insert cup of something warm here


Whoosh! That was a lovely ride.

Sit down here with me a bit and let me tell you how grateful I am for you. Have I ever shared my dreams with you? Have I told how much I love to write and how hard and lonely it gets doing it, especially when your office is a couch with spit-up on it? I could write instead of eat, and that’s saying a lot for me.

When I was in the MFA program for Poetry, I whirled about in writerly fits trying to muster a voice by rubbing shoulders with the published scene kids, and it didn’t work no matter how unruly or unhappy I became. If someone had told me that a blog would cure my writerly ills (lack of voice), I would have died.

I think that when I held my first baby in my arms, I held my voice for the first time, too. But I wouldn’t have heard it had you not been one to revisit the run-a-muck. You have helped me find a voice by giving me the accountability I need to write. I feel like I meet God here, and I can’t be dramatic enough in saying that I LOVE YOU and Thank You.

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I have this friend. She is absolutely gorgeous, one of those cool girls who walks in her own thing, her own style. She is godbeautiful and famous for endurance and heavenward perspective.  Ginny has a bad-to-the-bone jewelry shop that I love to peruse, and you have to check it out: The Addition Shop. She has graciously offered these unique earrings to one of my readers today. They’re bronze and so chic.

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Don’t you like them?

This is what I’m thinking. When someone in my bloglines moves to a new location, she is asking me to do some work. I have to update her little linky. Are you seeing where I’m going with this?

If you update my new blog TheRunaMuck.com in your bloglines (or if you’ve been meaning to add me to your bloglines (;wink;wink), today is the day (actually before tomorrow noon). Leave me a comment saying the job has been done, or you can leave a comment and let me know how you like the new design by Shauna (She is truly the coolest), and I’ll put your name in my mixer. After I stir the names up a bit, I’ll get my handsome hubby to do the honors. The winner will be announced Saturday morning!

I’ll try to have a new About page and my Bloglines completed this weekend, too. I do still have several boxes to unpack here. Thanks for coming, and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little giggle session.

Now Dance.

amberhaines
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36 Comments

Robin ~ PENSIEVE
Reply January 15, 2009

LOVE your new blogging spot! I raced over here to see it, and it does seem to look like the "you" I'm beginning to know.

Gonna make this quick, so maybe...I can be your first commenter :).

    Amber
    Reply January 15, 2009

    Robin's the first. Wahoo!!! Check her out!

Seth
Reply January 15, 2009

Hate to break it to you 2 ladies, but check this out...

http://amberchaines.com/?page_id=268

Look at the time-stamp.

Blue Castle
Reply January 15, 2009

Your new place is beautiful! I'm really diggin' your header. :)

Shannon M.
Reply January 15, 2009

Hi, Amber! Love the new digs. (And the earrings are so unique -- go Ginny!)

Desha
Reply January 15, 2009

Just updated it on my blog. For some reason, it doesn't have the header. Guess I have to figure out why! Love the new laout.

Wendy
Reply January 15, 2009

Love your new page.... and the pictures!

Sarah
Reply January 15, 2009

Amber, your new site is beautimous! I love it and love you, friend!

Carrie
Reply January 15, 2009

hey amber! i love your new blog, it is great! keep inspiring us all with your great spirit and writing.

Cindy
Reply January 15, 2009

Amber, I love this new place. It's vibrant just like you. I want those earrings. And have I mentioned, I want those earrings??? heart, heart.

Cindy

Marla
Reply January 15, 2009

I made it and it looks great! Thanks, Amber! I usually don't comment, but I've been enjoying your blog since hearing about the Mother Letter Project.

Love,
Marla

Ann Kroeker
Reply January 15, 2009

Did it. Easy-peasy on Bloglines.

Now hand over those funky-hip earrings! I mean (ahem), forgive me. Kindly put my name in the hat and I'll hold my breath with the other entries.

(It's just that I don't own anything funky or hip, and I just got carried away for a minute with the slim possibility of owning them.)

Ann Kroeker
Reply January 15, 2009

p.s. (And, of course, don't count this second comment as a sneaky attempt at ballot-stuffing, but I did want to say that I dig your new digs! They, too, are funky and hip!)

Annette
Reply January 15, 2009

Hey Amber! Love your blog! I have officially added you to my favorites list. I hope to be visiting more often. You make me smile and remind me I'm not alone in what sometimes feels like a wilderness of raising my kids....especially when I get dirty looks at the grocery store. Ugh.

jolyn
Reply January 15, 2009

I did change your url in my google reader? But if you happen to draw my comment for the earrings, please pick someone else to pass them on to ... I am just not regular earring-wearing kind of person, and lovely art such as those should be put to use, no?

Courtney B.
Reply January 15, 2009

Love your new layout!

I've added you to my blogroll.

Blessings, Courtney

Allison Nelson
Reply January 15, 2009

I have changed it in Google Reader!

jennifer
Reply January 15, 2009

We're good to go!

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae
Reply January 15, 2009

Love the new design and I've got you all settled in on my Reader again.

jennifer
Reply January 15, 2009

i just found you not too long ago. i like the way you look at things. i updated you to my blog roll. looking forward to getting ot know you better!

Becky B
Reply January 15, 2009

You're added! Love your blog!

Blue Castle
Reply January 15, 2009

I'm not a stalker. Really. :)

I just read Jolyn's comment and thought I should say something too - Please don't put my name in the hat. Not that the earrings aren't lovely - it's just that I don't wear earrings. Those ones almost make me want to, but it wouldn't be fair if you pulled my name. Not that I ever win anything. But still.

Amber
Reply January 15, 2009

Blue Castle, you're hilarious.

This is a good party, don't you think?

Christine
Reply January 15, 2009

You bet I changed the linky in the feed reader! I love your writing and wouldn't want to miss a thing! I tuned after Christmas with the MLP. Love the new digs! Quite sassy!

nic
Reply January 15, 2009

You're all big and grown now. :)

Every time I hear "Shiny Happy People," I think of a story Matt told me. He once had to do an install at Macy's in NY before the store opened for the day. And did you know Macy's plays that song over and over and over while the workers get ready for the customers? Seems like it would drive everyone LOCO, but what do I know??

Edie
Reply January 15, 2009

Hi Amber. I have lost all meaningful neurons in my brain and can't remember if I've already 'introduced' myself to you....but I found your blog through Shannon's and love it. Your writing is so.....fresh and fun and I'm glad I found you. That said, I too am going to Blissdom, so I hope to meet you. I love your new 'digs'. I want new digs but I'm a big clucking chicken. Afraid I'll lose something. Afraid I'll hate it. So I stay safe. For now.

Cecelia
Reply January 15, 2009

Congrats on the new site!

melody
Reply January 15, 2009

there is a character in a book somewhere--a slave i think--whose name was Udunit because he had done everything. and this is fanshy! and udunit--mucky adventures are current from my 'spot.

darc
Reply January 15, 2009

I love your blog home!! I am in the process of moving/starting my blog over as well!!

Jane Anne
Reply January 16, 2009

I love your new space! I was content with my standard blogspot template but every time I see someone changing their look I consider shaking things up. Anyway, I have been enjoying your words. And, I love the earrings! So, I added you to my bloglist on my blog. Welcome to your new home! This is a great blog warming party.

Susan R
Reply January 16, 2009

Ohhhhhhhhh Amber I am LOVING the new digs!!! Gotcha updated on my lil piece of blogheaven. And those earrings??? YUM!!!!

chelsea
Reply January 16, 2009

mmmm, earrings look delicious! you motivated me to set up my bloglines... thanks!

Kim
Reply January 16, 2009

Love the new look. I've updated my blogroll. Can I request more posts about food :)

Kim
Reply January 16, 2009

Ooh, I think I should get extra points for changing you in bloglines before you even asked! heehee!

I love your new place, looks so great! :) I love those earrings also, they are just so sweet.

Susie
Reply January 16, 2009

Your new place is merry and bright. I love it. Fun family pic, too!

kmom
Reply February 5, 2009

You're added to my bloglines! The ear rings are sweet!

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