The Uber Slacker Speaks Up
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 — Listed under Daily Grind
Well, I've been an uber slacker on the blog front lately. And because I have a hideouly guilty personality, for as much time as I don't spend blogging anymore, I spend an equal amount of time feeling guilty. So rather than sit around in a stew of my own mental diarrhea and self-flaggelation, I thought I should probably come clean about what's been going on with me.
My kids and I have been sick for almost a month now. First it was the stomach flu, then some kind of upper respiratory infection and now strep. Gratefully, everyone is on antibiotics now and we're all getting better. Hallelujah.
I am convinced that my tupperware cabinet is trying to kill me. I'm not sure why I feel the need to have more than 300 pieces of mismatched Tupperware, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the same reason why I can't let go of my 3rd grade stuffed animals, 80's parachute pants and collection of miniature porcelain Michael Jackson figurines. Either way, I could probably use an intervention or I might end up on the reality TV show Hoarders.
I've been doing a lot of writing for SheKnows. It's really awesome and I love it, but I'm having a hard time keeping a balance in my life. I feel really terrible because I can't keep up with all my favorite bloggy friends like I used to. I am reluctant to post on my blog because I know that I won't be able to go around and visit everyone who comments or respond to emails like I used to. So then I just end up staying quiet and not posting at all. But I miss you guys. And I want you to know that I care. I love reading your blogs, I love chatting with you on email and Twitter, and I'm sorry that I am not able to be as involved as I have been in the past. Please know that I do think of you constantly and even though I am not around as much as before, this in no way reflects how much I love you and care about you guys.
My sister has been in and out of the hospital due to her alcoholism and it's been really difficult to watch her struggle. I won't go into a lot of details here, but if you want you can read the post I wrote about it last year when we were very scared she wouldn't make it out. I am still incredibly grateful for all the kind and loving emails I received during that time. I wish I could say things have taken a turn for the better, but they just haven't.
Thank you for hanging in here with me even though I've been a hot mess. I'm sending you all the love and hugs in my heart. And I hope to be back in the bloggy playground again real soon.
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Well, here I was feeling guilty that I hadn't stopped by here in so long and find that you haven't either. Just proves guilt is ridiculus. You have your priorities straight. I certainly do hope you and your family are feeling better now and I'm so sorry your sister is still having such a struggle. It's so hard for everyone involved. Don't forget to take care of yourself too.
Comments by MotpgI think we could have a full 24 hours a day to dedicate to blogging and it still wouldn't be "enough". I do miss you though. :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 12:58:15 PM
Comments by KeelyGirlfriend! Despite your busy-ness and sometimes absence I have awarded you a Stylish Blogger award at my site today http://mehubsandchubs.blogspot.com/ What can I say? You are a fave!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:38:19 PM
Comments by MOMSICLE VIBEI hope your life is going better! And when you do find the energy to return? I would be quite interested in seeing some of those Michael Jackson figurines.
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 4:04:44 PM
Comments by Megan - Best of FatesHi Naomi - I haven't posted in 3 months! Had an unbelievable sinus infection for two months, got married :-), started a new job...and there's just such a pull in every direction, I lost my groove...attempting to return but I will be slower I think. I look forward to reading your posts when you get to them and I continue to think about your sister too. XO - Swati
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 8:19:14 AM
Comments by SwatiI'm with Mandy, I don't know how I missed this post. I guess I'm too busy keeping up with baby Lucha. My heart is with you, lots of love, mama, and you know I'll do anything I can to help. xoxoxp
Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11:00:52 AM
Comments by parenting ad absurdumI don't know why I'm just now seeing this... Don't worry, lady. I love reading all your fabulously funny articles. It helps me get my Cool-Whip kick. Without the calories. (hehe) As for the Tupperware...Toss it out. You will feel a million times better. A million times more organized. And a million times less fearful that they will gang up on you.
Monday, March 07, 2011 at 10:19:05 PM
Comments by MandylandWe all go through cycles of external and internal processing. I'm in the same cant-find-the-time-to-blog-or-read-blogs space. And I still think in blogging terms, where something happens and I start to frame it for a post. But then I forget. Life's busy. We all still come by and check, though. (Note you posted two weeks ago and I'm just coming by. Guilty, sure. But it is what it is.) Pearls. Swine. Oink.
Monday, March 07, 2011 at 11:56:17 AM
Comments by NaptimewritingIt's great to see you blogging! But my friend, I hope you don't think your loyal fans read and comment on your blog because we expect you to reciprocate. You are awesome, and I'd read your blog if all you wrote was a sentence every other month. You rock! And remember, blogging is supposed to be fun. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that too, on those days when I wonder what in the world I'm going to write about for Monday's post. Don't feel guilty. Don't pressure yourself. Just be you, the you we all love!!!! Hugs and kisses and prayers for a healthy streak! :)
Sunday, March 06, 2011 at 12:36:20 PM
Comments by Roller CoasterAll moms are busy and sometimes we must be more choosy when it comes to our time. Take care, friend, and know we still love you.
Saturday, March 05, 2011 at 5:45:55 PM
Comments by AmberI'm sorry you've all been sick! And that you've had the stress with your sister. Hang in there and I look forward to reading when you have time!
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 4:51:52 PM
Comments by Jess@StraightTalkHi sweets! I've missed you so much and I'm just now really realizing it. It sounds like you have a lot going on - but don't feel guilty about it. This is the way it should be - you should be busy writing!! (PS - and throw out that tupperware!! lol)
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 12:41:03 PM
Comments by Sarah at The Stroller Balletstop it. the guilt. we all have it, and we ALL need to stop. it's useless, right? i've been my own hot mess, and so sorry i haven't been by. worried about you, your sister...but grateful you're writing over at She Knows! must check it out! xoxoxoxo
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 11:44:54 AM
Comments by Erin MargolinHi Naomi, Unless you can magically figure out how to create more hours in a day I suggest you stop that whole mental diarrhea and self-flaggelation thing (which is funny as hell btw) it will only leave you with a dehydrated and dirty mind. I've been there (-: I love ya girl! But you knew that already didn't you...(-: xoxoxoxo! Melyssa
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 5:51:59 AM
Comments by MrsBlogAlotSorry to hear about your troubles - I hope the sunshine comes out of the clouds soon for you, on all fronts. Having built up such a wonderful and hilarious archive over time, you've certainly earned a bit of a virtual rest. By the way - I suffer from malicious Tupperware too - so glad to hear I'm not alone there. Thanks for stopping by MM earlier. ~M
Wednesday, March 02, 2011 at 4:41:27 AM
Comments by Maana MamaNo need to apologize. Just happy to hear from you! We are all on antibiotics (again) over here too. I'll have to go over to SheKnows (sp?) and read. Hey, at least you are writing. I post pics of pizza these days. Sorry to hear your sister is still not well. Know you have our support out here in blogland. XOXO
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 1:14:27 PM
Comments by AmyI know, no worries. I, we, will always be here, and we will wait forever. Remember, you were my only commenter for MONTHS. I'll never forget that. Take care, sweet lady.
Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 5:13:22 PM
Comments by alexandraWell, Mama, I miss you like crazy but I completely understand. SO sorry you guys have all been sick. I know what you mean though, its been February the sick month here as well! It was so good to talk awhile back. I am getting by on my phone call fix:) Don;t feel guilty. We all love you and will be here when you come back. Hugs! Now go rest and get better!Love ya!
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10:13:11 PM
Comments by Truthful MommyCome...pull up a chair next to the queen of hot mess...just refrain from wearing the hammer pants. It's ok. We are all here for you. Sending prayers of strength to not only your sister but to the people who love her.
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7:33:08 AM
Comments by KimberlyDo you fit in the parachute pants? Ya, probably.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:49:54 PM
Comments by PoppyI'm glad everyone is feeling better. Forget feeling guilty. Your readers love to read what you write and that is what keeps everyone coming back for more.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 6:26:01 PM
Comments by JoyHey girlfriend, I completely understand the wanna be Superwoman/writer/mom guilt complex. But, as my favorite saying goes, "Guilt is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere." Anyway, guilt, multi-tasking, prioritizing - thus is the life of a mom.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 1:21:04 PM
Comments by Mommy Crib NotesI'm kinda not talking to you since you said you could have a multiple orgasm whilst doing the splits. But I thought I had to get over my orgasm jealousy so here I am giving you hugs and telling you that when you're ready to come back to the blogging fold we'll be waiting with open arms and a shaker of chilled martinis!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:41:52 AM
Comments by EmmaKJust glad to see you, dear one. That is all. :)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:47:37 AM
Comments by LoriNo need to feel guilty! I miss catching up with you, but I look forward to when you do post.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:41:20 AM
Comments by Mrs.MayhemPlease tell me you don't really have mini porcelain figures of Michael Jackson.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 6:31:48 AM
Comments by Lara EphronGuilt is a choice, and I do hope you'll choose to let that one go! I do miss you...don't get me wrong, but it is a genuine, no-strings-attached declaration. Use your energy where it's needed, and know this...you are THAT good, that when you come back, if even for a moment, your devoted fans will be thrilled to see your post. Feel better...in all ways you need to!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8:42:54 PM
Comments by MeaganWell it sure doesn't make things easy when you have a sister in such a situation. I'm painfully aware. Sickies? Well. They can take a boot right up the ass, that's fo sho. Hope everyone is on the mend soon.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8:18:02 PM
Comments by mommakissSo glad you're okay, darlin'. We miss you but don't guilt out--you're so not a hot mess!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:37:12 PM
Comments by dusty earth motherstop worrying about us - we just love you to pieces and are happy you're happy. Hopefully you'll be healthy as well soon!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:32:59 PM
Comments by KLZWell we still love you and we'll be here when you find the balance - I can't find it either so I know what you mean. I'll pray for your sister and her struggle - I remember the post well because it touched me so much. I'll also pray for your kids because I feel your pain. Mine just got over being sick and all three of them are sick AGAIN! If you need anything (a guest post, someone to vent to, etc), you know where to find me! xoxoxxo
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 3:02:05 PM
Comments by NatalieI am so sorry you have been going through all of this. Don't worry about not being around or being able to visit all the blogs. I haven't visited someone else's blog (okay, this is an exception) since my second son was born in September. I just don't have the time to write my own blog and read other blogs. I feel guilty too, but I keep writing because it is the way I feel sane. And, I think my Tupperware cabinet is trying to kill me too. Or at least drive me to insanity.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:36:00 PM
Comments by AmoAHA you are alive.. was thinking of sending in the cavalry to find out if you were still there...! Sorry to hear that you've been poorly - feel free to ramble whenever the mood takes it! BNM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:33:36 PM
Comments by BarenakedmummySo glad you're starting to feel better! Don't know what's going around but it seems to be knocking everyone I know on their bootie, so please - give yourself a break! You are wonderful or we wouldn't keep coming back
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:37:27 AM
Comments by StefanieI do miss you. Guilt is overrated. Either just accept that this is the situation right now or change it. Either way, guilt doesn't help except to guide us towards what it is we should do. Use the guilt to guide you, then dump it. Muwahhh!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:37:10 AM
Comments by email@example.comNaomi! I speak for myself, but I'm pretty sure all would agree - we love you with or without the guilt, so you may wanna just ditch the guilt! Don't worry about posting frequency, we can read you at Sheknows or dig through the archives if we need an OMWCW fix :) So sorry to hear of your sister's continued troubles and all of the sorrow that brings to her and all those who love her. Sending love to you. xoxo You are an incredible woman, keep doing what you do best, which is just being yourself!!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 10:29:18 AM
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