Sunday Salon: Attack of the Busies

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I had no intentions of basically ignoring the book blogging world for the month of November! I hate that I find myself in this predicament more often lately. It was a combination of things this time. The majority of it was that darn old work again! Ever since I switched to just the one job full time, I have had such a hard time balancing work and life. I've always been great at this type of thing which makes this so frustrating. But it's a completely different type of work situation than I've had before, and it has really thrown me for a loop! Suffice it to say, not only have I not been blogging, I haven't been reading either! I have plans to catch up with work again and will try very hard to stay on top as much as I can, because this being behind thing is NO FUN!! Not only have I not been blogging or reading, but I haven't been commenting much either. Since I pared down the blogs I'm followed a while ago, it isn't sooo bad anymore, but I still have tons of posts to go back and comment on.

Another reason I haven't been reading, however, in the spare moments between work is that I picked up an old hobby of mine that I hadn't done in years. In fact, I realized it was a hobby that I spent a very large amount of time with years ago, but for about 5-6 years I didn't do it much. So when I re-discovered my hobby I became a little obsessed and think I made excuses to watch tons of tv so I could work on it more. (Counted cross-stitch for those wondering, and I am currently working on a Dickensian Christmas Carol kind of thing).

So anyway, back to the reading. I did have to have one blog tour date extended (A Train in Winter). I posted one blog tour this week. And I have a plethora of other books that I've been working on. I just recently finished the short memoir by Mindy Kaling (The Office), am trying to get through a bio on Charles Dickens (though it's likely going to be a DNF), and am periodically flipping through The Book of Holiday Awesome. The thing with reading slumps is that once I start to come back from it, I have no interest in reading any commitment/review books. I want to read only what interests me in the moment, and since I know I have obligations to tend to first, I do what I always do when I feel overwhelmed or anxious: avoid it. So then I read nothing at all. (!!) Guess I better shape up since I just agreed to four more blog tour dates, haha... three of those four are books I have really been wanting to read, so that will help.

So that's that, my monthly "why I'm not here" post. No exciting news in my life or anything like that. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and is anticipating the rest of the holiday season as much as I am!!


christina said...

I love cross stitching but haven't done it in YEARS! I even purchased a piece last year that I was excited about. LOL, it's still in storage.

Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and have given yourself a little reprieve from work.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

Good to see you back! I've been checking in. This time of year blogging slows down i think. Sounds like work is busy for you.
Cross stitch sounds like a fun way to relax and veg without too much brain power! Sounds like fun.

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

softdrink said...

This is why there's a Mark As Read button. Embrace it. :-D

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Okay, cross stitching is not something I know how to do, but I love the results!

It must be very relaxing, too, since your job sounds stressful.



Zibilee said...

I tend to do a lot of avoiding too, when I get overwhelmed by commitments and want to be stubborn in reading what I want to read. I am not happy to hear that the Dickens biography is not awesome, as that is my next read, and I had been hoping it would be stellar.

I know what it's like when life sucks you under and you don't have the time to do the things you once did. It's kind of frustrating, but eventually you will find an evenness and balance that works for you.

I hope you have a nice and relaxing Sunday!

reviewsbylola said...

It sucks getting behind on blogging. I am falling behind right now too!

Jenners said...

I love your post title …and I can relate to it as well. This time of year (regardless of work) is always hard. And there is nothing worse than having too many review obligations when you just want to read what you want. Ack.

And I tried counted cross stitch once. It was too much for me!

Booksnyc said...

I totally understand re: the work/life balance issue - I struggle with that too. Hang in there - you will find the balance that works best for you soon.

counted Cross stich - I have many half finished pieces in a drawer somewhere - my enthusiasm never seems to last long enough to finish the project! Glad to hear you are more successful at it!

bermudaonion said...

I haven't cross stitched in years either, but I was never very good at it. You should post photos of the finished product.

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