Remember my Twilight coma, circa 2008? I started reading the first book on the last day of a spa weekend getaway and became so engrossed in it that I was actually annoyed my facial lasted so long. You couldn’t get me out of Forks, WA any easier than you could get Edward out of Bella’s bedroom. I was in love, and I was there to stay!
I wrote several Twilight-related posts during this time, and–in honor of my upcoming blogiversary–I had a tough time deciding which one to republish. In the end I chose this one because I think it’s important to assure all my fellow vampire lovers out there that YES–there is life after Twilight. But I’m not going to lie–it’s not pretty.
Life After Twilight
Originally posted on 11/16/08
I’ve finished reading the Twilight series books and all I can say is: WOW. I cannot believe how much I loved them! As I wrote in previous posts–vampire love stories (let alone teenage vampire love stories) are not typically my type. At all. But once I started, I devoted nearly every ounce of free time I had–not to mention time I didn’t have (who needs sleep?)–to reading these books. I just finished Breaking Dawn–the last book in the series–and I begrudgingly realize it’s time to take an honest look at what happens to my life when I do nothing but read for 3 weeks.
Blogging: I’ve nose-dived from my average of 5 blog posts a week to 1. Definitely not my A game. Keeping up with other peoples’ blogs has been even more of an abysmal failure. I currently have 920 posts backed up in my Google Reader.
TV: I have 22 TV shows stored up in my TiVo that I haven’t watched yet. Three of which used to be Grey’s Anatomy (my favorite show) until G got so concerned I was slipping into a dark place that he started 2 episodes of Grey’s while I was laying on the couch reading, and–like a moth to a flame–I couldn’t resist focusing on the TV. G has since given up trying to stir me from my Twilight coma, so I still have last week’s episode–along with 21 other shows–to catch up on.
My Job: Still intact, amazingly enough. There were a few days there when I considered quitting my job so I could stay home and read all day, but I managed to make it through still employed.
Health & Fitness: I haven’t been to the gym in 2 weeks. However, the fact that preparing meals and eating also slid to the bottom of my priority list, I haven’t eaten in 2 weeks either, so it evens out.
Laundry: I’m not going to lie–it’s not pretty. Thank goodness I finished Breaking Dawn this morning so I can get some laundry done before the work week starts. If G had asked me tomorrow if brown dress pants, a grey and white striped shirt, and red socks matched, I would have answered yes–because those are the only clean clothes he has left.
Friends & Family: Those who I’ve actually seen (plans I committed to before starting Twilight, of course) aren’t sure they know me anymore. I can see how the vampire obsession could throw them off a bit…
Personal Hygiene: Sometimes I brushed my teeth.
Chase: This poor pooch was so neglected by my Twilight obsession that she started whining as soon as I cracked the book. She is lucky to have such an attentive dad, because I have failed miserably as a mother.
My Marriage: G is about 5 minutes away from joining Match.com.
In the end–the Twilight books were incredible. And although I’ve neglected nearly everything in my life while pouring over them, I’ve still gotta say it was worth it. I’m pretty sure my friends, family, Chase, and my house will forgive me. I’m not so sure about G yet, but I’ve got a back-up plan–I don’t think he’ll get too far on his dates with mismatched clothes.
Ooh! And I’ve still got the movie to look forward to–EEeee!!