Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fin.


And just like that, this place took a Keyser Sozeian turn and disappeared.  Poof.  Gone. 

I wish I could regale you with some crazy story or life-altering event (a big move...a baby...a big, moving baby) but I can't.  The reason behind the hiatus is pretty simple.

Shit just stopped being fun.

On that day back in May 2011, the day Blogger decided to crap out on its users, I didn't feel inconvenienced or annoyed, surprisingly.  I had a post lined up and ready to go but the effort put into it was half-assed at best, so I was actually relieved when I discovered the site was down.  I felt like I had been given a free PTO day.

I came home, hung up my bag, gave my usual suffocating hugs to the cats.  Then it hit me: I had an entire evening to do whateverTF I wanted.  I didn't have to wait for butter to soften.  I didn't have to crank out a sheet of cookies before the sun set.  I didn't have to wash (and rewash) any mixing bowls or measuring spoons.  I didn't have to take or, better yet, edit any photos.  I didn't have to write an accompanying post.  And, perhaps the most glorious bonus of all, I was cocooned in my bed by 11.  Eight solid hours of deep, happy sleep.  Something that hadn't occurred in a long time.  Too long of a time.

The night before my next regularly scheduled posting day, I played hooky.  The following Thursday (which was typically reserved for Sugared Cinema prep), I played hooky again.  Then again.  And again.  Before I knew it, Summer was in full swing and my desire to continue blogging was crushed under the weight of a giant margarita.  The kitchen and my camera, two of my dearest bitches, were beginning to creep on my nerve endings and I resented any time that was spent with either of them.  And that made me sad.

Rather than force what I thought to be "my calling", I decided to just...stop.  At some point in the months that followed, I discovered that I actually enjoyed running (WTF?) and haven't really slowed down since, figuratively speaking.  When I finally did return to the kitchen, I can't tell you how good it felt to roll commando.  No photos, no food styling.  Just pure, unadulterated baking bliss.  Exactly how it used to be, pre-Three Baking Sheets.

I don't know what the future holds for this little pocket of the internet.  Sugar-free movie posts?  Snarky attempts to dismantle current trends in pop music?  More unsuccessful illustrated Family Guy submissions?  Who knows.  The only thing constant in life is change.

And beer.  Obvs. 


21 comments:

  1. Ali - I wanted to let you know that I respect your desire to do whatevatheF you want to do with your free time, but I do miss your talent and kick ass sense of humor. Anytime you want to pop on and just ramble about life, I'll tune in. Until then, enjoy all the giant margaritas that life has to offer. :)

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  2. I'm going to ditto Darci! I'm still glad we get to read your entertaining thoughts on the bat cave though. :) I'll have to share with you my upcoming baking attempt!

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  3. OMG - I'm just soooo glad you're okay. I did miss and will miss your blogging, but I totally get it.

    I hope my random email to you wasn't creepy. I just wanted to make sure you didn't die in some creepy, yet delicious, baking accident.

    So, with all that being said... "hi".

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  4. So glad to learn that you didn't have some bizarro baking accident. It was a happy surprise to see this post in my reader today.

    I can totally relate to the shit not being fun. I'm struggling with that myself.

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  5. Now I know how Dave Chappelle felt when he fled the country and Comedy Central, minus the fame and fat bank account.

    When I bailed, I bailed HARD. I had to step away from blogland, as a whole. I'm sure I've missed out on some major life stuff and for that, I'm sorry, ashamed and utterly bummed.

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    1. don't be bummed, we all missed you but we can all understand why. At some time in everyone's life you realize that somethings are more important than others.

      I sure can't blame you for trading running in for baking. Better for the waistline.

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  6. i feel you. i totally do. when it becomes as you described it, like a J-O-B, it's no fun. and no fun leads to shitty posts, which leads to shitty attitude and before you know it, you're creaming shit instead of butter and that's no good.

    so basically, this break is really a break up, it's about us, not you and in this separation, you're taking away your charm+wit and we're stuck the ghost of you. in blog divorce court, you would be the clear victor.

    i am holding on to the hope that one day you'll have moved onto an upgraded younger blog and rub it in our faces.

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    1. PS. take good care Ali, don't be stranger! :)

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  7. I was happy to see this pop up in my reader. Been wondering about you several times and often thought about shooting you an email. I totally get it. when I started blogging, I had a lot of time on my hands. Things are different now. We moved to NYC, lots of other changes, it's harder now and yes, more of a chore. I wonder how long I can keep it up. That being said, I miss your sharp wit and fabulous posts but glad you are taking care of yourself.

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  8. haha. updated post: You don't owe anybody anything for your creative process. In fact, you probably feel that being required to do something creative probably killed your inspiration.

    You've made a brilliant body of work that you can always be proud of! Chin chin. :)

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  9. There is a season for everything, and thank you for having shared your talent with us. May you be blessed on all of your future endeavors. Have you considered homebrewing? ;)

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  10. Look for the dishwasher-safe logo unless you plan to hand-wash your bakeware.

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  11. Yes, always look for the dishwasher-safe logo in life. Words to live by, indeed.

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  12. Oh Ali, it's been too long since I've dropped by for a visit - and I did a lot of head nodding while reading. No one really appreciates how hard it is to keep up a blog, let alone a food blog which is officially the world's biggest pain in the ass hobby. I've probably retired my blog at least twice only to come back a few months later. Meaning you can change your mind, come back at any time, and I'll return to see what you come up with! Otherwise, if you're itching to bake and write, you'll always have a home on Internet Cooking Princess if you want to be my guest poster du jour. Bonne chance, my friend!

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  13. otally flat baking sheets can also be used to display/serve a decorated cake. And flat sheets and those with only one side edge make it easier to remove and transfer baked cookies without breaking them. Baking sheets with sides however, are more versatile you can use them to make pizza, cinnamon rolls, jelly roll and such.

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  14. I keep coming back to see if you've put the paddles to this little blot, but alas, you haven't. Which I totally get, by the way. Mine died a horrible, tragic death two years ago. And I have no desire whatsoever to revive it. But wherever you are, I hope you're doing well. Just wanted you to know that you're missed.

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