December 31st has been a special day for the last four years. It’s the day I reflect on all that I have learned since I began this blog on this day. Now I know that I’ve been pretty absent the last three months, but life does that.
First off, it’s hard to believe that 2014 is just a few hours from being a thing of the past. It was a truly remarkable year full of lots of unexpected surprises, delights, and some sad news. I watched blogging friends welcome babies, buy a home, complete a triathlon, live the wild and cancer-free life, travel to the Last Frontier, explore everything that New York City has to offer, and showcase the most delicious meals and gorgeous photographs.
I’m not quite sure what it is about springtime. Between the subtle change in the Southern California “seasons” to the love-to-hate-it task of spring cleaning, everything feels new and different. The skies are bluer, there is the unmistakable fragrance of fresh blooms in the air, and everyone seems a little lighter. The weather gets warmer, the sun shines, and people are just generally happier. It’s like we’ve all awoken from a long winter’s slumber.
I hate to have to do this to you, Wonderlings, but I’m too pooped to give you all a proper post tonight. Between traveling from coast-to-coast, a birthday party, a musical, and some sad news, I am just too tired to post. As with the last time I “cheated” with a quick post like this, I will be back tomorrow for a full-length adventure.
Thanks for understanding.
This is going to be a bit of a cheat post on my way to blogging every week, but this weekend has just flown by so quickly with adventures from Thursday until tonight. I will be back tomorrow for a real post.
Until then, Wonderlings!
Welcome to 2014, Wonderlings!
These are the posts that I live for because you know that someone, perhaps many someone’s, are bound to be happy by the end of them. There is nothing deep to this kind of post, but I love nothing more than to give back to my readers with some recognition and prizes.
So here goes…
Last week, two amazing things happened: I finally went public with my blog, sharing it with friends and family and I was Freshly Pressed.
I have two announcements to make.
- Today, I am headed to the Boston for what has become my annual pilgrimage to visit with family and sample what a real winter feels like just as Southern California is expecting 80-degree weather. I know, I know, it seems like I spend most of my time on vacation, but I really do hold a full-time job (one that may see me getting even more time off).
- This is Defining Wonderland‘s 100th post! I can’t believe how quickly it took to reach triple digits and I am so grateful to the Wonderlings who have been around for the last year and the new ones who have joined this blogging adventure. To the next hundred!
What a year it has been, Wonderlings!
I am so honored and grateful to each and every one of you for your support and interest in this little blog of mine. I can proudly say that after 366 days (2012 was a Leap Year after all), 52 weeks, and 87 (this will be 88) posts, I have kept my resolution for the year.
Yes, this is Defining Wonderland’s first blogiversary! It has been a wonderful year with all of you. Thanks for joining me along this ride and I look forward to continuing to blog in the coming year.