AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Is there anybody out there? DATE: 10/02/2007 08:54:00 PM ----- BODY:
I know there is. And I love hearing from you.

My commenting has gone down the toilet. There are so many people I try to keep up with now, that I find myself not having time to read and to comment. So then there are those that I won't click on in my feed reader unless I have time to comment. Like Slouching Mom. I know she is going to make me think, and I don't want to breeze through. Because of this brilliant plan, I now have 12 of her posts to read, and haven't left a comment in days.

That's not working well.

Anyway, today is the day to delurk. Just say hi. You can be anonymous, or even a first timer.

Or how about this? I would love to know about your pets. Do you have any? What kind and what are their names?

Or just say hi.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bon DATE:Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 9:24:00 PM EDT um...i'm here. me and my cat Clementine. whose life has been rather tortured since Oscar became mobile. she's his favourite person, but the love is not entirely returned, especially since he pats her like she's a basketball. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Helena DATE:Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 10:20:00 PM EDT I'm here. And I want you to know that I check in every day. You're even on my "Blogs I Love" list on my blog. You've arrived! LOL! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mary G DATE:Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 10:42:00 PM EDT Hi there,
Glad to meet a fellow slow reader -- I know just what you mean about SM. Wow! I'm a slow poster too. But I love this world.
And I like your blog a lot. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous FENICLE DATE:Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 10:51:00 PM EDT I'm not de-lurking...obviously!

I understand how impossible it is to read & comment every single day! So I check in when I can and sometimes it means missing something....but such is life.

My dog is Parker - a cocker spaniel. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jenn - NMD DATE:Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 11:27:00 PM EDT :) No pets here, since Speed Cop doesn't count. Have had many in the past. Loved them all. I do not however miss them. I'm trying to be better about commenting. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Clifford DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:27:00 AM EDT No pets yet, still just me and the monsters under my bed. (who hate it when I vacuum) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous twolinesonastick DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 2:21:00 AM EDT I'm Tara... I've commented before, but not as often as I would like. Darn Google Reader :( I do not have any pets. I used to have a cat named Chloe. Someday we will get a dog. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kathy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM EDT Hi there. I think I'm a second or third timer, not a completely anonymous lurker.

I try to comment on at least three of the dozen or so sites I read each day, but I've gotten a little lazy about it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kathy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 6:12:00 AM EDT Oops! I didn't see the part about the pets. I'm not totally awake yet.

I have a cat named Sarah who is possibly smarter than I am. (She's trying to pick the lock on the front door. She almost has at least once.) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous MamaGeek @ Works For Us DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:20:00 AM EDT i'm not delurking - although perhaps i should (i read you every day) but i love your storytelling. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Steph DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:25:00 AM EDT Im here! I try to comment whenever I read your blog, but get busy too. Sorry! Have a WONDERFUL day! :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 8:28:00 AM EDT I'm here, but you know that. Sometimes your blog takes a long time to load (still!) so I try to read as much as I can in Google Reader and then when I have time, visit the entire site to catch up. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Whymommy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM EDT Hey. I'm here, as usual. And so is my beagle boy Kepler. Actually, he's draped all across the bed.

Beagles. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Denise DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:18:00 AM EDT Love your blog--have only been reading a month or so.

My Golden Retriever is in charge at our house. She's 9 and her name is Casey Belle. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous PunditMom DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:35:00 AM EDT My commenting has been sporadic, too. Sorry. I'm really still here. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Candygirlflies DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:37:00 AM EDT Hiya-- I'm always out here!!

We have a bit of a zoo:

Georgia the fierce, bad, 15-year-old black Burmese (read: CRAZY) cat.

Cookie and Cupcake the two guinea pigs (who produced Tim and Bit, the two baby guinea pigs, about three weeks after we got them... CUTE simply isn't the word).

Ruby-Two-Shoes, Charming Opal, and Swimmy Sapphire, our three Betta fish (the kids named them, can you tell??!)

10 guppies (I can't remember all the names, but Child Number Two can), one snail, and two "sucker" fish named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (the two biggest suckers in Shakespeare... Guess who named THOSE? Poor little bottom-feeders...)

All that, plus three little girls, and one husband.

Needless to say, there's a lot of cleaning-up-after-them involved... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Nancy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 11:24:00 AM EDT Still here, but horrible at commenting lately.

And I still haven't sent that package... (sigh.) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slouchy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:11:00 PM EDT Just delete the posts. I won't care. They're not that interesting anyway, promise. ;)

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Hello! I have no pets, except for a couple of goldfish no one's paid attention to in months. It's amazing that they're still alive, but they are. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kate Winslow and Guy Ambrosino DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:16:00 PM EDT Have been reading your blog for a few months now and enjoy it a lot.

Our beautiful girl is Amelia, an almost 11-year-old black lab mixed with something (strangers on the street seem to think Newfoundland, but there weren't many Newfoundlands running loose in the arroyos of New Mexico where she was born). She's our son's greatest friend. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous slackermommy DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM EDT Just saying hi and since you asked... I have a sweet new puppy, two bunnies, two hamsters, and a bunch of fish. Yesterday I had a dead squirrel that the puppy brought me. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous KimmieRo DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:49:00 PM EDT Hidee HowdY!

I have 2 dogs- Kiyah and Ani. First daughters- whom I both adore tremendously. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anth DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:53:00 PM EDT Well, Dh and I aren't really pet people. I consider a child enough of a commitment. Ha ha I used to have a cat named Ramses, so named because despite being declawed he ruled our neighborhood with an iron fist. Paw.

Here is the reason my now constant lurking: Google Reader. It's just too easy to lurk when you use it. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Liz DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 1:05:00 PM EDT I'm here!

And I'm a shitty blog friend because I heart my Google Reader so much and I'm too lazy to, you know, CLICK on over to leave you a comment. Which I do from time to time. But I read you every day!

And you know I lurves you so.

(also: i have comment jealousy. You have 22. I have 10. Poop!) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kendra DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 1:21:00 PM EDT Hi~
I may have commented before, but I can't remember (so the goes my postpartum brain). My dog is named Sid. We got from a rescue in February after our doberman died. He is a total Sid with no real distinction in breed. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 2:18:00 PM EDT Just stopping in to say hellooooo.....

The Person Formerly Owned by Sparkle, aka Simon Cowell kitty ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous zoot DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 2:26:00 PM EDT 3 dogs: Sweetie, Cisco, Lil'Girl
2 cats: Bambi and Sunflower

Happy DeLurking Day! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous ktjrdn DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 2:56:00 PM EDT Um, ditto to everything you just said. My god, there's just not enough hours in the day.

The only animals in our house are the girls. Age almost 4 and 2.5. And believe me, that's enough! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Ally DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 3:19:00 PM EDT I'm here, reading, and commenting sometimes. I've gotten very behind, like you.

We have two cats, who both live outside: Scout & Atticus (brothers). They were our babies before we had three real babies to take up our time and attention. Now, they are outdoor kitties who we love on the porch each day. Poor meows. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Maddie DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 3:33:00 PM EDT Sometimes I comment, sometimes I don't. So...delurking a day late to say hi! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous gail DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 6:13:00 PM EDT I'm here but you knew that already. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:04:00 PM EDT Hi there! First time I've ever commented, I've been lurking for probably about 6 months. I love following the story of your life! No pets right now, we used to have a collie, but not any more. Just wanted to say hi and delurk! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kerry DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 7:14:00 PM EDT Guilty lurker here. Found you a few months back via Girl. We're down to just a grumpy old Chihuahua named Tinkerbell for pets, but having more than one right now would be too much for me! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bananas DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 8:06:00 PM EDT hey there chica! I seem to get worse and worse about commenting as I add more and more blogs to my reader. but I still read!!! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mrs. Chicken DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 9:48:00 PM EDT hi you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jessica DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:04:00 PM EDT Yo Yo Yo!
I've got animals... But I'm assuming you're not referring to my kiddos. I've got one kitty named Murray, he's about 12 now... ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Stella DATE:Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:12:00 PM EDT HOWDY!
Does my husband count as a pet?? OR my kids??
I wouldn't mind a dog...they tend not to answer back and there are no diapers to change!

(I don't change diapers on my husband, just in case you were wondering)

Alison ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 12:09:00 AM EDT hey m,
you know i'm here every day... i love to hear how you are coming along even though i have kind of stopped reading the pg blogs right now, it's just soooo hard. but i think of you as a friend so you are in a league of your own to me!

i had to make my blog protected for the time being - i think my anonymity was compromised so i'm figuring out what to do.... until then, don't forget me! i'm still here...

Jen @ Findinghope ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Kelley DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 1:12:00 AM EDT Looks like it worked better for you! I have had 250 visitors and something like 20 comments.....

Guess my posts don't inspire? But why are they coming back?

*shakes her head* doesn't matter. I am on a downer this afternoon, should be over the moon but I am not.

Oh and hi! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous The Farm House Kids DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 6:26:00 AM EDT Hi C.,

It's Tanya here! Where should I start?

Hello from the 'Trio of Terror'

Sam
Jay
Meg

and a big hello from the Pets:

Katie Woman (the Chihuahua from hell)
Sam aka Molly 2
Molly

and the rest of the farm wanted to chime in ... so here's a great big MOOOOOOO from about 400 cows!

I didn't forget you ... just nuts here!

The Dairy Wife ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Magpie DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM EDT Hi.

I know that feeling of too many posts to read.

I haven't any pets - the irascible small child is enough. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 11:19:00 AM EDT Hi! It's Becki from NMD. I have a calico cat named Audrey :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 12:11:00 PM EDT Hi! I have two dogs, Sophie and Murphy, both girls and both basset hounds. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Anonymous DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 12:52:00 PM EDT I have a basset hound... delilah. She's long and floppy. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah DATE:Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 2:51:00 PM EDT Sorry I'm late. I didn't have time to make it everywhere yesterday, what, with all of the commenting.

I have two cats: Klaus and Sid. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous minijonb DATE:Friday, October 5, 2007 at 10:03:00 AM EDT hi there! pets? my girlfriend has 3 pugs. their names are secret...

=:-) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous katie k-h DATE:Friday, October 5, 2007 at 10:06:00 PM EDT Found your blog via 5 Little Monkeys...one of the best blogs ever....and, I've been hooked on yours ever since my first click.

You are a wonderful writer and seem so kind.

: ) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Cake DATE:Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8:12:00 PM EDT Hi Canape! I miss readin you - life had gotten in the way! I'm wishing you all the best and check in when I can!

Kristen ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mary G DATE:Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 4:56:00 PM EDT Hi there. Better late than never? Hugs on your mother's cancer score. I've got the same worry with my husband, and can relate. And now I'm off to read your husband's blog. ----- --------