Back in 2003, just a couple days before Halloween, I registered the www.amalah.com domain. Then I sat on it for a few weeks before actually taking the plunge, and I hit the "publish" button for the very first time about a month later.
Twelve years, three babies, 2,161 posts, 134,790 comments, the social media revolution, the rise and fall of the entire personal blogging establishment later, I'm not sure what it says about me that I am still -- STILL! -- the sort of person who forgets to update her stupid credit card information and accidentally lets her domain expire, and who still has an obsolete yahoo.com email set as her primary means of contact info, AND who doesn't even realize what's happened until multiple days later, like OH SHIT, GIVE IT BACK GIVE IT BACK IT'S MIIIIINE!
(To be clear: No one else wanted it. Amalah.com was simply floating out in domain name limbo, slipping and sliding around the Interweb Tubes, which for some reason I am picturing to be kinda like waterslides. Wheeee!)
Actually, I know EXACTLY what it says about me. Zero personal growth for the win, baby.
(Also, I probably could have gotten everything back online faster if I just picked up the phone at some point yesterday instead of waiting until I could live chat with customer service over the Internet this morning. But. You know. I love this dumb ol' site but it's still not phone-worthy. Also, it was the weekend. WHO CARES.)
Anyway, the blog, it is back. In case you even noticed it was gone, which if you didn't, nothing to see here, move along. But in case you DID notice, no, I did not get hacked or pack up and quit in a blaze of 404 ghosting glory, I am just kind of a moron.
And although that fact has been extremely, overly well-documented here on this very website, I am happy to report that I can continue to add to that particular pile of evidence once again. And over and over again, until 2019 rolls around and the auto-renew option fails AGAIN because I forgot to give GoDaddy the updated information on my credit card retina implant, or whatever.
P.S. Still having intermittent technical issues with the design and photos not loading thanks to having to re-map the domain to Typepad. Should resolve within the next 24 hours but you might need to clear your cache and try again. Or not! Your cache, your choice.
P.P.S. We successfully painted the entire kitchen! And chose the backsplash! And the Last Cabinet Standing is getting installed right now and my fridge will be out of my dining room by tonight! And I also washed the kitchen curtains because they were covered in construction dust, then re-hung them with a nicer curtain rack before realizing they'd shrunk like six goddamn inches in the dryer. IT'S LIKE A METAPHOR FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE OR SOMETHING.