So, it’s been awhile…

Pop Quiz: What’s one thing that a brand new blogger – who is just starting to get involved in the runner-blogging community – shouldn’t do?

Answer: Stop blogging for two weeks.

Whoops.

Apologies, folks.  I didn’t like it any more than you did (she says, deluding herself into believing that some people actually look forward to reading her musings).  But really, a perfect storm of events conspired to keep me off the blog-wagon for about 2 weeks.

The first is some family stuff, which is ultimately what prompted my trip back to the US in the first place.  You see, when I started blogging, KMN and I discussed what parts of my (our) life (lives) were – and weren’t – bloggable.  And I felt comfortable with our decisions: I had lots of latitude to share what was going on in my life, but there were some things we agreed didn’t belong here.  Good sport that he is, KMN agreed to let me photography, quote, and occasionally make sport of him – all in the name of the blog.  But I didn’t have the same conversations with the rest of my family, who are generally a pretty private crowd.  So lots of what I’ve been involved with over the past two weeks just isn’t bloggable.

Second – the past two weeks have been absolutely exhausting.  When I finally sat down each evening, I could hardly write two coherent sentences, nevermind a whole string of them to make up a post.

And third – Boston. Just, ugh.  As a running-blogger, and a running coach, I was apparently supposed to say something insightful, encouraging, and brilliant about the whole mess.  But frankly, I just couldn’t.  I didn’t want to read about it on other blogs.  I didn’t want to write about it on mine.  I didn’t want to watch the news (which happened to be playing 24/7 where I was staying – completely out of my control).  I’ll probably have something to say eventually, but it’s taken me nearly a week to be ready to write again.  I guess my inner introvert was rearing its head during a stressful time.

Then, the pile of blogging to be done was so high, it seemed I might never make it up. Over. Down. Whatever.  There were blogs to read, and comment on. I had posts half written (mostly in my head), but I just couldn’t get the oomph to turn them into reality.

But I’m heading back to Singapore soon.  I’m preparing some posts about my visit to Florida that may (possibly) be both interesting, and (most certainly) respectful of my family’s privacy.  I have a few thoughts on what happened in Boston.  I might even have some hilarity in there somewhere.  But first, I needed a nice, easy, short way to ease back into blogland. So: HERE I AM, WORLD!

Well, actually, I was HERE.  Or at least, very close.  It sure is pretty!

Well, actually, I was HERE. Or at least, very close. It sure is pretty!

Ever step back from blogging for a period of time, either accidentally or on purpose? Any tricks for getting back into the routine?

What food are you craving right now?
[I’ve been gobbling up plenty of goodies that are easy to find in the US, but considerably expensive in Singapore.  But I am totally missing a good, strong cup of kopi – local coffee.]

 

30 thoughts on “So, it’s been awhile…

  1. Jeano

    Yay, I’m glad you’re back! I actually had to doublecheck a couple of days ago to see that I hadn’t accidentally unfollowed you since it had been so long!

    I’m glad you’ve had a good trip. At least, that’s what I somehow managed to draw out of “I can’t really tell you about it.” I assume the majority of vacations are awesome, though, especially when they involve eating something you haven’t seen in a while!

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  2. greengirlrunning

    I totally look forward to your posts! Glad you’re back 🙂 I step back from blogging whenever I feel like posting is becoming a burden. I blog just for fun, as a way for me to look back on my running life, and for the superduper running blogging community. It’s funny, though, how I start to think of certain bloggers as *friends* and when they don’t post for awhile, I actually worry a bit! So, glad to hear (read) that you’re ok!
    As for a food craving, I just discovered these new seaweed chip things at my little health food store, made by an even tinier local company, and those chip things are awesome! Totally craving them right now 😉

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      I agree…I do worry when my “good friend” bloggers disappear for awhile! That’s one reason I tried to keep commenting on other blogs, even though I didn’t have the content/time/energy/oomph to write my own. 🙂

      You know, I recently tried Seaweed-flavored Pringles for the first time. Not bad, not bad….although they probably wouldn’t qualify for the health food store. 😉

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  3. misszippy1

    Well I”m glad you’re back to blogging! I think it is hard after a break to get back into the flow of thoughts and ideas. I hope your trip was good and that all is well with your family.

    I totally appreciate where you are coming from on Boston…I just couldn’t post last week, other than one obligatory mention on Wednesday. it just too the wind out of me and was too close to home. Slowly but surely, this week I am moving forward, though.

    And I hate to admit it, but I have been craving, and eating, this obscene caramel corn that my husband brought back from Chicago last week. It must leave the house!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Only solution: Eat it all, then get out of the house! 😉

      Is it Garrett’s? When I lived in the US, I spent a lot of time at ORD – and the smell of Garrett’s always makes me think of that airport! 🙂

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  4. Lisa

    I just took about a month off blogging so I understand! I hope all is well with your family and I look forward to you posting again 🙂

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Glad to be in good company! Hope school/work/running/life are back under control. Selfishly looking forward to more posts from you! 😉

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      And that…is usually a good thing. At least, it’s better than drivel. [Although I suspect that, even if it were drivel, your particular style of drivel would still be hilarious. 🙂 ]

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      1. stridingmom

        One would hope, but sadly my drivel’s as bad as any other 🙂 Especially since I learned that my 8 year old likes to read my blog which means I have to sensor it…

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  5. Logan @ Mountains and Miles

    I unplugged from most things Boston, too. I actually skipped over most people’s Boston posts and stayed away from the news. It was just too much all at once.

    Breaks are needed by everyone and no one is mad at your for leaving us, but we’re definitely all glad you’re back =). You know me, I’m never really in a blogging “routine” anyways, ha, so I’m still trying to figure it out. I REALLY want to get ahead of schedule and have some posts saved up for weeks when life just gets busy…but I never seem to get around to it.

    I just scarfed down my bowl of oatmeal with strawberries, so I’m thankfully not craving anything right now…but I have a bag of trail mix in my desk drawer that I have been aggressively snacking on all week.

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      There are a few times when I’ve attempted – and maybe even succeeded in “getting ahead” for a few days. But then, I get so eager to post what I’ve written…that the “ahead” part never lasts long! 🙂 Also, I guess that a lot of what I post is chronological/timely, so holding on to it for too long doesn’t make sense. Although perhaps I should try keeping a few more general posts “in the bank”.

      Strangely, I too have been eating trail mix all week. I would never have thought to use the adjective “aggressively”, but you know, that’s actually pretty close to the truth! 🙂

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  6. Grace

    Please tell me what you’re snacking on in the US so my stomach can live vicariously through you!
    Over here I have Calbee Hot & Spicy potato chips, seaweed and prawn crackers. (I need a lot of salt…)

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      We weren’t getting out to eat much, so mostly food we prepared at home. Lots of Mexican: salsa, chips, guac, refried beans, tacos, etc. etc. Cheese of all varieties, including lots of mozzarella and cheddar (see “Mexican”, above). Individually portioned containers of Greek yogurt, in all manner of flavors. (Decadence!) Trail mix (nuts! chocolate! raisins! on the cheap!). And, of course, chocolate. Particularly orange-dark chocolate bars. YUM.

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  7. Meg

    Still working on the whole “posting regularly” thing, but your blog is one of my “fun to read” blogs 🙂 I *just* ate breakfast, so I’ll say that over the weekend I was craving Rita’s Water Ice though (it was finally warm in SF!)!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      You know, having juuuust posted about New Jersey, I was thinking about Rita’s, and how it’s held fondly in the hearts of many New Jersey-ites (although I don’t think it originated in NJ). Honestly…I’ve never been! *ducks*

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  8. Kristen L

    I was wondering how you’re doing. Totally OK to take a little break — we all need to step away and have our own time once in a while. Glad you are back though!

    Have a safe trip back to Singapore.

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  9. Amy @ Writing While Running

    I’ve missed you! Absolutely OK to take a break and much better to just disappear than to try to fill space with random stuff and guest posts (imho). Hope everything is OK and I look forward to reading your future posts. Florida looks nice!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Florida was…breezy and the pace of life was slow. It was really rather shocking, having come from super-fast-paced Asia. Not sure a return to the Northeast would have such a dramatic difference – but did you notice that when you came back to the States? Also? My personal-space-bubble returned!!!! Oh, how I’d missed it!!!!!!!! 🙂

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  10. Debbie @ Deb Runs...

    Welcome back! Safe travels back to Singapore and don’t worry, your blogging friends will be ready for your fun posts when you’re ready! Sure hope you hit up Chipotle while you were in Florida (I think that’s one of the foods you said you missed)!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      Good memory, Deb! Alas…no Chipotle. BUT – we cooked lots of American-Mexican at home while I was there. Seven layer dip, refried beans, nachos…I gobbled up more than my fair share of tortilla chips, salsa, beans, guac, and Mexican seasonings!

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  11. Jules

    Hello! I’ve missed your blog posts! Glad to hear you’re doing well. Considering you don’t get much time to spend with your fam now that you’re in S’pore, it makes sense to spend time with them rather than on the comp in my opinion! 😉 Also makes sense to spend time eating all the goodies you wouldn’t normally get a chance to eat! 😛

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  12. Brennan

    Glad you’re back! I need some Holly witticisms! But, yeah, I understand needing a break. I just live on my computer anyway (studying… grad student), so I blog to procrastinate! Classy.

    Tell us about your trip!

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    1. Holly KN Post author

      OK. Give me a few days to recover from jet lag, and maybe I’ll be witty again. 😉

      Much of my work is also computer-based, but for me – that’s also sometimes a reason NOT to blog: “I just need to get away from the computer for a few minutes!”

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