Dear readers, please forgive me for I have sinned. It’s been THREE weeks since my last Sunday Post and weekly check-in… And apologies to any Catholic readers out there. I don’t mean to diss the practice of confession, but figured I should start with the obvious.
Anyway, let’s just say I’ve had a break-of-sorts over the last few weeks. Amazingly I missed my desk and writing, so I didn’t have a complete rest from book blogging but I did ease off A LOT on my reading over the last month or so.
As a result I’ll structure this post a little differently to usual.
Books and reading
I read and reviewed a few books but not as many as expected. Interestingly I didn’t even really miss reading, though think I’ve bounced back via Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri, which I’ve just finished; and CJ Carver’s Tell Me A Lie which I’m currently reading. Those reviews will be coming, but the others are already posted.
There were some other posts…
I wrote about my holiday in New Zealand. I reviewed MY 2016 and #spoileralert, mine wasn’t too bad despite the loss of many celebrities. I also considered my blogging in 2016 and contemplated what interested my blog readers.
(Importantly!) I shared a post about Syria and World Vision cos I couldn’t get past some of the horrible videos surfacing of children in Aleppo.
World peace sorted, I wrote again about the stuff I want to do before turning 50 (holy f*ck say it isn’t so!) at the end of 2017 and am still on the lookout for a fifth item for my #5before50 list. I also shared some of my Netflix viewing!
And finally I wrote about an increasing propensity we seem to have towards one downmanship… a habit of trying to suggest WE have it worse than others and I bemoan those who are constantly negative on social media.
Life in general
I had visitors for Christmas and we all survived unscathed, and the day / visit wasn’t a complete disaster. I (unexpectedly) then had some cats staying with me for 10 days after Christmas and they were far more stressful. On a positive note… any desire I might have had (which was minimal anyway) to have pets was scuttled as I have been reminded I’m too much of a clean-freak, appreciate my own space and am basically just selfish and self-centred!
I babysat on New Year’s Eve and the three kids and I were all in bed by 9pm, so there were no frivolities, but… I also had a nice dinner out with friends and brunch with my mother for my birthday which falls between Christmas and New Year.
I started back at work last week, so am hoping (now I’m cat and visitor-free) to get into some routines. I should mention – for my overseas readers – that it’s summer here in Australia and kids are on holidays in December – January… so many around are still in holiday mode.
I’ve not done much exercise in the past few weeks and my reading routine has been interrupted. There have – however – been some new bookish arrivals over the past few weeks, so I’m slowly sorting my TBR pile and getting organised.
Did you do any reading over the holiday period? Are you still on holidays?