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March 22, 2010

Sucked in,..

Good morning all! Hope you are enjoying  {and surviving} this hectic Monday morning. Well, hectic for some. For me, not so much. My sweet Little Man is in Alabama waiting on Hubby and I to come up next week; Hubby is at work, and I am sitting comfortably at my favorite table at the nearby Barnes & Noble sipping a White Mocha Frappacino and typing this blog.

This is actual the first time I have ever blogged away from my house, so we shall see how it goes. Maybe sitting in the Starbucks at the bookstore will stir up some extra creativity. Who knows? This may have to become one of my “things” if it goes well for me.

I was sitting on the couch this morning when I got up {at 10:00…ahem. Life without my son around…} and flipped over to HGtv. Before I knew it, it was knocking on 11:00. That started me thinking about all of the things in life that suck us in and vie for our attention. We live in such a fast paced, media driven, chaotic society, that sometimes it’s easy to get warped into time and lose track of everything that needs to be done.

There are a handful of things that scream for my time. Things that I get started doing and totally and completely lose track of everything else that’s going on. One of them being Blogging. I admit it. I am addicted to my blog. The writing, the editing, the design, the reading of other blogs, commenting…and networking. Oh the networking. Not so much Facebook anymore, but Twitter keeps me busy throughout the day. Maybe because I’m nosy. Or because I believe that there are people out there that actually care what I’m doing. Oh well. I’m a tweep. And will probably remain one until Twitter dies off or it becomes a lackluster marketing technique for business people and bloggers alike.

Photo editing is another. When I get started working on pictures, I get totally and completely lost in time, in space, in the land of colors and hue and saturation. I can’t help it. It fascinates me. To see a bland, boring, drab photo turn into something beautiful and creative. {Not that I would technically classify many of my photos as beautiful or especially creative, but you get my gist.} I can honestly sit and spend hours upon hours tweaking and editing my pictures. I guess that’s a good thing for a aspiring and hopeful photographer. Let’s just hope that things stay that way in the near and distant future. Post-production is so important in photography these days. I just hope I don’t lose the passion for it.

Ahhh…and HGtv. If House Hunters, Designed to Sell, For Rent or My First Place is on the TV, then you may as well just assume that I will be vegged out for at least 30 minutes to an hour {depending on how many shows are coming on!} I looooove these shows. Maybe it’s because I like to see how you can turn dull to fabulous on such a minimal budget. Maybe it’s because I like to see the occasional person make total and complete fools of themselves on TV as they are searching for their first home [“I have to have this; I can’t live without that, I would never own a house with that paint color…” Come on people, get serious.] And I like discovering new ideas for myself. I have a little bit of interior designer inside of me and I can’t wait to get moved again so I can show you all.

What about you? What sucks up your time, if you let it?

I think these kinds of things are actually good for a person…to an extent…especially when you are a mom. I can’t speak for working mothers {yet}, but I know being at home all day every single day takes its toll on me mentally. These handful of things are my escape into a safe mental health zone. For example, this week and next, I will probably spend most every day inside of Barnes & Noble when I’m not running errands. I don’t really have a lot to do around the house other than finishing up some miniscule packing (you know that junk that gets thrown into a box because you have NO WHERE to put it and no way to label it?) and cleaning.

So I will use the next two weeks or so to take advantage of free wi-fi, free use of photography books, photo shop books, and coffee. Lots and lots and lots of coffee. Ok. So maybe not that much coffee, considering my drink of choice runs about $5.00 a cup. Yeah. Not so cheap when you look at it in the long run. But nonetheless. Here I shall sit, hopefully several days throughout the course of the next week, doing what I enjoy most [next to parenting and being a wife, of course.]

Hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful day! There is a free chocolate chip cookie sample calling my name from the counter. Fresh baked and just out of the oven. Coming here so often has it’s perks. I know the Starbucks manager and she recognizes me. The $5 a piece drinks that I’ve bought over the course of the last two weeks has it’s advantages. Now if they just give me about 15 more to equal up to one cup of coffee, we should be good.

I’m digressing. Have a great afternoon!

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