Life is…

Oct 6, 2013 by

09-04-06harvest_eyesthatslay“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.”
–Oscar Wilde

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There are…

Oct 5, 2013 by

09-30-07leaf_eyesthatslay“There are certain romances that belong in certain cities, in a certain atmosphere, in a certain time.”
–Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Finally Friday

Oct 4, 2013 by

Cat on boxes

“What? You didn’t arrange this just for me?”

It’s been a heck of a week. Besides getting the blogged re-launched and the usual day job stuff, we’re trying to kick the unpacking back into high gear. So far, unpacking after the move seems to have several stages:

  1. Moving Day: “Oh, my God! Did we get everything? Are all the boxes going in the right place? I must start unpacking noooooowwwwww!”
  2. Day One through whenever you have to go back to the office: Unpack, go buy things you realize you need, unpack, collapse, unpack, go buy more things you need, unpack, argue with spouse about the upcoming trip to Ikea, unpack, collapse, unpack, realize you do need to eat somewhere in there, wash, rinse, repeat.
  3. First Week: Go to work, run errands after work because somehow household basics have disappeared, unpack and hook up technology.
  4. The Trip to IKEA (Other big box stores selling flat-pack furniture are available): Realize that what seemed just a few pieces are actually mounds of boxes that weigh about 80 pounds apiece. Give up any idea of carrying them home in the car and pay to have them delivered. Realize shopping trip has taken most of the day.
  5. Second through Fourth Week: Start building furniture when you can. Unpacking begins to slow down because hauling furniture pieces out of boxes and putting it together is tiring. Besides, you need the furniture put together to put it on.
  6. Fifth through Seven Week: You’ve got a few areas put together, the computer is up and accessible (even if there are still boxes in the corner of the office), the breakfast nook with your new table is absolutely lovely (even if the bookcases are empty because you haven’t found the boxes with your cookbooks), the bedroom feels reasonable comfortable (shove unpacked boxes into the second closet) and you start to settle in. You watch television instead of unpacking, deciding to leave that mostly for the weekends. You buy something you know you have, but you can’t find it and it’s just easier.
  7. Eighth Week: You realize the cats have decided the largest clump of boxes are their new cat tree. You attempt to unpack, but put it off.
  8. Ninth Week: Discover you need something you know you packed but you can’t find. Tear half a dozen boxes apart looking for it. Find it, and put one or two other items away. Stub your toe the next morning because things aren’t where you were used to having them. Realize you have actually gotten comfortable having the boxes around. Have a glass of wine to ease the shock.

That’s where I am now. We’ve been in the new place for two and a half months and it’s surprisingly easy to just settle into a life where the spots you use the most are comfortable and everything else looks like a warehouse. That needs to start changing, so this weekend is going to be devoted entirely to unpacking. Well, except for tomorrow morning, because I’ve got a workshop to attend — and some errands to run after that. And, Sunday, well, it’s a big day because we’re doing Blessing of the Animals at church and…

Um, send good thoughts. This is going to be a little harder than I thought.

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Never have…

Oct 4, 2013 by

09-04-06welcomefall1_eyesthatslay“Never have more children than you have car windows.”
–Erma Bombeck

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Even if…

Oct 3, 2013 by

09-30-07leaves4b_eyesthatslay“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
-Victor Kiam

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Let the Madness Begin

Oct 2, 2013 by

2013-Participant-Vertical-BannerIt’s October 2 and the NaNoWriMo website has been rebooted for this year’s festivities. If you had a halo from 2012′s event, it’s gone — though I’m sure we’ll see them popping up around the site on a regular basis.

I adore NaNo. This is Year 12 for me and while there have been one or two years when I’ve hesitated about signing up, I’ve never regretted it. And I know it’s crazy to commit to writing 50,000 words during November when you’re just coming off Halloween and there’s Thanksgiving and Christmas prep to begin and everyone needs your attention for something, but that’s the thrill for me. It’s a chance to make certain you do something for yourself, taking that time when it’s all about you.

Besides, the excuse “Haven’t finished today’s words” has allowed us to skip out early from family celebrations that were dragging on way too long more than once over the years. So, bonus there.

There have been years when I wasn’t writing for publication, when I wasn’t writing at all. NaNo has at times proved to be my lifeline to sanity because here’s the thing about people who discover they’re writers: they feel compelled to write. Just because I was on a detour on my writing journey didn’t mean the desire and need wasn’t there. In fact, for all that my husband jokes about girding his loins for the insanity of November, he’s always encouraged me to sign up and dive in whole-heartedly. “You’re happier when you’re writing,” he says.

So if you’re thinking about signing up for this year, wander over to the site. If you’re not but know someone who might enjoy 30 days of literary abandon, point them toward the website. And please consider donating, even if you can only throw $5 or $10 in the kitty. In addition to keeping the website forums going, there’s also the Young Writers Program which provides free material to teachers to encourage students to give writing a try.

Are you NaNoing this year? If you aren’t, what are you going to take time to do for yourself during the insanity of the holidays?

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