As you may have figured out by now, I am no longer a part of the FoodBuzz Project Food Blog competition. I was not voted off, but failed to post an entry for round 3 “An Elegant Dinner Party”. I could make a slew of excuses for this but in the end it came down to a few very simple factors. Since I’ve had quite a few people asking why I didn’t make it, I’ll take a non-food moment to explain.
First, I was supposed to host an elegant dinner for 4 (including myself.) This should not have been difficult. At any other time in my life it would not have been difficult. Unfortunately, I don’t have 3 friends here.
No. Seriously. I don’t.
I came back to this town for my kids. I did not rekindle old friendships or reach out for new ones. I never planned on being here more than the 15 months my wife would be gone. I’m an acting single father of 3. This doesn’t give me a lot of time to reach out anyway. Usually I’m too busy to worry about doing much more than falling down exhausted at the end of the day.
Besides, throughout the time my wife has been away, I’ve had all of you to keep me sane. You have been my social network and trust me, you’ve been far more supportive than I could have imagined.
Second. The competition could not have come at a worse time for me. The 15 months is nearly over. It’s very close to the time when our family will be back together (as the Military permits, of course.) My head simply isn’t in the game. My focus is my wife, getting moved and settled into a new home; Hopefully in time to cook our own Thanksgiving dinner. Everything else has taken a back seat to those things.
Well, everything but one.
For those of you who are planning to attend the Foodbuzz blogger Festival, I am too. I’ve looked forward to it all year and as long as I can get registered in time, I’ll be there with bells on. If you’ll be there, be sure to look me up, I’d love to meet you!
For this year I’m out of the running, but don’t count me out in the next competition. If Foodbuzz holds the contest again next year, I’m in. And I’ll be in it to win it :)
Good luck to the contestants moving forward this year. I’ve got my favorites to win. Do you?
Eh, there’s worse things I suppose.
Awww I am sad I couldn’t read about a dinner party but I totally understand! I was a frantic mess pulling mine together n a week night. Hoping to be at fbzfest but not sure if I have to work that weekend. I am glad I found your blog via this contest though and look forward to reading more of it.
I was going to throw a kid’s dinner party, but then the kids all ended up at sleepovers. No worries. i was honored to make it as far as I did
Good news that your family will soon be whole. I’ll see you in SF.
I’ve already got the sitter ready! Just waiting for registration to open so I can get on the list and get a room
I was saying to myself, the Third Challenge was going to be the one weeding out some really good bloggers from really great bloggers. Sorry to see you had to drop out, but we’ll get ’em next time!
Next year I’ll be settled in with my wife on base, so a challenge like this would actually be a non-challenge. We have people over all the time when we’re not stuck 7,000 miles apart
What base will you be on?
We’re headed for Elmendorf AFB, just outside Anchorage Alaska