Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rejuvenation...in several ways

My blog has been suffering from lack of attention and inspiration which I directly attribute to my general life at the moment.  I'm been just too busy to inject the necessary enthusiasm into my creativity and writing.  But today, I used the fact that I'm a blogger in a sample bio (hugely inflating my readership and hit rate) to demonstrate to some others in my company how I want them write personal bios for a future assignment.  The result?  A request for my blog address. 

My gut reaction was, "Ack! No!...Do not mix business and this little blog o' mine"...but I thought about my honest entries in this blog, designed for amusement, shared frustrations, a little common housekeeping, and thought, why the hell not?  I extracted a promise that it not be forwarded, and sent off my little URL. Then I read some of my recent entries and really thought, there is no need to fear about reaction to THIS blog, it's so boring she'll be asleep in about 2 minutes.

My older entries were a little more thought provoking, or entertaining, I think.  I spent a little more time thinking about them - maybe even obsessing a little? - and then at some point I just started whipping off quick entries, or even just ignoring the blog for weeks at a time.

I've been going at breakneck speed for a while, in a pretty singular mode - WORK WORK WORK - and it's really gotten boring.  My pleasure reading has slowed, my ability to keep up with current events is non-existent, and unless you want to talk about corporate strategy meetings, global water newsletters, international meeting planning, or group team building, I got nothing.

This 3-day weekend, I unplugged from work and it was a nice break.  I feel some rejuvenation of spirit.  Especially due to the beautiful weather we have been experiencing, and the lovely long hours of daylight.  Even driving to work in post-holiday weekend traffic was ok this morning...I had the sunroof open, the radio turned up, and I actually left in plenty of time to sit in traffic without missing my first call of the day.

So, I'm going to try and plug some of that positive energy into creativity here on the blog and at home...and try (yet again) to measure out my work a little.  Work will continue to be a dominating presence, but a little balance will go a long way.  Coming first:  Self rejuvenation (in process). Coming next: blog rejuvenation (stay tuned).

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Shiksa is Back in the Temple

It's been more than two years since my last appearance.  But I'm back.  And as confused and befuddled as the service sometimes made me, I was equally moved by the tradition, the community and the moment of individual and family pride.

So here we are back in our hotel room recovering from the celebration and reflecting on how fast time goes.  As the song says, "Is this the little girl I carried, is this the little child at play?  I don't remember growing older...when did they?" 

 Hubby and I flank the girl of the hour       ...and hubby's brother and his baby girl.
 The Bat Mitzvah Girl                                  ....and her big sister.

All  I can say is Wow.  They grow up so fast.