Sunday ramblings… (TSS)

Good afternoon, everyone.  Last week I mentioned my blogging rut, and I’m sorry to say that I am not sure I’m over it yet.  I’ve been reading this week, and I have a few books I’d like to share with you but I’m just not sure I’m in the mood to actually write about them.  I will be finishing up The Sparrow this week and posting a review at some point, but as it is one of my absolute favorite books I am not sure that I’ll have anything eloquent to say about it.  Except maybe, “read this book NOW!!!”.  🙂

I think my lack of motivation to write has something to do with my overall mood lately.  You all know how I moved from the Chicago area to Orlando late last year (and you’re probably sick of me talking about it, sorry about that), and honestly I’ve really been missing my family lately.  I knew that this would happen, and I mentally prepared myself for it, but still it’s taking a toll on me emotionally.  Honestly, I am finding it a struggle to put on a happy face all day at work, come home and find something to eat before collapsing on the couch with TV and (if I’m lucky) a book.  I’m okay, and I know I’ll get used to being without my family and these feelings will pass eventually, but for the time being it is just becoming more difficult to focus on anything more than work, sleep, and spending time with my husband (who, thankfully, manages to make me smile even when I feel the most sad).

The good news is that I have some visitors coming in April!  My mom and her boyfriend are driving down in a few weeks (with their 100-pound pit bull – we’ll see how my cats handle that situation…), and my grandma is flying down to meet them here!  AND my aunt decided to take a day off work and fly down for one of the weekends too.  So we will have a full house for a week, but I couldn’t be more excited.  Exactly what I need right now is a big hug from my mama and quality time with my family.  And, lucky me, I’m also going to take a week in May to fly back to Chicago and see everyone else – including my two-year-old niece who I can’t even put into words how much I miss.  So, things are looking up for me.  I just have to keep reminding myself that I really am lucky to be living in this beautiful climate with a wonderful husband, in-laws just an hour away, and a great job which pays well and comes with fabulous co-workers.  The hard stuff just gets me down sometimes.

The only negative about my family coming is that I’ll miss the readathon.  I highly encourage you to participate, though!

Thanks for listening to my ramblings this weekend, guys.  How are you doing today?


12 thoughts on “Sunday ramblings… (TSS)”

  1. Enjoy your family! We’ve moved a lot and I have to tell you, it takes about a year to adjust after each move, so I think what you’re going through is pretty normal.

  2. Am really sorry to hear about your rut. However once you see your family, you’ll feel better. Moving to a new place is always tough but what might help is getting to know your new surroundings. Take a field trip or perhaps a city tour, learn something new about your neighborhood. Whatever you do, and providing you have the time, simply get out and about. Who knows you might even make new friends.

    I do hope u feel better.

  3. I’m sorry that things have been so rough, Heather. Being away from loved ones is never easy, but it does become more bearable with time. I’m glad you’ll be seeing them soon – enjoy your time with them!

  4. I cannot even imagine a move like the one you made. I’ve lived in Orlando all my life (there really are natives like me around, I swear!) I’m glad that you get to visit with your family though.

  5. Moving is supposed to be one of the most stressful life events, so it’ll take some time to adjust. I’m sorry you’re missing your family, though. But it sounds like you have some fun things to look forward to!

  6. Enjoy the visit!! I can agree that moving is so tough! I moved to the US two years back and miss my family every single day!!

  7. I’m sorry you are missing your family. I’m sure that is tough. It’s great you will get a visit and be able to visit though! And trust me, after the crazy snow here out of nowhere last weekend you are not missing much in Chicago in terms of weather! Hopefully you will begin to adjust more and more with each passing day, and the visits will definitely be a help!

  8. I think I would be in exactly the same mood as the one you’re in–I can’t imagine being so far from family. At least you have family coming to visit soon!

  9. I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time! I’m in the midst of inventing a Life Plan that will end up taking me far away from my loved ones, and it’s hella hard to get the motivation to see it through, even though I know it’s what’s best for me. *hugs*

  10. Sorry that things have been hard. I’m sure your family misses you a lot. And I imagine your home will be a very happy winter destination in the years to come!

  11. Orlando sounds like such a wonderful place to live (as a Canadian, I dream of living in Florida) but when you’re family isn’t close by, I know that can be difficult.

    I’ve recently found your blog and I enjoy reading about your suggestions. I hope the visit goes well!


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