I’m Sick and Busy, and Other Excuses

It’s been a long week in the life of Laura, and things weren’t any better on the blogging front. Things started to go downhill last week, when I was writing blog posts ahead of time for the week. I had just finished my uber-long, link-worthy year-end wrap up, when WordPress decided to shut down and delete my entire post. There was definitely a “Noooooooooooooo,” soap opera-esque moment there. I became so frustrated that I gave up for the day, and even now, still haven’t mustered up the motivation to write the post again.

Then the week happened, and it was busy. Thursday, I was bombarded with a surprise 2-hour meeting and a surprise car accident, meaning around 4:45 I realized all I had to eat and drink that day was coffee and biscotti. The rest of the week was full of long days and exhausted nights, where all I felt like doing was watching marathons of Law & Order SVU or CSI. I’ve even neglected Atlas Shrugged—not because I’m not enjoying it, but because I’ve been falling asleep after reading for more than 10 minutes.

Yesterday, I came down with a sudden headache and the chills, and kept to my bed for most of the evening. I spent an exhaustive few hours editing stories for the week, then fell asleep around 10. However, this wasn’t before finding someone to cover a Martin Luther King Jr breakfast this morning, meaning I was able to sleep in until 8 a.m. today—thank God. Another bonus: my boss sent an email out, reminding us that today is a “company holiday” and that if we didn’t have to cover anything, we should take it off. Well you don’t have to tell me twice. Atlas Shrugged and PJ pants—here I come!

And so, I’m sorry for the lack of posts last week, the lack of a Sunday Salon, and the lack of a review. I wouldn’t really have anything to review; in fact, I don’t know when I’ll be reviewing anything until Atlas Shrugged is complete. I’m about 2/3 of the way through, but at the pace this book moves—and considering how many pages I have yet to slog through—I could be reading another month. Oh well; this is what the Big Books Project is for, right? Plus, I need practice if I’m going to tackle War and Peace this summer (mulling over that idea at the moment), or Moby Dick anytime soon.

And so, let’s dedicate MLK day to Ayn Rand and all those other books we never have time to read. After seeing this on What Would A Nerd Wear, I also want to read Letter from a Birmingham Jail today—a history lesson, if you will, on such an historical day. I hope everyone has time to do the same.

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