I am a married lady!

It all went down on Wednesday January 25, smack bang in the middle of a heatwave. Great, right?

But, despite the plus-40 degree weather (that’s more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit for any US readers) we had a really great day. We were surrounded by so much love, both at the wedding and virtually, through Facebook and Twitter.

It was fun, casual, silly and a little bit nerdish – just like us!

But I won’t bore you with details, so instead here are a few non-professional pics from the day:

The ceremony

Reception

 

Thank you all for your patience these past couple of weeks. The wedding was fantastic, and now that it’s over I’m looking forward to writing and blogging a whole lot more!

xx Chrissie Bee

ps, Mr Bee and I shared our vows over here yesterday!

January 29, 2012 at 7:00 am 2 comments

Lists, lists and more lists

This is what my life is right now – LISTS!

I know, I haven’t posted in a week and a half. I have been slowly writing my post about how I will organise my time to make time for writing, but I keep running out of daylight hours to actually take photos of my nifty tools (and in a small, dark house, natural light is a BIG help.

All of these lists and the running out of daylight come down to one thing: In 9 days I am GETTING MARRIED! Yep, we’re taking the plunge, making it official, walking the plank (wait, is that not a metaphor for marriage? My mistake!) etc.

I fully intended to keep posting in the few weeks between New Year’s Eve and The Wedding, but that just hasn’t happened. I’m too distracted by all these lists (and attempting to check things off them) to focus properly on my writing in addition to my day job (apparently they like it when I actually work – go figure!).

So I promise that after next week I will be back, blogging and sharing stories and other such exciting things. But for now I think I need to admit defeat, and remember that even though this is a nice, simple, stress-free wedding, it is still a wedding and needs a bit of my time and attention right now.

Of course, I’ll also have some wedding pictures to share – I know how much everyone loves those!

So for now, I shall bid you a fond “see you later”, and leave you with these couple of tidbits:

 

xox Chrissie

January 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm Leave a comment

2011 over and out

Remember when the year 2000 was the future? Yeah, me neither! What? I’m only 24!

But seriously, I don’t know if it’s because I’m making my merry way into this whole adulthood thing or if the rotation of the earth is off (and none of the earth’s scientists have noticed), but it seems like years just come and go faster and faster.

I’m going to blame the scientists 😉

Seriously though, 2011 has been a good year, but I’m looking forward to 2012 being an even better one!

First and foremost, I’m getting married! (in 25 days – eep!)

Then of course, I am into my second year of running this website, and have lots of things planned for what I want to do with it. Exciting!

And finally, my soon-to-be husband and I will be doing a whole lot of work on our backyard this year, which we will be sharing on a separate blog, www.fearninckxrising.com (it’s pronounced like phoenix, even though it may not look like it!).

Next week I’ll be back here sharing some of my organising tools to make sure I can make more time for writing this year, and how to get the most out of that writing time.

I am also working on a bunch of stories that I can’t wait to finish up and share with you all!

So stick around, because 2012 is going to be a big one here at Squeaky Shoe Stories!

Big love,

Chrissie

January 1, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Merry Christmas!

Giving Santa a hand

It’s almost Christmas, and exactly one year since I started this blog! I have lots of big plans for next year, which I will fill you all in on in the new year. Let’s just say that things should get exciting around here!

But for now, let’s take a look back at the year that was.

The numbers

In the year that I have been blogging, I have had:

45 blogs (this is the 46th)

11 stories (including 3 poems)

35 comments

Not too shabby, but I will definitely be looking to improve all of those numbers next year!

The lessons

Things I have learned in my year of blogging:

I love blogging! It’s fun, and it challenges me to come up with new subjects and story ideas and to post regularly

I am really bad at remembering to tag and categorise blog posts. I had to go through and fix a bunch of uncategorized ones just so I could find stories and things  for the links below.

I need to make more time for writing. This is pretty obvious – I think no matter how much writing I do I can always do more!

The goals

Here are a few of my goals for 2012:

Blog more! Write more stories!

Publish stories for sale (more on this in the new year – exciting!)

Revamp website (all I have to do is figure out how!)

Let’s see how far we’ve come

Ah Rob Thomas – you never let me down. So now that I’ve brushed over some of the facts and figures behind blogging, let’s take a look at where it all began.

My first blog post, from December 24, 2010, was a basic introduction to me and my work – read it here. More exciting is my first story ever posted – Rainbow meets the Grumble Fairy, also posted on December 24. You can read that work of art (*cough*) here.

If you’re interested in how/why I came to start this blog you can read all about it in my 6-monthiversary (it’s a real word! … now…) post here, and some insight into why I blog here.

As for how I came to give my blog the name Squeaky Shoe Stories, I tell the story of that here (a hint: it involves a really cute little girl, a duck statue and a pair of squeaky shoes).

And that concludes the Concise History of Squeaky Shoe Stories! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glance back through the past year. I know I have!

So thank you to all my readers, whether you’ve read every blog or just dropped in once or twice. This past year has been a huge learning curve for me, and I look forward to continuing with this little blog of mine in 2012.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

xoxox Chrissie

December 24, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

My Grandpa Joe

My grandpa Joe gives me the biggest hugs, with his long, hairy arms.

His hugs are warmer than a bear hug, and tighter than a cobra.

My grandpa Joe gives me the scratchiest kisses, with all his bristly whiskers.

His kisses are scratchier than a cat’s tongue, but a lot nicer too!

My grandpa Joe has the gravelliest voice, when he says “Hello darling!”.

His voice is deeper than the ocean, and growlier than a lion!

My grandpa Joe has the biggest heart in the whole wide world.

It’s taller than a giraffe, and wider than a whale, and in it there is room for grandma, for daddy and mummy, my aunty, my brother and me.

I love my grandpa Joe, with his big hugs and scratchy kisses, his gravelly voice and big heart.

And I will have him in my heart forever and ever, because I know he will always carry me in his.

December 19, 2011 at 9:37 am 2 comments

Grieving

If you read last week’s not-really-a-blog blog, you’ll know that I was spending the weekend in Brisbane to say what was likely to be a final farewell to my Uncle Joe.

He passed peacefully, with his family around him, yesterday.

It was the best that could be hoped for him. He was not in any pain, and to continue living completely bedridden and reliant on others for everything just doesn’t do justice to the person he was.

I am pleased to say that despite his state, he did wake up a couple of times while I was there, he recognised me and was able to talk for a few minutes. He knew I was there and he was grateful.

I was grateful too. It wasn’t easy making the decision to go, not knowing whether he would make it that far, or whether to wait to attend a funeral.

But I am so glad I made the choice I did, and was able to spend a few more precious moments with him before he left us.

Grief is hard, there is no denying that, but it is also a reminder of how precious life is, and how important it is to live while you are here. Whether living for you means jumping out of planes, or spending an afternoon curled up with a book,  having big parties or just spending some quiet time with a few close friends, make time to do them.

Thank you to all of my friends and family who have shown their support over these past few weeks, it has made such a difference.

Right now I’m not okay, but I promise I will be.

I will be back next week with a very special story to share with you all.

xx Chrissie

 

December 11, 2011 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

No blog this weekend

Just a brief note this week to say that I won’t be able to post as per normal this weekend. I am currently in Brisbane to say goodbye to my uncle, who recently took a turn for the worse. Things were up and down for the past few weeks, but this week rapidly progressed from “maybe you can come over in a few weeks to see him while he’s still okay” to “come over now or you may be too late”.

This is my mum’s only brother, and our last real tie to her family, since she, Uncle Joe and their parents came here as refugees after World War II. This is obviously a tough time for all of us – especially mum and Uncle Joe’s wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

I am staying strong for the moment, and will be spending as much time with my family as possible this weekend, since I won’t be able to stay any longer.

Love to you all, and thank you for reading,

xx Chrissie

December 3, 2011 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

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