Today is February 15th and I've officially missed half the month in blog land. Why? Well, a lot of reasons.
Firstly, winter has been raining down a hell storm lately. I honestly can't recall the last time I didn't have to go back out and shovel- seriously, it's been a daily occurrence lately. (And it's snowing outside right now so you can bet I'll have to be out there again later.)
And yet more layers of snow than one can easily count is actually no biggie in comparison to the ice storm we had last week and that giant power outage it caused.
We were lucky- of the more 500,000 people who lost power we got ours back in two days while many others had to wait four. Though even with that relatively brief time with no juice we still had to seek a hotel by night two as temperatures down in the teens don't help a house that's losing heat by the hour. The hotel, of course, gouged their prices to maximize their profit in the midst of cold people flocking to it for a hot shower and a night's sleep without shivering. I can't remember the last time I was so grateful to be able to turn on the lights.
So thank god we survived that. But the near constant snow hasn't helped, either. I've never considered myself that strictly regimented of a person but having multiple days where work was an impossibility and the bulk of my time was spent shoveling has seriously thrown me for a loop. I haven't gotten anything normal done- not blogging, not reading, not clicking on links to various other awesome people who may have wondered where the hell I'd disappeared to.
I missed a few Celebrate the Small Things, a few Blog Blitzes, February's IWSG and Crystal's Blog fest. And I feel horrible about it. I hate that I haven't been around to support people, since that's the whole point of being a part of such a community in the first place. But I can't beat myself up about it if I hope to get back to it.
So I'm writing to say hi, and to let you all know that I'm alive, and to promise that I will be back in my normal capacity. Blitzing, celebrating things both small and big, reading and posting reviews and writing. Because this is too important to let slide. There's too many wonderful people to let down.
I'm sorry, to all who've wondered where I've been. I hope you can forgive me.