Category: Checking In

This is Not a September Wrap-Up…It’s an Hiatus Announcement

This is Not a September Wrap-Up…It’s an Hiatus Announcement

Posted October 5, 2022 in Checking In // 6 Comments

“‘The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things. Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings!“ My friends, I have fought this for a long, long time. I’ve been going consistently on this blog since 2017. The “hiatuses” I’ve taken have been buying myself time to write more posts (so I may miss a couple weeks, but I’m still actively writing) or vacations. To be honest, vacations haven’t even been blogging-free because I often write posts on the plane or at night on cruise ships to try and not get behind. And […]

Mid-Month Crash & California Bound – My August Wrap Up

Mid-Month Crash & California Bound – My August Wrap Up

Posted September 7, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

My loves, when you read this I should be standing in line waiting to get into Disneyland. I imagine it will be warm and sunny and I’ll be eagerly checking and double-checking everything because I don’t know the layout of the park. I’ll be with my spouse and a friend and 100% ready to prove to her that fun at Disney Parks is contagious (or at least it is when you go with me!). Where I am while I’m writing this isn’t too bad either. It’s a beautiful day outside – sunny, but not too hot and there’s a light, […]

In Which We Eat Ice Cream & Hide Indoors – My July 2022 Wrap Up

In Which We Eat Ice Cream & Hide Indoors – My July 2022 Wrap Up

Posted August 3, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

So July… happened! It ended up being an interesting month for us here, some rollercoaster days, but generally better than June. The one thing I don’t love? The heat. I’m sure y’all have read that 2022 is on-pace to be the hottest summer on record and I am not a fan. There are reasons why I live way up here in New England with all its seasons and 91-degrees at 6am is not one of those reasons. Things I am grateful for – the shade, fans, air conditioning (which I didn’t have most my life so I am still in […]

The Month When Everything Went to H*ll – June 2022 Wrap Up

The Month When Everything Went to H*ll – June 2022 Wrap Up

Posted July 6, 2022 in Checking In // 4 Comments

Okay. The title of this post is a bit dramatic. How many times over the last several years – over the course of our individual lives, even – have we felt like the world has gone to hell? June 2022 has been rough, but a different kind of rough than June 2020. June 2020 was worse, I think. They are, at least, different. So June 2022. Ukraine was carries on. Supreme Court in the United States overturns Roe vs. Wade, a landmark case in which women were given the right to an abortion and a case that set the precendent […]

No May Flowers for Me – My May 2022 Wrap Up

No May Flowers for Me – My May 2022 Wrap Up

Posted June 8, 2022 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone! You may have noticed that my posting has slowed down this month. Not just the once-a-week content posts, but also a startling lack of reviews. Usually, The Literary Phoenix is rife with reviews! A few things have happened behind the scenes for me that have led to some content choices. A lot of them are personally driven. I’m trying to balance my time and energy and I really never want to come to a place where I want to leave this space. Blogging has been too important to me for too long. In many ways, it feels […]