“You Are An Obsession, My Obsession..”

I can’t just casually like something. Nope, not me. I’m either all in or nothing at all. I am that person who goes to the store, buys 50 bags worth of groceries and insists on carrying them all into the house in one trip only to drop them on the counter and want to give up. This is an issue. Take for example, this blog. Four months ago I was writing two posts a day, four times a week, then..nothing, blank spaces, crickets.

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Example 2: Cross stitch, sewing, crocheting. There was a point in time where I would stay up until 3 in the A.M. working on one large project or watching every how to Youtube video, only to shelf the whole unfinished project to pick up another hobby.

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The Facebook Album of where pinterest projects go to die….

Example 3: The gym. Probably the best obsessive hobby to have, there was a time when my husband and I lived at the gym…now, we send postcards and share fond memories when we can.

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My current obsession? Books. I’ve always liked to read, (I grew up without internet and cable tv…better, simpler times!) but college seemed to kill the ‘read for fun’ idea for me so I stopped. I picked it back up in October and now I am currently reading anywhere between 3-4 books a week, and we aren’t talking small books either. I go to bed with a book in my hand and wake up with a book in my hand.

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My goal was to read 50 books by 2020…half way through May and I’ve read 43..

Now, I know what you are thinking..It could be a lot worse…I could be obsessing over drugs, alcohol or even worse TWINKIES…(a twinkie does sound good right now….) but I am here to say this type of obsessive behavior is exhausting for not only me, my poor husband who has to try and keep up with me,  but my house as I am running out of room for the hobbies I take up only abandon months later.

A skilled proffesional would probably argue that this obsesessve behavior is my minds way of dealing with (or rather not dealing) stressors in my life. I could get behind that, but I have no time to meet up with said skilled proffesional, given all the unfinshed new AND old projects I have yet to complete…(ha)

Sooooooo In an effort to correct my obessive tendencies, my goal for this 2019 summer is, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!! (except baseball…that love affair has been going on since the mid 90s). If I want to blog here and there, then read for a few days than put that book down and pick up some knitting needles to learn how to make a blanket, that is fine, but I will by NO MEANS, buy every size needle, every book available or hoard every color of yarn known to man to inevitably make half of a dish towel..(besides..if you have followed along this far…you should have guessed I already have a crap ton of yarn..)

 

So with that said..LET THE SUMMER OF MODERATION BEGIN! What should I write about first, or not write about until I’m ready to write..you know..in a non-obsessive way?

 

P.s. (do people still P.s. anymore?) I want to know if I am alone or not. Do you obsesse over something more than you wish you did? Please don’t leave me sitting alone on the crazy train, the trip is quicker with friends…ha!

 

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Butterfly in The Sky, I Can Fly Twice as High..

“Take a Look, It’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow..”

Dear Olivia

Boy do you owe me 😂 I’ve always loved to read, but then Netflix and college came along and kidnapped my imagination and replaced it with reruns of the Office and Scrubs. #eaaaaagle #thatswhatshesaid

Then, you posted about your book and I was excited! I read and loved it (I know I’ve told you that much before). I couldn’t put it down. It was easier to fight my squirrel like tendency’s when I didn’t have to work as hard to paint the picture of the story in my head (not that it would have been that hard, if anything it was amazing how accurate and detailed your writing was).

Ive driven through Judson, shopped at IGA and briefly (and terribly I might add) worked at TR Inn.

When I finished the last page I found myself in denial. I didn’t want the story to end and to be honest I had begun to miss the “me time” that I set aside to read it. So in an attempt to fill the void you left I started to read the books I’ve bought over the years with the intent to read but hadn’t (because binge watching the office & Gilmore girls for the 80th time is a better use of my time, right?…wrong).

It’s been a little over a month since I finished your book & and in that time I’ve bought (thank goodness for used book stores) and read 18 books (and I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing me more).

I’ve also become slightly dependent on Starbucks, which is only indirectly your fault. You see, there’s something about meandering down book aisles with a cozy drink that seems perfect. (Even in Texas where it’s summer 80% of the time)

So, what I guess I’m trying to say is, Thank you for paying Netflix’s ransom and bringing my imagination back.

P.s. Where do I send my bill? These books and coffees are killing my bank account. 😂

If you want to read the book in question, Land Of The Jonah Fish Fry, you can find it here on Amazon! You won’t be disappointed!