Good morning from a gorgeous morning in Key Largo. My family and I have spent the last three days down here for spring break, trying to make the most of a shortened vacation due to my daughter's commitments to her track team. (Grumble) Unfortunately one day was filled with torrential rains and wind, but we still managed to do some snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, a visit to a wild bird rehabilitation sanctuary, and A LOT of seafood consumption. This place is exploding with fresh (like...hours fresh) seafood at every restaurant. How could a person only eat seafood for three days and gain weight? I don't know but I've done it. I'll be dragging my sorry ass back to Andre on Monday morning.
I have used this intermission in life to do some serious ruminating about my priorities and blogging. Things are changing, I think we can all agree. The blogging world is not what it was when I started almost five years ago. I'm doing some cost/benefit calculations on time spent writing, reviewing, commenting and such. Is it worth the payback? The demands on my time in real life are growing exponentially, and that is where I need to focus right now.
I don't think I'm ready to walk away, but I'm going to be scaling back significantly and permanently. It is the only way I can stay sane. It isn't something you will notice immediately, but starting in a few weeks there will be fewer posts. The Not So Wordless Wednesday is going to disappear, and probably the weekly movie discussion. I'll review a couple of books a week, but probably not everything I read will make it to the blog. I'll try this plan on for size and see how it works.
So other than this deep thinking, what have I been up to? I've been reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, that is what I've been doing! Talk about one weird reading experience, but I have to say that I love this book. I will join the multitudes that can't quite figure out how on earth to review the thing. Could we call it an existential acid trip? I'll decide later. Just know that it is worth the effort to read...at least so far. I've finished Book One and Two, and will probably dig deeply into Three on the 4.5 hour ride home today.
On audio, I've been listening to Rob Lowe's biography (narrated by the man himself) and have been thoroughly entertained. Dude is a huge name-dropper, but with good reason. He was in the right place at the right time, almost his entire life. Talk about someone meant to be an actor! I'm hoping I can at least start Wendy Wax's new book "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey" on audio before I see her next weekend at the UCF Book Festival.
Today we will enjoy a few more hours of this gorgeous paradise before we head home back to a heavy dose of reality. I won't go into detail about the week I have coming up, but suffice it to say that I need all the positive thoughts you can send me. I will save that fun for next Sunday!