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Playing Catch Up

Updated on May 1, 2013
See, even Punkin adds to my HubPage reading delay!
See, even Punkin adds to my HubPage reading delay!


I’m late to HubPage parties

All of the time

I know, I know

It really isn’t a crime.


But if all my HP friends

Could stop writing for just one day

It would give me time to breath

And help my reading delay.


At times, I’ve been many weeks behind

For me, that means hundreds of hubs combined

I can’t possibly give them all the time they deserve

I really try, but it hurts my optic nerve.


So, stop for a moment

Give your fingers a rest

It won’t be that bad

Just give me time to digest.


There’s so much to read

So much to learn

Please stop writing for a short time

And then it’s okay to return.


To this awesome place

A writer’s land

Where we share our thoughts

And take a stand.


Please help me catch up

At least a bit

Be on time for once

Gosh darn it!


This is Sharyn's Slant


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I try to catch up on HP reading when Punkin naps on the printer instead of my laptop :)
I try to catch up on HP reading when Punkin naps on the printer instead of my laptop :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      me too!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha Justin ~ I have been juggling more lately than ever.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome and I'm glad you like that :-)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      JUGGLER, I like that Justin. Very true ~ thanks for stopping by!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sharyn, its a balancing act for sure. writer's are the true jugglers

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi HBN,

      Thanks for "relating." lol Yeah, B. is so funny. I knew she could do it. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Loved this HP poem and from all the responses you've been getting it looks like many hubbers could relate to it.

      Saw b.Malin's funny hub about her bathroom stall experience today and thought it was cool that she dedicated it to you!

      Voted up across the board.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks Justin! Lately I have been writing less and reading more. Darn, just got to find that balance. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i feel the same way, sharon. It's so hard to write and stay caught up!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I bet Vicky! But the four-legged family members are so great!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yep, 6 cats and a dog! Never a dull moment!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicky,

      Wow, six cats is a lot. Once I had 9 total, three adults and six babies. That was a lot of fun (plus 3 dogs). I didn't read much then, ha. But now I have two. My Punkin, she is constantly on the computer or the printer or at my feet, etc. She's very needy :) Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Made,

      Thank you for your fun comment. In fact, Punkin is blamed for a lot of things lol. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Definitely the cat's fault....haha. I have 6 of them, so I REALLY have an excuse! :-)

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I can really relate to this hub. It's great and you can always blame your cat for the reading delay. :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki,

      SO Punkin caught your attention :) I only work part time currently and can't keep up. If I worked full time, well I would sure be a mess, ha. Thanks so much for your great feedback. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your poem! I gave you all the votes possible. So funny and so true. It's impossible to keep up with reading everything that everyone writes. I just try to hit those I follow now and then to read their hubs. I can't do a whole lot at once since I work full-time AND part-time. I think we all understand the time factor. Great hub!

      P.S. The pic of the cat is what drew me to this hub. :-)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Eddy,

      Ha, I believe that you are right - it may not even be possible to find a balance. It's difficult for sure! Thanks for stopping by - you enjoy your day too!

      Sharyn

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I am sure evry single one of us can relate to this one.

      It is difficult to find that balance ; I'm not even sure it's possible!!! Ha ha!!

      Thanks for sharing this gem which I vote up up and away.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Maria,

      LOL, I always tell Dr. BJ that she is a nut! Um, I am actually not caught up on my reading, but close. I have yesterday's and today's email notifications to go through yet. But I'm doing good. I'm trying to write something now, keep my mind occupied. I hope you are doing well. Happy New Year to you too! Love,

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, I am eating nuts right now. Am I a cannibal?

      I will never, ever be caught up on anything and I am proud of it! I am always so happy when we are able to visit each other... this is precious, like you!

      Voted UP & FAB-- glad 'you' are caught up!

      Happy New Year, girlfriend! Love, Maria

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      :) I knew that!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Nope, Sharyn. We nuts never eat our own! :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      I understand MM! It's difficult to find a balance. Happy New Year to you too!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great poem Sharyn, it made me laugh - I want to keep up with the reading and then I struggle to find the time to write!!

      Happy New Year!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Debbie,

      It doesn't take long to get behind. Thank you for your votes. My butt hurts today because I have been sitting at this computer reading all day long trying to catch up. I am now only one day behind and I am thrilled. At one point a couple weeks ago, I was about five weeks behind. That was making me crazy. I feel better now.

      Happy New Year to you too!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Aw Lela, Harry Potter must have been adorable because my Punkin sure is :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have been here a short time and I already feel what your poem just said.

      Great Poem

      i voted up

      Happy New Year Debbie

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I had a cat just like Punkin. I called him Harry Potter. He's gone now, but seeing these photos it's like he never left.

      I'm sure that Punkin is a "copy cat". LOL

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Alastar,

      So glad you stopped by. Punkin isn't really lazy. She is just spoiled and can make a "bed" anywhere:) Thanks so much for your comments. I'm doing really good yesterday and today catching up on my reading. I hope it can stay this way. Happy New Year! (btw, I thought about titling this hub KETCHUPS, ha)

      Sharyn

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sharyn, Punkins a pretty lady, or is it a lazy lady; either way she's a beaut. Playing Catch Ups the name of the game these days but we do the best we can- most of us that is Lol. Love your 'slant' on hubpage ketchups!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you Sunshine, you are always welcome to be late and/or crash the party any time. BTW, I have to track my reading by the daily email notifications. If I skip and go to one on HH or FB, it messes with my "great organization skills" lol. But right this moment I am catching up, I am only two days behind and may be caught up by this evening. It truly is a miracle. Well, no not really. It's a personal goal to be caught up for the new year and I believe I will reach it. Whooo! I wish I'd take my other 'goals' so seriously.

      Sharyn

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hahaha! Better late than never to the party! We do the best we can. I always appreciate when my favs post their newest hub on my FB or HH so I can find it easier and faster:) Fun hub SS! Keep 'em comin!!!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Silly Doctor! I bet you keep good secrets :)

      Seriously, I have been reading like crazy and am currently only TWO DAYS BEHIND. WHOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO (for me). It's a miracle! Happy New Year to ya! Will you be serving nuts on New Years Eve?

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I guess you better hurry and catch up, Sharyn, or you will be reading this year's hub next year. But my lips are sealed. I'll never tell. Promise.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Wow Lela, A lot goes in to the dream catchers. Very interesting. The new ones for next year sound really cool. Happy New Year to You!

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I have found that there is definitely a special time to make them. They tend to have a negative effect or no effect if they are made during the waning moon. At least with the ones I make. I finish them by hanging them outside during the full moon night and I do a little Choctaw dance and blessing for them to give them more power. I'm not sure why this works, but my recipients seem to think so.

      This coming year I'm going to make Mayan themed dream catchers. I found the coolest mayan charms. They are in sterling silver and are quite expensive, but they are the best ever!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Lela,

      Someone I was with years ago was in to dream catchers so I am familiar with them. But I didn't realize there is a "special time" to actually make them. Very cool - good luck!

      Sharyn

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      Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Pretty much the story of our lives, eh? I am so behind on reading and writing. But I am trying to get some dream catchers made during the waxing moon. Wish me luck!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning HB,

      Isn't Punkin just the cutest. I just love her! I wish I was a speed reader. That would certainly help. But I see that even if you are not ever far behind, you can get stressed and have to clear that inbox. Ha, I understand. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying the holidays.

      Sharyn

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Punkin is SO cute and chooses "cat" places to nap. How precious. Thankfully I am a speed reader and can fly through some Hubs. Others I must slow down and savor every word, especially poetry or complex stories. Still I manage to stay only a day or so behind usually. Once or twice I was so far behind that I cleared my Inbox and started over. I was stressed just to think about it all.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Kel, I think you were one of the first hubbers I "reached out" to. Little did I know you didn't know a damn thing either LOL. I remember sending you a private message asking why you didn't have ads showing on your hubs. You told me "I'm not here for that" or something to that affect. ha ha

      We both had (and I still do) so much to learn. It's been a great ride though, hasn't it? I think it will be one year for me on Feb. 22! Seems longer in some ways . . .

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Jim,

      Your honesty trumps everything else! I love it.

      I do not feel obligated to follow someone just because they follow me. I do check them out, go to their profile, and make the decision at that time.

      And yes, please send me pics of your four-legged kids. I only became a cat lover the past 10 years or so. Did you ever read my hubs on Momma Kitty and the one on When I Became A Cat Lover? I'm still a dog lover too but my feline girls are the best. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I know Sharyn! lol We hooked up right when we both first started:) You must be approaching a year here too also! You are so welcome and it really is my pleasure!

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Sharon,

      Ummm .. I don't know what catching up means really. I follow about 25 people of which I actually read about five. (For a short period of time I thought I was obligated to return a follow out of courtesy) Trouble is some of them write stuff that would make me grind my teeth if I had to read it. I support a few who I consider friends though. I'm so self centered I don't even think I like reading other hubs period. I jumped on this because one, you're my pal, and two, it was short and sweet. I'm so freaking selfish, I'm not really sure why people like me. I'm just glad they do. Truth is, I'd do anything for a friend including read their hubs. If nothing else, I'm honest I guess.

      Hey! On another note, I love your cat! I need to show you some pictures of my crew, Frodo and Tinker. I've got three big dogs, Clyde, Cass, and Poppy. I've also got the two cats. Frodo's my boy who is king of the roost, and Tinker's one I found under a dumster with her eyes still shut. I bottle fed her, so I'm her daddy. Never had cats before. I've always been a dog guy, but I love my cats big time. I'll round up some pics if my crazy crew over the next few days and send em over.

      jim

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Kel,

      No bleeding eyes, just sagging :( I swear, I have read more in the past 10 months than I have my entire life. But that is a good thing. It just means I keep getting wiser.

      HubPages be VEWY, VEWY good to me :) Not financially, but you know . . . (sorry, I liked your "slang" spelling earlier) Thanks for your continuous support from the first day we met - which seems SO long ago!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan,

      Very often, I feel as though I have to be caught up on all my reading before I publish something new. Unfortunately, that feeling really causes a dilemma for me. See, that's why I'm asking for everyone to just stop writing for a day :) Thanks for your feedback. Now go read (or write). Or cook, which is something that you do so well!!!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Jim,

      Well, you are not the worst tonight! I mean come on now, you commented about 12 minutes after I published the darn thing. And for that, I'm feeling quite special :) Now, don't be too harsh on yourself, ha!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Martie,

      What I tend to skip are articles that are written in parts or series knowing that I'll have a difficult time keeping up. For example, Barbergirl's 90 day workout hubs. I would skim them because I always like the photos she adds (especially of her kids) and I love her writing and her humor. But I rarely had time to read everything and comment. I'd be reading her Day 22 workout and she'd already be on Day 53. Ugh! You are right, this is life in the hubs!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ardie,

      I understand. I'm thankful for the notification emails and that is what I use to track what I've read. But 10:06 a.m., the time I receive it every day, comes way too quick :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sharyn - I had to vote you up and everything for this little ditty! I feel as if I am constantly running behind and I swear I know I have been wearing you out lately! Are your eyes bleeding yet? You have been reading like crazy. I love hub too - it is a job and adventure! Keeping up is a talent I have not yet discovered...

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Most days I feel so guilty for not getting around to reading all the hubs of people that I follow and am forever playing catch up. Some days all I do is read, then I feel bad for not writing anything. Seems like I can never win.

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Cool little poem my friend. I'm the freaking worst. The absolute worst I'm afraid. :((

      jim

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      I can so relate... And sometimes I just have to skip older "homework", to catch up with the latest.... I guess this is life in the Hubs.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Hilarious ONLY because I know where you are coming from! I dont even have a full time job and I cant keep up with my notification emails. Just when I sit down and catch up on one and only have one more to read through ANOTHER pops up.