What I’ve Been Doing Other Than Blogging

I’ve been keeping quiet around here, and although blogging has become low priority these days, I wouldn’t say I’m done with it for good.

Here’s a little of what I’ve been doing instead of posting.

Sleeping.

Sort of. As much as my almost-three-year-old who screams for me in the middle of the night just to tell me she loves me will let me. Overall, I’ve been going to bed a bit earlier than when I was blogging regularly and, having no deadlines, my only late nights have been due to staying up chatting with friends or on the endless time suck that is Facebook.

Emme up early
I mean she’s cute and all, but LET ME SLEEP!

Reading.

Once an avid reader, it’s been one of the things I’ve missed most since becoming a mom and finding little time for it. I had picked it up a bit more at one point, but then once I started blogging, that’s where all my free time went. Less blogging = more reading and that’s a happy tradeoff for me.

learning to read
This boy is loving learning to read and I want to make sure he sees me enjoy reading too.

Volunteering.

Now that I have one school-age kid, I’ve jumped right in with volunteer opportunities. I’m happy to help out in Reece’s classroom as much as I can, which is a big reason I chose this stay-at-home mom gig in the first place. Some of these opportunities require time both in and out of the classroom, so I have frequently found myself using nap time to prep instead of blog.

Fall Festival fun
Those finger flashlights on Reece’s buddy’s hand at their Fall Festival? Thanks to my volunteering/classroom organizing efforts.

Watching TV.

While not as noble a pastime as the above activities, it certainly feels good most evenings to just crash on the couch and watch a couple of shows rather than sit with the laptop half watching whatever Doug chooses. Better yet, it’s nice to binge watch Gilmore Girls on a free evening rather than spending that time stressing over some blog post I need to write.

Fractured Prune Doughnut and wine
Enjoying a splurge, just me and the Gilmore Girls

Mom-ing.

Not really a word, but it’s what sums up where my energy has gone. Obviously, there are tons of mom bloggers out there who enjoy making blogging work even with their schedule, but for me, I’ve let it fall by the wayside. Having both kids in school did free up some hours in my days, but also required more brain power (holy paperwork!, varying dismissal times, minimum days, packing lunches, etc) and saving things for the hours I knew I’d have free, which made the time go very quickly rather than being free. Also, there are formal activities and play dates and “it’s ice cream day after school today!” type things, so yeah, time gets filled easily.

kids being silly at swim lessons
Swim lessons and gymnastics and karate, oh my!

I do enjoy my little space on the Internet to put stuff out there when I want to, so you can still expect to hear stuff from me completely randomly. Plus, I like my blogging buddies and it’s a nice way to keep in touch with people so please leave some comment love when I do because I like to hear from you too!

Mother daughter selfie

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