Monday, August 26, 2013

Hello Friends

Hello friends!

I'm still breathing. I'm still writing.

Just not here.

I haven't abandoned this blog altogether. I'm just neglecting it. I figured it will help it build character.

I have whole posts written in my head - but the truth is that I got a little bit tired of making myself out of clay, over and over again. I needed a bit of a break.

I'm not closing this blog. I'll be back someday. But I won't give you an exact date - we all know how well that hasn't worked for me in the past.

Also - and this is top secret, so shhhh - the truth is that I'm nowhere near as neurotic as I portray myself on this blog. So to all of my lovely readers who've emailed me expressing their concern over my prolonged absence, I'm perfectly ok. Promise. I just got...distracted.

Distracted by what? Why, I'm so glad you asked!

I've been preparing for a long journey in March 2014. My dad and I will be walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain together. The 800 km trek will take us about six weeks. So to get ready for that, I've been:
  • obsessively creating packing lists. I bought a digital scale to see how much my liner socks weighed. 31 grams, in case you're interested.
  • working on losing 30 pounds. Yes, those are the same 30 pounds that I've been working on losing for the past six years. What?
  • saving money. Well, not really. Right now I'm keeping busy being unemployed. I'm pretty sure I'll have to find a better way to make money. If there's one thing that I've learned during my stints of unemployment, it's that you generally can make more money when you have an actual job. Who knew, right?
  • learning Spanish.
That last one has become a near-obsession. In fact - I actually started a blog to follow my progress. It's absolutely nothing like Clay Baboons, and you probably don't care about what I have to say about learning Spanish, but in case you do:

My new blog - which I don't love more than Clay Baboons. I love them equally, but differently. Like how I love my dog and my husband equally but differently - mainly in that I don't let the dog sleep in the bed and I don't pick up my husband's crap. Equal. But different.

I'm enjoying the process of blogging about language learning. It's so radically different from the silly, creative stuff that I do here. I have many more readers there than I ever had here, but almost no interaction with them. Blogging is a very strange thing!

Anyway, thanks for caring and for coming back even when I neglect you. And by "neglect", I actually mean "help you build some character".

I'll be back*. Eventually. I promise.

*Do I even have to mention that this should be read in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice? No, of course I don't.

31 comments:

  1. Very cool! I subscribed to your new space.

    Two things for you.

    1. I invoked you over the summer on BlogHer: http://www.blogher.com/top-12-ways-repel-your-readers?page=full

    2. I once wrote about driving part of the Camino. (Cheater cheater pumpkin eater). I do hope to walk it one day.

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    1. Haha! If you happen to drive it again next year, and I'm tired, you can give me a lift!

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  2. I have to say this blog has always had character, and now I'm curious about your other. I live with someone who is obsessed with Spanish (and Italian) and he is almost always speaking one or the other aloud. I can't speak either. I guess this is character building for me. :) Your journey sounds exciting!

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    1. Thanks Colleen! I'm always babbling at my husband in languages he doesn't understand. I'm convinced that he enjoys it. Ha!

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  3. Wow, that sounds like a pretty awesome adventure!!! I can't wait to hear more about it on your other blog. :)

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I'm really looking forward to it!

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  4. I see, so you are building character in a sort of playing hard to get kind of way...driving up demand while the supply is low. So glad to hear that you are having other adventures of a joyful nature! (As much as I truly miss you here)

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    1. Shhhh! That's my big SEO secret! I'm going to sell an e-book for big, big bucks: "The Clay Baboons Guide to SEO and Making Millions of Dollars Online by Not Writing Anything. And Also by Not Selling Anything." It's going to be HUGE!

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  5. Unbelievable!! A friend of mine walked the Camino last year. She spent 3 or 4 months doing it...just taking her time (with her boyfriend at the time) and enjoying all the sites while taking some awesome photographs. I can't believe I will now know two people who did the deed. Enjoy it. Be careful. And by all means bring back some photos to share...take a good camera!

    And we will be waiting when you return.

    Be aware that after she walked the Camino she went to Ireland for a while, then Amsterdam, and then spent 6 months in Thailand before coming home. So yes take plenty of money :)...sadly she did not lose any weight on the trek :(

    Via con dios

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    1. Sounds like a lovely adventure! I'm not sure how happy JP will be if it takes me a year to get home, though... Ha!

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  6. Yay I'm happy to get an update! Glad you're not giving up the clay for good.

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    1. Not for good! Promise!

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  7. Planeo quedarme aquí y esperar durante mucho tiempo Miss Stephanie


    I think?



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    1. You always win at comments, senor Rob. :)

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  8. I'll never let go...never let go.....

    FINE. Off to follow your new blog. Damn over-achiever.

    xoxo Mar

    P.S. Awesome about the trip - hope it's everything and MORE!

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    1. Marianne, we have to stop meeting like this.

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    2. No one's ever called me an over-achiever. Never ever. Ha!

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  9. Wow! I so want to do that! You are soooooooooooo lucky to be going on a back breaking, blister popping journey of self discovery that will turn you inside out and upside down and could kill you - and with your dad too!

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    1. You have such a way of painting beautiful, beautiful pictures with your words!

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  10. I'm excited for you, for your trek. I always wanted to do something like that. Good luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks Ash! I'm really looking forward to it!

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  11. Ooh - that sounds interesting! I'll be following along...

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    1. Thanks! I do miss clay though. I'll be back here too, eventually.

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  12. Bless you, dear friend! Walking the Camino is a huge spiritual deal! You and your dad are amazing!

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  14. She lives! YAY!! You have been so greatly missed. So many of my favorites have taken a sabbatical and it's made me sad. I'll go check out the new one, but I'm still keeping this bookmarked. Just. in. case.

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  15. I live in Spain and have never done it! However I do know a lot of people who have done it and they always say nice things about it. I have been to Santiago de Compostela though. So make sure you check out the Cathedral if you have any energy left.

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  16. Wow, impressive stuff, woman! 800k??? My feet shrivelled up and died just hearing those words. :) YOU CAN DO IT. And post pics.

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  17. Just thought I would call by for a look. This was a cool blog, I hope you do add the odd new post from time to time . . . .

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  18. oops...I deleted my own comment. I just wanted to say that in a slightly stalkery way I check this blog pretty often. I hope you return to it soon! In the meantime, good luck on your adventures!

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