3 January, 2012  |   14 Comments

Late directions

HJ, NLH, CEY, MLJTaking a week off of the internet, a week off of commuting, a week off of the regular teethgrinding grind of furrowed brows and clenchy shoulders always gives me perspective.

Whether it’s a trip or a whatever, stepping out of our routine gives me a chance to reevaluate where I’m putting my time and energy.
And boy howdy, that includes this blog.

So, I know I write about home entertaining, and it’s something I’m still passionate about, but with the amazing sites on the internet kicking out the home entertaining jams for their like, jobs, I feel ill-equipped to focus entirely on that this year.

I get home from work at eight pm. I’m just not hosting people like the good old days. (Or, to use a popular buzzword from 2009, it’s not authentic to who I am.)

What I do now, is work on the campaigns matching up blogs and bloggers. I evaluate hundreds of sites a day for their appropriateness, audience and tone. So yes, that’s me, evaluating what campaigns are going well, and what aren’t. We try new things, we fail at some, we succeed at others, all the while bloggers get paid and brands get exposed to people who might otherwise be interested in their products. I don’t know where it’s going and that’s what’s most exciting about it.

I might talk a little more about that.
I’m not sure yet.

But as I’m not throwing mid-week dinner parties on a lark right now, it doesn’t feel right to be sending you all tips on how to do it.

ceremony_mom_hjI don’t know who of you is on Twitter or whatever, but as part of this exercise in authenticity, I needed to tell you that my mom had a stroke yesterday.

She’s still in intensive care.┬áMy brothers are on it. Updates forthcoming.

My sister and I will be visiting her soon. If you’ve ever met Mary Lea, or heard me talk about her, you’d know my mom is filled with more capital G Grace than your average human.

All good vibes are appreciated.
(Especially now.)

Hope your New Year is filled with the good stuff.

14 thoughts on “Late directions

  1. 1
    Marguerite says:

    Best wishes for your mom’s smooth recovery. I’m so glad you will be able to visit her.

  2. 2
    Mir says:

    Prayers have been coming your way since your original tweet. Best wishes to your mama for a speedy recovery.

  3. 3
    Michele says:

    Good thoughts and prayers heading to you and your family.

  4. 4
    Carrie says:

    Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear about your mom. May she heal quickly! xoxo

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    ats says:

    I am thinking of you all xo

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    Angella says:

    Hugs and prayers, HJ.

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    Rachel says:

    Best wishes to you and your family, I hope your mum recovers quickly

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    Amy says:

    Have been thinking of your mom & your family. Hoping things get better soon. xo

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    Erica Lucci says:

    I’m so sorry about your mother. Sending as many happy thoughts and good vibes as possible her way.

    I’m totally good with reading anything you want to write. That’s the cool thing about personal blogs – it’s all about you and what is on your mind. I’m here to know about you, Helen, because you are a wonderful woman!

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    Maureen Young says:

    So sorry to hear about your momma!! Sending hugs and wishes for her speedy recovery!

  11. 11
    Sara says:

    Good healing vibes from my corner of the world to you and your Mom.

  12. 12
    heather... says:

    Twinsie, I haven’t stopped thinking about you and your amazing mom. So many good vibes. So many. xoxo

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    robyn says:

    Positive thoughts being sent to you & your mom from arizona!

    And I’ve noticed a difference the last few months on your blog, for the better…it feels like we’re getting to know the real you & you are pretty damn cool.

    Take care –


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    maile says:

    Sending prayers, hugs and much love to you + your whole fam. xo

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