I have missed writing. I have missed hearing from others who are out there, making things and writing as well.
In fact, as I look back, I have come to realize just how limited my time and energy for creativity has been the last few years. I was just sorting through my photos and putting them all into dated albums (something I usually do month by month, but I was a year or so behind), and for about four or five months last year, there were no photos at all. Seriously? No photos? It's not like it's hard to haul out an iphone and take a picture, right? Looking at Ravelry, there is a similar gap - until recently, my last posted project was from spring 2014. ?? (I should say, it's not so much because I wasn't knitting, at least a little, in there - but I wasn't keeping track, and it hasn't - mostly - been anything too exciting.)
Basically, I fell off a bit of a creativity cliff in there.
It's not like life wasn't continuing. I finished a four-year term as the chair of my department this past fall (2012-2016); I'm pretty sure that that's where the vast majority of my creativity went - into holding meetings and writing memos and staying on top of email and and and... (My knitting time also went that way - when you're running a meeting, it's much harder to knit, I find!) I learned a lot during those four years (I'm sure at some point I'll write about some of those lessons), but I'm glad it's over; I also lost a lot of things during that time (and I'm sure I'll write about that, too).
Older Daughter went off to college on the East Coast. (She's actually in her sophomore year, which says something about how long it's been.) She loves it (although she says her intention is to return to California after)(pleasepleaseplease). She even gets to ride for her school team.
Meanwhile, give a shout-out if you're still here! If you're new, say hi, too. And if you have a blog or website, or something to recommend, please share. I'm starting to branch out from knitting and yarn crafts to other things (cooking! maybe even politics!), so please feel free to share those, too.
I'll be back soon.