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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

A Week?

I swear I have started like four posts! Each were interrupted and then I gave up!

So the weekend was crazy!

Saturday was writing meeting and then a bunch of craziness. Writing meeting was good and I left with the same recharged feeling I used to have after meetings. I really like that and I am so happy to get back to those kind of meetings. Though I did not get to come home and write! Boo!

Sunday I had to work. Nothing more to say about that. Had to run some errands and do some things after. Back home to a houseful. Dinner made. Cleaned up. Grandsons hugs and laughter. To bed way later than I'd hoped.

Since I worked Sunday, this week is screwed up. I am a day ahead of myself and that sucks. Yes. Tomorrow is Thursday and that's great, but I thought today was Thursday. I thought yesterday was Wednesday. We all have the same affliction. Oy. But we did order some amazing subs for lunch. Cheap and super good.

Tonight I had a board meeting with my writing chapter. It went well. We talked about pirates. Ha!

That is all!

Behave!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Mid-Week...

I got my Jeep back! Yay! It's a hefty bill, but all much needed work. Some had to do with my mud adventures at the Jeep festival (others were just age and rust)... Do I regret it? Not really! I only regret the amount of money it ended up costing. Would I do it again? Nope. Not will full knowledge of what it cost... Ha! (Can I change it? Nope! So there you have it)

It's been a bizarre week so far. I know it's been a short one, but I remain caught up at the day job and I'm even finding time to do quality assurance and train. All while maintaining my workload stats. We're supposed to work a full eight on Sunday - to get caught up - but all of us are caught up. So I don't know what will happen - if we'll work, if we'll work to help sister companies, or what... I'm all in because it's overtime, so whatever. 

Writing happened tonight! Whoot! It's been a few days, so it was much needed. I'm hoping now that some of the craziness has ended that I can get my butt back in gear and actually finish this book. Gah!

Other than that! That Man has to work this weekend. I have my writing meeting and I have to work.

I can't believe we're into September already! Granted, I am glad. I am so ready for fall and for the heat to be done! Though I could use a few more weeks of August, just to get the things done. One of those weeks would just be for sleep!

That is all!

Behave!

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Back From the Wilds...For a Day

It was a good weekend camping!

That Man got off early on Friday and took the new camper to camp. Took him about twenty minutes to set us up for the weekend. Poor guy! LOL. I had to work my regular shift, so I did the grocery shopping on my way up.

Saturday was nice. K4 ended up crashing on our couch. We figured out how to hook up our DVD player. Fridge running on LP was also awesome. K1 and J came down. Lots of grandson time and good conversation.

Sunday we awakened to the front of the camper failing. That Man did a temporary fix and has been brainstorming the permanent fix. I think he has it now. It was picnic day. Lots of hang out time. Time with family and friends. And my most adorable great niece.

Woke up Monday to a horrible storm. We were dry, except we both had to go to the bathroom and our bathroom in the camper is out of commission. Worked that out with us both getting wet. Then, K4 called. She was not feeling well at all. Ended up leaving camp to go to the doc with her. She's fine - nothing that a round of antibiotics won't cure. But poor kid. She was in a lot of pain.

That Man got home shortly after we did. Did some laundry. Took a nap. Made an awesome dinner. Talked to my sister. Started the newsletter for the writing group only to realize I didn't have enough information. We were in bed super early.

Up early to carpool to work today. The Jeep and his car were both in the shop. Both for inspection, but the Jeep needed some work (it's been there for almost two weeks now, but our mechanic was trouble-shooting an issue and we knew it was going to take a while). We went to the diner for dinner and then picked up his car. Hopefully the Jeep will be done tomorrow! Finished the newsletter and it's now bedtime.

Tired doesn't even begin to describe how I feel...

That is all!

Behave!



Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We Made It Back...

We actually got in Sunday... Mid-afternoon...

It was rough. We drove like 36 hours in a 65 hour time span.

The drive out was easy enough. We split it up into about 3 hour shifts, though I took an extra shift since That Man hit a wall. The rental car was okay, but the seats sucked. Definitely another "sitting on concrete" kind of thing.

We made it early Friday morning. Hugs and love and hanging out, then we took the rental car back. Stopped for breakfast/lunch, then back to the house. We were going to take a nap, but got caught up in checking out the camper and doing the legal stuff associated with our purchase. Went to dinner, and then pretty much crashed when we got back, though I did spend some "auntie" time with my aunt. Still in bed by 9pm though. Rough sleeping night due to the ultimate exhaustion - mostly That Man since he was still dealing with a horrible cough.

Got up Saturday, packed our stuff, did camper readying, and hit the road. Later than we'd hoped, but still okay. The drive home was pretty brutal. It was my turn to hit a wall and I hit it pretty quickly. I did drive for a while, but nowhere enough to make it fair. I could not wake up and focus. That Man had bonding time with the camper.

Anyway... It's a little rougher than we thought. The floor at the back is pretty much gone and the roof has several leaks. BUT all of that can be fixed. Overall, it's not bad at all. We have plans and a lot of the work will be done this weekend. Once the structural stuff is done, then we can tweak it to fit our needs. We've been doing stuff to it all week - the LP tank is full, the generator battery is new. We're slowly learning about it, but we're so excited!

We're camping this weekend, so we'll make a plan and start to get the stuff done. I wouldn't be surprised if the roof gets fixed this weekend, and possibly the floor - though I think that might take a bit longer. I'm just excited - this camper opens up a bunch of possibilities for us!

Behave!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mid-Week Insanity

Only a half day at the day job tomorrow though! That Man will pick me up, we will pick up our rental car, come home to load up and hit the road. The house/pet sitter is already in place and everything is taken care of for that.

We're super excited. Not just for the camper purchase, but for the road trip together, and to see the midwest family - no matter how quick of a trip it is. We're mostly packed - just waiting on a load of laundry. The stuff has been organized. Other stuff has been taken care of.

We ran to the notary tonight to get the title taken care of for the 'burban so we can donate it to "Vehicles for Veterans". We're happy it's going to a charity like that, but we are both just devastated to have to get rid of it. It's been the best vehicle we have ever had and we have so many special memories with it. Ugh. The brain knows it's the right move, but the heart is not on board - especially after it was washed and looked so good.

Bookstore day was a ton of fun! My signing went really well. I met a lot of readers and other writers. After the signing, I found a corner to write in. Though some creep guy kept standing over my shoulder and I had to give it up. It was authors and readers after the store closed. We had pizza, a scavenger hunt, and so many other things to do. I ended up going home instead of staying over. There was no way my air mattress was going to fit anywhere inside the store, plus, I had been there for about twelve hours - standing on concrete. I was sore and had a killer headache. Next year, I will take a smaller air mattress. It really was fun though and I'm sad I missed the sleepover part!

The mammogram was good. Got the all okay results today.

That is all for now! Laundry is done and it's bedtime.

Behave!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Feel Good Friday!

For a four day work week, this was a long one!

Next week, I technically only work three days. Full day Monday. Leaving for mammogram/gyne visit Tuesday for a few hours. Full day Wednesday. Half day Thursday and then off Friday. It's going to be a long week though since I'm super looking forward to the end of the week.

We're travelling to Missouri to purchase a camper from my uncle. Yes. We are driving about 2200 miles in 3.5 days. It's fine and good. We were going to fly out, but the camper has sat for a few years and we felt more comfortable having tools and things with us. Plus, holy expensive flights! The drive will be That Man and I - there and back. We are excited to do a road trip just the two of us, and I highly doubt either of us will sleep while the other drives. We're excited to see That Uncle and That Aunt, and we're excited that we negotiated this camper deal with them. We've been talking about this with them for a while now, so this feels like a dream that it's actually happening!

After that we have camp! (With our new old camper! Whoot!)

Tomorrow is Bookstore Romance Day! I am signing at noon and then in for the night for a slumber party! I'm excited! We're "sleeping" over. Though I have a feeling not much sleeping will be done. It's an awesome opportunity and I'm so thankful to have been asked to participate! I only hope I get to sleep a little! I am too old to stay up all night anymore! ha!

The writing has been crap all week. I have spent every single night doing estate stuff and other stuff I can't mention. I didn't make a single blast for my writing chapter.

Oh! We need a list:

1. Sleeping in tomorrow.
2. Bookstore day!
3. Next week!
4. Camping!
5. Not having kids going back to school! First time in like 25-26 years? (we had college last year) Ha! We did school shopping with the grandkids, but it was 1/100th of the scale of what we used to have to do and it was beautiful!
6. The PA part of the estate being done soon. Waiting for one more thing and then... hopefully we're done!

That's all I have! I need to make my list for tomorrow and get some sleep!

Behave!


Monday, August 12, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up on Monday!

It was a crazy, crazy weekend!

Started out Friday night with K5 and Mr. B. We had a "campout" in the living room. Pizza for dinner, s'mores, strawberry shortcake, The Princess Bride. Air mattresses in the living room. I don't think any of us slept well. The kittens were being crazy. The dog couldn't settle. It wasn't cool enough down here and the downstairs fan died.

But... still... It was fun. It really was.

We did the school shopping thing. Which was fun, but equally as stressful thanks to other people. How many freaking screaming kids can fit into a Mega Mart? Not my screaming grandkids. They were awesome and so well-behaved. (I'm not saying they always are, but they definitely were on Saturday) Both of them were like "that's ridiculous"! We did have a blast. Went to a bbq place for lunch and the woman running the cash register totally hooked us up. It was super cheap and very good. Dropped the kids off and came home and crashed for a while.

Later, we went downtown to hear K4's man's gig at the local wine shop. He did really well. We stayed longer than we planned, but it was really a good time. Got home and did some laundry. In bed later than we'd hoped, but still at a decent time.

Sunday morning, we went to see my sister in the hospital. We will talk about this at another time. We don't really know anything yet and I just can't.

After that... we travelled to MD to see Chris Stapleton in concert. The concert was amazing!! I had some absolute culture shock though. I haven't been to a lot of concerts, but still... How on earth can people afford to get trashed at these concerts? A cheap beer was $11. A good beer was $14-17. We saw people carrying four to six beers. For themselves. I swear we were the only sober people out of at least a thousand people! And the garbage left behind!! Holy crap!

But... Chris Stapleton! Amazing! His voice and is guitar skills. His encore was fantastic!

Our hotel had a shuttle service, which we utilized on our way to the concert (even though we ended up in the cargo area of the van! Ha!). On the way back, however, we chose to walk the mile to the hotel. We beat the shuttle back to the hotel by at least 10 minutes and it was fine. It was an easy, quick walk. We were so tired though. Our section of the hotel did not have an elevator, so it was three flights of stairs each time.

This morning, we went to the main part of the hotel for coffee and took the elevator to travel one floor. That's how done with stairs we were. Ha! Sitting by the lake was really nice and relaxing though. It was good to be off work today.

We stopped at a diner on our way back, took a nap when we got home, then did laundry. I did estate stuff while That Man went to help a friend with some construction.

Tomorrow is back to the real world. I'm not ready and I don't want to... But I must. The next two weeks are super crazy here.

Behave!

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Mid Week...

It's Wednesday... Which is awesome, but I have to say that I'm so very tired of wishing my week away. It's not supposed to be like this.

And, by this point, we all know why... That brain draining day job. I'm frustrated. Well... beyond frustrated. I need to talk to the boss tomorrow. I'm exhausted - mentally and physically. Or physically because of the mentally. I'm not sure which. I know things are going to get better, but until we have these new people trained up nothing has changed. The pressure is intense.

But only two more days to work and then a full weekend ahead. We're getting K5 and Mr. B this weekend and taking them school shopping. Then, off to our concert on Sunday. No work on Monday!

I did get the August calendar completed and it's super crazy. Things are insane until the very last week of the month. I have two writing classes, an overnight book event, blast week with my writing group, a mammogram, a crazy random trip... and well... a lot of stuff. September looks a tiny less crazy, but I haven't gotten that far yet.

Writing has been slim this week. We had company Monday night. I had a massive headache last night, and tonight I had a million and a half things to do. I should get a few words done before bed though.

And that is all!

Behave!

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up!

Monday comes too soon! I need one more day! I know... I say that every week, but it's true...

Let's backtrack...

Saturday's writing meeting was good. Good business meeting. Good program. Good lunch. There was a lot of laughter and discussion. Definitely what I needed to recharge.

Got home to a houseful. K1 & J were here. K1 needed to work on his car and clean his crap out of the 'burban. They did some laundry, too. Friends came to help with car stuff. Got epic grandsons time. Baby B is so stinking cute. He's crawling and he's fast. He's such a chunky monkey! Mr. B was very busy and spent a lot of time reorganizing the toys we have here. Ha! I made spaghetti and meatballs because I know it's one of Mr. B's favorites and we had K1's bestie here for dinner, too.

So, the 'burban is going the way of the white wind very soon. We wanted to restore it, but we don't have the time, money, or space to do so. It won't be long until we get told about it from our borough because that kind of thing is happening all over the place around here. We've had many, many conversations about what to do, but have come to the conclusion that we have to let her go. I am super sad and wish there was another way, but logically, we don't need a vehicle that big anymore. We don't have time to fix her up the way she deserves, and the amount of mold inside those doors is dangerous. It's really, really bad. So...

Today was cleaning. I did a crapton of work - including washing the entirety of our bedding thanks to our old lady cat pooping and pissing on our bed last night! ARGH!! She got trapped in there and I guess it was long enough that she felt she had no choice, but...WHY on the bed? I mean... seriously! And, if you didn't know, we still have a waterbed. It's not just sheets and blankets, it's padding and a lot of it... but thankfully, a mattress that can be disinfected easily. It's a day long process. I managed to replace everything temporarily enough that we could sleep semi-decently last night, but today I had to wash... and K1 & J needed to finish their laundry, too.

It worked out. We had an amazing diner. Baby B continued to crack us up. Mr. B and I played "treehouse" and watered plants. The bed is nearly made and That Man's work shirts are done. There's a load of towels to do thanks to be stupidly overflowing the coffee pot yesterday. Dumb. But on the whole, we're in a good place to start the week.

I'm so tired though... Maybe tired thinking about the upcoming week, or tired from two days of constant peopling. I don't know.

What I do know is that this coming week is my only week in the next three weeks that I work a full five. We're going to a concert next weekend and will be coming home on Monday, so we're off. The next week I have my mammogram, and then we're heading out to parts unknown...Then it's labor day. By then it's September! Woah!

That's all I have... I am off to do the writing now!

Behave!

Friday, August 02, 2019

Feel Good Friday!

The kitty babies are doing well post surgery. Fred recovered far more quickly than Regi, but then again, Regi had super major surgery and Fred just got a snip. Regi was still a little slow this morning, but I let them out of confinement anyway. She snuggled in my arms before attacking the couch, but I still worried as I left her with "the boys" and the dog.

They are fine. Needy, but that's to be expected. Nothing bad happened, but K4 kept an eye on them as soon as she woke up. They are eating well and playing, albeit slower than normal. Elsa was super worried about them and was protective and annoying with them.

I have met my writing goals this week, which is awesome! Progress!

So, the kid got her braces off today! OMG! She looks amazing! What a great smile! I left work early to go with her! So awesome! The actual removal was quick, but then they had to grind off the adhesive, which took a while and they gave her dark sunglasses for that part. She will have to wear retainers for a bit, but... holy smile! My kid... And her smile! Beautiful! What a long road, but so worth it! (Still retainers, but...)

Tomorrow is my writing group meeting! So looking forward to it! I missed last month and that hurt. So many things going on. I am on the board right now, but I don't think I will be next year. I can't keep up and I can't do the things I need to do. I'm pretty solid in my decision. It kills me though. There are many reasons that I can't continue though. We will see...

And I think that is all I have right now...

Behave!


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Last Day of July...

That was a quick month! Seriously!

Tomorrow beings August and a month of absolute insanity for us. We don't have a free weekend at all. Some fun stuff. Some work stuff. Some necessary house stuff - which is not really scheduled into the crazy month, but stuff we have to find time for nonetheless.

Today is Wednesday... This week has been long already. Work... well... it's back into crazy mode. The new people started on and so far so good. I am hopeful. If I live through it long enough for their help to be effective. Today was massively crazy.

But... after work, we picked up Mr. B and took him to dinner. We went to the diner close to our house - it's been That Man and I's staple place to grab food over the last few months. The food is good, service is good, and it's reasonably priced. Mr. B impressed us with his word/math skills and we talked about a lot of things. After that, we stopped at the grocery store for a few things we needed (and Hot Wheels, because that's what we do), before hitting up the ice cream store. Or "Dumpster Lake" as Mr. B calls it. Last time we went there we pulled in and B asked what we were doing (not seeing the huge sign) and I told him we were going swimming in Dumpster Lake because the rain water had pooled in the parking lot around the dumpster and it looked like a huge lake. That name apparently stuck with him.

We had a great time with him. He was happy, too. Dropped him off and got Baby B snuggles and laughs. That boy is a chunk and is mobile now. He's so funny.

Tonight is the last night the kittens are he and she. Tomorrow morning, I will drop them off to get fixed. 9pm was the latest they could have food. They don't like that. Well, none of them do. Instead of secluding the kittens, we moved the food for all of the animals. Even the dog food, because the kittens will eat the dog food. So now, they are running around like crazy, following us when we get up and crying at our feet. It's a good thing we're going to bed soon.

I get to sleep in a little bit tomorrow. Just a tiny bit since I'm doing the drop off. They have to be there a half hour after my usual overtime start. That's okay by me. K4 will pick them up and bring them home.

And then Friday, I get to leave early to go to the Orthodontist with K4. Keep your fingers crossed, but hopefully, it's brace removal day!! So excited! It's been a super long road with her mouth!

I did write tonight. And I wrote last night. I am doing my best to get the words in!

That is all for now!

Behave!



Saturday, July 27, 2019

Feel Good Friday on Saturday

Happy Weekend!

It was a long, long week! I worked overtime and I might work overtime this weekend. Next week will be the same. We have two new people starting. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because the one will hopefully take a lot of pressure off of me.

Let's hit the list:

1. Sleeping in a bit this morning. Not a lot, but then we were in bed super early last night... Still, it was wonderful to lay in bed and relax.

2. Getting the grocery shopping done. It's a dumb chore, but must be done. I'm really thinking about signing up for either the grocery pick up program, or the delivery program.

3. That Man doing the dinner shopping and cooking the dinner last night. I am on for tonight since he's working, but I'm not quite sure what I'm making yet. I have a few options...

4. Driving with the top down most of the week! Beautiful days! It's a huge stress reliever after a hectic day.

5. Dinner date with That Man on Thursday. We went to the new Indian place down the street. It was pretty good - a little more expensive than it needed to be, but we were both pretty pleased with our meals. Will we go back? Probably... but not for a little while. We have a few other places we want to check out, too.

6. Not a lot of writing progress this week. Except for in my head. Which I guess is better than nothing. I do plan to remedy that here in a bit. I will write before I log into work!

7. I am stunned at how quickly July flew by! August is going to be insane. I think we have something every single weekend and lots of mid-week things, too.

That's about it. I am off to be productive!

Behave!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wednesday!

Halfway through the work week... Oy!

The National Conference for my writing affiliation started! I so wish I was there! It's in New York this year, which is easily accessible, but I had to make a financial and vacation day choice. I know I chose wisely, but that doesn't help the wish I have that I could have gone.

I mean... It's New York.

It's a conference with my peers. There are classes. Meet-ups, and so many different things to do. I went to New York a few years ago and had a blast. So many of my chapter mates are going - we would have had an absolute blast together.

I will live vicariously through social media and plan for a time where I can go. Though, I really need to get my sh*t together so I feel worthy of going.

Which I am working hard on. I wrote again tonight. I am heading in slow. I wrote more last night than I did Sunday and I wrote more tonight than last night, by like 1/3, so that's something. The story is coming back into my head and it's easier to put the words on the page.

I can't be angry at myself for not writing recently. It is what it is and I did what I have to do, but I'm making a comeback now.

If I continue to live through the work days. And that's always iffy... Ha!

That's all...

Behave!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Taco Tuesday

I guess so? We did have fish tacos for dinner, so...

Long week already. Day job continues to be what it is... I'm super overwhelmed and can't keep up and I hate it. Hopefully the person they hired to take the stress off of me works out, but it'll be a while until they're trained up. We'll see... It's hard not to just walk out some days though.

I have been writing! Whoot! I got words in both Sunday and today. Not a lot, but more than I'm required to for our 50/50 challenge, so it's worthy!

That's all I have. Just wanted to check in and my computer battery is dying!

Behave!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up!

Sundays are hard! I'm good until about 3 on Sundays and then the stress over the coming week starts to settle in. So that's where I'm at right now... full on dread. And I hate feeling this way.

Friday night was a cookout with friends we have known for a super long time - delicious food and good conversation. There was a fruit pizza which was to die for. I will definitely be getting that recipe! And the coolest thing is that they get new pizza boxes from the shop down the street and use them to store/transport them. Luckily their house is right down the street. We could have walked, but it was way too hot for that! We went from there to the grocery store with our plans to not have to do too much over the weekend.

Slept in on Saturday. Paid bills. Laundry. Blah blah blah. Hung out in the air conditioning all day. Damn it was hot. That Man did some weird outside stuff before I got up, but was done by like 10, so that was good. Continued to hang out in the air conditioning, though we did cook on the grill and it did cool down enough to have an enjoyable amount of time outside after the sun went down.

Today was also another sleep in day. Though we were in bed before 10pm last night. Ran some errands. Got to see K3 and A for a bit. Cooked on the grill and are now trying to finish up the rest of the laundry before bedtime.

So, a pretty chill weekend - not literally, though. The heat was just rude - like super rude. Our air conditioning in our room froze up, so we had to deal with that. It's dropped by like 10* in the last hour and a storm is supposed to be rolling through here soon. Thank goodness.

I'm going to see what kind of writing I can get done now. Heck, even 100 words will make me feel like a success. We shall see.

Hail to the new week! Not!

Behave!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Over a Week!

OY! Sorry for the silence! It's been insane around here!

The kitchen came out looking pretty darned good. I've yet to cook a real meal in it. I did make breakfast on Saturday, but it was quick. We're still babying the floor and the countertop, and everything has been scrubbed. We're at a lack of space, but we'll see how it goes when it's just our regular...

So what have I been up to?

Release day was last week and that was awesome!

We spent the rest of our week getting ready for company!

Friday night we picked up K5 and had the absolute best weekend with her. We did rockets on Saturday (which she absolutely loved), she learned to skip rocks, had a blast with the kitties, and got to watch Sponge Bob (she doesn't have the ability at home). We ordered subs, giggled a lot, and had the best time!

Saturday night That Brother, That Niece, and That Niece's Boyfriend came to stay. We had a great time and it was good to see That Brother and get to know That Niece and That Niece's Boyfriend. We had a family cookout here on Sunday, which was good. That Man's siblings and most of the kids. We grilled, blew bubbles, had a fire, and a good time. They left this morning for the next leg of their journey - only leaving behind a pair of sunglasses and bedding washed and folded. K4 and That Niece hit it off and stayed up way late last night talking.

Now it's super quiet here. We worked our butts off for so long that we haven't had a chance to sit back to relax and admire our hard work. That's the plan for the weekend. It's going to be a scorcher around here, so chores are getting done bright and early Saturday and then the plan is to stay in the ac all day.  And we will nap!

One more work day... And the work days have not changed.

Writing has been super scarce, but that will hopefully be remedied soon! Tonight is the first night I've really been on my computer, except for a having to email attorneys for the estate. And all I've done tonight is this blog... Bah!

That is all!

Behave!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Release Day!!

It's Redemption: Sector One release day! Whoot!



















Isaac lost everyone he loved in the government's attempt to take over their lives, but losing his child to their evil drained the last of his mercy. Or so he thought. When he receives one of their soldiers as a debt payment, his last flare of compassion won’t allow the woman to die. When Casey awakens with no memories except her name, he sees good in her he didn’t expect. Through Casey's self-recovery, he learns she’s the soldier that kidnapped his child. He has to decide if he can overcome his anger to trust the woman he healed, not the soldier who hurt him, and decide if it's worth the risk to use her military-induced enhancements to help him rescue other kidnapped children.
Casey used to be a soldier. Now she doesn’t know what or who she is. She doesn't even have a last name. Her slowly returning memories of the things she was forced to do devastate her, and she believes her only route to redemption is to convince Isaac to let her help rescue the children everyone thought were dead. As she learns who she is without the government's control, Casey discovers she's not the monster they forced her to be. She can only hope her newfound sense of self is enough to save her.

We're up on Amazon and other retailers! Please check it out, and please leave an honest review if you do! 

Behave!!

Friday, July 05, 2019

Feel Good Friday! And Sadness!

I had a two day work week, which, despite the utter ridiculousness of my work-week, I do not feel bad about! I did what I could. I kept with my "killing it" numbers and it is what it is!

Yes. I am off today. Thank Goodness! I wasn't supposed to be. Heck. We were supposed to be camping, which is why I took today off. But here I sit in my dining room. K4 and the puppy went to camp on Wednesday, but That Man was still sanding floors. We got the first coat of poly on the floor yesterday morning, the second on last night, and he did the third this morning. We'll check tonight to see if another coat is needed. If not, we'll start the clean up process. But we'll see.

It's a sad sad day for our family. My sister and brother-in-law had to put their puppy to sleep. Nezzie was almost 17 and was such a great dog. She's been failing for a little while now, but yesterday I think she managed to let them know that she was ready to go. She had one last night in The Wilds and they took her this morning. Everyone is sad. Obviously she was a part of all of our lives for a long time. K3 and K4 don't remember life before her. They grew up with her as their own dog, as did the older two.

I don't think my niece really remembers life with her puppy either. Those two literally grew up together and my heart just breaks for all of them.

As she aged, we called her the "fun police" because any time the other dogs, or even the kids were being rowdy, she would step in and shut it down. She was so patient with the kittens and with Mr. B. I used to tell my sister all of the time that she was my dog, not hers, and I gave her all of the treats.

In between coats of poly yesterday, we went up to say goodbye to her. We stopped at got some bologna and cheese to spoil her. It was hard, but Nezzie knew it was time. You could see it in her eyes. As I was saying goodbye, she looked up at me with eyes that seemed to say "thanks for being my friend and thanks for the treats".

My sister texted me this morning to say that she was gone. :(

I'm heading up there in a few. I just feel like I need to be there. That Man is helping a friend out today and I've been cleaning up as much as I can around here and taking care of household administration duties. I have to get out of this poly smell, too. It makes me sick to my stomach and the house is well ventilated.

That is all.
Behave!

Monday, July 01, 2019

The First of July..

I took off work today. Woke up at midnight with a horrible belly. Laid awake for about five hours feeling like utter crap (that's all I'll say about that...eww). When the alarms went off, I'd only been sleeping for about forty minutes. There was no way this work day was happening. Texted my boss and went back to bed for four hours. Woke up feeling some better, but still not great. And so it goes...

That Man took a day as well. I had no idea he'd already planned it. He's been sanding our kitchen floor and wanted to make more progress. By the time I got up, he had another round of sanding done, some patchwork areas, and had stained the new wood we had to install. It's coming together. He's currently sanding again, but we're getting close to new polyurethane. In the meantime, both doorways into the kitchen are covered in plastic. There is sawdust literally everywhere. My countertop is in the dining room and my kitchen is basically unusable. It's worth it though.

We've decided not to put the old countertop back in. Instead, we'll get a butcher block piece and install it over the "floating cupboard". We need to have counter space and this is the most logical way to have more floor space and be able to get stuff done. I'm actually pretty excited. It's been about 20 years since we've done any updates in the kitchen, so this is much needed. My kitchen is super tiny - like I have two drawers in the whole space and only three lower cabinets and three upper cabinets, not including the one over the fridge. I do have a big pantry, which helps, but space is tight - which makes it hard when you both like to cook. I'm hoping this new arrangement will work out well.

I did manage to eat something, which was questionable, but turned out okay. Rested a whole bunch and will attempt to make dinner here in a few. It was kind of hard doing my resting thing while That Man worked his butt off, but it is what it is... I'm still exhausted, but now only have two days to work until a long weekend.

Camping is up in the air at this point. We have so much to do and not much time. Also, the weekend will be broken up by estate meetings and other obligations. I'm not able to make my writing meeting because of the estate meeting, but that's okay. July is typically one of the least attended meetings of the year, and I have done all of the stuff I need to do for my board position.

And that is all for now. The plan is to get some writing in this evening and go to bed early. I can only imagine what my work day is going to look like tomorrow with taking off today, but it is what it is.

Behave!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thursday Again...

It's hot... I know. It's almost July, it's supposed to be hot. At this point, I'm not miserable. We have air conditioning in our rooms and a small unit running downstairs. I know it's going to get hotter, too. Whatever.

So I went to the Bingo thing and won $30.00. Hanging out with the work friends was fun. There was a lot of laughter and conversation. Came home and spent my earnings on dinner. Ha! That Man was doing stuff and things and I didn't feel like cooking at all, so I ordered food. So there's that.

The day job... Well... I'm not going to get into much of it. Except to say I have spoken my piece and relayed That Man's opinion of how the last few months have affected me. I don't know if it will help and if it doesn't, then I guess my decision is made. We shall see!

The writing hasn't been so good as of late. See above. I'm hoping to change that this weekend. That Man has to work and my plan is to find somewhat of a balance between all of the things I need to do around the house and writing. That Brother, That Neice, and That Boyfriend are coming in about two weeks and we must prepare.

Little "Bootsie" kitty went home with her new momma. She's adjusting wonderfully and these guys left here are also adjusting well. We had a lot of crying last night and this morning, but they seem fine now. Freddie is laying beside me all snuggled in, which is what he does. He's so lovey and snuggly, though my leg has an epic set of cat claw marks. He was loving on me while I was sitting at the table, lost his footing, and scratched the hell out of me on his way down. Not his fault, but...Ouch.

Besides the kitty going to her new home, the animals have adjusted well around here. Max is still a bit of an a-hole at times, but he's getting much better. Spenser doesn't give a crap and doesn't want any other cat around her, though she's still loving with us. She just waits until the kittens have tuckered themselves out. She's a pretty old gal. We don't know how much time she has left, so we're okay with her quirks. Elsa tolerates the kitties, though Freddie absolutely loves her. Last night Fred was licking her ears and "petting" her while That Man was petting her. It was pretty hysterical to watch. We'll see what happens there, but props to my puppy for being so patient with the baby 1/15th of her size. The biggest change is how much cat food we go through. And how much litter. But K4 helps out with that, so it's not a huge deal. Oh and the hair - Fred sheds as much as Elsa it seems, so the vacuum is in constant use.

Tomorrow is Friday. That's a hugely good thing. I had kind of thought about taking a mental health day, but I have too many customers relying on me to finish up their stuff tomorrow. I'll make it through and then enjoy the weekend. I have off next Thursday and Friday, so I need to look forward to that.

That's all I have...

Behave!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Partial Weekend Wrap Up...

Only partial because it's early and there are still things to be done today...

Friday was a rough one at the day job. Okay. So every day is a rough day there. I still don't know what to do.

The dryer is still broken. The new belt doesn't fit properly. That Man will work on it some more when he gets home. Currently, the dry rack we use in the winter is sitting on the patio with clothes drying. It's slow, but undies are needed.

Yesterday was a mostly relaxing day. Slept in, which was awesome. Paid the bills, hit the grocery store, took a short nap with my kitty. That Man worked his second job, so I was pretty much on my own all day. Decided to make some shrimp tempura for dinner. Major suckage. Okay. I guess it was alright, but it definitely didn't turn out like it was supposed to. No part of dinner did. Made fried rice and the rice got to mushy. The veggies didn't do well with the tempura either. Drat. I put a lot of time and effort into it. The only thing that did turn out awesome was a sauce I made - sake, hot sauce, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, cilantro, and something else I don't remember right now. That was downright tasty and made a difference in how poorly the tempura came out. That Man didn't mind, but I was disappointed.

Today I am going with the work friends to a Bingo fundraiser. I have never played bingo a day in my life, but they conned me into going. It will be fun just to hang out with them outside of work - we always have a good time when we do that. I did tell them I will be petting the old ladies troll dolls and generally being a nuisance, but they still wanted me to go, so... we'll see.

When I get home, I will hit the word count. Going to start on it in a few. I have about an hour until I have to leave. I need to make progress after the past few weeks of mainly edits. This book is the second one to the one coming out in July and I've been way too slow on it.

That's all I have!

Behave!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

So Much Thursday....

I was off from the day job today! I needed this day so much! Mainly, I took off because today is our annual street fair and I just couldn't even think about dealing with the traffic and bullcrap with leaving and coming home. Plus. I had stuff to do....

1. Estate stuff. Lawyer phone calls and emails. Phone calls were scheduled and productive. Many questions were answered. We're getting close. Just waiting for one thing and some other things. But we're at the place where we need to begin making decisions about some stuff. Talked to my brother. Talked to my cousin. Texted the siblings. We're getting there.

2. Made appointments.

3. Slept in. That was first and foremost. It was beautiful, though I didn't sleep too long.

4. No laundry. Currently the belt is broken on my dryer (ha ha - no surprise in that one) and we're waiting for the replacement to arrive. (tomorrow)

5. Hung out with K4. She did the running for the things we forgot to get last night.

6. Made baked beans. From scratch. I soaked the beans overnight. Made two batches - a vegan batch and a bacon loaded batch. They are more "cuban" than regular, but they are tasty. I cooked them all day and I'm pretty sure they turned out okay. They are a mix of all of the dried beans I had in my pantry - garbanzo, pinto, lentils, northern, red, and idk what else...

7. Street fair today. I have not and likely will not go down. Though one of my best friends from school is down there. I want to go see her, but I am not motivated enough to put on real pants and venture from the safety of my home. The dog has been a mess all day - barking at random noises and being defensive about nothing. K4 and J and K are down there. They will be here soon for food and stuff, so...

8. Final line edits are done and changes sent back. Twenty days until release! Whoot!

9. And now the house is full of kid friends and kid friends I haven't seen since they were in high school. Nice.

Signing off now...

Behave!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sorry For The Silence...

Wow! Two + weeks! I'm not really sure how that happened, except the last two weeks have been insane!

Let's see...

Got my edits done and returned. Now I have my final galleys to proof. Just got them, but I have to hustle since my book is already up for preorder on Amazon! Whoot! This is what I'll be doing the next few days. I've already cancelled my Wednesday commitment, and I am off from the day job on Thursday, so you know what I will be doing.

We went to the Jeep festival and had a blast! Ended up signing up for stuff and got super muddy! Awesome! We did their "playground", which was fun driving stuff . We both went through a bunch of times and on my last time through I hammered it through the mud. We were covered and it was a blast. Ran into a little issue with overheating since the radiator was packed, but got that taken care of and continued to have a blast. Took a trail ride through a beautiful forest. That was amazing except for the guy about four Jeeps up from us who got stuck constantly. The weekend was so much fun and we had a great time.

The day job - well... It's probably for the best that I don't go into it right now.

Anyway.

The kittens are so crazy and silly. They are getting big. We're still fostering one, but she should be picked up this weekend. Fred is huge (huge as in 3# to the other two at 2#) and is quickly becoming the boss of the cats. He's such a sweetheart though - always wants to be picked up and gives headbutt kisses. They are into everything and literally get stuck everywhere - in the pantry, the closets - I have to be super careful when I close the dishwasher, the fridge, and the dryer.

And below... finally... Is my new cover! Search it on Amazon for preorder! It comes out July 10th!
Behave!


Saturday, June 01, 2019

Feel Good Friday on Saturday...

I took the night off last night. No computer screen. No cell phone. No television. We sat on the patio and talked. I needed that. This week was really bad at the day job. The intensity of the suck increased as the week went and by yesterday, I was fried in a way I didn't think possible. No. I still don't know what I'm going to do. The coming week might bring some insights and push me to make some decisions though.

Anyway... Here's the Feel Good list:

1. Taking a chill last night. I know my edits are due, but there was no way I could have effectively tackled them last night. The old brain wasn't capable of anymore screen time and cohesive thought wasn't possible.

2. K4 made an awesome dinner of grilled chicken and corn on the cob. That Man helped with the grilling and I watched. I did the dishes though, so that's something.

3. Helping K4 make lemonade after dishes were done. Lemonade making has always been her thing and she wanted to make a special batch to take with her tonight to her thing. I helped squeeze lemons, and we put a few oranges, limes, and then muddled some berries. It was good last night. I can't imagine how much better it will be tonight.

4. Sleeping in a little this morning. Not enough, especially since I stayed up way later than normal last night, but it was good not to have to wake up to the alarm.

5. Writing meeting today. First we had a breakfast board meeting, which was productive. The general meeting was good. It's always awesome to see my writing tribe. I left early to get home and work on edits. And before you go "hmm", I have been working on them. I have a few things left and a straight up read through before I'm done. I will be starting the read through in a few minutes.

6. Going to see my granddaughters baton recital this evening. That Man can't go because he's stuck working two hours away and that's sad. But I'm excited to see her and see how much she's improved with her baton skills. She really loves it.

7. K1 turned 30 yesterday. He struggled with it a lot and then got the flu and spent his birthday puking. Also, the gifts my daughter-in-law purchased for him went missing. He had a rough day. So did his momma. It's so hard to believe that I birthed this child 30 years ago. The nostalgia is real!

8. Next weekend's plans. That Man are heading out on another Jeep adventure. This time to a festival that looks amazing. We are going as observers this year so we'll know what to sign up for next year. The hotel is reserved. Our pets and house will be well taken care of. And it will be a much needed weekend away.

9. Elsa's dog bite looks good. It's scabbed over and healing nicely. No antibiotics and no adverse side effects, which is awesome.

10. It's an absolutely gorgeous day out there. I'm considering dropping the top on the Jeep, but there's a significant enough chance of a storm that I won't. It's too hard for me to put the top back up by myself and the last thing I need is to be on the highway in a downpour - because that's exactly what will happen.

That is all. Go out and enjoy the sun before it starts raining again!

Behave!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Stormy Wednesday...

Actually...it's been storming since yesterday. We've had two days of tornado watches, heavy rain, winds, and craziness. So far, we've been good, but other areas nearby have not.

The day job is insane. I'm back to being behind. Everything is on fire and what's not on fire, is soaking wet. I still don't know what I'm going to do.

The kittens are crazy! They are so cute and playful, but pretty much into everything. A water cup is a direct invitation for mayhem. So is a box. They are running up and down the stairs. This time last week, they were kind of fearful. Freddie has a new nickname. Tank. He is twice is big as the others and is asserting himself with Max. It's pretty funny to watch.

Elsa is doing okay post bite. It looks pretty good and she's acting normally. We're still keeping a close eye on it.

I'm working through my edits. Down to the hard stuff now. I know what I'm doing with some of it. The other stuff is a constant thinking process. It's not terribly hard stuff - just stuff that requires thought.

I'm exhausted though. My hips are killing me from sleeping on the hard camper mattress last weekend. At least I think that's why. I was in bed by 9pm last night and slept until 6 this morning. I think I'm not far from bed currently. But I feel pretty good that I made a major dent in edits and got some other stuff done, too, so I guess I'm doing okay despite it all.

So that's all for now...

Behave!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Back From the Wilds....

Sorry for the radio silence... Last week was crazy busy with the Day Job and getting ready for camp!

Wednesday we went up to camp and weed wacked and got rid of wasp nests and came home and crashed. It was just That Man and I and despite the work, it was a good time.

Thursday was crazy trying to get everything ready to go. I seriously thought about calling off work. I went in anyway and did my job. Did a crapton of laundry when I got home and organized some stuff. That Man had a migraine and went to be at a ridiculously early time. Talked to the adopted sister for a while and then it stormed like crazy! We weren't sure we'd be able to camp at that point...

Friday dawned bright and sunny... Not so worried about camp. Pretty much ready to go. Did the day job thing. Got myself all caught up - well, for the most part. But when I left on Friday I was at inbox zero and was caught up enough to feel good about it!

We had no plans to go up Friday night. We have kittens and I needed to pay bills and do other stuff. That Man had done the shopping, so that was good. We were in bed early and up early Saturday.

Cut the grass. Watered the plants. Packed up and went to The Wilds.

It was fantastic. Good friends. Good camp fires.

The picnic was good. A little stressful with my sister and brother-in-law in charge and trying to make everything perfect. We helped get stuff ready to go and stressed with them on how it went. Didn't get to help as much as we wanted because we'd kept Mr. B Saturday night and he "needed" to get into the creek and he needed to fish. (that boy is a natural fisherman. He caught like 7 fish Saurday night and they were big!) We had a blast with him! But the whole day really went off without a hitch. We had a momentary hold up due to impending rain and then it was really good.

Except.... Elsa got bit by her own sister... Her sister is not well socialized and was not handling the stress of the picnic well. She got Elsa on her side. It's ugly and gross looking, but Elsa is doing okay. She's acting normal and eating and everything, but she's got a big tooth hole in her side. Ugh! It's just one of those things. We're not angry at Gretchen's owner or at Gretchen, because she's a good dog. It was seriously situational. There was a lot going on when it happened. We're watching it and her and will take appropriate measures if necessary. They were getting along the night before, so no one saw this coming... But... :(

The baby cousins were together which was super, super cute. Baby A is freaking the adorable-est. Baby B was so freaking happy to see her. He screamed loudly! It was so very cut and awesome. We also got to see our other adopted daughter and her son. Her little boy is so freaking cute and so smart! The big kids all grew up together and they are still close, which is so awesome!

We got home this afternoon. I took at nap. Hit my edits. Did some laundry and now we are dressing Floofy's wounds and going to bed. Tomorrow starts the work week. Ugh.

Behave!





Tuesday, May 21, 2019

And It's Tuesday Already...

Yeah, I know. It's not Sunday... But...

We had an amazing weekend! Got to the hotel early Friday. Not quite check in time so we took off in search of a beach. Found a rocky, horseshoe crab infested beach with the crabs doing the nasty - like orgy crabs (they make weird noises - freaky). It was bay side, but still awesome to see the open water. We then went to another bay beach, which was nice, but no way to even get to the water without going through private property.

Went back to the hotel and got our room. Went up and it hadn't been cleaned yet. Hauled our stuff back to the Jeep and went across the parking lot for some food. Hung out in the sun on the deck for a few hours until we got too hot. Back to the hotel and into our room. Finally. Took a nap and then got up and went to the venue to help set up.

The organizer had posted that anyone in the area could stop and help do stuff Friday night. We put up cones and helped with various things. We were just about ready to leave when the guy from my work who was joining us called to say he was ten minutes away. So we waited. While we waited, a bunch of chaos erupted and suddenly we were going to the track. That Man asked if we could go along and they were like "hell yeah", so we went... On the race track. At Dover.

Called my work buddy and told him what was going on as we followed the truck in front of us to the gate to get onto the track. That Man and I were pretty much stunned. And then we were on the track. Going pretty damned fast. It was amazing! Work buddy joined the fun on our second lap. OMG! It was an absolute blast! We were going almost 100mph and hanging those walls tight! We had a pace truck, and it was awesome!

What a rush! And so worth the fifty-five thousand miles we walked putting out cones for the event!

Left the track still on a major high! Back to the hotel, waited for work buddy and wife to get checked in and then went to the pub for dinner. There was a bar fight, some people puking, and a super giant bouncer. We got out of there before things got too crazy. Back to the hotel and to bed.

Up really early to get ready for the event. Met up with a Jeep group in the grocery store parking lot behind the hotel. Talked to a bunch of people while we waited for the work guy. He was running late, so we went for good coffee (hotel coffee was abysmal). Finally hit the road and got to the event just in time to get the first time slot for driving on the track for the day.

Since That Man had done it the night before, I was in the driver's seat for Saturday. I was confident and ready. And then we got out there! It was terrifying! And awesome! It felt like I was going to tip as I tried to hug the lower level of the track. We just weren't going fast enough for me to feel confident. At one point I told That Man that I was going to pee my pants! Another ten miles an hour and I would have been golden! But it was amazing and I would totally do it again!

The rest of the day was a blast - food trucks, ceremonies, bands, vendor tents. A beautiful sunny day. We took off back to the hotel and work buddy took off to the beach. Decided against going out or going back to the pub (Saturday night - no thanks. Friday night was bad enough. Oh and Saturday morning there were shopping carts tipped over all across the pub parking lot. Oy!) Walked to the grocery store for food for dinner. Hung out in the hotel room with bad tv and our grub. We were exhausted (we must have walked 55 thousand miles)(and we were sunburned). Feel asleep at a ridiculously early time.

Sunday... We woke to realize it had rained at some point. We left the top down overnight. It wasn't bad. Moved the Jeep to the sun. Talked to another Jeep guy who stayed at the same hotel. He offered us towels and helped us get situated. Nice folks and we'll probably see them next year. Checked out and stopped for real coffee before hitting the road to see my aunt.

Had a very nice visit with her. Actually just got a text from my cousin that said how much his mom enjoyed our visit. I haven't seen her since my mom's funeral. But Mom and I were there not long before that in an effort to try to get the farm stuff situated. We had a really great time.

Left and got stuck in beach traffic on the Bay bridge. We were sunburnt. We're more sunburnt now. We were sunscreened, but that blazing sun.. .lol.

Got home about twenty minutes before a major thunderstorm. My sis and E came to pick up their new babies. It's weird to be two kittens down. They are in good hands, but it's weird to go from five to three. They didn't stay long so they could get their new babies settled in. Ordered subs for dinner. Went to bed super early.

Monday - back to the day job. Awful day.

Today - More day job madness. Things are super rough. Like so rough that I don't even know what I'm doing anymore. I love my job and I love what I do, but I don't know how much longer I can continue at the pace I've been working at since January. I'm frazzled and exhausted and feeling super unsupported. I have a lot of thinking to do...

And that's where I'm at.

I've been hand writing. In fact, today is the first time I've been on my computer since Thursday. And I can honestly say I didn't have one freak attack about not having my computer with me this weekend. I think it's because I hyped myself all up about it, but that's besides the point.

Tomorrow is Wednesday. We're supposed to camp in The Wilds this weekend. I hope we can - just waiting on the "too wet" report. We'll have Mr. B with us one night if we do. That will be fun. So far, everything looks good. We're debating on trying to put the camper up. We'll see...

That is all!

Behave!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Feel Good Friday on Thursday!

You probably won't hear from me again until Sunday!

I'm not taking my computer this weekend. I know! It's like heresy! I feel the same way, but... We're leaving pretty early tomorrow and there will be much time away from the easily-broken-into Jeep before we check into our hotel. I don't care if someone steals my undies, but I do care of my computer goes away, or if it gets wet!

It will be okay. (I tell myself that over and over and it does stress me out.) I will do my words by hand. The critique is done, so I don't have to stress about that. Bills are paid. Everything is printed. And we'll be back Sunday, so...

Today was super freaking stressful at the day job. I swear everything was on fire and then some. My head still hurts from clenching my jaw. It was that bad and then some. I kid you not. I did leave early, but not without a bunch of work guilt and regret that I didn't get as much done as I'd hoped. And it's taken me until about now to release a lot of that stress, which is unusual for me.

Did the bank thing. Easy, but it takes a while. They need special stamps and everything is all locked up. Then the other stamp, which they also keep locked up. The lady was super sweet though and we talked for a while. Everything is ready to go into the mail and the estate folder is updated with receipts and copies of everything. A relief, but as has been the history, waiting for another shoe to drop. Waiting for three things now...

Grocery store and then home to start prepping for our weekend. Laundry is (still) going, only because the sweatshirt I want came out with stains and we can't have that. I swear it didn't have any when I first washed it! Our bag is mostly packed. The Jeep is ready and just waiting for the clothing bag. We're heading out light, so the only things we already have in there are tools, oil, etc.

And that's all I have! I'm so looking forward to this weekend! From the one-on-one time with That Man, to the hotel, to the meeting up with friends, to the actual experience! I will let you know how it goes!

Behave!


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It's My Thursday!

And tomorrow is a short day for me!

I know it's not your Thursday! Well, at least if you aren't off work on Friday! But it is mine!

I'm leaving early tomorrow to head back to the bank to take care of stupid estate stuff. I sent the one place everything and apparently it wasn't good enough. I have to start over. Ugh! But I believe it's the last one, though stuff and issues are popping up everytime I turn around. Oh hey, fill this out. Oh hey, your mom owns this because your dad is dead and we just can't fathom why she didn't take care of it. Suck it, jerks. Why didn't you call me to hear the story instead of sending me a rude letter?

Anyway. I'll be leaving work a few hours early to take care of that crap. And then, I am off on Friday!

We're heading out early Friday morning to head south for a Jeep event. It's a pretty cool thing and we get to drive on the racetrack! It's an event that supports fallen police officers. A guy from my work and his wife are going down, too. Our hotel is booked. The Jeep has been checked over by our mechanic, the house, kittens, cats, and dog are securely about to be sat on, but I still have so much to do!

I did do my words and pages on the critique I'm working on, so that's something.

In kitten news, they are at the 6 week mark. They are so cute and so obnoxious. Their claws are like razors. Both That Man and I are tore up. They are getting so big and so curious. We're going to be sad when the ones going away actually go!

I need to make a list now!

Behave!


Monday, May 13, 2019

A Little Behind...

I know it's been almost a week since I've posted!

Friday was Friday. It was good to get out of the day job! We didn't do anything Friday night. Well... sat on the backporch for a little. Saturday was a bit of sleeping in, then errands. It was a beautiful day. We got some Jeep work done, yard work, made awesome food, and did laundry.

Sunday... This year has been a rough Mother's Day. I think a lot of it has to do with this being the nearly exact time we lost Mom. The memories are so fresh-feeling this year. I stayed off social media nearly all day because I couldn't bear to see people posting pictures of their day with their mom.

I stayed in my jammies all day and pretty much hunkered down on the couch with the kittens. That Man made me breakfast. I took a nap. Talked to my kids. That Man made dinner and cleaned up. It poured all day long, which matched my mood.

Today was back to the grind. Though K3 and A stopped to bring me some flowers at work today. That was nice. A wasn't feeling well yesterday, so they didn't come over like they'd originally planned.

K4 put a turkey breast into the oven for me earlier, and even though it was in there for five hours, it wasn't cooked the whole way through. We ended up with chinese food for dinner.

And... I did my writing and critiquing and now I'm seriously thinking about going up to crawl into my nice warm bed. It's cold!

And now you see you missed nothing! ha!

Behave!

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Thursday... Oy Vey!

Today is Friday Eve!

That's my new thing. I was talking to a client this morning and she said that - totally changed my day! I shared it with the office and it did make a difference in our attitudes. It's been a super, super rough week.

The new hire lasted 2 1/2 days. The IT guy was let go, too. Not sure what happened there, but think it had to do with sleeping on the job. I had high hopes for the new guy. And I'm going to miss the IT guy. He was weirdly different but a good part of our team. So... morale is kind of low at the moment.

The kittens are trying to climb across my computer. They are crazy busy, though some are sleeping.  Well. Not anymore. Now everyone is up and yelling.

I did my words. I'm mentoring a young writer, so I checked out her latest stuff. I also did some critiquing. Not much of any, but enough to help me feel like I'm at least working at a balance.

My eyes are weary and my head is achey. I've been in front of a computer screen for nearly fourteen hours now. I am done for the night.

The weekend is coming. Our plans include Jeep work, yard work, and good food. Sunday is Mother's Day and I don't want to get into that yet...

That is all!

Behave!

Monday, May 06, 2019

Monday...Woah...

My three day weekend went super fast!

I finished my whole list on Friday! Got answers! Made phone calls. Took a nap. Made an awesome dinner. It was a beautiful thing!

Saturday - I was supposed to go to a mini writing retreat, but between K3's car breaking down, unexpected errands, and generally feeling like crap, I didn't get there. It sucks, but it was what it was. I did get to sleep for a while and when I woke, I felt way better. We had K5 Saturday night, which was a blast. She loved the kittens and she was a huge help with them. The kid is super smart and so interested in space. We had a blast with her.

Sunday - Mr. B came to visit too. We had an awesome breakfast with them. Then off to Lowe's to get flower pots for them to make mother's day presents. Two crazy kids in Lowe's. In the rain. We had a blast. Back home to paint flower pots, then lunch, then planting flowers, playing in the mud, then off to take the kiddos home. It was a good, fun day. We were exhausted.

Monday's always suck. But the new hire started today. I helped interview him and I liked him, so the hope is that he'll work out. He's got the right attitude and I think he's a good fit, so we'll see...

The kittens are weaned from the bottle and doing a wet/dry food mix. They've been running around downstairs all night. They are so stinking cute. Two or so weeks until they go to their new homes. And in the meantime, they will eat us out of house and home. LOL.

I'm keeping up with my writing group challenge, so that's awesome all by its self...

That's all I've got...

Behave!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Whoot! Three Day Weekend Commencing!

It's my Friday! It's my Friday! Three day weekend! Whoot!

It was a Hell day at the Day Job. Everything was on fire. Like from 7:45 when I clocked in and it didn't get any better all day. Everyone wanted everything immediately and the phone would not stop ringing. I was trying to get myself in a good place to be off, but that did not happen. My reps know who to go to if they need something asap. It is what it is.

As I left the day job, I got a message that a good friend from my writing group lost her husband last night. That threw me big time. He had a brain tumor and they had given him a timeframe, but it just came as a shock. She's a young mom with two kids under six and my heart is breaking for her. That totally rocked my world. I've been struggling with it all night.

So...

Tomorrow is a day off. I have a pretty big list of things to do. I will be back and forth at the house, but I am hoping to get everything done before lunch. We will see. I kind of doubt that will happen though, given the size of my list. And I keep adding things to it, so...

I don't think I will be sleeping in at all. The babies will need to be fed in the morning and since I'm the one who doesn't have to run out of the door, I will be in charge. We're doing the weaning slow. Their formula is mixed with chicken baby food and they eat like monsters. Tomorrow night we will let them try out eating out of a dish again and then they will get much-needed baths. They are stinky. For reals. And they will be super messy after checking out real food in the manner we plan to introduce it. Essentially, by this time next week, they should be mostly weaned from the bottle. We introduced water tonight. So far no one is going for it, but it's a matter of time. We found a "chick feeder" water fountain because we know how much of a mess they will make when they discover it! They'll be five weeks tomorrow, or so we think. Two weeks since we rescued them. Three or so weeks until they're ready to go to their new homes. Weird.

And that is all... I'm sure you'll hear from me tomorrow! Probably while I'm on hold during one of the ten-thousand calls I have to make tomorrow.

Behave!








Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Mid-Week Kittens...

Yeah, I know these kitten posts are getting old... We're just a few weeks away from them being ready to go to their new homes - like maybe 3 or 4.

They are starting to wean from the bottle and are constantly on the move. I feel like the Pied Piper because they follow and follow and follow. But they're so cute. Max is becoming very interested in them. Just tonight he sniffed them and hung out while they tried out "big little kitty" food. They've changed a lot in just the few days since Sunday.

In other news...

Monday night was Writer's Chat with me as the host. There were seven of us at a chain restaurant and we had a blast. It was good to connect and talk shop. The food was okay. The service was good. Even though I was the host, I bailed a bit early to get home and get to the edits.

Tuesday - I finished the edits at almost 11pm and sent them back to my editor. Yay!

Today - Writing time. Laundry. You know...

The day job is the same. Brain Draining. There is a new hire coming Monday and a coworker and I sat in on the interview and liked him, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that he can keep the pace with us. He has a fantastic attitude, so there's that. I was caught up for about two days, but now I'm not.

Tomorrow is my Friday though. I have no choice but to take Friday off to take care of Estate stuff and some household administration duties. Yeah. Some of the estate stuff came through without a hitch and others... well... I'm banging my head against the wall because I don't know what they want or what I did wrong. So I have to figure that out with phone calls and get it moving to completion.  And go to the bank. I also need to get my drivers license picture taken. Meh. So it will be a weird discombobulated day of running in nine different directions. I'll get the license taken care of first thing, and then figure out the rest.

That's all I have!

Behave!


Sunday, April 28, 2019

End of the Weekend...

And Kittens!

Saturday was a blast! Road-tripping with my peeps! We laughed hysterically, talked about some deep stuff, laughed more, ate, and had an awesome time in the car!

The event was beautiful. The winery was adorable. I didn't taste any, though the merlot milkshake looked pretty amazing. I wanted to try it, but never got around to it. I met other authors who publish at my same publisher, so that was awesome. Talked to people. Didn't read because it was too freaking cold. No one did. It was a lot of fun and I'll be back there next year! It's already confirmed.

The trip back was equal to the trip there. We stopped at an amazing place for dinner. We were starving! Got home around 9pm and hung out with That Man, did some edits. K4 was at her cousin's house. That Man had kitten duty all day. He didn't mind. He also did Jeep maintenance, which was needed.

Oh! So the babies went to the vet Saturday morning. My Fred is the biggest at 13 ounces. No surprise there. The smallest is Bootsie/Socks at 10 ounces. That was unexpected. We thought either Spurt or Regi would be the smallest. The vet gave them a clean bill of health and said they look great. They are doing amazing. They are all using the litter box now. Awesome! They are eating fantastic, playing, and showing their personalities. Fred is a snuggle bug. Regi is a ninja. Goblin is the leader. Bootsie is an instigator, and Spurt is the most playful.

Things are changing fast. And so much has changed just in the week since we've had them. They are awake equal to their sleep time. They play. They are noticing their environment and interacting with it. Spurt keeps seeking out Max. Max is not ready to deal with any of them yet. But he hangs out to see what's going on. Elsa is on "mom" duty. She hangs out near them, looks at us with expectation if she thinks we're not responding to their cries fast enough and is super gentle when one of them is near her - but she's not particularly fond of that.

Tomorrow is back to the grind. Oy. Totally not looking forward to the work day and I hate that. I have a writing chat thing I'm in charge of tomorrow night. Once a month we have dinner together and discuss our stuff and things. Different people "host" and tomorrow is me. I'm looking forward to it. Though I really need to do the final read through of my book before I send it back to my editor. I thought I was done with it and then I read her notes again and I am so not done... Also, I need to finish the newsletter for my writing chapter and I'm so very late with it! Yikes!

Today is the anniversary of That Mom's passing. That Man and That Sister went to the grave-site today. It's rough. He's okay. I'm okay. That sister is okay. So is That Brother, though none of us have actually been able to talk to him today at this point. But the memories of what we were doing this time last year are huge.

Coming up... Another long week at the day job. Doing my final read through and getting my edits back to my editor. Hopefully getting my final cover to share. Prepping for our Jeep event in May. Raising kittens...

That is all!
Behave!



Friday, April 26, 2019

Feel Good Friday & Kittens...

It's Friday...

There is no sleeping in for me tomorrow. I need to be up, showered, and ready to go by 7:15 or so. I am meeting my peeps at 7:30 for our journey into the wilds of New Jersey. I'm excited. And I'm nervous. I have to read and I have no idea what I'm going to read.

So let's hit the list:

1. Kittens getting fatter and fluffier. They are doing well. They are going to see the vet in the morning. Some are pooping too much. Some are not pooping at all. I think they're fine, but they are so little that there is no risk taking at all.

2. Getting the edits done. I'm so very close to being able to send the document back to my editor, but I want to check one more time.

3. Cover Art! It's gorgeous! Just waiting for the final so I can share!

4. Getting caught up at the day job! It's an insanely awesome feeling. I haven't been caught up since January.

5. Going to NJ tomorrow! I'm not ready, but I am ready. But I am super excited!

6. K5 last night! We went to the buffet Chinese place - her choice. She talked our ears off the whole time while she ate sushi and fried shrimp. We left there and went to the super store to try to find her a hoodie like the one she lost when the slime exploded in her backpack. No luck, so she got shorts, sneakers, and random stuff. We had a blast! She is so super cool. So smart and full of amazing ideas!

7. Chill night tonight! I was super stressed when I got home. I'd hit the grocery store for stuff, but ended up forgetting major stuff - like dog food and toilet paper - (they weren't on my list!) I paid the bills, did the laundry, and still have not eaten dinner. Though I am going to once I'm done here. We got subs at work at they came late, so I wasn't hungry at all until now.

That's all I have right now...

Behave!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kitten Post #3

The babies are doing well.

They are eating and growing. Not pooping much yet, but that's to be expected with the nutritional state they were in when we got them, them getting used to formula, and their bodies using every bit of nutrition. Some of them do, and some of them are interested in the litter box already, which is good.

We're kind of worried about little "Spurt". He doesn't eat as much as the rest and he struggles when he does eat. But he's adorable and active, so the hope is that he's okay. Most of them will latch onto the bottle, but a few do struggle. Max struggled as well, so that's not an indication of anything.

I will call the vet tomorrow since K4 has not had any luck getting through to them. She wants to take them in to be checked out and hopefully pooped. Our vet is awesome in that she doesn't charge for that with rescues. And she's reassuring.

Yesterday I helped K4 before we both had to go to work, and then helped again when I got home. K3 and A came over last night and they played with them for a while which helped tire them out. This morning, it was That Man and I on duty since K4 had to be at work super early. Well, a lot me, since I didn't wake That Man when K4 woke me and told me they were awake and by the time I got in there, they were all over the place.

We're just waiting for the final feeding so we can go to bed... Ha!

My first round edits for my July release came. I got through all of the easy ones tonight - mostly em dashes and ellipses (my habits) - I have about 10 harder comments to ponder and work on. And then I'll send it back to my editor for another round.

I also got my first look at my cover art. It's gorgeous, but needs a few tweaks. I will share as soon as it's been finalized, but the cover artist definitely captured my vision for it!

The day job has calmed for me a bit. At least for today. I'm pretty much caught up, but I'm the only one. I have some rushes to take care of tomorrow and then I'll start helping everyone else dig out. That's the way it goes. I'm still working the overtime, though tomorrow I will likely go in close to normal time. The kittens need their morning routine, K4 works before me - so I will help her before I shower, and I have to stop at the store, so...

Thursday night we have a date with our granddaughter. A quick dinner out since she has PSSA's at school and needs to be in bed on time. But it will still be fun. She's dying to get here to see the babies and stay overnight, so we'll make that happen soon, too.

On Saturday, I will be in New Jersey for a book signing at a winery. It was a last minute invitation that I gladly accepted. I'm excited. I will be reading, which kind of freaks me out, but I know I can do it. I will also be riding down with friends, so that will be a blast.

And I hear babies moving, so it's time to make the formula...

Behave!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter and Kittens...

Today was also a good day. 

I went to the religious institution with That Man this morning - like way early, too... Also with That Sister and That Sister's Husband. It was good. I saw people I haven't seen in ages. I haven't been to an Easter service since the Easter before my momma died and she went with me. It was the first Easter after my dad died and it was rough for all of us. Mom was a trooper though... I did spend part of my morning thinking about both of my momma's - his and mine. And missing both of them. Both Momma's loved Easter so much. I don't care what your religious beliefs are, when your momma loves Easter, you also love Easter. And I do. And I cried this morning because of both of my mommas. I feel okay about the whole thing after though, so there's that. 

After that, we stopped for kitten supplies and headed to my sisters. 

The day was good. I finally got to meet my great niece. We had stayed away because it was so bitter cold right after she was born and then we were all sick constantly. There's no way I wanted to make my first great niece sick. She is so stinking cute though! I love the fact that the cousins all look so much alike. 

We had so much awesome food! The little kids had an easter egg hunt. There were only two of them, but they still had fun. It was an absolutely beautiful day. The clouds were amazing. 

And the kittens... They all have homes to go to once they are weaned and ready. My sister is taking my little black and white buddy. That was unexpected, but awesome. We are also keeping two now. My little orange Fred and his little buddy Regi. Yeah... it happened that fast.We still have a few weeks of bottle feeding though 


We're still working out our schedule for the week,...

I did write, so that's also a huge bonus. 

That's all...

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Feel Good Friday - On Saturday...

I started a post last night... I couldn't finish it because I was called to help care for our new foster kittens.

Yeah. You heard that right.

We are now the foster parents to a litter of five kittens.

They are so stinking cute. I can't even tell you how cute! There is an orange one, and he is mine. His name is yet to be determined. But he will be staying. I will post pictures as soon as I have good ones.

K4 is doing most of the work. Bless her. She loves it. I see her fostering kittens for a long time. She knows what she's doing and she's good at it. Currently, she's at my sisters with all five kittens. Giving us a break from what's about to be a long three or so weeks.

The little guys are about 3 weeks or so old. They are tinier than they should be. Their mom was severely malnourished before she ran off. Trust me, we waited as long as we could hoping she would come back, but she didn't. The babies went for almost too long without food. This was a process of checking and checking again and checking more to see if momma would come back. It would have been for the best if she did, but that didn't happen.

They are eating and sleeping and doing the bathroom thing though. All of them appear healthy. They all certainly have voices... lol

Max, the previous rescue, is not sure what in the heck is going on around here. He's avoiding the situation as best he can. We're hopeful that he will step up and be a good influence on the kittens. We'll see. Spenser is disengaged per usual. Elsa is being a kitten mommy. She has to be beside their basket at all times. When they cry, she's making sure we notice. She is so funny.

Anyway.

Today was a good day.

I took care of estate stuff this morning. Had to stop and get big envelopes and then to the bank and then ran home to grab numbers and paperwork that I didn't realize I needed. Then to the post office. Thank goodness. This huge steaming pile of crap is finally out of my hands. I'm hoping I did all of the things right... I guess we'll see...

Then to the grocery store. What a crap show. So busy. And couldn't get everything I needed. Oy.

Stopped by my friends to drop off some things.

Back home to make food and clean. And clean I did. Well. Kind of. Sort of. The entire house is vacuumed. The laundry is still in process. The dishes are all done. And there is a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake chilling in my fridge.

K4 jetted to my sisters. That Man and I went to dinner like we were supposed to last night. It was a good place. And then we hit the mega mart for Easter stuff. Candy for the plastic eggs. Turkey for the sandwiches. And watching people shopping in not only their pajamas, but in their boxer shorts as well... So freaking weird.

I did the writing. I also did the writing last night in between kitten feeding and snuggling.

Last night and today have pretty much washed the work week drama out of the way. That's always a good thing.

Happy Easter!

Behave!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Thursday Monday...

Yeah. Another one of those weeks... Seriously... When will it end?

We lost two more people this week. One by their choice. One not by their choice. It was weird and stressful. We also had super productive meetings, insane laughter, and our boss was in this week. We did further connecting and collaborated on many things. That part was good. I'm still sooo far behind on my work. It's making me crazy.

My reps were in and brought me birthday presents. I also got a card from my NY rep. Nice! I love these guys!

Tomorrow being Friday is also good. I will work more overtime. That Man and I will go out to dinner just the two of us. We already have a place we want to try.

I have done the writing this week. Just not nearly as much as I wanted. I am exhausted though.

There might be kittens...I don't want to say more about that... It's probably not a thing anyway.

That is all!

Behave!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Oh! What? A New Monday! Oy!

Yeah. Well... here we are again.

I'm ready for bed and it's not even 8pm...

So, I had a birthday. It was nice. That Man cooked. He also got me the most awesome tabletop ice maker. I know I'm a nerd, but I'm in love with the thing! I don't know what it is about ice, but I am always super happy about it. (Remember the glee over the retreat ice machines?) He also got me a really cool Jeep bag, which is super cool. I took two naps and stayed in my jammies all day long. I also stayed off of the Internet.

Next weekend is Easter. We're gathering at my sister's house per usual. It will be nice.

Other than that... same old overtime. Same old crazy day job.

It's so crazy windy outside. Stuff is blowing around all over the place. It was kind of scary when I was at the grocery store.

That's all for now...

Behave!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

About That Sleeping In...

Ha!

That Man cursed us both last night. He said something to the effect of - watch. I can sleep in tomorrow, so I'll be up before I am on a regular work day - and he was. I made it a little longer, but still up at least an hour and a half before I wanted to be.

Oh well...

That Man is doing the laundry. I have already written my first round of words (just in case I don't get any more writing time today), taken care of writers group stuff, and organized my estate folder a little better.

We have to help out at a memorial service this afternoon. We knew the man - not well - but enough to know he was a great guy and cancer is a jerk. He was younger than us and left behind the sweetest woman. We feel honored to have been asked to help out and as sad as his passing is, his wife wants this to be a celebration of his life.

I'm trying to convince That Man to take the Jeep today with the top down, but he's got a list of reasons why that's not a good idea. Mainly - rain. Ha! It's supposed to be in the high seventies today! What?

That's all I've got. I don't know what else we're going to decide to do today, but I should probably take a shower and get dressed.

Enjoy the day!

Behave!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Feel Good Friday (The Last Monday)

Thank Goodness this week is done. I can't say I believe next week is going to be any better, but I can't think about that right now. Right now... It's the weekend. It. Is. The. Weekend. Thank Goodness.

Today was crazy at the Day Job. Started early. Lots of stuff going on. One of my reps brought stuff up to the store, so he took me and the bids guy to lunch. That was fun and a much needed break. We laughed a lot. Back to work. Lots of training. We also lost one of the new girls. Not a huge surprise, but still an adjustment.

So let's feel good, shall we?

1. Friday. 'Nuff said.

2. Sleeping in a little tomorrow. I can't go get my picture taken tomorrow since I have to wait for the "camera card", but my license is renewed. yay?

3. Ordering dinner. No cooking. No cleanup. Nice.

4. Getting the bills paid. Also, ordering swag for our Jeep event. Organized the budget, too.

5.  Talking to the adopted sister tonight. We had a great conversation! It's been too long, but as usual, it can be months or hours and we always have the same connection.

6. The weekend. Some plans. Mostly no plans. Just want to sleep and relax. I have no plans to work the Day Job this weekend, so there's that.

7. I do, however, have plans to kill the 50/50 challenge this weekend. We start today and I'm going to write my words next.

8. Sleeping in on Sunday, too. Nice.

That's all I've got.

Behave!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Thursday - The New Monday

Yeah, I joked about it, but it's true. This truly has been a week of Mondays, at least Day Job-wise. But there's really nothing more I can say about that. You've heard it all, though today it appeared to get marginally better in some aspects. But that progress is tenuous and can be snatched away in a heartbeat.

Anyway. I'm exhausted. Mentally and physically. Who knew you could get physically exhausted by being in a chair all day? Probably from the tension, I imagine.

Came home tonight to an awesome dinner prepared by K4. She did the shopping and the cooking and also, the cleanup. I could get used to this!

Tomorrow is Friday though! And it's my birthday weekend, so...

I need to get my drivers license renewed this weekend. I don't know why they make your license expire on your birthday. That's dumb.

We also have to go to a "celebration of life" on Saturday.

After that... I don't know yet. I'm not in a place to make any plans or decisions, so I'm kind of ignoring it all. It really doesn't matter to me. It's not a milestone birthday or anything. It's just a birthday. It is what it is...

Bah! I'm going to bed.

Behave!

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Tuesday - Second Monday

Like I another Monday in my week! Today was like Monday, only worse... At least Day Job-wise.

Yesterday was crazy at the Day Job. We're so far behind. And trying to train new people... Honestly, the day was a blur. I worked early overtime and came home and literally crashed. I fell asleep on the couch right after dinner (dinner that was ready when I walked in the door). Took a nap and then went to bed by 9, and was asleep until 6am. Yeah, I was that tired. 

Went in early for overtime this morning. The day was super evil and frustrating. We were short a person - the other person in my department that has been there longer than me. So it was just me and the newbies. Training, answering phones, and trying to get my own stuff done. That didn't work too well. My frustration level was (still is) at one of the highest it's been in a long time. 

Came home. That Man and I went to the store for dinner stuff. As we were unloading, we ran into old friends we haven't seen in a few years. That was pretty awesome! We chatted for a few minutes and shared grandkid photos. It's so weird how you don't see people forever and can re-connect like you just saw them a week ago. That definitely made me smile!

After dinner, I worked for about an hour and ended up even more frustrated, which lead to a long email sent to my boss. I don't know if it will help, but I don't know what else to do. I can't keep doing everything I'm doing without losing my ever-loving mind. So we'll see what happens...

I did get some words on the page. My edits are coming soon and I want to be as far as I possibly can be before they get here. I think it will be good to write this book while I edit its predecessor because it'll help me keep the tone I want, but I can see how it's going to freak/stress me out at the same time. 

I started my current work in progress over, because, after doing my art sheets for the new release and thinking a lot, I realized I was missing key things - like a sarcastic heroine and some of the key elements I want to continue. I'm trying. It's hard to focus given the current Day Job situation, but it also helps me to get my mind off of it and get my headspace back. (And I need that to sleep)

Tomorrow is halfway through the week though. We have a meeting tomorrow night, so I won't be working from home, but I will try to get the writing in - depending on how long the meeting takes.

I'm not even thinking about all of the other stuff I have to do that I can't figure out how to fit into this current schedule! 

That's all I have...

Behave!




Sunday, April 07, 2019

Feel Good Sunday...

UGH!! It's Sunday! Why can't we have one more weekend day?

I know I haven't posted since Wednesday.

The rest of the week was brutal and mean and rude and horrible. Thursday night was a computer break for me. I got on long enough to pay bills, and that was it.

Friday night - we went to dinner at our friends who've been in Mexico for the past two months or so. Awesome food, awesome conversation, awesome stories. We had a great time.

Saturday - Amazing writing group meeting. New members. Amazing lunch. I had to run the meeting because our president was at an author event in Virginia. I think I did okay. I had the other VP for support. We blazed through the business portion and had an amazing speaker. I learned a lot. I also learned a lot at lunch.

Got home and went to the grocery store with my girl. Oy! That kid always stretches the budget, but she's fun to shop with and she has great ideas, so...

Saturday evening - We were going to have a fire. We were going to hear our friend play in The Town. That Man worked all day. He was beat. I was beat. We ended up watching stupid TV and going to bed at a dumb time.

Today - That Man insisted I get up earlier than I wanted to. I was already awake, but gave him a hard time anyway. In retribution, he had to go to the grocery store with me to grab the few things I forgot yesterday. HA!

We deep cleaned 90% of the house today. Cleaning sucks. But my office is in good shape. The kitchen is in good shape. And so is the living room...

I did the paperwork for the estate taxes and wrote all of the checks for that and organized all of the estate stuffs. We mailed all of the tax stuff this afternoon. Nothing like rolling up to the post office with fifteen-ish envelopes...

I also confirmed my October author event! Whoot! Now I have to figure out how to get off work Ha!

We made banging Greek Chicken and Tzatziki sauce for dinner. OMG! It turned out amazing. I could eat that every day of the week! It was easy to make, too.

Talking to my kids today. That's always happy-making. In some way or form, I have talked to all four of them. And I got to hug and talk to my oldest grandson. He's so awesome!

So I bought these stupid things that are supposed to extract the pet hair from your laundry. Those people owe me $20, plus shipping.  What a freaking huge waste of money. I did like 5 loads of laundry today. The most the two things caught were a single little leaf off of our fern and a string... for real? ACK!!

That is all... Tomorrow is Monday again, which means all of the crazy day job crap starts again. I could have worked from home again, but I have to change my passwords, so...

Behave!


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Wednesday...

Halfway through.

Oy.

I worked almost 11 day-job hours today. Went in early. Worked from home after dinner. Ugh. But I made progress, though it feels like bailing out the Titanic with a tablespoon right now.

And, I made dinner. Not because I had to, because I wanted and needed to. Cooking is good and relaxing. I kicked That Man out of the kitchen, though I did let him do most of the clean up. Ha! Not really - we did it together and very quickly, too. Shrimp & Pasta - and it was really good.

I also wrote. I'm still on word count goal, like amazingly so, which surprises even me. Super happy about that! It's like some kind of balance or something.

My eyes are broken though. Sooo much screen time. My old boss sent me a meme about not working more hours than you sleep. HA! I think I slept 6 hours last night and I've already worked - between writing and day job - more than twice that. No wonder I feel like I'm living in some alternate reality zone. And I do.

Tomorrow I will go in early to do the day job, but I think my allotted overtime hours for this pay period are soon done. Which is kind of a relief as far as killing myself trying to get us caught up. It might mean a normal day on Friday, which would be weird.

Also, I am moving my desk tomorrow to be more accessible to the newbies. It's going to be weird, because I'm all by myself right now with no distractions. I'm moving directly into the lions den with all of the noise and distractions. I know I'm going to regret it, but I really have no choice. There are two of us legacy employees and four new people... And no real way to keep track of them... Ugh...

And...it's time to try to sleep. I think I need to cut back on the caffeine... I'm still rolling like it's nine in the morning, which is a real problem... I mean, I could do laundry. Vacuum. Organize my office. But I must sleep. Ha!

Behave!