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Return of the Laundry

Lordy, it been a hot minute. I've never done this before - a blog post that isn't reviewing a book. But when you've been MIA for so long, I figured I should probably put myself in the hot seat to do some explaining.

Hi. I'm your friendly Laundry Librarian and for the past 19ish months, I've been pretty scarce. I want to say it's all COVID's fault, but I'm going to be real with y'all - it's not. I've been trying to pinpoint when exactly I started dropping off, but life has been literally THAT chaotic that I can't really say for sure. About 5 months before the world shut down, my husband and I started a little craft business and kept that going pretty successfully for a solid year (yay us lol). But, after those 12 months, decided the stress just wasn't worth the extra dough. So, maybe I'll blame the side gig. Maybe I'll blame work before stressful AF. Or maybe I'll just own up to it and say this - I stopped taking time for me.

This blog was, is and always will be my outlet. My escape from our busy lifestyle. And before all y'all Karens jump up and say well maybe it's time to make a change... sit back down. I love the hustle and bustle. I love keeping my kids active. I love my dam horse. So, no, none of that is going to change. I'm just going to stop making excuses for why I'm not blogging and just DO IT already.

So hi, here I am. And here is my apology to you. Authors, I'm sorry. I've let you down. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but my reviews are pretty awesome. They're long, thoughtful and dare I say even funny. They're honest and NEVER cruel. Oh wow, this was an apology and next thing you know I'm blowing smoke up my own booty. What I'm trying to say is, I know each review matters and I'm so dang sorry for failing you. There are review teams I've been removed from and I get it. I definitely get it. Communication is key and that's on me. From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry. I'll do better. I'll be better.

And to the readers who follow my blog/FB page looking for laughs and book suggestions, I'm so sorry. You would think I could have kept up with the daily funny memes or posts, but even that got to be too hard. When you're in a dark place, finding humor in the most basic things can be nearly impossible. Instead of taking time out of my day to find my joy outside of the 4 walls of our home, I did just that. I went to my kids and husband and clung to them like the lifeline they are. In the past 19 months, I don't think I've truly taken any significant amount of time for myself. I've become that mom who is devoted to their family and their family alone. And as much as I adore them, it's time to take back some of myself. To remember what it's like to be a person as well as a mother and wife. Hey look at that, I'm off topic again. I guess I'm a bit rusty at this whole blogging thing. But the bottom line is this - I'm so sorry for leaving you all. Y'all breathe life into me when the craziness around me wears me down to the bone. Thank you.

Okay, that's a lot of words for someone who hasn't posted a book review in 5 months. I just needed to get some words off my chest and to let everyone know I'm going to try and be the comeback kid. There's some great bloggers out there who have really inspired me to stop making excuses and get back to it. And here we are. Comeback story of the century right here. Clearly the time off hasn't made me any less dramatic. Anywho, thank you for taking the time to read this and now let's get back to why you're all here - the laundry ;)

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