Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Been Awhile...

Hey everyone! 

Wow! It's been just short of two months since my last post. I bet you're wondering (at least, those of you who care) where the heck I've been ALL SUMMER!!!  What happened to all of that excitement about finally having the chance to blog and read fun books? Wasn't I planning an active return to the book blogosphere this summer? 

Yes, yes, I was. But you know what they say about best-laid plans, and it seems as if I've fallen victim to my own tendency to believe that when I FINALLY get some time off, I can cram absolutely EVERYTHING I WANT TO DO and I mean like ALL THE THINGS into that time off. Oops. 

I know that I don't have to explain things to my regular readers . . . I'm sure you all have already realized by now that as I get deeper and deeper into my graduate studies I've pulled back more and more from blogging, especially as I've taken on more advanced responsibilities as an English instructor in the teaching assistant program as well. Degree papers, lesson planning, comprehensive exams, Ph.D applications, studying for the GRE (again) . . . grad school simply EATS my time, even when my classes aren't in session. 

Anyways, the main purpose of this post was to tell you guys this: I consider many of you in the book blogosphere to be real friends, even though not all of us have met face to face. And I would love to have a better way to keep in touch with you. While me reading your blogs is a great way to find out what's going on in your lives, it can be incredibly time-consuming, and as we've seen, I've not done so hot making everything fit together time-wise so far. I'm on Twitter on my blog handle every once in awhile, and you can always follow me there, but I've found that I don't get on nearly as often as I used to (the reasons behind that are pretty much the same as my lack of blogging). However, I am on (here's that dreaded word) Facebook relatively frequently. I use it personally to keep in touch with long-distance friends and family, but I also have to check it frequently for updates about work and to share information with my colleagues. 

I'm already friends with some of you on Facebook, but for those of you who aren't "friends" with me and would like to be, you can add me by searching for the e-mail n_monzyk_28 (at) hotmail (dot) com. If for some reason you decided to send me an actual e-mail, please use my blog's contact address, and not the one I just listed. The one above I've had since I was sixteen and I keep it as a "spam" catcher and for situations like these, where I want certain people to be able to look me up without having to post my "good" e-mail on the Internet. Crazy, right?

As I said almost a year ago, right before I started grad school, this post isn't a goodbye. Though I've only made a handful of posts on my blog over the last year, I still enjoy it and everything it brings to the table (both the books and the people)! I hope to return to it when I can here and there, and maybe, when I'm FINALLY out of school, I can post more like I used to. In the meantime though, I hope you all are having wonderful lives! Hugs!!!

On a different note, I don't know about you all, but I discovered today that I cannot type the phrase it's been awhile (the title of this post without getting the Staind song of the same name stuck in my head. Crap. 
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