Well, I’m back. Originally I had envisioned my “break from blogging” to be a couple of weeks but it ended up being a month. But you know what? I’m glad that it was. And in all honesty, I could probably have gone even longer but a part of me is ready to return to the world of posting and more importantly, sharing what I write with my very little corner of the world because that’s one of the things I do enjoy most about blogging-the interconnectedness of it all. That, and I don’t want to get too behind as I already had some posts written prior to going dark and more to write about with new restaurants I’ve dined at.
But I’m not going to lie-it was blissfully wonderful having things besides writing posts, reformatting pictures, doing the whole SEO thing, consume my day. While I kept up with posting pretty regularly over on Facebook and Instagram, I didn’t worry too much about still trying to share old posts on Twitter (my least favorite of the social media sites). I know it was mentally beneficial to simply be “disconnected” from the blog.
So here’s what’s new with me and what’s been going on over the past month:
-I got a desk. Well, why this might be the least exciting of things for you to read about, I’m equally excited as I’ve wanted my own formal work space for a while. It’s set up in our finished basement and is just gorgeous in my opinion. I love how it’s a combination of both traditional (the wood base) and new (the glass top). I got it on sale from Pottery Barn (I felt so bad for the UPS driver who had to deliver it, it was so heavy) and the chair is from Pier One. I’ve also adorned it with a variety of photos and mementos from past travels so it’s definitely a happy place for me.
-Another slightly boring news tidbit, but I’ve read a couple of great books in the past month-All the Light We Cannot See (this was excellent, the writing, the story lines, just amazing), and The Ladies of Managua. I hope to have a long overdue reading roundup post soon so I’ll be sure to share more information about these two gems.
-And some more snooze worthy news. I finally got around to watching some of the Rick Steves dvds I had ordered well over a year ago (I got all of his shows from the early 2000s to 2014 for $20 last year when he was running a special). I just have to say Central and Eastern Europe has catapulted to the top of my travel wish list.
-Last month I went home to Philadelphia for a quick visit. The weather was absolutely lovely and I got to visit a unique spot in the city I hadn’t been to in over a decade and also had a fabulous dinner at a restaurant I had wanted to try for some time.
And the best news of all
-I’m (finally) traveling again! Come this Friday, I’ll be sailing on the high seas to the Bahamas on a mini cruise with D and my parents. It feels that my trip to Boston was forever ago so I’m thrilled to finally be dusting off the ‘ol suitcase.
Now about the blog. Although in the last year or so I had cut down on how frequently I posted, I plan to be more formal about it now as in I’m going to post three times a week. Being on hiatus showed me that my blog indeed still survived (I semi-obsessively still checked on stats each day) and that it’s okay to not be posting all the time because you know what, there are other things in my life I want to concentrate on and devote my energies to. I’m thinking of having a posting schedule of Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, since those are the days that I work my actual full-time job and it would be nice to truly be “off” both jobs on my days off but we’ll see.
I’m also going to try to be more diligent in regards to reformatting pictures. Although WordPress is infinitely better than Blogger, I’ll admit that I was definitely spoiled on Blogger as I simply uploaded my photos I wanted to use right from my computer and voila. No reformatting them in the Paint program. Last week I spent an hour reformatting 20+ photos and then uploading them to posts, so I think if I designate a time each week to do this, it will definitely help my sanity. That, and not clog up space on my iPhone too since I can delete the photos much quicker.
The funny thing, though, is in the month I was not writing, my mind never shut down from topics I wanted to write and share on the blog. So with that said, I know blogging is deeply ingrained within me and I’m ready to return. Hopefully you’ve missed me as much as I’ve missed all of you 🙂
What’s been going on with you? Any new travels you’ve embarked on or will soon?