Show-and-Tell Sunday: The Week That Was

Monday was exceptionally Monday-ish,


Tuesday was unproductive for different reasons, but our CEO took the agency’s Leadership Team to lunch, and at least we got out of the office and the food we good.

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This was an appetizer. I’d have been fine with it all by itself!


Wednesday was a day for catching up from Monday and Tuesday. Thursday was broken up by meetings. 

On Friday, I assigned some work to the new staff member who started in our office two weeks ago, and I was pleased to learn that I can finally share my month-end closing responsibilities! One reason I’ve been too hands-on with too much at work is that I haven’t really had anyone reporting to me with the background to take on some of my tasks without A LOT of training–and yes, training is part of my job as a supervisor, but I’m better at it when my trainee is not a total beginner. Now that I have someone qualified, I may find letting some things go is easier than I expected.

My mother-in-law is visiting for the weekend–we’re decorating for Christmas and celebrating Spencer’s 16th birthday.

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The tree awaits its finery. (Spoiler: it’ll be OK, but not especially “fine”)



I think the combination of work stress, holiday preparations, and a lot of face time with people this week caught up to me yesterday. I took an after-dinner, before-bed nap…and I do not regret it. Sure, I was awake later than usual after I actually went to bed, but that second wind let me make a huge dent in my Feedly backlog and start drafting this post.



Reading, ‘Riting, Thinking


It’s been a terrible week for reading with my eyes, but a good one for audiobooks. Right now I’m thinking that after today’s tree decorating is done, I’d love to be able to do some review writing, but I’ll see if I still feel that way when the time comes.

There are a few topics for #AMonthofFaves that I’d like to respond to–even though it’s nearly half over and I’ll get the days all wrong–and I hope to get some of those posts written up this week. On a related note, I’m starting to think about my Year in Review and Books of the Year wrap-up posts, but as has been my habit for a few years now, I probably won’t actually publish any of those till after January 1st.

I’m thinking about dumping book ratings next year. I haven’t included them in my last few reviews.

And some of you know I’ve been thinking about this for well over a year, but I may finally be ready to move from “thinking” to “planning” on moving the blog to self-hosted WordPress sometime between now and my ninth blogiversary on March 16, 2016. (Getting on record with a target date seems like the logical next step in the process, doesn’t it?)

What’s on your mind–and your agenda–today?


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15 comments

  1. I find that at this time of year I have to dump all my expectations and “go with the flow” as much as possible. I try to identify the most important things to do each day, and if I get those done I’m happy. Reading is always on that list, because it makes me feel better in so many ways!

  2. As you probably know, and if you don’t know, I am a strong advocate of naps. I’ve learned to go with it, when I need it. It almost always helps – unless it’s too long…and yay for going self-hosted! Good luck and if you need any help, let me know, but it’s pretty straightforward, especially I’m thinking for a seasoned blogging pro like yourself. I’ll look forward to seeing your “Best of” posts even if I have to wait until after the New Year. I’ll be doing mine before as is my habit. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the offer to help with the move! I think I’m going to enlist someone who knows what they’re doing to handle most of the task–I suspect it’ll be well worth whatever it costs, and I’m excited about the new possibilities! I’ll look forward to your year-end posts too, especially if you’re adding infographics this year :-).

  3. After having been a non-bogger for years (!!) I just moved all my three blogs to self hosting WP. I am still moving things around, trying this colour or that, but I am also trying to get back into blogging. I see many that I remember from years ago, and that makes me want to get into it again. It is not that I haven’t read any books. Just not had the mind for blogging I guess. But moving to self hosting has been a step in the right direction 🙂

  4. I moved this holiday season so I know the distractions of trying to get things done. My tree is up and lit, but I didn’t manage to bring the ornament tote out of the storage unit. Oh well… I’ve been toying with the idea of moving to WordPress as well but really have no idea how to start!

  5. I would love to hear how the move to self-hosting works for you. I would love to go that route, but fear the learning curve is too high 🙁

    I’m glad you finally have some qualified help at the office!

    1. I’m hoping to pay someone to handle most of the move, to be honest, but I’m more worried about the price being too high! I actually have some WordPress experience as a contributor to other sites, so I’m less worried about the learning curve. And “yay!” for making good new hires :-).

  6. I haven’t gotten much reading done either. I could have listened to an audio while I baked today but chose to have the football game on the background instead.

    Yay on getting a new employee who’s qualified!

  7. I stopped using ratings a few years ago. I just hope people can figure out what I liked and didn’t like about a book or movie from my post. I too will likely make the move to wordpress sometime in 2016.

    1. I know we’ve talked about making the jump to WP, and I’m glad we’ll probably be making it together! As far as ratings go, I’ll probably still keep them on LibraryThing, but I may drop them here–after all those words about a book, I’m not sure I want to reduce it down to a 5-point scale any more.