Formerly 'Rambling with a cantankerous old mule"
In September this year I wrote a post entitled “And so it ends for now” where I told the world of my decision to take a break from blogging. Well, not exactly the world per se, but the handful of people who make up my blogging world.
Since then I’ve had a number of people approach me at church (and on Facebook) to tell me how much they had enjoyed my blog and how sad they were that it had ended.
“Thank you so much,” I would respond, genuinely surprised and touched that my little blog was enjoyed by so many. “I will be back soon, though,” I would assure them.
Their next question would always be, “But why did you stop?”
Well, I’m pleased they asked, because it’s kind of a funny story, which includes why I’ve got back into it less than a month after signing off:
Honestly, blogging had just been taking up too much time and taking its toll on my “beauty” sleep. I was getting busier at work, preparing for a major new project that we were to launch in January 2013, and I was just plain tired. On top of that I found I was becoming less creative, and that the blog was just stagnating. And so, after over 500 posts here and 163 posts at my previous blog, I decided to stop – for all intents and purposes to throw my energy into my daytime job.
As difficult as it was for me, I stopped writing on 12 September. And on the 13th I arrived at work to be told that I was no longer needed – that my contract was being terminated. Oh, the wicked irony!
And that, I guess, leads me to why I’m kick-starting my blog again so soon – firstly, I have more time on my hands, and secondly, I’ve rediscovered the humorous side of life, and I’d like to share it. I considered renaming my blog Laugh with us Blog but that was taken. So here I am, plain old “Roobo” at « The Great Escape » sharing about my life from behind a camera’s lens and at a laptop.
P.S. Does the grammar nazi in you also want to snap to attention and point out the mistakes when you see badly-constructed sentences, or clear misuse of words? “Vot vere you sinking?” I used to feel like screaming hysterically. Now, mostly, I just quietly guffaw to myself …
Like the mail I received from a client today thanking me for my “abrupt response”. I know I can be a bit cantankerous at times, but I think he may have meant to use “prompt” …
Last week a colleague asked us to leave the building by a certain time “in lieu of the event” taking place that evening. She probably meant to say “because” of the event that was taking place – leaving the building early instead of the event taking place just got my mind into a twist of illogicality.
But one of the most amusing grammar faux pas I’ve heard at work in the last week was when a (different) colleague was sharing about her weekend and she ended with, “but you know, at the end of the day, it takes two to tangle”. I decided not to seek clarity on what she meant.
What are some of the favourite grammar gaffes you’ve heard recently?