Daily Life

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Why I Blog

Taking inspiration from Penny's question "Why do you blog?" I thought I'd turn my answer into a Thursday Thirteen post.

I blog because I want to! Aside from that...

I blog because I want to share my experience and thoughts about adopting and adoptive parenting. I write about adoption because I believe my opinions are valid and should be recognized as equal to all other adoption viewpoints.

I blog because I want to connect with other kidney disease patients. I write about my personal kidney-related health issues to express my emotions about living with chronic illness and to prove to the world that living with chronic illness does not equal chronic unhappiness.

I blog out of a sense of urgency to advocate for the issues for which I believe are the most important - mainly adoption/adoption parenting/adoption reform and kidney disease/organ donation awareness.

I blog to express my frustrations... not about anything specifically, but about everything specifically.

I blog to explore my insecurities, and I find that sometimes I blog to discover my insecurities. Blogging about what bothers me most helps me figure out why I feel the way I do.

I blog when I need a friend who does nothing but silently listens reads...

... although, I also blog when I need a friend to leave a comment to offer advice, support or point out things that I might not have otherwise realized or considered.

I blog as a form of self-therapy and to record my thoughts so that I may look back at them when I need to remind myself where I've come from and where I'm going. Of course this also creates a great record of my life and a journal of who I am.

I blog because I feel much less inhibited in expressing myself online, especially about difficult to discuss topics. I can always delete a comment (although I very rarely do) that has gone awry, but I can't un-speak words said during an in-person conversation.

I blog to make friends!

I blog to be controversial and non-conformist (when the topic at hand warrants it.) I also blog to be united with others (when the topic at hand warrants it.)

I blog because it makes me happy - that is pretty simple, wasn't it?

How I'm feeling

Hello blogger world. Yes, I realize I've been a bit absent from this blog for awhile, but I'm sure you'll forgive me, right?

Yesterday and today I've been feeling really achy. I'm wondering if I'm having another "fibro-flare"... I should count my lucky stars as I haven't really had one since Thanksgiving (all the other chronic pain from other stuff doesn't count..)

I'm working really hard on this site - half of the work is learning how to use Drupal to it's full advantage. I tend to reverse-engineer things which, of course, takes longer than just learning it before trying to apply it.

As of now - 2008/05/28 @ 2242 EST - I realize I need a break. Maybe I'll go watch some TV for once (instead of blogging/Twittering/site-building!)

P.S. If you're reading this from a feed, would you mind coming on over to take my little 10-second survey? I'm interested to know who reads my blog.

I'm Away, Leave a Message

My Kidney Blog has been offline far longer than I ever anticipated for it to be. Even though a disaster of sorts has occurred here on this site, a bigger disaster has occurred in my personal life.

Aside from this site losing more than 6 weeks worth of blog posts, I've also lost all the user accounts and most of my custom settings (sidebars, etc.) I need to have time to work on the site and get it back up and running... it just can't happen at this very moment.

I'd gladly have given away my entire website and everything in it to have my lost friend back...

On Earth Day, Recycle your Life!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! What will you be doing today, this month, every day, or all the time, to celebrate?

Our family is honoring Earth Day in several ways: My son is participating in National Turn off the TV Week (a voluntary effort to raise awareness that life without television is not torture and can even be fun!), my DH is taking our gas-"friendlier" vehicle to work (instead of his sports car), we're all taking special care to remember to turn off our lights, computers, monitors and electronic devices...

...and I'm right here, promoting National Donate Life Month.

What? NDLM and Earth day, together? Am I out of my mind? How could one possibly draw a connection between the two? Here's your answer...

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