Good Sunday morning!
Lately it feels like I've been ignoring this blog an awful lot but it's not so much that as it is being a little too busy with other irons in the fire to post on a regular basis. I was just thinking the other day how I used to get kind of panicky if I didn't at least post something every day and now it's kind of like "eh, no big deal, I'll get to it!" That's probably because I know that regular readers are quite forgiving and understanding when it comes to Life vs. Blogging - and I thank you all for that!
So ... what have I been busy doing? Good question as sometimes I'm not even sure myself! My work schedule has changed a little bit and I'm now back to working double shifts on Sundays and Tuesdays with a quick 8-hour Monday evening shift sandwiched in between which is a pretty darned good deal if you ask me as that means I get four solid days off in a row every week provided I'm not lucky enough to pick up an occasional overtime shift which is very rare these days being that we're actually up to staff and apparently staying there - miracle that that is! Having four days off in a row every week you would think I'd be able to get a lot more things done but alas, that hasn't been the case so far though I'm hoping for better time management skills as I get used to this new schedule.
This new schedule will also hopefully give me more time to wander distractedly in pursuit of interesting places to write about for one of my new projects - my "travel blog" The Distracted Wanderer. Even though juggling multiple blogs is not easy, I was encouraged to start writing that one by several friends who felt that it would be a good thing to have someplace to highlight my travel posts. I've been working on transferring posts that are travel-related from this blog over to that blog while also trying to write the occasional new post to keep things fresh over there. It's time-consuming but considering how nice some of the lovely compliments that I've received from a few of the places that I've written about have been, I'd say it's more than worth it plus it gives me the chance to at least play at being a travel writer. I may never be one in real life but I certainly can be on my blog! Whenever I do have a new post over there, I'll have a short post here telling you about it so if you get the chance, I'd love it if you could pop over there and check it out. They'll be the same travel posts you used to read here - they're now just going to be over there instead!
Another project that has kept me busy lately has to do with photography as I've recently opened a SmugMug account which will give me the opportunity to offer prints for sale directly from my account. Granted, there's currently no long line of people banging down my door asking for prints of my photos but on occasion one or two people have asked where they could get one and SmugMug makes that very easy as one can order directly from there. I've had a Flickr account for years now so with most of my photos being there, I now have to transfer them over to my SmugMug account which is a bit on the time-consuming side as it requires me to download the pictures back onto my computer and then upload them onto SmugMug. There are a couple of ways to do it that don't require me to download/upload but I've found that they don't provide the quality that I get doing it the more time-consuming way so ... I'm chipping away at that in addition to working on getting The Distracted Wanderer on track.
Meanwhile I'm planning my very first jaunt up to Canada soon as well as another trip down to Baltimore with my cousin for a couple of days in addition to trying to figure out when I can fit in a visit to the North Shore being that I've got a free night at the Rockport Inn & Suites waiting for me. I'm thinking I could combine it with a night at my favorite hotel in Salem (the Hawthorne Hotel of course!) so that I could finally take the Historic House tour that the Peabody Essex Museum has as well as maybe get the chance to head out onto the water on one of the many cruises offered throughout the area; it would be nice to be able to see some lighthouses from the deck of a boat! Oh, and I'd still like to get my golf clubs out of storage and see if I can swing a club without throwing out my back!
Anyhow, with all of that along with the rest of "real life" needing to be tended to I guess you can see where I've been a bit busy. Or disorganized! Or distracted! Or all three! No wonder the time just seems to fly by! So ... how are things with you?