The following post has been subcontracted to someone else.
(Sound of record scratching to a halt)
YEAH... so just to get this out there, the person writing this post is NOT the person you've been reading for the past 21 days. The person writing this post is the person's husband and he's writing the post as a favor to his wife. The person writing this post made the mistake of starting a blog post in third person and is already feeling painted into a corner.
So forget it, I'll just start again.
The short story goes like this: My wife asked me to help her Alter her blog post today by being a guest writer. "By me having you do my post, you'll be helping me alter my viewpoint that I have to do it all myself!" she said while soaking in her tub. My first thought was, "meh... that's your thing and besides... isn't that cheating?" As the words left my lips, I noticed that my objection was less about her cheating and more about my wanting to do my own thing as I had already planned. (my original plan was to do some internetting and watch the Steelers game)
If you're married, you'll no doubt recognize this manuever. It's the "Even-though-this-is-for-me-it's-also-for-you" ruse. I was preparing my rebuttal just as the thought occured to me... maybe she was right?
So here I am, writing a post about not having to do everything yourself (her idea) and the more I think about it, the more I realize that my wife has a pretty good point. After all, we share almost everything in our life now... both the good and the bad, the fun and the mundane, the scheduled and the unplanned... that's kind of what being married is about. And if I am honest with myself, I can concede that I probably spew five or six times the amount of content in this post on the internet every day with the various message boards, chatrooms, and social networking outlets I participate in. My reluctance wasn't really about writing a post... it was about my unwillingness to try to write something that her readers might find valuable. Oh man, the pressure!
I don't know you people... at. all.
Oh sure, I could whip up an anthropomorphic caption for a cat... or maybe deliver some razor sharp wit on the pop culture topic du jour... but this blog is so different from that. Isn't it?
No sir (or ma'am), this is my blog now!
Take the following video as Exhibit A.
I laugh just as hard when I see this today as I did when it first aired in the 90's. My wife? Not so much. The point? Hold on... I'm getting to it.
Observe, Exhibit B.
I think that is pretty cool. Are you getting it yet? It's okay if you don't... I'm just making it up as I go along. Okay, one last thing before I wrap this post up...
So, just a quick tally... we have manatees, acrylic art on people, Oprah, and BEES!!!
Are you still with me? Don't worry... I got this.
You see, I figured out my purpose in this blog post around the halfway point (just after Mendenhall rushed for a TD): My purpose was to be myself, write what I want and enjoy doing it. I'll let my wife answer for herself, but I'm willing to bet that this post will have satisfied her requirements. She needed to post at least once a day for 365 days and she has even if by proxy. And she was right... I had fun and it WAS good for me.
She and I are a lot alike in some respects. We both tend to buck writing or creating when we don't want to. In MY case, it's usually because I don't want to start until I know exactly what I want to say... but I forget that I usually figure out what I want to say once I take the first step.
So here we are, my wife and I... Day 22 and still altering... everything.
Altered Today: How this blog gets produced, Oprah's Favorite Things, acrylic painting, cat photography, manatee perception.
PS. When you see my wife tomorrow, tell her I love her and hope that she feels better.