Jul 21, 2010

Excuses, excuses...

That's right, in case you're blind (or have a life), you'll have noticed that I haven't been posting with my usual regularity not to mention my wit and sarcasm.  I don't even know what happened to the last two (I'm in a sarcasm slump, if you can believe that!), but I've been busy with life.

First there's the daycare -- it's been raining here.  Like RAINING.  As in so much rain I was beginning to wonder if our next craft might be building an arc and arranging to get 2 of every animal aboard.  So, my days have been spent policing children who are too cooped up to do anything but argue and fight.  I actually have a little bite war going on between my own demon toddler and my poor little daycare boy (although he's also given his fair share of bites).  I have to keep reminding myself that it's just a stage and they'll out grow it, but in the mean time, I want to cry.

Because of the rain, my kids are bored.  There's the usual "I'm bored" that you get during summer holidays, but this is genuine boredom.  It's like the real life version of  The Cat in the Hat "too wet to go out, too cold to play ball, so we sat in the house and did nothing at all" -- except no crazy cat comes to make life fun/interesting.  Only me, and I'm neither fun nor interesting lately.

I've learned a few things about myself during this extended period of I'm-So-Bored-I'm-Debating-Suicide.  First - I no longer like my coffee with cream.  Ages ago, I went from cream & sugar to just cream....then, lately, drinking my coffee has been making me feel nauseous.  Couldn't figure it out and unfortunately, I'd rather contemplate cleaning out a viper pit than face my day without caffeine.  Then, I poured a cup one groggy morning, got distracted by one of many things, and went back and took a sip without the cream.  Oh, sweet heavenly dark bliss!  I'm in love.

I also learned that when my nails get too long, I can't type.  This is kind of a TMI tidbit...but it's here and posted so deal with it.  It's not like my nails are drastically long ...maybe just 1/2 a centimeter (that's a little less than 1/4 inch for my southern friends).  Regardless, it messes up my typing.

And -- here's the big time waster for me.  I've got a bit of an infatuation going on with someone I found on YouTube.  I actually saw one of her vids about 4 or 5 months ago, but was too busy with school to do much more than a quick glance at it.  Amenakin is a Muslim gal from the UK, and is brilliantly fashionable and has created the most funky and gorgeous ways of wearing a hijab.  I love it.  She also has an online hijab shop, that I have bought myself a few scarves from - and have plans to continue to do so until I have almost everything that she's selling!  Here's a little promo for her stuff...and I love it!

And finally, there's the book.  This Faith Club thing is really getting me down. I was expecting so much more....meat to this.  It's kinda filled with fluff.  Don't get me wrong, it's been interesting, but it's not near stimulating enough for me.  The last time I read a romance novel, I was about 12.  This reminds me of a romance.  Easy reading but not brain teasing.  I prefer a book that grabs me and keeps the pages turning.  I'm going to try and get the rest of this book read and post up my thoughts, but if you're looking for new chapter thoughts, that's the reason they've been MIA -- because I can't stand not using my brain and this book just doesn't do it for me. (and, I feel really bad too, becuase one of my followers, Tina, bought it for me and I really want to like it, but just can't bring myself to!  At least it's brought some comments to the blog!)

Okay, kids are here -- gotta start my day.


Erin said...

This summer had been awful weather wise, I agree.....the fighting due to the boredom factor is ridiculous around here too.
I had to cut out my favourite creamer from my coffee years ago for the same reason....I went to milk, and now soy milk in mine....can't drink it black.
The book is...disappointing. You have to catch up though, I'm done chapter 9! :)

Tina.S said...

I too am EXTREMELY disappointed with the book and I am forcing myself to read it!!! I was really hoping that there would be "learning" involved but it just keeps coming across as a "oh whoa is me party". Some chapters I find are good, I enjoyed the end of chapter 10, so we'll see.
As for the rain...ENOUGH already!!!! I am ready to stick my head into the bath tub and drown myself if I have to listen to another sudden down pour!!!! I just keep thinking "hear me go again, its the end of the world"!

NanLT said...

I really started to enjoy the book by around Chapter 10. They seemed to get a bit more depth to them. I'm really glad I have read it. It has been giving me a much greater understanding of not only Christianity,Judaism and Islam, but also of my own beliefs as a Pagan.

Weather - it's been incredibly warm here. Not way up in the 40s /100s like I grew up with in Kansas with it's 90% humidity levels, but 26 - 30/70s - low 80s. And you know what - I've grown adjusted to the lower temperate climate they have here in the UK.

Keahn said...

I wouldn't say that the book has been a huge disappointment for me ~ probably because for the last several years I've been nose-deep in "required reading" at university; not to mention that for the last 2 years I've been buried in heavy reading while working on my thesis. So, for me, this "I-don't-have-to-think-too-terribly-hard" reading is just what I needed.

That said, there have been tidbits and nuggets here and there that have, to some degree, furthered my understanding of each religion and the culture / political aspects behind them as well.

Truly, I had no specific expectations when I decided to join the group and read this selection. Maybe that is key to my POV on it.

Perhaps, more than anything, I've enjoyed being a part of a conversation that is not "academia fueled" -- and I've been introduced to some darn, swell group members, too (including our hostess). :-)

Naomi said...

I feel your pain. I'm in Sydney, Australia and we're in the middle of winter and it's been raining here too. Plus both my kids have been sick (so have I but it's not like that *really* matters ;-)
anyhow, we've been going absolutely crazy. I tried to write an upbeat post on my blog about how to beat the rain 'blahs', but really, it's a load of crap and rain TOTALLY SUCKS. which is a bit of a problem as we're moving back to Vancouver in about 6 weeks, and well, there's A LOT of freakin' rain there....soooooooo, thought i'd share - you know someone else's misery makes you feel better????
As for the book, just finished my own version of the Faith Club called "The Slap" - it was so hard to get through, but finally at the end I no longer thought it was the world's worst book...so maybe yours will take a turn for the better???

oh, that's a great website btw. Love the hijab on the cat. although if i ever tried that with my cats, i'd be using the scarf to bind my wounds!

Anyhow, LOVE your blog and don't worry, before you know it, it'll be sunny and forty below ;-)

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