It's been a great week really, when all is said and done.
Monday came and went, floating away on the late evening happy news that I was indeed being discharged from hospital on Tuesday, as semi-promised to Teen Boy. Happy news indeed, what a great start to the week!
Of course, with all the toing and froing that comes with leaving hospital and getting so many things organised for home life - with back to school and me on one crutch to contend with - my online life had to be parked for a while. Which is a good thing really, I find. Take a break and hopefully return refreshed and all that.
It did bother me a tad though, but it didn't stop me contemplating and musing over all sorts of ideas and notions. You know, the strange and amusing thoughts that suddenly pop into your mind unwarranted, and the blogger in you thinking 'Ooh, I could blog about that, couldn't I?!
Then I thought about the friends we all have, in real life. You know the current, local, friends you have. Friends you enjoy chatting and meeting up with, friends you can turn to in a bind, and will regularly touch base with you if you ever suddenly find yourself in a long hospital stay situation! They are such good friends and we're all lucky to have them.
Then there are the friends whom you live far away from but still stay in touch with, who are also good friends. Meeting up so irregularly with these friends is especially enjoyable, you just pick up where you left off the last time and fill each other in on life's happenings in between. Over a bottle of wine, naturally!
And then we have the long lost friends. These are the friends that you may meet on the street, or in a shopping centre, somewhere bizarre and completely out of the blue, whom you 'haven't seen in YEARS dahling!' Or the friends that make contact with you, or you with them, through facebook or some other means. These are friends whom you may not have seen in 10, 20 or even more years. It always amazes me that without fail, every single one of these long lost friends that I've talked to, face-to-face or on the phone, in the last couple of years, it's honestly like we've only spoken to each other the other day! You also seem to just pick up where you left off with these friends too, catching up with life events no matter how long the separation. Long lost friendships continued as if they were never interrupted....
And you never know what can happen when a group of long lost friends get together and go completely over the top with excting plans! Stay tuned... to be announced really soon!
Then we have our online friends, the ones we've built a connection with through twitter and facebook. We often ask each other how things are going, just like a friend in real life would. These friends are also good to have in a sudden long hospital stay situation! I am very grateful for their chats, interactions and laughter over the last three weeks. Kept me sane I can tell you. And not one of them even once chastised me for my wonky typing and spelling, that also came courtesy of controlled medications! That's true friendship, that!
So, now I'm home and it's been a happy but really busy week, with a hospital procedure to fit in too. I've touched base with my real life friends but not my online ones, which may appear as if I've dumped them! I've only been gone four days, I consoled myself, sure they probably won't have even noticed my absence with busy lives of their own to contend with and all that!
So, this morning I cast my crutch aside and tentatively dipped my toes into the online world. Just a little like here, and a retweet and a comment there, to start with. Then I braved it with actual tweets and updates of my own! And yeah, it's just like real life..... we simply carried on from where we left off.
So, having sorted out my friends, and my life, I then checked my emails. There were quite a few to go through, as you can imagine so I was delighted to find a special email, a gem buried among the debris, from the Blog Awards Ireland 2014 team to say that my little blog has made it to the shortlist! I even got this .... ahem... jazzy little badge to show for it!
I don't expect to get any further but I'm delighted and congratulate all my fellow blogger friends who have also made it thus far. And I urge you all to make the Finalist list..... if I don't make it I want to see bloggers I know on that list again this year!
It's strange really. There was I taking a summer break from most online activities, blogging in particular, to make the school holidays a success. Well, you can't control online access for a teenager when you're stooped over your own laptop now, can you?! Then comes along an unexpected hospital stay and a blogging nomination to give me something to blog about and to blog for. And ironically, the time to do it!
I toast you all, good friends and good news, long may it continue and hope that you've had a good week also.
Opiate Disclaimer: I may be home but am still on the same medications so this still applies! All my recent posts are brought to you with difficulty (and take forever to do). All grammatical, spelling and syntax errors are brought to you courtesy of controlled medical substances. This disclaimer is also being extended to comments I make on your blogs, or on any Social Media Forums, anywhere. Why? Because while controlled substances relieve pain they also seem to act as truth drugs, and definitely induce brain farts....