I have been struggling to get blog posts written these days and after reading Andi's excellent post on maintaining a successful blog, I have decided to try to improve my consistency and see if that keeps me on track a bit better. In thinking about maintaining consistency, I concluded that having an easy to follow format for some posts may make them less daunting and allow me to just GET THEM DONE! So.... following the lead of Joanne of Lakeside Musing and Lisa of Lit and Life, I am trying a Sunday Salon post with prompts - I always enjoy reading theirs so we will see how this goes. I have customized the prompts a bit for me.
Reading: I am currently reading Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah - this book has a wonderful winter themed cover and has been on my shelves forever so I am glad to have gotten to it. It is an easy read which I am really enjoying. After that, it will be on to Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge on my e-reader. I loved her book Eating Heaven so am looking forward to reading her latest.
Listening: After finishing Defending Jacob (which I loved), I have moved on to Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. It is narrated by the author and his voice is great. Great company on the longer dog walks!
Blogging: Still struggling with consistency on the blog - I am way behind on reviews. I am excited for the two challenges I am hosting this year - Immigrant Stories is still going strong and for the first time I am hosting the Ireland Reading Challenge (formerly hosted by Books and Movies)
Watching: Looking forward to Downton tonight! Ahh, Sundays.
Looking Forward To: Surprisingly, surgery. Now that I know I need it and have decided on the path forward, I just want to move on. I will be home recuperating and off work for at least 4 weeks. I think the blog will be quiet in the days following surgery but hope as I start to feel better that I can use some of the downtime to catch up here a bit. When I am not up to blogging post-op, I am sure I will still be dropping in on Twitter (@booksnyc), Instagram (Booksnyc) and Facebook (Books in the City) so please stop in there!
Planning: Like crazy for pre/post op later this week. I am wrapping stuff up at work so that I can be out for an extended period of time; prepping the apartment for my parents' visit (they will be staying and taking care of me). I will be on a clear liquid only diet for 2 days pre-surgery and then liquids only for a while post surgery so I am ordering jello, protein powder, beverages etc. Fortunately, online shopping is my friend!
Grateful: For the support of family and friends and co-workers. I know I will continue to rely on them in the post-op period.