An Overdue Announcement

I have some news that I don’t think will surprise very many of you. In fact, unless there’s a legion of readers out there who never comment and therefore have never made me aware of their existence, I think the majority of you already know.

Last spring Ibis and I decided to separate, and I’ve since filed for divorce. I really hate getting into things this personal on my blog, but I’m planning to change my name back to Hooyenga and I thought that might raise a few questions if I didn’t say something. I’d rather not get into the particulars, but the split was amicable and we remain friendly.

I can’t begin to explain how wonderful my friends and family have been over the past several months. I’ve had a behind-the-scenes pep team/venting circle/wishing-they-could-buy-me-a-drink-but-can’t-because-they-live-in-the-intertoobs group that’s kept me smiling and looking towards the light at the end of all this.

I have another six weeks, give or take, until this is officially behind me, and I couldn’t do it without all of you.


30 Responses

  1. Can I buy you a drink?

    p.s. yeah I knew about the split but didn’t want to bug you.. I respect your privacy :)

    • Ray I figured you knew. ;) Yes, I’d love a drink.

  2. It’s gonna come out trite, but we just want you to be happy. Good for you!

    • Not trite at all. You’ve earned saying whatever you want.

  3. I concur…we just want you to be happy. :)

  4. (hugs) I am looking forward to your new chapter, and here for you to help you turn the next page.

    • Me too. And how awesome would it be if we can do that by meeting? !!!

  5. You are my hero, Melanie! Many, many hugs to you. I totally wish I could buy you a drink!

    Are you going to change your blog address, too?

    • Thanks. :)

      I already have another domain name purchased and plan to move everything there, I just need to find the time to do it. It’s on my list for September…

  6. I didn’t “know” but figured and didn’t want to intrude because I know you like to keep your private life more private. If you need another ear or anything let me know. :) I luv ya, MC Hoo. And like all your other buddies just want you to be a happy Hooey!!!! *hugs*

    • Dork, you wouldn’t be intruding! Thanks sweetie. :)

  7. Glad you’ve found support. Be well and happy.

  8. I agreed with Turkey on her blog but it’s got to be said here too. I just heart the new profile picture that goes along with your name Hooey!!!

    *peek at hoo’s new view*

    hehehehehe I rhyme. :D

    • OMG that just made me crack up. And I swear Mr. Leinie had nothing to do with it.

  9. Didn’t know, but suspected, but it was none of my business so nothing was said. I just lurked in the shadows reading because I enjoy reading your writings. You need to be happy and you weren’t. I’d certainly buy you a drink if Chicago, or where ever you are, were closer to Startex.

    • Thanks Robin. I assumed people had figured it out by now, but things like this do need to be said at some point. :)

  10. Do you want me to try to cheer you up with my Snoopy dance? I’ve been practicing, so I hardly ever fall over… :)

  11. *does Snoopy dance*

    *falls over*

  12. It’s tough thing to go through, I’m sure. I’m close enough to buy you a drink ;o) Just let me know when and where, and I’m there! I’m glad you have people that are there for you. That makes a huge difference ;o)


    • I was actually just thinking of you because we almost went to your mall. We really have to plan something soon.

  13. ((hugs)) And I plan on buying you a drink someday. Will be fun to finally meet!

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  15. Just be a happy little Hooey. I know you will be.

  16. Lo siento. I wish you the best. Gotcha in my prayers for a happy life.

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