Its time for What's Up Wednesday!
What I'm Reading
Does teaching my five year old to read count? I've been doing a lot of that lately along with reading aloud to my kids. Currently we are reading Jotham's Journey for advent and Farmer Boy as part of my older son's history. I did manage to finish reading The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Most people seem to love it and I honestly didn't. I enjoyed the writing style, the characters and the world building but I didn't enjoy the blood. I am not a blood and gore sort of girl and this book was full it (all cleverly and descriptively written which made my stomach all queasy even as I admired the writing). I'm now reading Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn and I am dying to start Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
What I'm Writing
I didn't write anything this week. I got distracted by my new laptop...
What Inspires Me Right Now
I've been finding family time to be very precious and inspiring. My husband has had some time off for the first time in forever. I love spending time together and watching him play legos with the kids.
I have also been inspired by this month's YA Buccaneer's Truth or Dare challenge.
"This month, I dare you to disconnect. Limit your online activities as much as is comfortable for you. Turn off your phone. Read a real, physical book instead of the e-book version. Call a friend on the phone with an invitation to coffee. Give up Facebook or Twitter or blogging or Pinterest or whatever takes up more of your time than you'd like, takes you away from the people you love."
It got me thinking about the time that I waste on the internet. I don't mean the time I am actively networking or connecting with friends and family. I don't even mean the time that I spend looking up specific things on Pinterest. I mean the time I spend looking at Facebook because real life feels to crazy and I want to hide, or the time I spend aimlessly looking through all the ideas on blogs and Pinterest just because its more fun to dream then it is to actually work towards dreams. I also waste a considerable amount of time checking my phone for messages and emails.
I don't want to cut social media completely out of my life or stop checking my email but I do want use my time constructively. I'm going to (attempt) to limit my Facebook, Twitter ect. by only checking it in the evenings when the kids are tucked in for the night. My email will be more like twice a day but that is so much better than being tied to my phone. Blogging is something I love and I feel that it helps me with my writing goals so I'm going to keep working on that, just at a pace that allows family time to be my priority. I want my family to know that they come first, now and always.
Feel free to hold me accountable and ask me how its going! (just don't do it on twitter or FB lol)
What Else I've Been Up To
Birthdays! My oldest son turned 7 so we had a roller skating party for him. He loved it! I'm still working on the lego table. My son knows I'm up to something but he hasn't figured out what yet.
I also got older this past week. My husband surprised me with a new laptop for my birthday/Christmas present. Not just any laptop either. He got me the one I've been drooling over for months. I was in shock for two full days! It is so nice to have a laptop that has a decent battery and that doesn't freeze when I open up more than one tab (I've caught myself giggling at how fast I can switch from one tab to another!). Now that I've played with it a few days it is time to use it to get back to my writing :)
What have you been up to?