But first, What I’ve Been Up To Since My Last Post:
Curly turned sixteen and landed a part-time job at a soft-serve ice cream joint.
Larry decided to go to Virginia Tech this fall. For now we prepare for graduation, and he’ll be working at Home Depot this spring and summer.
We celebrated my dad’s 80th birthday.
Moe received the Sacrament of Confirmation,
and played the lead in his school’s production of Aladdin, Jr.
It seems that the longer I go between blog posts, the harder it is to write one. Lately I haven’t even taken the time to read many of my favorite blogs, much less post anything on mine. (I don’t remember the last time I looked at Ginny’s Small Things, one of my all-time favorites.) I guess working full time, plus my love for running these last (almost) two years have forced me to change the way I spend what little free time I have. Living in a house with three teenage boys keeps me pretty busy as well.
My boys, their cousins, and their grandpa
I don’t like that word, “busy.” I read something maybe a year or so ago–I wish I could remember where–about how people use that word as an excuse. I don’t have time to pray because I’m too busy. I can’t find the time to work out because I’m too busy. It said that people use that word to make themselves feel important and to justify not doing what they ought. Most of the time, the things we’re busy with are frivolous nonsense and not the things we really need to spend our time doing. Last year during Lent I tried not to use that word, and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I tried to substitute things like, “I’ve been spending so much time on such-and-such” or “I’ve had to focus on thus-and-so” but I found that it all came back to busyness.
It takes me a couple of hours to publish one blog post, sometimes more. By the time I’ve gotten my thoughts together, inserted photos and links, and edited myself (sometimes reading it over and over to make sure it’s exactly right), I’ve spent a pretty big chunk of time in front of my computer. And for what? I’m certainly not getting paid. Meanwhile there is laundry to be folded and errands to be run and work for preschool to be done. I used to do a lot of blogging late at night, which was okay since I would have time to take a nap the next day. Not so much anymore (although I will admit that I do allow myself a catnap now and then).
My handsome hubby at the Formula 1 race in Austin, TX last November. The ultimate birthday present from his family, and a fun getaway for both of us.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t in any way feel like blogging has been a waste of time. It’s a good way for me to express my thoughts, celebrate the wonderful gifts God has given me, share my faith, even given me a reason to try new recipes. Every time I publish a new post, I get compliments from friends. It’s nice to know people do read it and enjoy it. I know people who are even more busy than I (there’s that dreadful word again) who manage to find the time to write great posts on a pretty regular basis. I’ve run across quite a number of running and fitness blogs lately by people (mostly moms–take Katie and Cortney, for example) who have full time jobs, families, responsibilities, who train for marathons and triathlons, AND blog about all those things. I even tried inserting “blog” into my weekly schedule, but you can see how that’s worked out.
I take random photos when I run…
School is out this week for Easter break. We have a smattering of appointments and activities do attend, but mostly I plan to spend a lot of time relaxing and catching up on things I’ve been putting off. I’ll do some running, too; I’m signed up for a local 15K race this coming Saturday and the Blue Ridge 10K the following weekend. (I ran with a new running group on Saturday; when I started running little did I realize that not only would I be in better shape, I would make new friends, too!) I’m using just my phone for pictures these days because my fancy camera that I love so much isn’t in good working order at the moment. Perhaps I’ll break down and get a new and even better one, and maybe that will inspire me to take more photos; which believe it or not inspires me to blog.
Have a wonderful Easter Week! I hope I see you here again sooner rather than later! That is, if I’m not too busy…