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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #81, my #31

Wow! Last Thursday Thirteen. I feel compelled now to make it a good one.

Last week I commented when I submitted my TT that I would probably not be playing anymore because I really don't have time to visit that many people.

It kind of made me sad, because I really like doing TT, so I was kind of thinking that I would still do it from time to time, but just have my name taken off the blogroll.

Then I just happened to read on one of my regular reads this morning that TT is no longer going to be running. Shocker-roo~!
So I didn't really have anything planned for my TT (sometimes before I used to have 2 or 3 written and in the hopper on save mode!) so I think I'll just write random thoughts about blogging and memes and whatever else pops into my head.
  1. It seems like Thursday Thirteen is a victim of it's own success. It is very popular, probably too popular. People can't keep up with visiting so many people each week. Otherwise you end up with comments that look like this. "Nice 13". "#8, that happened to me too." "Cool list. Happy TT!".
  2. I still think that people could informally play TT each week if they want without being on a blogroll. I don't know if there's any rules that say you can't do that.
  3. TT was a great way to meet new people when getting into the blogging world. For me it has definitely served it's purpose, but more than that, it sometimes helped to write a focused post about one topic, by elaborating on 13 things about that topic.
  4. The cute header buttons that people used to create were so cool. Now what am I going to do with all those I downloaded but never used yet?!! LOL
  5. The thing I liked about TT is that it could be on any topic. This gave way to a wide range of areas that could be covered and allowed the TT to not be very restrictive, contrary to other memes / tags that ask specific questions, although I do like those too! :)
  6. If people commented on the TT site and gave a flavour about what their topic was on that week, it would at least give you an idea if you were sort of interested or not and could choose to visit (or not).
  7. Even random TT's were highly entertaining, because they would spawn off in all directions. I even wrote a few myself!
  8. Uh oh. I seem to be running out of things to say about Thursday Thirteen, I may need to move into random mode now, but please do leave your comments about TT.
  9. So yesterday I blogged about how I helped to move my Dad into an apartment from his family home. I am so stiff and sore today from cleaning up the house. I also now realize that I was terribly dehydrated last night. This is because I literally cried almost all afternoon while I cleaned the house.
  10. So much of Mum in there. I am glad that my Dad is now in a new place. He needs a fresh start. I need a fresh start.
  11. He was actually incredibly organized with his packing. He had all the boxes well labelled and numbered. The movers were very good. They set up all the big stuff and put all of the boxes into the appropriate rooms as labelled. Dad said to unpack the high numbered boxes first, because those were the most needed items that were packed last.
  12. Well, I didn't get too many of those unpacked, because by the time I got over to the apartment from the old house it was about 4 p.m. I did manage to get shelf paper in all his cupboards. He can take his time to unpack. I'm sure that he's just glad that this stressful part is now over.
  13. I will take pictures when I get over there next. It is a beautiful apartment in a new complex. He's on the 15th floor with great views. The paint colours are very nice and muted and they actually go with his furniture which is kind of flowery but help to give the apartment more of a masculine feel.

So Sláinte to everyone! Come back tomorrow where we dissect tonight's episode of THE OFFICE for $hit$ and giggles.

A big thank you to Leanne Wildermuth for 'inventing' and running Thursday Thirteen. She did an awesome job and I guess no one has come forth to fill her BIG shoes, though I don't know if it was commonly known that she wanted to pass it on. Maybe someone will still come forth. I hope so, even if I do need to opt out of being a regular participant still. It is a great meme.


Trish said...

Hrm.. maybe I felt this was coming... the TT running down, I mean. I haven't done the TT for a couple of weeks - just couldn't get into it anymore.

I'm looking for a new meme now. Any suggestions? :)

Bubba said...

I am also sad over the end of TT. But yes, Leanne has done a great job of hosting and growing this meme.

I wish your Dad blessings on a new chapter in his life.

I love your blog...and will probably still visit on occasion. Sláinte..and Happy TT!

Norma said...

I had been concentrating on Poetry Thursday and hadn't done a TT in awhile, so was surprised to learn it was ending. It was one of the better run memes on the Internet.

Lisa said...

TT was way too time consuming for me. I did it about six months ago for a little while but felt it was unfair because I couldn't visit many participants. I'm wondering if the Saturday Photo Hunt is getting the same way- it's so very big now. I love it, but I'm thinking of quitting it due to the sheer size of it.

I hope your achy stiffness goes away from all the packing you did yesterday. Can't wait to see Dad's new place. :-)


Christie said...

haha! you're so right about the comments! i was actually obsessed with tt, and my thursdays would be a complete wash because all i'd be doing is commenting and leaving comments. maybe this is a sign that i have to get it together. haha!
but it was good while it lasted, i met a lot of wonderful bloggers on there that i wouldn't have otherwise met. happy final tt!

Maribeth said...

Yeah too bad about TT. I enjoyed it. Time for something new on Thursdays. hmmmm? What can we do now?

Cheeky said...

It was a game that I only played every now and then but I am still gonna miss it - I too met some really fun bloggers through it

Oh and Great TT (hehe) you can smack me later

Raggedy said...

Thursday Thirteen has come to an end.
I have enjoyed my visits here and consider us friends.
Thank you for sharing your thirteens with me.
The comments you left me filled me with glee.
It is hard to believe it is really true.
I am trying very hard to not be blue.
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

I appreciated reading about moving your dad. Very difficult stuff. Couldn't deal with getting rid of the house, so here I am.

My list is posted! Drop by if you have time.

Leanne said...

Thank you so much for being a part of it for such a long time. It wasn't really that it was so big, there are a few other reasons for the retirement that it's just better left unsaid. It was wonderful, and I'm so grateful to have met so many really amazing people.


Kathy said...

It is so sad about the TT, and this is only the 2nd week I've participated! I was really looking forward to being part of a "network" of bloggers.

Di said...

I love TT and how each week someone raised the bar to where you wanted to make next week's just that much better! What can you do to generate comments? How can you say something new? Loved it!

mar said...

I took the day off TT yesterday and look what happened...it will be sad should it truly end, but I think there are too many just "hooked" on this meme...
I thought like you! wanted to post all TT headers I haven't used just as a souvenir, sort of...
We'll see what happens to TT.
Glad your father is now ready for a new start...hate to think of the day my siblings and I will have empty our parents' home..
Ok, you have a nice day today!!!

Goofy Girl said...

It did get hard to visit everyone and not leave simple comments.

I did love making the headers though!

Sparky Duck said...

its about credit. Ok im just annoyed because i hate being told what I can and cant do.

Your list was nice as always and your right a fresh start will be perfect for the both of you

Gattina said...

Of course I haven't been that long with TT to have too many visitors that I couldn't handle to answer or visit. Maybe she did a good job, although I don't know what she had to do, besides creating a blogroll ? what me shocked the most was that she wanted to "purchase" her "idea" ! and complained that nobody wanted to buy it. Frankly that's really taking people for stupid. How could she get an international copyright ? and how to sue people all over the world because they write down 13 things ?
Then all other memes would be protected too and my poor cats on tuesday ?? I have to take an attorny right away !!! It would never come into my mind to "sell" an idea even if it happens to be mine. It's a game after all !

kailani said...

I'm so glad that someone decided to take over TT. I don't participate every week but I like knowing it's there if I want to.

Barbara H. said...

I felt the same way, right down your list there, about TT. I almost did a post like this about things I liked about it or would miss about it -- but I ran out before 13, too.

I had also stopped for a while because, though I loved it, and though the purpose was to visit and get to know other bloggers, and I loved that -- it just got to be too much, even though I didn't visit all 200+.

I'm sorry you've had a draining couple of days moving your dad. I hope he'll be happy in his new place.

I've had an urge, almost since my mom passed away, to go through her attic. Unfortunately it's 1,000 miles away. I think some day my sisters and I will when we can all get together.