August 16 is the anniversary of the boyfriend and I first moving in together. Somehow, I realized this morning, I’d attributed the date to my OS blogoversary, which is actually August 14.
I guess it’s not so surprising; in many ways, like our apartment, OS has become a home for me. Like a real home, there’s a sense of belonging, and of appreciation. There’s even a sense of family. As many of us know, this year hasn’t been an easy one on OS – unexpected editor changes (which luckily began and ended with what seem like good people at the helm), the usual period of escalating fears of OS’s imminent demise, and dust-ups – including the recent one that’s gone to levels I would never have imagined. But all households have their good times and their bad, and we get through it.
This year there have also, as always, been so many signs of people supporting each other. I can’t say how many times I’ve been comforted by you guys’ comments on my own posts. It’s been two years now, and while I have a lot going on in the real world, including, hopefully, an upcoming career change, I don’t know what I’d do without this place.
In the year-and-two-days since my first blogoversary, most of my time on OS has been wonderful, and even in the darkest moments, knowing my OS friends and acquaintances has cancelled out so much of the other gunk. Thank you all for all the great times, all the great writing. Over the ether, I send good and grateful thoughts to all of you, and healing thoughts and prayers to those of you going through difficult times.
Last year, I made a video to commemorate my blogoversary. A lot of you were disappointed that I didn’t: a. show you Ali in real life and b. speak French. So I decided to do another video that includes those things. Warnings: The camera got a little shaky at times (or, rather, my hand holding it got a little shaky); there is not an earthquake going on. Also, you will notice my French accent is only slightly less terrible than my hair. My hair has really been misbehaving lately – I’m going to blame the humidity. Anyway, here’s the video: