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As some of you may have noticed, I've pulled one of my now-not-so-infrequent disappearing acts.
It's been all about Offline around here, playing board games, watching movies, decorating the house, visiting friends and neighbors, going to parties, visiting local attractions we've always meant to visit but never have. Today, we're driving to the mountain to play in the snow.
Also, my in-laws, who've lived nearby ever since my daughter was born (she's 8 now), are moving out of state right after the New Year. We're spending as much time with them as we can before they leave.
In other words, I'm "gone" for the best of reasons. It's not unlike my hiatus at the end of summer, when I felt a tugging desire to hold onto my kids because they were changing faster than I could.
This sudden impulse to temporarily abandon the Internet hits me by surprise. Usually, I can slow down my online reading and writing enough to feel rested without disappearing completely. But this time, I was seized with the need to have both feet in my present world, without distraction.
If I were a more "professional" blogger I'd plan ahead with guest posts and "Best Of" lists (at this point, I should have predicted I'd want a major break at holiday time). But I didn't. I know you understand, but I also apologize for not explaining myself a bit earlier.
I hope you and your families have had a wonderful holiday so far. Thank you so much for another wonderful year together (can you believe we've known each other for almost seven years?). You are the smartest, most generous community I could ask for, and I love hanging out with you.
Let's meet back here in 2012 and swap more stories, shall we?