Screw you, flu

So it’s a new year, new goals, all of that “resolution” crap although I don’t refer to them as resolutions because they’re more like plans or goals for the upcoming year. Anyway, one of my plans/goals was to start writing and blogging more. (Yeah, like I haven’t said that 947 times before.) Well I did get started on the writing part, finally got around to setting up a website with some writing samples on it, nothing fancy, just another site like this one. The reason I did it that way was because I wanted to keep it separate from my regular semi-personal blog, something that’s more like a résumé than a journal. So I got that done…

Then BAM! The flu decides to wreak havoc on our household. Okay, it’s not THE flu, just its stupid cousin, the “stomach flu” but still. It kept my little girl out of school for 2.5 days, one of which she spent sleeping, and kept me in a constant state of sleep-deprived worrying and cleaning and catering but no writing. She’s finally better (I think) so this is an attempt to pick that momentum back up that I had going for a week or so there. But it’s kind of a half-assed attempt because it’s on this site instead of my main one because I keep forgetting to pay my webhost bill and I’m too lazy to go do it now. So maybe I’ll just keep this site and use it for my inane ramblings and eventually some book reviews, shit like that.

Oh, speaking of books! I think I’ve got my 2013 reading list chosen, although I’m sure it will change several times over the course of the year. My plan is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book per month. For January, I’m reading The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason which seemed appropriate after all of the craziness that’s been going on in this world and in this country. I might just get around to setting up an Amazon store with a list of all of my 2013 books but even though I like that idea, it’s pretty damned ambitious for 9 a.m. on a Monday morning so it probably won’t happen anytime soon.

What else is new? Ah, my phone! My kids got me an iPhone. I’ve never been one of those people who needed The Next Big Thing although I do love technology. I used to be like that, had a cell phone (a Nokia brick) before any of my friends did, first of my peers to have a flip phone then a touch screen phone, then a smartphone (Android) but I’ve never gone out and spent several hundred dollars just to have the latest toy. And I never felt a need for an iPhone because a) I’m more of an Android girl and b) I’ve had an iPod Touch that satisfied my curiosity for all of those apps people would go on about. I could use my iPod to text (Google Voice and wifi), take pictures and videos, play games, etc. so I didn’t really “need” an iPhone. I’ve been getting by with a little cheap Samsung, the kind with the slide-out keyboard and crappy browser. But I keep forgetting to pay the bill (see a pattern here?) and my kids don’t like the idea of me being out and about with no way to communicate, so while they were at the mall this weekend (and I was home taking a much-needed 3-hour nap), they hooked me up. Aren’t they they best? Got me an Otterbox case and everything.

Okay, now I’m all set. Got myself a blog post written, got my lists and plans and stuff written out, got my stuff all connected and coordinated online and on my fancy new phone. So let’s go!


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