Three Months Of Wild Nights

This week marks the three month-a-versary of my blog. OOH, high school flashback: MOM, We’re celebrating our three month-a-versary so I HAVE to be on the phone for the next SIX HOURS. GAWD! So don’t forget to read this blog for the next SIX HOURS. Or NO tongue.

Before I began blogging, I read that most blogger don’t make it past three months.  And I KNOW that everything I read on the Internet is true so it IS a milestone.  Now, I was determined to reach the three month mark because I’m a goal-oriented, prideful person.  HOORAY!!  Character defects working in my FAVOR!!

For those first three weeks I thought: Why would anyone stop blogging? This is THE AWESOME.

And then around six weeks I thought: HOLY CRAP. April is REALLY FAR AWAY.

But today I looked up at the calendar this week and thought: WHOA! WE MADE IT!

So I thought that I would regale you with assorted stories of birthing my blog. But those stories were REALLY BORING. Instead, I’ll just give you big THANK YOU for reading and encouraging me.

And ONE FUN FACT as your thank you gift:

I picked the name of my blog after much hemming and hawing and going to this website A LOT. I finally settled on Late Enough (since Alex Rocks and Rump Shaker were taken). It is from a line in the Mary Oliver poem, “The Journey”. In honor of National Poetry Month and because I think that I am not in any copyright infringement, here it is in all it’s glory:

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

ยฉ Mary Oliver

Here’s to saving our lives, one blog post at a time.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

35 thoughts to “Three Months Of Wild Nights”

  1. Oh, that post right there had me jumping out of my chair, with a loud shout of “YES!”

    You totally get why I blog. That poem is getting printed up and put on my refrigerator.

    You are my soul sister.


    I didn't know about the 3 month thing, I'll have to mark that. OR about the website on name picking. I'll have to go there.
    So honored and blessed to have met you.

    And that is what makes the internet wonderful.

  2. I did not realize you were almost as new to blogging as I am. You certainly don't write like a novice. I did not know that three months was a key milestone – I have one more to go so hopefully I will make it too. Interesting to know how you picked the name for your blog too – I feel the same way regarding blogging and really wish I had started this whole adventure so much sooner – I enjoy giving my brain a much needed workout and the big bonus factor is gettting to meet other great bloggers like you. So here's to the next 3 months of you blogging, and the next, and the next…..

  3. love it….great job alex! (i hate it when i get sucked into blogs and then all of a sudden the person stops blogging…it's a big bummer…so THANK YOU!) i really enjoying reading your blog, which is both honest and entertaining. keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Heather (aka Katie's friend in SC)

  4. Wow, that poem is fabulous! I love that you picked your blog title from it. Also, congratulations on your three month anniversary. I have to look, because I think I'm right around that time, too. So good to know that this means we're in it for the long haul.

  5. Happy three month-a-versary! Mine is six-months old and still smacks of newbieness, unlike yours. It seems like youโ€™ve been doing this for ages. Kinda like the younger, more mature and prettier sister getting married first. Emphasis on kinda.

    Two more comments:
    1. This post made me laugh and cry. THAT is talent. You belong in the talk show circuit. On second thought, maybe not. Iโ€™m more likely to read you than watch you (nothing wrong with your face. That is NOT my point).
    2. I was SO going to post about the inspiration to my blog title, ALSO taken from a poem (you and I are more alike than we are different, except for the unibrow thing), which I planned to include, but doing that in honor of National Poetry Month is all you (which is a great idea โ€”can I copy that?) Now that youโ€™ve beaten me to the punch, I may have to rethink that strategy. But then again, most people write about their kids and pets too, so unless I decide to dedicate my blog to my pencil sharpener, I sโ€™pose similarities in content cannot be helped.

    OK, one more comment. That poem is achingly beautiful. I can see why you picked it. Hereโ€™s to many more months of saving lives โ€” yours and mine.

  6. I can't believe you've only been blogging for 3 months! You're like a pro! Thank you so much for writing (and also reading and commenting). I work from home and it's solitary and I don't laugh a whole lot, and then I click on your link and suddenly I am laughing all by myself in front of a computer screen. I check your blog more than I check the NYT or other news. I find your eyebrows and stairwells more interesting than what goes on outside. Thanks for that!!

  7. Happy, happy blogaversary! Here's to many, many more! I had no idea so many abandon their blogs after just a few months. So glad YOU have the stamina. It's so nice getting to know you through your writing!

  8. Thank you for blogging! It's so easy in the mommy world to start to lose the pieces of ourselves that feel vital and near electric. Your writing is. And for me, being a mom is a continual process of leaving behind the voices that tear at me, while hearing more and more clearly my own. Beautiful poem.

  9. Congratulations on the milestone! Every bit of encouragement helps, especially with all the noise on the net these days! Keep blogging, my friend! You're doing great…and thanks for not picking Rump Shaker. I wouldn't even know where to begin explaining why it's bookmarked…

  10. Wow. I love that little poem! Way to go with blogging. It is so addicting, isn't it? And such a great way to keep track of our days! : ) So glad I stumbled upon your blog today!

  11. The Rump Shaker comment made me laugh out loud, as is usual when reading your blog, here's to 3 MORE months, and many more! Oh, for whatever reason it won't go to my work email ๐Ÿ™

  12. Yay!! That poem has inspired so many of my life choices — I;m glad that it does the same for you!
    And hopefully the three month thing is right — or we'll just start a trend ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I'm so happy that we've met too! Later ss (soul sister)!

  13. Here's to your month and months and month, too! (and you better make it! don't let that AGING part get in the way ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And i totally wish that I had begun sooner. oh well… i guess we start when we start.

  14. That TOTALLY happened to me… and the guy has not posted on his blog in months and I'm DYING to know (or I was…now i've just about given up).
    Thanks for your encouragement!

  15. I had no idea how long you had been blogging. I sort of assume everyone has been blogging longer than me (unless I find a blog that says: This is my first post. Which I did last night.)
    And you can take ANY idea from here. I'm a firm believer in “imitation is the highest form of flattery.”(mark twain?) Which is good since I got the idea to celebrate national poetry month from jana (the comment below and found at
    Keep getting your bloggy on!!
    And I'm glad to hear we have much in common — although you are really missing out on the unibrow thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. thank you thank you thank you!!! I'm so happy that I make you laugh and that i outdo the NYT (should we let them know? because they may be wondering why their numbers are down ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you for reading, blogging, and commenting too. I really enjoy our cyber-friendship!

  17. Thank you so much!! And I could totally be starting a rumor on the three month thing BUT let's still be excited!!
    I'm glad that you have the stamina too ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Your comment speaks so much to my experience as well. Thank you for your encouragement and comments. I'm lucky to have readers like you!

  19. Congratulations! Three months is a milestone. In pregnancy terms, this is about the time you'd start to get over the nausea and exhaustion. Hmmm…works in blogger terms too, doesn't it?

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