This is what happens when you don’t allow enough time to breathe: You turn blue, albeit in a vaguely artistic way.
I haven’t posted much lately, mostly because I was in Alaska. Meeting deadlines and spending as much time as possible with friends and loved ones sucked away most of my hours and all of my energy.
Last week I was so distracted that I never even posted a giveaway. More on that below.
The trip home was uneventful in that I got bumped only once instead of a dozen times. I was the fourth person on the list but only three seats opened up. Fortunately another Seattle flight was leaving about an hour later.
Hurrah for the buddy pass, despite its risk of inconvenience: My trip north cost only about $120 vs. the $600 to $800 I might have paid at this time of year.
Too much to do, but I do it anyway
When I walked through my door at 10:30 p.m. Friday I was beat, and very glad that my cupboards and freezer had enough in them to keep me going for a couple of days.
The freezer held bread, a jar of milk and various meats and vegetables, among other things. After fixing oatmeal for breakfast I pulled a ham bone and some diced onions out of the freezer and started a slow cooker full of pinto beans. For lunch I had a tuna sandwich and pickles plus the apple I never ate on the plane, then put a small pan of dried plums (which we all know are actually prunes — ah, marketing) on to simmer.
The pinto beans were my dinner on Saturday (and Sunday, and today). I’d planned to make a pan of cornbread once I got back from the store with eggs and other fresh stuff, but had other things on my mind by then. In addition to two months’ worth of piled-up mail I needed to write my latest post at Get Rich Slowly (which should go up some time Wednesday) and the Monday post for MSN Money.
Also to think about the Tuesday post, the Wednesday post, etc. It isn’t the writing that’s the challenge so much as the need to come up with five really good ideas per week – specifically, five ideas that my editor thinks are really good. Sometimes we disagree.
A few other things on my mind, too:
- An editor from Woman’s Day magazine asked me to do a 1,200-word article, due at the beginning of August. Of course I said yes. Wouldn’t you?
- I’m puzzling out plans to make a two- or three-day trip to Portland some time in July, to write about the concept of frugal road trips. Any of you Portland readers got hot tips for cheap fun?
- I’m planning and re-planning a long-ish visit to see my dad in New Jersey and to house-sit in New York City.
- I need to finish writing my presentation for the Financial Blogger Conference, which will take place Sept. 6-9 in Denver. (If you’re a PF writer, do try to attend — last year’s conference was a great big blast.)
I did manage to enter a couple of blog carnivals, both with posts from MSN Money’s Frugal Cool:
With so many irons in the fire you can see why I forgot to post a giveaway. Or, rather, why I failed to make it a priority. Watch for an upcoming post that combines two giveaways in one.