Thursday, January 17, 2019

Guess What?

It's snowing and it's Thursday! Whoot!

We may or may not be delayed for work tomorrow. Whatever.

I have plans with my writing friends for dinner tomorrow night. Looking forward to it - last time we were missing over half, so I'm glad we found a night that works for all of us.

We'll either head out for the grocery store tomorrow night or first thing Saturday. Joy, but an adventure to be sure.

We ordered Chinese food for dinner tonight. We did have a plan for dinner, but we got home at the same time and neither of us felt much like cooking. It was a good choice.

I had my work review today. Which was good. Little raise. Little bit of compliments. I'll take it. It was a crazy, crazy day though. It didn't look like I did a lot of work by my metrics, but let me tell you that's not true at all. I felt like a crazy person.

That is all...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Please Let it be True...

Oh yeah with the snow in the forecast.

Tomorrow night - well, whatever. I'd rather it not snow too much during the week anyway. It messes up time and work flow and uses up valuable paid time off. Not to say I wouldn't take it if Mother Nature decided to dump on us mid-week.

But the weekend - it will depend on the temperature, but the potential for a major snowstorm is there. (Wait for me to whine about it being just rain or a tiny bit of snow on Sunday, because if we don't get the storm, I will be whining and crying.) I really, really hope we get dumped on though!

That Man and I just realized we'll need to go to the store. I mean, we'll need to anyway, but our timeline will need to be backed up if the major storm is a go. Typically, we go on Sunday.

And that's not going to be a fun time. We'll skip the bread, milk, eggs, and toilet paper sections since we don't need any of that. Well, maybe eggs, but that's a normal. Okay. Wait. We need bread, too, but we buy a loaf every week, so there. And we're talking about our normal shopping anyway. We never have milk since neither of us drink it and we're good on the toilet paper.


I'm so excited! That Man typically plows snow and he's rarely here for a storm. The fact that he will be is awesome! I'm thinking about what cool things I want to cook. I'm thinking about how to structure my writing days. I also have some critiquing to do, so I need to fit that in there.

I know. I know. I'm getting myself all worked up over something that might not happen.

But it might...


Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Too much like a Monday. Just saying...

We're due for more winter weather. On Thursday and again this weekend. Thursday is just supposed to be a fly by, but I'm so hopefully for the storm this weekend! The first report I heard was that  it was supposed to be massive and I'm holding to that. Snowed in! That's what I want! I'm not kidding!

I will prep for being snowed in and I might just pretend I am snowed in this weekend. We'll see what happens! Ha! It's only Tuesday, so...

Writing is commencing. My house is warm. My bed is waiting.

That is all.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snowy Sunday...

Yay, snow!!!

It's not much at all! Definitely not a snowpocalypse or even more than a nuisance snow, but it's pretty and I like it. So does the dog.

Got to see the Mr. B's yesterday! Thursday was big Mr. B's birthday, so we gathered presents and went to see him. We hadn't seen them since Christmas day because of the sickness with the exception of K1 stopping by on occasion. So that was good.

I did sleep in both days, and despite my goal of taking a nap today, it didn't happen. I tried though. That Man made an awesome stew for dinner. K4 did her laundry and so did we. I stayed in my jammies all day, finished Simon's critique, wrote words of my own, updated the check book, cleaned house a little...

Now K3's friend is here working on Dungeon's and Dragon's stuff with K4. K3 is not here yet. But he should be soon.

Tomorrow is back to the grind. Not looking forward to it. At all. Though I am looking forward to the potential for good stuff coming along soon.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Feel Good Friday... The Last Monday of the Week...

For this week. I'm pretty sure next week is also going to be another week of Monday, but it's too soon to know for sure...

Let's get to the Feel Good list...

1. K4 home for the weekend... Orthodontist appointment that fit perfectly into her schedule, Good first week of the new semester. But a cold coming on - at least she gets to semi-rest this weekend. She has commitments and other commitments, but it's all good. She gets to sleep longer than normal, which is important for the cold. She just took medicine and went to bed, so there's that.

2. That Man finally feeling better. Neither of us are back to 100% yet.  What kind of illness does this? It's been over two weeks now? Granted, we're doing our thing, but the exhaustion is real. We feel lame and stupid for not doing the things we really want to do. But sleeping... Oy!

3. Not technically cooking tonight. Only a tiny bit of prep. We had planned to get the pre-cooked fried chicken at the grocery store, but the dude who makes it was on break. When he returned, he said it would be twenty minutes. I'd already been at the store for longer than that, so I bailed and we did make your own subs for dinner, which was fine and good, but why the hell don't you have fried chicken at 5:45 on a Friday night? Ridiculous!

4. Co-workers. The only way any of us actually live through the day job is because we're a solid team. It's the truth.

5. Sleeping in tomorrow. Yess!

6. The potential for snow this weekend. I am all about that!

That is all!


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Another Monday!

Yeah. It's Thursday! But it was still like Monday! It's been a solid week of Monday!

I'm not kidding.

So, It's freaking, freaking cold out. Like the wind will rip your skin off your bones cold. That's no lie. Well. Maybe it's an exaggeration, but it's still no lie. I need to get gas in the morning, and I'm angry about that. Plus, I lost a glove! Yes, I have other gloves, but these gloves are super warm and super special and I'm pissed about it!

Talked to my aunt tonight. She cracks me up. She's dealing with clearing out my great uncle's house and her stories are incredible.

Today is Mr. B's birthday. He's 6 now. He's an amazingly smart and funny kid! We video chatted tonight and... he makes me laugh hysterically. We also got to see little Mr. B through chat! That was cool. We haven't seen either of them since Christmas due to the evil flu! Yeah, I know it's been about two weeks, but that flu was so evil there was no way we were taking chances with our babies!

Tomorrow is Friday. This weekend is pretty chill with I hope some sleeping in and a bunch of writing.

That is all.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Second Monday...

Seriously, It is!

It was quiet this morning at the day job. That didn't last too long. By afternoon I was crazier than a one-armed paper hanger and that's no lie. It's like everyone and their brother decided today was the day to send their emails, make their phone calls, and get stuff done.


Tomorrow will be more of the same. My reps were on the road today and all said that they needed copious office time due to their phone calls and emails, so more is coming. One of two of them work in the evenings on occasion, so who knows what I'll face in the morning?

The best part about this week so far is talking (in some form) to each of my kids. K1 stopped by for some stuff tonight. K2 and I instant messaged last night. K3 and I talked last night. K4 and I talked after I got off work yesterday. That's all good stuff right there.

It's not quite time to look ahead to the weekend. I've heard there's a chance of weather. Yay! I really hope it snows its behind off! But I doubt that will happen!

Tomorrow is Wednesday. I hope I survive.

Off to try to get a few words on the page...


Monday, January 07, 2019

Ugh Monday...

Today was on of those days that felt like we'd already been at work for twelve days. And it wasn't just me. We all said it.

It's freaking cold. And it's supposed to do some winter stuff overnight. We'll see. It's super damp out, but so far nothing. Bah. Come on, Winter! Do your thing! I want snow!

The dog was bad today. We were pretty sure she would be. It's her first day without someone in the house for over three weeks. We made sure the doors were all closed (except for ours, she knows how to open it anyway and she totally unmade our bed and slept under the covers like she does). And that the sink was empty of dishes (she has taken lunch containers out of the sink and eaten them), and that there was nothing she could get into. Or at least we thought. The bag of candy canes... They were for Mr. B. I left them on the counter. There were at least ten of them. I picked 3 up off of the floor... Dang it.

Working on writing group stuff. We have an amazing new board, which I am a part of (but not the part that makes it amazing. Ha!). Everyone is full of ideas and spunk. I've been on the phone and on email every night since the meeting. It's good and productive.

So... Writing. I was working on something on a whim and I've come to the conclusion that it's time to put it away. I'd given myself a deadline to get it done, and while I'm making huge progress, I know I'm not going to make the submission deadline. There's not enough time to finish, edit, critique, etc... So it's time to put it away and go back to my project. I can pick this one up again for the next submission call. I'm only a few weeks behind on it, so I think I'm still in a good place to meet my original goal, or at least get it a week or two after my original plan. So, that's what I'll be doing. My new book comes out in July, so my original plan gives me plenty of time to edit the new release, edit the new book, and make a plan for the next one.

That's all I have! It's writing time and then bed time! Come on, snow!


Sunday, January 06, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up...

Tomorrow is Monday... Ugh! This weekend definitely wasn't long enough. I know they never are, but...

Breakfast with my ladies Saturday morning and the off to the meeting. The meeting was awesome! We haven't laughed like that in ages and we were super productive, too. New board. New blood. It's going to be good. After the meeting, I had lunch with my tribe. Well, most of them. We had an amazing time.

After that, I hit the grocery store and then ran home to put away the groceries (not that I got a lot). Then I went to pick up That Man back from his trip. So glad he's home. He's feeling better, but not awesome yet. I'm telling you this flu is the devil.

K4 is back at school. It seems like she was home a lot longer than she actually was. I know it did for her, too. She's all moved back in and is getting settled into her room again. They had them take everything home over the holiday so they could clean and do their pest control. She didn't take nearly as much stuff back with her. She's generally home every weekend, so it's not a huge deal. Classes start tomorrow.

I don't think I mentioned That Man's car crapping the bed the Friday before Christmas. Something with a belt and pulley. Of course, we had to order that part in and it didn't get here until Saturday. It's all fixed now and everyone has their own car back. I'm done with all of the car issues though. I don't even want to think about the amount of money we've spent on car repairs in the last few months. It's sickening.

Got most of the decorations taken down. Well, the tree is out and the living room is back to normal - except for the boxes that need to go to the basement. It's going to take me a while to get everything back where it's supposed to go and that's okay.

I'm tired. Early bedtime for me, but first the writing.


Friday, January 04, 2019

Feel Good Friday

Thank you, Friday.
We've already agreed it's been a long week, even with the day off. It's the truth, though.

So here's the list:

1. Co-workers and Sales Reps. They are seriously the only reason I made it through the work week.

2. Quick grocery store dinner last night. Take out tonight. No dishes. No cooking. Yay!

3. The furnace coming back to life. I fought with it until almost midnight last night and fully expected to come home today to a freezing house. I even stopped and bought fire logs, but we didn't really need it. It somehow resurrected itself. I'm still kind of fighting with it, but it's warm in here and the coal is cooking. I swear the coal was cursed.

4. Laughing with a friend on the phone after work. Much needed.

5. Texting with That Man. He's at the place. He's feeling better. He'll be home tomorrow. I wish I would have gone along. Now that it's too late, I realize I could have gone. Dammit!

6. Getting words on the page. I've done pretty well this week even with the bone tired fatigue.

7. Writing meeting tomorrow. Yay.

8. Sleeping in a little tomorrow. Also, Yay! And I hope to get to bed far earlier than I did last night now that the coal has lost its curse.

9. Taking K4 out to dinner before she leaves to go back to school on Sunday. We have a delicious plan!

10. Hopefully getting the Christmas decorations taken down this weekend. I'm apathetic about the whole thing though. I just don't care. We put everything up so late, that I don't mind that things are still up. Except the tree is dead. I haven't put the lights on since Wednesday. I want to because I love it so much, but.... dead is dead and dead is dangerous... Eventually, I would love to be able to put the decorations up right after Thanksgiving so that by now, I'm sick of the whole thing and have taken it all down, but I don't foresee that happening for a while... Ha!

That is all...


Thursday, January 03, 2019


It's been a super long week. I know! We had a day off, too!

Tomorrow is Friday, though.

That Man is getting ready to head to New York to attend a funeral. It's the grandmother of a good friend. I can't go, but he's going with our brother-in-law. It's a long drive, but necessary.

I also have my writing group meeting this weekend. Good stuff. I can't wait.

First I have to live through the work day tomorrow. It's going to be long.

K4 heads back to school on Sunday. She's not ready. But she will be.

I'm still exhausted and feeling crappy. Seems like this thing has circled back around. That Man is still feeling crappy, too. Last night I was asleep by 7 and in bed by 9. I'm not far from bed now, but I need to hit my word count.

That's all I have for now!


Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year!!

Whoot! 2019! Bring it!

I have no idea what this year has in store for us. I'm looking forward to it though.

Huh! Where did that positive outlook come from? I like it.

My word for the year is "Commitment". This applies mainly to my writing, but I can see how it will apply to regular life as well. I'm keeping it.

It's a quiet day around here. That Man is napping. So is the dog. K4 is at her cousins. We're watching Lord of the Rings, Fellowship. We were supposed to simul-watch like we usually do with my sister, but her kids jumped the gun and, not only that, they started with the wrong movie. Huh!

We did go to my sister's for a little bit last night. Both of us felt like poo after working all day. I worked the latest and then ran around gathering things so I could get up there. We didn't make it long. We were back home before 10. Though, on a whim, we decided to walk downtown to see the wrench drop. I had never been and it was pretty warm out, so why not.

It was fun. Small crowd. Ran into friends and had a blast with them. Walked home and went to bed.

It's so weird though. I really think this is the first New Year we've ever actually been alone on the Eve. And, really, the day too. That Man got up early and started the pork and sauerkraut. I slept in. Nice. Started laundry. Did some household administration stuff and some writing administration stuff. Made pasta salad and put the blackeye peas on to simmer. We took a walk, which was nice. Ran into our neighbor and chatted with her for a few.

Now it's time for me to nap and then I will write.

Let's Go, 2019!!