********************You have no idea how much blogging has become a part of your life until you take a few days off to catch up on housecleaning and work and all that fun (?) stuff. You don't realize it fully until you open your Google Reader or Bloglines or whatever feed you might use and find that you have 196 unread posts staring back at you, looking at you with that glare of disdain that the cat always gives you when you've had the nerve to go out and leave him or her home alone all day with nothing but a bowl of kibble and water.
As I looked in dismay at those 196 unread posts I felt both guilty and uncomfortable, much like I used to with the cat, but I just had neither the time or the energy to go through and read them all so I skimmed, I commented on a couple that really caught me eye, and then I deleted the rest. I sincerely apologize for not having had the time to read posts that so much effort were put into creating but if I were to try to read them all, I'd still be reading when it was time to go back to work tomorrow morning!
Somehow I am going to have to figure out how to better balance work, home, and blogging because trust me, I don't want to have to spend a whole day cleaning like I did this past Saturday because I am still sore from the effort. Now how pathetic is that? Obviously things had gotten so out of hand that it took a semi-Herculean effort to get it back under control and now I need to be sure to keep on top of it and not let it get that bad again - ever. Apparently it's not a good idea for my back to do that sort of thing too often because I don't think a person should still be so achy two days after cleaning!
Unfortunately, staying on top of things may mean that it cuts into my blogging time a little bit as I've found that the house, not surprisingly, doesn't clean itself and Amanda apparently has no ambitions to be a professional maid or housekeeper so I can't expect her to perfect her skills here at home. She certainly has that teenage-sloppiness down to a real art, though!
I wish I was able to be a full-time blogger but unfortunately I don't have anyone offering to pay me my current salary to do that so it's going to have to be a part-time thing that I'm going to get behind on from time to time to time. Or, I could just continue to devote hours upon hours to all things blog but I would have to ask some of you to come over here and do my housework for me so that I don't end up living in squalor and disarray again!