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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Just sneaking in ...

I was just about to say I'd made it back here within a month, but then I realised that it's almost two months since I set foot in blogland ... oops!  I've fallen off the wagon with just about everything!  No proper 'recipe book' cooking, no arting whatsoever, very little reading, and not much 'socialising' online (or in real life!).  I have managed to keep posting a word every day for my lovely band of 365+1ers, but I haven't posted many photos myself.  I'm not sure why I go through these cycles all the time.  It seems like I get all creative and inspired for a couple of months and then crash and do nothing for a couple of months.

So, since February what have I been doing?  Working (not that hard, I must admit.  Working part-time is such a pleasure and I'm so lucky to be able to do that!).  And holidaying! I guess that might have been a cause for my preoccupation - I went into super hyper planning mode for our Orlando holiday, and it was two weeks of bliss! Perfect weather, thrilling rollercoasters and gorgeous food.  The first week's worth of photos are up on my flickr account if anyone's interested in having a look ... the second will be up at some point (no promises!).

And since we returned I've felt a tiny shift in mood, and am starting to feel the need to get inky and painty again.  I've been bloghopping and youtubing.  I've even, thanks to a little prodding from the utterly gorgeous Anne, posted a daily photo (just the one, but it was yesterday, and today is still young so there is still hope!)

And I've read a book!

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
This was a gripping read that I absolutely couldn't put down!  It had been gathering dust on my Kindle for a long time, and I have no idea what took me so long to get round to it!  I would highly recommend this tense novel to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller (and doesn't mind the odd graphic scene or F word!).  It reminded me a bit of Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson, but I enjoyed Into the Darkest Corner more.  A definite 5 * read!

So there we have it.  The blog has been updated.  Usually when I come back to blogging after a short while away I tend to rejig the whole look of it, but actually I really love the way my blog is looking right now!

I hope I still have some followers!  Do any of you experience cycles within your hobbies or interests?  Please tell me I'm not alone!

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At April 25, 2012 9:37 am , Blogger kim said...

I'm exactly the same. I haven't scrapped for ages- but know once I get remotivated I'll get several done.

Earlier this year I was very slow on the reading front- which is unusual for me- but also coincided with no scrapping- so generally unmotivated. I really want to read the book you've just read. I've seen nothing but great reviews on it.

The one thing that has kept me motivated this year- is your wonderful photography challenge. I am struggling a little at the moment without my favourite camera. No idea what to take today- yet!

At April 25, 2012 11:22 am , Blogger Karen said...

I think we all get like that my lovely! Crafting seems to go in cycles here too. Sometimes I just want to sit at my sewing machine & other times I want to get inky. Trouble is its never when I have to do it hahahaha!!!! ooooo you went to Orlando? Fabulous and it sounds like you had an amazing time too. HUGS xxx

At April 25, 2012 6:01 pm , Blogger Jo.C said...

You are so not alone - think I did 3 posts last month. Have done no scrapbooking all year and in my case have been overwhelmed by work. Think it's just normal. Do what you want when you want and when it feels right you will start again. Or that's what I keep telling myself :0)
Your prompts have kept me photographing anyway :0) Thank you


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