Baby Got Back
Wow! I absolutely cannot believe I published my last post in September! It feels so good to be back plinking away on the keyboard again – my last computer died out on me not long after October began, cheating me out of so many amazing reading and blogging challenges and writing. I’ve really missed connecting with you, lovely readers, and I am so happy to announce that I’m back – maybe even with a vengeance…
What have I been doing without blogging – or a computer in general – in my life? Well, I’m glad you asked! While I sorely missed The Caramel Files and visiting y’all’s blogs regularly, I think it was actually a good thing for me to have a nice break from riding the computer. A self-confessed computer junkie, being without a laptop enabled me to actually get some reading done in good time as well as other stuff that I needed to be doing, such as reflecting on just how much screen time I had been logging.
I couldn’t bear to blog on my iPhone or even on my Kindle – I peck at the keys on both and it would have taken me forever to draft posts, plus, I was too lazy to figure out how to add graphics to my writings on either device. Therefore, I was basically forced into an unannounced blogging – and Twitter – hiatus. While I did pop up on social media intermittently throughout my days without a computer, I feel like I dropped off the Web for quite a while.
Like I said, I did need the break, even though it was not exactly my idea. I spent more time playing with my baby boys; I did not recognize before just how much time I spent behind the screen with them in my presence. Now, I type as they are sound asleep and I vow to continue blogging and socializing on the ‘net after hours. I feel like I became a better, much more attentive mother. I had feared before my last laptop blew that I was semi-neglecting my angels, merely by passing the time typing away. Now that I have been weaned from having my fingers on the keys so often, I feel like a new, much more present person.
As far as reading goes, I did miss out on a Halloween challenge, which I was really looking forward to, as well as a few others that cropped up along the way. Sure, I could have participated in the challenges while computer-less, but I just could not bring myself to do it – doing so just did not feel right without blogging along and cheering on with fellow challengers.
Of course, I got concerned a few times that loyal readers would assume I had just quit blogging without notice; looking back, I could have possibly brought myself to announce my hiatus via iPhone or Kindle, but I just did not have the heart to do so. Luckily, I am part of three AMAZING Twitter groups – two comment pods and a bloggers’ group complete with its own Twitter account – where I did update my fellow members sporadically regarding my absence. I have missed being part of my groups so very much and I am so thrilled to be able to join my Twitter and Goodreads pals once more!
Back to my reading ventures while offline, I read or listened to eight books during October and the start of November, which is pretty much unheard of for me. While half the books I read are graphic novels, they still totally count! First, I listened to a full-cast performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, which was acted out beautifully, although I had no clue what was going on! Had I not read the play in high school, I would have been incredibly lost – the language of the Bard can be quite confusing!
Next, I went on my graphic novel binge, beginning with Noelle Stevenson’s Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy. My first book by Stevenson, I found Lumberjanes to be quite endearing and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I must say that I am confused as to why my library’s online catalog only contains volume four; I suppose that fact shall remain a mystery.
Following the adorable Girl Scout-y book, I dove headfirst with much anticipation into Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls, Vol. 3. I love this series so very much and I’m dying for volume four’s release in April!
Rounding up my graphic novel fun, I blew through the genius Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm Before as well as Vol. 8: Made to Suffer. As I read through the Walking Dead books, I never cease to be amazed at just how different they are from the TV adaptation, which is a good thing for me, as I had to stop watching the show on account of it getting a bit too silly for my taste after the cannibal season.
As a total departure from the graphics, I then read Kasie West’s cute, if predictable, P.S. I Like You. I adore West’s fluff, despite her sort of run-of-the-mill story lines. West’s stuff is best read when in need of something cute and light, which I needed after the drama of the two The Walking Dead volumes I perused.
Sadly, I was hideously disappointed in A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Without giving away too much – as I want to write a review soon – the book started out by sucking me in, with me begging for more story, before turning into a debacle reminiscent of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. While I did admittedly really enjoy the first two books in Meyer’s series, I did not need to read them again in a different form.
After my disgust with A Discovery of Witches, I returned to light reading with the fun cozy mystery, Murder Past Due, by Miranda James. The first in her Cat in the Stacks series, I’m so looking forward to reading the remaining five tales. I’m so glad to have discovered that I love the cozy mystery – the genre features such quick and fun reads and I can’t think of meeting one I have not enjoyed immensely thus far.
In real life news, my husband and I have decided to move with our boys to a bigger city near Nashville. I’m so super stoked about the new adventure awaiting our little family, but it will be bittersweet. I did, after all, finally find a job I absolutely adore – as a therapist at my small hometown’s community mental health center – just in July. Although I will not be vacating my position until possibly late January or even February, I am already dreading bidding my clients – and coworkers – farewell.
For the first time in a long while, I’m working with people whom I genuinely like and respect. As a social worker, I have found myself in a few dead end jobs, not necessarily due to the nature of the work, but because of my difficulty with former bosses in particular. I squalled like a newborn baby when I broke the news to my current boss about our imminent move and I know I’ll cry my head off again if I am subjected to a going away party my last day. I’m one of those people who would really like to slip off into the night, avoiding goodbyes altogether, but I know that is not the right thing to do. Everyone will just have to put up with my sniffling and tears.
For Halloween, my oldest baby boy was a scarecrow, or, more accurately, No Noggin from the Curious George Halloween Special! Here he is in all of his spooky glory!
He got brave and trick-or-treated at a few houses, but the entire week before Halloween, he swore he would not go trick-or-treating because he was afraid he would scare someone! I had plans to dress my itty bitty as a monkey, but decided he would burn up in his furry costume – he is hot-natured like his daddy!
Now, on to looking forward to Thanksgiving and my birthday on the 25th! I find it wild how fast the end of the year flies by – at least for me. Perhaps it seems to pass so quickly because of the multitude of holidays? Hmm… On the other hand, the first of the year feels like it slugs by in my eyes. What do y’all think about the passing of time? I’m suddenly curious…
Whew! That was a bit long-winded and WAY overdue! Y’all can probably tell how ecstatic I am to be back at it on the blog! Now, I just need to get back to Hardcover Haven with Claire and Lila – we co-blog there. It is the blog formerly known as The Bookkeeper’s Secrets and I adore collaborating with my girls; look for me there too soon!