June 21, 2008

I Want To Be Alone!

Gentle Reader: I'm taking a blog hiatus for the summer. I have no free time to blog except on the weekend and my weekends coming up for the next 3 months are full with family, or I'm out of town, or I have prior commitments.

I also need to spend serious time looking for a new job and less time worrying about composing stuff for a post. It's a gorgeous summer day and here I am inside worrying about keeping my blog alive.

I'm having a really tough time these days so prayer is much appreciated. I'm having nearly monumental problems getting along with my boss and issues with my new neighbors, wherein thanks to their constant racket, I'm not getting enough sleep.

I need to spend more time reading and growing spiritually than I'm doing right now. I'm also veering really dangerously close to losing friends because of my mood swings and lack of availability.

For all of you, if I've offended in some way by borderline inappropriate emails or blog comments know that it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with me.

I need to lie low for a while. I know I talked about putting together a blog gathering in the near future. That's off the table for me. I have no time to set that up on a large scale. If someone wants to just meet for a meal or a drink (I know some of us do that already) that's fine by me and would probably be much appreciated! Drop me a line: cathyofalex@gmail.com You're buyin'. LOL!

My plan for the next several months is to:

Look for a new job
Spend one hour/week in Adoration
Finish reading the saintly writings I never have time for
Mass and Confession
Make peace with my neighbors

One of my favorite quotes is from the film Sound of Music where Maria and the family take refuge at the convent and Mother Superior tells Maria as they are about to flee into the mountains "Remember, you will not be alone. I will lift my eyes to the mountains from whence cometh my help"

I will still be reading blogs on occasion and I will be maintaining my Facebook page. I plan to return to blogging eventually but it will be a while.

Please pray for me as I pray for you. Comment moderation will be enabled during my hiatus.


Blogger Vincenzo said...

Praying for you

June 21, 2008 2:05 PM  
Blogger Fr. Andrew said...

Prayers for you, continue to pray for all of us.

June 21, 2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I know exactly. "It's all much too much!"

Maggie Smith

June 21, 2008 3:11 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

shall be praying for you :)

June 21, 2008 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I will miss reading your blog this summer, but totally understand your need for a break. I'll send you an e-mail soon! I'm praying for you and your work situation.
God bless! (Oh-I'll try to get on facebook too.)

June 21, 2008 5:58 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

Cathy ~ If you're worrying about blog posts and what to write...then yes, you should take a hiatus. It should come naturally. Who are you really writing for? That's the question to ask. You may find that you HAVE to write something and there you are.

For me it comes easily, and if it doesn't, well, I just don't write.

(And you know...you CAN blog from my house when you're here with your very hairy buddy. Who, by the way, sends you many slobbers. But it's dialup so you may choose not to anyway! lol)

Um....to be clear...the computer is dialup, the dog is not.

OK...so, prayers always for you, my friend. Blog when you feel called...not because you think you have to entertain. Get your priorities in order and all will be well. God bless!

June 21, 2008 6:06 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I will miss you sooooo much. Keep us up to date on Facebook, girlie!!

I'm considering cutting back, too...

June 21, 2008 6:46 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

You are definitely in my prayers. Hope to hear from you again when you come back! God bless you.

June 21, 2008 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remembering you in my prayers. Have a good summer. Good luck
Pax et bonum.

June 21, 2008 11:25 PM  
Blogger Brendan Koop said...

Oh man, I know exactly how you feel. Blogs can become somewhat of a ball and chain at times. I myself have no intention of blogging forever. After our house is done, we'll see how the Lord leads us, but it's not likely to continue for long after that.

I (selfishly) hope you come back eventually though, and I pray you have a spiritually fruitful time off!

June 21, 2008 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Cathy, I will remember you at prayer. Susan

June 22, 2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Well, if Terry-of-the-Many-Blogs really loved you, he would volunteer to keep your blog active. He has so many other identities, it shouldn't be difficult for him to spend an hour or so as our fave, Cathy of Alex.

You took a short break last month and our local networking almost disappeared without you.

I heard a rumor that the Mystery Church Shopper made another visit today. Maybe he might be able to pose as you for a time.

If you don't mind your sitemeter stats dropping precipitously.

June 22, 2008 12:47 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Thanks for the prayers and well-wishes everyone! Much appreciated. Ah'll be BAhck!

Ray: The idea of either you or Ter posing as me and wearing my mantillas is an image that no one should ever have to see. Even a Rock Start like yourself couldn't pull that look off!

June 22, 2008 8:01 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I fill in for you too except everyone would find out that I am really an old crank with a thin veneer of niceness. Can't ruin my image.

June 22, 2008 9:05 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

adrienne: No one who reads your blog thinks you are anything less than a nice person.

June 23, 2008 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Potamiaena said...

Cathy, understand completely!! Sometimes I feel I waste so much time on the computer! Put yourself first right now. We are all praying for you!
We love your writings!

June 23, 2008 11:28 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Cathy thanks for your comment on my blog. Your blog is one of my favorites so I am sad you're taking time off but like everyone said, sometimes it is necessary.
Maybe sometime we will have to get together (in real life!) :)

June 23, 2008 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Georgette said...

Totally understood, dear Cathy! I look forward to when you come back...and I'll be praying for you to find a GREAT new job that allows you ample "thinking time" in your evenings :)

June 27, 2008 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my and my group will be praying for u cathy. I just love being catholic and in my 80 years,it wasnt easy. confessions is the greatest form of mental hygiend.
go for it.

June 30, 2008 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Best wishes. Everyone needs a break from time to time. I am happy to pray for you. I appreciate your support.

July 03, 2008 12:34 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I just realized the phrase, "Cat got your tongue" is really a dig. When people say that they are implying the other is catatonic. That drives me nuts...

July 05, 2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: Go to your happy place, right now! :-)

I don't lack for ideas. Time is a factor and the blog was taking too much of my attention away from other matters-my own true love, Christ, being one to whom I miss!

I know you know.

July 05, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

"Cathy: Time is a factor and the blog was taking too much of my attention away from other matters-my own true love, Christ, being one to whom I miss!"

Talk about getting the message direct from above!

Last Thursday, having had to dash over to Nativity early in the morning for their early Confession session, the regular morning Confessor was not there and probably it was the new Associate, who wouldn't know me from from "Adam's off ox" [ http://tinyurl.com/6yp82o ].

Besides having shriven me of my sins, he came up with with a penance which included "fasting from the Internet for one day." Wow! For me that was if I had just confessed to multiple murders (I didn't)!

I think my guardian angel was advising him.

I'm thinking that it might be a good time to start doing that one day a week. I'm leaning towards Saturdays. Starting next Saturday. Too late today.

July 05, 2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: Please consider confessing to those multiple murders. Thanks and God bless you!

There's ALWAYS a next Saturday. Why not start now? :-)

July 05, 2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Cathy: "There's ALWAYS a next Saturday. Why not start now?" :-)

1. I've already slogged through much of the internet today.

2. Saturday is a slow news day.

3. I suppose I could do it Monday and then Saturday of this coming week.

4. There's nothing worse than hanging around with wannabe saints.

5. There's nothing better than hanging around with wannabe saints.

July 05, 2008 3:00 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

"To my surprise, the lady was seated at the bar with a pitcher of beer, apparently trying to text message on what looked like to be the back of a hair brush."

ROFLMAO! That has to be the funniest line I ever wrote!

July 07, 2008 10:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: Thanks for keeping my blog active with your, er, comments!


July 08, 2008 6:40 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Why is it easier to post on Facebook than it is here? I don't get it Cath. I really don't get it. What is up with that, huh? I think somethin' is goin' on! Yeah, I do. Yup! I think somethin' is goin' on alright.

I'm wondering if your boss might want to know about it... just wondering. I wonder if Ray even realizes the depth of this problem - poor, naive Ray - no wonder he is on anti-repressants! How could you do this to him?

Cathy! Come to your senses for crying out loud! Do you know what you are doing to Adoro? Do you?! I thought not! Why do you do this to yourself? You cheapen yourself - putting yourself out there on Facebook - for all the world to see. Cathy - no one likes all that heavy make-up, the high hair, the fancy clothes, the silly dance videos - they just want you. The "gone fishin' with my buds Cath" - we want you back. Cath - come back to blogging, come back you bi... Oops!

Yeah hon, so when ya comin' back?

July 14, 2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter: I said I'm on blog hiatus and I meant it!!!!! Though, I did re-emerge to help the Archbishop get his stuff back. That was important. Crap about my vacation, how ticked off trads make me, isn't.

Sweetie, please quit mixing your uppers with alcohol. Thanks.

July 15, 2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

ROFLMAO!!!!! Oh! I needed that!

July 15, 2008 5:44 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I know you miss me. Go find some more dance video of me, I know that makes you happy. :-)

July 15, 2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

You want to be alone, but not too alone when Father Z calls out to the world for help.

So you read him, and Terry.

August 07, 2008 10:06 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Jealous, Ray? :-) I've been reading Stella too. I read a few blogs. I'm just not composing on mine.

August 08, 2008 8:49 AM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

I've decided that it's time for you to return.

August 18, 2008 8:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Darth Vincenzo: Not even YOU can use The Force that effectively! I'm thinking after Labor Day it will be time for me to completely decimate the quality of Catholic blogdom that you have all grown to know and rely upon! :-)

August 18, 2008 10:01 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I vote with Vincenzo. I will give you two days off for visits to the State Fair.

But you must come back, Catherine of Alexandria!

We're lonely. The internet has turned into a black hole for us.

The only personal messages I got today were from my new traddie friends, and most of them just want to argue.

August 18, 2008 10:18 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Oh, come on, Ray! I still email you! What are you talking about?

They want to argue? I thought they just want to "out" some more people no argument needed?

August 19, 2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I think I might have figured out what you are up to with this hiatus thingie.

You want us to beg and beg and beg for you to resume posting, while at the same time setting the all-time-Catholic blogging record for most comments on a post. Hmmmmmmmmmm.

Yes indeedy, some of them do indeed love to argue. As you can imagine, they scour the shelves for obscure liturgical practices that the N.O. no longer follows and they beat the drums to assemble the followers to get those old penances and novenas, etc. reinstated.

And if perchance they find some parish that doesn't anathematize all its known sinners, they spend the rest of their day using 8th commandment violations to bring that parish to its knees.

August 19, 2008 6:57 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: Groveling pleaseth the Queen! LOL *kidding*! No, I really needed the hiatus. I'm so glad I'm doing it. I think it will be a regular summer occurance-for as long as I blog.

August 19, 2008 7:39 PM  

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