Okay; don’t die of shock to finally hear from me, the Garden Goat.
I realize it has been a while. I thought the word “hiatus” might be applicable to describe my absence, naturally I used internet to look up the definition just to be sure.
On the first site, this is what I read…
- A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.”there was a brief hiatus in the war with France.”
This first definition was a little strange. It seemed to imply that I had a break from something like a war. Meanwhile the truth, I had a break but I felt like I was fighting a war.
Then below the definition was the list of synonyms…they are fun.
Synonyms: pause, break, gap, lacuna, interval, intermission, interlude, interruption, suspension, lull, respite, time out, time off, recess;
- Pause: Nope (that sounds intentional…and my absence was anything but intentional).
- Break: NOT (it infers I needed a rest, and perhaps lot of caffeine was served)
- Gap: Maybe (I am sure my readership might agree with this one).
- Lacuna: Hmmm (sounds too close to “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King and insinuates “No worries for the rest of your days”)…Definitely NOT.
- Interval: Sort-of (though more musical than what actually happened)
- Intermission: Well, lots of drama (but no popcorn or rave reviews), so NO.
- Interlude: Sounds romantic and musically planned (and that did not happen), but NO!.
- Interruption: I do believe we are getting closer
- Suspension: If as a reference to my sanity, then a definite maybe.
- Lull: While I like the sound of this, one might think I was catching up on sleep…I will have to decline as this definition would be very misleading.
- Respite: Insinuates that I got a rest and some poor devil took my place to give me said rest. A RESOUNDING NO!
- Time Out: I would love to have one; however, I am usually the “Time Out” specialist at my house…so again, Nah.
- Time Off: NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH
- Recess: Implies either that I am back in Grade School or that I am in a courtroom, neither of which are applicable.
Then in researching the term “hiatus” in a more modern definition I stumbled upon the following definition:
“A temporary gap, pause, break, or absence can be called a hiatus. When your favorite TV show is “on hiatus” it means there are no new episodes— not forever, just for a little while. The key thing about a hiatus is that it’s an interruption of something that was happening, but it’s not a permanent break.”
SO yes, HIATUS in this sense seems to fit the bill. The only difference is there were many new episodes just not written and published.
As many of you know, I do work full-time while also playing parole officer, financial wizard, health inspector, game warden and laundress to a multitude of minions that share parts of my DNA. I rang in the New Year 2015 with more responsibility at work. I went from a 37.50-hour week to an average of almost 50 hours per week. I get to take this extra time earned as paid time off in the future. None of this changed my bank’s impression of me for the better but did change how much “free time” was left to get anything done, blog included. Then my husband, who was on a two-year waiting list, received the news that his shoulder replacement would now be in Feb 2015 (as opposed to waiting until 2017 in pain). You guessed it, the patient’s recovery, plus the herd of kids, the full-time job (and extra hours)…and let’s not forget the laundry; yep…weeks blurred into months. I now find myself having arrived at mid-May 2015. Sadly, this is my first post for this year (!!).
The update on the patient is that he is making an awesome recovery and will be headed back to work shortly.
This goat hopes that “the HIATUS” is now over, and the laughing can resume!
The Garden Goat