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Happy Nine Years of Blogging

Posted 7 June, 2016 by Trish in Blogging Thoughts / 40 Comments


Happy 9 YearsNah nah nah nah, they say it’s my bloggiversary!

Nine years, y’all. I won’t mention that that’s almost a quarter of my life.

And now I’m feeling bummed about my upcoming big 3-5 birthday in August. Ha!

I really struggled with what to do for today’s post. Confession–my bloggiversary was actually on Sunday. I procrastinated writing my post, debated not writing anything at all, re-read my 8 year post and wondered if I had anything new to say–finally I put it off and then ran out of time to have something up for Sunday. Sunday was busy busy and another day went by.

As it turns out, today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is 10 Things I Love About X. Perfect! Instead of sitting here whining about how blogging isn’t really what I want it to be right now or how my life has changed in the past 9 years, I thought I’d focus instead on what I DO love about blogging, or what blogging has taught me.

9 Reasons I Love Blogging

All the Hobbies

Without blogging I would have never gotten into quilting the way that I have. I credit all of this to Lisa who showed me that there is so much more to quilting than a simple patchwork blanket. I also likely wouldn’t have gotten into cooking an experimenting in the kitchen–Weekend Cooking is such a great excuse to get creative. And I would have never learned of Bullet Journaling. Really 90% of my life can be related back to blogging in some way. In all the best ways.


From the very beginning of blogging, community has been such a huge part of this world for me. While it’s true that these days I do more typing up of posts than actually publishing or commenting, community is always in the forefront of my blogging brain. I love connecting on twitter or Instagram and constantly wish that I could do more of this on actual blogs. I’ve been missing how active in the community I used to be, but it’s still one of my favorite aspects.

Inner Reflection

Ahhhh, the woo woo part of blogging. The OMG I’ve learned so much about myself. The let’s examine what’s going on in my head for better or worse. But really…it’s true. Even the act of writing this post involved some kind of inner reflection. Blogging has helped me become more self-aware.

Books Books Books

As an extreme book nerd, I always feel that I must constantly downplay my booknerdism in real life. But here I can scream BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS and y’all will scream BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS back at me. Bookish muppet arms for the win. It was a breath of fresh air to find people as loony about books as I am.


Blogging is always pushing me to learn new things–this can be overwhelming and scary at times, but the best way to grow as a person is to stretch our limits. Some of this has to do with the hobbies–sewing, cooking, adventuring–but the learning also has come leaps and bounds in terms of how to actually keep up with a blog. Maybe one day I’ll actually learn how to code. Bahaha!


Socially awkward introvert right here! I am not nearly as outgoing in person as I am through the screen. But allowing myself to be me here has enabled me to take leaps off screen as well. From meeting other bloggers, to going to face to face book clubs (where I didn’t know anyone before hand), to realizing all of the things that I can do–I am grateful to blogging for giving me a boost in confidence and to let some of my enthusiasm here eek out in person.

Fantastic Friendships

I have met so many wonderful people through blogging. So many wonderful people. Even if I were to quit blogging today, I know that I would still maintain relationships that have come to mean a lot to me. And of course I have to throw out a special hug to one of my oldest blogging friends, Lisa–I can still remember how excited I was to tell her seven years ago that we would be coming to South Dakota and I would meet her. She’s one of those rare people in life that I can share anything with and I am forever grateful.

Something for Me

I lost myself after I had my first baby. It was an incredibly tough time when I was trying to be supermom and felt that I had to focus all of my energies on motherhood and my little one. It took too many months for me to realize that I desperately needed something for me. Throughout the past five years, blogging has been a steady constant in some shape or form. And even if I’m not actively writing, all of the things that come along with blogging (see hobbies above) are never far from the forefront of my mind.

Letting Go

It took me a long time to learn how to let go, and I think part of it is survival mode with having kids, but through blogging I’ve realized that I can’t do everything that I want to do and still sleep at night. I’ve had to let go in order to keep my sanity and to keep my life prioritized. It’s OK to say no. It’s OK to ditch a book or a challenge or a project. It’s OK to not do it all. It’s more than OK to just let it go.


I’ve decided to leave the last one open, mostly because I do have every intention on being here in a year, even if my space continues to grow smaller (can something grow smaller?!). For all of my lack of blogging the past year (or more) and even my lack of commenting–I do want to reiterate how much I love this space here and how much I love the connections that I’ve made with you. And for those of you who have stuck around, so many thanks to you as well!

What do you love about blogging??



Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Posted 21 February, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook, Review / 24 Comments

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Title: Kitchen Confidential
Author/Narrator: Anthony Bourdain
Published: 2000; Pages: 320
Audio Duration: 8 hrs
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Rating: Shocking and Entertaining

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In Short:  Bourdain looks back at his start in the culinary world as he moved through the ranks of the NYC restaurant world–part memoir, part exposé, entirely entertaining.

Why I Listened: I wish I could remember who specifically prompted me to download this one, but I saw it several times on the Weekend Cooking link-up and thought it would make for a fun listen. Good thing I didn’t listen during our family roadtrip like I had planned. Bourdain’s language is quite…ahem…colorful.

Thoughts in General: Oh good golly miss molly. I’ve been thinking about this post for weeks and I’m still not really sure where to start with Bourdain and Kitchen Confidential. I was mildly familiar with Bourdain before going into my listening–seeing him on the Travel channel eating all sorts of really bizarre foods. And this is exactly where Bourdain starts his book–as a child and daredevilishly downing raw oysters must to the disgust of his family. From there it became a kind of addiction and eventually led way to his interest in all things culinary.

Throughout much of the book, Bourdain divulges what goes on inside the busy kitchens of hot New York restaurants. This is framed by Bourdain’s own move from the bottom rungs of the kitchen ladder further to the top. While much of the book feels like a kind of gossip column–who was working with whom and who was high on what kinds of drugs and what fantastical creations which chefs were making at which restaurants. It certainly doesn’t sound of interest, but it was an incredibly wild ride and Bourdain had me by the ear the entire time.

And I learned a lot, too. I learned about the best knives to use the kitchen and some of the more premium ingredients I can use to kick up my dishes a notch (I’ve only ever bought one shallot but perhaps it’s time for me to use them more). And shame on me for using that garlic press. Ha! And after listening to Kitchen Confidential, I will never again order the fish on Monday.


Bottom Line: Even when I couldn’t have cared less about the stories Bourdain was telling, I was still thoroughly engaged. I couldn’t even tell you why you might find this book interesting, but if you’re looking for a story that will make you laugh, that will leave your mouth hanging open, and that will keep you turning the pages (see note on audio), I definitely recommend Kitchen Confidential

Notes on the Audio: One of the best I’ve listened to. Bourdain was the perfect narrator for his own stories. He was fast talking but perfectly timed. He was expressive and emphatic. This is the only way I can imagine experiencing this book and I highly recommend the audio. There were a few moments of editing blips–where the tone of voice changed–but these were small distractions in the grand scheme.

 Are you a fan of Bourdain? Have you watched any of his shows or read any of his books?






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