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Taking a Break


Life is overwhelming me.

Since my surgery (spinal fusion) in September 2015, I have been trying to regain the cleanliness and order in my life that I had been gradually losing over the ten years previous.

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Add to life in general, the sorting of not only the things I brought back from my mother’s house in 2014, but the items we took out of Bill’s mom’s house a year ago when Ma went to a nursing home and the house she had lived in since 1955 was sold.

Add to that the fact that we are embarking on an extensive reno of our house to prepare for sale when Bill retires in three years, and that we are going to visit friends in Ecuador for a couple of weeks in the new year and I have to learn a least a little bit more Spanish than how to order two beers, and life is overwhelming me.

How, I asked myself, did I ever manage when I worked full-time? And what am I spending my time on now? The answer lies largely in the Internet. It wasn’t there before. And now I spend lots and lots of time reading book blogs and commenting, and posting to, and following up comments on, Exurbanis.

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So I’ve decided to take a digital break. I’m not going to post to this blog except for the exceptions noted below. I’m not going to read other book blogs and I’m not going to comment. I’m not going to spend time on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media.

I am going to clean and sort and paint. I’m going to clear up backlogged projects, including my “Books Read” record, so you will see those posts as I get them done up (and I will gratefully read all your comments although I may not be able to respond). But other than that, my computer time is going to be severely limited.

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20 Comments to

“Taking a Break”

  1. On December 18th, 2016 at 9:13 am Rachel Says:

    Good luck with your break! I agree that the internet takes a lot of time up. And I’ll spend even more next year with my two big challenges. I totally understand how life can fall apart. But hopefully you’ll take time to read books and relax, too!

  2. On December 18th, 2016 at 2:53 pm Debbie Says:

    Thanks, Rachel. I do hope to get lots of reading done, too. 🙂

  3. On December 18th, 2016 at 4:09 pm Toady Says:

    This is a wonderful thing to do. I know when I catch up on the backlog of house projects I feel like a new person. I hope you have a good and productive break. Enjoy.

  4. On December 18th, 2016 at 6:10 pm Debbie Says:

    Thanks, Toady. I’m looking forward to that feeling, missing from my life for about a decade . . .

  5. On December 18th, 2016 at 8:40 pm Judy Krueger Says:

    So understandable! Don’t blame you a bit. Happy Holidays and New Year!

  6. On December 19th, 2016 at 4:30 pm Debbie Says:

    Thanks, Judy 🙂

  7. On December 19th, 2016 at 10:13 am Rebecca Foster Says:

    I’ll miss seeing you around the blogosphere. You have so kindly supported my blog. Hope you enjoy the time offline and get lots of reading done. Happy holidays!

  8. On December 19th, 2016 at 4:31 pm Debbie Says:

    Thank you, Rebecca. I will greatly miss reading your blog! I’ll be back . . .

  9. On December 20th, 2016 at 10:13 pm Nan Says:

    I will miss your posts, and your comments, but I sure understand. It was the best thing I ever did giving up Fb. And I’ve never been on Twitter. Blogging is it for me online, but I don’t do it as often as I used to. Hmm, I wonder if my beloved grandchildren have anything to do with that! Anyhow, I do my best reading others, and writing my own. Good luck with all the stuff you have to do. In terms of selling your house, am I mistaken or didn’t you move there not long ago? I guess you’ll answer when you come back! Take your time. Most of us will still be around.

  10. On December 21st, 2016 at 8:23 am Jennifer Says:

    Sometimes life is just so overwhelming. I’ll look forward to your return but, in the meantime, enjoy your break.

  11. On January 13th, 2017 at 12:25 pm Debbie Says:

    Thank you, Jennifer 🙂

  12. On December 23rd, 2016 at 9:42 am Naomi Says:

    Taking a break from the internet is always a restful thing to do – it takes up so much of our brain space (at least it does for me!). Enjoy it, and we’ll see you when you come back! 🙂

  13. On January 13th, 2017 at 12:27 pm Debbie Says:

    I think my brain is shrinking as I get older, Naomi and I don’t have brain space to spare right now. I’m making good progress on my projects and still hope to be back in the late spring.

  14. On December 25th, 2016 at 2:48 am Rita @ View From My Books Says:

    Hope you find peace, get things done on your list and feel stronger with every day!

  15. On January 13th, 2017 at 12:27 pm Debbie Says:

    Thank you for the kind thoughts, Rita.

  16. On January 4th, 2017 at 2:03 pm J.G. Says:

    Enjoy your break! I for one completely understand. Rest, heal, enjoy, without pressure.

    But if I can tempt you back for the Birth Year Reading Challenge, it would be fun to have you along. Even one book would get you in!

  17. On January 13th, 2017 at 12:30 pm Debbie Says:

    Oh, you did, Jane. You did 😉

  18. On January 5th, 2017 at 7:35 pm Buried In Print Says:

    All the best in your restorative projects: enjoy!

  19. On January 13th, 2017 at 12:30 pm Debbie Says:

    Thanks, Marcie!

  20. On January 24th, 2017 at 8:09 am Whispering Gums Says:

    I’m sure I read this before, but clearly if I did I didn’t comment. I completely understand how much time gets taken up by the internet. I should take a break too – but I’m not as strong as you. So, good for you – as long as you don’t go away completely.

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