Tales From A Hungry Life

April 6, 2016

Happy 6th Anniversary to Me

by Maria Schulz

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my blog and I are celebrating 6 years together.


When I wrote my very first blog, I had the paralyzing fear that my words would be read by NOBODY. Or, even worse yet…EVERYBODY. I wasn’t sure anyone would be the least bit interested in what I had to say, but I hit “publish” anyway. You know what? Nobody didn’t show. Neither did Everybody. But Somebody came regularly.

Once I wrote that first blog post, the words just came tumbling out. I found that it was a thrill writing something that people actually read and commented on. Some comments I could live without, but most comments showed that I was not, in fact, shouting down a big black well. I spoke, and someone heard me. How cool is that?

The Flying Nun

You like me! You really like me!

Over the last six years, I’ve covered a wide range of topics that let me talk about everything from the sweet and sentimental to the serious and zany. These include:

My Book Reading


Extra! Extra! Read all about it

What I Learned in Catholic School


What it takes to live 100+ years

Multiple Choice Tests for Parents

James Garner


What a smile

My grandmother’s house and eggs in a basket 

Must-Read Books


The Dead Celeb Blog

The Trouble With Girls


You’ve got to laugh

My book: Tales From a Hungry Life: A Memoir with Recipes

Tales From A Hungry Life A Memoir with Recipes cover

Now available on amazon.com

In some ways, my blog has been like a partner in a long-term relationship. There were the early days, when I just couldn’t wait to see it again. There was a rush whenever I sat down to write, because everything was new and there was so much to learn about each other.

Bloggie and I saw each other as much as we could. Sometimes, I couldn’t wait to post again. There would be two posts in a week! Eight posts in a month! There could never be enough time spent in each other’s company.

couple running towards each other

At last

Now, six years later, things have changed. Oh, I still love my blog…but if I post once every six weeks, that’s okay too. The early rush I had from sitting down and posting something has faded. I think my blog senses it too.

So, now that I’m in my sixth year…and the seven-year-itch is just one anniversary away…I’m rededicating myself to my blog. For awhile, I would post every Wednesday like a religion. But life, work, and sheer exhaustion took over.

student sleeping at desk

Too tired to blog

There have been times that I also wondered if anyone would really care if this blog just stopped showing up. Who needs to know what I think of marriage? Holidays? School tests? Crazy kids? Scary movies? Books? Bike riding? James Garner? (but that’s just silly. Who doesn’t want to hear about James Garner?)



I’m not going to renew my vows with my blog. That would be so Hollywood, and besides, every celebrity couple that does that ends up divorced within a year. No, instead, I’ll make a promise to myself to write more, read more, and build up my blogging relationship again. It’s one that’s made me happy over the years, and I still think it’s worth the effort.

Besides, it’s gotten me in touch with so many wonderful people. Old friends and new friends, people just passing by and others in it for the long haul. I’m grateful to all of you, and hope that my blog and I can keep making your days a little bit more amusing in the years to come.

In the meantime…does anyone have any ideas for what I can write about next week?


7 Days of Super Healthy Dinners


Besides trying to write my blog, create new chapters for Book #2, work a full-time job, exercise, be a parent and spouse, and strive for world peace, I’ve set out to eat better. These 7 meals seem like a good addition to my routine, which is already starting to get old. There are just so many ways you can eat greens before you go stark raving mad and head screaming out the door to White Castle for a sack o’20 murder burgers, a big thick chocolate shake, onion rings, and enough French fries to choke a horse.


You like me! You really like me!

So, Hungry Lifers…what are your suggestions for keeping the passion alive in your hobbies? Do you have any ideas for future blog posts you’d like me to tackle? No, really…any ideas? Please leave a comment and let us all know. My blog and I thank you!



  1. I would like to wish you and Bloggie a very happy anniversary. I remember the day I found out about the two of you. I was so excited to watch this relationship!

    Comment by Suzanne — April 6, 2016 @ 7:19 am | Reply

    • Thanks Suzanne! I remember the day I told you about my blog too. I didn’t realize what a great friend I was about to make. Thank you for being a great cheerleader for these past 6 years.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 6, 2016 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  2. Happy Anniversary! What’s that old saying, Wow time flies when you’re having fun! That’s what happened here. I enjoy your blogs immensely. They have made me laugh and cry all at the same time. Keep it up, you wouldn’t be you if you didn’t. Oh here’s another saying for you, Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your inspiration for another blog will come along very shortly. Gee Maria, I think I should work for a fortune cookie factory. Love you!

    Comment by Kathleen — April 6, 2016 @ 7:57 am | Reply

    • Oooohhhhh fortune cookies! Sign me up. I can always count on you Kathie. Thanks for believing in me. Love you too. PS I still need ideas!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 6, 2016 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  3. Happy Anniversary! I hope you continue to be inspired to write so I may continue to read!

    Comment by Christine — April 6, 2016 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  4. We’re excited to read more! I’m actually just starting a little project called “Look What I Made Today!” For a month, every day I’m going to try to make something from scratch…food, a crafts project, a card to send to someone…just to get that rush I always felt as a kid when I could say, “I made it myself!” I’ll post it on Butterscotch Blastoff and see what comes of it. If nothing else, I’ll have proven that I can stick to something for 30 days…something I’m not very good at.

    Comment by Beth Goehring — April 6, 2016 @ 11:21 am | Reply

    • I love that idea! Too bad I’m not crafty. Although it is National Poetry month…maybe I can craft a poem! Thanks for the inspiration as always.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 6, 2016 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  5. I think it is great that you have some love left for this relationship but I mean so public about it? Gary might be a bit annoyed knowing he’s had to share this love. Ah well, you kids are always so headstrong. BTW at my age everybody is a kid except those older and they are very few. Jim Garner has passed and when he did he didn’t exactly look like those pictures you posted which reminded me of what I have done recently and the response. I posted me holding you mother in my arms. We were in Miami on our honeymoon, smiling with palm trees in the background and both in our bathing suits. To a man and woman they say “She’s beautiful.” then in amazement with great surprise “Is this you?”. Looking back to the picture and then to me they say “You WERE gook looking. I can’t believe it!”. Of course it goes without saying this is when I feel akin to James Garner but at least I am still alive. Keep posting, love it!!!

    Comment by bglou — April 6, 2016 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • Gary knows he’s got nothing to worry about. Neither do you. James Garner was my Hollywood crush. You had them too! By the way, you look the same to me. Remember to say that to me as well. And Mom was gorgeous! Thanks for being my original fan.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 6, 2016 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  6. Happy anniversary!! I’m looking forward to more!! Hmm. Will try to think about new topics for you to write about!! How about how there are just too many shows to watch on tv and how you can’t get anything important accomplished??!! Haha. That’s the story of my life!! Hahaha!! Here’s to another six years of entertainment!!

    Comment by Paula — April 6, 2016 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

    • There are so many shows I want to watch but not enough hours in the day. When my book becomes a sitcom, make sure you watch it! But why am I telling you this–I know you will!

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — April 6, 2016 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

  7. Congratulations, Maria! Six years of consistent blogging is very impressive. Your writing always makes me smile – keep doing what you do!

    Comment by lisasafran — April 12, 2016 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

  8. Maria I am so glad that you are keeping the spark alive between you and your blog. It is a testament to the two of you in this day and age to be together for so long. And if there is another reason for you two to continue the relationship, think of the children, all the readers who look forward to the two of you coming into the home and being there for us. Keep it going, Tony

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — April 13, 2016 @ 8:51 am | Reply

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