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Friday, June 23, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh thank you Friday! I am so glad to see you!

So let's get to the good stuff...

1. Friday, duh! Friday is good. But every day should be good in its own way. You just gotta make it so.

2. That Man having a blast on his trip - catching lots of fish, getting soaked by rain, and eaten by bugs, but he's loving every minute of it.

3. K4 and I hanging out tonight. She got her new phone with her own monies and she's thrilled. We went to dinner and had awesome food and conversation.

4. I got my ARC for my new release! I'm working through it and hope to get it done asap, but after a while of reading the same lines over and over, the old eyes get buggy and every word looks the same, so I'm probably done for the night. I will let you know as soon as I get a firm release date! I will also do a cover reveal tomorrow (if I have time)!

5. We're going to see Wonder Woman tomorrow! I admit I haven't seen a lot of previews or anything, so I have no idea what to expect. I've heard it's good.

6. Camping! Obviously there was no camping tonight. The camping spot is full of mud and water and we have dogs... Not a good mix for anything, plus it's been raining on and off all day and raining currently. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I am hoping for it though. (by the way, I am not opposed to camping in the rain, but not going made sense tonight)

7. Air conditioning. It's the best and I love it.

8. Sleeping in tomorrow! Yes!

That's it. It's bed time.

Behave!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh... It's Only Thursday...

I know it's just hours until Friday, but... I still have to make it through the day job before the weekend begins...

So weekend plans...

Up in the air thanks to the weather. Supposed to go camping. We'll see how that works out. It's been pouring here for hours and tomorrow is supposed to be the same. Oy! It is what it is and we'll definitely make the most out of whatever happens, even if we stay home, which looks like the plan right now.

In other news...

My Jeep isn't going to pass inspection. The frame has cancer. Bad cancer. We knew this was a possibility. We will fix it. The only issue is figuring out what I'm going to drive during the time it takes to get it fixed. It will be totally worth it in the end.... But...Oy!

That Man is away on his annual fishing trip. He's having a blast and he's only been there for a few hours. My house is filled with testosterone as the men left in my house think they are in charge. They are freaking wrong about this. I am in charge. And I will do what I want, regardless of them. But it's good and hysterical. I don't even know what they are doing at the moment, but the television is loud and they are laughing, so that's a good thing.

And there's a game that seems pretty fun. We just need to figure it out before we can play. And K1 is dancing...

That is all for now... It's bedtime...

Behave!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Madness...

I hate you, Monday.

Hate is a strong word, I know, but seriously? You force me out of bed after sleeping in for two days. You make me fight stupid traffic. And then... I get to the day job and... woah... Thanks for all of the work...

Though... I will say that I felt more in control of the day job situation today, even with my extra responsibilities. All things considered, even after making an ass out of myself after being given the wrong telephone numbers to return important phone calls, I felt like I prevailed, and as it turns out, I knew the wrong number guy and we had a good laugh over it. Go me!

We took food to K2 and J tonight and to see the grandkids. Baby I is so precious. I can't even. He's alert and pleasant and didn't cry the whole time we were there (except for diaper change). Baby C - now known as Toddler C - was very excited that we brought all of mommy's Barbie books for her. She and Pappy played dinosaurs and ate pretend cake. I like Monday for this.

Our own dinner didn't happen until super late. Which was okay. It was good.

I took care of my stuff for my new release. I think that's still happening next week, but I'm not 100% sure yet. I'll post it as soon as I know....

Back to the grind tomorrow. It's going to be a crazy week, so if you don't hear from me...

Behave!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dad Day...

So... It's Dad Day... I love every single one of the dad's in my life, but I miss my own dad. A lot. A whole lot!

(I know I've been gone a week. The work week was brutal and I purposefully stayed off the computer to save my sanity...)

Highlights from the past week:

K4 started her job. She loves it and is doing great.

It's hot.

It's damn hot.

We have a new grandson. He's so adorable and he will henceforth be called Baby I. Momma and baby are doing awesome! Tomorrow we will take them dinner and there will be cuteness!

We had that damned street fair day again and it sucked.

We took Mr. B to see Cars 3 last night. Correction: my niece C took care off this. She's wanted to take him to see this movie since it was announced. She paid his way in and we had an awesome time hanging with the family! The movie was awesome and we all loved it! He had a blast! He loves his Auntie C, Uncle S, Grand Uncle and Aunt S. That's all he's talked about all day... And Cars 3... don't forget about that!!

Dad's day was, I hope, good for That Man. The kids got together for an awesome present for him and he was amazed. We had awesome food and laughter, though it's so hot we all felt like we were dying... (It's stupid hot)

We made a lot of food when we got home. Food for K2 and J, food for us, and food for That Man to take with him on his amazing fishing trip coming up. We also did some laundry... which is currently languishing in the dryer... Oy!

But... Tomorrow is Monday again. Dang it.

Got to do it. Time for bed...

Behave!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday...

So here we are at Sunday. The work week begins in a few hours and I'm sad....

We had a most excellent weekend. We made a huge dent in our yard work (my legs and butt can't deny that), we grilled great food (including awesome London Broil and the ridiculous chicken marinade idea K4 and I had, which was good, but not as good as it could have been), the laundry got done, and grocery shopping, my air conditioner got put in, and I finished and sent back my edits. (right on target)

I'm looking forward to sleeping in a cool room. Last night was brutal.

There are stupid aphids on my tomato plants. I have battled them all weekend. I think I am losing. I'm doing the mild detergent, removing them, and snipping off the most affected leaves. We'll see what happens... I still have unaffected blooms, for now, which is good.

I now have a high school senior. Looking forward to this year with my kid! She also starts her new job on Wednesday. Super cool.

The kittens are thriving. Momma is also doing well. She pops her head up and stares at us when she's hungry, which is a good thing. K4 held one of the babies last night and he was super comfortable with her and us. I haven't seen them much today, but That Man saw them early this morning - playing and nursing out in the open. I think we may have homes for all, including momma.

I've been outside doing edits all day. It was really nice to sit in a clean yard and work. K3 also worked outside all day. We ended up sharing a space in the shade when the sun got too brutal. The kids would holler at me when it looked like I was slacking off (which I did. A lot) and it was the encouragement I needed to get done.

Now it's folding laundry time and bed time...

That is all...

Behave!!


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Thursday... Almost There...

Hi Thursday!

I love the promise of Friday coming in just a few hours.
I love the "let's go, weekend" mentality that arrived right around 5pm today.
I don't, however, love the fact that I still have one day to work... And get up early and stuff...
I love how That Man did some grocery shopping on his way home.
And also that he had dinner taken care of when I got home.
I love kicking back on the porch with the family...
Also, I love that our plans for the weekend include yard and house work and editing, but not much else... Nice.

Anyway...

As I'm on my way home tonight, I'm talking to K2 on the phone. (Our new little man is due anytime now!! Yay!) I get a text from That Man about having kittens in the yard. Of course, I'm confused. I tell K2 and she thinks I said "chickens". LOL Finally get home to see some super adorable kittens living in our yard... Strays. Momma is there, taking care of them. We didn't even know they were there, though we've seen the momma in the yard a few times and we've heard meowing, but not "kitten" meowing. There are definitely four kittens, maybe five... We have no idea what's going to happen. I have a contact with a local adoption center and I've contacted them to see what we can do... We already have three cats or I would seriously consider keeping a few... But if there's an orange one, I make no promises... Ha!

Editing is going well. I'm down to the major stuff. Some of the things are easy and some I've been thinking about since the edits came... My goal is to return them by Sunday and I think that's logical.

Other than that... I'm one day away from having my very last high school senior. My baby will graduate this time next year. After so many years with kids in school, this is super hard to wrap my head around. I've had kids in school for 23 years... Wrap your head around that one. I know I can't...

That's all.

Behave!



Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Tuesday...and Still With the Sickness

I swear it will never end!

I am doing a lot better. Still hacking up my lungs and dealing with the sore throat and headache. Also fatigue. Yeah, I've made it to the day job every day this week. I come home feeling like a dirty wet dishrag though.

K4 is still a wreck. She's doing her finals at school, but then comes home to sleep as much as she can. She's a mess.
I've heard this thing can take over two weeks to get rid of. Oy!

I'm doing edits for my end of month release! Working hard on them. Making good progress. Though. Not feeling like I'm doing enough each night, but still doing it.

My crock pot died. I am sad. We use our crock pot several times a week. Now I am shopping for the same crock pot, but I don't think I'll ever find it. I've had this one for a super long time - a gift from my mom and it's super cool because it has three different sized containers. The best thing would be to find the same one. Then I'll have double containers and two lids. I'm not giving up hope.

That is all for now.

Behave!


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday and Sickness...

It's been a rough weekend...

I did make my meeting, though I never had to do any "wrangling". Our Prez did an amazing job getting the conversation started and keeping it going. And It's all good. I did not make lunch with the gang. I came home and napped after a super rough night of sleep.

When That Man got home from taking his mom to her class reunion, we had to run out the door for K5's recital. First stop for flowers for her and a birthday gift for my great niece. We made it to K5's recital just in time. She did an absolutely amazing job! So proud of our girl!

Then we went to my sister's for hanging out. We had a great time. It was awesome for all of us to be together. Great niece was super cute and excited and her upcoming shopping spree. She's so adorable. We couldn't stay long because I still felt like hell and That Man had an early day today. We had to stop at the store for medicine for K4 since she was still feeling like hell... Got home, gave meds, K4 pukes everywhere. I get it. That medicine makes me puke, too. She's a wreck. Completely understandable. But it does work and she sleeps for a while. And then we have a horrible night of her and I both up - coughing, in pain... The throat hurting is awful...

We made it through today. I did a lot of housework. Spaced out with a lot of rest. So, I didn't get the vacuuming done, but the laundry is done, and the kitchen is clean. The trash is all out. That Man and I did the grocery shopping and then ordered horrible chinese food for dinner. We will never do that again.

Now it's bedtime...

Behave!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Feel Good Friday?

I still feel like utter hell...

K4 and I were home today. We did the doctor. We were told it's allergies... Ha!

Take some Claritin or Zyrtec regularly. You're not actually dying. You're fine. Ha! They gave the kid some stuff to gargle for her very super sore throat. It doesn't work, despite the pharmacist warning me about how she could burn herself, or bite her tongue because of the numbing effect. Also, HA!

She's a mess. She's still running a fever. I am, too. I never knew you could do the fever thing with allergies? We did a lot of sleeping today. And watched a lot of The Office. And talked about eating stuff, but never actually did that. I'm not sure when either of us have actually eaten real food. Maybe Wednesday? I picked up the prescription and bought a lot of popsicles. That was the best thing I did all day. Though neither of us have eaten a popsicle yet.

We will see if the doctor gets called over the weekend. K4 is an absolute mess. Her throat, if possible, is even sorer after her negative strep test. (She said the tech "stabbed her in the throat", but that's not why she hurts)

I hated missing work. A lot, but since I didn't have the cognitive awareness to even think about tying my shoes or doing more than letting the dog out to do her business, it was for the best. I slept. A lot. It was good, but I'm still exhausted. My boss was super cool about me calling out today. She knows I would never call off unless I am dying...

My writing meeting is tomorrow. I am to be the "pitch wrangler". I hope I can fulfill my obligation! My voice is super bad. I sound like a chain-smoking grandma, complete with the cough. Oy! I am planning on making it and then to K5's performance in the evening. I know it won't be a late night, because I just can't. I seriously hope I feel better tomorrow. Seriously.

I'd better!

Behave!!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

June the First

K1's bday was good. Kebabs on the grill. Ice cream cupcakes for dessert. (Mr. B's request)

K4 went to New York with school and even though she was still feeling crappy, she had a good day.

I also still felt crappy.

Today brought more feeling crappy for both K4 and I. We both have the same symptoms - fever, aches, sore throat. I'm not sure how I'm still up and I'm not sure how I'm going to get all of the stuff I need to get done finished.

We had to go to a funeral for the mother of one of my oldest friends tonight. Well, the viewing. It was a lot harder than I expected. I've been to several funerals since my dad and mom's. This one was rough. Maybe since it was her mom  and I graduated high school with my friend. Maybe since I just remembered everything from my mom's. I'm not sure, but it sucked.

Blah.

I sent my critiques and got all of them back. I need to submit this before the meeting on Saturday. I've gotten through one critique. Two more to go. Tomorrow night is booked. Ack!

I also got edits for Into the Fire, which releases in 27 days...

And, our weekend is booked. But the most important thing is that I feel like utter and unholy hell. My brain is not working right. My fingers don't type right (I've been trying to write this for a really long time), my throat is on fire, and my head feels like it's going to explode at any given moment.

I need to feel better and I need to slow time a little bit...

Behave!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Whole Lot of Recap...

Almost a week! It's been a busy one.

K4's show was awesomely amazing. She did such a great job with her acting and directing roles. So proud of her and her classmates!

(Next year, I will take off the day after. We were out way late and then went to camp...)

Friday - work day was long, but not slow. If that makes sense. That Man got off early and did the grocery shopping for camp. I met him at home and we quickly threw clothing, bedding, etc together and hit the road. It didn't take long to set up and thankfully, my sister made dinner. Friday night was relaxing and fun after we got set up. We had Mr. B and he was a riot.

Saturday - no sleeping in due to a four-year-old, but that's okay. We had a really good day.

Sunday - picnic time, which was good. That Man's mom made it up, which is also good. Unfortunately, I started feeling crappy right before the picnic. My head was killing me and my throat hurt. I went to lay down and slept through most of the afternoon. Woke up feeling a little better, but still pretty crappy. To bed early, and a really rough night of sleep. It rained like hell, but that wasn't my issue.

Monday - slept in a little, but woke feeling like hell. Achey, exhausted, and just not right. I managed to help break camp and load up. Luckily, the rain prevented us from dropping the camper - which would have been more work I don't think I could have done. (we'll have to drop it once the rain stops) Got home, ordered food, napped, and went to bed early.

Today is Tuesday - woke up feeling better. Still sore and achey and tired. K4 feels the exact same way. Made it through work, and now, after getting as much stuff done as I could, I feel awful. My nose is running, my head hurts, my body aches, my throat hurts... Don't know if it's an allergy thing (think so), or something else, but oy!! Stop already! I'm going to bed very soon.

I did get my editing done and sent for critique.

Tomorrow is K1's birthday. I have no idea what we're doing yet or what's going on...

That's all for now!

Behave!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday...

Halfway through the week! Thank goodness!

Tomorrow is K4's show! She is exhausted and migraine-y. Thankfully we were able to pick up her meds and the migraine I brought her home with was stayed. She was able to eat and relax, which is awesome. Especially considering she was near puking when we got home.

I have to tell you, I'm looking forward to Friday!

Don't forget about this!

That's all for now! I have some editing to do!

Behave!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's here and It's Free!!

Go forth and get your free copy of this awesome anthology!!

This whole thing started at a conference a few years ago. We were sitting at dinner talking about how each of us would write a completely different story even if we all started with the same sentence. Then we decided to do it and see what happened. And here it is...


This was a lot of fun to write! I'm in the presence of amazing company! And guess what else? We're working on a second one where each stories will have the same second sentence!

Getting Back To Normal

Yeah, I'm home.

Glad to see my family and sleep in my own bed!
Not so glad to do the working thing, the cleaning thing, and the cooking/shopping things... Already running through things for next year's retreat! (It's our 15th year, so it's going to be epic)

This week is insane. K4's school performance is Thursday and this week is full of late rehearsals. She and I are up early making sure she has everything she needs, packing lunch and dinner, and copious amounts of coffee. Two more days. Tomorrow is another late rehearsal and then Thursday night is the show.

Then... weekend plans that should be awesome!

That is all! I have to get some editing done before I crash into my bed.

Behave!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Retreat: Day Five - Last Post

It has been an amazing retreat!

Everyone leaving is full of only good things! I have a list of things I want to do next year for my peeps, and I wrote the rooms down so I don't expect my brain to remember what it can't. Ha!

I'm packed. The only thing remaining is my laptop and to load the car. We'll leave in a few hours - at check out time - once we make sure the lingering folks are out the door and that our meeting room is back in place.

I am ready to go home. I miss my family and my bed (though there's nothing wrong with this one). I miss my puppy. However, I am not looking forward to the work week and that routine starting up again. ha!

For now, I'm going to work on my next story for the next Sentence anthology (more posting on that once Amazon actually makes it free... they are taking so very long!)

Behave!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Retreat: Day Four - Post Two

 

Better pictures...
These are from outside our meeting room. In the second one, you can see the edge of the main part of the building. I thought I'd gotten the cool balcony in the pictures, but nope. Above where I was standing is the dining room, which has floor to ceiling windows. There was a wedding going on and we spent a little bit of time outside dancing. Ha! The place is really huge. It's probably over a mile from the dining room side to the edge of that building in the second picture.

Our game was a blast. We played our version of Wheel of Fortune. I was Vanna. One of the answers was "Zee Joan Wilder". (Romancing the Stone). It was a hoot. Our "wheel" was a See and Say, complete with animal sounds. Everyone loved it, so we'll do it again next year with more answers.

Then we did our prize drawing. We had one main prize that had a whole lot of tickets in it. We started with that one, because we figured it was for the best. The coveted prize... if you will. The winner was thrilled. It had a couch-side table, a journal, cool pens, a mermaid cup, and a bunch of other things. We also gave away a coupon for next year's membership in our writing group. I also won a prize! Calendar white board, journal, cool pens... I can't remember what else. Believe me, at first I struggled with winning a prize since I organize the event, but our members were adamant about it being fair that I did. Just because I do all of the organizing and preparations, I pay just as much as everyone else, and in no way should I take myself out of the drawings. So that's cool.

We lost two people earlier. They made the hard choice to head for home when they realized they had a meeting they had to attend tomorrow. It was either leave when they did, or have to get up super early to be on the road by six. It sucks. They're new members and I had a blast getting to know them!

We're in the final hours of retreat 2017. I'm a little sad, but I'm also exhausted. I miss my family. I miss my bed. And my brain is a little broken (though super happy). We've decide this retreat is about "figuring it out". Many people made career goals. Some figured out what their next step is. Some realized what they need to do to move forward. Some napped and colored their hair and painted their nails because that's what they needed out of retreat. I'm all about that.

For me, well, I have been reassured that I am doing what I love. I have a plan of what is up next with my projects, and I have a plan to get there. I have written a lot since Wednesday and am fully aware of what I'm capable of, but not stupid enough to believe I can hit it every single time. I just need to manage the time I have and make the most of it.

This is why I love retreat so much. It is always exactly what each person needs. Everyone walks away with a fresh perspective, new ideas, new plans, and confidence. I cannot wait until next year. The contract has been signed and the deposit paid.

Probably one more retreat post tomorrow. We have breakfast and then a few hours until we have to be out. We always leave last since my name is on the contract and I need to make sure everyone leaves without issues. And that's okay. It gives me a few extra minutes of productivity.

Behave!

Retreat: Day Four - Post One

Last full day!

The temperatures have dropped incredibly. I am now in a sweatshirt and socks. Yeah, my window is open, but I'm okay with that. We had a thunderstorm and then it rained on and off all night.

I did sleep, but went to bed after midnight. We had to call the desk because the teenager retreat that came in yesterday were ridiculously loud and out in the parking lot playing ball at 11:30, and riding around a luggage cart that very nearly hit a brand new Charger and then Simon's car. I have no problem with the noise, but at 11:30, right outside our rooms was a little much. Love the staff here, though. Within five minutes of the call, the shenanigans had ended.

Anyway. Our social time was a blast. I ended up staying way later than I intended, but then I exceeded my word count from yesterday by a few hundred words. I'm almost done with the first draft of the project, which is awesome!

My goal today isn't word count oriented. It's to finish the chapter, read through and tweak, and work on the synopsis. And take a nap. Which I may do sooner than later. Even though I slept decently, my butt is dragging.

We have our annual game tonight. Always a blast. We give prizes, which are also funny. Then we'll do the prize drawing. It's definitely evident which prize is the most coveted. The ticket bag is three times as full as the others. I get it. I put most of my tickets in there, too.

Okay. Time to work.

Behave!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Retreat: Day Three - Post Two

Here's a picture. Ha!

Yeah, it's taken from my room window. I was just outside, but didn't have my phone on me. Then, I remembered I'd promised to get one on here.

Even with the screen, it's an awesome view. Beyond that gazebo is a pond. You can also see the dark clouds building, which may or may not produce a much-needed storm. We thought we were getting one earlier - there was thunder, black skies, and maybe about four raindrops before the sun came out again. It's very disappointing.

Usually when we are here, we have weather like we had at home last weekend. Abundant rain and chill. We like it like that. It makes it easy to hunker down and write. Okay, not like any of us are having trouble getting the words down, but that's not the point.

I've done well word count wise. I may or may not meet my awesome count from yesterday. I have about an hour and a half until our Friday night gathering. It's a social time where we talk, hand out tickets to be entered into our prize drawing, and maybe play a board game. I wasn't planning on being down there long, but was just informed that many people are excited about playing Cards Against Humanity, so...

Tomorrow is our last full day. Tomorrow night, we have our annual game which was put together by Simon. It's going to be a blast. We laugh so hard and have so much fun. After the game, we draw the big prizes and kind of start the prep to head for home.

I don't want to think about that right now.

Behave!

Retreat: Day Three - Post One

I didn't sleep much better last night. I woke at 3:30am again, but managed to fall asleep again until 5:30. Oh well. It is what it is. I attempted a nap after breakfast. Attempted. I dozed a little, but then the workers here dropped something outside and it made a loud noise and then I was done.

But I'm racking up the word count, which is an acceptable exchange for sleep.

I'm still on track to start writing this new project after lunch. Though I will probably attempt another nap, too - depending. Tonight we have our social time. How long I stay will depend on how things are going with the story, so we'll see.

I'll be back later.

Behave.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Retreat: Day Two - Post Three

It's late.

But I'm jazzed.

After dinner, I met up with Simon to do a little brainstorming. Not about the stuff I said earlier though. This is not something I'd planned on for this weekend. There's a purpose for the switch and my time is going to be tight, but I'm excited. And I can get it done. The plan is to finish the backstory in the morning and actually start working on it after lunch.

I had a totally awesome word count today, and I'm confident that it will be equally so tomorrow. Which means I'll be super close to finishing this project before I go home.

I'm a little worried that I won't sleep again. Not only is my brain full of ideas and stuff, but I haven't slept well for the past week. Which is why I'm still up though my awesome bed looks inviting and I'm so tired I've had to make a crap ton of corrections just typing this and I kind of think my eyes have stopped working. I have my windows open and I can hear the peepers in the pond. It's quite outside. There is no traffic here, no sounds of civilization... Yeah, I'm going to bed in a minute.

Tomorrow is Friday. Retreat Day Three. We have social time scheduled for the evening, which is always fun and is a much needed break. I love that earlier there was hysterical laughter throughout the hall, and I participated in some of that myself.

That is all for now. I have promised pictures and hopefully that will happen tomorrow. The thing is that I purposefully leave my phone behind when I leave my room. But I will take pictures.

Behave!

Retreat: Day Two - Post Two

I'm rocking the word count! I have a little over 5K words and it's only 3pm! Yay! The story is flowing, but now it's time to take a break. I will do this post and then take a nap, or at least read for a bit.

All of my peeps are in the house! Also, YAY!! We've had a room relocation due to flying ants. I love my retreat peeps. They are so chill about stuff happening. And the staff here is amazing. They treat us like we're their most important guests. I love it and I totally appreciate how easy they make this for me. Our newbies are settled in and it seems like they've been here every year. Also love that.

So now I have to think about my sequel book for Into the Fire. I also need to think about the short for our second "Sentence" anthology. Plotting/idea wrangling is in my near future and I'm excited.

We've been talking a lot about what this retreat is about. Everyone has different needs, they're at different stages in their writing, lives, and are dealing with different things in their life. Usually, we end up with a singular theme that covers everyone and it's awesome. It's either something like renewal, regeneration, discovery - that kind of thing. Sometimes we know what it's going to be shortly after we get here. Other times, we know before we leave on Sunday. This year we're still working on it. Part of that is due to some folks just getting here, the other part is that it sometimes takes a little bit to shake off the real world and focus in and then there's the getting to know the new people. Most of us have only been officially here for twenty-four hours now.

Don't know if I'll be back today or not... It will depend on my plotting schedule...

Behave!




Retreat: Day Two - Post One

It is a beautiful day here! The sun is shining, there's a wonderful breeze, birds are chirping. (We won't talk about the construction guys with the stuck lift beeping constantly on the road out front.) My windows are open and the breeze is coming through. My bed is huge and comfy. (though I only got about 3 hours of sleep and was up at 3:30am. Showered by 5:30. And have already napped once...)

Okay. I just spent the last ten minutes trying to find something to tie my blinds up because, though the wind is quite lovely, it made a horrible clacking noise as it goes through the blinds. That's all fixed now and I'm back to being in "beautiful" mode. Ha!

Something weird just happened though...

I was looking for a hair tie to tie up the blinds. It hasn't been that long since I've had no hair, so first I looked in my bathroom bag. None. Then, I looked in my briefcase as it tends to become just like a purse (i.e. catchall). I looked into a little pocket where I generally keep appointment cards and the like - a pocket I have looked in a million times - and I found my mom's ring.

To back up - this was her first "Mother's Ring". One with her and my dad's birthstones, my brother's, and mine. When we were cleaning the house, it was decided that I should have this. It's not worth anything - the stones aren't real - but it has sentiment. I wore it constantly and then one weekend while over there, I took it off because we were doing something gross, and I could never find it again.

And I found it today... On her birthday. On the anniversary of the day we had her services. This day is pretty hard, but finding this ring is an amazing thing. I feel like my momma is looking over me. I also have to add that this briefcase was my dad's. I immediately texted my sisters - as one said "that's crazy, but comforting". Exactly.

It's amazing how this little thing has made such a huge difference in how I feel. I have to go write now. I already have over 500 words and I want to hit as close to 2K as possible before lunch!

Behave!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retreat: Day One - Post Two

Yeah, I' m back...

The newbies have arrived and the grand tour has been given. I love these newbies. I haven't had a chance to get to know them since they joined our chapter, and honestly, I was a little nervous about so many new people at retreat. There are six and ten folks that have been here numerous times.

But. They are awesome. I'm having a good time getting to know them and they've only been here a few hours. Our tour was filled with a ton of laughter, bad jokes, and silliness. I also love the fact, even though I knew it would be so, that our old-timers are all about taking the new people under their wing and helping.

Our hallway kind of got split up - meaning we have at least four rooms in the middle of the hall that are unused. They weren't offered on my rooming list, so we assume that they are under construction as we were told we are on this hall by ourselves. Which is fine, but it kind of changes our dynamic a little. No one seems to mind at all though, which is cool. And I'm not saying there are miles between us, it's just a little more spaced out than usual.

The rooms are pretty awesome though. I have a king-sized bed all to myself, super cool desk with a desk chair and my desk faces the door, so that Feng Sui is all in the right place. I have a connecting door with Simon, which is awesome. The only weird thing is the shower chair in my bathroom, but it's now the home for my cooler, so I'm okay with it.

Oh, and I wrote a bunch - not as much as I will tomorrow, but way more than I have recently. All while doing my Retreat duties.

And now, the three hours of sleep is catching up with me and I must sleep.

More tomorrow. Maybe even pictures?

Behave!

Retreat: Day One - Post One

Yay Retreat!!

We rolled in after nearly dying because of a hay bale in the road, taking a different route that we weren't familiar with, counting dead animals, Simon surviving a spider in her hair, and an awesome lunch.

Let's talk about lunch quickly. We always stop at the same place in the town right outside of where our facility is. The first time we stopped, it was a Mexican restaurant and so good. The second time, it wasn't Mexican, but it wasn't what it is now, and it wasn't that awesome. But for the past few years, it's been the same and each year, the quality goes up. I had an amazing portobello and gouda wrap, which was just enough to make me happy, but not feel like Thanksgiving dinner. Like the perfect lunch - I didn't feel like I needed a nap, and now that dinner time is coming quickly, I am hungry. But you don't really care about that. Ha!

I have three more people to check in today, and two tomorrow. Everyone is super excited to be here, which I love, and they thing the swag is cool, too. After dinner, I will take the newbies on a tour, and then settle in to write.

We'll see how long I make it tonight. I couldn't sleep last night and the last time I looked at the clock, it was 3am. So... I know it's going to catch up with me at some point - hopefully later than sooner. I told That Man it's fine - I always have a bit of trouble sleeping the first night and the exhaustion should help. Ha!

So last night as I was getting ready to get on my computer, it decides to update on it's own (don't worry - that stuff is turned off now). Yep. It crashed again. Took me several hours to do a system restore, and obviously that worked. I was in a panic though. What was I going to do for five days with no computer to write on, in the middle of nowhere? Everything is good now though. Keep your fingers crossed.

I don't know if I'll be back with an update later or not...

Behave!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Two More Sleeps!

Until Retreat!! Whoot!!

I'm about 90% ready.

All of the retreat stuff is ready and waiting to be loaded into Simon's car. My clothes are almost packed. I just need to throw a few things in tomorrow night.

Basically, I need to wash my blankie and my jeans, pack up my computer, and go to the store for a few things.

Simon will stop here to load almost everything tomorrow evening, except my essentials. And then Wednesday morning she will come back and pick me up and we'll hit the road for Retreat! We'll stop for breakfast, and then lunch, and then we'll finally get there!

The family has their schedules mostly worked out. They're good to go. Everyone has a car and a little money, so they'll figure out the stuff they don't know yet.

One more work day! Thank goodness!

Behave!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day...

I had been writing a post about Mother's Day and how disturbed I've been about with the whole thing. I really miss my mom and this time of year is super hard. We have Mother's Day and her birthday and the anniversary of her death and the fact that we had her services on her birthday... So yeah, I've been kind of hating on Mother's Day.

I worked on that post for the better part of two weeks. I edited it repeatedly, added to it every day. And I just can't post it. It's not like there's anything bad in it, but I just don't want to put it out there anymore.

I think the thing that got to me was that when K4 and I were out shopping yesterday, she told me how much she misses her Gram. We both wiped at tears and then she did everything she could to make sure I felt special, and that extended into today. I don't know what happened, but something did. I guess I realized I'm not alone.

It was a good day.I slept in a little. I'm still in my jammies. I only did what I wanted to do, which included organizing retreat stuff, wrapping game prizes for retreat, doing laundry that I needed to get done, writing, and taking a really good nap. K4 made me breakfast. (Just not in bed because I am totally not about breakfast in bed) That Man took care of dinner and dishes. And his Momma. I talked to K2 and Baby C, texted with my sisters, and got hugs from Mr. B.

It's been a good day. I'm okay.

Just two more work days to get through and then it's Retreat time! Whoot!

Behave!



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saturday...

Sleeping in was amazing. I made it about an hour past my usual wake up time, even though I didn't go to bed until two hours past my regular time. But, I came down to That Man making breakfast cookies and coffee. Awesome!

That Man is not feeling good. He has the "virus" thing that's going around. K4 and K3 had it earlier this week. It's a "bathroom" kind of bug. So it's not pleasant. We were supposed to convene at my middle sister's today due to illness at our younger sister's house, but we are prevented from attending by the bug. I have a lot of sad. Fingers crossed that I do not come down with it on Retreat.

Today is the second anniversary of my mom's death. It has been a super rough day. I miss her more than I could ever tell you. She was my best friend, my rock, my comic relief, my voice of reason, my biggest cheerleader. She and That Man are the reasons I have made the decisions I have. She wasn't perfect. No one is. But she was my momma and I still reach for the phone every morning to call her, even after two years. I miss her. So very much.

Tomorrow is Mother's Day... All I can say is that I have the best kids and the best husband ever... and I'm trying super hard to focus on what I have now, instead of what I don't.... I know I am blessed.

That is all for now...

Behave!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh Lordy, we made it to Friday! Thank goodness!

Let's get to the good, shall we?

1. Friday! Duh! It was a brutal week at the day job. Brutal.

2. Not cooking dinner. Or even thinking about it. That Man took care of it. Which is just one of the many awesome things he does.

3. K4's Improv show tonight. It was so funny and so awesome. She's one of the leaders and she did an awesome job!

4. Sleeping in tomorrow!

5. Plans to hang with my girl tomorrow. We have to do some stupid chores, but it'll be good. Unfortunately, our sibling gathering has been cancelled due to illness. I'm super sad about it, but I also don't want exposed to sickness and it's supposed to rain like heck, so... Still sucks though.

6. Four days until Retreat!! Whoot!

That's all for now!

Behave!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Countdown...

Five days until Retreat...

I cannot tell you how excited I am.

I just need to make it through the work day tomorrow and then two more days at the day job. Whew. It's been a pretty brutal week so far, so this will be an accomplishment.

Currently, we are working on logistics for school and rehearsals for K4. Unfortunately, she can't park near her school because it costs an arm and two legs. There are a few options, which I know she and That Man will figure out.

I am looking forward to the weekend - especially the sleeping in part and the hanging with the sibs part. Though Saturday looks to be a wash out, which means many of our plans will not happen. We'd planned to hang out in The Wilds and do some outdoor type stuff, but with a lot of rain in the forecast, we'll be hanging at my sister's instead.

What else? Not much. Might be back for Feel Good Friday. Might not. K4 has a performance, so it'll depend...

Behave!




Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tired Tuesday

Eh... Couldn't come up with a better title, though I am super tired. I'm about fifteen minutes away from bedtime.

Luckily, the writing has been done, some laundry, the 'burban has been picked up from the garage, and I burned my hand pretty good on a hot pan. We made weird stuff for dinner. K3 was going to cook, but he's a victim of the latest weird bug to plow through this house. Poor guy. So we had eggs, tater tots, perogies... Kind of a "flex meal" if you want to call it that. Someone needs to go to the grocery store. We're out of bread, peanut butter, jelly, cheese... The only thing we have in abundance is eggs thanks to That Man's friend with chickens.

So, this time in seven days, I'll be hours from retreat. Yay! I have five more days to work the day job. I still need to take care of a little bit of swag, and I need to do some personal shopping. I'll be ready.

It's taking Amazon a little longer to drop the price of the anthology. I'll let you know when it's free. Should be soon. We have a bunch of downloads on Smashwords already, which is awesome. Now we're looking at the next anthology, which will be about the second sentence. Heee.

This weekend is Mother's Day. We're getting together with the sibs for a cookout on Saturday. Looking forward to that. Then Sunday is my day to do whatever I want. Like sleep and read and write (and probably do laundry and run the vacuum, but we'll see...ha ha)

That's all. My bed is calling me and it sounds lonely.

Behave!


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Okay... So This Book is Live...


We're live!!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/722945

More links to come. 

Just don't buy it! This is a free offer. It should be free on Amazon in a few days! 

I'm so excited for this! 

These authors I'm with are so awesome! The stories are so vastly different. 

Woo hoo!!

When you search: The First Sentence: A Collection of Romance Novellas (The Sentence Collections Book 1)


In other news... Today was our niece's gender reveal celebration. We had a blast hanging out. And we're having a great niece! That Man and I both guessed wrong, even though I knew better than to guess boy. Love my niece and her husband. They are amazingly awesome people and we totally enjoy their company! And I totally loved being included in my sister-in-law's friend fun! 

9 days until Retreat! 

Behave!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Rain. Rain. Rain. And a Book Cover!

It's been raining pretty much all day, but that didn't stop it from being a pretty awesome day!
Writing meeting was fantastic! Great conversation and a great speaker. I left feeling jazzed and confident! It was exactly what I needed!

Below is the cover for the anthology I'm in. This should be out within the next two weeks. I'll post buy links, but you should know, we're offering it for free. It was a blast to write and I'm so lucky to be included with these amazing authors. Each story starts with the same first sentence and then the stories go in completely different directions. We're already planning the second collection, and you guessed it, each story will have an identical second sentence. Stay tuned...

I'll have my Soul Mate book cover up for you soon. It's due to launch at the end of June. I'll be working on a sequel to it next and hope to have it in the hands of my editor before too long. Just need to finish what I'm currently working on. 

That is all. I'm happy to be home and on my couch with a blanket and my laptop for the evening. 

Behave!


Friday, May 05, 2017

Feel Good Friday...

I had a super suck day today.
Everything that could and shouldn't go wrong, did.
I'm not going to get into details because it's blah blah blah and wah... so, instead, we're going to focus on good things...

1. Living through a long and laborious work day. 90% of it sucked. Some was okay. Lunch was meh. Five pm was awesome.

2. Not having to cook dinner. That Man and K4 had the dinner going on when I walked in the door. They had done the shopping and the taking care of The Grandma. All I had to do was come home. You can't beat that.

3. Bonus - Margarita in hand within fifteen seconds of getting home. Mango, no less. Awesome. That Man definitely knows what he's doing and knows how to read me.

4. Conversations on my way home that made me feel better and not stupid

5. Retreat in almost 10 days. Oh yes, please!

6. A little sleeping in tomorrow.

7. The 'burban coming back into the fold. Yay, 'burban!! I drove it to the garage and while I am still in love with it, I was a little nervous. (also, I insisted on driving it to the garage)  The brakes were whacked, the steering also... But it's all good. Most of it was because it had sat for so long. When we pick it up it will be pretty much good.

8. Camping coming up! I loves the camping. And now the 'burban is back to haul the camper wherever we wish to go!

9. Writing meeting tomorrow! Yay!

10. Words on the page! I must get to that now!

I am fried. My 50 words will happen, and then I will sleep.

Behave!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The Weirdness...

There is a pair of women's panties on the grass in front of my house. They are not clean. They are not mine or K4's. No one will touch them. I have no idea how they got there, who they belong to, or how long they will stay there. We park there nearly every day. We keep our cars locked, so it's not like anyone was doing "the deed" in our backseats or anything. Likely, someone lost them from their laundry basket, but still...

The dog continues her bizarre behavior. This morning she nearly left the yard to check out the neighbors recycle bin. And she ate a pancake off of the counter. The second you get up, she's on your heels and generally appears to be waiting for more food to be left at her convenience. Her food dish is full. So is her water. We think she's being fed too much off of plates when people are done eating, so now she feels she deserves it and if we won't give it to her, she'll get it herself. Generally, we can leave food on the coffee table and her in the room alone with it and she won't even move. So, obviously, this behavior must stop. We're working on it.

There is a plastic spider/bug in the parking lot at the day job. Every couple of days, it will end up on someone's car to freak them out. It's hysterical, but weird how a plastic spider ended up in the parking lot. Also, on my way in the drive this morning, there was a kitchen sponge just laying in the middle of the road. It looked brand new, too.

It's Thursday! Yay! I'm beat though. 12 days until Retreat! Writing meeting this weekend! Sleeping in and a gender reveal picnic for my niece and her husband. And writing. Hopefully the weekend doesn't go by too fast.

That is all!

Behave!


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Three Days In...

We're three days into May...

The weather is not really nice. It's cold and breezy. I'm kind of okay with that. I mean it's not cold enough to worry about heat, and a sweatshirt does nicely. Sleeping is good.

Illness has besieged our home once again. One has potential Mono, or strep, or just severe allergies. Two have stomach issues - not out and out sickness, but yucky. Of course, everyone is showing allergy symptoms though most of us have never had to worry about them. With the amount of pollen blowing around out there, it's no wonder.

The dog took a package of hot dogs off of the counter and ate half of them. She waited until my back was turned and got busted by K4. Not happy with her at the moment. She's properly regretful, but argh. I know. Dogs will be dogs.

The laundry fairy keeps missing my house. It's making me sad. And naked. Ha!

Tomorrow is Thursday. Yay. Though I'll feel more Yay when it's this time tomorrow night.

Soon I will share two book covers with you. One is Into the Fire, which comes out at the end of June. The other is an anthology I'm in with four other authors. It's a collection of shorts that all start with the same sentence and I do believe we're offering it for free. Both covers are awesome and I'm excited.

Writing is going well. I'm making great progress rewriting a Frankenstein-ish type story that I love.

13 days until Retreat. It's time to make my lists and think about what I need to pack. I need to do a little shopping since all of my comfy pants look like crap and my slippers have gone missing. It doesn't really matter if I end up in ratty comfy pants though.

And... it's bedtime...

Behave!

Monday, May 01, 2017

May the First

Ah, May. You are an interesting month - a month of fantastic things, very sad things and memories, beginnings, and ends.

I love May for: Retreat, first campout, warmer weather, planting flowers, longer days, Jeep top down, more hanging out, flip flops, and grilling.

I dislike May because: May is when I lost my momma. It's also her birthday, which is the day we had her funeral. There are a lot of memories and sadness, especially around Mother's Day, which was the last time I saw her well and able to communicate. I have wonderful memories of the whole Mother's Day weekend, but not after that. I'm so glad we were able to have that weekend with Mom - it was full, fun, awesome, and excellent.

Also, this is the time of year my dad started to really get sick. We thought he had a prostate infection, but by the end of May, we knew he didn't. So there's that added into it. The last time I saw my dad as wholly healthy and "normal" was the Mother's Day before he died. (ten months before my mom died)

So, yeah. I'm in a place with a whole bunch of crazy emotions. This is life, though, and get through it I must.

That's all.

Behave!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Radio Silence

Sorry for it. Crazy busy weekend that included granddaughters, food, sleeping, car repair, Scout ceremonies, wound care, and more car stuff...

Here are the answers. (like you care)

1. There are no less than five tubes of different kinds of toothpaste on my bathroom counter currently. True - I have no answers. I put them away and they just come back. 

2. I drove into the city this morning with the top down on the Jeep in less than fifty degree weather and in the rain. Not true. I'm not crazy. 

3. That Man averted no less than four family crises today. He's the best. Truth. 

4. My dog gets hurt feelings if the couch and the people on it aren't the same as usual. Also true. 

5. We have used twelve rolls of paper towels in this house since Sunday. Not true, but close.

6. Someone dried two laundry pods after they didn't dissolve in the wash. It's a freaking mess. Truth.

7. Some cat decided it's okay to pee in the basement and not in the litter box. Unfortunately, this is also true. We have three cats. I have no idea which one it is. Working on a solution. 

8. Some other cat broke two pictures and left glass everywhere. Also true. 

9. When That Man gets up in the morning, he makes himself breakfast. He saves part of his breakfast for the puppy. It's always too hot for her to eat when he leaves, but she'll obsessively pace the downstairs until someone comes down to "feed" her the breakfast. Truth. Except on Friday, the cats ate her breakfast. She was very sad. 

10. We have a toilet paper rule in this house. We are beyond the stipulations of the rules and yet no one has come forward to mention that if something is not done, we will be out of the precious toilet paper. This is disturbing on so many levels. All of the inhabitants of this house know which type of tp to buy and all have the funds to purchase. I feel like we're in some kind of stand off... Who wins if no toilet paper is purchased? Truth. Though the situation wasn't as dire as I thought. I found several rolls in the linen closet. And I made the purchase to replenish the supply. 

Exciting, huh? I know...

Ha!

Behave!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday - True or Not?

Okay, so no one comments here anymore, but let's do this anyway...

Which of these are actually true?

1. There are no less than five tubes of different kinds of toothpaste on my bathroom counter currently.

2. I drove into the city this morning with the top down on the Jeep in less than fifty degree weather and in the rain.

3. That Man averted no less than four family crises today. He's the best.

4. My dog gets hurt feelings if the couch and the people on it aren't the same as usual.

5. We have used twelve rolls of paper towels in this house since Sunday.

6. Someone dried two laundry pods after they didn't dissolve in the wash. It's a freaking mess.

7. Some cat decided it's okay to pee in the basement and not in the litter box.

8. Some other cat broke two pictures and left glass everywhere.

9. When That Man gets up in the morning, he makes himself breakfast. He saves part of his breakfast for the puppy. It's always too hot for her to eat when he leaves, but she'll obsessively pace the downstairs until someone comes down to "feed" her the breakfast.

10. We have a toilet paper rule in this house. We are beyond the stipulations of the rules and yet no one has come forward to mention that if something is not done, we will be out of the precious toilet paper. This is disturbing on so many levels. All of the inhabitants of this house know which type of tp to buy and all have the funds to purchase. I feel like we're in some kind of stand off... Who wins if no toilet paper is purchased?

So which is true and which is false?

Behave!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wrangling Wednesday...

Wednesday already?

Well... That implies that this week is going fast when in fact, it's not.

Day Job is the Day Job - busy, crazy, brain-sucking, but it is what it is. It's a good thing I like it.

Retreat - 21 days! The swag has been purchased after Simon and I had our annual shopping/dinner night. We always have a blast. I have a few bucks to spend yet, which won't be hard. I'm making my packing list and am so excited.

Writing - Even after going through all of the retreat stuff we purchased and deposited on my couch last night, I managed to get a pretty decent word count tonight. I sent back my edits and pitched a vague idea for the next book in the series. Robin Hood? Yes. Yes. I'll be brainstorming this at retreat so I can begin writing as soon as I'm done with my current project.

The Weekend is coming - we have multiple obligations/plans. Not sure what's going to pan out and what isn't. One main thing that needs to happen is laundry. And housecleaning. Joy.

Computer - Well... I hate to even mention this. It has behaved for a few weeks now. No shutting off. No glitching. I did have to reset it to before an update stage a second time, but no nonsense since then. Though I have pretty much kept it plugged in the whole time - so don't know if that has anything to do with it or not. I can't remember when it was shutting off, or if I'm just imagining that being constantly plugged in is helping. That said, there are updates waiting to be installed and I know if I do that, it'll start being a jerk again. I have three weeks until retreat and I'm trying to figure out what the best thing to do is... I have no idea...

It's past my bedtime...

Behave!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Feel Good Friday on Saturday

Yeah, I'm a day late, but whatever...

Here's the list:

1. No cooking last night.
2. A fire in the backyard fire pit.
3. Hanging with friends.
4. Editing progress. Almost done.
5. Cleaning up The Wilds this morning. Can't wait for camping.
6. Naps.
7. Tired dogs.
8. Running errands with That Man.
9. One more weekend day.
10. Sleeping in tomorrow.

That is all.

Behave!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday...

One more day...

I am working on my first round edits. I'm almost done. I made it through the easy stuff and now I'm working on the things that require more concentration. I'm hoping to be done by Saturday. It would be nice if These People who live with me would shut the heck up so I could concentrate. Ha! That's too mean. They are trying really hard, but forget themselves often. I just want to run away for the weekend so I can finish. To be clear, I would take That Man with me, but no one else... because he knows to leave me be and he has his own stuff to do... It's still a possibility if I can work out the details. I hope...

My finger is still sucky. It's apparent that it did need at least three stitches. It looks good, I think, considering. I'm taking care of it and I think it will be okay. I've been putting two bandages on it - one for wound covering and one for protection since I hit it on every single thing I touch.

Yesterday I had the day off work. There were necessary things that needed to be done, which left no time for editing until later in the day. I'm not complaining at all. It is what is it, but I am dying for Retreat!! 26 days until I have 4 1/2 days to myself .4 1/2 days of doing just what I need/want to do (except for the Retreat responsibilities, which I want to do). I am so excited! (and yes, I love my family and I will miss them, but seriously...it's ME time! I need and deserve it!)

Tomorrow is Friday. Yay!

That is all for now!

Behave!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tuesday Tale

I cut my finger pretty darned good yesterday. I'm still not sure if it should have had stitches or not, but it's too late now. What happened? Well, I pull in after work to K4 coming out of our side door which is secured by a heavy storm door and a padlock on the inside. We rarely use this door, but have had someone try to break in there.
Anyway.
She had been locked inside the house - all of the house keys were in use, including hers which was borrowed by a brother. (actually her car keys, but her house keys were on there). So I unlock the door and proceed to help her get the door closed and secure again. I reach to adjust the bottom part and hit the sheet metal, instantly slicing my middle finger. It didn't really bleed, and it didn't hurt at all... Until later.
And of course, I keep bumping it on everything and it's hard to type properly thanks to the bandage that's on it. And it does hurt now.
I should post a picture for you, but you really don't want to see it. I showed K3 while he was eating and he wasn't thrilled with me. It's not gross like bleeding, pus-filled, or bone-sticking out, but it makes you make that "eeee" face.

So yeah...

I got my first round edits for ItF! Very excited.

That is all for now!
Behave!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Since Tuesday? Say What?

I can't believe I missed posting the rest of the week!

So... It was my birthday on Friday. A big one. My coworkers filled my cubicle with play balls, caution tape, and the like. It was hysterical. That Man brought coffee and doughnuts in for everyone, and brought balloons to further fill my cube. (He's a keeper and is the new office favorite.) My lunch was bought for me (and was so good),

Came home to a quiet house, paid the bills, and sat on the patio in the sun. That Man came home and we ordered food, built a fire outside, and hung out. Very awesome. My sister and brother-in-law stopped by and I received many messages from friends and family!

Slept in a little Saturday morning, then a low-key morning. Did the grocery shopping and got the gear, food, and stuff ready for going to my sister's. That Man, his sister and I helped at the religious place and then we headed up to The Wilds. After we got things unloaded and organized, we headed down the road to hear a bank a friend of my b-i-l's was doing sound for. It was an "interesting" half hour. The band was "okay", the crowd was definitely interesting.

Up early this morning to get food going and stuff ready. We had a small-ish crowd this year, but everything was excellent - the food, the company, and definitely the laughter. Mr. B was funny and so busy all day. We had four dogs running around who all got along, which was cool. We had the top down on the Jeep. It was an absolutely gorgeous day. I don't think there was a single one of us who didn't get some sun.

Now we're still full and exhausted. Doing laundry. I did my words and ended up with way more than I expected. Bedtime will be very soon and then the work week starts once more. Joy.

But it was a very excellent weekend and I am very grateful.

Behave!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Terrific Tuesday...

In an effort to be positive, I'm calling this day terrific and here's why:

1. Being on time this morning after an interesting getting ready time (that included a lot of funny stuff).

2. Decent work day. Manageable work load, some challenges, lots of laughing with my co-workers.

3. Not having to cook when I got home and a good dinner, too. Also not having to do dishes or clean the kitchen.

4. An absolutely beautiful day! I didn't take the top down on the Jeep because I just wanted to get home, but it was lovely to sit out on the patio and chill.

5. Getting my writing words done.

6. As much as I hate to say it... Paying the taxes. The only thing I need is a stamp for the federal envelope. The good part is that we had the money to pay the taxes. Not that we have much at all left, but at least we could cover what we owed and that's a good thing.

7.  Mr. B. He's a hoot and was a crack-up all night.

8. Not caring that my house is a wreck. (Actually, I do care - just not at this very moment.)

9. Holiday plans.

10. Tomorrow is half-way through the work week and I get to meet one of my favorite clients.

That is all. It's bedtime.

Behave!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Woes...

So...

Taxes suck hardcore.

K3 and I did his together. He's getting a little bit back, which is nice for him. We do have to print and mail his return because I cannot find last years tax documents so he can e-file. Suck. I have no idea where they are. I know I printed all of it, but it's gone. I've been searching for them for three weeks now... It's very unlike me. I distinctly remember moving them, but they are not where I was sure they were.

That Man and I owe out the butt to both Uncle Sam and our state. I didn't expect to owe the state, so that came as a big surprise and sucks more than you can imagine. And we owe the state almost as much as we owe federal. I have no idea why. Blah, but I have to print both and mail them in with checks. That will be done tomorrow and then my tax crap is done. It's funny that I'm not stressing out about having taxes done this year even though state needs to be filed in 5 days and federal in 8 days. (Technically my state is filed, they are just waiting for their money) (except for the money part). Typically, I have them done in early February, regardless of if we owe or not. I did start them in March this year, and then couldn't be bothered to finish (and was looking for last years). I remember having stress dreams about filing on time back in the day, but I know they will be done on time and I'm not worried about it at all. (Is this an aging thing? Or an I know I'm not getting any money back thing?)

Today was a typical Monday. Well, maybe not so typical... I was out Friday due to the dysentery, so my work load was a little heavier. K4 continued to have the dysentery, so she was home sleeping all day. That Man is probably getting the dysentery. (looks like we are 4 for 2 now...) He went to bed before eight with horrible stomach cramps. I feel bad for him.

K3 cooked us dinner, which was awesome - black bean burgers and asparagus. He's perfecting his burgers and he's getting really good at it.

But it was a gorgeous day today! I should have put my top down on the Jeep, but I'm glad I didn't only because of having time to put it back up tonight. I might take it down tomorrow though.

What else?

Working on a book and making decent progress. Love.
About a month until Retreat! Cannot wait!
The garden box is ready for planting.
My beach cactus is looking awesome! (Did I tell you about that?)

My computer (ahem - knock on wood) is behaving right now. It hasn't shut down on me in almost a week. Which is good, but I still have a decision to make, especially considering the horrible outpouring of money that will be happening with the payment of the tax debt...

That's all for now... Bed is calling.

Behave!



Sunday, April 09, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up...

Oy. It was Tuesday when I posted last...

What's happened since then?

Stomach bug - 3. Non-stomach bug - 3
Who gets it next?
I had it Thursday into Friday. K4 still has it. Let me tell you people - this thing is not fun at all! Stomach cramps, multiple bathroom trips, vomiting... yeah, it sucks. It's also going around the Day Job. I don't know if K4 will make it into school tomorrow. She was hit a lot harder than I was and is still in distress.

I finished my edit round and sent it back to my editor. Yay!

We went to That Man's sister's for her birthday last night. We had a blast! Our trip there was fun - we took a mountain four-wheel drive road in the Jeep, which was awesome. We had great food, great conversation, great relaxation, pretty darned good sleeping, great breakfast, It's so quiet there and I love it.

Got home early and then did the shopping, took a lovely nap, cooked on the grill,

I still need to finish the taxes. Oy!

This weekend coming is Easter.

It's going to be a long week at the day job. But there should be some fun stuff during the week. We'll see...

That's all for now!

Behave!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Wait... It's not Wednesday...

I thought it was Wednesday all day long.

No. It's still Tuesday. Dang.

It was a crazy day at the day job.

I still need to do our taxes.

And about a million other things - from making doc and vet appointments, to sending paperwork, to cleaning out stuff... Oy.

I did get through over a hundred pages of read through on my manuscript. Good progress. Should be done by the end of the week.

I'm tired.

Behave!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Ugh Monday...

The stomach bug is in this house.
I'm a little scared because I was in the thick of things during the vomiting and with the perpetrator when the other part began.
Ended up getting to the day job two hours late so situations could be worked out.
It wasn't a fun morning. Or a fun workday since leaving early Friday and going in late today. I have a lot of work to take care of. Blah. But my boss is super cool and awesome about my situation, so that's a good thing.

My editor emailed about working on my June release. I'm doing a final editing pass on my end before she starts her editing. Got a decent amount read through - fixed some clunky sentences, etc.

Today was definitely one of those days where I wish I was home writing full time again. Not that every day isn't, but I guess because I was home long enough to do some laundry, start dinner, and take care of some stuff, it makes it more visible to me. Blah. I do love my day job a lot, but if I had the chance and no financial worries, I would chose to write full time. But you already knew that. Everybody knows that.

That is all.

Behave!


Sunday, April 02, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up!

We're back at Sunday night again. Tomorrow starts the whole glorious work week once more. Oy vey!

So let's get to it...

I posted Friday, so you don't care to hear that drivel again...

Writing meeting Saturday. Good to see everyone and great speaker. I couldn't go to lunch which is a sad, but I did get some important writing energy. Our fifty words a day for fifty days challenge started today. (I blew that fifty words out of the water!) Also, our blast week - where we meet up in our chat room and write "together" started today. I didn't make the blast, but I usually don't make the Sunday ones.

Also, 44 days until Retreat! I have our T-shirts in my possession, the money for the swag, and the contract for next year! Whoot!

When I got home, we loaded up and headed to the mountain for frivolity and tacos. We had a blast hanging out, though we never played the games we planned to play. My brother-in-law played an April Fool's prank on our friend, which was hysterical. He hid in her backseat under a blanket and as she went to turn the key, he advised her that she should always check in the back before leaving. Scared her good. She's making plans for revenge. That Man and I left around nine. Came home and bathed the filthy dog and went to bed, with the still wet dog in our bed. Those Kids stayed to hang and didn't get home until around 1am.

Today was my usual hang out in bed morning and watching weird stuff on television. Then I got a call from That Man to see if I could run out and check his mom. She was feeling strange and his sister was a little ways out. So I ran over and checked on her. She was fine, but does need to let the doc know about her blood pressure and water retention. Hung out there for a little with That Man's sister, then met up with That Man. We ran to see a friend who lost her husband not too long ago. She reminds me so much of my mom. Went to the grocery store and then back home to watch Mr. B so the kids could go to their nerd-fest. Cooked on the grill, tried to do some laundry, but the machine was in use and someone washed a way way too big load which took forever to dry. Had to run back out and check The Grandma to make sure she was doing okay. Started dinner for tomorrow night, cleaned the kitchen... blah, blah, blah. Fun stuff, right?

Once the chaos died down, I wrote. Yay! Word count was not awesome, but not terrible either.

Am exhausted now and very close to going to bed... Lunches are organized and ready for morning packing. I failed at getting gas today, so will need to do that before I'm on the road for too long. Need to get the laundry out of the dryer...

Behave!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Feel Good Friday

Oh it is Friday and there is some Feel Good...

1. Friday! Duh! Lived through the week. Good, right?

2. Dinner out with That Man and K4. We went to a local pizza shop. Had some good food, but not so stellar service. And I can complain about my pizza - I ordered two slices with mushrooms. When it came out, the pizza was barely warm, with raw mushrooms scattered on top. I asked for my slices to be heated up again. They came back out warmer and the mushrooms still raw. It was not at all what I'd expected. I ate one slice and gave the other to K4. The fried zucchini was banging though.

3. We did have a lot of laughs. There was talk of a spreadsheet for our bathroom, among other things. I won't get into it, except to say it was hilarious and I think K4 was embarrassed to know us... Ha!

4. There's good and bad in this one... I left the day job early today, but it was to pick up Mr. B from the babysitters. He was sick and miserable. Fever, ear pain... a mess.

5. Also good and bad... K1 made Mr. B a doc appointment and told me it was at our regular docs. He had mandatory overtime and no way to get out of it. I get to the doc with 5 minutes to spare and they tell me I'm at the wrong office. The office Mr. B was supposed to be at is about twenty minutes away, without traffic. It's rush hour. It takes me thirty-five minutes to get to the right office and I have no confirmation that they'll actually see Mr. B. But when we get there, the parking lot has a lot of cars, so we go in. Surprise. They knew we were coming, K1 had called and explained, and apparently the regular doc had also called. We get back to the room and they ask if we're willing to see a different doc because the one we're scheduled to see is running really late. (so basically, we would have waited even longer even if we'd been there on time.) We see the different doc and find that Mr. B has a virus - no ear infection like we thought - and to do the stuff we already knew to do. Mr. B was so good and pleasant. The doctor even complimented on how well behaved he is. Nice. He's a great kid.

6. My writing meeting tomorrow. Yay!

7. The figuring out of the rewrite story. I love this story and I'm thrilled to be working on it again! I'm digging into the motivations to figure out what makes it tick and I love it.

8. Warmth in my house.

9. Sleeping in a little tomorrow.

10. Getting to talk to my sister from another mister tonight. I must have said "I need to get going" twelve times, and then "Oh, I need to tell you this.." It was a good conversation and I miss her!

11. Weekend plans. I hope they work out!

That's enough.

Behave!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Irksome Thursday

While I'm glad it's Thursday - only because tomorrow is Friday, but there are things... Things that bug me.

1. When someone adds me to a Facebook group without my permission. It didn't happen just once today, or twice, but three times!! What the heck? I don't care if you're adding me to something you know I love, freaking ask me first if I don't know about it beforehand!
If you don't ask me, the first thing that will happen is that I will go to the page and leave. And I'll be irritated. I don't have time for the million emails that come with these groups and I'd like to make that choice for myself - not check my email and see that I have two million notifications for a group that I don't care about or one that's trying to sell me something...

2. People inserting themselves into things they know nothing about. Did I ask for your advice? No? Then shut your mouth. Maybe ask questions and listen before inserting your opinion. And I'm not talking about close friends and family - they always have the right to say things, because they do listen. I'm talking about practical strangers who ask what's up and then launch into their "knowledge" on the subject without taking the time to find out if you even know they things they "know". Excuse me, I'm not stupid... (and yes, I'm talking about people who ask why I shaved my head and then try to tell me how to cure my sister-in-law's cancer that she's fought for twenty years...like everything big and small hasn't been tried by now? Really!) This also happened more than once today.

3. The general disarray of my house. My kitchen is clean. Enough. Because That Man and I cleaned it after dinner. My bedroom - okay. The living room - halfway passable. Dining room - kind of okay, but mostly not. I can't see my table and it's not my stuff. I know these things would take a moment to clear, but it's not my mess and I'm being stubborn. Yeah, we all work and stuff, but gah! It bugs me. And I know I have guilt in this scenario, too, but still...

4. I love my dog. I really do, but she's been kind of rotten the past few days. She's gotten into the bathroom trash, the drawer in the bathroom, the kitchen trash, and my bed. None of it was really awful, but the fact that I've made my bed every day this week, and when I leave for the day it looks pretty and inviting. When I come home, it looks like someone had a party in there. She gets under the covers and throws the pillows on the floor and wrinkles the whole thing up.

5. This computer shopping thing. I thought I found what I wanted, but then I found a better one cheaper, but I'm not sure about the mode of delivery or the warranty. And then, I'm not sure this one can't be fixed. I'm seeing a pattern in the bullcrap it does. I need to talk to K3's friend and see what his opinion is...

That's enough. Five isn't too bitchy, is it?

Bring on Friday!

Behave!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weird Wednesday...

What was weird about today?

Well... As I was walking into the day job, I noticed something weird on the pavement. I looked and it was this ginormous spider. I tried to take a picture of it, but no matter how I tried it didn't look like a spider. No, I didn't squash it, either. When one of my coworkers pulled in, I was sure he'd smashed it with his car. At lunch, I went out to my car and realized it was still there. And that it wasn't a real spider at all. It was a plastic bug - not even with eight legs. Duh!

Another weird - we made it to school on time. Probably the first time in weeks. I was stunned, especially since our schedule has changed a bit.

The whole day was weird in one way or another. Much of it I can't put into words. Nor will I try.

The sickness is here in this house in two forms. The stomach bug and the cold crap. Hopefully both stay away from me. I have disinfected and will continue to disinfect...

I'm computer shopping. I think I found the one I want. It has what I need. I just don't want to swipe my card for it yet... But this one continues to shut down on me. Argh.

And now it's time to shut down to sleep...

Behave.


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.

Ugh!

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...

Behave!

*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.

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

Saturday:
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.

Sunday:
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...

Behave!

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...

Anyway.

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...

Behave!

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.
Behave!

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!

Behave!

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.)

Anyways...

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!

Behave!!



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!
Behave!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stella...

Stella started around 9pm last night. I wasn't sure, even when I went to bed at 11pm, that anything was going to really happen. I woke up at 2:30am and was excited to see how much snow we had already... and I couldn't go back to sleep.
I got up with That Man and K1 around 4am. Made them some coffee and helped them get out the door for their snowplowing gig. (Have no idea when they'll be home) Went back to bed... it was 5:30 until I finally fell back to sleep.
Luckily enough, I woke at 6:30 to a text from the day job saying we were closed. Yay! Went back to sleep for a while, but had to get up with the dog and the furnace.
That Man's brother is here from California. He opted to crash here last night due to his schedule. He's been staying with their sister about an hour from here since we have a full house at the moment. He ran the snow blower and cleaned off my Jeep so the snow wouldn't cave in the soft top and he and K3 did the shoveling. Nice!
I cleaned a bit, started laundry, tried to nap, drank a ton of coffee... Now it's writing time. Though a real nap just might be in my near future once I get some writing done.
It's so quiet. The dog is napping. K4 is doing homework. K3 is taking a nap. The television is off. That Brother is working with his head phones in. I have about three hours until time to make dinner.
We have around 16" in my backyard. I think. I'm not willing to hike the twenty feet to the picnic table with a ruler to find out for sure. The winds are kicking up now, so we'll see what happens next. Everything is closed and they are asking people to stay off of the roads. The plow has come by once and that was hours ago.
We'll see what tomorrow brings...
Until then, here's my crazy dog running around like a freak. She loves the snow! It's not a great picture, but you can kind of see That Brother clearing off my Jeep in the background! (This was around nine this morning)

Behave!