Sunday, October 17, 2010

Catching Up

 This little guy is indicative of how I've been feeling lately. It seems I don't have enough time to do everything I want to do. You know, you wake up, go off to work, come home and do required house stuff, try to take some time for you, and then go to bed and repeat ......for several days in a row.  UGHH
Thank goodness I get a peaceful hour at lunch to read if I choose to.



This week we buried my aunt, (mom's sister) she was 96. Aunt Stella had great genes. My mom died at 69, and two of her other siblings died at 43 and 60. Only one sister remains and  she is 86....following in her footsteps possibly.  Aunt Stella never married so I always say that her long life can be attributed to the fact she never had the stress of marriage and children...hence her long life...LOL  It is hard to mourn the loss of someone who has lived a good, long life, but will recall the happy memories from when I was young.


Reading is fun, but sometimes it feels like pressure. Do you ever just want to be a couch potato watching something mindless on television --- my favorites are House Hunters, Property Virgins and Law and Order.

I have read some great books, but feel like I need a break from books occasionally. Blue Nude and Poisonwood Bible (no review yet) were awesome reads. I am reading a non fiction right now, and plan  to start the audio version of Freedom; Franzen tomorrow. I am also reading Zoo Story (non fiction) which I am really enjoying a lot.


Next weekend we have company visiting from Pennsylvania so I will be busy entertaining. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

36 comments:

  1. My life feels like that right now too. I feel like I'm being torn in so many different directions right now that I end up trying to please everyone but myself.

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  2. I think everyone has times when they just want to veg out. Especially during this part of the year on the run up to Christmas, everything just becomes mad. I hope life gets easier for you soon.

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  3. I love the photos you put in for each snippet today. So sorry to hear about your aunt, but as you say, she lived a long and good life so celebrating her is a good response.

    Yes, sometimes reading is a chore, like when I've said yes to an author or a publisher. Take the time for TV or a walk and then you'll feel rested :-)

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  4. That first picture is PERFECT to describe me too. I'm frantically trying to stay afloat with all the stuff I have to do and books I need to read. OMG, since when from "want" to read becomes "need" to read. Reading should be fun! I hope things will ease a little for all of us.

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  5. Sometimes I enjoy just kicking back with a good TV show too. My favourites are "Hell's Kitchen" and "Glee" (oh, and "Ellen") and we just got a PVR so I've been having all kinds of fun with that!!

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  6. I am so sorry about your Aunt... And yes, I know exactly how you feel! Thus, I've missed two Sunday posts while trying to catch up on rest and the rest of my life that I sometimes put aside for reading. I spent the other day vegging out and accomplishing nothing, but feeling de-stressed!

    Hope you get to feeling less stressed this week!

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  7. GREAT photo to capture our lives at the moment! Sadly, this is becoming a perpetual feeling for me.

    I am sorry to hear about your aunt, but I must agree with your attitude. For those who live such long, happy, healthy lives, it is difficult to mourn but essential to fondly remember.

    I am glad that you have at least an hour lunch break each day to rest and recuperate.

    Have a terrific weekend with friends :)

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  8. Sometimes I just don't want to read, that happens to me. I have a couple of movies here that I want to watch and there's some software that I want to build for myself - it's time consuming, but I'm not getting the time to do it. But I have all these books stacked right here that I want to read too. Boy - we should not have too many choices in life.

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  9. So sorry about your aunt passing - what a long life she had. I too like House Hunters! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. My husband and I love to watch House Hunters, usually while we eat dinner! Sorry to hear about your aunt.

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  11. I find House Hunters gets a little samey. I prefer House Hunters International. Always fascinating.

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  12. I totally know where you are coming from - life can get very overwhelming sometimes and it's nice to just veg out!

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  13. Oh, condolences on your aunt's passing...It is great to celebrate a long life, though.

    I must admit that I feel a bit guilty, since my hectic days are now few and far between, what with the whole "retirement" and freelance thing. But I do get all snarly when I have a series of commitments, like appointments of various kinds, which take me away from what I love to do.

    But always I have a good book, so that helps.

    Hope your next week goes better!

    Here's my Salon:

    http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/the-sunday-salon-oct-17/

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  14. Yep, sometimes you just gotta shout it out!

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  15. I have been feeling like you right now, too. Just way too much to do in a mere 24 hours a day! It's just hard to keep up with it all. I let myself watch some television last night with the family - and for the first time I can remember I didn't even bring a book to try and read while watching tv.

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  16. I've been enjoying vegging out with episodes of Doctor Who on Netflix. I've also been watching a little bit of Torchwood (another one on BBC America), and I like some episodes but not others. I love the time travel themes, but not the gross horror-like shows with attacking aliens.

    I hope you get more peaceful times to rest in the upcoming week!

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  17. Hey Diane!
    This is hilarious, your Catching up post is very much like my Sunday Salon today!

    I can TOTALLY empathize, and yes I feel like reading is pressure sometimes since having a blog. I never thought I would feel that way, but I do for sure sometimes.

    Hope your life can slow down and yes I do veg with the tube at night and read during commercials!

    :0)

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  18. Your post perfectly describes a recent night for me. I usually don't watch t.v. but for some reason I sat on the couch and watched a marathon of Jersey Shore for SIX STRAIGHT HOURS. Not my proudest night, but I get it now. Sometimes dumb and dumber is mesmerizing.

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  19. Last weekend it was a Hoarders marathon for me...

    I am sorry about your Aunt but happy that you have wonderful memories.

    PB

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  20. I feel like between books I need to read for review and book that I need to read for book clubs and books I need to read for read-alongs, I never really have time to read books that I picked out just because. And it's all starting to make reading less "fun." I'm really hoping to end the year by getting back to that.

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  21. I'm sorry life isn't at its best for you right now and you're stressed. I really admire how you handle things, always with a sense of humor & fun.

    It's wonderful that Aunt Stella lived so long. I'm glad you will remember her with happy, loving memories.

    I definitely know well the need to veg on the couch and watch some TV. Your pick of shows are exactly mine with one addition: criminal minds! Sometimes you just need to turn everything off and recharge with a little mindless entertainment. Whatever works at the time, right?!

    Hang in there, Diane. And have a nice time with your guests!
    ~ Amy

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  22. I am sorry to hear about your aunt. I also know what it's like to have too many commitments and not enough time to execute them all. I told a fried that I wanted to run away to a nice island resort for a month and just forget about it all, but I don't think that is going to happen! Take it easy over there if you can. I know I am trying to!

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  23. Yes...I do understand. Right now I'm dealing with my crazy emotions because my oldest son just left today for boot camp! I can hardly concentrate on books let alone worry about anything else!!! Next year I'm backing way off on the review books and focusing on my own shelves. I want to read when I want to read not because I feel I have to read!!!

    May your week be filled with peace!!

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss. My grandma was 94 when she passed. Sad, yes, but indeed a long life lived.

    I LOVE to read but sometimes when I do get a bit of down time i don't WANT to spend it reading. That bums me out because I don't get that much time to myself that I feel obligated to read or else my book stack gets too high!

    I'm a total couch potato though every night from like 9;30 to 10ish with my husband after my son is really asleep we veg.
    I love cop shows, and cooking shows!

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  25. Sorry to hear about your aunt. I can relate to what you are saying about just wanting to watch mindless TV. My work has been so busy lately that I just want to sit and do nothing when I am home. Even reading feels like an effort sometimes. Luckily these feelings pass quickly and I get back to my books!

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  26. That little guy in the picture looks a little like me, too. Luckily I had a little time to unwind and be refreshed this weekend. Sorry to hear about your aunt, but it's great to hear that she had a long, full life. I definitely tend to couch potato it up during the week. Some days after I finish working, watching TV feels like about all my brain is capable of!

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  27. When my grandmother died last year at the age of 90, it was more like a celebration of a long life well lived. Sounds like the same with your aunt. You miss them but you don't have that feeling of despair when someone goes too soon.

    Sounds like you need to veg a little!

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  28. Law and Order is one of my favorite shows to escape with!

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  29. I can totally relate to that little dude in the picture!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. But, 96, yay. That is wonderful.

    Take care and it's ok if you have to have some downtime with tv :)

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  30. I am a bit overwhelmed as late too and my blogging is suffering. Here's to an extra for us both which should be coming up in the next week or two.

    Sorry about the loss of your Aunt, but to have lived as long as she did she must have had a historic life. I still miss talking to my grandmother about her days growing up before radio, tv and suffrage (technically as she was a teen when woman received the right to vote). She really gave me a broader prospective on things.

    Hang in there!

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  31. First let me say I'm sorry for your loss. Your Aunt did live a long (and hopefully happy) life!

    My days sound much like yours right now, thank goodness for audiobooks or I wouldn't get any 'me' time. I find myself listening while running errands, cleaning the house etc...

    Have a wonderful week!

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  32. I'm sorry for the loss of your aunt.

    I don't seem to have time for any thing these days. Not reading or blogging. I think I only read 1 book this whole month!

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  33. So sorry to hear about your aunt. My great aunt passed last week; she was 86. My gram's the only one left now, and she's 92.

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  34. Tell me about it///
    I feel like u!! I hope your aunt RIP...
    I have really no time to read :(
    I need a break too!!

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  35. I had a great aunt who died at 96 too and she had never married or had children and I always attributed it to the same things as you. When she died last year it was more of a celebration of a long life than a funeral.

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