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Monday, February 22, 2010

I've Been a Bad, Bad Blogger...

But I have loads of reasons (and by 'reasons', I mean 'excuses') why. Part of it is that this winter is absolutely kicking my butt! I think I might have a case of that S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) thing. 'Cause winter's a season (and a half this year!), I'm affected (and afflicted, as Ryan points out regularly) and I'm reasonably sure I have a couple of as yet undiagnosed disorders. Honestly, though, I've been in true hibernation-mode... I have no energy, I'm eating everything in sight, and I'm ready for bed at 8:00 every night (which is a problem, as I have to tuck Ryan in and she doesn't go to bed 'til 9:00. I tried to change her bedtime... pffftttt. Rotten child).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know I'm fat and sleepy, but alive. I am making plans to get moving ('planning' counts as industrious, right?) and I have forced myself to get out and do some things, even though all I want to do is lie on the couch and eat chocolate. I joined a new book club, as the men in my man-book club kept picking the most BORING books (and by 'BORING books', I mean 'books meant for people far smarter than I am') and I just couldn't stand it anymore. This club is wonderful... it's full of smart, funny, very cool women (who can all cook!). We read The Help by Kathryn Stockett for this month's get-together and it was fantastic! I highly recommend it!

Ironwoman had a great idea to do a mother/daughter book club, too. Our girls are the same age and they, as well as a few of their friends, read at the same level (around 11th grade), so we're excited about the sorts of books we can choose to read together and discuss. We're trying to sort out our first meeting for two weeks from now, as one of the local high schools is doing a dramatic production of Little Women and we thought we could read it, see it, and discuss it.

Summer plans are coming together, too. It looks like I'll be coaching the morning practices for our swim team, which I'm excited about. This will be the first year we've gotten to do morning practices and it'll free up my summer evenings for some fun stuff. Then Ironwoman and I are doing a week-long running clinic for girls (10-12 years old), based on a 'Girl Power!' theme, which I'm also very excited about. I'm also going to help her with a kid's triathlete clinic she wants to do. And... I'm organizing a week-long creative writing clinic for kids (9-11 years old), a couple of adult writing classes, and possibly some resume writing seminars, too. So summer will be busy!

So, regardless of all that industry, I'm sorry for being such a bad, bad blogger. I haven't been reading any blogs, as I have this weird thing where if I'm not writing, I don't allow myself to read either. I don't know why, really. If I did, I'd probably feel more inspired. I suppose it's a form of self-punishment (which I'm very good at). I will try to get 'round to everyone this week!

Oh, and thank you so much for all the wonderful, encouraging comments about my 45/45 Challenge!! They were all appreciated! I have started making little dents in the challenges that will run over the course of the year (like getting rid of one thing every day) and I'll be updating you periodically. And for the people who asked about my tattoo, I'm getting a small one on the inside of my right wrist (easily covered up but in a place I can see it)... it'll be a small compass, pointing to my 'true north', so that if I ever lose my way again, it's right there to remind me.

And that's all for now, my bloggy loves! I'll be 'round to see you soon!! XOXO

14 comments:

Lorna said...

If you ask me (and you didn't) your current restive state is preparing you for your busy upcoming summer! You wore me out completely just reading about it. Must go make a cup of tea and then lie down...Enjoy your down time while it lasts!

blognut said...

Yay! You posted!

Heh. Not that I didn't already know what you were up to, it's just nice to see you writing. :)

I tend to agree with Lorna, that you are just storing up energy for your very busy summer, and I'm ten kinds of proud of you for organizing all that stuff you have planned. You are going to rock the house. (Heh... I should really never say that, should I? I sounded like a dork.)

xo

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

Boy, do I hear you on that "hibernating" thing! I've been fighting a whole lot of that myself! Good luck with the motivation, I think we're BOTH going to need it!

Blarney said...

Funny ~ I just posted similar. Glad to hear motivation and winter blahs aren't just here.

Lee said...

SAD or FB? ;-)

She said...

You're allowed! ;-)

And I'm so proud of you and your challenge and all you've got planned. I really do wish you'd come visit here cuz, I have to say, the weather is perfect for all your outdoorsy stuff, and you'd inspire me to get out of this coffee house where I'm glued to a chair writing papers!

ILY

Debbie(single;complicated) said...

love hearing everything going on. I forget..until I am reminded, that we both do swim over the summer:)! I got to know that about you when I first started following you...one of many things we seem to share. I like the idea of the mother/daughter book club.

Emmy said...

We'll be knocking out your Zumba class tomorrow and the hints of spring will get us back into training for the 5K!

Marla said...

I was wondering where you were. Glad to hear the latest. Get some rest and have a cookie.

Sometimes Sophia said...

Thanks for the update. Winter will be gone soon enough, and all those new activities are a lot to look forward to. Read The Help, too. Thought it was excellent.

slommler said...

Spring is coming!! Spring is coming! I keep telling myself that so I can ignore the snow!! LOL!! Sounds like you are going to have one big summer. Very ambitious! I got my tattoo this year!! First one. I got it around my left ankle. A string of flowers and vines with a butterfly hovering over a rose. Very cool!! Good luck on yours!
Hugs
SueAnn

Sue Jackson said...

Hi -

I discovered your blog through Lori's What's After 29? blog. She's become a close friend of mine, even though we've never met in person!

Looks like we have a few things in common. I love to read and belong to a couple of book groups. Your new group sounds great- The Help is one of the best books I've read in years! I reviewed it on my book blog last year (www.bookbybook.blogspot.com), though I'm currently on hiatus from that blog.

I'm still maintaining my blog for reviews of kids/teens books, though which you might enjoy, especially if you start a mother-daughter book group which sounds like a lot of fun! I have two sons, ages 12 and 15, who have no interest in book discussions (though they enjoy reading). Oh, it's at www.greatbooksforkidsandteens.com.

Good luck on your 45/45 challenge - sounds like fun! I'll go check out your list...

Nice to meet you!

Sue

Jenners said...

I relate to everything you said ... except for being a bad blogger! : )

injaynesworld said...

I loved The Help. Favorite book of last year. A mother/daughter book club sounds like so much fun. Hope the kids go for it. Best of luck on all the challenges you've set for yourself. I'm sure your energy will be returning in no time.

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