Excuses reasons on why I haven't been around much.
I'm just going to be honest. It's not that I'm too busy. It's that I still haven't signed up for internet at home. I have a wireless loaner from time-to-time. There are many reasons why I haven't committed to an internet plan. For one, finances. When you have to register your car in two different states within just a few months, and furnish an apartment... well, at least I've found a new thrill in reviving second hand items; (which I do plan on sharing my Before and After projects this week)!
My camera is barely functionable anymore, and I would probably sell my left kidney for a new one.
It's also difficult to come home and sit at my desk and come up with an idea, photographer it, upload it, etc. You get the drift, especially after sitting at a desk all day anyway. I really miss my laptop!
My other reason is I've lost the desire for social media. It's overwhelming and I wore myself out with promoting. The only reason I use Facebook is to post blog links, and to be honest that is the audience I really don't care to reach, and I've contemplated doing away with it altogether. I'm just going to blunt and say, I've been beyond disappointed with people in general lately, and I feel as if I've been dreding posts because of an unspoken obligation to update people that really don't deserve need an update.
So, I'm going to focus on the real reason I began blogging and that was for the women in the blog world, whom I've never met but have inspired me in so many positive ways in my life the past few years and have been the best supporters; and of course my family, and the handful of true friends I have.
That being said... I appreciate the ones who have stuck by my sporadic posts and nearly-30 crisis I've been going through. I really do want to get back into this for the reason I started it... it's only fair to myself and those who have been true blue. So, if you follow through my personal Facebook page and still want to follow along, I encourage you to follow either through Google, email subscription; lastly Twitter or Facebook Simply Colette page.
Lots of changes for me in relation to my work life. As I'm part of the Public Health Preparedness team, I've taken some FEMA courses to help with Emergency Response, which is something I've always been interested in helping with natural disasters and pandemics.
As a result, I've joined the Medical Reserve Corps and I'm excited for my first event this Friday for a Medical Outreach were putting on for a rural community in Nevada.
I've also signed up for a Teen Screen program put on by Columbia University to help out in local high schools with teens who may be going through a rough time, as part of an anti-bullying outreach. This is something I'm super excited and passionate about. I was bullied in high school. Though I never let it get to me, I hated the uncomfort some older girls caused during my high school years.
I've also been doing a ton with public policy with our state officials, and I just love it! Not to mention I'm putting my creative computer skills to use to build a forum, toolkit/ guide book for immunization billing in public health departments as funded by our grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On top of all this, I'm studying to get a medical billing certificate!
Reminiscing a little on how I spent last Easter... and wishing I was doing the same now. Strolling through Kensington Park in London... ahh nothing thrills me more than old buildings covered with blooming wisterias! Craving the English life as I'm half way through Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility too.
When I saw my cousin at the beginning of March, she told me about her One Call Monday. She chooses one friend whom she doesn't talk to on a regular basis to reach out and call. Keeping the pattern helps her keep in touch with friends. Understanding that we all get busy at times, she knows she at least did her part in reaching out to connect.
With the convenience of Facebook and texting, the etiquette of keeping in touch with a simple phone call or hand written letter has been lost. I'm often guilty of not being a phone person, which many of my friends and family can attest to. Though when I do see them, it's like no time has passed at all. But I do like the idea of putting forth a better effort to try a similar One Call a week mantra.
Oh I wish I was in Costa Mesa or San Diego this week, because I would be at the Frances Mayes booksigning at Williams-Sonoma. I just discovered she wrote, "The Tuscan Sun Cookbook". If you've been following awhile, you know Under The Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies.