June 7, 2009

Unintentional Bloggy Break

Yes, I'm still here! It's been over two weeks since my last post. Yikes! This is definitely the longest bloggy break I've taken without some sort of an announcement. I hope you haven't all given up on me.

I've been busy with work (back to my regular 7-2 schedule, although next week I'll be working 7-3), gardening, entertaining, and another road trip. We were in St. Louis for several days in April and hit the road again over Memorial Day weekend, taking the motorcycle and MiniCooper out to Broken Bow (located in the Nebraska Sandhills). I've been busy with all the photos I shot on both trips, posting a daily shot on my photoblog.

But what have I been reading, you ask? Nothing!! I finished one book in May. Yep, you read that right. Just one! However, remember that long to-do list I posted earlier? Well, I've accomplished quite a bit, which of course makes me very happy.

Wash the front porch and deck (which are both covered in a lovely layer of fine, yellow pollen) Did it!

Wash the cars My sweet husband took care of this for me.

Wash the windows (I'm willing to skip the ones that nobody but us looks out) Still needs to be done.

Paint the guest room and my office (This has been on my list for a few years now and every spring I say, this is the year!) Calling about this tomorrow.

Buy annuals and replacement perennials for flower beds and pots on deck. Plant them! Almost finished!

Tackle the weeding before it gets out of hand. (Too late!) Now I just need to stay on top of them.

Get the carpets cleaned. Done!

Schedule A/C tune-up before the heat & humidity arrive. Done!

Continue sorting and posting photos recently shot on a couple of trips to Missouri. On-going processing, especially now that I've added another set of photos to the mix!

Store all the winter clothing and gear that was tossed into a big pile in the basement over a month ago. Oops. Forgot all about this.

Start brushing Annie on a regular basis. She's beginning to blow her winter coat and we're back to dealing with all that beautiful dog hair. On-going chore.

Start using the Swiss exercise ball I bought over a month ago (and have only used once!). Thank goodness I decided to get that rather than a Wii Fit. I'm only out $25 if it doesn't get used as often as it should. Hmmmm. Maybe tomorrow...

Post new recipes on my food blog. It's been neglected for far too long and I really want to try this recipe. Hmmm. Maybe today?

Read more! I'm still reading the same book I started two weeks ago. It's not long or involved. I'm just too busy (or tired) to read more than a few pages every night. I'm trying! I've got a couple of books going right now, but gave up on a couple that weren't holding my interest.

Post my monthly summary for April! We're almost halfway through May, for heaven's sakes. And now it's time for May's!

So, I'm almost ready to settle down and enjoy the summer with lots of good books. And get out on the lake in my kayak. And spend some time floating in a pool. And ride my bike. Guess I really do need more hours in my day.

Oh, and did I happen to mention a particular book signing I plan to attend next weekend? My favorite biker/car-washer/editorial dude is participating in a local author event at my Barnes & Noble from 2-4 on Saturday.
Should be great fun! Stay tuned for photos of that exciting event!


  1. You have been busy! Whenever you get back to posting - I'll be reading. :) I, especially, look forward to your thoughts about Maus. Maus I and II were both fabulous reads. I actually gave Maus II a 5/5 rating.

    Happy signing to that "dude" of yours! *grin*

  2. I was reading your liest of things to do and realized how many of those things I need to work on. Kudos on all you've accomplished.

  3. May was a busy month for me, too. I haven't done a summary (even mentally) of what I read, but I don't think is was more than 1 or 2 books, but I'm tickled pick with all the yard and garden work I did. Of course, that's always an ongoing thing, but April and May require more effort.

    Your trips sound lovely, even the shorter ones. I don't think there's going to be a trip this summer for us. My husband kidingly suggested we just drop everything and head to Newfoundland again. I wish it was possible, but we both know the memories will have to last us for awhile.

    Good luck with your 'to do' list. It's so rewarding to scratch those items off the list, isn't it?

  4. sounds like a fun road trip!!! I like your list of things to do...I should probably start one but I don't know how many I can make my hubby do!!!

  5. That's a lot of stuff you've had going on! I took a bit of a break too to go see my grandma in Monterrey and now it's been crazy trying to get caught up with all my bloggy friends.

    Good to see you back posting! :)

  6. You always take such great pictures. I really must use my camera more!

  7. Woohoo! The book signing is approaching. We'll be there.

  8. It just occurred to me that I've been reading the same book for well over a month now. I've actually read several pages over the last two nights, but somehow I've left it sitting gathering dust for at least the last two weeks. And I didn't get around to reading the last two books for my book club, simply because I couldn't find them locally and never got around to ordering them in time.

    Now it's 8 days until the next book club meeting and I've decided that I am going to download the book from Audible.com so I can listen to it on my iPod while I work on an order for bridesmaid jewelry (that I got today and the wedding is on the 20th!).

  9. Joy - Yep, so busy, I'm just now responding to comments that are really OLD!! Bad blogger!

    I finished Maus over a week ago and need to get my review posted. I liked it a lot and am anxious to read Maus II now. Glad to hear you gave it such a high rating.

    Framed - I've been crossing lots of my To Do list and am ready to sit back and enjoy my free time now. That is after a pull that weed over there. Oh, and that plant needs to be fertilized. Oh, and what should I make for book club tonight? It never ends, does it? ;)

    Booklogged - I think things are finally winding down around here. Finally. Now to catch up on my blog responses! Eeek! I really let these comments stack up, didn't I?

    Wouldn't it be fun to get to Newfoundland again? Our big trip is to Depoe Bay this coming month. I can't wait!!

    Staci - It was a great road trip. I'm ready for another, although it's getting quite hot (and stormy) to be out on a motorcycle. Maybe in another month or two.

    Iliana - I'm actually enjoying a day-off today and hope to catch up on all my blogging! It's amazing how quickly one can fall behind.

    Kailana - Thank you! What kind of camera do you own?

    Josh - It was so nice to see the three of you there!

    Janet - What did you read for bookclub? We have ours tonight and we're discussing In Defense of Food (Michael Pollan). Should be an interesting discussion!


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