How do I fit my life in around the rest of my life?

While last week’s time change has made my weekday wake-up routine…challenging, the extra sunshine at the end of the day really has made a difference to my mood and energy. I’m also taking my iron and vitamin B12 pills more consistently and that might be helping too.

In the last week, I’ve signed myself up for aquafit classes (starting mid-April) and an online writing course. I’m still working through the Web Fundamentals track on Codecademy before I start on actual programming fundamentals. I’ve also been reading lots of novels – some quality, some trashy – which you can see on my Goodreads “read in 2013” list. That’s one advantage to my longer commute – more reading time!

Sean and I also started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix. We mainlined Season 1 last week and just started Season 2 yesterday. I love when we find a show we enjoy watching together. Sitting in the same room doing separate things is okay, but doing something together – even if it is just watching TV – is good for our relationship.

All that TV-watching seems to be slowing down the progress of my reading, writing and coding. I’m not watching a lot of other TV right now – not even my beloved Y&R. (I’m so behind!). Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep. There is so much to do and learn and experience and only so much time I can devote to do all of it after work and when Flora doesn’t Need Me Right Now. Obligation trumps desire, but hard work deserves reward.

How do you find the time to fit everything in that you want to do once you’ve fulfilled the obligations and minutiae of your day? I can’t cheat myself of anymore sleep than I already do. Your tips would be welcome.

What I read in 2012

Just for kicks, here are all the books I read and rated with Goodreads in 2012. My reviews are included if I wrote one.

What did you read in 2012? Any favourites?

Melissa’s bookshelf: read-in-2012

Heaping Spoonful
3 of 5 stars true
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The Midwife's Confession
4 of 5 stars true
This is the first book by Diane Chamberlain that I’ve read. I was drawn in from the start but I agree with the Jodi Picoult comparisons I’ve seen here. I figured out some stuff long before the characters did and was waiting for the One B…
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Elephant Girl: A Human Story
5 of 5 stars true
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The Virgin Cure
5 of 5 stars true
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Left Neglected
4 of 5 stars true
I read this book quickly and enjoyed it. As I read, I got angrier and angrier about modern work culture and the constant pressure we have put on us, and put on ourselves.What are we doing to ourselves as a society?

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The Almost Archer Sisters
4 of 5 stars true
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Prep
5 of 5 stars true
I really enjoyed this book. I agree that the main character was unpleasant but I understood why. She put up so many walls to protect herself that she cheated herself out of a better experience at her school.When certain things happene…

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Girls in White Dresses
0 of 5 stars true
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The Best Laid Plans
5 of 5 stars true
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The High Road
5 of 5 stars true
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Annabel
5 of 5 stars true
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One Day
4 of 5 stars true
I enjoyed this book but the ending was a major letdown.
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Bared to You
0 of 5 stars true
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
5 of 5 stars true
I found this book fascinating. It was well-researched but written with a very engaging voice.
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Reflected in You
0 of 5 stars true
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Everybody Has Everything
4 of 5 stars true
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The Red House: A Novel
3 of 5 stars true
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A Visit from the Goon Squad
4 of 5 stars true
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How to Be a Woman
4 of 5 stars true
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The Antagonist
3 of 5 stars true
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Lady Oracle
4 of 5 stars true
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Seating Arrangements
3 of 5 stars true
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