(ETA: I keep thinking of people I should have included below. But I think I could edit forever, so, if you're not listed, don't take it personally!)
My loss of knitting and blogging mojo (which is not a complete loss -- I am still knitting several times a week and am reading blogs) coincided with a lot of turmoil in my life. First I was out of town for weeks in May (two conferences back to back), and then after a week or so back, the floods began. Although I was not directly affected -- my house and work are both fine -- you can't live in this area without being affected.
Although I haven't been posting very much, I've been writing lots of posts in my head. So - I'm going to attempt to actually get some of them up here!
I'm so far behind the ABCalong that I had almost decided to give up. But then I had a sudden inspiration for I! I wasn't excited about my previous ideas, Iowa or Illinois, but suddenly the perfect I came to me, although it doesn't lend itself to pictures.
I is for....
my Imaginary/Internet friends! Yes, that would be you! You're the group that I depended on, even though you may not have known it, to get me through my move last year and to provide some continuity in my life at a time when everything was changing.
Now, all of my Internet friends aren't really Imaginary. An awful lot of you -- Susan, Kim, Amy, Mary, David, Courtney, the other Kim, Michelle, Enid, Bezzie, Eileen -- either live in San Antonio or used to live there. And there are other San Antonio knitters who I stay in touch with through the SA knitters Yahoo! list -- I can't bring myself to 'unjoin' it. And I'll include Steven in this group -- he's in Austin, but I knew him IRL before we started blogging.
There are also some of you whom I met after I began reading your blogs: Christine, Caro, Julia, Hedgie, and, most recently, Helen.
And then there's the huge list of those of you who I feel I know, even though we've never met. And this is where Imaginary, and maybe even a little weird, comes in! Some of the folks on this list definitely know who I am, but others, if they were to see this, would probably wonder who this crazy woman is! There's Chris, of course (I think Chris might be everyone's favorite Imaginary Friend!), and Risa, Rachael, Cari, Ashley, Theresa, Rebecca, Marguerite, not to mention people like Stephanie and Laurie (they both signed books for me - does that count?), Wendy and Wendy, Lorette, Kay and Ann, Annie, Cathy-Cate, Franklin, Norma, Cara, and the 100 or so other people on my bloglines. Oh, and the group of former co-workers whose emails I look forward to (at least once a week, we share a Dilbert and reminisce about the not-so-good-old-days that were pretty fun nonetheless).
Even if you don't know me, all of you are special to me!