Much To My Delight

Much To My Delight


My thoughts on blogging…and 2013

 

I really go back and forth with this blogging thing. I have periods when I hit a groove and start pumping out posts left and right, and then I have weeks where I feel like shutting the whole thing down altogether. There are times when writing is the most natural thing in the world for me to do, when words come to me quickly and the process is fun and easy. But most of the time I sit in a chair frozen, waiting for the thoughts to come. Many days I am really easily distracted by things like my dirty kitchen counter, a stupid movie or facebook. Most of the time my thoughts flitter like snowflakes–some of them stick, some of them don’t– and all I want is to be able to pin down at least one idea, one sentence that’s funny, sweet or vaguely interesting before it melts away.

If you’re someone who writes you know how frustrating the entire endeavor can be. I wish I were one of those people who could just write freely and edit themselves later, but unfortunately I clip and rearrange as I go along, which ends up making the process less organic and much more time-consuming. I still haven’t figured out the secret to this blogging thing. A friend asked what my goal was for the blog, and I had a really hard time answering the question. But I know that I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I hit “publish”, and I know that when I started putting this post together, I truly enjoyed going back through this year’s posts and pictures and reliving those experiences. So at least there’s that.

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Thank you for taking time out of your day to read what I write. I admit, the feedback I receive is a huge part of what keeps me going. If you weren’t here to read, I’d basically feel like I was just talking to myself, and trust me, I already do enough of that. I can’t promise consistent blogging in 2014. I’m not going to commit myself to posting 3 times a week or reaching a certain amount of followers. I’m not going to turn this into another obligation. But I am going to try to turn it into something bigger and better. What form that will take, I’m still not sure. But thanks for indulging me as I give it a shot.

Here are my 13 favorite posts from 2013. It was an exceptionally fun and special time in my life, and I’m sort of sad to see it go. But I’m excited and ready for the upcoming year and wish you much health and happiness in yours.

 

Every five years or so I look back on my life and  have a good laugh

Once upon a time in the Catskills

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Man and wife watching a dumb romantic comedy

Advice to my niece on her 8th birthday

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The summer days that never were

Cheese, Baguettes and Paradise: What I ate in Paris

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A post about marriage on our first anniversary

A long weekend in the life: LA Edition (Part II)

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What it’s really like to be a therapist

This is what happens when you’re with a long-haired man

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You’re gonna love my grandpa by the end of this post

Losing gravity…and my lunch

Keep everything weird.

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Jenn P.

30-something psychotherapist. Loves cooking, hosting parties, exploring new places. Texan by birth. New Yorker by choice. Likes to tell little stories. Pull up a chair; I'll tell you one.

  • http://writemeg.com/ Meg
    I really enjoy your humorous, insightful posts, but I definitely relate to not wanting blogging to become another chore. I’ve struggled with that many times in the five-plus years (!) I’ve been writing online, but something always pulls me back. You’re wise not to force the posts . . . just write when you like and we’ll be here to excitedly follow your adventures. :) Happy 2014, Jenn!
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      Thank you Meg! I feel the same as you–something always pulls me back. Always appreciate you reading as well as your insightful, and often warm comments. Happy to follow your adventures as well. Happy new year!
  • Laura
    Your blog is one of my favorites, partly because your posts never feel prompted or forced. Not that I have anything against prompts (I’m guilty of using them for my own blog), but your posts seem more heartfelt since they’re not regimented. Happy new year!
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      What a nice compliment, Laura, and really helpful feedback. Much appreciated!! Happy new year to you as well!
  • chefjamielevine
    Happy 2014, Jenn! I know what you mean about not feeling like this whole blog thing is an obligation. In any case, I always look forward to your posts.
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      Thank you Jamie. Means a lot. And happy new year to you!
  • Jo Kuntz
    Hi, Jenn, Your grandma brought me a copy of your post “you’re gonna love my grandpa…” I’ve loved him for the past 9 years and now understand more clearly why he loves you so much! He shares his amazing life stories with me every week…(you come by your storytelling gift naturally) He certainly thinks you’re the sweetest thing next to that ice cream he treasures! Love your stories…straight from that beautiful and compassionate heart…writing what you feel will never shortchange you…keep feeling and letting those words fly.
    Jo
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      This is probably the best comment I’ve ever received on this site. Thank you so very much for visiting and sharing such sweet thoughts with me Jo. I’m so envious that you live close to my grandparents–I wish I did! They are such outstanding people and I can’t believe they go around sharing their granddaughter’s blog posts with friends. They are so great. Thanks again for your lovely comment, and I hope to meet you sometime! Jennifer
  • http://www.jbound.com/ Julie
    I love reading what you write, and I hope your feelings of frustration die down in the next year. I know the feeling of “why won’t the words come?!” but just know that every time one of your posts shows up on my Bloglovin’ feed, I am STOKED. Sure many others feel the same way. Happy New Year!
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      What a sweet compliment, Julie. Thank you! I feel the same way about your posts and am excited for your new adventures in blogging!
  • Rosemary Liriano
    Love your posts and I loved having so many more posts to read recently. I have to be better about commenting but I do read every single post you write and I enjoy them all!, Happy New Year!
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      Thank you Rosemary! I am such a sucker for these kinds of comments. Makes my whole day!
  • RheelDaze
    One thing I’ve realized from doing this for the short time that I have is that when people connect with your writing, you don’t have to do it with militant consistency to keep them interested. I don’t know if it was my internet connection or if there was some kind of error with your site but for the past two days I couldn’t view it. However I kept checking back to see if whatever went wrong, was fixed until I was able to see it again. Since I really enjoy what you put out, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing it every Monday and Friday or on some specific schedule. It’s easy for us bloggers to think that if we miss a couple of days, everyone will leave us forever. Sometimes that leads us to put out stuff that’s not particularly up to our standards. This is easier said than done, but try not to sweat those moments where nothing good is coming out of you and trust that it will, at some point return. And your readers will as well. Me especially.
    • RheelDaze
      And one more thing! I LOVE the romantic movie post. I laughed out loud thew whole way through and wanted to comment there but it said I wasn’t allowed so I have to do it here because I feel like I was basically just watching a live feed of my living room from when my boyfriend and I are watching a bad movie. We used to write scripts and had varying levels of success when it came to getting them optioned and produced but ultimately, nothing ever came of anything we did and there were times we would watch these AWFUL movies and just get so angry because we knew how much better what we were writing was yet with no progress. I used to say to him “The difference between us and these idiots is only that they’re finishing what they started and we’re taking our sweet ass time getting ours to the agent. Obviously anyone can get a movie made!” In the end, even though we finished a number of projects, we had no luck getting anything on the air and I’m still baffled by the endless amount of tired, cliche, (galactic turds as you put them) crap that comes out of Hollywood each year.
      • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
        SO many galactic turds! I’d probably produce one too, but at least I’d have my name on some fancy rolling credits! :) .
    • http://muchtomydelight.com/ Jenn from much to my delight
      Thank you Kelly! I so appreciate this feedback and this is very good to know. Glad I don’t have to push myself (or begin to dread the task) by creating stuff day in and day out. The fountain runs dry very often, so it’s good to hang back and replenish after a while. And I fear I’m running the risk of sounding creepy, but since we live in the same neighborhood I think we should grab a drink or a coffee some time. Having a local writer friend sounds aces to me.
      • RheelDaze
        Haha! I showed my boyfriend your site the other day and I said “She lives in the neighborhood. I think me and this girl are going to end up being friends” and he said he goes “Oh boy. Here we go. I know how you get when you want a new friend. Don’t blow it by being weird!” and I was like “No no. I’m gonna be cool. I’m working on my approach. It won’t be overbearing.” I can’t wait to tell him you made the first move. I’ll email you my number :)