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Babysitting, Birthdays, And Blogging

Friday: I babysat in the early afternoon for a couple of hours. The dad got surgery on his ear so I was needed to keep the peace while the mom was at the hospital with him. I kicked butt in Monopoly, watched the boys play some video games, and watched the oldest dye his hair pink… yeah. In my defense, the parents said it was okay and he’s not my child, so… anyway…

Mom and I went food shopping and then we all went out to dinner. Then to Barnes and Noble. It was a good day with the kids and a good night with the family.

Saturday: Kris and I went to Barnes and Noble in the morning to write (I swear, we should just live there). We got kicked out of our seats because some people reserved the table, but that was okay. We went upstairs and found a table by the writing books and didn’t get much done there. It was way too quiet… we always sit by the cafe and I always claim I can’t work with people talking (I usually listen to instrumental music or nothing at all), but apparently the background noise of the cafe is a nice atmosphere.

Then we went to our sister’s apartment for our brother-in-law’s 30th birthday. We stayed there for a few hours before it started snowing (again!) and we went home. I planned on being productive after getting home, but that didn’t happen.

Sunday: We went to church for the first time in two weeks (because of all the snow storms). The corner of the Sunday school room is leaking and the entire Sunday school closet (with all our books and supplies and such in it) was soaked. Nothing was damaged and there was no “flood,” but the carpet was soaked and part of the ceiling fell through. Plus, there was a huge puddle in the light fixture. I am officially done with snow.

Also, I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve stopped commenting on your blogs (or have been extremely slow at it) and that I’ve barely been keeping up with the comments on my own blog. I don’t know why I’ve been slacking in this department. However, I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon on my blog typing out posts and going through the blogs I follow.

You won’t believe how many blogs I follow that don’t even exist anymore. I unfollowed those as well as some blogs that haven’t been updated in months (in some cases, years). I hate unfollowing people. I feel like a jerk. However, it got to the point that I was following more people than I could count and some blogs I didn’t even know what they were until I clicked on their link. It was just something that desperately needed to be cleaned out.

With that being said, I’m going to try to set aside some time each day (or maybe every couple days depending on my schedule) where I can catch up on blog posts. I can give myself some time to read through each post and comment on them like every fellow blogger should.

I have to organize my flash drive, my blog, my writing stuff, everything… it’s kind of crazy. I think that’s why I’ve been so slow lately; I have a lot going on and I don’t know where to start on working through it all. I’m working on it slowly, but surely.

This is yet another reason as to why I can’t wait to be done with school… eight more weeks!

How was your weekend?



Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

24 thoughts on “Babysitting, Birthdays, And Blogging

  1. Didn’t know you could reserve a table at Barnes and Noble. Weird. With you on the snow too. This winter has made it really hard to find the motivation to do anything. Maybe a few hours of energy, but then the cold just saps it by early afternoon. Good luck with organizing.

    1. There’s a huge table that can fit about ten or so people. A lot of people reserve it for clubs like writing groups and such.

      Yeah, I think the cold has been getting to everyone. I’m afraid to go to work this morning because I know it’s frigid temperatures at the moment.

      1. That makes sense. The one by me is all small tables in an enclosure. Nowhere else to sit from what I remember. There’s the kids section, but it’s not quiet there.

        It’s getting colder as today progresses here. I don’t get it. Hoping this is only February being temperamental and March is better.

      2. Uh, yeah… that’s rough. It’s going be tough going into work on the following Monday and having all my preschoolers exhausted. DST should be a Friday or a Saturday night.

      3. I don’t see why don’t just make a single 30 minute change and leave it at that. I heard it doesn’t even save money or whatever the reason for keeping it is. Arizona appears to do fine without it too.

      4. Wait, this is an optional thing? I thought everyone did it because of the way the Earth is or the way it rotates or whatever. Apparently, I need to move to Arizona.

  2. I’m starting to hit that point where I follow too many blogs to keep up with – especially since I don’t have internet at home or a phone (my husband and I share a pre-paid flip phone with no internet for the moment to get caught up on bills). I try to comment on ones I feel I really have something to say, and I “like” them to show I’ve read them even if I don’t get a chance to comment.

    I am ready for Spring. While we haven’t gotten ANYWHERE near the amount of snow you’ve had. We’ve had rain and sleet which then freezes overnight. I’m done with busted pipes (fixed two this weekend) and no hot water for showers. Brr!

    You have a lot going on – you do more than I think I could handle right now – so don’t worry about being behind. Tackle what you can and worry about the rest when school’s out. 😉 Remember, eight more weeks!

    1. Ugh, that stinks. However, it must be kind of nice not to have Internet and such. It’s like living in the old days! 🙂

      I know what you mean… we’re been keeping our faucets running just a bit throughout the night so they don’t freeze. It’s going to be awful when the snow does melt because everyone’s basements will then flood.

      I’m doing my best to juggle everything. I would just rather work on my blog than do homework… lol. But eight more weeks and then I’m free!

  3. I know what you mean about cleaning out blogs you follow… I usually can’t keep up with more than 15 or so, and even that gets to be too many sometimes.

    1. I had well over 100 blogs… I figure that’s probably a lot to some and barely anything to others, but it’s a lot for me. I’m in the 70s now and even that’s too much. However, I really enjoy those blogs and the people who run them so I didn’t have the heart to unfollow… even if the latest post was from a few months ago.

    1. He’s 16… lol. His mother doesn’t care. His father gets annoyed. He used to dye his hair a lot, he went through a phase where he wore all black and grew his hair out, he tried giving himself a tattoo (that didn’t go well). He’s “explored” a lot, lol.

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