Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year, New Blog!

New year, new site, new layout.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

I worked on a few different platforms, tested theme after theme, and finally decided to stay with Blogger.

If you used or to get here, you should have been redirected to That's the new name of the site, so please update your bookmark.

I have also updated my Twitter account to @Alison_Hess. My blog updates will still be sent automatically, so if you're looking for me on Twitter, please try the new account or click on the Twitter box on the right to go directly to my feed.

Soon I'll start working on updating Facebook and any other social accounts I have out there to be sure they still connect to the new address. If you notice anything that isn't working, please let me know.

Time to open the champagne - Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Farewell, Old Friend

It's Christmas Eve, and we are doing the last of the prepartions for our traditional Slovak meal. Lots of pierogies, lots of cold peas, and honey-drenched oplatki. Oh, and the mushroom soup. Can't forget the mushroom soup.

The only sad moment is that we have to say good-bye to our Elf, Jingle. He will be going back to the North Pole with Santa tonight, and we won't see him again until next December 1st. We'll miss his uncanny ability to hide in a new place every night, and we'll always remember this as the year that Sara was finally old enough to hold him - Santa said so!

In honor of saying good-bye to the old and hello to the new, I will be unveiling a new blog design, site name and twitter id on New Year's Eve. I'm taking it to the next level, so-to-speak, and I can't wait to show you what I've been designing.

So raise a glass with me, whether it's a shot of whiskey or a glass of egg nog, as I thank you for being there in 2010. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Two Weeks

A lot of things have changed since I last posted.* Two weeks. Where did the days go?

I wanted to take some time off, to give everyone a break from my constant posting in November. But now I've run into a new problem.

My blog has an identity crisis.

I enjoy blogging. I love getting comments and emails from readers with encouragement, questions, or just to say hi. And I know it's how friends from near and far can keep track of what I'm writing, what I'm planning, what fills my days. 

That's a lot of "I" "me" "my."

So I've spent many hours these past few weeks trying to figure out where this blog should go next. It can't be all about me. At this stage, that's a bit too boring. (My mother probably wouldn't agree, but she is my mother, after all. She's obligated to find this interesting.)