So I know I’ve been pretty well sucking in the blogging department the past few weeks, but to say I haven’t had the mental energy for it is such a huge understatement. I found that my t0-do list was getting quite long and getting away from me so I needed to take some time and cross some things off. If I listed everything I’ve accomplished in the past few weeks you’d probably be impressed, but sadly it still leaves me with a feeling of deadlines pressing in on me. Blah.

In publishing news, Samhain books have appeared in Borders and people report holding them, fondling them and some are even *gasp* purchasing them. I myself don’t have a Borders near me so I haven’t gotten to see them yet. I’m anxious to see them though!

I’ve been kind of bummed about not attending any conferences this year, I can’t do RT because I can’t afford it this year, I thought about RWA and then realized that it’s the same week I’m planning a trip back to North Dakota to see my family. Since I haven’t seen them in a year, I’m thinking family should come first, eh? I will be at BEA in Washington D.C. in May, but that doesn’t really count as a conference in my mind.

So I was kind of bummed and moping when one of the other editors, Jessica, mentioned Dragon*Con in Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend. This has definite possibilities. And the conference fee to attend? Holy cheap! It makes me wonder why RT and RWA can’t charge less for their conferences. Dragon*Con is $60 if you register before April some time and $70 if you register before July 14th. SEVENTY FREAKING DOLLARS. And they provide a 24 hour hospitality suite with drinks and snacks, free babysitting service during the day and Kevin Sorbo. None of which RT or RWA provide. Granted, I wouldn’t be taking Brianna to Dragon*Con so I don’t need babysitting service. And technically Dragon*Con doesn’t provide Kevin Sorbo, he’s just making an appearance, but still. The fact that they can offer these things and so much more for such a low fee is impressive! So I’m thinking about it. Anyone ever been?

Slightly related in topic, I mentioned I thought I might be attending RWA. And I knew I’d have to leave Brianna here. Since we’re still nursing, I realized this would be tricky, so I’ve been contemplating weaning. She started the process herself a couple months ago, cutting out all day time feedings except the one at naptime, leaving nursing associated only with sleep. Naptime, bedtime and the middle of the night. Which, of course, are the hardest feedings to cut. But on Monday, I made the hard decision of really weaning. It was not a fun decision to make. On Monday, I put her down for a nap without nursing, substituting rocking and reading a book instead and then sitting her in her crib. She cried, I cried. We both cried. I cried longer, though. Then, 20 minutes into her nap she woke herself up, got stuck in the crib rails. So I ended up nursing her anyway because otherwise she wouldn’t have gone back to sleep. And to top it off, Monday was the day she fell from her Leap Frog table and gave herself a black eye. She was thoroughly traumatized which means comfort nursing. So Monday we actually had an EXTRA session of nursing instead of cutting one out.

Tuesday and Wednesday went better, just a few minutes of crying before nap. Thursday was awesome, she talked herself to sleep, whimpered for a few minutes before drifting off. But for some reason today was the worst for her. As soon as I put her in the crib, her face crumpled. It was pitiful. And she cried for like 10 minutes before drifting off. Not bad in the grand scheme of things but weaning is hard enough emotionally, losing the bond, feeling the guilt, without adding in the stress of having to listen to your baby cry. *sigh* I can only hope it will keep getting easier for both of us. Tomorrow Josh is home and I’m going to have him do naptime.

I’m trying to look at the positive side of all this, there are two weekends; one in May and one in June that Josh and i have events to attend. If I have Brianna weaned, we’ll be able to leave her with her grandparents (who would be thrilled) and we could go have a weekend in a hotel, just the two of us. Which we would surely enjoy *grin*.

Last, on the reading front, I’ve met the March TBR challenge (and i have to update the sidebar for those of you who sent me links, I’m sorry) with Lord of Sin by Madeline Hunter and Waltz with a Vampire by…uh…somebody. LOL. I’m going to blog about those this weekend.

I’ve not been reading as much this past week, but from the past three weeks I have a number of books I read that I want to at least do short synopsis on. Most recently I read A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole, which Amazon shipped early (release date is supposed to be March 28th) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s one I’d recommend. Anyone else read any good books lately?

So there you have it, my past two weeks in nutshell. See how you didn’t miss anything interesting when i was on my break? 😉

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