Saturday, November 10, 2012

Small change of plans...

I'm quite fickle, it seems. I move to a new blog home, I decide to password-protect some posts but not others…and now I decided to make it a private blog.

I sent out invitations to those who've emailed me for the password…but if I missed you, leave a comment here with your email address or else email me at crashcoursewidow at gmail dot com, put PASSWORD LIST or SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG in the subject line, and include your email address. I'll send you an invitation as soon as I have a chance…which might be within a day or two, depending on how my week's going.

If you already have a account, you can just go to the new blog ( when you're logged in to Wordpress and click on the link to request access.

A note in Sept. 2015: If you're requesting access to my private Wordpress site, please drop me an email at crashcoursewidow at gmail, briefly listing who you are, how you found me, and why you'd be interested in my private blog. I haven't had any posts visible here on CCW in 3 I generally don't grant people access to the private blog unless I know more about you. Thanks!

Friday, October 5, 2012

If you want to get in on the super-secret password list*...

…on my new blog, leave me a comment here or on my new blog or email me at this address and put PASSWORD LIST in the subject line:
crashcoursewidow at gmail [you should be able to figure out the rest of it…right?]
Leave your email address and I'll send the lucky ducks an email with the password to use.

*You're really not missing anything over there yet, though. I have a test post just to see if the password feature worked properly, and then I reposted (under a password) a blog post I originally had on here in early August. But if you've been a reader here for a while, you're not out of the loop. =)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The new home...

Thanks so much, everyone, for your suggestions about names! Why on earth is coming up with a blog name so darned hard?!? It's just one silly little URL...!!

In the end, I did my best to stop overthinking it and went with a variation (the only one I could find available) from a poem that has recently (re)caught my fancy. I hit Google a few weeks back to find the words for a different e.e. cummings poem, but one of the top hits pointed me to another poem of his, "since feeling is first," the end of which seemed awfully apropos and well timed:
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

- From "since feeling is first" by E.E. Cummings, from 100 Selected Poems.
© Grove Weidenfeld, 1994.

I may have read this poem at some point in my educationary tract, but I don't remember it specifically. And since I seem to change my URLs for my blogs every few years anway, we'll see how long this one lasts. ;o)

But for now, you can find my new blog home here:
It's not a private blog at the moment, but be aware that I likely will password-protect some posts, or possibly whole categories (like the grief stuff), in the future.

Happy new blog home, and thanks for joining along!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

What's in a (new bloggy) name?

In the realm of random, quick things...anyone have good ideas for a new blog name/URL?

Keep in mind I'm moving it to Wordpress, not staying with Blogger--nor do I want to pay for a custom URL. That's just way too much hassle....

I have a few in mind but am having a harder time deciding on just one, and I don't want to use the just-for-fun Wordpress URL I already have. (Bonus points to you if you even knew that blog existed; triple points if you know what the URL is! ;o))

So...lovely readers, drop me a comment and give me your fabulous in the fillintheblank part here:
[fill in the blank].wordpress.blah

My requirements (or else merely thoughts):

  • Nothing with my name in it.
  • No widow anything (i.e., nor death/grief/loss/Charley/whatever) in the URL.
  • Something encompassing enough to cover the variety of whatever crap topics I choose to write.  (Hell, my two most recent posts on my for-fun-but-must-move blog were about Adam Levine/Maroon 5 and my student loans...really deep, loaded stuff, lemme tell you.... ;o)) Photography will obviously be there, as will random tidbits from our life and, I assume, widowhood-related posts at times. So lotsa stuff...maybe.
  • ... ??

Clearly, I need some inspired input. ;o) I didn't come up with Crash Course Widow in the first place; my bestie BFF KDK did*, way back in late March or early april 2008 when I first started this blog. 

(*Or else it was an accidental collaborative effort based on something I said randomly on the phone to her, to which her bloggy-name lightbulb clicked on, and the rest is history. =))

So please...ay├║dame. =)


(P.S.: I already checked. crashcourselife.wordpress.blah is already no dice with that literal change....)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

(Repost) We'll be moving to a new bloggy home soon

I've been writing on this blog here for over four years now, and like many of my blogging widda friends who've recently moved to new online homes, I've been debating about revamping or moving my blog for a number of weeks and months now--maybe for a year or more.

I made the decision about 3-4 weeks ago to move my blogging activity over to Wordpress...but now I just have to find the time to do it--time that will likely be in short supply over the short term. But poke back here periodically, and I'll update CCW with the new URL when it's finally up and running!

To the longtime readers, friends, family, and commenters/lurkers/emailers who've stuck with me and my little family through the months and years, my endless thanks for your support and readership. It truly has touched me and made a difference in my life. God bless the Interwebs. ;o)

Big, exciting things have been and are in store for us in the past month and this coming fall. A fabulous eighth birthday, the blissful end of a summer and start of another school year (second grade already! eek!), introducing my big girl to fun things like Star Wars and her very own Kindle...and most excitingly for me, a new job...a practically perfect job that I'm super excited about. (As is Anna, who started after-school daycare yesterday and couldn't be more stoked about it all.)

I start my new job on Monday.

It's been a long time coming. =)

Until we're at our new bloggy home,