Wow! So it has been 18 days since my last post! Things have been crazy – like crazier than normal crazy. Between Year End at work, one of my projects at work going live, end of the school year for the kids and getting ready for two trips (Europe for the Girl, and Idaho for a wedding for the rest of us) – I just stopped writing and totally lost track of the time.
And to be honest, I fell into a little bit of a depression. You know how it goes – you know getting back into things would help to kick you out of it, but you just can’t seem to do it. There is always something else that needs your attention and so you just start riding that spiral slide down into the darkness.
I realized something else too. I kind of already knew, but it hit home with me the last couple weeks. When I am overwhelmed, depressed, feeling a bit down – my escape is books. Some people drink, some people shop, some people get lost in cyberspace. I get lost in books.
I tried keeping up with all my fellow bloggers at first – but that fell away. It became too hard to log on and read through blogs and the pressure of leaving a comment or even just liking a post – ugh, it was too much. Even looking at Facebook, Instagram or keeping up with my emails became overwhelming. Although, I did post for the Girl’s birthday, the Drama Queen’s 8th grade promotion, the Fearless One’s first day at football conditioning (resulting in him learning the hard way not to eat right before practice) and the Girl’s departure for Europe. But those were all brief. Instead I got lost in a few good books and one good series. It is the one way I can just leave everything else behind and forget for a little bit about the stresses of my life.
BUT I am back now and committed to reading posts and writing myself. Like I’ve said before, it is therapeutic for me to write. Reading is too – but it can easily turn me into a hermit.
Today I will keep this short and sweet. After all, I have a few fellow bloggers I need to start catching back up with (plus I do have the last book of a series to read!) I want to say thank you to those who made a point to check out and like my old posts – even when I was MIA. And thank you to those who reached out to me to make sure I was doing okay. It has only been a few months that I’ve known y’all but it feels like we’ve been friends for much longer. And I truly appreciated that it was noticed when I was gone.