Yes, the Canadians Let Me Leave…
…in fact, I arrived home a little over two weeks ago and am just now getting around to posting. Whoops! I suspect 2012 will go down as the year I not-blogged more days than I blogged! This isn’t entirely a bad thing; while I’ve still had blogging slumps due to my silly health, often times I’ve been busy doing other fun things and put the blog on the back burner. I’ve been able to embrace far more opportunities this past year, and clearly need to learn how to balance my new, fuller life so that blogging could fit in. I really do miss it though (I think I’ve said that in every ‘first post after blogging break’-we need a shorter word for that-I’ve ever written but that doesn’t make it less true) and I think my new routines will allow it back in. I’ve already got three more posts ready to be published this week, so at least you’ll hear about a few new books!
In case you were wondering, my trip to Canada and upstate New York was magical! This was my first time meeting up with other book bloggers who I’ve known for years, and I learned a bittersweet lesson: it’s exponentially more wonderful to be face to face with blogging friends than it is to connect with them online. I loved every second I spent with Amy and Debi (and her family), who are both insanely gracious hosts. I arrived home with a scratchy throat and husky voice from nonstop conversations, as well as schemes to fit more blogging meet ups into my travel plans! Although, I should warn you that apparently when I visit friends I bring freak weather: my time in Denver with my (non-blogging) friend this summer saw the Colorado wildfires, my visit with Amy in Toronto coincided with Hurricane Sandy, and I ended up spending 28 hours in the JFK airport after saying goodbye to Debi thanks to that lovely November Nor’easter. Ahem.
On the blogging front, I’ve updated my ‘currently reading’ widget. But I just noticed this morning that I haven’t updated my books read page since August, so 2012 might be the first year since 2005 in which I don’t have a full record of the books I’ve read. :o This doesn’t terribly bother me, though, so clearly, I’m relaxing in my old age. I hope everyone’s been well; I’ve been out of the community for so long I suspect I’ve missed a lot of changes. I hope they’ve been good ones! And look for me to appear again in your comment boxes soon, to the extent my r.a. will allow. :D
P.S.: Who else took advantage of Barnes and Noble’s Friday deal on Nook Simple Touch?! I couldn’t resist for $59, and all of my complaints about the first generation Nook have been resolved. Much lighter weight, a battery that last ages, a clock that only appears when you want it to, all your ebooks in one place regardless of source…I’m delighted.