Have you noticed Facebook sometimes likes to remind you of what you were doing on this day a year ago? I woke up to Facebook telling me on August 26, 2014 I was in the audience watching Queen with Adam Lambert. How can it be 12 months since that night already? I remember so much of that specific evening. It was a happy day, not least of all because I spent some of it sending text messages back and forth with a very good-looking member of the opposite sex!
According to Facebook, the year before I was doing an 8km fun run, raising money for research into Parkinson’s Disease, in honour of my beloved Uncle Alan. I knocked 3 minutes off my P.B. that day. I was really into running, really enjoying it. It was bittersweet, I was happy to be fit enough to run well, but sad that my uncle’s body was letting him down and there was nothing we could do to help.
Facebook didn’t stop there. On August 26, 2011 I was in Brisbane at a work event – the opening of an exhibition of the photographs of Magnum Photos photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. I was in a happy place, I was lucky enough to be working with images taken by my photographic idols for a living.
What Facebook couldn’t tell me was that eight years ago, on August 26, I decided to start a blog. I didn’t really know what I was doing, or what I expected it to become. I wasn’t doing it for anyone other than myself. But it was fun and a good distraction for me when I wasn’t in a great place, searching for a new job. I don’t blog too often now, and when I do it’s more crochet and sewing than cooking and baking. I don’t bake as often as I used to, but I like that this blog holds a record of a hobby that I enjoyed so much and that was such a part of my identity for so long. Back in 2008 I didn’t know how to crochet and I hadn’t sewn anything bigger than a tote bag.
Will Katie’s Kitchen around in another eight years? I do hope so. Just for me, and for anyone who likes the things I do. Who knows where I’ll be then, what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be doing it. I can say that on August 26, 2015 I’m doing pretty well. I’m excited about the coming year, and goodness, about the next eight years really. I’ve been counting my blessing lately, there are things I’d change about my life if I could but I’m doing well and have many things in my life that make me happy. I don’t need Facebook to tell me that.