I remember now why I wasn’t blogging as much. Because when I blog frequently, I get this annoying little voice in my head (do you guys get this?) that starts narrating things as blog posts as soon as they are happening. It’s really annoying… and makes you not want to write blog posts.
For lack of a better subject-matter and because HONESTLY THIS is what has been on my mind of late, I give you: Blogs I’ve almost written.
1. STUFF my Mom says
In this imagined post, I was going to write down five favorite phrases that my Mom says along with a cute “translation” or unpacking of what they’ve come to mean in our family. Really, I just wanted to talk about her saying, “It’s okay to have baggage [emotional baggage]. Just as long as it fits in your overhead compartment.” I’m pretty sure that’s an Ellyn-original.
2. Why Soulmates Do Like FOR SURE Exist
I have not figured this one out yet (which is why I didn’t write it). Also because the only evidence I’ve got here is either a) experiential (And I have cold hard proof for this one guys. Signed and dated. IN WRITING.) or b) a gut feeling: these articles that I keep reading against the idea of soul mates? There’s something missing there. I don’t think you can marry just ANYONE and have it work out.
That’s my story and I’m stickin to it.
3. “On Failure”
Pretty sure I’m still going to write this one. This was one of those completely weird, providential moments when a personal failure that had been bothering me for a really long time spontaneously came up in conversation and was the precise catalyst for a moment of intimacy with a complete stranger…. and that’s all I have to say about that.
4. Book Review: “Freeing Your Child from Anxiety”
Which I still am going to review, because I’m pretty sure there’s a high likelihood that at least ONE of my future children will have some form of anxiety issues. And this book is darn good at giving practical advice on that subject.
5. The Most Influential Event of My Childhood
Jennifer Fulwiller did a post on this a few months back, talking about how often her family moved when she was a kid. I wanted to write about breaking my leg when I was three years old, which I still remember very vividly.
Ya see, for most of my life, I’ve been a very cautious person. However, I happen to know that a few seconds before I let go of the monkey bars and broke my femur (FEEEE-MURRRRR) in half, I thought to myself pretty deliberately, “I wonder what will happen… if I let go?”
Oh. Eons of unpacking to do on that one my friends.
6. On growing up in a single-sex family (all sisters). The other day I was talking with an acquaintance about siblings. She told me she was the oldest of four. I replied, “Oh yeah?! Me too!! Wait no I forgot — my mom had two more.”
And I really did forget for a sec. I’m the oldest of six for sure (count em) but by the time Joseph came around, I’m pretty sure my psyche or whatever was already pretty well-formed (See #5).
7. On our vacation in Seattle and how it was the most amazing experience of my life ever.
8. On how Dan and I are house-hunting and it’s the most fun thing ever ever ever.
9. On what I want to be when I grow up — oddly this is something that was inspired by my arch-nemesis. My arch-nemesis is a 60 something lady who comes into my life unexpectedly every few months and really annoys me. If that sounds vague, it’s supposed to, but trust me she’s out there. Anyway, so this lady and I were having a conversation about the future and she started asking all these questions about where I wanted to be in two years, five years, ten…. really got me thinking. Then after that, we got into this whole talk about NFP! (She’s not really my arch-nemesis).
10. On NFP.
Friends (by which I mean, Rachel, Meredith, and anyone else who read to the end): cast your votes. Which blog post shall I write? TELL ME PLEASE.