort of shut down over the past month and opted to forget about social media for a minute. It was kind of nice. But now my thoughts are making a lot of noise in my head again, and I know I need to let them out before they do real damage in there.

So I’ll see if I can get back into the swing of things. Overall in 2013 I am hoping to be more organized and planful (is this a real word? I use it muchly and love it). However I think upping the structure in the rest of my life will have the inverse effect on my blogging.

Why do I say this, no one asks? I’ll tell you why. Because I know myself well enough to state that I cannot possibly be buttoned up in more than 1-3 areas of my life at once. No can do.

SO if I aim to exercise more this year (more = at all), enjoy these final months with my kid before she goes to kindergarten (tears), and/or cook some meals that do not include the words “tortilla” or “soup,” well then – no damn way can I also pull together high quality blog posts.

I know what you’re thinking – “But Amy, your blog posts were never high quality.” Good point. Thank you for reminding me.

But I still want to issue a disclaimer to alleviate any and all pressure. I will simply have to wait until 2014 to humbly accept any cash prizes for my awesome blogging.

On the upside, if I truly get my act together a bit more in 2013, it’s possible that I may actually shower more this year. Possibly. Maybe. Nevermind please strike this one from the record.

Phew I am feeling lighter and more productive already. I’ve got dinner in the crockpot, I’m attending a kindergarten open house tonight, I washed my body AND my hair today. Winner winner chicken dinner.

Now I’m just sitting here waiting for my in-laws to arrive for a long weekend, which is sure to unravel all of my mental gains, cause friction in my marriage and elicit a world of negative emotion and drama. Perhaps I should have waited until next week to come out of hibernation.