Sunday Post #266 Flip-flops and Reading on the Deck

May 21st, 2017 Kimberly Sunday Post 130 Comments

21st May

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This was a good week, thunderstorms aside. On Thursday we had our Clean Sweep Twitter party. Thanks to all who attended. This weekend my daughter and her husband are camping so we have the Royals until Sunday afternoon. I reevaluated my schedule last week after my burnout. I will be taking weekends off for the most part. So my replies and comments for the Sunday Post will be broken up throughout the week. I was spending 4 to 6 hours on Sundays trying to reply, visit and comment. Breaking it up over the week will give me the down time my brain needs!  I hope you find time to take a book outside, soak up some sun and read. Stay Caffeinated!

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130 Responses to “Sunday Post #266 Flip-flops and Reading on the Deck”

  1. Greg

    Yeah bring out the flip flops lol and hanging out on the deck! Works for me. 🙂 We finally got some high 80’s this past week, so that worked.

    I’m looking forward to One Of Us Is Lying big time!

    Have a great week!

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #195
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sadly we had rain most of the week and it was cold enough my peeps wanted the heat on! However, Sunday was sunny and breezy.

  2. Lexxie

    I hope you’re having fun with the Royals this weekend. And I totally get waiting and answering Sunday post comments little by little during the week. I do this already, and my Sunday post only has a fraction of the comments you have.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading, Kim! *hugs*

    Lexxie recently posted: COYER Summer 2017 Sign-up
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, Lexxie. I always felt like I had to get replies out and visit that day, Kind of silly when you think about it.

  3. Cyn

    Hope you enjoy your break and have fun with the Totals! And I hope you like Words in Deep Blue! It’s quite the read (: Have a lovely week!

    Cyn recently posted: Weekly Wrap Up (12)
  4. Tressa

    I implemented a basically blogging-free weekend the beginning of this year and I think that is the one thing that has kept me sane and not getting burned out when life has been so insanely busy, especially on my blog or doing tours or whatnot. I hope it goes well and you enjoy your weekends!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Honestly, I am not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. I think this will work. It’s my own pressure I put on myself that tends to be the problem.

  5. emma

    Taking your weekends back sounds like a good idea. I think it’s great that you respond to each person who links in (a lot of linky’s don’t) but that’s a lot of hours! Enjoy your new found freedom.

    emma recently posted: Weekly update: 21st May, 2017
    • kimbacaffeinate

      When I started the Sunday Post, I wanted it to be more than just a book haul. Commenting, replying and visiting everyone was a big part of that. I think we’ve all gotten to know each other and I love that aspect.

  6. Di

    Oh my goodness, I totally understand about needing the downtime! I adore the Sunday Post, but let’s face it, weekends are for family so I normally don’t do much blogging at all over the weekend and I rather split it up in the week so that I can take the time with my 3yo and hubby!

    I have a lot of catch up blogging to do after being away and then having laptop failure, but I’ll get there!

    I hope you have a lovely week and that your brain manages to catch a break and the reset it so badly needs.

  7. Hayley

    It’s a good idea to break up the time spent commenting and replying on blogs – I tend to spread it out over a few days now and I enjoy it so much more because I don’t feel so stressed about getting to everyone in the same day. Hope it works out better for you.

    Hayley recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up (21 May)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      During the week I would reply and visit in the am and again in the evening, but on Sundays, it was taking me hours, and then more on Monday for late visitors. I am hoping this works better.

  8. Michelle

    Love a good Thunderstorm! I hope you enjoyed the Royals, they are so cute and getting so big! I also spend a lot of time visiting and commenting on Sundays. I am trying to get a better visit schedule but for now I do it when I can.

    I hope this week is awesome Kim! Happy Reading! ox

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s hard working it all in. I think because I work from home on this laptop it has become harder since I am always at my desk. Breaking it up, and taking the pressure off should help.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We had quite a few thunderstorms and rainy days last week. We even had to turn the heat on! Thankfully yesterday the sun came out and it’has been beautiful.

  9. A Voracious Reader

    I’m rewatching The Twilight Zone now. I find it more creepy than scary though. lol I do agree that the news is definitely scary lately. We’ve had heat, but not much rain until last night. Whoa doggie! Gotta fix the drive again. Yay. I hope you have a great week, Kim!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, Carol. I am sitting here wallowing in self-pity. I once again have dual ear infections and bronchitis. While my autoimmune makes me suspectable to infection and they say it isn’t seasonal but every time the weather changes I develop upper respiratory infections. This shit sucks donkey balls.

  10. Lola

    I hope you’re enjoying your weekend with the royals visiting! Wow that’s a lot of time spent replying to comments and visiting. Sounds like ~breaking it up over the week will help. I have cut back a bit on posts and on commenting back as I couldn’t keep up with it anymore now that I am so busy with work.
    I am looking forward to Coyer, will have to write my sign-up post this week. I hope you’ll have a great week

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #231
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, typically I spend about 2 hours a day visiting, replying and commenting, but Sunday’s was becoming an all day event. It was nice being off.

  11. Danie

    I feel the same way as that quote! So sick of the nightly news and everything that is going on. It’s depressing.

    Hope you have a great week, and that your blogging-free weekend is a less stressful one!

    Danie recently posted: The Sunday Post [1]
  12. Jessica

    Glad things are calming down! Sometimes you just got to break the blogging patterns up! You don’t ever want it to feel like a job. Blogging should be fun and what you do to relax…er…sorta! LOL!

    Nice new reads too! Mostly new to me ones but I’ve been seeing the One of Us is Lying around a lot lately! Hope you enjoy the new reads!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    Jessica recently posted: Stacking the Shelves
  13. Lark

    Taking weekends off sounds like a great idea, as does breaking up the visiting-and-reply time. Have fun with the Royals! When I get back from church, I want to check out your review of Death and the Red-headed Woman. I love that series!

  14. sjhigbee

    I completely understand about your decision to stagger your responses to the Sunday Post – it’s wonderful that you provide this major get-together so that book bloggers from all genres can gather and I’ve always been gobsmacked at the speed of your response, but it must be something of a monster to host and you are always so conscientious about replying… Have a lovely relaxing day, Kimber! My Sunday Post –

    sjhigbee recently posted: While the Morning Stars Sing
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you, Sjhigbee. I love the Sunday Post and getting to know everyone, but needed to find some balance. I work from home so this laptop and I are sometimes glued to the hip, and even though it was blogging on weekends, I never really felt unplugged.

  15. Jan

    I think your plan to take weekends off is a good one and important one so you don’t end up not wanting to blog.

    I hope you’re having fun with the Royals! And I hope your daughter and son-in-law have fun camping.

    Hope you have a really good week, Kimberly. And that you read some fun books.

    Jan recently posted: Sunday Post: Space Opera Week
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, Jan, the Royals were delightful although I ended up super sick. Thankfully I had loads of help. The kids really loved camping.

  16. Stormi Johnson

    Totally get needing a break and taking the weekends off would work great. I now have a #kimberlymademedoit as I went and grabbed The Sixth Victim! 🙂 I love historical mysteries!

    Have a great week!

    Stormi Johnson recently posted: The Week In Review #142
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am hoping its good and love when I receive unsolicited goodies that are right up my alley..I mean Jack the Ripper? Yes, please.

  17. cindy

    That is a great idea to take most of the weekend off. With summer coming it will be nice to unwind every weekend. Enjoy the Royals and have a great week!

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  18. Darlene

    I spent the afternoon outside yesterday, but I was cutting the lawn! I wanted to get that done as rain was in the forecast for today and tomorrow. I won’t be able to sit outside and rain, but I’m planning to curl up inside which is cozy too.

    Definitely take the time to pace yourself with blogging. I’ve been there with the burnout, and it’s a very delicate balance between being a labour of love and a slave to it!! Have a great week with your grandkids.

    Darlene recently posted: Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, cutting the lawn between the bouts of rain has proven difficult, I am hoping the change in commenting and weekends of downtime will reinvigorate me.

  19. Cai

    I am glad you decided to spread it out the comments and replying.

    COYER looks interesting, may just have to join another reading challenge!

    Cai recently posted: The Sunday Post #3
  20. Anna Pittman

    I just posted my first sunday post! eke!

    I’m drinking my cappuccino while reading this so I feel very on point 😉 Luckily the storms have left here and today looks like a perfect lounging-outside-with-a-book type of day.

    Anna Pittman recently posted: Dear Sunday: Welcome!
  21. Nick

    Don’t be hard on yourself about the commenting, Kim. I have had to cut down significantly, and it has been less stressful for sure. I’m so excited you got Words in Deep Blue. I hope you love it. It was one of my favorite books last year! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, Kim and happy reading!

  22. Kayla Marie Hovey

    In this is the blog I’ve been searching for!!!! I’m a HUGE book lover, mostly fiction YA, NA and Adult as well although I love to slide fantasy in there every so often. Can’t wait to have you in my inbox each week!! Xoxo, Kayla.

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  23. Katherine

    Enjoy your weekend with the Royals! We had a crazy thunderstorm last night so it’s cooler here but will be back up to flip flop weather tomorrow! I like the idea of doing a few Sunday Post visits throughout the week. I always feel guilty for not getting to everyone but I get burnt out on Sundays! Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - May 21
  24. Evelina

    That’s right, you should respect your resting time 🙂 meanwhile, I have settled into a nice blog hopping routine on Sundays, thanks to you! I normally don’t have time for it on weekdays because work/life, so it’s really nice to catch up on Sundays,.

    Evelina recently posted: Sunday post #7
  25. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Weekends use to be the only times I took off. You have to or you get burnt out and lose the time with family. I’m glad you’re taking a few days for yourself. You need it.

    Do take care!

  26. Shaunesay

    I love reading outside with the birds singing and the wind blowing through the trees! Though I usually end up watching the birds and the bunnies instead sometimes! Have a great week, and do make sure to take time for yourself!

    Shaunesay recently posted: The Sunday Post #1
  27. Lampshade Reader

    We have been having storms here too. My poor dog Tazzie has not been liking that. 😀 I wish I could read out more often but it gets so hot here in TX that it’s stifling and I wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

    Hope you have a great week! ~Aleen

    Lampshade Reader recently posted: Sunday Post #34: Ugh the Humidity…
  28. Bookworm

    lol about the Twilight Zone being the scariest thing on tv, I agree! Happy reading, the Lorelei James book looks good and yay for audio books 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is time-consuming, as I reply then visit. But it is also something I enjoy. I love the friendship and connections that have developed through the Sunday Post.

  29. Rowena

    Hey you! I take weekends off, too. I only post things on Monday through Friday on my blog and only one post on the weekends for my book blog. It really helps to keep me from going crazy trying to fill things up so I totally understand your need to scale back on some blog related things. Good for you!

    Looks like a great week for you, Kim! I hope this week is another great week for me. 🙂

    Rowena recently posted: Review: Sense8, Season 2
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, Rowena, the Sunday Post has really grown. I don’t post on Saturdays and that allowed me to catch up on things, but I need downtime too It’s all about balance.

  30. Danielle

    I think taking weekends off is a splendid idea! I am making a concerted effort to at least unplug twice a week. It is becoming too hard to maintain the enjoyment when I stretch myself too thin. We had thunderstorms here as well. But it was a welcomed change, as they are rare here in Portland <3 Have a beautiful week!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tend to spend at least 3 hours a day, most replying and visiting blogs back, so I am hoping weekends off will help with the burnout.

      • Danielle Nolan

        I completely understand! I took me nearly 4 hours just on WP yesterday and I was exhausted by the time I was done. It becomes more of a tasks at that point. I have to learn to manage my time better

  31. Joanne

    Yes, I find checking in during the week rather than dedicating hours on a Sunday works for me. That said, I did just dedicate a couple of hours to my latest post, lol. Work in progress.

    Joanne recently posted: Wadadli Stories
  32. Angela

    Had a laugh at your totally random. ^_^ That’s great you are going to take the weekends off and replay to comments throughout the week. Now that school is coming to an end. I won’t be posting to my blog on the weekends. I’ll cut back for the summer. If I don’t I’d get overwhelmed and burnt out. I’ve got a 5-year-old to keep up with. Hope you enjoy your book haul and happy reading!

  33. Casey

    I’m curious to read your Beartown review – I started it last week, but only got a couple chapters in. I’m a huge Backman fan, and feel like everyone in the world should be too! 🙂

  34. Tyler H. Jolley

    Kimba, I’m glad to hear you are taking the weekends off. I had to define that boundary for myself a few years ago. It’s rare when I post or comment on weekends. It made a huge difference. I hope it does for you.

  35. Lorna

    Maybe you should scedule some time off. A short break? Burnout sucks and can make you miserable. Glad you had a better week. I am away visiting family in Kentucky so my answering comments has been BAD needless to say! Hope the good carries over to this week for you 🙂

  36. Dragonfly

    Sorry I missed the Sweep Twitter party! My daughter had first communion rehearsal 🙁 I hope everyone had fun and with the Royals too 🙂 I have to do the same with my comments because weekends are too busy with the kids activities 🙂 You are doing the right thing! 6 hours commenting it’s your whole Sunday! Hope this way works better for you 🙂

  37. Ellen

    For along time I was sure Sense8 was nothing for me. Until the other day when I tried the first episode and LOVED it. I’m only half way thru the first season, so I have one and a half wonderful seasons to look forward to and a Christmas special to top it all off. Wonderful 😉

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