Sunday, January 12, 2014

Blog Silence (and Gems)

Hey friends.  Sorry for the silence around here this week.  I don't really have a good excuse for not writing - just a myriad of little things that added up (sick boys, semester grades due, slow internet, this book, and maybe a little bit of Bachelor-induced writer's block) and kept me from visiting this place.

Anyway, despite the unspoken code of blogging that says "Thou shalt not publish a 'comeback' post on a Saturday night" (never mind "thou shalt not cheat and make said 'comeback' a simple compilation of other people's writing") I'm playing a fun little game with myself where I get to read one blog post inbetween each set of papers I grade tonight.  #yougottadowhatyougottado #motivationatitsfinest; so, with that said, here are some gems you may have missed from around the World Wide Web lately:

Busy Isn't Respectable Anymore 

I don't really think "taking naps every day and never folding laundry" is respectable either; but, it is really interesting how our culture is shifting away from the constant rat race, huh? I'm SO glad.

My Hope for You Today

Just a good, simple reminder for the start of another year. :)

16 Books to Read Before They Hit the Theaters This Year

If you haven't already seen this floating around Facebook, check it out - especially if you are in the market for a new book to read.  I'm on a big reading kick lately, but I've only read three of these so far.  #gottagetbusy #mostexcitedaboutTheGiver

And, if you aren't already, you NEED to be following the Possessionista for Bachelor re-caps and details every week. 

Also, here are a couple of new blogs I've started following lately... 

Love, Laura Beth

I actually "met" Laura Beth three years ago when I was pregnant with Sam.  She's been a blog-reader for a while, but I just found her blog recently in my quest for some real-world healthy living inspiration, and I'm HOOKED.

Catholic All Year

Kendra is the cousin of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Pryor.  I don't know exactly what our age difference is, but I vividly remember looking up to her when we were awkward preteens and she and her sister were beautiful teenagers.  Now, she is the (still) beautiful momma to SEVEN (yes, you read that right) in southern California. As if having seven kids wasn't enough, she also home schools, wears adorable clothes, wrote a book, blogs regularly, AND makes driving a 12 passenger van look cool.  Obviously, she IS supermom; but, not in an annoying and intimidating way; more like - I-still-look-up-to-you-even-though-we-are-both-grownups-and-mamas-now.  You will like her (and her blog).

A pretty new January Desktop Wallpaper

Unroll me.

Have you done this yet? If not, what in the world are you waiting for?  It (literally) takes two minutes and my inbox is like a DREAM now.  I was subscribed to so many things I didn't even know about!

Ok, I think that about catches us up.

Besides The Bachelor (obvi), what else do you want to hear about next week?  I gotta get my blogging mojo back. ;)


  1. Hi, there! I just came across your blog and am already in love with it. Since you are finishing up semester grades (as am I - I am a high school English teacher!!), I'd love to hear about how you get reorganized for the new semester... you know, your files/paperwork, your classroom, etc. Are you changing up any "systems" that haven't worked, and why? I like starting over fresh after a loooong semester but can always use new ideas! Thanks in advance!

    Shannon in PA

    PS - I'm a Bachelor fan, too!

  2. How about when you guys plan on having another cute little baby ;) haha Joke of course!

  3. I think blog gems is one of my favorite things you do here .... you always share the best stuff! Haha. I am really excited about - i am about to check it out but i know it is probably what i have really needed! LOL.

  4. I was worried about you this week since their wasn't a Bachelor post (or any posts) but I'm glad things are okay and it's normal life stuff keeping you busy. Good luck with the end of the semester grades, our semester ends in two weeks and it's starting to get pretty stressful. I'm going to make a 'to read' list from the article you posted in order to keep procrastinating from doing any school work.

  5. E! How cute are you? (Which I can say because I am seven years older than you.) I'm so glad to have found your blog.

    Thanks so much for sharing mine. Now if we could just get Pryor to update HER blog . . .

  6. Thanks for sharing my blog sweet friend! I appreciate it and am happy that we've connection. Cheers! :)


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