Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hellooooo (tap-tap-tap) Is this thing on???


Yep, we're looking a little different these days. I'm just trying on a new layout that I've been eying since last summer. If you're confused, our old header is pictured to the right. I may still be doing a little shifting here and there as I have a few add-ons lined up (if you remember our previous discussion about Disqus, that's still a serious consideration), but things should look relatively the same over the next few months.

So...where do I begin? I'm (apparently) still blogging without obligation. Life has been extremely busy. And that's a good thing, right?

In recent days:
*I'm taking my very last course for my second master's degree and preparing for my oral comprehensives where I get to sit in front of a room of smarties and get drilled with questions. Oooooh, don't you wish you were me right now?!?!

*If you keep up with me on Facebook then you already know about our Thanksgiving cabin experience with my parents, from Texas. That was sure fun! I've put those pictures up HERE (you have to keep clicking "next" in the upper right part of the picture). If you have a (free) Facebook account, then you should be able to see them just fine (for this week, I've set my profile to allow everyone in).

*As of October, I'm the new Education Chair of Nebraska Friends of Midwives. This wasn't planned at all, but last year I declined because I was "too busy." And when I was asked again this year, I felt a stirring in my heart. Yeah, the stirring was probably just gas, but the deed is done. So here's my shameless plug: If you live in Nebraska and aren't already part of NFOM, I encourage you to join NOW! It's only $10 a year for individuals and you'll be welcomed to our discussion forum and our Yahoo e-list with open arms! Or you can also keep up with us on Facebook or Twitter (NFOM is still new to Twitter, so it's not really active yet)!

*I've been working on a couple small projects. I'm looking forward to sharing them on here when I have time (hopefully later this week). I burned my right hand in boiling oil back in September and it took quite a while for the blisters to heal. I'm so glad to be back to working with my hands again.

Look at YOU! You're still here!! And you've graced my blog today. That makes me a happy camper...happy to know you and to have (I'm guessing) built some sort of cyber-friendship with you, happy that you care enough to drop by today even if I haven't been to your place in a while, and happy to know that this blog (and its feed) really does still work after all this time.

I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone this month.

22 ♥ thoughtful comments ♥:

Ms Perfect said...

Welcome back! Love the look of your layout. Cute picture. You're brave to open your FB to everyone :o)

Helene said...

I love the new look!! And look at you, getting your 2nd MA degree!!! Amazing!!!

sarahovertherainbow.com said...

Hi! Glad to see you in the bloggy world, and I DO like the new layout, it is so fresh and open. Hoping your holidays are grand.
Sarah

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

jenean~ Yeah, it is kinda brave, eh? I'll do it at week and see from there. :)

Helene~ Thanks! This one is a MEd (Educational Technology). My hubby kids that I'm competing with him to get more sets of letters after my name. LOL

Sarah~ Thank you! And it's so good to see you. I'll pop over in just a bit. I've missed keeping in touch!

Farmgirl Paints said...

I'm so glad you are back! I've missed you. Sounds like you've been keeping busy...miss Smarty Pants:)

Shelly C said...

hey girl, so glad to see you back on here, I've been checking in off and on hoping to hear something new from the family. I'm so glad to hear things have been going well even if it's been crazy. Hope to catch up soon.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Becky, thanks so much. I've missed you, too! I'm glad I got to meet you so very long ago...it makes the blogosphere even more fun to visit! :)

Shelly, how wonderful to see you today! And I'm adding your blogs to my reader, as well. I hope your family will head this way over the next year. We'd love to be your tour guides!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Nice to see you in my reader (and my comments :>)), Shaye! Blessings during this Advent season of waiting -

Melyssa said...

I don't know how the heck you get it all done. I can't hardly get through work and keep up with my laundry.

Brittany said...

Looks good, I like the layout.

The Reluctant Crunchy Mama said...

I feel terrible saying this, but your blog is on my list and I don't remember how I came across it, why I added it, etc.! Either way, I am glad I did! In reading some of your old posts to attempt to find out why I subscribed, I came across the posts on donating breast milk. I so wish I had done this when my daughter was a newborn. I am still breastfeeding, but she is 26 months. I don't have a lot of milk anymore. Most importantly, I am guessing the preference is for the donating mother's child to be an infant. Am I correct? I am curious - the family you donated to... How is mom doing? I hope she is healthy.

Herb of Grace said...

Hellooo! Welcome back! It's good to see you back in blogland :)

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

Hi, darling. The other kids are now home as of 1 hour ago, and that means we are home. Looking forward to a good night of sleep! How you young mamas do it...well, I don't know. I love you.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Lenetta~ Thanks, doll! It's nice to be back. And blessings to you, too!

Melyssa~ Try as I may, something always falls through the cracks. It's such a balancing act. Most days, I'm still just trying to figure it all out. :)

Brittany~ THANK YOU! It really feels more me-ish. :GRIN:

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Johanna~ Your blog looks very familiar to me, too! I've added you to my reader and dropped you a LONG personal email since my reply comment was turning into another blog post!! *hugs*

Herby~ Hey beautiful! It's nice to be back. And thank you for leaving a message just a week or so back. It meant so much to know you've been thinking of me. I've missed you, too!

Mom~ It's great to hear they made it in safely! I imagine you're happy to be back in your own bed. But what a blessing you've been to my nephews. So glad you're there and willing to serve!!

septembermom said...

I was so happy to see your post today! I'm glad that all is well with you and your family. You have been a busy lady for sure! Love the new blog look too!

Dr. Wifey said...

i was just thinking about you the other day, wondered if you would blog again! sounds like you are very busy :)

Jess said...

Shaye, I'm glad your hands are healing up well; I hadn't heard about your injury. I hope you are ok. Gosh, how'z a Mom to function without her hands?

Anyhew, glad to see you back to blogging. That's what is so nice about blogging; it is there when it is CONVENIENT FOR YOU!!!

Hope you are all well -- and before I forget -- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

~Bundles of Blundells

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Hey Kelly! It's so great to see you!

Wifey~ I wondered, too. Every time I'd sit down to type, something else would end up being the priority. LOL Thanks for thinking of me!

Jess~ It wasn't huge...just my right hand (mainly my index finger). The grease was popping and sputtering on the stove top, so I picked up the pan and carried it to the sink to dump it. However, I ended up splashing it onto my right hand in the process. Ouch! I seriously thought the skin on my hand would just peel off right then and there.

Melissa M. Mitchell said...

Just thought I'd let you know I'm a reader! I don't know what your blog looked like before, but it looks pretty fancy now!

leah said...

Wow, you are one busy lady.:) Yay for Friends of Midwives...wouldn't it be GREAT to see homebirth legal in Nebraska someday?!

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Oh yay, Melissa! Pretty cool that our student turned babysitter turned move-all-the-way-to-Italy FRIEND keeps up with our blog. We really do miss you. But it sure looks like you're having fun over there!

Leah~ YES! I hope we can make some progress around here this next year. Things will get busy on that front around January.

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