Pre-Blog Entry Blog Entry

August 14, 2008


If you’re reading this page, you’ve landed on the old site.  Please visit the new location by clicking here–and don’t forget to update your readers and blogrolls!

As always, thanks for reading.  I look forward to seeing you at the shiny new Diet, Dessert and Dogs!

“Um, Mum, we are coming with you, aren’t we? Because (and sorry to have to tell you this), we actually have more fans than you do on this blog.” 

Just poking my head in now that I finally see an end to all this work.  I wish I could tell you I’ve been away so long because I’ve been galavanting in Europe, or galavanting in Australia, or even galavanting in the Muskokas–but nay. Sadly, I’ve just been entangled by a monstrous pile of assignments to mark. 

Have you seen the movie The Brother From Another Planet?  Well, right about now, think of me as that brother, at the instant he tumbles from the sky and lands on Earth. 

It’s sort of like that spacey feeling you get after shopping in a huge mall for hours at a time. You know the one:  you’re moving at breakneck speed–say, during the holidays–and you’ve been searching all afternoon but still can’t find anything for Aunt Miranda or cousin Sheila or baby Pookie. And then you finally realize you haven’t eaten in, like, four hours and your legs are weak and the air is somehow thinner than usual and it’s definitely time to sit down. 

Or how about that numb feeling you get when you’ve been sitting in the dentist’s chair for an hour and half while s/he goes spelunking in your molars repeatedly, asking you all kinds of questions which of course you can’t answer and your jaw is stiff as a rusty hinge and your saliva’s been sucked out of your mouth through a plastic tube and you no longer feel anything because the entire lower left quadrant of your face is frozen? 

Or perhaps it’s that stunned feeling you get when you’ve been arguing with the Customer Service Rep at the credit card office for more than 30 minutes in a vain attempt to find out why there’s an extra $472.06 charged on your card–which you never spent, certainly don’t recognize and don’t particularly wish to pay for–and now your throat is getting sore and your voice is getting hoarse and you simply can’t believe how dense this person is being and you’re beginning to despair that you may never see an end to this struggle (or ever see that $472.06, again, either)? 

Well, after almost three weeks (three weeks??  Where does the time go??) of absence from this blog and almost 300 assignments under my belt (it’s a pretty wide belt, in case you hadn’t noticed), that’s just about how I feel.  But since yesterday was exam day, our term is now almost over–and next week, I plan to return here, refreshed and eager to share. 

Well, The Girls are almost as excited as I am for my return to blogging–after all, this means they’ll reprise  their starring roles here at DDD, as well:

[“We’re so glad to be the center of attention again, Mum! When do we get to eat something?”]

In addition to all the marking, I’ve been devoting lots of thought to my dietary habits, inspired by Kathryn and her “31 Days to a Better Diet” series.  So there will, once again, be some changes in what I eat for a while.  I’m also excited to share news about a project I embarked on just about a year ago, even before I began this blog.  And I’ll have a book review as well–it will be a busy week!

I’ve sorely missed blog “chatting,” hearing from all of you, sharing recipes and leaving comments at all of the blogs I read.  Looking forward to getting back in the swing! 

Until then, have a great week, everyone. 🙂


17 Responses to “Pre-Blog Entry Blog Entry”

  1. VeggieGirl Says:

    Ricki!! I’ve missed you and The Girls so much!! Glad to read an update from you – take care, and DO come back soon!!! 🙂

  2. Celine Says:

    who are you, again? just kidding. it hasn’t been that long, and besides, you’re anything but forgettable. ❤

  3. Megan Says:

    Good to have you back.

  4. Ashley Says:

    Yaey for almost being done. Can’t wait for your new posts. 🙂 Your dogs are so cuuuuuute (which I’ve said before). I love the way the dog on the left’s foot is splayed out a bit on the side.

  5. kathryn Says:

    Ah Ricki, it’s lovely to have you back and looking forward to hearing about the new projects. Sometimes life does get in the way doesn’t it!

    And thanks for mentioning the 31 Days – I look forward to hearing about what you’ve been doing.

  6. Courtney Says:

    300 assignments?! You HAVE been busy! It must feel good to finally be done with it all–congrats! I hope your students did well :o)

    It is great to see you posting again, and I am looking forward to your return!


  7. holler Says:

    Hi Ricki, nice to hear from you! I know that kind of phone call. The fringe office in Edinburgh charged me for 4 sets of tickets instead of 1. I had many weary converation, where I alternated between wanting to scream, bang my head against the wall or weep. I am glad you are back. I have missed you 🙂

  8. Johanna Says:

    sounds like you need to sit down with a soothing cup of tea and breathe deeply for a while! nice to hear you are gearing up for some more blogging – it is lovely to have a laugh at your humour again – and of course to see the gorgeous girls!

  9. VeganCowGirl Says:

    Your girls are just way way way too cute.

    I am there with you in spirit. I remember teaching summer classes and looking forward to that beautiful moment of freedom, which one often mistakes for when the last one puts down their chewed-on exam pencil, but is really granted only when all papers are signed, sealed and delivered (via fedex from your chair at The Sands in Muskoka!)

    Looking forward to reading more from you. Enjoy the end of term.

  10. so glad you’re on your way back! I’ve missed your posts, and the girls of course, too.

  11. shellyfish Says:

    Ok, I LOVE Brother from Another Planet! And I can so relate to that right now…feeling very out of the groove… but it’ll all fall back into place!

  12. Glad you’re back, Ricki!

  13. Awwww times 1000. It looks like they’re smiling!

  14. aTxVegn Says:

    Thank goodness that is all over with! Look forward to hearing from you again soon.

  15. Andrea Says:

    every time I see a picture of those girls I just want to hug them. And I can tell they wouldn’t mind!

  16. giz Says:

    Nice to see you and the babies up from under the pile of paperwork. Been trying to email you and it keeps bouncing back ???

  17. Mabelle Says:

    Hello admin, nice site you have!,

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