Monday, June 30, 2014

COYER Summer Challenge ... and All the Stuff I Didn't Do this Spring.

So, I'm over a week late posting this, because time just gets away from me.  I've come to the conclusion that I will never be a juggler. I can't keep multiple balls in the air and I certainly can't have too many projects/interests/hobbies/schemes, either.  I've been A.W.O.L. from blogging and I've got so many little projects going on and I'm doing a completely crappy job of all of them.  My father and my brother were always good with the laser focus on one thing.  With my dad it could be chocolate chip cookies, or cars, or tanning.  My brother was big with picking one thing and being unable to think of anything else.  In high school he took up BMX racing. His rank went from a high five-digit number to a single digit number in less than a year. It felt like my mom and I did an awful lot of transporting of pimply faced teenaged boys and their bicycle to dirt tracks all over the state. It was video games for a while, and 9-ball pool, among other things he had a single minded focus on and worked to get to the top. My mom, she could do anything and everything and always get it all right. 

I love new things. I get new interests all the time. There just aren't enough hours to really devote to any of them to succeed in them at all, no less multiple things.  I want to reorganize my kitchen, laundry room and living room.  I've been expending a lot of my time loving and mothering my mini Schnauzer puppy, Greta.  I must be doing okay, she is a happy healthy six months old today.  It's going to be close to 100 degrees one day this week and I still don't have all of the winter clothes put away. I haven't checked in with anyone on Facebook in ages.  I have a half dozen composition books filled with recipes and ideas that I've been compiling.  If you've ever seen the crazy amount of book links I collect online, they are only a fraction of the bookmarks I've got saved. I can't even tell what half of that stuff is or means anymore.  

I drag myself out of bed in the morning. That adorable little dog, who is quite capable of sleeping through the night, insists upon waking me multiple times.  I get ready for work, I take care of the dog, I water all of my growing things.  Even though we have a sprinkler system, it doesn't really get the potted plants. I fix my tea and my yogurt and go to work.  When I get home, I have to empty the dog, water the potted plants and vegetables, fill the dog back up, do a load of laundry, figure out dinner, clean up the kitchen, etc.  The day is a blur and so is the night.  I know there must be better ways to utilize my time, I just can't figure them out.  Lately, by the time I get into bed, I'm so tired that I barely read a chapter and am down for the count.  It's very sad.  My goodreads book pledge has dwindled from being 8 books ahead to one behind schedule. Almost all of my reading has been done for me in the car on my way to and from work.  I'm dozens of book reviews behind and I haven't even read any real crap.

When I saw that there was a new COYER coming up and it was going to last for the summer, I jumped right on that.  My nook hd+ is barely functioning, it is so filled with books.  I keep sending everything I'm not reading or using to the cloud and every time I turn it back on, dozens of books and apps have rained out of the cloud and back into my nook.  Then there are the hundreds of kindle books on my nook. It's completely out of control.  

I've been cataloging my e-books and trying to come up with a way to make a real plan to read the books and get rid of all the crap.Originally, I was going to do it chronologically.  But there are so many good books that I've put in there kind of recently and I don't want to have them get all old and stale on me.  So, I think I'm going to read an old book and then a new book to get things cleared out.  

So, that's my story.  I'm going to get my blog back in order and clean out my e-reader all in one fell swoop.  I'm taking two weeks of vacation this summer and my wonderful sweet husband will just be taking extra long weekends with me. That will give me some more time to devote to the things I'd like to get done.  Cross your fingers and wish me well!  

I've got so much to share with you, I promise to get going on that right now!


Judy Krueger said...

I so understand. Thanks for the update. I am relieved to know that you are just failing at juggling rather than something more serious. Awaiting more reviews! Happy Summer.

JoanneMarie Faust said...

I'm glad you stopped by and saw it, Judy. It was a combination kick off post and response to your concern as you "stalked" me. It probably should've begun "Dear Judy". I'm just bobbing along here, staying afloat, but not getting anywhere.

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