So, for many moons now, I have not had the uh...pleasure...of having a full time job. Nor have I had the pleasure of money in my bank account. This last week I had the (dis)pleasure of having the former, next week I can look forward to having the latter. Going from not working to working part time to a week of working full time on a particularly dismal schedule is rather painful. Nonetheless I have survived my full-time work week and will return to very part time next week and hopefully arrive at a happy medium some time in the future.
But let me just say, working from six in the morning until 2 or so in the afternoon plus a 45 minute (give or take some minutes) commute each way is not for the faint of heart and not for the people of the world such as I who continue to need all 8 hours of sleep per night to be able to maintain any amount of social civility. If I cut you off in traffic, talk about you viciously behind your back, or write excessively whiny blog posts, that's usually a good indication that I haven't been getting my sleep. However, going to bed at 9 really cramped my style. Last week was one of those where I felt like I couldn't even start anything because it wasn't likely that I could finish it before I had to shower and go back to bed and start all over again the next day. So yeah, other than the paycheck, last week equals a big waste. If it should come to pass that this should happen to me again I'll really have to work out a better routine for myself then shower, sleep, work, and mindless wandering/gazing at the wall as it seems that now I'm even more behind at well...everything in life. See, I'm good at adapting to stuff. Ha!
Now that I've broken most of the laws of good grammar by starting out paragraphs/sentences with words that aren't technically allowed to start sentences, I will proceed with my post as such. Reading has kind of slowed down. Despite the fact that I took Schindler's List along with me to read on my lunch breaks, I was severely impeded in reading it by the shortness of said breaks, my inability to eat and read at the same time without creating a rather large mess, and the way that the subject matter of the book doesn't really always lend itself to being read while eating. *grimace* I'm plodding through it, slowly but surely, as it isn't the type of book that you just sit down and read through a whole afternoon as you might expect. A person can only take so much before taking a break.
Sometime this week while I was off being generally maladjusted and getting myself behind at life (what do you mean I'm still supposed to deduct my spending from my checkbook on days when I have to go to work at 5 in the morning? I thought all normal necessary activity was suspended as a result of this paid torture!), the lovely Jill over at The Magic Lasso bestowed upon me the coveted (or shall we say "widely distributed") "Make My Day" Award. It's my first blogly award (yay!) and demands to be passed on to ten other bloggers that make my day. Despite the fact that everyone I could possibly give it to has probably received it from someone already, I will do my best to comply, because hey, you haven't been honored by me yet. And hey, I am very important! *removes tongue from cheek* So...onward!
First, I'll have to turn right around and give it back to Jill. I initially wandered over to her blog because of her great book reviews and found that she's a real sweetie! And, hey, she just gave me my first blog award, how does that not totally make my day??
Next goes to Susan at West of Mars for being the first person to comment on my blog, on the first lackluster entry no less. That, and for keeping me entertained with her fictional band and for even catching me off-guard and getting me to read (and like!) a little poetry!
One for Sam Houston of Book Chase who can pretty much make me want to read anything that he likes with his great reviews and keeps me up to speed on the latest bookish news.
One for Matt at A Guy's Moleskine Notebook for letting me do some Asian travelling through his blog, which is always fun for a traveler at heart who is rather limited in funding. And for the great book reviews, of course, but am I not starting to sound like a broken record?
Another goes to Literary Feline of Musings of a Bookish Kitty for not only having a great blog, but for being the first to comment on my "crappy January" post and make me feel better.
Let's see...Eva of A Striped Armchair gets one for her awesome reviews in which she seems to always include just the right excerpts of books to get me very interested in them. And because she reads The Economist. I have an unnatural love of The Economist and appreciation for other people who read it. So it kinda made my day when she told me she reads it. Is that weird?
One for Dewey for being one of the first book blogs I started reading and de-lurking at. I love reading her blog and her 24-hour read-a-thon which was happening as I started blogging helped inspire me to read as well as helping me get more involved in the bookblogosphere.
KookieJar gets one too for her awesome blog, her enthusiam for books, movies, and TV plus those crazy links on Wednesdays always keep me coming back. Plus, when I told her my blog was in its lonely beginning phase, she dashed right over and started leaving me some comments.
Another goes to CJ who was the first to leave a comment and say something to the effect of, "I like your blog. Can I link you?" which definitely made my day! And I like her blog, too! A lot!
And a tie for 10th place because these people probably wouldn't know me from a hole in the ground but they've made my day anyhow...
A Life in Books whose blog I first came across through BookCrossing. I didn't have much of an interest in blogs at all at that point, but I thought we had pretty similar tastes in reading, so I love reading her reviews and that kept me coming back until suddenly I thought maybe this book blog thing might be something I'd be interested in after all.
Amy at Lives Less Ordinary who I discovered when I was still doing Thursday Thirteens. Her thirteens were always thoughtful and/or inspiring so I found lurking back around on other days of the week to find that she takes the most beautiful pictures and seems to have this really great optimistic outlook on life. I love it when people seem to be able to find the good in things, so it's always pleasure to read her blog when I get the chance.
Well, I've already given too many out, so I hope nobody will be offended if I've neglected them. If you're on my blogroll, chances are you make my day - heck, you might still make my day even if you're not on my blogroll. I still have a lot of looking forward to do in terms of finding good "make my day" worthy blogs to read - oh, the possibilites! =D