The month is halfway over and I realized this morning that I’ve only written one blog post this month. I even missed my favorite post of the month, my “book report.” For some odd reason, I’ve always found it slightly annoying when bloggers write about why they haven’t posted anything lately. Yet, today, I felt like I needed to check in and explain the reasons for the silence around here. First, we’ve been passing sickness around our house. From doctor’s appointments to checking on fevers to picking up used tissues around the house, the physical and emotional margin for writing disappears when I’m acting as caregiver. (It’s times like this that I have so much respect for bloggers who are able to post EVERY.SINGLE.DAY) Second, I had a big project last week and I needed to focus all my energy on it. Third, for the past few weeks I’ve felt like there has just been too much noise in the social media world and I sort of wanted to withdrawal from all of it, even the good stuff.
On Tuesday of this week, I was already completely exhausted and drained. Knowing I still had the rest of the week ahead of me made me want to cry. So, we went into emergency mode and declared “Friday on a Tuesday.” After the kids went to bed, my husband and I stayed up way too late eating snacks and watching TV (something we only generally do on Friday, because we’re old and trying to be responsible during the week). Even though we had less sleep that night, somehow we woke up feeling refreshed. I’m starting to believe that sometimes downtime is just as important as actual sleeping.
Anyway, I think I’m through the worst of it now. So, as a catch up, I thought we could just have a fun chat today and I’ll tell you a few things I’ve been into lately. I’m going to call these things my “therapy” time, or what’s been “saving” my life lately.
Downton Abbey – I’m so late to the game on this one (!) but I’ve finally discovered the wonderful world at Downton and I’m completely hooked. I haven’t been committed to a show in a long time so it feels really good to want to binge watch something again. Of course, I always drink tea when I watch it.
What Should I Read Next podcast – it’s been a special week at WSIRN, the entire week is devoted to young readers and young-at-heart readers and all sorts of fun stuff about children’s literature. My podcast worlds collide today when my other favorite podcaster, Gretchen Rubin, is on the show. So much fun!
“Girl Waits with Gun” and “Lady Cop Makes Trouble” by Amy Stewart – during this emotionally draining season, you have no idea how thankful I’ve been to dive into this delightful series.
What have you been into lately? Please share in the comments!