It’s Monday, November 16th. What Are You Reading?

Yesterday was terrible. It was one of those days that had so much stress and anxiety that, despite it being a vacation day for me, was just awful. By the end of the day I was just so thankful to be done with, to go to bed and wake up and have it be a different day.

Because today can be (and has been) better.

What did I learn yesterday? First, I need to learn how to say no. Second, I need to be nice to those who aren’t the source of my stress. And third, sometimes small children really are assholes. It’s not always their fault, but they can be.

Reading was pretty minimal over the weekend, but I picked up The Radleys by Matt Haig and Lovable Livable Home by John and Sherry Petersik from the library. Both are light and fun, though they latter lacks some of the substance I was hoping for. All in all, good stuff.
Monday Nov 16

It’s Monday, November 16. What are you reading?

On a completely unrelated note, I am considering semi-starting over on the blogging front. Currently I have self-hosted WordPress, but I am seriously considering switching to blogger for the simplicity of it. I don’t use many of the great features you can have on WordPress, so it just seems like more work than it’s worth at the moment. Thoughts? Suggestions?

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  • Laura Frey

    Regular wordpress? 🙂 I follow all my blogs in WordPress reader so I forget about blogspot. Though I would never forget you.

    Small children are indeed assholes and it is indeed not their fault. I dunno who’s fault it is… not gonna go down that path right now lol. I had a stressed out and anxious weekend too.

    I hear great things about Matt Haig but I find his social media presence very annoying so I’m resisting.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I like running ads, so regular wordpress may not work. Although I make so little off of them, that it is almost pointless. Currently I make just enough to pay for my hosting.

      I do not follow Haig for that very reason. I also love Joe Hill, but cannot follow him.

  • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

    Stay with wordpress! If you’re anything like me, blogger will drive you crazy because there are so many things you cannot control (and the comments form is horrible). I used blogger before switching to wordpress and I think the latter requires less work. (Or maybe I was just expecting too much from blogger?)

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      I’m self-hosted now, but the hosting company disappeared, yet my blog is still online. I haven’t even touched this problem yet. I’ve actually never used blogger to host a blog. I started out with wordpress.com, but when I decided to run ads, I had to make the switch over to wordpress.org. It’s been fine so far, but since I am blogging less there is some appeal in not having to pay to host my blog. If I go with blogger, I don’t have to pay AND I can run ads. It sounds like a win, and there are cute templates out there, but I aside from the small hassles, I actually do enjoy wordpress.
      Does blogger allow disqus? That is something I should probably figure out…

      • http://www.marelden.com mariahelena

        Not sure if blogger allows disqus. All the blogger-blogs I read, I think are using blogger’s standard comment form (which I despise). The fact that it’s free and support ads is definitely an advantage. An alternative might be to find another host company that is cheap? I’m using bluehost.com with wordpress.org

  • http://girlxoxo.com/ girlxoxo

    Yes – there are little dickheads around! Thankfully – not too many. I hope you’re having a better day today * sending good vibes your way * And gosh – don’t switch from WordPress. You can literally set it and forget it or tweak it to your heart’s content!

    Tanya Patrice

  • http://consumedbyink.wordpress.com Naomi

    I hope today was a lot better for you!
    I would love to read one of Haig’s books sometime.
    Here’s to being able to say no (especially when being asked to watch other people’s kids?)! I am just taking a guess, but either way, I have been down that road so many times.

  • http://bookdate.blogspot.com Kathryn Trask

    Thank goodness for the chance for a good night’s sleep and to start over. Great learning points – if only we could always live by them!

  • http://www.estellasrevenge.net Andi

    Bummer that Lovable, Livable Home isn’t working out better for you. I will read it eventually, but since their blogging stopped so has some of my enthusiasm.

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      It was okay, it just didn’t present any NEW information. I will say it was a much better effort than their last book, which I thought was awful.

  • http://www.thedailydosage.com Marisa @The Daily Dosage

    Sorry you had a bad day and hoping it gets better. I just returned Lovable, Livable Home and liked how simplistic it was and that they had resource pages for their purchases. Stores I actually shop from and not some obscure expensive design studio. I’ve never seen their blog so I wasn’t familiar with them before. As far as Blogger, I don’t know much about migrating WP over. But I did use Blogger years ago when I had my first blog and liked the ease of it as well. Good luck!

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  • Manikankana Mitra

    Well, I get it when a day turns upside down, especially when I had carefully planned for it not to be so. Let us know how Loveable, Liveable Home turns out; tinkering around the house (when I am not out at work) is about as de-stressing to me as reading.

    Also I just finished The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut and quite like it. Any suggestions for similar books ?

  • Care

    I really enjoyed the Radleys. I liked The Humans even more. Happy hopefully-less-stressful week. and may I wish you a Snickerdoodle Pie choice if presented with Pumpkin. ;P

    • http://www.fourthstreetreview.com/ Rory O’Connor

      Thank you! It’s been much better!

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