I’m continuing my Mid-Year Check-In with a short-attention-span set of updates. If there are any unifying themes here, it’s not necessarily by design.
I was winding down a week off from work when I drafted this. We had planned a few days away but called off the trip earlier this month so we could focus on arranging for Paul’s mom’s upcoming move into assisted living. On my third day off, I got news from across the country that my uncle had passed away.(This link is to my sister’s sporadically active and virtually unknown blog.) Uncle Peter was diagnosed with leukemia late last year and had gone into hospice at home less than a week before he died. Overall, I can’t say it was one of the better vacation weeks I’ve had.
Related: Sometimes a staycation is just not quite enough.
It was enough for a nice mani/pedi, though. I usually get gel manicures since I tend to be hard on nail polish, but I forgot to specify that this time. It’s not holding up too badly so far, though.
I’m thinking I should think about doing that more often.
Earlier this year my stepson introduced us to Jackbox Party Pack, a collection of group-participation video games. We play them on the TV using our iPhones as controllers. There are four editions (so far), and all the games require little to no “gamer” skills, which meets my basic video-game requirements. My favorite is Fibbage (trivia + bluffing), but we play Bidiots (Pictionary meets art auction) a lot too.
Back when I was a more consistent blogger, I usually prepared my week’s worth of blog posts on the weekend. Last year, more often than not, that weekend time was allotted to work; numbers took over from writing. I’m not working much on weekends now, but I haven’t been blogging either–you may have noticed. I haven’t been too bothered by the break, in all honesty–I’ve been reading, seeing movies, hanging out and goofing off–but I’m ready to figure out where blogging time fits in again.
Three Reasons To Make Time to Blog
Many of my favorite people and dearest friends live in the computer, and I miss them you!
Blogging doesn’t prove it happened., but it sure helps you remember whether it did. Especially when it wasn’t something you could photograph. (If it was, Instagram is a good substitute.)
I started this blog as a way to track and remember the books I read. I feel like I’ve been having a decent reading year, but I don’t have the record to back it up. Most of my 2017 reading is a blur now, and I don’t want 2018 to go down that same path.
I think I’ve finally found a book-related podcast I’ll stick with! For Real is a Book Riot podcast focused on nonfiction, which is where the books that most excite me these days seem to come from. It’s fun, smart, and co-hosted by my book-blogging BFF and three-time Book Expo roommate Kim Ukura, so I’m excited to support it.
Bookkeeping: The Reading Year in Review (Without Reviews) Contributing to Shelf Awareness taught me how to craft a concise, structured book review. I’ve never really mastered the “bite-size” capsule book discussion, though–not on LibraryThing or Goodreads, not on Instagram or Litsy, and definitely not here. My book posts here tend to skew high on the word-count side. I’d like to think I write long reviews because I read books that give me lots to think and talk […]
Forgive me, Readers, for I have deserted my post (no pun intended!). My last post here was in February–I missed an entire season of blogging (and this site’s 11th birthday on March 16). Despite my frequent and prolonged absences from this space, I still identify as a blogger. I’ve been struggling with frequent feelings of disconnection and unsettledness. I’m pretty sure one of the causes is that my actions and identity haven’t exactly been in sync. […]
I’m re-approaching my reading habits… …because we all know what it means when you keep doing the same thing expecting different results. Many of us have been through a reading slump or two (or 25), but the last year or so has felt different. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find books that interested me. It was more a matter of time and energy–that is, not having either–that made it hard to invest in any books I […]
Forgive me for my absence, Reader, for I have forsaken you. It has been three weeks since my last blog post. (I did tell you up front that this back-to-blogging thing might not be terribly consistent for a bit, didn’t I?) Reading, ‘Riting…and Not a Lot of Either I’m still working my way through Big Little Lies in print. When I get a block of time to spend with it I move right along, but those […]
This Week…Today I really want to try to get a post up at the beginning of each week, either sometime on Sunday or first thing Monday. Don’t be surprised if it’s the only post that makes it some weeks–because I won’t be!–but I really like the weekly look back/look ahead so many of us do on weekends. Books Report: Recent Reading Audiobooks: In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem and Fun in the Sandbox by […]
I keep thinking of 2017 as The Year That Disappeared. To be honest, though, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. It was a year that mostly disappeared from the blog (18 posts in 365 days!), but some of it’s on Instagram. On a personal level, the highs points of 2017 were pretty darn high: I stepped up into a new high-level role at work. Paul and I spent 12 amazing days in Italy. We appreciated […]
I wasn’t sure I wanted to ACCEPT my One Word for 2018, I’ve never needed to be in recovery, but the Serenity Prayer has always resonated with me: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference I’ve always felt like the key here is the third line, but in pondering my One Word I was drawn to the […]
Turn the key. No response from the engine. — Dead battery? Probably. This baby’s been sitting idle for quite awhile. Do we still have jumper cables or should I call Triple A? …OK, it’s charging, but it may be a little while before we can actually go anywhere. This is post #2500 on The 3 R’s Blog. (Post #2499 went up on August 8, 2017. Post #2500 is the first one I’m writing on the […]
I don’t usually do the “bite-sized book reviews” thing here. But after four months away, it’s probably the most efficient way to catch up! I’m updating my 2017 Book Review Index and reading record with these collected mini-reviews. Granted, I didn’t do a TON of reading while I was gone. However, I did read too many books to write individual posts about each one. I don’t have the time–or quite frankly, the memory of some of […]
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.The Devil and Webster Written by Jean Hanff Korelitz Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 21st 2017 ISBN: 9781455592388 Genres: Fiction, Literary, Contemporary Women, Family Life Format: ARC Pages: 368 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel […]
Four months is a long time for a blogger not to blog. In my case, it was absolutely one of those “life got in the way” intervals in a blogger’s life. True confession: Sometimes it felt liberating just to do things without mentally narrating or critiquing them in preparation for a blog post. That said, here’s a brief accounting of some of what I did while I wasn’t blogging. While I Wasn’t Blogging… I worked. […]
Hey there! Remember me? I blogged here for ten years. Back in March, I put up a tenth-anniversary post. And then I did a disappearing act. I suggested something like that might happen when I took on a new role at work almost six months ago, but I honestly didn’t think it would be to this extent! As of last week, that new role is no longer “interim,” but official. (Time to update the ol’ LinkedIn […]
I received this book for review consideration from the publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers. All opinions are my own.Setting Free the Kites Written by Alex George Published by Penguin on February 21st 2017 ISBN: 9780399162107 Genres: Fiction, Literary Format: ARC Pages: 336 Source: publisher, via Shelf Awareness for Readers From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences […]
THE 3 R’s BLOG turned ten years old on March 16th! I missed posting that day, but I couldn’t let that milestone go by with no comment whatsoever. When I started this thing, all I intended to do was set up a place to record my thoughts about the books I read. By early 2007, more and more websites were incorporating, or morphing into, blogs. It looked easy enough to start one, and a reading journal […]