Out of the Loop: What my ‘Blog Break’ taught me

I’ve been having this feeling. You know those clever stop motion films where one person stands still while everything going on around them flashes past in such high speed that it’s literally a blur? That.

I went to Devon with my family for a week and although I had my Kindle tablet with me I didn’t either write, post or even really read any blog posts for over 7 days. It doesn’t sound that much but I came back to nearly 100 unread emails from the blogs I follow. It’s a bit overwhelming because the posts never stop coming and I’d love to be able to read each and every one which leaves little time for anything else!

I know other bloggers have decided to switch off for the entire summer so I can’t imagine how they will feel come September, but this little blog break has taught me a few things: a) once a blogger, always a blogger; b) taking a break from regular blogging is as important as taking a break from work life – it allows you to switch off completely and engage more fully with the people around you; and c) it’s good therapy to talk using your vocal chords once in a while!

Even after I’d returned from Devon I found it difficult to pick up where I’d left off, but gradually, with a couple of photo posts and delving into the ‘missing’ 100 (apologies to anyone for what may seem like incredibly out of date comments!) I’m finally getting back into the swing of it, and it’s now that I really understand the true meaning of blogging to me at this point in my life: it’s what ‘normal’ feels like now – and by ‘normal’ I mean balanced, centred, focussed, positive. Even if bad things happen, blogging is a way of cleaving to everything that is right, and connecting with others socially on a daily basis.

As I don’t get to spend any significant amounts of time with my mum and dad and my sister’s family, last week was a chance to re-connect, and get up to speed with their busy lives too which is so lovely, and justified a significant amount of time away from technology, but a holiday is a holiday, and I’m so glad to have my blog to return to.

Word of the week:

Return to normality

After the chaotic time we experienced during the building works on our bathroom last week, this week the dust has (literally) settled. The job was (more or less) completed by the end of Bank Holiday Monday and we now have a beautiful, clean, luxurious space in which to carry out all those day to day ablutions.

I was keen to carry out a full on house clean on Tuesday as everything was feeling grimy and untidy with piles of bathroom detritus lying randomly around the place. Unfortunately I had a long standing appointment to get my highlights done (time-limited half price offer!) in Guildford and this process ended up taking about 4 hours out of my 6 hours of child-free time. This resulted in a mad dash home and a frantic sweep, dust, Hoover, recycling challenge and tidy up! As a result we do actually now have a clean feeling, tidy home again at last.

I am dying to put my ‘before and after’ bathroom post up to share the wonder of it all but we are still awaiting one rather large piece of kit to be delivered and fitted – the bath side panel. Without this picture is not yet complete.

We also had the Bank Holiday this week – not the easiest day for me as bathroom work was still in full fling and the hubster was out at work all day. In an ideal world we would do something fun together as a family on a bank holiday but in reality this rarely happens due to the hubster’s work commitments. We did have fun at the Bushy Park Woodland Gardens the day before with my Mum though, so it wasn’t a complete loss of time.

We finally booked our last term time holiday as a family of four this week – 7 nights in a beautiful child friendly holiday cottage on the North Norfolk coast. I know there is heaps to do up there with the kids and most exciting of all, we will get to stop in at the home of one of my oldest and bestest friends in the world in Suffolk on the way to and from our destination. I rarely get to see her and she now has three children herself with the newest addition joining the clan last November. I am really excited about this and its always lovely to have something nice to look forward to as you go about your normal day to day life. So that was the week that was…