Confessions of An Addict [38]: Surviving the Weekends


Spring is in the air!

…so are the allergens that pester me at this time of the year. Sigh.

I’m so excited for the warm weather, y’all. This means we can at least enjoy the cabin for the entire weekend instead of just one night like we do in winter. I’ve always loved it there. Lately though, it has put a damper on my weekend blogging. I used to be able to bring my laptop and my trusty rocket stick for internet connectivity. But since Apple  upgraded their software to Yosemite, I haven’t found one that’s compatible. I guess the rest of the world hasn’t quite caught up yet.

I’ve been trying to make excuses not to spend the entire weekends at the cabin for this very reason. Saturdays and Sundays are usually the time that I allot for doing some advance postings. Because I don’t have an internet at the cabin, I’ve been finding ways for us to only stay for the Friday night then go home first thing on Saturday. I know that’s horrible, and selfish of me, but it has come to a point where blogging is a fun hobby instead of a chore. I crave it, even. That’s not sad, is it?

However, all is not lost. This past weekend, I discovered the magic of writing my thoughts on a notebook. I’ve got to admit that I have not tried this method before. (Yes, yes, I’m a little late in the game). Who knew how productive the practice could be?! I’m telling you, I’m a changed woman. Which is funny to me because this is hardly cutting edge stuff to most of you, most likely.

I’ve never been one to write and read at the same time (still not a fan), but I find it easier down my thoughts soon after reading the book. It used to take me days before I’m able to write a review, but with this new thing, words just come easy.

Tomorrow is the start of a long weekend for us, Canadians. This means, I might not be able to visit y’all until Monday. I’m going to try and convince my husband to go home Sunday afternoon so I can get some writing and blog hopping in – wish me luck, but I’m pretty sure he wants to stay until Monday. I never thought I would come to this point of my short blogging life when it had become fun again. I think that’s all thanks to you, wonderful people who continually visit and leave wonderful comments on my posts. You are the best motivators! If I haven’t thank you yet, I’ll say it now: Thank You. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Besides reading, what else do you do to survive the week/weekend?


  • To me blogging is a fun hobby as well and lately I have been having so much fun doing it. I also am enjoying the majority of the books I have been picking up and well, seeing as I am loving it so much I actually don’t want to stop for the two months of summer that my mum is making me take a break (I probably won’t have internet as I will be traveling anyway.) So that isn’t bad. But yes, notebooks are wondrous things, so come and join the notebook party <3

  • It is a good idea, isn’t it? I actually wrote notes for the last book I read, and it helped with my review o much. All those passionate details that you forget about after. Great post!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Oh wow, a cabin sounds like the ultimate in escapism! So jealous!! To survive my weekend? Well making sure my beautiful daughters have lots to keep them occupied, plenty of food, check the hubby is happy and a good book for me to read, this weekend it is The Girl with All the Gifts, just stunning so far! Enjoy your Sunday!

  • Oh man, you have a getaway cabin! That sounds so relaxing. It would be a great reason to wean my bf off his 24/7 computer. Anyways, I must try out this notebook technique! I guess it’d be good to get all your thoughts fresh out on paper.

  • Christy

    Pfft I’d rather hang at the cabin. Screw blogging. lol. Hope you get there soon.

  • Does this mean I’m also a changed woman? HAHA
    I also recently discovered the joy of writing my thoughts on a notebook. It’s fun because I get to throw my frustrations/flooding of feels through heavy writing. If only I can scan it and post it as a review. But too bad, my notes are to messy and sometimes I draw figures to emphasize what I feel LOL!
    This is funny because while some people enjoy the weekends to relax, I, on the other hand, am very busy. I usually spend my weekends at church doing choir practices, masses, and, sometimes, weddings too.

  • Aw, I love that you found renewed joy in blogging!

  • Hooray for getting back into blogging, Joy! <3 Writing in notebooks is always enjoyable for me, but I never manage to fill one up completely. xD On weekends, I usually go to the mall with my whole family. My dad is obsessed with shopping. 😉

  • Huuugs. <3 You are the sweetest Joy. I adore you so much. And your blog is amazing 😀 Love all your posts. <3 YAY for thinking blogging is fun again 😀 And ah, I'm jealous of your warm weather. <3 Currently 5c here in Norway :p So depressing, lol. But yay for long weekend 🙂 I hope you and your family is having an amazing time sweetie. <3 Thank you for sharing 🙂 And ohh. So glad you are having fun writing in notebooks 😀 I can't write for hand, it hurts my fingers too much 🙁 but I want to do it too. Hmph. But yeah, typing is a lot easier for me 🙂 And hundreds times faster, as my handwriting is ugly and takes foooorever, lol. Anyway. You are awesome. <3

  • I used to take lots of notes when I first started blogginng, so my reviews can have more ”accurate” information included and stuff, but I just got bored out of it. Plus I think that I developped my memory quite a bit since then, because now I even remember the characters’ names without much thinking about them. 😛 Blogging doesn’t feel like a chore, if I have time for it, but when I’m buried under school work… yeah… a little, sadly. 🙁

  • I lol’d at your intro line, and my answer to your question is “drink”! Well, it used to be, but I woke up at 25 and suddenly I get two day hangovers and think sensible thoughts like, “Ugh, I can’t be bothered dressing up this weekend and spending my hard earned money on booze. Think I’ll just stay in.” It’s a new and strange sensation! Enjoy your time away, Lovely. It’s great that you have all this blogging mojo, but enjoy your breaks too 😀

  • My allergies have been good this year cos it has rained a lot

  • I totally get what you saying. I love the process of blogging and love being able to set up advance posts. When I do have blogging ideas, I actually use my Notes app on my iPhone. 🙂

  • RO

    You’re really good at blogging, so I’m super glad that it’s as fun for you to write as it is for us to read. I think it’s great that you can unwind a little by spending time with family, when possible, even though I can imagine you missing the typing. I have to keep a journal with me wherever I go, or I may forget my head.(lol) Just easier for me to keep it all together when possible. Happy weekend to you! Hugs…

  • Pollen is one of the worst things about living in North Carolina. I love being able to open up my windows to let fresh air in, but we have such a small amount of time where we can do that here. The pollen kicks in strongly in April, and even by then, it could be uncomfortably warm outside.

    Enjoy your long weekend. And I’m glad you’re enjoying blogging again. (I still struggle enormously with this.) I don’t think you should feel obligated to post on the weekends, but keep in mind that this is coming from someone who regularly takes weeks off from blogging. 🙂

  • Glad you’re enjoying blogging again. 🙂 Hahaha I love how enthusiastic you are about pen and paper. I tried it, but usually I just write something down in my notebook and then never look at it again. It would probably make for higher quality posts if I first wrote things down and then typed them up though, so maybe I should try it. 🙂

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I am so jealous of your cabin weekends, but even more, I am jealous of your enthusiasm. Blogging is so hard, and the only way to do it is to really enjoy it. I seem to be finding my way to that, slowly but surely. It was uncertain for a while there, but now I’m having fun again.
    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

  • LUCKY YOU, JOY!!!! I wish I had a cabin to go to on the weekends, that would be amazing. I used to write my reviews by hand in a notebook as well so I could write outside (I don’t have a laptop) when it was nice. So glad that’s allowing you to enjoy your weekends at the cabin instead of coming home early!

  • If I had a cabin I would want to stay the whole weekend too! I don’t blame your hubby! But so glad you are loving blogging again and have that urge to write!

  • I think it’s great that you miss blogging that much! Never a bad thing. 😉

    Ah the notebook. I need to write my thoughts down more than I do but I do have a notebook to keep track of all the ARCs I need to read and when they release. I do write down quotes that I like in it as well just so I don’t forget them. 😉

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

  • I have a long weekend as well so it’s nice. Like your the allergens are horrible. I was out yesterday and I was all crying the whole afternoon, so pretty lol. It’s nice that you alays have your cabin to have a good time.

  • Hmmm I find it’s easier to actually write the review as I read so I won’t have to worry about doing it later. And staying in a cabin sounds like tons of fun! My Uncle lives in Edmonton and always loves to send us pics of the snow. 🙂

  • I’m so glad you found that blogging spark again, Joy! And I only recently started writing thoughts down as well, and I’m with you-it’s SO much easier! I also used to struggle with review writing until I started jotting down a few thoughts after I finished a book.