First and foremost, I blame Facebook. The main purpose of this blog was a way to share my photos and thoughts with friends and family. The universal access to it was somewhat of a side-effect of the technology of the day. I never knew which of my friends or family would be interested in this material, so having a blog with global access meant anyone, friends and strangers alike, would have access to it if they happened to discover it. I don't mind sharing somewhat personal thoughts and opinions with the world, but it was never really a goal. As Facebook began to gain in popularity with the majority of my friends and family, I found myself posting more frequently there and less frequently here.
However, reflecting a bit on things now, looking back on what I used to occasionally write about on this blog, I'm beginning to think I might prefer the long-form thoughtful format of a blog vs. the more snippety stuff I write on Facebook.
I'm not trying to say I'm going to abandon Facebook and return to solely writing on this blog. Facebook is great for keeping up with a large group of friend and family, but I'm thinking, when time permits, I am going to try to use my blog as well.
And so, as a first attempt at getting back to this blog, I offer a summary of what has happened with me these past few years:
In late 2009, after several years of careful scheming and manipulation, I finally succeeded in convincing the woman of my dreams that it might not be a bad idea for us to date. (Yes, it really did take her several years to agree to a date - we had been good friends for several years but she had always made it clear that we were only ever going to be "just friends." If you read some of my early blog posts from several years ago, you will find there is the occasional reference to this friend.)
About a year and half ago we bought a house in the country and at the same time I somehow convinced said woman of my dreams that it might actually be a good idea for us to get married. And so, this past spring, we did indeed get married. For a honeymoon we took a once in a life-time 10-day trek to Machu Picchu in Peru (I really should post some pictures - the mountains of Peru are quite beautiful). And, now, at the close of this year, we are just a month away from the birth of our baby boy.
Exciting times both past and looking ahead, and as I've already been told many times, with the birth of a child life is never going to be the same for us.
Happy holidays to family and friends both near and far. Wishing you all a happy 2013.