Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sunday Salon: Pressure is OFF!

 Howdy friends!  Are we in the Christmas spirit?  I'm doing my darnedest to get there.  My husband put lights up outside yesterday, and I've been slowly picking away at the gift shopping, but since we are spending the holidays away from home, I realize I have a very FINITE period of time to get my act together!  (Unless I binge on gift cards, which could happen.)  

And it would help if it weren't 80 degrees in mid-December.  A cold snap of, let's say, 60?  That would be great.

I hopped back on my normal schedule this week, and that included running and Andre.  I just feel so much better about life when I am not sitting around stuffing my face.  My running partner and I are now up to the 10 mile mark for our long runs.  It is quite painful, this distance, but when we run that Princess Half Marathon in two months, we will be glad we did it.  Kids are back in school, healthy for now.  The pool and the house are clean.  Pesky Internet issues resolved.  All six cats have been vaccinated.  (An event that ranks below UTI's and root canals.)  All is well.

So now that we are in a break between kid sports, our weekends are a little less hectic.  We got all kinds of things done yesterday, including a run, grocery shopping, Costco, outside Xmas lights, a nap of course, and a night out for hubby and I to watch a friend perform in a rock band in a local pub.  I find it totally cool that this guy is an ER surgeon, but also loves to cook, plays the bass guitar, and has four kids.  This is a guy that grabs life and runs with it.   

So, has my reading improved?  Not one bit!  But since I've decided the blog is going dark in January (and maybe longer) the pressure is off.  I've got all my posts done for December, and now I can focus on the holidays, read what I want, and if I fall asleep each night having read 3 pages?  No worries.  

I did finish Tom Rob Smith's "Agent 6" on audio, and because I have no time constraints now, started the biography on Steve Jobs.  And it is absolutely FASCINATING.  Being the creator of all things that make my world work, I find this man's personality and creative genius totally bizarre.  Listening to this is like a study in psychotic human behavior. This is a very long audio, but I have a feeling I'm going to blast through it.  In print, I've been reading a 150-page book ("Blood Beneath My Feet") FOR A WEEK, and I'm only halfway done!  Ha!  It really doesn't matter if the book is good or bad, I can't get interested in sitting down to read anything.  Yet there are about three dozen books that I want to read now.  I crack myself up.

The only thing on the official schedule for today is early church, and animal shelter duties.  I'm not even going to wish out loud for reading time, but maybe, maybe, maybe.  A nice long walk would be nice too.  Or a nap.  Perhaps all three?  I hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday.  What is going on with you?
       

15 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Ha ha, that ER surgeon has nothing on YOUR energy level!

bermudaonion said...

Jill is spot on with her comment. I'll miss your blog while it's dark!

raych said...

HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU HAD SIX CATS??!?

Trisha said...

I don't think I understood anything after reading 80 degrees. I am so jealous.

C.B. James said...

Going dark in January! Say it isn't so. No, I understand. I really do. Really, I do.

Jackie Bailey said...

I agree that reading is so much better when the pressure if off. I have decided to take a couple of weeks off over Christmas/New Year and that has enabled me to read some chunksters. I really hope you don't disappear for too long - I suggest just cutting back on the number of posts you write each week. I'm finding 2 or 3 is reasonably managable :-)

Patti Smith said...

I didn't know you had 6 cats either :) Dark in January...yikes :( I do agree with Jackie though...I used to feel guilty about not posting every day, but no more. Life happens, stuff happens and my blog is my me time. I refuse to let it become a burden. We had some really nice cool days but are now back to the upper 70's too. Yeesh.

JoAnn said...

I detect a difference in tone here - pressure off definitely agrees with you! Sorry to hear about Black January, but I applaud and respect your decision. We'll be away for 2 weeks and I'm trying to figure out whether I should schedule posts (something I've never done) or just take a break. A break sounds good...
Enjoy your day, Sandy!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I think it's great when we can let up and not feel so pressured. Have a great time off.

Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

We will really miss you in January, but sometimes a break is just what you need to get your motivation back and avoid permanent burnout. So do whatever you need to do - just come back to us eventually :P

Alyce said...

Totally with you on what a pain it is to take the cats to the vet. I'm glad you have found a way to take some time for yourself - that's so important!

Today I'm mostly just doing the same old stuff, then working at the Scouts Christmas tree stand later today with my boys.

Jenners said...

You do sound like you are in a better place that isn't QUITE as crazy as normal. And I guess I never realized you have 6 cats. Wow. That is a lot of cats. : )

Charlie said...

Hoping the weather cools, if it was possible I'd swap with you, bored of the cold now. I can understand you wanting to take the time off blogging. I'll likely be pausing for Christmas and hope it'll get me reading more, too.

Julie P. said...

How in the world do you get that far ahead? I am on a day-to-day basis at this point, but I might be joining you with going dark. I can't keep up with everything.

Ti said...

You don't take all of your cats at once do you? I remember my one and how he would howl like someone was killing him or something. He got so worked up, that he'd foam at the mouth and then they'd try to tell me he had rabies or some glandular disorder.