Saturday, December 22, 2012

A rough year

I have to say that 2012 has been a rough year for us.  We've been busy, sure: In November 2011, I took an after-school nanny job, which means I no longer work solely from home as a freelance writer.  (I still freelance, but on the side of my part-time work.)  Over the summer, while the kids were out, I worked double what I normally do, so I was very busy then, too.  And barely had I gotten a chance to reclaim my schedule post-summer vacation, when November -- and NaNoWriMo -- happened.

On top of that, there were a lot of pet-related emergencies and time-sucks this year.  Our dog Grace, a white shepherd with hip dysplasia, required weekly physical therapy/acupuncture all year, as well as regular vet visits for various reasons.  She passed away 10 days ago, so life will be easier, yet we're not quite past the empty feeling of losing her yet.

Then there was Emma's (our other dog's) pneumonia in January, Rondo's (my younger horse's) emergency vet call from getting kicked in the face in March, Panama's (my older horse's) weight loss in the spring and early summer, Cleo's (my oldest cat's) possible urinary tract infection (can't remember when that one was), the stray kitten I caught at the barn (now named Izzy) who required various checkups and shots as part of acquiring her, and all the regular vet care (checkups and shots) throughout the year, particularly for the horses.

Whew.

Meanwhile, every time I finish a book, I've been dumping it on my main screen of my Nook to remind me to eventually write a review of it.  The result is a puddle of book covers that I dare not even guess the number of.  The exceptions are the library books I've read in the last few months, since I downloaded the OverDrive app, which keeps my library books in a different part of my Nook (and therefore doesn't allow me to move covers to the "desktop" when I'm done with the book).

In other words, I have a lot of reviews to catch up on.  The thought of even trying to play catchup at this point, let alone trying to remember all of the library books I've read and have no record of, is rather overwhelming, so I think instead I am going to just start reviewing books as I finish them again -- and as I have time, I will write reviews of those I've read this past year, and insert those into any gaps in my reading.  Perhaps then, for a while, this will once again be a "book of the day" blog, even though I no longer have time to finish a book every day!

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