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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Reader blues

Four days after returning from my weekend trip, I am still navigating through my Google Reader and emails and trying to clear them off. Ordinarily, when items pile up on my reader, I simply mark all as read, but I don't do that for book blogs. So amidst reading through the posts of my fellow bloggers, I am also trying to finish my first book of the year. Yeah, you heard it right! My first book of 2010, which is already 7 days old!

Thankfully, I only have a 100 pages more to read, but I definitely still have 350 blog posts to read. I guess by tonight, I should achieve both, clearing off my unread items and finishing off my current read. But guess what? Friday and Saturday, I am off to another short trip to San Diego, so I guess I will be back to square one again. LOL! Not that I mind it. On the contrary, I love reading book blogs and, in fact, I salivate when I see the unread count in my reader at a large number. But the sad thing is that I have alphabetically sorted the blogs in the reader. So since I am not reading the posts by oldest first, it could be some time before I get to some posts, which could be a week or two old.

On the plus side, I went to the local one dollar bookstore in Burbank, and bought a bunch of books. I am so happy and pleased with myself right now. I did feel like an excited kid who just got yet another new toy from his parents. I actually went to buy some of the books I was planning to read this month and the next, but as these things go, I ended up buying books outside my list. I will post the list of books on Monday.

Review of Erin Hart's Haunted Ground coming up as soon as I am done with the last 100 pages.

Comments

Anonymous said…
All I can say is my heart goes out to you. It's hard to find the right balance.
Alethea said…
LOL! I live in Glendale. I can't let myself go to the $1 bookstore... I just can't! or rather my husband knows to keep a tight (pretend) leash on me when we go to the AMC there. He'd rather steer me to Ben & Jerry's and let me put on a pound or two rather than buy more books.

I am having the same problem with my Google Reader--I stopped reading it because it was taking away from my regular reading + my own blogging time. I'm afraid to see how many posts there are to read!
Athira said…
My reader adds 30 new posts each day, so well, you can imagine how many posts would be there if I let it catch dust for a few days! LOL! I am anyways learning to find the right balance, so hopefully, things will fall in place soon!