TSS ~ Half-done Is NOT Well-begun

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Oh, how I wish I were a speed reader with photographic memory, that way I could zip through all those lovely books and then digest them later!  Or, that I had clones, each with a feed into my own brain, so that I could read all the blogs and comment on them, read all the books and write their reviews, get all the house work done and cook and walk the dog and….. *sigh* and just the other million and one things I would do, meanwhile I would lay back and receive the feed and process it all.

But, alas… it is just little ol’ me.

But li’l ol’ me did manage to get a lot done this week.  I figured out how to work Google Reader, but I’ve promptly forgot to CHECK IT EVERYDAY… now I’m scared to look at how many new posts will be waiting.  I finished Emmaby Jane Austen… finally… and I’ve started the review, but I just don’t know exactly what I want to say or how I feel, so it sits in the drafts pile, waiting.  The Cable modem had a malfunction and I was without internet for about 26 hours, so in the absence of my feed (addiction), I managed to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay (have yet to start the review), get about 2/3 the way through The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards, and get a good start on The 19th Wifeby David Ebershoff, but had to set aside Of Bees and Mistby Erick Setiawan until after the blog tour books since they take precedence as they have specific dates to post.

I got on the stick and started sorting clothes for keepers, winter clothes, Goodwill and trash, and now my kitchen table is covered with laundry, the job half done, so now we can’t eat at the table.  We just kinda disperse to which ever cave, er, I mean “room”, we prefer to huddle in front of TV or monitor or book while consuming our food.  It feels so separate and distant, I can’t see how people do that on a regular basis. 

Maggie’s dad’s suffering the economic crunch, and this multiple-times Employee-of-the-Month-where-ever-he-goes will be outa a job as of Wednesday, the company he has worked for for six years is closing their doors.  So my coming weeks will involve helping him with unemployment paperwork, filling out job apps, looking up openings online and helping him talk to potential employers.  I do all of that because he’s Maggie’s daddy and if he gets a job here, then he’ll stay in the area and she’ll get to grow up as much with him as possible.  When he first found out about the closing, he talked about moving back to California with his parents.  Mags wanted me to let him live at our house, but I had to set her straight.

Me:  “Maggot, that’s NOT going to happen.”

Daddy’s Princess:  “Why not?  He can sleep on my top bunk.”

Me:  “Honey, if daddy were to move back in with us, it wouldn’t be long before you’d be an orphan because I’d be in jail for killing him”

Needless to say, he and I are great friends but we did not get along under the same roof AT ALL.  I enjoy our relationship now that I can tell Mr. Anal-Retentive to “Go home if you don’t like my messy house.”  The very things that I love and admire in him drove me insane when living together.

Yeah… As the sands through the hourglass, such is The Kool-Aid Mom’s life. 😀


7 Responses

  1. Well gee it’s time for a commercial break! Or any break! If it’s any consolation, we also can’t eat at our kitchen table, so we sort of eat in our laps, BUT we don’t have a dog, so half of every meal goes on the floor and generally remains there until it gets up and walks out itself. We need a dog….

    My husband and I don’t get along exactly totally swimmingly, but we do have a SECRET to our relationship enduring thus far without murder. He has a hearing disorder. In relationship emergencies, he merely whips his batteries OUT of his hearing aids. And in case that doesn’t work well enough, he bought for ME a set of those Jackhammer Hearing Proof Headphones. We also have a rule: no fighting during ice cream. When you live with me, that rule is in effect a GREAT DEAL OF THE TIME.

    But I’m sorry your ex is getting laid off. That s**ks. I hope things are looking up soon!

  2. We have a clear table, but it is for the kids to eat together. My husband and I only eat with them on holidays and special occasions. We’ve tried doing the family dinner thing, but it doesn’t work. We love our kids, but they drive us nuts if we sit with them at the table every night :-).

    Sometimes I feel like that new Bing search engine commercial where everyone is shouting out different headlines. I have to remind myself that I don’t have to read everything out there. I really WANT to, but I don’t have to.

  3. If we can watch two shows on tv at the same time, why can’t we simultaneously read two books?

    Someone needs to come up with a way.

  4. If only there were more hours in a day..


    TSS: Lets talk about books and related suff

  5. You certainly sound busy! I’m sorry. I wish I could give you some extra hours. I also wish that I had a photographic memory so I could actually remember books a week after I read them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put off a review only to stare at a book and try to remember how I felt about it without skimming. It comes back to me eventually, but it’s frustrating while it’s happening.

  6. I’m out of breath reading your post! You certainly do have your hands full right now. I would love to have a few extra hours in the day just for reading. That would be so nice, wouldn’t it?

  7. Congrats on finishing Emma and learning to use Google Reader- I still haven’t got that one figured out! 🙂

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