Shiva just wrote that. Apparently she thinks since NaBloPoMo is over (I did it! I really did it!) I should be spending less time on the computer and more time helping her annihilate her tug toys.
As I type this she is running around the living room sniffing at things she is supposed to leave alone and throwing her Kong down deliberately on the floor. We call this her “I’m bored” dance. In a few seconds she will start whining at the top of the stairs and when that doesn’t work she will pretend to chase the cat. It’s really quite sad.
Oh, now she’s licking my face again. And now I’m giving into her by telling her to jump on the couch. She thinks she’s trained me; I think I’ve trained her; somehow, it works. But I was not intending to write about how Shiva has me shaped to do her bidding. It’s old news and I know I’m not alone. Besides, this photo makes it all worthwhile.
Yesterday I took a day off from posting to recover from pushing myself to chug something out at least once a day. Honestly, though, I didn’t feel like I actually needed the break. Instead of work, I found the routine just a lot of fun! The ideas came a lot easier than expected. Some days were tougher than others, but I found I actually liked the discipline of it all. I liked the pressure of the deadline. I think it made me a better blogger too.
The end felt a bit anti-climatic. It’s just over. No parade, no puppet show, no champagne. It’s just December. If I don’t post every day I no longer have to feel like a heinous rule-breaker. Maybe one month isn’t long enough for me. Maybe I should commit to posting every day for a whole year!
And maybe not. At least, not yet.
I’d like to thank all those who supported me through the process. I feel like I’ve gotten to know some of you better after being attached to my laptop for thirty days straight. The blogging bug, as it is, has definitely bitten me hard. Given my penchant for extreme laziness, if this all hadn’t been so much fun, I don’t think I would have seen it through. That is thanks to all of you. Once more you proved that dog lovers are the best people in the world.
But I should cut this short. After all, I have some serious snuggling to do.