On Needing A Break and Doing Things Differently

It’s 9am and it already feels like half the day has gone by.

I’ve dropped Lilly off at preschool and usually around this time I’m rushing back home to catch up on housework, or running errands, or going off to lend my husband a hand with our business. Today though, I’ve decided to do something different.

I’ve realized recently that I’m always tired, always exhausted, and I never have time to do anything for myself. Being in the last trimester of my second pregnancy isn’t exactly helping with the whole exhaustion thing, but it’s more than that. I need a break, and I’ve realized that with a baby coming soon, This is probably the only time I’ll get to take that break.

So currently, I’m sitting at Panera Bread with a freshly brewed hot chocolate and a brand new book and this is where I’ll stay till it’s time to pick Lilly up from preschool.

The laundry can wait.

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Like Mother Like Daughter

For those of you who know me and my predilection towards everything creepy, it won’t come as any surprise that my 2 year old daughter’s all time favorite book is about ghosts and skeletons, or that the one holiday she just can’t stop talking about (even in May) is Halloween.

I guess it’s true what they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

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The Tea Dilemma 

Last night, after the toddler went to bed, the dishwasher was humming away and the living room had been made livable again, I had two options to fill the little time I had before my own bedtime: either write an amazing blogpost about my super awesome day, or unwind with a good book

I chose the latter. 

So in lieu of that amazing blogpost, you get the beautiful Tom Hiddleston depicting what I would most likely be worried about if I had left the stove on.

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great weekend! 

What’s on Your Reading Wish List?

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My love affair with books began at a young age, and like most love affairs it was electrifying and intense. Unlike most love affairs though, it wasn’t short lived and stayed with me through my tweens, teens and adulthood. I cut my teeth on Enid Blython, dove into the Sweet Valley series and R L Stine as I grew, read the Sweet Dreams and Christipher Pike novels as a rite of passage,  discovered Narnia, Middle Earth, DiscWorld and EarthSea along the way and fell in love with Asimov, Terry Pratchett and Kamila Shamsie before I graduated college. Somewhere along the way I read every single book written by Agatha Christie and added her to my growing list of favourite authors, along with Victoria Holt, David Eddings and Anne Rice.

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books: the best kind of love affair

You could say my taste in books has been more then a little eclectic, but where’s the fun in only reading the same type of books over and over again?

I thought my love of books would always stay with me, and that it would help me find the time to continue to read no matter how busy I got.

Then motherhood happened.

The love of books stayed with me, but time to actually read? That’s about as abundant as unicorns and leprechauns in the coat closet.

I know, I know, when you are passionate about something you make the time to do it and all that, but there’s only so many things I can make time for after all. Any free time that I do get is spent writing, blogging, working out or watching a movie or two with the husband. I still read of course, it’s just shorter things and not entire novels.

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Pictured: the only type of book I have time to read these days >.<

I miss reading, I really do. My reading list is growing longer and longer but nothing seems to get crossed off. Everytime I go grocery shopping, I stop and browse through the meagre book selection they have but its always mostly romance novels (which are too sex-filled these days for my taste) or your Twilight/Shades of Grey type books which I can’t stand.

I always promise myself though that next time, I’ll splurge on a nice hardcover book (I’m a sucker for hardcovers) and make the time to actually read it.

Apparently today was the day I was going to fulfill that promise, and at Costco no less.

Today I bought a book. It was a book that  was actually on my reading wish list so that’s a double win right there!

So now dear readers I will say adieu, schedule this post for the morning, close my laptop and go read my precious new book.

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Though whether or not this book will make me want to sleep with the lights on is another story

What’s on your reading wish list? Which book are you currently reading? Do you have something in your life that you loved doing but now just don’t have the time/energy for?

It’s Over Book! (Or Not)

I'll just leave this here then…

 

Image courtesy of: The Awkward Yeti

 

Sunday Through a Window

A rainy morning..
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… Turned into a foggy afternoon right out of a Stephen King story.
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Beware the creatures that hide within the mist..
All plans for going out were definitely off the menu due to icy roads and foggy weather but a perfect time to enjoy a good book..
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… that you've been meaning to read ever since you got it 2 weeks ago.
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Hope everyone had a great Sunday!

 

Do You Believe in Magic?

‘What are you reading?’

‘Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett.’

‘Awww, that’s so cute! You read kid’s books?’

*fuming* ‘It is not a kid’s book’

*Laughs indulgently* ‘Of course it is, it’s about vampires and monsters or something right?’

*Counts to 10, chants ‘She’s not worth it, she’s not worth it’ to self*

Yes, the above conversation actually happened and no, I did not kill that person even though I really really wanted to. Sometimes I surprise myself with the level of self-restraint I manage to display.

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