Off the Schedule Already – Who Won the Pool?

Yeah…so…I was all set to do a shuffle today.    Lady of the House @ Checking the Electrical Box was up.  BUT:

I just looked at her Twitter stream and saw that she’s out of town for the weekend.  Now, THAT’s no good!  I want her to be around for her shuffle.  So, we’ll just reschedule for next week when she gets back.

(Yeah, and truth be told…I was WAYYYY late posting tonight anyway and my brain is going Mach 10 in twenty different directions and about to set my hair on fire.  I could use the break. 😉 )

But, lemme share this lil’ tidbit with you while we’re both here.  I’ve got more blogs, dude.

Yep – two.  They were on Blogger and I’ve just (this week) migrated them to their own domains.  Now, they’re still rough as far as the design goes…mainly because WordPress, the ratbastids, just give me TOO much choice…but I have managed to migrate all the old posts, etc. over.  So, y’know…because we’re family and all, I don’t mind if you peek in during the renovation and poke around:

Chasing Liam:  On Blogger this was called “Mamarazzi:  Chasing Liam“, but I’m way too lazy to type or say all those words, so I shortened it.  This is my obligatory “Mom Blog”.  Liam is our precocious 3 1/2 year old son, and I initially set this up to share his photos and adventures with the Texas relatives.  (Well, that and to make up for the fact that I was total CRAP at keeping a Baby Book…) I’ve slowed on the posting there since MSM, my “new baby” has been around… I’ve been summarily scolded by the hubs and shall step up my game post haste.  Highlights there are the Vlogs I do of his playdates, etc…set to good music, of course…;)

Vacuity: Yes, that is really the name.  My tag line?  “It’s not existential.  If in fact it turns out that I have nothing of consequence to say – no pressure for me, no dashed expectations for you.  It’s win-win.”  This one was born of a need to just be ME.  Spontaneous, unstructured, unfettered and unfiltered.  I needed a place to NOT think like “Mama” – to just throw shit out there as I thought of it…or because I could.  To remember the random things that I used to think/say/do before diapers and sleep deprivation addled my brain. It’s where I found myself gravitating more and more to music, and creating playlists…where I decided to start THIS blog.  I’ve neglected Vacuity, too, until the other evening when the hubs said something quite profound…

He said that Music Savvy Mom was stifling my creativity.

Now, after I picked my jaw up off the floor, furrowed my brow and allowed my lower lip to jut ever so slightly, I asked him WTF he meant by THAT?  I mean – did he MISS the part where I developed and implemented this glorious idea for a blog?  The part where I TAUGHT MYSELF html code and designed the thing, barely sleeping for a week straight?  The part where I grew intimately close to Photoshop while I made three…no four logos before I settled on the Nirvana Mom who graces us now?? Was THAT not creativity?  OMG, were my feelings hurt

Until he explained that he missed when I ranted about Helen Hunt.  Or when I told a story.  He missed my WRITING.

That stopped me cold.  He was right.  While MSM is awesome (don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere) – it’s really becoming a little community, and I’m just the DJ.  What’s so great about it here is that I CAN’T do it by myself.  I need Guest DJs, I need Artists who shuffle, I need y’all to comment, share and spread the love of music.  That’s what gives Music Savvy Mom the groovy lil’ vibe that it’s getting – it’s a project.  I get it.  And I love it.  But, Brian is right; I’m not really writing.

So I’m dusting off and shining up the other blogs.  I actually had a Photo A Day Blog, too – Shutter Journal – that I’ve just blended right into Vacuity.

I suppose what it comes down to is this:  before the wonderful, totally unexpected miracle we named Liam was born, I was a completely different person.  I’d been told that I could never have children.  I was 37, I had a career, I read, I traveled, I went out, I had opinions…I was who I thought I was always going to be.

Then WHAM.  All my shit got turned upside down.  (And I can almost see you other Mamas all nodding your heads knowingly. :) )

Now…while I am happier with my life than I could EVER have imagined…that other woman is still in there, wondering where the hell I put her Scotch, why the hell she’s not working anymore and if her brain really COULD turn to mush if she doesn’t, why the hell she hasn’t seen an entire television show or eaten a hot meal in three years and when she decided that it was no longer a necessity to keep a standing weekly appointment at the salon for various and sundry maintenence!  She needs a voice…so that I can have balance.

So there you have it.  Music Savvy Mom, Chasing Liam and Vacuity welcome you.  They’re all parts that make up the whole of me, for what it’s worth.  (Well, not in a Sybil-y way…oh, hell, you know what I mean!)

They are the “Trifecta of Ri”.

(Crap.  That sounds good. I wonder if that domain name is available…?)


12 Responses to Off the Schedule Already – Who Won the Pool?
  1. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 8, 2009 | 11:29 pm

    Self-indulgent post…about me.

  2. knowbot
    October 8, 2009 | 11:33 pm

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Off the Schedule Already – Who Won the Pool?

  3. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 9, 2009 | 2:29 am

    Self-indulgent post…about me.

  4. knowbot
    October 9, 2009 | 2:33 am

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Off the Schedule Already – Who Won the Pool?

  5. knowbot
    October 9, 2009 | 6:33 am

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Off the Schedule Already – Who Won the Pool?

  6. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 9, 2009 | 7:12 am

    The post about me…or "How Just ONE MORE BLOG will give me World Domination!" (The domain WAS available, btw.)

  7. Mari
    October 9, 2009 | 9:17 am

    Dude. You’re awesome! Happy to have made your digital acquaintance. I’ll be adding you to my list of those I blog-stalk. :)
    .-= Mari´s last blog ..Rocktober 8 =-.

  8. Starrlight
    October 9, 2009 | 9:55 am

    That woman will come back. It’s amazing what happens when they get older. If you are lucky they will encourage her! Mine does =)

    That said let me know if you need any help! I am going to start creating the Halloween post for ya. Belle and I have chatted. Just tell me what date you want it so I have a deadline 😛
    .-= Starrlight´s last blog ..This Is A Neo St Valentine’s Massacre =-.

  9. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 9, 2009 | 10:12 am

    The post about me…or "How Just ONE MORE BLOG will give me World Domination!" (The domain WAS available, btw.)

  10. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 10, 2009 | 8:51 am

    RT @Lindsay_Faith: Let me know if you have a blog. { I've got three, dude! lol }

  11. Devilish Southern Belle
    October 11, 2009 | 3:07 pm

    LOL @ “the Trifecta of Ri”. Sounds like a blog title. No, I did not just say that! Three is plenty, heh! I lost my creativity LONG ago. I don’t know where to find it again!
    .-= Devilish Southern Belle´s last blog ..The grocery list: I did it right! =-.

  12. Dorothy Stahlnecker
    October 11, 2009 | 10:31 pm

    My first visit to your blog and I like it.

    Dorothy from grammology
    .-= Dorothy Stahlnecker´s last blog ..So Much Pain in our World Blogging can help =-.

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