I wanted to pop in and say hello, for those who were wondering if we've dropped off of the face of the planet.
And, in some ways, it feels like we have. Life is 100% different for us than it was a few months ago. We are learning to FISH!!! (I still will not put a live worm on a hook, nor have we actually caught anything, but I digress...) Country life is AMAZING. Even the old house is turning out to be a better situation than I was anticipating, though I am losing the war against bugs and critters. Luckily, the new house is coming up quickly, and none of the spiders will be invited to that housewarming. It's going to be awesome. I'm insanely excited about it.
Campaigning is... well... still completely out of our comfort zone. Fortunately, people are incredibly nice here, so that makes it easier. We are making a lot of new friends, and being involved in this has generally been a growing experience for both of us. It is going to be a tough race, though. We are running against some tough things... An opponent who wears neon green to every event (therefore, you can't miss him) and doesn't hesitate to take unfair jabs. A very biased newspaper. Etc. Politics are not fun. I am becoming much more sympathetic of people who have to do this for their entire careers, on a much larger scale than what we have to deal with.
Other than that, I am busier than I have ever been in my life, which is actually only part of the reason I am absent here. Also, my internet connection is spotty at best. There are many joys to country living. Great internet speeds are not one of them. But that's not really completely it, either.
I've mostly felt like we needed to be a little less... well... public, what with the situation we are in and the things we have going on. It was fun to have all of the recent publicity, but I also feel like Chef Messy has outgrown what I had originally intended it to be. I love blog pals and regular readers and being connected to old friends as we've all moved on with life and spread out. I don't, however, know how I feel about the thousands of page views coming from news shows and Pinterest and online magazines, not to mention the amount of spam that comes with that. So, the ceasing of blogging has sort of been intentional. I have so many important things I need to focus on right now. I really need to let a few things go. Especially things that have gotten bigger than I intended for them to get!
But I'm not done blogging forever, I don't think. I want to pick it back up when life settles down a little bit and things feel a little less haphazard. Most likely, I will be moving this whole operation to a freebie blog service and giving it a new name and a new look and a new focus. It just feels like it's time for that, you know? We're in a new home, in a new town, with a COMPLETELY different lifestyle than we've ever had before, and with a whole lot of new adventures headed our way. So, I hope my true blog friends, whoever is left after this crazy break, will follow me on over. I will keep you updated on wherever that is. (I'm leaning toward Blogger, which seems to have improved immensely in the years since I started blogging. Any input there?) In any case, I will keep this blog up and running for the time being in case there are any recipes or whatever that anyone wants to snatch from the archives. It will go away at some point, but I need to make some Blurb books before I pull the plug!
In any case, whether you follow me to a new blog or not, and you have been around a while, thank you for following our lives over the past few years, for taking an interest in what we are doing and who we are, for leaving comments and sending emails, for all of those things. It has been fun to be a part of the blogging community, even during those times when I'm only involved sporadically.