Saturday, November 15, 2003

confessions of a slow reader

I'm way behind in my journal reading.  I'm ashamed to admit it but I'm a slow reader.  It takes me at least double the time to read an entry than it does for most.  I also tend to need absolute quiet when I'm reading and writing.  I need to be completely focused.  Otherwise, it takes even longer for the information to sink in.  Could be a long-lost learning disability - or it could just be that I was taught to work with one medium at a time.  I wasn't allowed to listen to music or have the TV on when I did homework as a kid.  It's similar to how I was raised to fall asleep in the car.  Every time I cried as a baby, my parents would bring me to the car and turn it on.  I would fall fast asleep.  As soon as they turned the car off, I was awake.  This worked out very well growing up, taking long road-trips.  I would sleep the entire time.  It wasn't so great when I got my license! 

It amazes me to see kids (and many adults) today who can listen to music, play a video game, do homework in between rounds and carry on a conversation all at the same time, never missing a beat.  And still, they get it all done faster than me.  Even right now I'm pausing, swaying and singing to the CD I have playing. 

Well, I'm determined to get caught up.  I've made a list of twenty-five journals that I've been neglecting - and that number has been rounded DOWN.  It's my intention to come back later and dive in.  But to be realistic, I'm committing to commenting in five at a time.  I have a full schedule this afternoon, including a few personal things that need my attention.  But I'll be back. 

Feeling sad today.  Gotta shake it off.  Lots to do.  ::sigh::

18 comments:

andreakingme said...

Feeling sad? :-(

Why not pop in a favorite movie? That's what I've been doing today. I keep swinging from grumpy to giddy, from gimpy to graceful. Hah!

I owe you an e-mail, Feep. And it's coming. Tonight ... when all are asleep. Uh-hee-hee-hee.

slowmotionlife said...

I know how the comment thing goes. There's no way I'd have enough time in the day to visit all the journals I'd like to. I was considering breaking my favorites down into days of the week. Freeepeace on Monday, Unhinged on Tuesday, OWW on Wednesday, etc. and so forth. I wonder how other people deal with this?

babyshark28 said...

I know exactly what your saying my "reading comprehension" skills are a big fat O...almost. I always blame it on my ADD, which I have been meaning to make an appointment at the doctors about that..I hear they can do something for adults...we'll see. don't be sad... :(

rebafandj said...

Same goes for me...if I miss one day or two of journal reading..I fall behind...I usually do the same as slowmotionlife...except I read the ones that do dailies first, and the others that does once everywhile...I usually don't have time to comment! I love your journal..keep it up! :-D BtW...have a veggie burger with a nice large salad on me.

isabelzmia said...

((((hugs))))) I went to see "Elf" today, and although the movie was funny as heck, by the end, I was feeling sad. They were using SANTA to pull @ my heart strings. Shame on them! I hope you're feeling better ... ::::::::sending happy vibes of peace:::::::: ~ Isabel

barbpinion said...

HELLO, THIS IS MY FIRST STOP HERE. REALLY LOVE YOUR JOURNAL. I WILL BE BACK TO READ IT OFTEN. PLEASE CONSIDER STOPPING TO CHECK OUT MINE. IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS BUT GETTING THERE. Barbpinion

hempenhomespun said...

I'm still learning to combat attention issues. The first time I had to work on a rainy day, the windshield wipers distracted me so much I nearly drove off the road.

derossetfamily said...

((hugs)) freee! I've been in the middle of a move so Ive gotten like 4 days behind on reading and felt so bad abt not stopping by here, and up popped this entry! trust me your not alone! Although with a 3 year old, a golden retriever puppy, and 2 cats around during the day Ive gotten used to multitasking, its a zoo around here! Hope you feel happier soon, and I hope to see you hangin around my journal soon too! I've missed ya ::wink::
~Mary

sepintx said...

I am always behind on everyone's Journals and I do feel bad about it sometimes. I just figure the page displays 10 entries and it's fairly easy to get caught up. Of course I do have my favorites that I just must visit. And then there is "do I make a comment guilt". {sigh}

aynetal3 said...

Yeeks Freee ... just little letters for the part that you aren't feeling well? Hmm, maybe it's just a little voice then within you? First thoughts that came to mind are, are you eating? sleeping? getting time to relax that, "I been out sloggin in the elements" part of you? Need to worry of yourself first. I know, I know so many things to do and be a part of ... we promise that we'll keep if you be taken some time for self! You please the people, NOT "I have to please the people!"

gvpagenc said...

Haha! Freee I'm there with you! There's SO many journals out there and I'm just now getting to a point where I've got a decent system in place to review them all, but THE TIME! Who knew it would take so much of it? LOL! And Heaven forbid I try visiting other journals during normal hours, even if I'm ghosting. Oh well:-)

Gregg

viviansullinwank said...

{{{{{Free}}}}}
I need some time management skills for journaling. Will someone please start a journal with tips on how to effectively handle reading those you want to read, commenting where you want to and still having time to write in your own journal? ! :)

viviansullinwank said...

Oh, Free another problem I'm having is that if I try to stay caught up with my journal activities, then I get behind in my email (and my laundry and my dusting and vacuuming)!!! I need an administrative assistant, a full time housekeeper and a Nanny preferably a good looking male nanny!!

alphawoman1 said...

I bet I spend an hour to an hour and half each day skimming the 25 or more journals I have in my "favorite" section. I do not watch tv anymore, and my book reading has suffered too.

raisinglouisiana said...

I know the feeling Freee, I've gotten so
behind on journals and such, cause I haven't
moved the computer yet to the new place, but
because of that, I go to bed earlier, and go to work
earlier as well. Also, I got Dallis her first library card
yesterday, so reading and spending quiet time together
as been on our lists. I hope you're feeling better too!
Love, Penny

chefgracegeorge said...

Reading journals wasn't so time consuming for me, until YOU attracted so many fans! Reading journals would only take half the time if we could just resist the urge to read the other comments!
ooxx

jellybean1437 said...

i'm the multitasker.......everything is always going on at once....so i gotta keep on my toes!!....i like to watch a movie on my computer and type up papers.....i get them done so much faster that way....i couldnt even begin to explain why.... much love.... feel better!! :)
-*-Kayleen-*-

clarity4today said...

Sorry you were feeling down this day. :-(

Ya know, I'm a pretty fast reader and typer. But, I am totally *with* you on that concentration thing. I can't multi-task at *all*. Reading takes all my attention, as if I go into a trance or something. LOL

And I can hardly keep up either. There really is so much reading to be done, and the tv is jealous of the computer.. I think people will understand though. :-)