Welcome to Pardon My Reach

I'm going to call this the first official post to my new blog, Pardon My Reach.  Welcome all!

I decided to leave Windows Live Spaces and set up a new blog some time ago, but I waffled for a while on what to do.  I could use one of the existing competing services out there, or build my own from scratch or maybe something else.  I toyed for a while with the idea of building something on Azure, but after my MSDN introductory special expired I wasn't sure if I was going to be willing to foot the bill for it.  I eventually decided that building something from scratch was going to be too much work for now, anyway, and signed up for some inexpensive hosting space.  I set up a this blog using open source software (more technical details on that in a later post) and started tweaking some style and settings.  Things weren't perfect, but my hope was that I was going to be blogging from the road the last couple of weeks of August during a California road trip with my sweetie, Amber.

And then, badness happened.

If you know me, then you already know all the details.  For those of you who don't know me, we didn't end up going on our road trip.  My mother, who had been suffering from COPD for years was back in the hospital with pneumonia.  I'd flown out to Oklahoma earlier in August to visit her in the hospital and got to be there for her 78th birthday.  At that time, everyone seemed to think that she was getting better and after a couple more weeks in the hospital and a stay at a rehabilitation center, that she would be strong enough to head home.  Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case.  The week we were heading out, my mom started to get worse and was transferred back to the ICU.  After much soul-searching, we decided that we needed to postpone the trip to California and head to Oklahoma. 

No airline flies directly from Seattle to Oklahoma City.  Amber and I connected through Las Vegas.  When we got to Vegas, our connecting flight was delayed so I called my dad to let them know.  That's when I found out that my mom had died earlier that day - calling my dad from the Las Vegas airport, standing in line at a Burger King.

That's been a little over two weeks now, and it is still setting in, despite spending most of that time in Oklahoma with my dad and sister, helping plan a memorial and trying to say my goodbyes.  It still doesn't really feel entirely real.  Maybe it never will, I don't know.

So I hadn't really intended this inaugural post to be depressing.  I'm hoping that posts to come will be fun for friends and family to read.  Or maybe technically interesting if I find or do something worth sharing.  Or at the very least, a pretty picture or two (I've got thousands of pictures that are languishing unviewed on my flickr account).  This post, I guess, is not one of those things.  It turns out that this one is me missing my mom.

6 comments for “Welcome to Pardon My Reach”

  1. Posted Sunday, September 05, 2010 at 11:35:23 PM

    I love you and am glad to see you blogging again...about whatever is on your mind.

    And very glad that now I get to go give you a hug.

    Can't wait to see what this blog becomes!

  2. Posted Monday, September 06, 2010 at 11:51:16 PM

    Loved the hug. :)

  3. Gravatar of Ann-MarieAnn-Marie
    Posted Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 10:21:32 AM

    Geez you two, go get a room!

    I am also glad to see you back in the blogosphere. Looking forward to more posts to come.

  4. Gravatar of kathkath
    Posted Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 10:01:05 PM

    Yay! You're back! And I don't have to remember some obscure log-in/password to post a comment!!

  5. Posted Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6:18:13 PM

    I just wandered over here from your old blog, after remembering to look at my Google Reader for the first time in a couple months. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I couldn't read and not post. Take care of yourself.

  6. Gravatar of Eric SmithEric Smith
    Posted Saturday, November 06, 2010 at 2:31:30 PM

    Yay! I finally rediscovered your blog! :)

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