Saturday, February 2, 2008

One of *Those* Weeks

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


  1. Wow, I'm honored! I didn't know about your blog before but I've added it to my blogroll and will definitely be back. Thanks for making MY day!

  2. Awww shucks! =)

    That was a rough week for you, but I hope you find a full-time job with some "normal" hours soon.

    Hang in there!

  3. Megan -

    Well, gosh, thanks. I am certainly honored by the award and your kind words.

    Oh, and not to discourage you or anything, but you do realize you're talking about normal for most people, right? It's called Real Life and it really does suck at times.


  4. What a lovely way to start my Sunday, Megan! It is so nice to know that my blog is read and enjoyed. You're lovely words truly mean a lot, so thank you :-)

  5. Delurking is the best! I'm glad you did it. And thanks so much for the honor! I already did my 10 post, though, so I won't be doing another one, even though I could easily find 10 more bloggers who make my day, including you!

    I work from 7:15 until 3:15, and I have to agree that this early morning until mid-afternoon schedule is difficult. I go to bed about 8:30 or 9:00, and that makes me feel about a hundred years old. Except when it's still light out at bedtime in the warmer months, which makes me feel about six years old. Either way, it's a ridiculous schedule. Sounds like it was only temporary for you, though, so I hope your next job (are you temping?) has a better schedule.

  6. Thanks so much! I too have an unhealthy love of The Economist, so I think it makes perfect sense that someone makes your day when they tell you they read it. ;) (I'm the same way)

    I hope your hours get a little more regular-I sympathise w/ how much an early bedtime can affect things (I have to stay on a pretty tight sleeping schedule, which makes hanging out with friends on the weekends difficult).

  7. Thanks Megan! You are awesome. I'm glad you delurked so I could come read your blog as well. Now, if I could find time to do it more often..:P

    You rock!

  8. Thank you so much, Megan! I really enjoy visiting your blog. Even when you aren't feeling good about things, you still put it in such a way as to make me smile.

    I have to be at work at seven each morning and it's a struggle to get out of bed every morning. I try to go to bed early, but it rarely happens as planned. I'm with you on needing 8 hours of sleep per night. What I need and what I get, however, are two very different things. I actually could probably work a little later and get off later, but I so like getting off work at 4:30 pm! I have to try and look at the bright side. :-)

  9. Sorry you've had a rough, tiring week. Just to add to your stress, I thought I'd tag you for a meme. Actually, it's a REALLY easy one.
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  10. Thanks for being honored, it's my pleasure ;-)

    CJ, I know that's real life, and I wouldn't mind having the full time job and the money to move somewhere else and the time to get used that new routine, but this week it was back to part-time "normal." It's the transitioning back and forth that's killing me!

    Dewey, yup, I'm temping, but it could become something more permanent soon. I don't even mind the getting up really early so much as I mind needing to go to bed really early to get up that early. You're right, it does make you feel about a hundred!

    LF, the getting up early almost pays off by getting home earlier, but I wasn't really making good use of that time in the afternoon. Now, if it were permanent, I could get used to that, but just for a week I couldn't manage it. *shrugs*