Taking stock – March 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Permalink

My blogging has been somewhat haphazard this year but these ‘taking stock’ posts allow me to blither briefly about all sorts of things without actually boring you to tears.

I’m a little surprised it’s the end of March. I agree with all of the memes out there suggesting that January went for years and the months since are just disappearing. 
March 2018

Stressing
About work. Although it’s not really a big part of my role, something that’s taken up a lot of time over the past few months is coordinating an office refurbishment and move. Let’s just say that coming in part-way through something and not knowing the history isn’t ideal. It’s all been pretty stressful and I’m up at 2am on a Wednesday night (and a day before I go on hols) to work on a ‘lessons learned’ document. #saynomore

Excited
About my holiday. This time next week I will be cruising somewhere between China and Japan. I’ve talked before about how my voyage on the Norwegian Joy came about, so I won’t harp on about it incessantly but… I’m kinda excited about it all.

Watching
I finally started watching Lucifer on Netflix a few weeks ago. Friends have been suggesting it for a while but I took a little convincing. And I love it. It’s not at all what I expected and adore the sarcastic / sardonic Lucifer Morningstar and the way the very-camp show doesn’t take itself too seriously.

taking stock march 2018

I also watched Jessica Jones s2 (also on Netflix). I loved season 1 and was waiting impatiently for this second season to ‘drop’ (and how weird is it that’s what shows do nowadays?! They don’t appear or screen, they ‘drop’!!!). Of course it was at that point I realised I’d forgotten much of the detail in s1. In retrospect it didn’t matter, but I rewatched s1 anyway. I probably didn’t enjoy s2 quite as much, but it was still great fun.

Wanting a change
At home. I love my house, but I’m in the mood for something a bit different. I’m pondered various options over the past month or two: putting a fence around the whole property; painting my house which is far too white; or painting an inside wall or two in a dark moody tone.

I haven’t decided what I’ll do but wait until my return from China / Japan and see how my budget for my next trip is going before I do anything. My work contract finishes around the same time as my Italy writing retreat so I may well be completely skint on return and begging on street corners.

Grumpy
In general. But also at a publisher last week who was quite rude about something. It made me consider giving up the whole book-blogging gig… and I still might. I’m not really doing a great job at balancing it with the busy-ness of work at the moment. The thing with the PR person reminded me the book-reviewing thing isn’t a paid-gig and perhaps easing off would give me the option of doing some other writing. Sadly it also feels like it currently defines me (in a good-ish way) and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of that yet.

Offline
I apparently won’t have wifi access on board the ship, so will mostly be offline for the next couple of weeks. I’m kinda relieved I’m out of the country for the upcoming Commonwealth Games cos I care little and my usual TV-viewing is being interrupted.

Has the month of March flown by for you? Or is it just me?

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27 Comments
  • Jo
    March 29, 2018

    I could say the Universe moves in mysetreious ways – re the messages we receive etc etc & that PR person. I reckon you’ll come back from Europe wantuing to write for yourself rather than write about what other people have written. Have a fab trip – you deserve it.

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Thanks Jo. I’m really looking forward to it now it’s nearly upon me.

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 29, 2018

    Ugh – that PR person is just rude. Try not to take it to heart (easier said then done I know). The cruise sounds like it is very timely and the time ‘off-air’ will do you good. I hope you have a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it and see the piccies! 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Ah yes. No internet on the boat I don’t think, so only in shore etc… but I’ve deleted all of the old pics off my phone so I’ve got space for new ones!

  • Lisa Ireland
    March 29, 2018

    Ugh, so sorry to hear you have been treated less than wonderfully by a PR person. That’s so disappointing. Please let me assure you that as an author I’m extremely appreciate of your hard work (and the work of all the other reviewers out there in book blogging land!) I hope you have a wonderful trip! Enjoy your time off. Maybe you’ll be inspired to write a little while you’re away!

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      I’m actually taking my laptop Lisa. I wasn’t going to as I won’t have wifi but I figure it might make me do some writing…

      Also, the reason I ended up publishing the review (after publishing it and unpublishing it when I got in trouble for it being posted 2 days before the book was released) was for the sake of the author. I know I’m nobody in terms of bookish influence but I felt bad my review had disappeared through no fault of the author.

      • Lisa Ireland
        March 30, 2018

        That’s so kind of you. I’m sure the author appreciates that generosity and I hope the publisher realises how lucky they are. You are absolutely ‘someone’ in the bookish world! I’d been a reader of your blog for a long time before “The Shape of Us” was published and I was utterly thrilled to receive a review from you. Honestly, it was a huge fan girl moment for me!

  • Jo
    March 29, 2018

    I love your ‘blithering on’. So interesting. Your cruise will be amazing I’m sure, and you’ve piqued my interest with your Italian writing retreat. Please tell more 🙂 I think when you get back from being away, you’ll have renewed zest to pick up on your writing. Being without WiFi for a while too will be energising. Have fun!

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      I’m going to Tuscany for a week in September for a week-long writing retreat with Aussie author Vanessa Carnevale and am very excited. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and have met Vanessa a few times now and she’s lovely.

  • leannelc
    March 29, 2018

    I love taking stock posts Deb (I have one today too) I find it really fun catching up with other bloggers and getting a little glimpse into their world. I’ll look forward to your cruise posts that will come on your return – and make sure you enjoy every moment of the time you’re living the high life.

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Thanks Leanne. I look forward to checking your post out and I’m the same. I love the random facts these kinds of posts allow (not enough for a whole post, but a snippet or two!).

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    March 29, 2018

    Sorry to hear about that unpleasant interaction but hey…. the cruise! Enjoy!!!!

    SSG xxx

  • Jodie
    March 29, 2018

    I have a feeling being offline is going to be such a blessing. I keep saying I need to do that too, yet it’s hard when I feel like I “need” too! But if I don’t have an option….then that’s different!
    And you can’t let those grumpy men get to you!! They aren’t worth their weight in salt!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Ah yes, I just got annoyed with myself that I let those things affect me so much. And yes, some off-line time will be lovely.

  • seizetheday20
    March 30, 2018

    Forget rude people and focus on the cruise Deb … sounds like it will be wonderful! … and I agree, where the heck did March (and the first quarter of the year) go?!?! 🙂 x #TeamLovinLife

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      I know…. January did feel like it dragged a little but suddenly it’s April! My next holiday (in August) will be upon me in no time.

  • sizzlesue15
    March 30, 2018

    Not sure that PR person has the right attitude for the job Deb! Exciting times ahead travel wise and yes, changes around the home – big or small can make such a difference. I know what you mean about March whizzing by. My daughter only has about 6 weeks of work left and our new grandbaby will be here in June! We are cruising around Japan in October so can’t wait! Have a fabulous week and forget about the negative people surrounding you!

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      There’s some boring stuff I need to do at home Sue – with the garden and replacing a bannister on the verandah (I’ve been talking about for a year!) but I think a coat of paint might be a good thing inside. And not too expensive.

  • Kathy Marris
    March 30, 2018

    They don’t call it Mad March for nothing! Yes it’s been a hectic and stressful one for me too. We returned from a 6 week holiday to a big backlog and I’m still playing catchup. I hope you have a wonderful cruise and forget about the stresses of home and work for a while.

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Oh yes Kathy I can’t even imagine how much catching up you’ve had to do. As I’ve been busy at work I’ve not had the headspace to deal with a lot of blog / email re blog stuff and am quite behind. I need to decide whether to try to catch up or just start afresh!

  • Jan Wild
    March 30, 2018

    Time out without wi-fi will be ideal for you, giving you an opportunity to really take stock. Enjoy every moment of your cruise and come back refreshed.

    • Debbish
      March 30, 2018

      Yes, I’ve actually decided not to take my iPad (which I could have used on-shore) and just take my phone as well as my laptop and hopefully do some writing OTHER than bloggy stuff. The idea of not HAVING to do blog stuff or book reviews feels kinda decadent!

  • Natalie
    March 30, 2018

    Enjoy your cruise and take loads of pictures, Deb. Some of them may give you new decor ideas when you return home. A new coat of paint is inexpensive and can make a big difference. Have a fabulous week!

    • Debbish
      April 1, 2018

      Oh very true Natalie! Hopefully I’ll get some inspiration!

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    April 3, 2018

    I can’t wait for your trip photos!!! Take heaps (and heaps and heaps) #teamlovinlife

    • Debbish
      April 3, 2018

      I will Leanne. Indeed, I already have started!

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