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Dec102011

Come here often? OR Bloglessness of the Long Distance Runner

Well, hello, there. Long time no see, eh?

When last we met in April, I was crowing about having run 6 miles. That was pretty cool. Then I finished a sprint triathlon in May. Very cool.

If you've been following along here for a while you know that when I do things I tend to, well, DO them. So, I got a little caught up in running and swimming and whatnot. Last month I finished my first half marathon, and now I'm training for a full marathon in the Spring. For reals. And though I've been crafting and cooking and writing (you can read about my swim-bike-run exploits here; other stuff isn't quite ready for prime time), just like always, there were inevitable trade-offs. Work greedily gobbles up most of my free time, leaving little time to sit back and appreciate time to draw, daydream, write, think, and laugh. Over the last few months I realized that under these conditions I could either live my life or I could photograph it. I chose living it. That didn't leave much in the way of pretty pictures for the blog.*

But now that another semester is behind me and my evenings are my own again, my sweet blog has been calling out to me, begging to be revived. In particular, some of you have been asking if/when another calendar would be available.

I have good news and bad news. So the good news is that there is a new calendar. The bad news is that it is based on the same drawings as last year—if, like me, you loved those drawings, there is no downside; if, on the other hand, you are sick of them, I guess you're out of luck (that's the bad part).

© 2011 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

The printable calendars are available here 

Alrighty, then. You've got 21 days to plan your collard feasting for 2012. Get cracking!

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*Does that sound defensive? I don't mean for it to. I've written three different long, drawn out posts explaining why I took an unplanned break from blogging; how I want Cottage Industrialist to change and grow; and the responsibility I feel to portray my crazy, happy, frustrating life honestly. But every time I have written those posts, they sound like defenses against an argument no one is making. If I want this space to grow and change and be a little different, I only need to make it so. Right?

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Reader Comments (12)

I am so glad you are back, for selfish reasons because I love your blog and have been concerned that you may have decided to stop doing it. But I am pleased that you also feel that there is a need for you to continue and yes, we all have to make room to live our life in reality too. I have to add that it is 2 months since I did anything on my blog and maybe you have made me think that it is about time to get going again. Bonne chance with your running.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia green

Thank you...thank you. Wasn't sure what I was going to do without my frig calendars next year. Definitely will be getting a book, too, to put on my countertop. At my age, I need all the reminders i can get.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjam

I've missed you, but I completely understand how life has taken over and there's only so much time in the day. So, thanks for checking in and thanks for the new calendar. I too have been wondering if you were doing a new one this year, so I'm pleased to see that you have. Good luck with the running. A friend of mine recently blogged about her triathlon experience and it truly does take over one's life. Selfishly, I hope that you do find a bit of time for this space, but I understand if you don't. Thanks for checking in!

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterheide

Just found your blog for the first time and I absolutely love the calendar! Just printed it out on card stock to clip to my refrigerator. Thanks!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTara

Dude. I was wondering where the heck you are.
I'd love to catch up after the holidays, heck, you could run out to the Corner and call it training or something. ;)

December 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Solos

Thanks for posting the calendar! Awesome. I know I can use it as well as some of my friends.

Jimma Davis
Annie Wiggins B&B

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJimma Davis

Thank you SO much for posting a new calendar. I loved your 2011 and love it again as 2012!

January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

I loved last year's calendar so I'm thrilled that (a) you had a chance and were so generous to offer one again and (b) it is based on last year's drawings. Thank you for gracing my kitchen again this year! Also glad to hear about all your opportunities and wish you the best!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJourneywomanjo

lovely! I thought last year's was beautiful, so I have no problem with a refresh :) I'm featuring this on my blog today, fyi.

January 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I ADORE this calendar and I have all fingers crossed that you will give us another round of it for 2013! One can never get enough fruit/veggies!

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLISA

I am a "newbie" who loved receiving the radish 2013 and what you had to say in my email today. So many blogs started out beautifully simple, then went high tech and fancy schmancy. Some of the new colors are so "in-your-face', but supposedly the latest trend. So many new craft tools and such, none of which I can afford. Mustaches, Lips, and owls have gone way overboard. I consider myself a "closet creator", files full of ideas, full of children's books I have written, patterns, clip art, so much...but it is fun for me to do. I barely make it from paycheck to paycheck, but I stay stimulated and entertained by the newsletters/blogs I find in my email on a daily basis, sometimes 30, 40...O.K., I am addicted to reading what everyone else is creating!
I just saw the 2012 calendar and saved it, could you tell me the names of the fruits-veggies for each month? Some I know, some...not so much.
And please, never doubt how much you are appreciated. You, yoursefl, are an Act of Kindness.

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Will you please do a 2013 calendar? Yours are so beautiful. I so admire your talent. I am 66 years old and not terribly tech savvy. Would you be willing to email me and tell me how to download your calendar if you do create one?
Thank you,
Diane

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

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