First of all, thank you to the readers who took the time to review my blog on Expats Blog — you pushed me into a bronze medal! This is pretty cool, considering that 1) the winners are judged solely on numbers of reviewers (contrary to what I’d been led to believe), 2) I didn’t post a request for reviews until 24 hours before the deadline, and 3) when I finally did post that request, it was an “Oh, by the way” addendum to the end of a regular post, and not a special post by itself. Despite hamstringing myself in every possible way, I still ended up with enough reviews for a bronze. Well done!
Of course, the award itself is not a big deal. The big deal for me was reading those reviews, which were a perfect representation of the high-quality commenters that I have on this blog. You folks make this so much more than I could on my own, and give regular evidence of the power of crowd-sourced knowledge. There’s a lot of knowledge among you, and I love that you share it here.
So I put that Bronze Medal award in my sidebar as a tribute to you. You’re the ones who make this blog what it is, and you’re the reason for that medal. Thank you!
Second, after flailing around for weeks trying to get various projects under control (and feeling not unlike those hamsters in their exercise wheel), I’ve decided I need to take a little internet vacation. That doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting (though I might take a full break around Christmas and New Year’s, since we’ll have guests), but my posts for the next week will be abbreviated. I’m also keeping Twitter turned off during that time, because wow, what a firehose that turned out to be! How people manage following 1,000 others plus various lists, I have no idea. In the meantime, I’ll use the week to get a backlog cleared, so that I can focus on some serious writing.
And third, today’s actual post: a video sent by Inge, which made me laugh and feel a sort of tragic sympathy, all at the same time. Besides, we’re preparing to put up our tree after dinner tonight, so this will help us get into the spirit.