Contents of blog copyright Book Dragon's Lair 2009-2023
I've been gone a while. I started reading fanfiction to escape and I got sucked in an abyss.

I have no idea if someone else is hosting similar challenges. I just grabbed some of what I have hosted before.

Here's to a happy year of great reading
Jan2023: Not much has changed. Writing a fanfiction now O_o as well as reading but I bought 7 new books in December and hope to get those read soon. Crossing fingers about adding challenges (late!)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I can't do it... I just can't stay away any longer

I tried to stay away so I could clean house, enjoy the holidays with family and have a party.

It didn't work.

Well, the go-to-their-house and have-a-good-time part worked but the party here?....let's just say that I'm not as good at picking up as I should be and leave it at that. I like to have Grandparents over for dinner, been doing it for five years? Missed this year.

My parents have three children. This was the first year that they didn't go somewhere or have one of my brothers in town near Christmas. They didn't even put up the tree. One brother has a new grandbaby so they went there. The other brother has a new daughter-in-law so they had guests. We cooked dinner and took it over on the 24th & visited. The daughter-in-law was called into work so that brother brought lunch stuff on the 25th and stayed the weekend. Did all of that make sense? In a nutshell, I cooked and my dad did dishes and we had a nice quite visit with them (minus daughter and her husband) on Thursday then on Saturday we went over to see my brother & his wife. Nice time. Whew

So the question is why didn't I have the party? Didn't feel up to it. Am I depressed because it's the first Christmas since my daughter got married? Or is it because my new son-in-law decided not to go to our family get together (they live less than an hour away)? Or something else? Either way, it leads to the same place. The tree is up but the decoration boxes are still in the room. sigh.

Hey, this should have been a Tuesday Tangent!

I tried so hard to stay away. I'm organizing my books for 2010 and doing some background stuff. Clearing out my GR and visiting you. That visiting was my downfall. I may have skipped visiting Wendy but I found a couple more challenges other places that I need to post about so I can sign-up. Looks like you'll see me around getting ready but I've got a few more days of play before starting my regularly scheduled stuff on Sunday.

I don't know about you but we're thinking about vacations and this little unplugged week has shown me that I'm going to go through withdrawals each time. Each time? Why yes, we're talking about three vacations this year. Cruise prices are low, low, low and my parents want all of us to go again (4 days, should be alright). This is the year for the extended family's beach trip (full week but can go to the library). Also, I'll be married for 25 years this year and M is talking about going on a cruise (7 days with no access!). I cringe thinking about it. The cruise will be a blast and it will be nice being away, just us but no email? No checking in? {shudder}

That's it for now, I've got to get the challenge posts up and fix my Happy New Year post....

happy reading,



fredamans said...

Glad to have you back!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

It sounds like this is a year for readjustments regarding the holidays ... and those are never comfortable. I hope you had a good time anyway. And I know what you mean about the NEED to check back in regularly - it is VERY hard for me to unplug for more than a day. :)

Hope you have a wonderful new year!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Dear Gina:
Please accept this cybe *hug*

Helen's Book Blog said...

The first Christmas that I had away from my family was SO difficult. I am glad that some of us are back to being together each year. I hope you can get back in the spirit of things/life. Changes are so difficult!

I couldn't unplug...I am commenting from the Hyatt at the Orlando Florida airport (we're on our way home tomorrow REALLY early).


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