*** Many many thanks to Jo the Turtle for making me Sidurgu’s wifey in Eorzea with this lovely art commission! 🙂 ***
My oh my does a year fly by.
In its HUMBLE HUMBLE beginnings? Pizzamaid.moe started as a blog for me to document what I thought would be an ugly year in my lifespan: 30 years old. In some respects I viewed turning 30 as a…. trimester life crisis. Some men buy sports cars, I bought a domain to attach to a free WordPress site. I figured that Pizzamaid would serve as a site where I could document my growing pains, sore joints, and in some crazy kind of way become a sister site to WebMD’s symptoms checklist. To me? I feared that 30 would be the year I had to give away childlike, jovial lifestyle and start adulting.
Now mind you in years’ past? I was never successful with starting a blog and keeping at it. It was normally a solid two weeks’ of posts, and then it flew away into the Internet abyss. I had a nagging fear in the back of my mind that Pizzamaid.moe would be no exception.
Rue fuckin’ proved me wrong though, in true HMIC fashion. I should’ve known.
Now? As this blog celebrates it’s first birthday / anniversary I’m nearing the age of 31. And if you had told me that I’d feel younger, be happier, and enjoy life on MY TERMS? Hah… I would’ve called you crazy 365 days ago. Here I am though, living in the countryside of beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania (or Gridania whichever you prefer calling it) enjoying a warm cup of coffee, periodically texting the love of my life, feeling my hand weighed down as I’m typing thanks to Sam’s Voltron promise ring, hearing the sounds of my family members retreat to their respected rooms to relax for the evening, and life? Life is peaceful. I couldn’t dream of life being any better than it is now.
As I type this I wonder what changed the course of events in my life from last May to today. Of course a very integral part is in thanks to my family, and Sam. They’ve been my pillars of foundation for as long as I’ve been breathing. And Sam? Well I feel as if I’ve been with him all my life so for that reason I throw him into the mix.
I think of the shoulder I’ve always been able to cry on for the last two decades, Riss Vandal. Even now that we’re 13 hours apart with an ocean between us we can still pick up right where we left off and if I should ever need an ear to listen or advice to turn to? She’s my go to hetero life mate. Plus? She cosplayed as Rue. THAT’S SOME SERIOUS DEDICATION.
I think of Sushi, and the friendship that’s blossomed between us over the course of the last two years. Yes folks LOVE SIMS DO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. Much like Riss, Sushi is an eternal partner-in-crime for life, and Smasshy and Sab too. MY FC mates have grown to become an extension of family, and my Twitter mates from the corners of FFXIV to otomes? Oh my gosh each day everyone’s details on life and philsophy in 140 characters or less keeps me going. For once? Social media done right.
But truly? A very big reason I am happier today is because of YOU, the reader. In the span of a year the #BelEffect in its pure essence opened up my eyes to unchartered waters in the realm of the blogging / gaming community. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure of reading, commenting, chatting and even forging friendships with some amazing and talented individuals. Some as close as states away, to friendships with amazing individuals in Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, EVEN FREAKIN’ JAPAN. No words could ever truly express how thankful I am that you somehow wound up finding your way to this blog, and watch a woman portraying herself as a catgirl maid talk about digital dragon husbandos as if I’m in the courting phase of marriage. Let the record show though I certainly am in that courting phase and am but mere steps away to making him mine, but that’s a story for another day. 🙂
Seriously though, thank you. Thank you for the strength, courage, confidence and happiness that had been absent from my life for close to ten years. Thank you for taking my anecdotes of in game adventures and sharing yours as well. I don’t feel so alone in this big ol’ world now. Thank you for giving this catgirl maid a chance. I tip my apron to you.
Cheers. Here’s to an amazing 1st Blogiversary, and I hope many many more.
Alisha Rue, Head Maid In Charge