Life Update // Accidental Hiatus

So…. we by mistake disappeared for two weeks. Oops. But we can explain! We promise! It was school’s fault. That’s it. That’s our explanation. We know that we’ve been in school and blogging before, but apparently, during any type of adjustment period, we sort of drop off the grid? 

Us when life starts getting busy

We want to apologize first off for being terrible with keeping up with comments and with some of your amazing posts! Our inbox is swamped right now, and we keep on seeing really great posts that we want to read and comment on but just don’t really have the time to. So don’t get weirded out if you start getting comments on posts that are 2-4 weeks old at some point.

And though there probably will be a wrap-up coming around sometime soon we thought we could update you guys with some of the things going on in our lives (aka, why we’re so busy). 

As mentioned, classes! 

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I had a bit of a disaster last semester, which meant that I ended up becoming a part-time student. Apparently, this made me have more free time than I realized. At the current moment, I’m taking 5 classes, all of which are science or engineering courses. This means that I have HW after every class. These are the sort of problems that take about a half-hour on average, so of course, my professors are each giving a minimum of 10 a day, due two days later. And this is before the testing madness begins. (My testing schedule for October makes me want to cry.) The only way I’ve managed to be slightly on top of things is by cutting out all distractions. I barely even read at the moment, except over the weekend. It’s a sad life.

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Both Malka and I are Juniors in college, so we’ve pretty much started on the more ~advanced~ classes. But I don’t really think that’s what makes the classes take so much time, it’s the fact that you sort of have to learn the ways of your professor. How do they grade? How do they teach? What sort of HW/assignments are there? Also, why does HW take so much time? I think I spent at least 6 hours on a singular coding assignment last week. (This is a cry for help if anyone knows C++ hmu.)

Outside of School!

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I honestly don’t have that much going on outside of school. If I’m not in school doing work, I’m back in my apartment doing work. Yes, school is my life. 

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I’m trying super hard to be involved in multiple extracurricular this year. Apparently, this takes up a lot of time? Why did nobody inform me of this? But yes, I am now sort of involved in two aeronautical/aerospace projects. I really hope they work out, but I know we’ll probably flash forward to two weeks from now and I’ll just be doing nothing again. 

Bookish things!

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I will say that while I’m not doing much reading, I am visiting lots of bookstores. Or rather, the same book store over and over. I’ve had days where I’ve sat and done work for 7 hours straight. In order to give myself a break before I go home to do more work, I’ve started visiting the B&N a train ride away. Even if I don’t buy anything, which is usually the case, just being surrounded by books puts me in my happy place. I’ve actually bought more books than I tend to in general, but only because 2 Rainbow Rowell books were released in the span of 5 weeks. Usually, I’m more than happy to just browse and read a chapter here and there of books I’ve seen recommended.

This past Sunday I took a longer trip to the Brooklyn Book Festival with Chana and another friend (Hi Huvi!) with the sole purpose of meeting Casey McQuinston! I met her and got my book signed. She was so sweet and conversed with everyone that met her. Of course, we followed up our visit to the book festival with a visit to a book store, because who wouldn’t?

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Also, when I have time I need to write a review for a fabulous book that is SUPER underrated. I’ve read a whole bunch of books recently with subpar disability representation, but this book was so perfect and respectful and amazing. It may take me a while, but you will definitely hear ALL my thoughts once I have the time. 

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I’ve been reading a lot of great books recently! Or I’m just being overly optimistic, I’m not really the greatest at giving true ratings to books. * shrugs * There were also so many great books that were released this month! And that are going to be released next month! Why do good books keep on coming out? I can’t keep up!

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Anyways, we hope that you can forgive our absence, and we’ll be coming at you soon with some more (hopefully) great bookish content. We’ve decided to bring down our monthly post average so that we can keep up with both the blog and school. So if all goes well, you’ll be seeing about only 5 or 6 posts a month from us, instead of our current average of 11.

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Are you also in school? Have you ever taken an accidental hiatus? Update us on something going on in your life!

25 thoughts on “Life Update // Accidental Hiatus

  1. AHHH I’m wishing you both the best of luck on all of school and exams (and good luck on your space projects, Chana!!) I totally understand how you both feel because I just got back to school a few months ago for my senior year of college, and IT IS HECTIC WOW. I also ended up skipping a posting day last week! :O I honestly don’t know what’s the best way to balance out college and blogging, but hopefully, if we give ourselves some much-needed breaks every now and then we’ll be able to keep a sustainable practice in the long run!

    ROOTING FOR YOU BOTH ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. I hope things settle down a bit at college soon. Maybe the teachers are just going overboard as it’s the start of the academic year? I also completely agree about there being loads of amazing releases out this and next month. I can’t wait to get on and read some of them.

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    1. Yeah, I think that that’s probably part of it. So many professors want to put all their exams and assignments as soon as possible. Hopefully, things will even out soon.

      I know!! I am so so so excited for so many releases, I feel like I’m already behind on reading them before they even come out 😂

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  3. Ugh stupid classes getting in the way of fun stuff, so rude! Seriously though, I think it’s good that you decided to cut back- any way to lessen the stress is a necessary thing at this point, it sounds like you both have really hard classes and such! So glad you got to go to the book festival, at least! Take care of yourselves ♥♥

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    1. So rude! It feels really weird not to be blogging at all after spending so much time blogging this past year, but it’s a necessary evil, that’s hopefully very temporary. I’m definitely glad I had a chance to do something fun and go to the book festival, though! Thank you! 💕

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  4. This post is such a mood! With school and blogging, I feel so stretched thin and also like I’m not doing much at the same time! I hope you guys know that it’s okay to take breaks tho 💓 I’ll miss you, but I know that y’all are accomplishing greats things and killing is in school/life in general!

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    1. Yes! Exactly! I understand that at the moment focusing on blogging would be the wrong choice, but I’m still sad that I have to give up this part of my life while I deal with homework. I’d much rather be blogging! Thank you so much! 💕 I miss having the time to read through all your great posts, but have my eye on a few that I want to read the second I have time! And those words of encouragement mean so, so much! 🥰 ❤

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  5. Wishing you all the best of luck with your classes and everything, we’ll always be here for you whenever you decide to post about bookish things again, but other things take priority, obviously ❤ ❤ I'm sending you both lots of love and wishing you all the best!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. I totally understand your struggles! I’m also feeling really guilty for getting caught up with school, even though I used to post a lot more last year during the same school time. Something is just different and I’m sad that I’m not posting as much as I used to 😦 But your viewers will understand the hiatus! Don’t be too hard on yourselves! ❤ ❤

    Good luck with everything, Chana and Malka! I hope things get better for you both soon!

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  7. Awww it does sound like you guys are full to the max with school and tests and just studying and getting your feet under you. Good job not leaving behind fun bookish things!! Because it does recharge you. Even if you can’t read as much as you would like. ❤️ We’ll certainly take 5 or 6 posts from you two!! Just give us what you can. 😀

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  8. Your absence is already forgiven. School is known for swallowing people whole without an ounce of forgiveness. I wish you both the best of luck getting back on top of things!

    Have fun trying out those extracurrics, Chana! I know joining outside activities in uni made my experience so much better. And Malka, be strong with that testing schedule!! You’ve got this!

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    1. Thanks, Sha! ❤ It’s ridiculous how much of my time has been swallowed up by school. I can’t wait until I have a small break where I can start doing the things I enjoy again! Hopefully once all my tests are over in October, I’ll have some time to breathe! Thank you for your support! 💕

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  9. Wishing you both all the best of luck with school! I know you two can do it! *hugs* ❤ School has really been kicking me in the butt as well, since I'm finishing up the last science classes required before transferring. Oh, how I loathe microbiology and physiology now. Lol! My homework schedule is sheer madness. Sending you both all the love and positive vibes! ❤

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