• I’m Not Writing Today

    Not because I don’t want to, but because of this…

    Everyone of those little black dots is a giant aphid that HATCHED IN MY CHRISTMAS TREE.  I vacuumed before I went to bed last night and woke up to about 300 more carcasses. 

    This comes on the heels of The Great Mouse Invasion of 2011.  We’ve caught TEN MICE so far.  That was my breaking point and the exterminator will be here this afternoon. 

    The scary part of this story is that I’m obsessively clean, but these icky, disgusting things keep  happening to me.  I’m ready to yell, “Moses!  Come take your people.  I’m so done with this pestilence.” 

    I’m headed to re-wrap all my presents now since they are covered in squashed bug bodies. 

    May your day be full of written words and your tree full of nothing but ornaments and lights. 

  • Do You Spend More Time Reading or Writing?

    So NaNoWriMo hasn’t been as…successful…as I hoped (read: epic failure). I got Murphied a lot, more than even my weaksauce goal could have accounted for. 

    While I’ve been dealing with life’s little surprises, I have been able to read several books.  Now you’re probably wondering how it’s possible to have time to read but not to write.  Let me explain: You can read in waiting rooms, while you’re folding laundry, and chilling in the car pool line.  A lap top just doesn’t fit between me and the steering wheel. 

    You can also read when your brain is only sort of functioning. Sometimes it’s nice to sit down and not have to think, but just absorb the story and material. 

    Do you guys spend a lot of time reading?  How does reading influence your writing?

    When I go on a book binge, I waffle between frustrated and motivated, between gosh-this-is-so-good and holy-crap-how-did-this-ever-get-published.

    Right now I actually feel rejuvenated.  So I’m going to go use that energy to get some writing done. 

    (BTW, I won’t be reviewing anything I read, especially not INHERITANCE.  Those of you who know my review policy, should be able to get that message.) 
  • Personality Quiz: Perspective

    Alright folks. Today we’re going to pretend like my blog is Vogue (or some other fashion/pop culture/health magazine) and you’re going to take a little quiz. I will pose a situation and you will determine which of two ways you are most likely to react:

    1. First thing in the morning, your husband says, “Man. You really look pregnant today.” You respond:
    a) “Thanks for pointing it out, Jack#$%.”
    b) “I know! Isn’t it awesome that the baby has grown so much!”

    2. You step on the scale and find that you’ve gained two pounds…since yesterday. You say to yourself:
    a) “Holy Schnikes! What did I eat?”
    b) “Maybe this baby will be super chubby! I’m so excited she’ll be healthy.”

    3. The Weather Channel reports that it’s going to be 73 degrees and sunny. You say:
    a) “Ah crap. The kids are going to want to go outside, so I better go poop
    scoop the lawn.”
    b) “Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day! I’ve got a wonderful
    feeling, everything’s going my way!”

    4. While poop scooping the lawn, your puppy attacks your three-year-old dragging her out of the treehouse by her pant leg. You respond:
    a) “I’m giving that dog away! NOW!”
    b) “It’s so great that the dog is playing with the children. I’m so glad she’s
    such a good watch dog.”

    5. When the dog jumps on you and spreads poop all over your clothes (for the second time that morning), you say:
    a) “No really. I’m calling the pound.”
    b) “Well…I guess this is just a sign that I should spend my day working in
    the garden.”

    6. While working in your strawberry plot, you look over and notice that your five-year-old is filling your three-year-old’s hood with mud. You:
    a) Freak out, yell at him, and send him into the house.
    b) Laugh hysterically and then help him dump it out.

    7. When you check your email you get a response from an agent you’ve been waiting on. Before opening it, you say:
    a) “This better be good. Today can’t get much worse.”
    b) “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! What is it going to say?”

    8. When you finally get the guts to open the email and it’s something positive, you say:
    a) “Well, it’s about freaking time.”
    b) “Oh yeah! Oh yeah! Alright! I’m awesome.” (All while dancing around the
    kitchen and making your kids laugh.)

    A = 0 points
    B = 1 point

    For those of you who scored 7 or more points: Seriously? Polly Anna’s got nothing on you! You’re like a walking Disney movie…can you sing birds out of the trees?

    For those of you who scored 4 to 6 points: Congratulations. You’re normal. Some things just flat out suck, and no matter what spin you put on it, it still sucks. Glad you were able to find a bright side!

    For those of you who scored less than 3 points: Maybe you need a nap. Sleeping always makes me feel a little less grouchy.

    And for those of you who scored 0 points: Yeah…you need to change your perspective! Find SOMETHING to laugh at.

    We can’t always be happy. But I’m a firm believer that most of the time we make our own happy. Yesterday morning stunk (what…you didn’t get that this quiz was based on actual events?), and it would have been so easy to put on a movie for my kids, climb into bed and cry (after I changed out of the dog poop covered clothes, of course). Cause that’s productive! If I’d done that, then I would have woken up to a mound of laundry, two crazy kids, and a hungry (which=unhappy) hubby.

    Sometimes I find my happy in a bag of chocolate, a conversation with a good friend, or a successful day of cleaning and organizing. Sometimes it’s in a well-written paragraph or a hug from my wee ones. Sometimes it’s in a few quiet moments of personal time.

    Is there any particular thing that you do to turn your day around? What helps you find your happy?