Friday Stuff

1. Thank you to all the Veterans, even though I am a day late.  Yesterday my daughter and I met the sweetest old man at the post office.  He was a vet, as indicated by his cap, and I thanked him while I teared up at the thought of mine and  s brother, off to Afghanistan for a year :(.
Anyway, the man told me he served in WW1 and WW2 and I later realized for that to be possible he had to have been around 106 years old.  Funny, when my daughter asked how old the man was, I had guessed around 70.

2. My kids already have their Christmas wish lists finished, thanks to Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us catalogs.  I remember when I was little, waiting and waiting for the Sears catalog to come out.  Pages and pages of a toy-lovers dream.  One of my favorite toys was the Barbie Dream Townhouse, and now it’s back!  Looks like the only thing that changed are the colors.  The elevator in mine was yellow and the interior was decorated by all those brown hues from the seventies.  Ahh, memories.  My daughter is asking for the Barbie house this year, but holy cow, so expensive! Product Image

3. I’m so happy to see the holiday cups at Starbucks!  Two months of Christmas is really bad, but I love it!

4. The first draft of my WIP is almost done!  I am aiming to finish by Thanksgiving when the holidays really take over.  I only stopped writing today because my wrists and hands hurt.

5. Happy weekend to all, I am off to snuggle on the couch with a book and probably my fifth cup of hot chocolate in two days:)

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Writing, Life, and Your Day Job

1. Raise your hand if you recently woke up, struggling to push the September calendar off your face? Summer just snuck off and left me with lunches to pack, and kids to haul around to ballet, tap, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, soccer practice, and healthy dinners to plan and make and try to eat between all those activities I signed my kids up for. I look at it and I’m tired already. Plus I’ll be 40 this month. Oh yeah, and I am back at work.

 As a teacher, I had two glorious months off for summer.  Did I write daily?  Did I finish my WIP?  Nope.  I committed to spending more time with my babies, and wrote a little at night.  I wasted a lot of my late evenings fighting my addiction to popcorn with parmesan on it, and movies On Demand.  But all summer I longed for my normal, comfy writing time–the two hour window from when I get home from work and the kids get home from school. But I look at the week ahead and wonder when the heck I’ll get back to my characters. Sorry for griping, I mean I do love my job, and I am the only one to blame for my kids having evening activities. How do you manage writing, life, and your day job? I’m curious to see where it fits into your schedule.

 2. Speaking of lunches, don’t you hate packing them for work or school? I rarely let my kids buy school lunch because it gets expensive and they serve too much processed food. On TV the other night, the news had a story about a business in Seattle that makes and delivers healthy lunches to school for your child. Fantazimo What a cool idea! I also found out I went to high school with the couple. They started this because of their son having Celiac disease.

 3. The teacher store I shop at is also an Indie bookstore. While I was there the other day, a new book caught my eye. And really, how could it not?  Fat Vampire by Adam Rex. I’ve heard about this book and I love the cover, but I don’t think I’ll look at the Icees I get my kids every time we go to Target quite the same way ever again!

4. Speaking of Target, off I go.  We’re out of school lunch snacks and toothpaste, and 3 things from my son’s school supply list I forgot to buy.

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