Telltale Signs that You Need a Break…

This is my 101st post and it’s already April. When the notification and the gold star accompanying my 100th popped up on my screen, I thought, “Wow! It seems like November was just yesterday. I have been writing since last May. I should go outside.”

Blogging has become an integral part of my life and sometimes I forget to take a break. Breaks are important. They keep you sane. Sanity is good.

Here are some warning signs that you may be spending too many hours in front of your computer.

It’s time to take a break:

When you get up from your chair and your body refuses to unfold into an upright position.

When you start air quoting everything you say.

When you look around your house and don’t recognize it.

When your friends start avoiding you for fear that they will end up in your next post since you are always in search of new blog fodder.

When you walk outside and squint in the sunshine with your parka on, only to realize that it is 75 degrees.

When your dog is the only one who doesn’t mind your mutterings and laughter while you type away on the keyboard and in the meantime has given up on ever being given a walk and has become a professional couch surfer.

When you are still in your pajamas and it is time to go to bed.

When you wake up in the middle of the night with blogger’s avatars dancing in your head.

When you start talking to someone and get frustrated that you can’t edit your last sentence.

When you need a shovel and a hazmat suit to clean your house.

When the only people you talk about have names like, Justifiable Naugahyde, Tad Abrasive, and Zombie von Chewurfaceoff.

Yes friends, after writing a book and 101 blog posts in the last 11 months, I have witnessed each and every one of these red flags. I’m going to take my own advice and get some fresh air. Peace out. Hey wait! I got a notification that Lovemygiblets just left a comment on my blog…


Do you ever have a problem tearing yourself away from your computer?

What is your worst time-sucking activity?

101 thoughts on “Telltale Signs that You Need a Break…

  1. You are singing my song, Susie! I don’t quite have the number of posts you do, but I feel like my butt has carved a permanent dent in my once comfortable desk chair. Blogging is a joy and a distraction for me. I will start writing a post at 9am, finish it at…say…11:30 and then spend until 1 or 2pm reading other blogs and checking comments. Then I think, oh shoot! I didn’t get ANYTHING else done today. I find the process fascinating and sort of bizarre too. Such talent out there! So many things to write about! So much laundry piling up in my bathroom. Jeez, I didn’t know I had that many towels… 🙂


  2. Awesome stuff, Susie! My favorite line:

    “When your friends start avoiding you for fear that they will end up in your next post since you are always in search of new blog fodder.”

    Hasn’t happened to me yet but I’m certain it will.


    • Thank you!
      I am sure that there may be some friends out there that would love to be included… my family seems to sneak in to my stories quite often. Hey Wait! Maybe that’s why my kids don’t come home from college as much anymore…. 🙂


  3. Make yourself stand up and walk around for a while every hour or so if you can. That’s what I TRY to do but do not always succeed. You are very perceptive and write interesting, down-to-earth material. Always a joy to read.


  4. Har, yes!

    And instead of laughing, you said the letters L-O-L.
    So hahahahahahaha becomes:

    I’m a hopeless computerite. I succumbed long ago, for rather ugly reasons, but now I use this thing in very productive ways, thank goodness. I’ve yet to air draw a smiley face.

    I think.


  5. Ohhhh boy ~ worst time sucking thing is sitting here at this desk. It’s another form of addiction really… Standing up can indeed be a bit stiff! Better take your advice and head outside today. Congrats on 100+ 🙂


  6. Your one about editing your last sentence reminds me of the problem I faced after I finally gave in and got a DVR. I only ever watch shows that have been recorded because I’m too busy to watch when they’re actually on. Now I find myself wanting to fast forward through boring stuff in life or rewind when I didn’t hear something (on the radio for example). I’m pretty sure the DVR was invented as an evil plot to mess with my head.


  7. Oh, I hear you. I know it’s time to take a break when I am actually dreaming about writing posts. I once had a very realistic dream a vlog of mine was Freshly Pressed. A video of me in my slippers and bathrobe, hair a mess and burping. Yeah, that is a warning sign right there.
    Didn’t know your wrote a book! I’m impressed. I am starting one. It’s taking all of my spare time now. Tears me away from blogging that’s for sure.


    • Thanks Darla! I have had my nightmares too…
      I finished the rough draft and am on chapter 4 of the first rewrite. I believe there will be at least 2 more clean sweeps so I am really busy, plus I am getting ready for tennis season. My kids are in college so I have a lot of free time to sit glued in front of the screen.
      That is great that you started a book!


  8. When your friends start avoiding you–so funny. I’ve had people say, oh no are you going to blog about this?


    • I have too! I went on a girl’s weekend in December and thought I may come up with something, but I usually like to write about the dumb things I do. Although there were some of course, not enough to blog about.


  9. I am on Blog 16 and can answer “yes” to all of the above, including running things by my dog. Your information is enlightening for this newbie. On a side note…I love that your pupper took time away from that ray of sunshine to pose for the photo…such love : )


  10. Congratulations!! Blogging is DEFINITELY a huge time commitment. I try to stay caught up, but it’s tricky to keep up on everyone’s posts while coming up with your own (and then there’s that full-time job! Details, details…)!

    Your pooch is adorable! I’ve trained my dog to guilt me into walking him every day. …Because I need it more than he does!


    • Nice! I play tennis and just got back from a clinic actually. My husband runs with her a couple times a week, otherwise she just chases rabbits and sleeps. We have a dog watch system so she stays in the yard…If I could just get myself out this chair and go get her leash…………..


  11. I am so guilty of talking in air quotes and waking at 2 am with a blog post dancing around in my head – ha! My biggest time sucker is checking stats on my blog – have to restrain and refrain myself at times. Thanks for sharing & Happy Monday:)


  12. Yeah, I need the break but I am not going to take it 🙂 Take one for both of us Susie. The only dog I have does not belong to me and his owner hates me as much as I hate him.
    Your dog looks so cute though I could certainly use his/her company


    • I mentioned it yesterday because of the names. The ones I listed, I made up, but there were quite a few that I thought of that were real blog names and came up when I checked them out on Google! My husband tries really hard to keep everyone straight…Blissful Adventurer. 🙂
      My dog is happy to keep anyone company. She is such a ferocious animal!


  13. Great post, Susie, and congrats! I’ve gotta say watching NHL On the Fly is my great time-sucker. As of June it’ll be Baseball Tonight. (As if I really care about a Mariners-A’s game, and yet somehow I do.)


    • Thanks Heather!
      My husband is addicted to hockey and although the Avs are out, he’ll watch whatever teams make it to the playoffs until baseball season starts up. I love watching some sports, but hockey makes me dizzy!


  14. Wow, I think a lot of people have spring fever today. There are a lot of posts today about taking a break, going on vacation, etc. Good to know I’m not alone in the “needing to take a break” category. I thought my dog was a permanent part of the couch, but now you’re telling me that might not be the case? Hmmmm.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


  15. Yes a break! But I’ve learned so much and more to learn, so I constantly try to thin out what I’m looking at and keep things minimal. I’m on vaca right now and only check this for a short bit. Learning to take pics with the ipad, always something but I love it. My kids know so much and I do not want to be left behind, no way jay! 🙂


  16. Congratulations on 100 posts. I just got my 100th subscriber at (the ampersand as free & fabulous art).
    I tried subscribing to your blog but something’s wrong–I’ll try again.


  17. Great post, Susie! I especially love the hazmat suit to do housecleaning! A break every now and then is a must. My biggest time suck is babysitting all day. I have to sneak in what I can while he’s sleeping or in the playpen–my bad. Babies aren’t kept in pens these days. It’s a play yard. I’m working on a post about how different things are these days from when my kids were babies!
    Your posts are always so much fun!


    • Thanks so much Lynn and I am always so glad that you stop by! My kids are 20 and 22 so I am sure that a lot has changed. At least we have computers and cell phones now. I thought it was so great to have a cordless phone back in the day! How did our mother’s do it???
      I will look forward to your post!


  18. I totally get this. I’ve been struggling, adding new followers back after being followed has grown into a daunting task.. Fortunately not everyone wants to have comments or to comment. My question is this.. how to keep up when people blog daily.. it’s tough and I certainly don’t want to hurt feelings.. and I really do want to know what I’ve missed. I open my inbox and there are close to 80 messages if I miss one day… just wondering what you do to handle this? I enjoy everyone and wonder what’s the best option.. Any ideas??


  19. I am always pyjama-ed. I don’t understand the stigma. They are comfy! Good list though. I find it difficult to truly take a break. You’re always writing, even if it’s not with paper and pen (or, rather, a computer!).


  20. Too funny! I do recognize myself in a number of things on your list. And I do need a break. Will I take one? Probably not. Just remember, Susie…don’t step outside in a bikini the next time you come up for air…until you make sure there are no windchills. 🙂

    Just a quick question. Do you ever find you want to add a smiley face or an LOL in your BOOK?


    • Great advice on the bikini!!
      Now that you mention it, I am surprised that I haven’t. I plaster them everywhere in the comment section now. I have gotten out of the habit of using more than one exclamation point in my book, but not here. I was using 2 or 3 at a time when I first started writing it. As I go through and edit, I bet there are tons of them!!! See? I love exclamation points!
      Thanks Kristy!


    • I am not taking any time off, that is the problem! Hahaha! Although I did chase a tennis ball around today for a couple of hours -Progress…. 🙂
      I will look forward to seeing what you create!


  21. So funny Susie! I identified with most of them but this is the one that made me laugh hardest: When you look around your house and don’t recognize it.

    Great post!


    • The only one that I may have exaggerated about was the shovel and the hazmat suit. The rest are based in reality! I know! Hahaha!
      Thanks Madison. All teed up for tomorrow…


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