December 16, 2005

News and Such

I cannot tell you how much fun I had playing the game during my previous post! So many came out to play that it really kept me quite busy trying to match wits with your memories. The participation was greatly appreciated and with a “pretend past” like mine, I can’t even believe I’m still here to pretend-write about it. Many thanks to all who contributed and to all who read the entries!

Now for some news, appreciation, and more news …

Our Christmas Eve Living Room 2004


Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of The Cerebral Outpost. Thinking back to a year ago and comparing it to today, I can’t even imagine that I had the time to begin this new hobby. Who begins a blog a week before Christmas? Sheesh.
This brings me to my next topic …


Historically speaking, I suffer from “lose interest in hobbies rather quickly” disorder. It’s a terrible shame really. Through the years, I’ve created my share of half-finished latch-hook rugs, half-finished children’s story books, half-finished organizational attempts (ugh), half-finished songwriting, and half-assed attempts to become a gourmet cook.

So what has kept me at blogging for a whole year and looking forward to much, much more? Well, it’s interesting. When I started out, I knew that I’d be blogging for myself – as a means to practice my writings, as a means to keep them somewhat organized and in one safe place, and as a means to document much of my past for the sake of my daughter who could one day look back on the nostalgic posts and realize “Oh, so that’s what made mom tick.”

Shortly thereafter, people started to read the Outpost and share comments and I don’t have to tell you how encouraging and comforting that is!

I’d like to make particular mention of some of my earliest and still current readers:
Don Swift (he first planted the idea of blogging into my head and then led me to – Thanks, DS … I’m eternally grateful).

Then, in the order in which they first visited, there was Beth, Dana, Grant, John, June, H&B2, PBS, Carol, Psuche, BugsButt, Mark, Jon, Hick, Walker and Dan. These people have been hanging around and contributing wonderful comments to the Outpost since as far back as January, February and March … and incredibly, they still come back for more. Thank you so much for your undying support!

(Special mention goes out to GEL because she’s gone back and read and commented on many of my early writings, which is quite rare for readers to do and is way cool of her)


I’ve been away from my computer more than at it these days, with the exception of keeping to my word on the game-playing responses in my last post.

Bless me bloggers for I have sinned. It has been around two weeks now (sometimes longer) since my last visit … there are reasons other than the obvious holiday madness, and I promise to make every attempt to make up for lost time as soon as my duck’s are back in a row … BUT …


I’m getting married on Saturday (tomorrow). Yay me and Ed!

Ed and I have been together now for just under six years after meeting on the Internet. We’ve been happy together since day one and have grown incredibly close. He is every woman’s dream of a solid, loving, caring, responsible and dedicated man (and he’s sexy too but I didn’t say that). He’s also a million other things to me … and I cannot wait to promise the rest of my days to him.

We’re having a very simple yet romantic ceremony in near-complete privacy which was something we have talked about and planned for quite some time now. It’s just the way we like things ~ quiet, calm, and simple.

There you have it ~ I’m excited as hell and can’t possibly put into words what this means to me. I feel like I finally got it right.

I’ll be back soon ... but incase it’s not before next week, please be safe, warm, reflective and happy throughout your holidays and the coming year. And thank you again ~ everyone ~ for helping to make this a truly wonderful year for me! Hugs to all.



Blogger Floridacracker said...

Best Wishes and much happiness!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Valkyrie said...

That is wonderful news! Congrats!


10:00 AM  
Blogger sands of time said...

Double congrats from me here.
Its wonderful news that you and Ed are getting married and also that one year of blogging has gone by so quickly.
Thank you as well for mentioning me as one of your early bloggers it was much appreciated.
Many hugs from me to you

10:22 AM  
Blogger Chipper Dip said...

Congratulations and best wishes!

10:39 AM  
Blogger psuche said...

Happy Blogiversary Carol and Congratulations to you and Ed!

11:02 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

HOORAY! HOORAY! It's Carol's special day!

Happy blogiversary and most of all, congratulations on the wedding and finding someone so special to share your life with. I am very, very happy for you, Carol. If I could, I'd do your bouquet as my present!
I hope you and Ed have as many happy years as I have had with my guy (41 1/2)!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Bhakti said...

Happy Wishes for a wonderful wedding!!


11:26 AM  
Blogger Divine Calm said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love happy beginnings.

12:15 PM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Excuse me while I do some shouting:


That is very exciting and I am so happy for you and Ed, he sounds so great and you two inspire me that there is hope out there for me to find someone decent.

Hugs & kisses & other mushy stuff to both of you.

12:41 PM  
Blogger "AG" said...

Congrats! It's like a secret celebrity wedding! Enjoy!

12:50 PM  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Congratulations on your wedding.
And on your blog anniversary. Which is overshadowed by your wedding.
I hope you and Ed have a long and happy life together.
And that you never stop writing great stuff for us to read..

1:07 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Great news! I am thrilled for you and Ed!

After reading AG's comment, I encourage you to put some anti-paparazzi strategies in place. Blogging for over a year now moves you from Z-List Celebrity to, like...Q-List.

1:20 PM  
Blogger dulciana said...

That feeling of finally getting it right - priceless! I'm so happy for you!

1:40 PM  
Blogger the Monk said...

Hey, congrats... good luck...and about the anniversary, well, I only hope I'll be saying this next year too...

2:52 PM  
Blogger Carol (Smiles and Laughter) said...

Many congratsto the bride and groom! How exciting!

And congrats to the blogging anniversary!

I didn't realize it has already been almost a YEAR since I first visited. Cool!! Time sure does fly.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Simply Coll said...

Oh Carol.. I am so very very happy for you. What wonderful news! I wish you every happiness.

3:17 PM  
Blogger brooksba said...

Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you! Yea! Yea! Yea!

Will there be any pictures from the ceremony? I'm so happy to hear that you and Ed are going to get married and best wishes are sent to both of you.

Congratulations also on your one year in the blogging world! I remember clicking through the "next blog" option and finding your site. I instantly knew I wanted to read your posts all the time.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

Congratulations and best wishes to a long life of happiness together.

3:19 PM  
Blogger jon said...

Congrats! I think you should do something simular to your last post (that was awesome). Have everyone write their thoughts and experiences on your "reception". So much gets missed in the drunken haze of a good reception.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

My computers have been down for a week so this is the first chance i've had to share in your news.
What wonderful news.
Happy blogging birthday also,so glad your enjoying it!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I came here from Kenju's blog. I offer best wishes to your new husband and you.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Congrats on the wedding Carol! Best wishes to you and Ed for your future together. :)

Thanks for the mention too Carol, your sooo nice!

Merry Christmas

5:19 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Hello. Congrats on your wedding/marriage!!!

Visiting from Kenju's place.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Tan Lucy Pez said...

I'm over from Kenju's. Best wishes to you on your marriage!

6:45 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

The lovely Kemju alerted me and many others to the fact that TOMORROW, (Today depending on where you live) You are getting married!!! Congratulations, my dear....I hope you have a Happy, Healthy, LOOOONNNNGG Life with your dear spouse...I hope that this day will be one of the HAPPIEST DAYS of your life!

10:50 PM  
Blogger Bill Jones, Jr said...

Congratulations! That is by far the coolest news I've read on a blog! In fact, I actually thought maybe you were still playing the game at first.

11:51 PM  
Blogger ribbiticus said...

hi! judy sent me here to offer my felicitations to you and your groom. may you have a happy life together. :)

11:59 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Woooohoooo!!!!!!! Congratulations to you and Ed!!

Happy Xmas

3:28 AM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

Showers of congratulatory rain on all fronts. Your blog is one of the better things that I've come across lately!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Nonsensical_Flounderings said...

Congratulations on the wedding, look forward to seeing photos.

Well done on the blog's birthday also.


2:36 PM  
Blogger I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I am so wishing you both much happiness...and wishing all of us, your gentlereaders, many years of happy reading.

Thanks for entertaining us.

Happy wedding!

2:50 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

well congratulations to you. i was not expecting to read this tonight. well good luck to you and your husband to be. i hope you to have a happy life together. my wife and i have been mariied now for forty years and they said it would never last.

12:38 AM  
Blogger madcapmum said...

Goodness! My biggest congratulations to you and Ed! I wish you many years of coziness and blogworthy moments.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Congratulations--Everyone should enjoy single life, but it shouldn't last. Maybe several years.
We have an Outpost Tavern here in Webster, Texas. That was the one in the movie, Space Cowboys.

2:00 AM  
Anonymous pallavi said...

Hi Carol,
Thats great news and congrats on finishing one year and for your marriage. . Wishing you and Ed all the happiness in this world.. and may god bless the both of you with many good memories.. :)

Have fun and have a great Christmas :)

3:24 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Its Sunday so I missed the wedding but How exciting!! I am thrilled for you!! I LOVE weddings. Here's to a happily ever after.

I met my hubby on the internet too and next friday is our 8th wedding anniversary. He is literally the best thing that ever happened to me.

7:57 AM  
Blogger MYSTIC said...

The best of everything to you and Ed. I just went to a small wedding yesterday. It was outside, the bride was beautiful but I felt like I was at a football game as it was cold. Lots of funny things happened which makes the day that much more special....Sadie Sadie Married Lady, I am happy for you. Make him clean the fish..

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Village Idiot said...

Congratulations! Yay for you and congratulations!!

Happy Happy Joy joy!
the idiot

ps- your word verification is VERY difficult, must be a nuptual thing

6:52 PM  
Blogger MYSTIC said...


6:55 PM  
Blogger bozette said...

I wish you all the happiness in the world.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Dak-Ind said...

kenju sent me with warm wishes for your new family!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Puggyspice said...

Congrats to you and Ed! I'm sure he is happy to have finally "got it right" too. Wow, so thrilled for you both.

Um, do you take requests? Cause I think it would be nice to see some wedding pics. If you wanna share them? :-)

10:02 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

Wow! Carol, I wish you and Ed all the best! I married the love of my life after being together for 9 years, 9 years ago. (sounds like a math equation). And happy blog anniversary to boot.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Kathy AKA Ben said...

Some comments:

On "News and Such" - Your imaginative game was fun Carol.

On "NEWS" - One year of blogging and so much more to come! Happy anniversary. (I began mine in Jan. and was surprised at how much it came to mean to me.)

On "APPRECIATION" - Are you an Aries child? They're very big on beginning new projects, but not great at staying with it because they get bored. I'm glad you're not bored with blogging. And BTW, next time you start a rug let me know. I'll teach you (we don't live that far away from eachother) how to do hooked rugs the way our ancestors did (as opposed to the latch hook)...might just be another hobby you'll love as much as blogging.

On "APOLOGIES" - No problem.

On "MORE NEWS" - I'm as excited as hell for you and Ed. Congratulations. December must be your month!

12:25 AM  
Blogger Rainypete said...

A toast to the newlyweds.

May you two have as much ahppiness in the rest of your life as you have this day. More is good too!

12:32 AM  
Blogger lilly05 said...

Congratulations Carol, I wish only the best for you and Ed. Take your time and soak up the attention from family and friends, you will be missed, but we will survive!! Laf!

1:17 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Congrats to the two of you.
Happy Blogiversary.
Your a busy lady.
I am personally happy I found your blog.
You were one of my first links.

2:47 AM  
Blogger frustratedwriter said...

Congratulations are in order! Congrats for the anniversary of blogging and more importantly, congrats to you and Ed for finding true love. May your lives together be sweet!

I'll keep coming back as long as you keep writing...

7:46 AM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

happy one year anniversary from Freudian Slips. I keep coming back for more.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Dave Morris said...

Here I am, pulling up from behind in true Dave form.

Congratulations on your marriage to Ed, that is so, so great. I am happy for you - it seems like you two have that special "thing."

And congrats on your blogiversary, I can't remember what blog hopping was like pre-Carol.

Happy times, my friend, and happy holidays to both of you!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Grant said...

Happy marriage and anniversary and Samhain and all that.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Yay! You're getting married.

I didn't realize you were getting married.

I'm glad to see you posting again.

Good luck with the new marriage and whatnot.

It's been a great year reading Her Royal Weariness. I'm already looking foward to next year!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

First things first, a huge Congrats on ur wedding,
Hope u settle in bliss with Ed.

secondly i must thank u for inspiring me not to let go of blogging,
I suffer from a terrible form of “lose interest in things rather quickly” disorder
-i sometimes lose interest in ppl also - i get bored really easily.

'am awiting ur return eagerly to hear all 'bout the wedding...

11:48 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Congrats! On the wonderful marriage and the blog!

It was just my one year blog anniversary. I think I was trying to avoid finals.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Dear Carol,
That morning a while ago when I typed that you were married, I hushed because I have it in my ESP journal for the date. Although you didn't tell me back in Nov. when I was thinking, hmmmmm,
GEL can keep a secret. :) Many, many belated happy wishes to you and ED!

I had no idea your blogaversary happened. Sadly, I didn't discover you until later, but I've enjoyed reading your entire blog cover to cover. Thank you for that kind note in your post. *Blushes*

Today is my 1 yr blogaversary!!
I'm so happy for you and Ed!
Green-Teal-Forest-Emerald Eyed Lady

5:36 AM  
Blogger Pete B said...

First off:
CONGRATULATIONS! From what I've gathered, I don't need to hope that you'll be happy. Really pleased things have worked out for you at last.

Second: sorry I haven't been visiting much recently - mind you you don't seem short of comments at the moment!

3rd: Oooh! Green satin pyjamas! (Sorry, first time I've seen your new profile photo)

4th: just left you a brief work of fiction for your previous post too.

7:08 AM  
Blogger PBS said...

Wow, Happy Blogversary and Happiness on your wedding! Such fantastic news and you deserve it! I do hope you will keep on blogging, though! Are you gone on your honeymoon?

9:22 PM  
Anonymous bekah said...

Congratulations on the wedding!! I hope you both have many [more] wonderful years together!!

12:05 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Double special month for you! Happy Blogiversary and hope you and Ed continue to find warmth in eachothers arms for many years to come.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Jezzy said...

Congrats!!! that's fantastic! *hugs*

12:34 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

And you thought you would just drop that in on the end there?? That was damn clever of you! lol

I read your last post, then read the comments and decided with everything else in my head, I wasn't going to be able to come up with anything as witty or fabulous as the rest of your readers. Was damn fun to read though! lol

Congratulations to you and Ed, Carol. That was wonderful news. May you both have a strong, long and happy life together. Congrats on your blogiversary too :)

What a very merry christmas you're having already!

7:09 PM  
Blogger sideshow bob said...

Congratulations! I have the same hobby-dropping affliction...idn't blogger great?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Grant said...

Happy HKRXmasux!

9:24 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Wow Carol! Congratulations! Very happy for you & Ed. Here's wishing you years and years of happiness and much joy!

I think you're a super-cool writer and many many happy returns of the blog aniversary to you! I'll be around for every one of them, however late I am to the party :)

11:57 AM  
Blogger sidcruise said...

Nice to hear about your Wedding ...Feel very Happy for you

Congrats and lots of love


3:18 PM  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Popped back in to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas..

4:00 PM  
Blogger Tabor said...

I'm baaack! Just want to wish you the Happiest of Holidays. Glad to see you are still up to your old tricks.

5:26 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

Carol, I want to wish you and Ed the most wonderful Christmas you have ever had, and the best of years in 2006!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Best wishes to you, Carol! I know this will be just of the first of many, many, many merry Christmases to come.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Just popping in again to wish you and Ed a Merry Christmas from "down under"!

11:21 PM  
Blogger dan said...

merry christmas

10:20 AM  
Blogger Hick said...

Ho, ho, ho...Merry Christmas.

Wowsers! Getting hitched on Christmas Eve? What could be better!

May the Lord bless you and your family. You are a wonderful writer and you have provided much joy and even tears in your writing. Thank you.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Simone said...

Merry Christmas and Hoppy New Year!

1:43 PM  
Blogger phoenix said...

Congrats!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Carol and new hubby!!

4:32 PM  
Blogger dbdoberman said...

I tried to find the wedding to crash it, but never did. Congrats to you, and best wishes for a great future together. New fodder for the blog! ;)

Merry Christmas, and may many blessings come your way in the coming New Year. :)

11:32 PM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

Happy Holidays!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Spider Girl said...

Merry Christmas!

And a double congratulations: I wish you a marriage full of joy and affection, and years more to come of excellent blog-writing! :)

3:10 AM  
Blogger Lyvvie said...

I hope you had a super-awesome-wonderful-romantic-memorable and blissful wedding day!!!
Congratulations to you both!!

7:30 AM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Aren't you back yet? Sheesh. I'm going through withdrawal here!

3:54 PM  
Blogger Justine said...


My Mum's a half-finished latch-hook rugs person. I'm more your helf-finished tapestry type. Maybe now you're a married woman you'll have more time for these things?

5:33 PM  
Blogger EDS said...


3:20 PM  
Blogger NYCbeauty said...

I'm so happy that you are happy. I have missed being on here. I am usually able to stick with hobbies: I've been knitting consistently for almost 10 years. But I did stop blogging a lot in my first year due to unrelenting "life" circumstances. Things are looking up for the new year though. Congratulations on all of the wonderful things you are going through. I've missed you!

3:31 PM  
Blogger t. durden said...

The semester got the best of me and I've been away from blogging. Its been an interesting year.

I'm happy to hear about the good news in your life. Congratulations.

So let me say have a Happy and Wonderful New Years.

(But then you're all ready on the way there)

12:38 PM  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year. May 2006 be your best ever..

12:00 AM  
Blogger MYSTIC said...


4:11 AM  
Blogger Tabor said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to the new bride. Get back to you next year!

11:06 AM  

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