Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Oy! This Computer!

I fear we've begun the final stages of life...

I've only had this thing going on two years and honestly, compared to previous computers, I definitely am not on this one as much. Not like I was when I didn't work the day job. Heck, Red lasted for like seven years or something and the one before was awesome until I spilled coffee all over it.

I don't know if this is just a "cheap" computer, or what... The casing is cracked somewhere, too. I can't figure out how that happened - it's not like I throw it around or take it anywhere without it's special case.

I was working earlier and it just went blue screen on me, shut off, restarted, and here we are again.

There are updates to be installed, but I'm afraid to do it - just in case it further crashes it.


But I guess I could dump coffee on it, or drop it, and that would make it die as well. So, I'll just stick it out, make sure I back up frequently and keep my fingers crossed. (and search for a replacement when the time comes)

On top of this, though, I updated my phone and now most of my apps won't download because I'm out of memory. I've deleted as many pictures as I can stand to, dumped voice mails, texts, gotten rid of unused and underused apps and it's still not moving forward. It's pretty frustrating because, of course, the apps I do use daily are the ones that aren't refreshing. Argh.

Apparently, Mercury is in retrograde, which explains a lot. And it's the last Tuesday in March, so that should explain some, too? Ha!

I don't know...


*Updated - right after I posted this, I got the blue screen of death. I managed to get it back, but who knows for how long. I was, actually, surprised that I was able to get it going again. But now I know it's only a matter of time...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up...

So no taxes got done this weekend... whatever... They'll get done before the deadline. At this point, we owe money so I don't really care to get anything done early.

Dinner with our friends. It was a lot of fun. And a late night. But so worth it.

Sleeping in. A little bit of laundry. Eagle Ceremony for one of our boys that That Man guided along the way. He received a mentor pin. They always choke him up and he feels that he doesn't deserve, but, in my opinion, (and obviously in the scouts opinion) he definitely deserves it. He spent a lot of years as Scoutmaster and he loved every minute of it. (not the paperwork part... at all, but the camping/activity part... yes) Watched Mr. B.

Slept in again. That Man took Mr. B to the religious place with him after getting him pancakes for breakfast. I woke, got coffee x4, and watched the only show I ever watch. Then... Laundry, grocery shopping (OH... I am seriously checking out the grocery delivery service from out local store... I have heard many many good things about it...) A bit of writing - just reading through....and a lot of thinking. I need to rewrite the first book in the series before tackling the rest... And it's okay. This book has been begging to be rewritten for a really long time. I'm good with it, and it will be epic. And I am really excited about being at this place to rewrite this book.

Tomorrow is Monday...Ugh... I love my day job, but I am in serious need of a day off... And that won't happen until Retreat (51 days). I have about four or five days until my three year anniversary at the day job.

That is all...


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Ramblings...

So I finished my read-through on my book and I think I'm going to be taking the basic premise and starting from scratch. I think.before I like the idea, the heroine, the supporting characters, and some of the world-building. The hero is somewhat of an ass through a lot of the book, so he definitely needs to be fixed, and the world is lacking in a lot of ways. So... I'm still thinking.
Part of the world relates to another book I love, but that also needs to be rewritten, and there's a third that goes along that is not written. Technically, I should re-write the first one before I tackle this one, which is one of the reasons I'm in such a quandary...
Must think this through...


It's Thursday. One more day until the weekend. The conflict worked itself out, so that's good. That Man and I are heading out to visit some friends tomorrow night, which is much needed. Then some sleeping in on Saturday before the Eagle Ceremony we're attending. That's about all of our plans, except for housework and writing. Oh and the grocery store stuff. And taxes that need to be finished... urgh. Yeah...

We're getting closer to the release of the anthology. I'll share the cover and the links as soon as available. And I do promise to share my cover for my summer release soon.

That's all for now...


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Halfway Through the Week...

So we lived through Wednesday.
I think?
I'm exhausted and ready for bed. And will be going there very soon.
I got through a lot of pages of editing and found my love for this story. It needs a lot of work and I might end up rewriting this one. It goes along with another story I've been wanting to rewrite - not premise, but character and the organization the heroes work for. So, now I need to decide if I can save it in its current state, or if I just need to start over.
We'll see... I'm still thinking.
Other than that...
I'm looking towards the weekend. Just found out we have a conflict on Saturday, which doesn't make me very happy. We'll work it out, I hope.
That's all for now.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

All Of the News That Might Not Be News...

And then some...

So let's see...

(on a side note: K3 really hates when I use ellipses. I do it all of the time...)

1. We had a fantastic Saturday. First - Baby C's second birthday party with the family. We had a lot of good food, my s-i-l made an awesome strawberry cake with a monkey, Baby C received a lot of cool presents, and we hung out. Baby C is so adorable, funny, and smart. K2 made masks with the kids. It was very good.
Then, we went to my sister's bar to hear my b-i-l's band. Always awesome. That Man and I stayed until the break, but we were both so exhausted we couldn't hang any longer. Came home and I was freezing, so went to bed while That Man and That Brother hung out.

2. Sunday was equally as awesome. We picked up K5. Grabbed Mr. B, and went to That Man's sister's house for a family gathering. Baby C was there, too. It was so awesome to have ALL of my grandkids (until June) together at the same time. (yes, there are a million pictures). My b-i-l smoked a pork butt and we had a ton of awesome food. G'ma was able to make it, which was a good surprise. She's doing okay, but all of the activity wore her out. We kept Mr. B when we took K5 home and those two were a hoot the whole way there. Siblings. It's like a time travel back to when ours were little - they act just the same way. (maybe genetic?) It was a late night, but so very worth it.

Needless to say, I didn't get any writing done except for what I managed Friday night.

3. That Brother left Monday morning. It was good to see him, even if we were a bit cramped in this house. He pulled his weight though, and we had some awesome meals thanks to his cooking skills. We had some great conversations and laughs.

4. Just sent in all of my author info for an anthology I'm in with some friends. Keep your eyes open. This one will be a freebie. I'm excited about it!

5. I received my final cover proof for Into the Fire! Yay! I'll post that soon!

6. It's Spring! How weird is that? I feel like we didn't have much of a winter. Yeah, it was cold, but I think it only snowed twice and except for last week, not much at all. Dumb. I like Spring, but I also hate the mud that comes with it. The dog... well. Anyone with a dog knows...

Lived through Monday - barely. Also lived through Tuesday - same...

That's all!


p.s. K4 says hi.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Aah, Friday!

I love you bunches, Friday.
(I had a negative thing to say, but I deleted it because I can't do anything about the fact that I'm not able to be home to write full time right now.)


Let's get to the list...

1. Snow Day! I lost eight hours of pay, but I wouldn't have gone into work if we had actually been open because I don't want to die. I made up the delay hours from Wednesday, but that's about it.

2. The snow was so pretty! It really was!

3. Writing time! I'm working on stuff and I'm happy!

4.  That Brother being here. He's a good house guest and it's good to see him after a bunch of years!

5. Going out with That Man. We had a great dinner at a newly reopened eatery in our town. The food was amazing and our server was awesome!

6. Seeing our granddaughter this weekend!

7. Talking to K5 on the phone on my way home from work. She is awesome and we are so proud of her for her just being her and the things she's doing at school! She is so kind and gentle and forward-thinking. We are amazed by her. She talked my ear off and I wouldn't have it any other way!

8. Sixty days until retreat!!

9. Going to see the band tomorrow night! Always fun!

I didn't get to ten, but that's close enough!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Now...

The roads are better.
They weren't last night, or even this morning.
On my way home from work last night, I spun out and nearly got hit. It was scary, but I escaped without injury to myself or my vehicle.
K4 had off school yesterday, and I had a delay for work. That was for the best. I made it into work without incident, but then the wind kicked up and so did the drifts.
Going into work today was kind of bad, but by the time I came home it was good.
Not going to make up the ten hours I missed of pay, but whatever.
Tomorrow is Friday. Yay!
We have a busy weekend, but it should be fun.
Hopefully, I will be back with Feel Good Friday tomorrow!