Inspired by a family member’s superstar blog (thanks, Nate!), I set a few blogging goals for myself this past summer. My goals were rather modest. The first, to have 50 email subscribers, was reached quickly. My second goal, to have 10,000 page views, will be met in the next couple of days. All of this has me thinking, who out there is following along on our adventure? I’d love for you to leave a quick comment introducing yourself and letting me know how you found the blog. I’m not sure what will be more interesting, finding out which of my friends read this regularly or hearing from strangers who are following along.
My name is Lisa. I’ve been friends with you since we were maybe 4? I’ve always enjoyed hearing about your adventures in life, whether they were during just a week or summer apart during HS or during months or years apart in the years since. I’ve been lucky enough to meet your husband & son and to stay in touch with you, but am loving the blog posts because I feel like I’m right there with you three 🙂 No tents or bug bites needed, happliy getting my fill of the life you’re leading… as I slog about my suburban/teaching/mommy life that comes with its own ups and downs. Thanks to you & Alan for your writing and sharing!
I love you, Lisa!!! Hi to the boys from me. 🙂
It’s ME! xoxoxo.
xoxo right back at ya! I miss you!!
My name is Ben. I am a high-powered attorney.
Thanks for the laugh! Does that mean I’m a former high-powered attorney? I’m glad you’ve been reading – I was just thinking of you today, in fact. I hope life on the third floor isn’t too boring without me and Vijay.
Stacey- I know you from Skadden and learned of our mutual Smith connection. I do not subscribe to your blog, but I should because I always click to it from my Facebook feed when you post. I think I told you this before, but I enjoy the blog as a different experience of our country. It makes me fall in love with it all over again.- Nisha
Well said Nisha! Did you fall in love with her WA posts enough to come visit us too???
The Northwest is certainly on my “places to go” list!
You did mention that before, but it is such a nice compliment that I’m certainly not complaining. Thank you! I’d love to see you when we’re back in the DC area (proably this spring) and hear about what you’ve been up to. By the way, as for falling in love with this country, I’m currently in the process of falling in love with New Mexico. This state is beautiful!
I know you from law school, and recent visits to Seattle … 🙂
I love the blog — keeping up with what you’re doing is educational, inspiring, and fun. I’m going to be sad when it’s all over!
But when it’s all over, then you can come and visit us! 🙂 Besides, I’m having fun writing, so I’ll probably think of something new to right about – even if it’s just about exploring my new home.
Found you when you started the blog and posted about it on the MMM forums and the wife and I have been reading since day 1. 🙂
Awesome! I remember that you were planning to read it when I mentioned it in the forums. I’m so happy to know that you and your wife have been following along!
I’ve been following you guys since the beginning for several reasons…
1. I’m your moms friend and interested in you all
2. I’m so curious about the National Parks
3. I’ve always wanted to go cross country
You guys should do it! And in 20 years, when you and Chuck turn 62 😉 you can get a National Parks pass for $10 that’s good for the rest of your lives. That’s one of the best deals that flies under the radar.
I hope to see you when we get back out to NY this spring!
Hi, Stacey. I’ve known you since our time at Smith. I follow your blog because I am truly inspired by your long journey with a small child. I can’t imagine Casey and Cooper spending so much time in the car (or me spending that much time in the car WITH them), sleeping in a tent night after night (Casey sleeps very poorly when we camp) and I can’t imagine keeping up with the kid grime without regular access to running water. I love camping and going on outdoor adventures with my family, but not for months on end. I can’t wait to find out where you end up, although I’m still pulling for Northampton! We miss you all. Come back soon!
I hear you on spending long amounts of time in the car with little ones. Especially after today’s long journey (made longer with lots of whines from the backseat). Normally Van’s great in the car, but I think he’s starting to reach his limit on this type of traveling. Good thing we’ll be heading up to colorado soon to spend some down time with family before figuring out what’s next.
We are definitely planning to head up your way at some point this spring. Depending upon the weather and what we’re all feeling like at the time, maybe we could all plan a camping weekend together! We miss you too. Your comment made my day! And, yes, Western Mass (and Vermont) are both still on our short list.
Congrats!!! Your stories are funny and such a break from the monotony of the daily office grind. I imagine even strangers appreciate them!
This is good motivation to make my posts more interesting. I feel like the last few may have been less entertaining for strangers. There’s plenty of wacky and strange things to write about – it’s all a matter of picking and choosing.
I have to brag a little that I have known you longer than any of your other followers. And I am so proud of your writing and photography. And Alan wrote a fabulous blog too! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Hickory misses you too. I love you.
You can also brag that you’re my most regular commenter. 🙂
I found your blog via fb; we’ve known each other since the 8th grade. I hope all is well with you and your family. I’ll keep an eye out for your posts. 🙂 xoxo
Lateefah!! I’m so glad you’re following along. Maybe we can get our little ones together next time I’m in NY… I was just thinking about our 8th grade project the other day, which shall not be named!