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Written by OHmommy   
Thursday, 31 December 2009 00:00

On the last day of 2009, I am joining Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife to give you the first sentence, from the first post, of each month.  Originally I wanted to share the "best of" each month as Scary Mommy so eloquently did and many others followed.  However, I opened my archives and was shocked at the number of posts I had published in the last year.  It would take me all night to decide which ones made the cut.


Because.  I. Blog. A lot. 1. A year end blogging epiphany.  See below.


I am pretty sure that I am the only blogger in the world whose cornea had herpes right after their house was flooded that led to a full house remodel right after their grandfather's death which happened shortly after being on TV for the second time after admitting they manipulated their husband and shamelessly vlogging drunk after speaking in front of thousands as one of the keynote speakers at the BlogHer 2009 conference in Chicago who took a roadtrip with three children to Chicago just weeks before the conference only to see her daughter being trampled by a horse days after.


Wow.  What a year!  Without further ado... the first sentence of each month:


January 2009

"Mom!!!" Leading by my example

February 2009

Two weeks ago, I stood on top of my bathroom counter and asked you take some risks in shopping. OHmommy's wardrobe staples.


March 2009

"I need new jeans, Mama" nearly five-year-old Lola stood before me. The Great Gene Payback.


April 2009

Ingredients: Three cute well-fed chickadees, a saturated open field, sunshine, gigantic bottle of generic bubbles and one nice camera. Seriously. I give up.


May 2009

"Why don't you pick out the most fanciest dress you have?" I realized. Wearing too much lipstick makes you look three years older.


June 2009

Last night before bed, I laid next to Lola and told her to pray with me. We need religion class ASAP.


July 2009

Five reasons why you should take the super long way home by accident stopping to take advantage of awesome backdrops. Two roads diverged in Chicago. (Marinka no likey the blogging strike out.)


August 2009

I. Don't. Agree.  Because no one reads blogs on the weekend... here's a political post


September 2009

"That was the last birthday I celebrated with my mother," is how my husband ended the update. Forbidden to discuss, until now.


October 2009

I don't have to write this, infact I don't have to mention anything about my recent trip to LA.  Nestle Family blogger event from a participant.


November 2009

I cursed when I found out that our school district reconfigured our afternoon bus route in August, confining my two small children to the social graces of gigantic third-graders for well over an hour on the way home.  Driving me (in)sane.


December 2009

I try not to overwhelm my immediate family with needless tidbits, cute photos and funny things the chickadees said through emails and phone conversations.  Overwhelming love in a digital age.



1.  In conclusion, I blog a lot. To be very honest, I've been struggling immensely in the last few weeks in regards to my blog.  There are many nights that I go to bed and say, "That's it.  I am done.  I will silently slip away without anyone noticing."  It's somewhat strange, yet heartwarming, when I get emails from readers/friends/acquaintances that through reading my blog know me well.  Which really is the beauty of blogging. I have a handful of people that "get me" and hold my hand through life encouraging me to do better, to be better.  Just as beautiful are the handful of people that don't "get me" and open my eyes to an opinion I would not have otherwise been exposed to.


I started out this post, in my head, saying goodnight friends I might not be around as much next year; but, I've come to realize (through reading my archives tonight and seeing friend's comments) that I really like this place of mine.  Happy New Year friends.

For last year's words belong to last year's language.

And next year's words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 10:00


# melissa 2009-12-31 00:32
i'd notice if you weren't here anymore. but i feel the same way.
happy new year to you and your family. here's to another year of wondering why the hell we are still blogging and what's the sense of it all?!
# Alli 2009-12-31 00:39
2010 would be awful without you. :)
# Chelsea 2009-12-31 00:58
It is so fun to look back on the blog, isn't it? In a way that I don't get from other things... I have tried to quit several times but I always come back. :) I guess it's one of my hobbies too.
# Al_Pal 2009-12-31 01:51
Beautiful. I would *definitely* notice if you tried to slip away!
# Kristin 2009-12-31 02:19
I would notice if you left, but if that's what makes you happy - do it! It's not about pleasing others. Take time for yourself and your family. As I'm sure you can see from your past year of posts, they are what truly matter.

And thanks for the inspiration for my own 365 photo project. It starts tomorrow...
# Zoeyjane 2009-12-31 03:31
First, I'd notice if you attempted to slip away.

Second, Happy New Year, Lovely.
# dysfunctional mom 2009-12-31 04:46
I'd notice too, and then I'd come abduct YOU, but only to force you to blog.
Your mom sounds like my mom in regards to blogging. They just don't get it.
Happy New Year and here's to a wonderful 2010!
# Casey 2009-12-31 05:35
I'm afraid slipping away quietly isn't going to be an option.

We'd notice.

Happy New Year!
# Sherry 2009-12-31 07:12
do not leave yet...i am just getting to know you. i'm still only finding my voice in blogging and you are my mentor. we are having cocktails one day and shopping for shoes (in whichever order you prefer). happy new year.
# lceel 2009-12-31 08:10
There is no such thing as 'slipping away' - not for you. You are loved and looked for, out here. And for every person there is out here to fear, there are a hundred to relish and welcome.

Happy New year, Pauline.

Życzę Ci Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.
# Shelly @ Wild Side 2009-12-31 08:25
Hi! Popping over from Jo-Lynne's. Great post--I can totally relate to the time-sucking activity that blogging is. Loved the quote at the end!
# shannanb 2009-12-31 08:35
Love this idea for a post -- and no, you can't slip away!

Happy New Year!
# traci 2009-12-31 08:38
happy new year! Heres to many more conferences together!!
# A Crafty Mom 2009-12-31 10:08
Fabulous post! First of all, I don't think anyone would let you slip away, but I also think that it is common for a lot of bloggers to feel that way sometimes.

Happy New Year to you :)!!
# Rebecca at Alice 2009-12-31 11:32
That was so fun reading the first sentences. I echo the others; you're one of the best bloggers out there, and it would be a shame if you silently slipped away. I have a personal blog and I know what you mean though. When you put so much into a venture like this, the range of emotions that you feel in response can be overwhelming. Cheers to 2010!
# Marinka 2009-12-31 12:01
I hate the idea of your not blogging more than I dislike the strikeout.
# Managed Chaos 2009-12-31 12:02
You could not slip away without being noticed or missed! I look forward to "connecting" with you through your posts (which is always on the top of my must read list).

Happy New Year, Pauline!
# Elaine 2009-12-31 14:03
I think you'll have plenty more to say in 2010. Glad to hear that you aren't going to try to "slip away" because we wouldn't let you go quietly, that's for sure! Happy New Year friend! : )
# Jenera 2009-12-31 16:14
I want to steal this idea :)
# Scary Mommy 2009-12-31 19:17
I really like this place of yours too. Happy New Year, Pauline!! xo
# Karen Blados 2009-12-31 20:49
I'm glad to hear that you'll be back. I love your little corner of the world and the honest way you share it with us.

Best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy New Year!
# JulieBouf 2009-12-31 21:11
I've really enjoyed getting to know you and your family this year. Happy New Year!
# Sarah 2009-12-31 21:37
Thanks for being such a great blogger! I love reading your blog.
# Tara R. 2010-01-01 11:12
Your April pictorial remains one of my all time favs. Bubbles and spontaneity are a wonderful combination.

We really like you a lot too and would sorely miss you if you were gone. I hope 2010 brings you and yours boundless joy.
# Tiffany 2010-01-01 11:36
SO, I think ALL would notice if you tried to slip away... Your blog has given me so much inspiration and was a huge inspiration for me to return to my blog after putting it down for over a year! Happy New Year - peace, love and great blessings to you and your family in the New Year!
# Jo-Lynne 2010-01-01 21:48
This was fun. Many of those posts were familiar. Thanks for linking up!
# rebecca 2010-01-01 22:02
glad you've decided to stick around :) Happy New Year, Here's to this being your best year yet!
# anymommy 2010-01-01 23:53
Happy New Year! Blog on. Blog much. Blog merry. I love reading you.
# Pres. Kathy 2010-01-02 18:57
I am so glad I found your blog. Happy new year!
# DE Heather 2010-01-02 19:07
I am so thankful that I have gotten to know you this year and meet up with you and other local bloggers. I would miss you tons if you slipped away.

Happy new year!
# kelley 2010-01-02 20:16
Happy New Year babe.
# Joyful 2010-01-02 21:32
I'm glad you blog alot. I enjoyed reading your posts. May you not have any herpes* in 2010 or thereafter.
# Lisa 2010-01-03 11:21
i like you too - and loved all of those posts! thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your world!
# Tesa 2010-01-03 15:02
What a great idea for a post. It was wonderful taking a little trip with you through the past year. Like the others I'm glad to have gotten to "know" you this year and am happy you'll be back in full force in 2010. Love the quote at the end of the post too - very impactful.
# the planet of janet 2010-01-03 20:58
i would miss you if you slipped away into the night.

i'm glad you will still be here in 2010.
# Jaina 2010-01-06 18:34
You might silently slip away, but you're crazy if you think nobody will notice :P I'm glad you aren't trying it ;) Happy New Year!
# Keyona 2010-01-11 14:27
I'm just now reading this post (I started with you most recent and read backwards to where I left off) and I think this is the best post you've written. You are AWESOME! Keep doing what you do.

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Pauline Karwowski.

Is a self proclaimed globe trotting, minivan driving, SAHM stiletto ho.

Happily married mother to 3 Cleveland natives: Jay the son, Lola the daughter, and Fifi the banshee.

Now in Chicago, IL.

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