Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Salon: OMG, A New Post!

So, lately this whole blogging thing has been kind of slow for me. I've been extremely busy between work and sewing, which has kind of become my second job or at least a major obsession. Pretty much all I want to do when I'm home is sew and I have to remember that occasionally I should cook, vacuum or pay attention to my pets. I have been having a lot of fun though.

But now I have a new obsession, and that's planning our trip to Ireland later this year. See, when I was 22 I spent four months in Dublin waiting tables and had a wonderful time and truly fell in love with that country. But I haven't been back since then, and it's been almost 20 years, which is really sad. I remember thinking it would only be a few months before I went back, but of course life gets in the way. But the tickets are bought and we're working on our itinerary, so it looks like it's really going to happen. I have to remind myself that we have time, that I don't have to have it all figured out right now, but I'm so excited it's hard to not want to work on the details all the time.

This month I've restricted my reading to 2013 releases, to mixed results. My reading has been very slow going, and I put aside one very heavily-hyped galley after a few days of dipping, and made a pile of the rest of my 2013 galleys, and weeded my TBR stacks to some degree. Of course I still have more books than I can possibly read this or any year, but I hope that will always be true. That seems like a nice problem to have, all told.

But I'm already looking forward to April and "books I've always wanted to read" month. Again I won't get through all of them, but I'll knock off a few. I need a YA month, and a crime month, and a nonfiction month, and a re-read month, and other theme months too. Little by little, between weeding and selective reading (and DNFing) I hope to make it through the darkest, most spider-webby corners of my bookshelves, and maybe even discover some great books in the process.

More Sunday Salon on Facebook. Have a great day and let me know what you're up to in the comments.

11 comments:

Mystica said...

So nice to go back like this. I went back to Dubai after 24 years and it was amazing how things had changed in that area!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Blogging has been slow for me as well, but we need to give ourselves permission to step away. Your trip back to Ireland sounds exciting.

Have a good week.

bermudaonion said...

My reading is slow right now too between visiting my mom and helping my guys out at their store. We can only do so much and need to do what we're loving in the moment. I wish I could go to Ireland with you!

Bryan said...

I like your idea of weeding and selective reading (and DNFing) on the books you already have. I need to do that someday too. Maybe when I get done with the books I have planned to read...;)

Sandy Nawrot said...

First, OMG Ireland! I would love to go someday. It actually sounds like a fantasy to just go over there and HANG, waiting tables and experiencing the food, the beer, the accents and of course stalk Tana French. And I LOVE the idea of themed months. I have lists and lists of "projects" that could use a month of dedication. Right now I'm just trying to slog my way through all the books I want to feature for the UCF Book Festival, after that I'm going to take part in the Wind Up Bird Chronicle read along.

Athira said...

How awesome that you're visiting Ireland soon! I've always wanted to go there and I'm hoping it happens some time soon too! Can't wait to hear about your planning and the places you plan to visit.

Kathleen said...

How exciting to look forward to a trip to Dublin. I have it on my bucket list and really look forward to going one day soon...maybe next year.

Booksnyc said...

Can't wait to hear more about your plans for Ireland as you make them!

Booksnyc said...

Can't wait to hear more about your plans for Ireland as you make them!

stacybuckeye said...

I've been thinking about doing theme months, but always chicken out! Ireland is on my bucket list so color me green ;)

KY Warrior Librarian said...

I so envy you your trip to Ireland. Have always wanted to go there. Perhaps when life slows down a little more for me, I'll make it yet.