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Erm, Hello Everybody; It's Me Again [Aug. 27th, 2009|09:32 am]
Tony Grist
So- metaphorically speaking- I went  as far as the street corner, hung around till it got chilly and then came home. There are, I believe, marriages in which this kind of thing happens all the time.

I hope I've been away long enough not to seem a complete fool.

Besides,  I proved to myself I can get by without having the computer on all the time- and that's good.  For the best part of a week, I switched it on for an hour in the morning and an hour at night- and all the rest of the day I did housework, tidied the attic, cooked plum crumble, socialized, read books, watched Ghost Whisperer- and did crossword puzzles.  It was a return to basics. I enjoyed it.

But crossword puzzles or LJ- which is the better use of my time?  No-brainer, that one.  Besides I was lying in bed, composing LJ posts in my head, and it seemed pretty silly not to be writing them down.
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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2009-08-27 09:12 am (UTC)
Good to see you again!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:21 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2009-08-27 09:23 am (UTC)
And like all good marriages where this happens, you are welcomed back with a nice cup of (metaphoric) tea and you can get comfy in your chair again and no more will be said.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:21 am (UTC)
Which reminds me, it's a good half hour since I had a nice cuppa. I need to go put the kettle on.
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[User Picture]From: silverhawkdruid
2009-08-27 09:25 am (UTC)
Hey, we all need a change of scenery from time to time. :-) Welcome back!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:22 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2009-08-27 09:28 am (UTC)
Hehe - once bitten, forever smitten! I'm glad you enjoyed your back-to-basics week, but I'm glad you're back, too.

Over the years, I've sometimes gone through phases of feeling the same sort of things as you did last week - that I'm frittering time away on LJ and could use it better elsewhere. But I've also gradually realised that the very nature of LJ allows for phases like that. You can take a holiday for a while, or even announce a temporary hiatus, without it needing to be an irreversible decision. If it turns out you really don't want to come back, that's fine - but if you do, it's all still waiting here.

Edited at 2009-08-27 09:28 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:24 am (UTC)
I was beginning to treat LJ as if it were a job- that obliged me to produce a post every day. The fun had gone out of it.

My approach now will be much lighter. If I've got something to say I'll say it- and if not I'll take the day off.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2009-08-27 09:37 am (UTC)
Hurrah! I hoped you'd be back.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:24 am (UTC)
Cheers. It feels good.
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2009-08-27 09:40 am (UTC)
Hello!
Good to see you back again :-)
x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:25 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm happy to be back.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-08-27 10:30 am (UTC)
*beams*

you know I would never have written a single poem if it wasn't for reading yours.

Welcome home.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 10:45 am (UTC)
And very good poems they are too. You have a lovely, light touch.

Thank you.

It's good to be back....
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From: wokenbyart
2009-08-27 11:05 am (UTC)
You must've made a lot of plum crumble! (How I miss my mum's apple crumble.)

Well... I stayed away from LJ for about a year give or take a month or two, having said I was leaving and would never return. I'm so used to this 'place'.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 12:46 pm (UTC)
My father-in-law's plum tree is (for the first time ever) producing huge amounts of fruit. Consequently I've been making a crumble a day- and yesterday I also cooked pork in a plum sauce.
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2009-08-27 11:12 am (UTC)
Happy to have you back :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 12:46 pm (UTC)
Glad to be here. :)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-08-27 12:16 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you back. I was afraid you'd fallen in love with Wikimedia or something.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Wikimedia was a diversion. I posted all my photos over there- and then ran out of things to do.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-08-27 12:20 pm (UTC)
Hurrah!

I was once absent from LJ for a month. Well, not actually absent, I'd just put up a future dated post and hadn't figured out how "date out of order" worked so my posts were ALL in the future. I was beginning to wonder was I getting boring...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 12:49 pm (UTC)
So, did those posts not show up until the future date was reached?

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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2009-08-27 12:44 pm (UTC)
Everybody needs breaks now and again. I didn't see your original post until I got back online after my move, but I'm quite pleased to see this one. Your stuff is always interesting and worth a read, and I'd missed you while first I and then you were gone. Welcome back!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I was only gone a week.

I'm glad you're posting again too- and look forward to hearing about Maryland....
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From: sunfell
2009-08-27 01:05 pm (UTC)
I was wondering how long you'd be away. Writing is a good habit. So is sharing. I know I haven't been posting as much on my own LJ- I've been hanging out at other places a bit more than I should.

I am working on not spending quite so much time online as I've been- but I will always try to make that time.

I am glad you've decided to, also.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a good habit- and one I've always cultivated. The problem was I was getting so I felt I had to post something every day- and then obsessing over it. I needed to remind myself there are other things in life.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2009-08-27 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm glad you're back. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Me too. :)
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2009-08-27 01:54 pm (UTC)
It's good to see you posting again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-27 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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