Blogging is a constant struggle. Do I write, reply, read or comment? Then there’s all the updates I’ve wanted to do to this blog, which no one will probably notice (I’m just a perfectionist). I know I said I had a list of priorities going, but that’s not really working for me. If I don’t feel like writing a blog post, I’ll reply or comment. If I don’t feel like doing that, I’ll read something. If, for some insane reason, I feel compelled to do everything, I’ll skim over blogs, like some things I intend to read later, write half a blog post and then lament that it’s 12:30 am on a weekday night.
I’m getting there, though. Slowly, I am learning which aspects of blogging truly mean the most to me and which can be left behind. I don’t think I’ll ever kick this need to do everything at once, but maybe I’ll gradually get better at the things that matter. I want to run a good blog after all.
In other random blog news, I saw a guy who had a donate button on his blog called ‘support my coffee habit.’ At least one person has suggested that I should put a donate button up here in case anyone feels like paying me for my words. So much about blogging already makes me feel like a self-centered, terrible person that I’m not sure I could do that. I’m not saying that blogger is a terrible person. In fact, I’m sure he’s not. I’m just saying I’d feel terrible for doing that.
I mean, would you really donate money to ChapterTK? Don’t be afraid to say no.
I’m still obsessed over Eyeshine this week. This was one of my favorite songs to hear to and from work. Unfortunately, I can’t hear it now because my computer hates me and has stopped playing all forms of video, be they a DVD in the drive or a YouTube video. I found this on my phone, though, so I can assure you this is the song I was listening to all week.
I continue to get better at cleaning and doing the dishes without taking time away from all the other things I enjoy. I might just get this adult thing down yet!
I’ve done a lot of thinking lately about my dream apartment. A dream home will probably have to wait. D and I will probably live together in an apartment for at least a year before a home comes into play. I selfishly want a room all to my own in said dream apartment. It would be a space only I could control, with a large table in the center and coffee scented candles in the corners. This blessed place would be my study, where I would write, blog and do all other things creative.
The walls will be decorated with my nerdy posters and life will be complete. Of course, if I’m going to make this happen, it’s only fair that D have his own space, too. That means a three bedroom apartment. I bet something like that cost a ton. It’s practically a house.
Which is why I won’t be surprised if a house comes after a single year of living in an apartment together.
Skin issues are all over (yay!). Now, I will tell you what the doctor claims I had. It’s a horrid condition called Pityriasis Rosea. This shit is like super horrible adult chicken pox. It starts with a small, quarter sized patch (I thought it was just dry skin). A few days to a week later, many smaller patches will start to appear, escalating in their appearance for about 10 days (although the doctor said it could be less or longer… great). These things are dry, itchy and extremely annoying. With your torso well covered and some patches on your limbs, the stupid thing then sticks around for FOUR TO EIGHT WEEKS!
My first thought upon hearing that was, “fuck that!” So, as you know, I went of the offensive, buying vitamins, washing with anti-dandruff shampoo and tanning. Here’s my cure for Pityriasis Rosea if you ever have this misfortune of finding it on your body: tanning. All the other things helped a bit. I recommend the anti-dandruff shampoo and lukewarm showers. Tanning is what did it in, though. I went three times in one week and it disappeared almost instantly. That said…. I was nearly my eighth week…. so… maybe it really just went away on its own. Trying everything I could felt better than just sitting around, though. I just had to try.
Just like chicken pox, Pityriasis Rosea usually only happens once. Thank God that’s over. I’ve gained back a little bit of my confidence with it gone and have returned to both biking and rock climbing (sweating made the skin condition worse, so I wasn’t too motivated to work out before). Life is good again.
I was all over social media this week, chatting with people, blogging about stuff… at work… about work things… because that’s my job. It’s an awesome job, but it always makes me think about ChapterTK. There sits her Pinterest, her Twitter, her Facebook. Whose taking care of them while I’m at work?
My blog has taken over everything. less than 5% of my social media time is spent on personal things. Everything is for this blog. Even when I created my Instagram (which you should all follow) I created it in the name of ChapterTK.
I am loving Instagram like a new toy, though. I love it. You guys don’t really have to follow me, but please tell me if you have an Instagram account. I’d like to follow all my dear readers.
Monday is the day. A part of me wants to try the early morning thing again, but I’m 99% sure that will burn me out real fast. No, I’ll start with the afternoons. I had success with that before and I’ll have success with that again. For at least an hour, three days a week, I will sit down with my novel in progress and make it happen. I will finish this draft by the end of the year. I’m not making any guarantees about it being nicely typed up by the end of the year, but it will be finished. Who knows, by this time next year, I may be offering a PDF of this thing here on my blog.