Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Catching Up

I had a post started on Saturday, but I was trying to do it on my phone, and it wouldn't format and then it disappeared... Huh...

So here's the wrap up...
Lived through last week. (this week is looking the same, except, so far, no technical issues at the day job) And had date night with That Man. We were both exhausted and couldn't decide where to go to eat, but we had a good time hanging out and talking. I was asleep by 9pm though.
Had a blast with K5 on Saturday. We had to go to a birthday party and crazy stuff like that, but it was a good day.
Sunday - cooked dinner for my niece and her husband. He just had surgery. Made stuffed shells, apple bake, and garlic bread. Cleaned my house (kind of), and oh hey! The Christmas decorations are put away and organized! Yay!

Monday was a very long day at the day job. I was asleep before 9.

Today wasn't much calmer at the day job, but I'm still moving, so that's something. Though once I get the laundry out of the dryer and work on some edits, I'll be heading to bed.

My original post was better, but...


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday Nonsense...

1. The people that live in this house with me are nutty, as are the family members that visit. That's not really news after all of the years I've done this blog, but sometimes I need to remind you. For example, I came home to crazy music, a grandson running around with no shirt on (yes, it's winter), toys all over the living room floor, and a whole ton of chaos.

2. K1 cooked us dinner tonight. He made fried chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, grilled brussel sprouts, and he even made his own butter. It was very, very good and was a nice surprise. That Man and I cleaned up the millions of bowls and pans he used, but that's okay. It was worth it.

3. Work was another interesting day. When I got in, all I could do was clock in. The phones, Internet...everything was down. For three hours, I scanned nonsense paperwork (boring) to help the accounting department. *snore* Did have some good conversations with co-workers, and the laid back atmosphere was nice. Then, the system came back up and I realized how backlogged I am... Yeah, a day like that.

4. I've touched my editing every single night this week. That's a good feeling. I'm getting there.

5. This weather is weird! This morning was warm enough to go without a coat, by lunch, I was freezing my butt off and trying not to blow away in the wind. It's still windy and cold and I want to know where the snow is...

6. We worked on the basement tonight. Managed to get a decent amount done in the time we'd allotted. Neither of us wanted to do it, and we both had other things to do, so we agreed to work like hell for a certain amount of time and we nailed it. We still have a lot to do, including getting the Christmas stuff down there. Technically we could put them down there now, but we might as well get the whole tiny room done before we do that. We call it the "body room". It's probably six feet wide and fourteen feet long with shelves on one side and a door - probably the old root cellar. We primarily use it to store the decorations and kitchen stuff we only use every once in a while. In recent times, well... It's time to clean up....

7. Date night with That Man tomorrow night. I hope. We've tried to do date night every weekend for the past three weeks and have failed miserably. Hopefully we can make it work tomorrow night.

That is all for now...


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mid-Way Through the Week...

Hey! Look at that! I managed to get here two days in a row!

I don't have a lot to say....

It was nice to see the sun today! Very nice! The temperatures were decent, but it wouldn't have mattered because that sun was just awesome! I definitely think it makes a difference in everyone's moods.

I made good progress on my editing last night! I have one more critique to get through and then a general clean up and fix up to take care of, but I'm making progress!

Also, I have a little over two weeks until the annual book signing at our local nursery. This will be our fourth year (I think) and it's always a great time! It's fun during the signing and after, too.

That's about it for now. Be impressed with me that I made it here two days in a row, even if I didn't have much to say today! Ha!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tired Tuesday

Ugh, I'm tired.

Getting ready to head up to bed in a few minutes - once I take care of a few things.

I worked ten hours at the day job today. Not overtime - making up time. We had a power outage yesterday and had over three hours without work. I came home and took a little nap, and then went back in when the power came back on - staying until almost seven (until someone called in to say the roads were getting slippery). I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any time, so was more than willing to go in early/stay late to make up the difference. Heck, I wish it was overtime, but alas....

Helped K4 with an essay. (She says Hi, by the way) It was an exercise in hilarity because we were both working in the same google doc. Every time she went off the doc to fix music or whatever, I would type something completely ridiculous in the essay, and she would do the same when I took my attention away. It had us both laughing hysterically, which was worth it. She's finishing a section on Poe, which has been a groan-worthy section for her (and me, since she's needed help quite a bit).

This week is moving slow for me. Maybe it's just being so tired...

Now I'm off to edit a bit before I hang it up for the night.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Nine-thousand bags of trash, the equivalent to fifty-two cases of water bottles, a million loads of laundry...
It was bedroom cleaning with the kid weekend...
I exaggerate quite a bit on the volume, but it was a long day. (There were a lot of empty water bottles, though)
We even cleaned out the closet that hasn't been opened in a really long time. (She has two closets in her room - one is huge and has traditionally been used as storage for seasonal clothing or to store clothes waiting for kids to grow into them.) Now she has taken over this closet (except for the shelves which is stuff stored for a yard sale or donation run), and it's really nice for her since her room isn't too big.
We rearranged, fixed some furniture, vacuumed the carpet within an inch of its life, and made many trips up and down the stairs with trash, laundry, and the like... But it looks awesome and she is so happy with how it turned out. Up next is new paint and flooring, but that's a summer project and she still has to decide what color she wants.
I managed to get the Christmas dishes out of the hutch and stored, but the other decorations are still in the living room. Argh. But the shelving needs fixed in the basement, and That Man had to rescue K3 today. First with overfilling his car with oil. He had to take That Man's car to work and left the lights on... so dead battery. Poor kid has had a rough weekend...
Now I'm still doing laundry and editing...
And it's Sunday, which means work tomorrow. Ugh.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It Must Be a Wednesday Thing...

Wednesday seems to be the only day I post and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's a quieter night around here?
This week has been hectic. Somehow it's already Wednesday!
K4's school performance is coming up and we've been running around trying to get stuff ready for that.
I've been working on editing a short, which is going okay. I have several critiques to get through with it, and some rewriting to do on it, but I'm getting there. Baby steps right now...
I'm also taking an editing class, though I haven't participated yet. It's not a requirement, but the lessons are worthy - which is all that matters.
The Christmas tree finally came down - or at least the ornaments and lights came off and got stored in their box. The tree itself is still on the front porch and the decorations are still in my living room, but that's only because That Man has to fix the shelving the stuff goes on since everything broke. That's one of his weekend projects...
That's all for now... I have food cooking for lunches, laundry going, dishes to do, editing to do, and a headache the size of Texas...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January is Slipping Away...

Literally and figuratively...

Today was an ice delay for both the kid and I. She was delayed two hours and I was delayed an hour, which meshed our schedules pretty well. The extra sleep was nice, too. Making up the time at the day job, however, is not that much fun. The roads weren't too bad by the time I left, except for a few slippery spots.

It's been hectic and chaotic around here and not in a great way. A lot of worry and weird happenings. Not stuff I can really talk about on here, despite how much I want I'll just say I'm very proud of the way the family has come together in support.

Let's focus on the good stuff...

1. Mr. B turned four yesterday. We went over to his house to give him some presents and spoil him - which is our grandparent rights. Ha! Plus, the bonus is that the huge noisy helicopter his Pappy found for him stays at his house. Ha!

2. Did I mention we're going to be grandparents again? This summer K2 and J are expecting number two. Gender to be revealed in a few weeks...

3. Gearing up for the February book signing! It will be my first time at this signing with actual books and I'm excited for that!

4. Getting to hang out with friends for birthday celebrations. Ping pong was the best with my nieces and sister and a friend. We had a really good time.

5. Talking to my uncle on his birthday. He cracks me up a lot. Hopefully we'll get to hang out with them soon!

That's all I have right now... It's Wednesday. It's raining. I'm tired. I need to write now...


BTW - K4 says hi...

Monday, January 02, 2017

2016 in Review!

I sucked at blogging in 2016... Hopefully 2017 is better that way!

36" of snow. A houseful of company riding out the weather. One long post....

Braces, learner's permit, writing, dental work for me, working at the 'rents, book signing event, hanging with my sibs.

Promotion at the day job, retreat countdown, gearing up for the coming months.

More cleaning of the 'rents house, birthday with my kids, taxes

Retreat!! Books in print! Camping, doctor for the dog, Grief.

One post - random

No posts...

K4 passing her driving test, selling my Suburban, School begins again, book signings.

Dead dryer, me sick as a dog, prepping for the beach

The Beach! Selling the 'rents house. Birthdays. Random

Random. Thanksgiving - fun with my sister-in-law!

Random. Christmas chaos. Glad 2016 is behind us.

That was quick. Hopefully 2017 is a much better year the whole way around!


Happy New Year!

Sorry I've been MIA around here. I did start two posts, but ended up losing them to my own stupidity...

Well here we are in 2017!

2016 sucked in a lot of ways. (I'll do my year in review post soon) But there was also some good stuff.

Let's focus on the good...

1. We have a new grandbaby on the way!
2. All of our awesome grandkids! They are the best.
3. Finishing our parent's house and selling it.
4. Awesome friends and awesome siblings.
5. Getting a promotion at the day job.
6. The beach!
7. Writing. Selling a book. Great booksignings.
8. Retreat!
9. That Man and Those Kids.
10. Ringing in the new year with great people!

That's all for now. Our pizza will be here in a minute.