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February 22, 2010


Hi guys.

I've been mulling this over for several months now and I need to take a break from blogging (as in a total break). I've been trying to figure out a way not to quit, but nothing I've tried so far has worked terribly well.

I'm going to take the next two weeks off. I'll be back on Monday, March 8th and at that time I'm going to give this one more go. Please don't think I'm not grateful for the pleasure of your company each day. I just don't have anything to offer right now - lately it has seemed as though I'm trying to pour water out of an empty boot.

Posted by Cassandra at February 22, 2010 09:37 AM

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Cassandra, your break is well-deserved. Turn off the TV and the 'puter, slip on your gardening gloves, and enjoy the spring sunshine. All my best to you!

Posted by: lady red at February 22, 2010 09:57 AM

Just don't drink water out of an empty boot. It tastes really yucky.

We'll hear from you when you get back.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 22, 2010 10:14 AM

Take it easy, and don't worry about saying something until you've got something to say.

Posted by: RonF at February 22, 2010 10:31 AM

don't worry about saying something until you've got something to say

Heh :) That could be a while! Seriously, thanks guys.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2010 10:32 AM

You mean to tell me your boots are dry already after all that snow you shoveled?

Enjoy your hiatus!

Posted by: Craig at February 22, 2010 10:57 AM

Be good to yourself, you deserve it. And if you can't be good, be very careful!

Posted by: htom at February 22, 2010 11:13 AM

Take care, Cass. Sleep late, go for long walks, enjoy being around people you enjoy being around, and sneak a pint of your favorite ice cream while watching some favorite sappy old movie.

In other words, enjoy. And there is no reason to hurry back - We'll still be here when you do.

Posted by: SShiell at February 22, 2010 11:24 AM


I've only recently found your blog and I have to say that not only as a former Marine but as an appreciator of gutsy, intelligent, conservative and funny women in general, I've come to regularly stop by to see what you have to say.

Wrapped around all that is a Marine wife who I triply respect for all the reasons we know of but don't need to reiterate, I think you kick ten kinds of butt.

So Semper Fidelis Cassandra. Take your break, refresh yourself and come back. Or not.

Regardless-I've enjoyed your writing. And thanks for it.

Kind regards,

Posted by: Chris W. at February 22, 2010 11:25 AM


You can go or come as you wish, of course; those of us who love you will defend whatever you do. Don't forget, though, that the world needs you. An empty boot still has leather to offer.

Posted by: Grim at February 22, 2010 11:33 AM

Have a good break - we'll be thinking of you till you're ready to return.

Posted by: Pogue at February 22, 2010 11:44 AM

Enjoy your break. I only discovered you this year & I hope you decide to continue writing, no matter how infrequently. But thanks for what you've written so far!

Posted by: Sheila at February 22, 2010 11:56 AM

Thank you all. I am sorry to be a party pooper. Lately I just haven't felt like writing much and don't want to blather on when I don't really have anything interesting or fresh to say :)

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2010 12:12 PM

Cassie, take a break!

Posted by: Cricket at February 22, 2010 12:20 PM

Whatever you decide, I want you to know that I really enjoy your writing. It would be a shame to lose such a talent, but I can honestly understand the need for a break.

Posted by: David M at February 22, 2010 12:26 PM

You're taking a vacation? From blogging? HOW!DARE!YOU! :-)

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at February 22, 2010 12:34 PM

On your worst day, Cass, you're more interesting than anyone else. Come back when you're ready. We'll be here.

And that ice cream? Try Jamocha Almond Fudge from Baskin-Robbins. :+)

Posted by: Elise at February 22, 2010 01:27 PM

Enjoy! We'll all be glad to hear from you when you come back.

I'll probably do the same thing come spring planting time (still cold, grey and brown up here).

Posted by: retriever at February 22, 2010 01:29 PM

Go rest and refresh. The silliness that is the world at large will still be waiting when you get back. Oh, and the rest of us, too.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at February 22, 2010 01:49 PM

Come back, Cass! Come back!

Actually, I do not know how you can produce this blog as consistently as you do. Have fun.

Posted by: Mark McGilvray at February 22, 2010 04:35 PM


I don't think I've done such a great job lately, Mark. Anyway, thank you for the kind words, everyone. They are appreciated.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2010 05:03 PM

"An empty boot still has leather to offer."

Good Sir Grim,
Did you just recommend that we skin our Dear Lady if she decides not to return? While I know that you two go back a ways..... Is that really encouraging?

Seriously though,
Dear Lady,
Take what time you need, however long that may be. Your perspective, willingness to engage sometimes difficult topics, and witty snarkiness (as opposed to the other kinds of snarkiness) is valued, but, 'ya gotta take care of yourself too. Come back when this becomes therapeutic again. Enjoy the change.
William sends (while still laughing in his spaghetti)

Posted by: William at February 22, 2010 07:05 PM

Take whatever time you need. I can relate: why do you think the frequency of posting to my own little blog is SO inconsistent. Not that I produce anything like what you do. You have a gift for words.

As a side note, please check your email. There should be something from me for just a little bit ago.

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at February 22, 2010 09:18 PM

What Grim said at 1133 local time.

It matters not when you return, we will always be your cyber-buds and -budettes, ready to exchange thoughts, ideas and what have you. You truly have brightened up a few of my days, and made oters more tolerable. Plus, you reconnected me to a shipmate from my enlisted navy days, which in and of itself is way cool and for that I will be ever in your debt.

If you choose not to return....well, that too is an option, but your friends will still be your friends, the sun will still rise and set and life will go on...albeit with a void where the words, wisdom and snarkiness of Mrs cassandra Marine once frolicked among the bits and bytes of cyberspace. We will pray for the safe and sound return of your Marine. That will remain unchanged.

As for me, I am not extremely religious, but I know that many find comfort, as I did on a couple of especially difficult and stressful moments of terror, in the words of the good book, specifically Psalm 91:

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Posted by: kbob in katy at February 22, 2010 09:21 PM

Thank you. MLB, I will respond in the morning. Still working.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 22, 2010 10:22 PM

Boogy on, Reggae Woman.

Posted by: I Call BS at February 22, 2010 10:59 PM

Thanks for being part of my daily cup of coffee and food for thought.

Posted by: michael at February 23, 2010 12:51 AM

I'm hardly in a position to dissuade you from taking a couple of weeks off...having just returned from doing so in Hawaii.

Enjoy yourself!

Posted by: camojack at February 23, 2010 03:49 AM

Breyer's Mint Chocolate chip ice cream after a composed salad of bulgogi beef and bitter greens, lightly dressed with a sweet-sour vinaigrette.

Exercise a bit each day by taking the Wiener Beast for walks.

You will always be loved.

Camo, Hawaii? Do you HAVE to rub it in? Hm?
Can't you see we are all just dying for a bit of sunshine? As it is, that sounds so good right now. I can hear the tree frogs and the crickets
chirping, not to mention the serenading of the local feline Don Juan. He is crooning a love song to the kitty girl next door...it is touching to listen to the yearning in his voice, and the tender chirrups as he tries to purrsuade her to be his.

She, of course, is playing hard to get.

Or she is being spayed as we speak.

Posted by: Cricket at February 23, 2010 06:28 AM

Ooh. Coffee is my favorite ice cream flavor, but Mint Chocolate Chip is a very close second.

I also like Green Tea ice cream, but that's hard to get where I live.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 23, 2010 06:58 AM

Enjoy your break! Cass, you've posted a few things lately that I keep going back to (along with some other posts from a while back)and reading. Your writing has given me much food for thought since I started reading your blog a few years ago. I truly appreciate all you do!

Posted by: Nina at February 23, 2010 07:48 AM

Cassandra, enjoy your break from blogging. Whether you decide to return to Villainous Company or not, it has been a pleasure and a privilege sharing this time and place with you. Well done, Ma'am. Semper Fi, Bruce

Posted by: Bruce at February 23, 2010 08:54 AM

Take you're well deserved break and come back when you're good and ready...

Take care

Posted by: Jeff Crawford at February 23, 2010 12:19 PM


As often happens, another has said it better than anything I can muster,

"You can go or come as you wish, of course; those of us who love you will defend whatever you do. Don't forget, though, that the world needs you."

Kindest regards, and best wishes to you, your loved ones and The Unit. Vaya Con Dios.

Posted by: bthun at February 23, 2010 12:38 PM

At first, my long-overdue recognition that I had nothing important left to offer anyone left me feeling empty, and more than a bit confused. ("Hey, honey, I've given up blogging for a while. by the way, who are those people in the kitchen? What do you mean my kids? Since when do I have kids?")

Shortly thereafter, however, these feelings gave way to a joyful comprehension that my not having anything important to offer anyone also released me from having to offer anyone anything important. It was though in that one startling instant Froggy had plucked his Magic Twanger and the nagging harpies of content and analysis were forever banished from the neglected garden of ideas! Smashed as if by Odin's own Persuader were the itchy chains of servitude that bound my anguished Muse to purposeless facts and left it swirling amid the soul-sucking vortex of fact-checking. Aye, the scuppers ran to overflowing in the days that followed, bursting with the acid blood of my tormentors, as I hacked and hewed through their fetid ranks with the mind-numbing tedium of a Tolkien prince, dispatching each from Middle Earth of my soul to the Dark Lord's nether regions, run-through with the sharp steel of righteous metaphor, until, freed at last from the suffocating tomb of cogent argument, puntuation, and reasoned debate, my weary spirit rose Pheonix-like on wings of heady indifference to soar aloft without purpose or direction aboard the high, crisp currents of my own whimsy. My soul! My soul! Never was there such a day! I cared not whether those specks moving across the world wide web far below would unfix their stares from the the ass of the horse that pulled them behind its plow to glance towards the firmament, and to wonder, even if only for a moment, why they, too, could not fly.

As I said, it was all over in the blink of a young girl's eye. But it was in that silken moment, that everlasting instant, that it became to me as clear as an azur sky of deepest summer that everything had forever been changed. I had broken through to a level of personal understanding and consciousness I previously had thought unobtainable in this life, except for those few, those lucky few. But there I stood atop the mountain of rubble that once was me.
I had arrived in the Larry King-dom.

I say this to you, Cassandra, that it may yet buoy your shipwrecked spirit amidst the churning sea of wretchedness and despair. Look past the gloomy skies reflecting personal failure, past the blank gray prison walls erected by your own self-loathing. These things aren't anymore real than that balloon-dog that the scary clown chased you around with at Stevie Walton's birthday party yelling "Arf! Arf!" until you locked yourself in the hall closet and wouldn't come out until your mother came to pick you up. It's like that. Only you're a grown-up now, and you know, just know that if you had only kicked that g*dd*mn clown right in his balloon-dogs you wouldn't have to see Dr. Brainiac on Thursdays between 2:00 and 2:50.

Kick the clown, Cass.

I hope this hepls.

Your pal,

Posted by: Edito Ratlarge at February 23, 2010 03:50 PM

BARTENDER! I want two of whatever that Ratlarge gentleman's drinking...

Aw hail barkeep, setup rounds fer tha whole house and specially tha Hostess.

An keep em comin' till that muse person puts down tha cattle prod and shuts up fer just a little while sos tha hostess can rest some.

Posted by: Alstair Cooke's cousin Cletus at February 23, 2010 04:18 PM

*shaking head* :)

One thing is certain: I will never get a swelled head as long as my friends are around to keep it real :p

Posted by: Cassandra at February 23, 2010 04:48 PM

I don't know who this Edito Ratlarge fella is, but he shure talks pretty. Must be some kinda....genius or somethin'.

And speaking of "keeping it real", where is that fella that used to hang around here, what was his name? Pile Up?

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 23, 2010 06:06 PM

Sorry to hear you're taking a break, Cassandra--your blog is one of my favorite blogs on the web and one of my daily stops, right after Instapundit. I enjoy your civility and your scrupulous fairness, two qualities in short supply on the web, it seems, and I love your insightful posts on gender. I hope you recharge your batteries and come back soon, but in the meantime enjoy your break!

Posted by: colagirl at February 23, 2010 09:05 PM

Camo, Hawaii? Do you HAVE to rub it in? Hm?
Can't you see we are all just dying for a bit of sunshine? As it is, that sounds so good right now.
Posted by: Cricket at February 23, 2010 06:28 AM

Sorry, darlin'...I truly wasn't trying to rub it in, just sayin'.

I go to the Big Island every Winter...

Posted by: camojack at February 24, 2010 03:42 AM

BARTENDER! I want two of whatever that Ratlarge gentleman's drinking...

I have a T-shirt at home that I haven't worn in a very long time. It has a picture of a man sitting at a bar pointing down. The caption: "I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is having." I'll have to see if it still fits.

Posted by: RonF at February 24, 2010 10:06 AM

I don't write often. It's hard enough keeping up with the Villainy, who seem to (more often than not) express my own thoughts in far more interesting and entertaining ways. But I'm sure I'm one of hundreds (?) who truly enjoy the routine V-C respite from the acerbic discourses in the blogosphere (credit your character, civility, humor, and poignant writing style). Of course, I'm inclined to believe you're the leader of a company of modern day knights/damsels/ladies (no, not elites, but all compatriots), who are inclined towards noble thoughts and deeds. Grab some well deserved R&R. (Of course, we'll pine in your absence. But, don't let that small matter deter you from "getting your mind right".) BTW, try some gianduja gelato on your break from us.

Posted by: ziobuck at February 24, 2010 02:05 PM

Thanks for the kind words. They are appreciated more than you know.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 24, 2010 02:34 PM


I always enjoy your writing, whether serious or humorous. You are very talented, and the reader comments are very good. But I guess we can not selfishly expect you to maintain the burden of continuing if it does not fit in with your life. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best of everything.

Posted by: philip at February 24, 2010 02:38 PM

Cass......if you really become boring, your readership will die out. The laws of supply and demand indicate that you are anything BUT boring and redundant. As long as your readership is high, then you have a market for your writings--even if they don't hold up to your own standards.

So yes, dear Lady. Feel free to take a break; pull offline for some R & R; you deserve it. The Mid-Term elections approacheth, and the Silly Season has barely begun. Your particular flavor of snarkage is much appreciated and will be in further demand in the months to come. So you should rest the snark-fins for now so as to not over-strain when they will be needed most (and have such easy prey).

Your best years are ahead of you; not behind you. God Bless.

Posted by: Geekasaurus at February 24, 2010 04:35 PM

Don't worry, Mr. (or is it Ms.?)Geekasaurus. So long I'm holding the cattle prod our hostess will never succumb to boredom.

Speaking of which, what in the heck do Japanese programmers think about all day long?

Posted by: Edito Ratlarge at February 25, 2010 11:53 AM


Posted by: Cassandra at February 25, 2010 12:59 PM

Camo, I am happy you had an outstanding vacation.
I can't wait for a chinook wind to start blowing...

*BillT is supposed to segue here right about now*

Gardens, trees, and flowers. I have a rototiller around here somewhere...

Posted by: Cricket at February 25, 2010 05:54 PM

Camo, I am happy you had an outstanding vacation.
I can't wait for a chinook wind to start blowing...
*BillT is supposed to segue here right about now*
Gardens, trees, and flowers. I have a rototiller around here somewhere...
Posted by: Cricket at February 25, 2010 05:54 PM

I wish that I was still in Hawaii, what with this Nor'easter doing its thing out there right now.

Oh, well... :-(

Posted by: camojack at February 26, 2010 12:37 AM

We still have little mounds of snow left from late January. We have yet to reach our "average" high temp since, oh, early January. And if I hear/read one more person say "But snow never sticks in Texas" I'm going to drop a cactus on their car seat and spike their flower bed with mesquite pods!

Posted by: LittleRed1 at February 26, 2010 05:15 PM


I started reading your print a few years ago when we weren't getting the truth out of the war zone. Your fresh insights about whatever is going on around us in the political world or otherwise will be missed for awhile or forever if you decide to travel a different rd. If you do decide to refresh our thinking by again coming our way, spread the word about the millions of patriots that are out of the Boston Tea Party that are speaking their peace in the voting booth in New Jersey, Virginia, and Mass. They are not a third party, their name comes only from the Boston Tea Party. They come from the left, middle, and right, and will vote for each candidate on the merits they hold that line up with the thinking of those known as the TEA PARTY PATRIOTS.

Enjoy your time off and may it be peaceful, with many cups of green tea and my favorite, brownies.

Posted by: Dennis Frieboes at February 26, 2010 05:16 PM

Oh Sad Day for the Snarkpit!
Then again, when Blogging feels burdensome, Peerless Lady, it is time to mosey on or find a way to make it more fun.

I do enjoy your clever repartee, agile wit, and ability to ferret out the pesky issue. The Blogosphere will be diminished without you, but your snarkpit will remain waiting hopefully, until you return. If you choose not to return, I will remember you with great pleasure, rarely has coffee dribbling down my nose been so thoughtfully amusing… the knavery are some of the best commenters out there: none too serious with rapier sharp discourse on the numerous facets life presents us with. There seems to be a real sense of community & camaraderie sloshing about the dregs of the pit. It is refreshing. Accolades to you for the existence of the snarkpit. Depart with a sense of successful accomplishment and the good wishes of all that abide here.

Acrimonious attention hoarding trolls are, of course, best ignored, thus depriving them of that which they seek. Note, the definition for whore:
‘an offensive term for somebody who is regarded as willing to set aside principles or personal integrity in order to obtain something, usually for selfish motives’
really covers troll nicely… except for the luring aspect.

Replenish, my friend, and when you notice sloshing, it’s time, once again to deal with that vexatious, overabundance of water. You know where to pour it if you want to.
Sherrie (I hardly ever comment)

Posted by: SHH at February 26, 2010 05:16 PM

You know, despite the fear and loathing that inevitably accompany any kind of announcement about quitting, I can't deny how touched I always am by hearing from those of you who don't comment.

Thank you for the kind words.

Posted by: Cassandra at February 26, 2010 06:20 PM

While I have never had a caffiene Neti Wash experience, I have snorted other potables, such as water, lemonade, hot chocolate, leading me to invest in Blog Reading Supplies; screen cleaner, paper towels and a rubber sheet for the keyboard.

You know. In case of messy typing.

Posted by: Cricket at February 26, 2010 11:15 PM

Take your rest, dear. I will touch base once in a while.

Posted by: Valerie at February 26, 2010 11:15 PM

I will really miss your musings. Can't you blog on occasion and keep the blog open? Thanks.

Posted by: Todd Bensel at February 27, 2010 11:27 AM

Last night, I re-read your tribute to Lydia Estelle Bravo, "At Night I Dream of You". For any readers here, this is one of Cassandra's best essays, our Blog Princess her best (to me). Inside the story was a link back to that place you once blogged from, ILJN.
I think I read old blogs and comments until about 5 am this morning. Egads, there were some really funny things written back then, by one and all.
I miss a lot of that banter these days, with all the old gang. KJ, Masked Menace, spd rdr, Cricket, Mathmom, Purple Raider, JarheadDad, Bahabudda, , Pile On, Joatmoaf, Dr. Harden Stuhl....
I wish they all still came back. Spd Rdr is still here (I'm looking at you Edito Ratlarge), and Masked Menace under his newer nom-de-plume, and of course gentle Cricket. KJ, JHD and Mathmom show up now and then, but life and time have peeled some of the others away. I miss all you guys and gals from those days.

The caption contests, the snark, insults, jokes, "10 best lists", "This day in history..", and on and on. It was all you, Cass. You wrote blogs and comments, and people kept coming back, just because it was you. You built it, and they came.
Lots of newer friends and nice people here now, of course, and that's great. People seek you out and find VC because you are a good writer, and the goodness that is inside you comes out in your writing.

You've quit before when you felt drained and always have come back, in some way. Whenever you do, we'll be here. I'll be here.

It's been a great ride, and some of us have been really lucky to have been with you along the way.

Thanks. Thanks for everything.

Your friend,

Posted by: Don Brouahah at February 27, 2010 02:58 PM

Huh. Ya got me dead to rights, Don. I should have known better than to try and pull any fast ones on this bunch. But, tell me, exactly what was it that gave me away? Was it the one-two punch of my rapier-like typing skills and sting-like-a-buterfly-only-like-a-butterfly-with-a-bazooka mastery of hyphenated words? Perhaps it was the respectful parsnipimony I eschewed by avoiding using big words that the average reader might not understand and that might require an explanation aside, thus breaking the clackety-clack-rhythmn-of-the-rails beneath the train-of-thought that was guiding the reader inexorably (meaning, inevitably, or, more colloqually (meaning, "like normal people would say"): "for sure" (in other words, with a infinitely terminal degree of certainty) to the sharp point at the end of my reasoning without becoming bogged-down in such over-repetition (which, of course, can lead to redundancy if used too often to say the same thing again over and over again) as to cause me to forget what it was that was the question that I was answering to, if any?

How about because I used the same email address?

Posted by: Edito Ratlarge at February 27, 2010 03:57 PM

Geez, after all this time you don't think I could recognize that crazy Irish wit and wisdom? Changing your online name is just trying to hide a blowtorch under a dixie cup.

And yeah, that e-mail address was a clincher. {:)

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 27, 2010 07:56 PM

Camo ~ you left before things got fun! That tsunami was a blast (*note sarcasm).

Cass ~ I have a pretty good idea where you're coming from and I completely understand.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at February 28, 2010 03:32 AM

Geez, Don. Old friends aren't supposed to make you cry :)

I miss those days, too.

Can't you blog on occasion and keep the blog open?

I am thinking about it. That's part of why I need some time to myself.

I have a pretty good idea where you're coming from...

Yeah, I'll bet you do :)

Posted by: Cassandra at February 28, 2010 08:33 AM

Camo ~ you left before things got fun! That tsunami was a blast (*note sarcasm).
Posted by: HomefrontSix at February 28, 2010 03:32 AM

As I understand it, the recent tsunami was vastly overrated; anyway, I don't generally spend much time on the Hilo side, the closest I got this time 'round was the town of Volcano...about 25 miles from downtown Hilo, as you may know.

Posted by: camojack at March 1, 2010 03:48 AM

Don, I would agree that that tribute to Lydia is one of Cass's best. I cry every time I read it. It is poignant and not only celebrates her life, but gives me a reason to continue when I get depressed. As much as I love Scripture, I need to read about real people who made a difference where they were. We call them heroes.

For more amusing stuff, I recommend reading Scrappleface's archives. I stumbled across it in the spring of 2003 when a good friend told me about the 'axis of weasels.' She read his satire on Bush's 'axis of evil' to me and I couldn't stop laughing.

My husband was in the ME at the time, and I was feeling pretty blue. We had just moved, my basement was flooding...you know the drill.

So, I googled it and found out that the gentlemanly blogger known as Scott Ott wrote it.

The basement no longer floods and Scrappleface has a life of its own.

Cassandra, I had a dream about you the other night. It was poignant and interesting. We were chatting about some things, and I told you how much your writing had influenced my thinking, and motivated me. It was a high standard based not just on high ideals, but a life spent living up to them. You are a hero for doing this, you know.

However, I would not be a friend if I was selfish.
You need to quit, then do so. Take a break, that is okay as well. It is important for you to find
balance and sometimes you have to give up something good to get something better. As someone who has your best interests at heart, I
believe that you know what is best for you, and I
support it.

Posted by: Cricket at March 1, 2010 09:13 AM

I've always thought there was a lot more in your comments than I ever manage to put into my posts. To me, that's the interesting thing about blogging: it's very much a collaborative endeavor. This place wouldn't be terribly interesting without the contributions you all make. I enjoy reading everyone's reactions far more than I do writing the original post :)

At any rate, thanks for the kind words. As always, you're far more generous than I deserve.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 1, 2010 09:54 AM

I don't know what made me think of this, but several months ago you posted a survey of things for you to do while The Unit was deployed.

Whatever did you decide on?

And you have made good time of the past week to do more of it, right?

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at March 2, 2010 09:38 AM

I have not done terribly well on my list. I've been too busy doing other stuff.

1. No belly dancing class. I decided I didn't have time this Fall. But I may still sign up for the Spring class.

2. Have not traveled as much as I wanted to, but on the other hand I've had a lot of house guests. I did go to San Diego and Georgia.

I do have several trips planned: Seattle, Spain, Sedona AZ and possibly out West if I can fit it in.

3. Running. Not there yet, but I did start exercising so that's a start. Kept getting sick. I haven't gotten sick this often since my senior year in HS. Not sure what's up with that.

4. No school. Too busy at work.

So I guess I get a "D+" :)

Posted by: Cassandra at March 2, 2010 11:16 AM

So what you're saying is you need one of these. :-)

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at March 2, 2010 11:42 AM

Camo ~ vastly overrated. Hence the sarcasm.

Cass ~ Will I get to see you when I'm out that way for a certain conference? I'm hoping so. My soul could use a little boost :)

Posted by: HomefrontSix at March 4, 2010 09:06 PM

Oh, I would LOVE to see you! :)

I hadn't decided on whether I was going to attend but I will make a point of driving in and spending the night if you're coming!

Posted by: Cassandra at March 4, 2010 09:11 PM

I am coming. Shoot me an email and I will give you details.

Jean bought my ticket - she's a saint. Were it not for her, I would not have been able to come.

Posted by: HomefrontSix at March 6, 2010 03:22 AM

To meet Cassandra is to get to know one of the best.


Posted by: Cricket at March 6, 2010 08:50 AM

I enjoyed meeting you, too, Cricket :)

And to think it only took me two years! Glad you didn't lose patience with me.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 6, 2010 08:48 PM

Shoot me an email and I will give you details.

Coming up!

Posted by: Cassandra at March 6, 2010 08:49 PM