My Life In Point Form

A few years ago, I was in my boss’s office when he asked me what the difference is between a website and a blog. After a brief description of each, he asked if I, in fact, had a blog. He then proceeded to pointedly ask me why anyone would be at all interested in what I have to say about anything. While he meant it mostly in jest, he also made a very good point. Why would anyone be interested in what I have to say? Half the time I’m not interested in what I have to say, so why would someone else?

Over the last eight months, my frequency of blog posting has dwindled faster than my bank account balance at the Clinique counter. While it isn’t that I don’t have anything to say, the narcissistic charm that blogging once held has been slowly fading away. Allowing perfect strangers a view to a thrill during bikini season has lost that loving feeling, while no one really needs (or should care) to know what I made for dinner, which movie I went to see or who I’ve been hanging out with these days.

Afflicted By All Three

My mother loves to take photos when we go for walks. This, however, normally translates to stopping every 400 metres to stage a shot. While her enthusiasm is sweet, and there’s always a time and a place for snapping photos, how can two people create memories together if they’re too busy trying to capture them on a digital memory card? I’d rather live and love my life rather than watch it pass me by because I’m too busy letting everyone else know.

Maybe Twitter has led to the demise of it all. I’ve realized that I can share my wit and wisdom in 140 characters or less, rather than dragging each of you through a large volume of mostly superfluous paragraphs just so I can hear myself speak, so to speak. (Though speaking of, doesn’t “superfluous” strike you as a bit ironic because it is, in itself, a superfluous word?)

However, that said, some people still have an insatiable need to know, some people still love to lurk and I still love to mold the English language, bending it to my will. Let me break down these days for you:

  • I recently started volunteering at the SPCA shelter in the Comox Valley. I’m a dog person, so working with cats and kittens is definitely the picture of me out of my comfort zone, but the stretch is a good one. My official title is “Cat Socializer,” meaning that I take the abused, abandoned or “scaredy cats” and love them back to adoptability.

  • Photo: Comox Valley SPCA
    Bobbi Sue 4 is available for adoption.
  • I’m leaving for Phoenix in a week and a half. I’m slightly excited.
  • John Mayer’s releasing Battle Studies in November before touring the new record. I’m slightly excited.
  • Christmas is coming faster than I realize, and I’m aching for the days where Vancouver’s slushy sidewalks are bustling with shoppers, toasty smells emanate from chestnut stands, twinkling lights cause my eyes to do the same, “White Christmas” plays in every store and I can pick up my peppermint mocha addiction where it left off. Plus I love scarves.
  • Work. I really love my job a lot these days. Give me the stink eye if you will, but I don’t despise Mondays. Slightly smug? Perhaps only slightly.
  • Tonight I’m dressing up for Halloween for the first time in a handful of years. Disney on the rocks with a twist of cleavage. Pictures to follow.

  • 9 Comments on “My Life In Point Form

    1. Just curious whats your job that makes you so happy? It is a great thing to love your job, everyone should get to experience it!

    2. It may not mean much, but I love reading what you have to say. I was a long time lurker before I decided come out of the shadows and start commenting =)

    3. I’m glad you blog when you do, your BC posts and personal posts are so well written it makes me take a step back and look at how I present myself. I blog as a reminder that being me is interesting, and relevent. And knowing people are out there caring and reading and relating too, well it’s invited and invasive at the same time. I guess when people start demanding things it gets to be a little much. It just depends on what kind of relationship you have if you’re going to give it all and say you do or give as much as you can. People can’t expect much because wanting to know every crumb that falls onto the plate is just silly.

    4. Good for you on Volunteering at the SPCA. We tried fostering a kitten through the SPCA/Woofy’s Program, but it only lasted 4 weeks. We’re just not cat people.
      I am excited with you for everything, minus Phoenix!

    5. I can see where it might get old after a while, as I only recently started blogging again. All I can say is I still love visiting yours to see what you have to say, and that you are still an inspiration :)

    6. 140 characters on Twitter is just not enough. Blog serves a different purpose.

      Thumbs up for SPCA volunteering. Phoenix should be fun, hopefully the Canadian dollar would go up a bit more. I was just down in LA last week and weather was fabulous! Who knew you can lay on the beach in Nov enjoying high 20C temperature?

    7. I just wanted to chime in late and say that I tend to feel like this sometimes about blogging, but it’s always the writing that brings me back.

      And that’s the reason I’ve always stopped by to see what you’re writing…you’re a really great writer and you’re very easy to read. I personally think you should write more personal posts, but I know they can be taxing, and your blog is your blog.

      Anyway, keep blogging.

    8. I know how it feels to ebb and flow with blog posts. Overall, I think blogging is a great way to keep in touch with: a) yourself b) family (if they read it — mine do now and I like it) c) friends and d) friends-of-friends (like me).

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