Blogging Vacation

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Sometimes, ya just gotta take a break.

I didn’t plan it that way.  It just sort of happened.

In the last several weeks, I’ve not spent much time working on my blogs or web pages other than a new blog, On Climate, where I now have 7 posts.

I’ve been reading quite a bit.  Besides a reading a lot of material on climate change, I’m on my ninth novel — three separate fantasy trilogies.  But for the internet and computers, I would be spending a lot more of my retirement time with my nose in a book — like I have been lately.  Two of the trilogies are rereads — excellent entertainment that doesn’t cost anything except that I couldn’t find the final book of one of them, the one that I’m reading now, so bought a replacement.

I’ve also been hitting the gym pretty heavily.  The one category of blog posts that I’ve been keeping up with is the Wednesday Weigh-In. For some reason, it has helped with the motivation that I was lacking in trying to get fit.  I am now spending 2 hours a day working out at the gym and have been making steady progress.

With a little warmer weather, I’ve been building storage shelving in the second floor of my at this point unheated and not yet finished shop.

Procrastinating like usual, I’m just now getting our taxes done.  Fortunately, our taxes this year are not going to be the horror that last year’s Taxes, Bloody Taxes were.  In fact, we paid so much in state taxes last year that, for the first time in several years, we can actually itemize deductions on the federal return.  Even though I said last year, “future years should be relatively painless,” it’s still been a bit of a pain digging up all of the deductions.  However, despite my tendency to procrastinate, the return is almost done and we didn’t need a tax specialist like last year.

I plan to be back posting on a more regualar basis, but….

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9 comments… add one
  • rummuser Mar 31, 2009

    There is only one thing that I am scared to do on my own and that is my tax returns. For many years now, I have used the services of Professional Accountants to do that for me and by and large have found that the expense has been worth it. Due to some queer tax deductions at source that we have in India, some significant refunds of excess tax deducted have been secured for me by the accountants and I am happy with that arrangement.

    I can fully sympathize with your procrastination. I would too when I have interesting books to read.

    <abbr>rummuser’s last blog post..A Tribute To Two Great Doctors.</abbr>

  • Michelle Gartner Mar 31, 2009

    I'm an accountant and I hate to do taxes. I have to do several returns for us, including a Partnership return for one of our business and it is not fun!

    A blog vacation is a good thing…

    I kind of take it easy with blogging myself.

    <abbr>Michelle Gartner’s last blog post..Check Out Just My Show – The Retro Pop Culture Podcast</abbr>

  • XUP Mar 31, 2009

    Have a nice vacation! Nothing wrong with taking a little break now and then.

    <abbr>XUP’s last blog post..I do. I do. I do. I do. I do.</abbr>

  • Urban Panther Mar 31, 2009

    All good, Mike. Enjoy those books!

    <abbr>Urban Panther’s last blog post..My very first flame!</abbr>

  • Vered - MomGrind Mar 31, 2009

    Enjoy! There's so much more to life than the internet. 🙂

    <abbr>Vered – MomGrind’s last blog post..Suffering For Beauty</abbr>

  • Davina Mar 31, 2009

    I understand completely Mike! Enjoy your break.

    <abbr>Davina’s last blog post..Good Advice in Tough Times</abbr>

  • rummuser Apr 1, 2009

    Michelle, an accountant who hates to do taxes! I find that very hard to believe unless it is very different in the US than it is over here in India.

    <abbr>rummuser’s last blog post..A Journey That Is Totally Personal.</abbr>

  • Dot Apr 1, 2009

    I agree with everyone else — taking a break from anything is necessary after a while. Restoke the fires, rejuvenate the imagination. I think winter is probably the season the produces the most blog posts, with the other seasons being more conducive to getting outside and living.

    <abbr>Dot’s last blog post..I’ll Never Get Back, Part 2</abbr>

  • Mike Apr 4, 2009

    Well, that certainly went differently than I had intended.

    I meant for the post to say that I had been kind of taking a break from blogging, but that I was going to be posting on Exit78 more frequently. I'll be back to more "Sharing some of my photos, vintage images I've discovered, and — occasionally — commentary and thoughts from retired life."

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