You may have noticed a sever lack of posting going on recently. It's not by choice, I promise. It's more because of circumstance. I thought it was only fair that I let you all in on what's going on in real life, so that you can hopefully forgive me the lack of posts. Or at least understand where I'm coming from.
1. Grad school. Y'all, sometimes I wonder why I decided that going back to school was a good plan. Two classes that meet once a week, plus one Saturday a month, plus all of the reading and homework really takes it out of me. I give up most of my weekends to get my homework done. I do my reading when I get home from work in the evenings. In short, school has consumed my life, and when I do get a free minute, I prefer to spend it with friends I rarely see because of said schoolwork.
2. Work. My boss left for another position over the summer, and since it's a 2-person office, I was holding down the fort for a couple of months. Which pretty much shot my stress level through the roof (mostly because being super busy at work coincided with a fast-paced, condensed, assignment heavy class over the summer). I now have a new boss, but things aren't slowing down for me. She's still learning things, so I'm taking on more than I normally would. Which is fine by me. I like to be busy. But the moral of the story is that I used to use my work downtown to start posts or upload photos. I don't have the time to do that any more.
3. THE BOOK. Like with grad school, I wonder why I thought trying to balance school, work, and writing a book was a good idea. I am woefully behind on book researching, writing, and editing, so I need to shift my focus from blogging to booking.
That said, I clearly need to work on my time management skills. I'm just lucky I'm not trying to balance a family life too. It's just me, which helps a little. I have also developed a deep respect for those of you who do manage to balance work, family, school, extracurriculars, etc. If you have any tips to share, I'd love to hear them.
Anyway. The entire point of this post was to tell you that I'm still alive and well, I'm just stretched a little too thin at the moment. I'll have a few posts here and there, but I really haven't been getting out much, so I don't have too much to write about. I'll try to check in periodically, but The Hungry Lady is going to be operating on a limited posting schedule at least until February 1 when I send in the draft of the book.
That said, I really don't want to let things completely die out around here. So, if you would like to submit a guest post, let me know. I'm totally open to the idea, so we'll see what happens. In the meantime, I'm going to practice my time management, keep up with work and school, and write a book. Then, come February, this little blog will return to the upper part of my list of priorities.