I Am A Busy, Tired Blogger (And I Really Hate Winter)

Hello! There are a bunch of things I want to say today, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?


First of all, I want to let you all know that I really appreciated the comments people left on my recent letter to Gloria Steinem! I was super nervous about publishing that post, to the point where I almost didn’t post it at all! I was worried that people would get mad at me for calling out Gloria Steinem, but instead you all left really supportive comments saying that I did know what I was talking about, after all, so… thank you. So much.


….several people actually suggested that I submit that letter to the Huffington Post or Bustle or a similar site, so I’m looking into it. Has anyone done this before? Do you have any tips? Your advice would be greatly appreciated, because I have no idea what I’m doing here, but I’ve been thinking about trying to get publish on sites like that anyway, so that’s cool.

(This isn’t the “big writing news” I promised a few posts ago, but it would be so cool if I do get published there after all! I’ll put a link to the article here if it happens.)


Aaaaand speaking of the Gloria Steinem thing, I’ve been laughing at myself for the past few days because I am SO horrible at staying up to date on my reviews, but actually pretty good when it comes to writing about current events that interest me. I have such a problem when it comes to reviewing things in a timely manner that I actually devoted an entire post to it a few months ago.

I still haven’t co-written reviews of the two most recent Doctor Who episodes, and there are some collaborative reviews of books and movies that I need to work on, too. Oh, and to the people who emailed me about other possible collaborative blog posts: I did read your emails, and I’m sorry for being so terrible at responding to them. But I will soon! I promise! I’m not ignoring you, I swear!


If I haven’t talked to you in a while, I’m not ignoring you… I’m just busy. REALLY, REALLY BUSY. I’m busy all week but due to my class schedule, I’m even more busy during the middle of the week because I always have so much homework then. I adore college, but boy is it exhausting. I don’t think I’ve gone to bed before one in the morning for the last two weeks? I’m hoping to go to bed much earlier tonight, though. I keep waking up tired – this morning I just wanted to roll over and go back to sleep, but I’m kind of a teacher’s pet and I feel guilty about missing classes.

Anyway, I’ve felt like such a busy little Engie-bee lately. There’s just SO much to do! Classes, and homework, and of course I have to eat and sleep at least a little… although I think I ate only six meals in the last four days because I tend to get so absorbed in whatever I’m doing that I just kind of forget to eat.

And by the time I’ve finished all my school stuff, there are a thousand other things I want to do with what little free time I have left! I haven’t read anything for fun since early January, but I try to squeeze in a little bit of writing or blogging each day because it helps me to relax and de-stress. I usually don’t want to do much of anything after finishing my homework, but on the other hand… I spend ALL DAY looking forward to the moment when all my classes are over and my homework is done, so I kind of feel like I have to actually do something with my free time. Basically, even my free time is super busy, because all the fun things I want to do really add up over time.


This isn’t really related to anything else in this post, but I hate winter here in Iowa. Haaaaaate it. It’s so cold and dreary and windy… blah. I AM READY FOR IT TO BE OVER ALREADY. I can’t stand the cold, so I bundle up as much as possible before venturing outdoors. You can only see my eyes then, because my hat and scarf cover the rest of my head and face. GAH. I HATE THE COLD. I HATE THE WIND. I HATE THE COLD WIND. It all puts me in a very bad mood for, like, five minutes, because that’s how long it takes me to walk to my farthest class.

And to make things worse, the heat in my dorm is turned up way too high, so it’s hard to be comfortable either inside or outside. (And the combination of bitter cold plus dry, overheated air means my skin is really dry, so… this is another reason I hate winter. Please go away.) My roommate actually turned on the AC the other day because we just couldn’t stand it. This seems like a waste of money on the part of the school, but… whatever.

I can’t wait for spring.


What’s new with you? Have you written anything fun lately? Do you hate winter, too? And are you AS BUSY AS ME?! (I hope not. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. It means you don’t get a lot of sleep – and, if you’re like me, then you become cranky.)


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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13 Responses to I Am A Busy, Tired Blogger (And I Really Hate Winter)

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    Ugh winter sounds like exactly zero fun. D: But dooon’t wish for summer because that means I get winter AND I SHALL BE SAD. XDXD hehe I guess I’ll share….if you’re nice. 😉 Ahem. But omg congrats on the good response to your article! I need to go read that one obviously. Because I HEAR YA WITH BEING SO BUSY. *collapses in a heap* I am like a limp pineapple of good intentions and yet I seem to get nothing done?? Ohhhhhh, LIFE. YOU NEED TO CALM THINESELF. XD

    • nevillegirl says:

      I wish it could perpetually be either fall or spring. 😛

      *nods* I am DEFINITELY a limp pineapple of good intentions. That must be why I don’t like the cold… because pineapples grow where it’s warm. (OH MY GOD, is that the reason I’m so short?! Should I have been grown somewhere warm? xD)

  2. matttblack42 says:

    Ah, I feel you on that dry skin problem. I had to do a seven hour shift at the McDonald’s drive-thru the other week with no glove in what may have been the coldest day of the year so far, and by the end of it my hands were peeling and in extreme pain. On the bright side, this did give me the opportunity to reference that lady from Doctor Who who was basically just a sheet of skin (forgot her name):”Moisturize me! Moisturize me!”

    The one bright side of winter is the snow days! Do colleges have snow days? I can’t believe I’m only asking this now.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Oh my godddd. That sounds awful. I look forward to winter whenever it’s NOT winter… it’s as if I forget how much I hate it each and every year. And then winter comes around again, and I realize that in reality, winter sucks. GAHHHH.

      Nope! Sometimes teachers will cancel if there’s a ton of snow, but otherwise they expect you to come to class. -_- UGH BUT IT’S SO COLD THAT I THINK I’M GONNA TURN INTO AN ICICLE. AN ENGIE-CICLE.

  3. My hands are so dry as well…they make me feel like a dragon because they’re so dry, and they burn, and if dragons feel like this all the time I understand why they’re so grumpy.
    Today was technically supposed to be a happy day- candy from friends for Valentine’s Day and I got out of two classes- but then friends happened and I’m ridiculously tired. SO I UNDERSTAND YOUR CRANKINESS.
    (I mostly like winter, but I think that’s only because of Christmas and my birthday.) (Also like three winter vacation breaks?)

    • nevillegirl says:

      OH MY GOD THIS IS /PROOF/ THAT I AM A DRAGON. (I already pretend I’m a dragon in the winter anyway… because my breath makes little puffs of hot air, and then I feel like a mighty dragon. 😛 Because that’s totally a thing that normal people do…)

      Yayyyy candy! My roommate gave up sugar for Lent, but her grandma sent her a big box of candy anyway, so she asked me if I wanted some. 😀

  4. Erin says:

    I FEEL THIS ON SO MANY LEVELS. God, I’m so tired and busy AND lazy – not a good combination. Also I have zero motivation to do anything so I mope around until I realize that it’s past midnight and I got nothing done…College life.

    • nevillegirl says:

      Yessss. I feel much better, motivation-wise, than I did a month or so ago because the daylight hours are slowly getting longer again by now, but… ugh. I would much rather curl up in my warm bed than do my homework or go to class, but that wouldn’t be a very good use of my time…

      • Erin says:

        I think I have yet to get into the groove of school this semester. I had a ton of stuff to do the first week of school, which didn’t give me much time to sort things out and figure out my schedule. I’m starting to settle in now, which is good, but still…sleep sounds so much nicer than homework right now…

  5. Yeah I’m so ready for winter to be done. It’s wet and rainy here in Oregon all the time. *sigh*

  6. Shanti says:

    I love your current events posts ! Especially as I know NOTHING about US politics (being a 16 year old New Zealander who lives in India and all) I am quite enjoying Winter (IT”S SNOWING OUTSIDE RIGHT NOW YAY) but I only got back to the Northern Hemisphere three days ago (and my AP classes are killing me already) after a lovely Southern Hemisphere summer. (but ask me again in three days) Well, my sister and I just redesigned our blog! so that’s excting. But I am trying to think up non-review blog content, because I find writing reveiws a bit easier than trying to do original features and whatnot. Anyway. Yes, I understand being busy so well! Even if it’s stuff you enjoy. I go to a boarding school (though I live at home) and there are days (like two or three times a week) when I’m at school from 7:30 to 6. My main goal for this year is not to be overcommitted, so I’m working on that. I hope you feel better 🙂

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