I’m baaaaaaack!

At least for the morning!

My last post was on January 2nd – 21 days ago. 3 whole weeks! I can do a little updating on how those New Years Resolutions are coming along though.

  • I picked up a NookColor from Barnes & Noble to work on my reading resolution. It didn’t hurt that I had a pretty big B&N gift card too. So that’s a step in the right direction. I haven’t read anything on it yet though (and there’s the step in the wrong direction). I have downloaded a free copy of Mein Kampf since I’ve always been curious it and added two books to my WishList. But mainly, I’m still trying to catch up on all of my Alternative Press issues from when I was on my trip. So I’m reading… just not books at the moment.
  • On Tuesday, January 18nd, I followed through on my second resolution. I got myself a new puppy – Harper Ellenton Jerdan. I adopted her from Pets Inc here in West Columbia, SC. They said she’s a lab mix but no one can seem to guess what the “mix” is (if there is any). She looks and acts lab. The lady who runs the place thanked me not only for adopting a puppy from there but she also thanked me for adopted a black dog. Apparently black animals are the last to be adopted. Don’t ask me why but it was definitely true since 75% of the animals were black there. And the three or four animals that were adopted when I was there were all tan and golden. The deal there is really amazing though – $150 to adopt and that covers all of their shots, as well as being spayed/neutered. Here’s a little bio on Harper: her first name Harper is from Harpers Ferry NHP for my trip, her second name Ellenton is from New Ellenton, SC (I wanted a name that remembered both my trip and the state I’m from), she’ll be 16 weeks old on Monday, her birthday is October 4, 2011 (ish), she, along with the 8 others in the litter, had and survived parvo, she’s a puppy but super laid back and not menacing or destructive (yet?), she loves bananas, eats carrots, hates baths, and burps after every meal. There’s been one really frustrating day but other than that, it’s been great having her!
  • Exercising, at least in the traditional sense, has taken a bit of a back seat. I’m not happy about that. First, Columbia was hit hard with snow and ice two weeks ago. It took four days for a car to be able to leave our driveway, due to all of the ice. Second, I had a tiny head cold in there for a few days as well. And last but not least, the new puppy has taken up a lot of my time. But it’s not all spent indoors as I take her out a good bit to run around in the yard. So there is a good bit of running, just not of the straight-line, timed variety. I’ll get back to it! Especially now that I’ve agreed to attend the Cooper River Bridge Run in April. My dad’s family uses it as a quasi-family reunion for whoever is free to make it.
  • My fourth resolution to blog more has been the epitome of failure. It’s like the perfect storm that’s prevented me from doing more – I’m not longer traveling, I have a new puppy, and Chapin life isn’t exactly oh-so-riveting. Traveling and my experiences kind of made up my theme before. And I’m a little lost as to what kind of theme to have now. I’m going to put forth a better effort from here on out though. Even if it is random thoughts and ideas on something I hear, see, or read for the day.
  • I take that back. The fifth resolution is the epitome of failure. I at least made an attempt to blog today. I haven’t touched the book in weeks. No excuses here. Just always find something else to take up my time. Not good enough.
  • Not many adventures have taken place either. What looked promising when recapping my resolutions has quickly gone downhill. The idea of a lunch date is still open for Myrtle Beach (ahem! I need a time/date?). Not that it’s a huge adventure or far away but I need to take Harper on a visit to see my Pomaria buddy and her dog. I might try and get a hold of my friend in Clemson too at some point.

And that’s my life at the moment! Anyone still out there reading?

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4 Responses to I’m baaaaaaack!

  1. Lynnanne says:

    Hey there… still reading!! Just not posting comments too much.
    Learned about your site through your mom’s blog… Have enjoyed reading about your journey…
    Love the dog’s name.
    I’m having a hard time picking up an E-reader or whatever they call them. While they’d be handy, I love the feel of a book in my hands. I like turning the pages, dog-earing them, breaking the spine of the paperback… and collecting old hardbacks. I love looking at bookcases filled with … books! I don’t know if I can merge into the high-tech book or not…but then, there’s those free downloads, and cheaper book purchases. Now that might just be enough to get me to start climbing that E-book fence. 🙂
    Have a good one. Good luck with the resolutions!!

    • I’ve heard that reasoning before for those arguing against having an e-reader. My counterargument is always that just because you go one route doesn’t mean you have to give up the other. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, so chances are good that I’ll always buy the physical copy to go along with the collection I’ve accrued. Same with other authors I enjoy reading and supporting (Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Steig Larsson, etc). But on the Nook (or any other e-reader), there is the free option, as well as the cheaper option you noted.

      With that said, it’s not always for everyone. And it can be costly. Whatever works for you is all that matters in the end! Thanks for still following!

  2. I’ve heard that reasoning before for those arguing against having an e-reader. My counterargument is always that just because you go one route doesn’t mean you have to give up the other. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, so chances are good that I’ll always buy the physical copy to go along with the collection I’ve accrued. Same with other authors I enjoy reading and supporting (Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, Steig Larsson, etc). But on the Nook (or any other e-reader), there is the free option, as well as the cheaper option you noted.

    With that said, it’s not always for everyone. And it can be costly. Whatever works for you is all that matters in the end! Thanks for still following!

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