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The new lazy

My hours have been cut back to 40/week max. There’s less stress, but working on California time means I’m often getting into a groove or being pinged by users late in my day. That frequently means 9, 10 or even 12 hour days Monday – Thursday with short hours on Friday. I like short hours on Friday. But my brain (and low back) decides after 10-12 hours of sitting at my desk working that it has had enough.

I want to read. I want to write. I want to promote my new Jamberry Nail Wrap business.

But all I find myself doing is Trivia Crack. Or Farm Heroes Saga. Or Candy Crush. Maybe someone has posted something new on Facebook… All from my phone or tablet on the couch or even in bed.

Part of it is work overload on my brain. Part of it is how horribly my low back and hip hurt. (I have terrible posture sitting at my desk, and when I’m there for 12+ hours a day it is doing a number on my body.) And part of it is pure laziness.

Tonight is supposed to be date night. (Yes, The Man and I have a Wednesday night date night every week. Mostly because he has dart league in the winter and golf league in the summer so he/we are out anyway.) But tonight he is sick. Home in bed on antibiotics. So there is no date night. And really, I’ve had a cold all week and I’m not that broken up about it. But my brain and body are used to a fairly early end to the work day on Wednesday, and then some sort of activity. So I made myself walk to my new exercise DVD. And then my back/hip, which I just had put back into place at the chiropractor yesterday started screaming at me. So I sat on my really good desk chair (with good posture!) where the lumbar support could ease the pain rather than crashing on the couch. And instead of perusing Facebook again, I opened WordPress.

And 340+ words later, the endorphin rush of exercise has combined with the relaxation I feel when I pull words out of my brain and put them to “paper”. My hip is quiet. I haven’t coughed in half an hour or so. This is good.

Maybe if I can hold on to this feeling, I can make this choice a little more often.


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Bubbling up from the depths

I was shocked to realize it has been almost two years since I posted on this blog. So much has happened in that time.

I took a new job.

Princess girl has successfully gone off to college.

The Man and I are getting ready to celebrate 2 years together.

I’ve been reading again.

I’ve started thinking about writing again.

It will not be another 20+ months before I post again.

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Thinking about writing

Medieval writing desk

Medieval writing desk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

is not actually writing. I am thoroughly aware of this fact. However, I feel like it is a step in the right direction. For several months I did not think about writing at all. I was too busy being.

Being mom. Being Proud. Being hurt. Being angry. Being strong. Being resilient. Just being.

But for the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking about writing. A lot. Mostly I am thinking about writing when I am at work or in the car or at cheer practice. But I am thinking about it.

And I know that is the first step to finding time to actually doing it.

I can feel it coming. The time where I am making time to write once again. And that makes me ecstatic.

Thinking about writing is the first small step.

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I know… I know…

But, vacation, then recovering from vacation…

And work has been nuts.

And we are trying to do some summer activities on the few days it has been nice.

And we drive to Cedar Rapids twice a week.

And Princess Girl had all 4 wisdom teeth surgically removed.

And we are adjusting to living in one house with 3 humans, 2 dogs and 3 cats.

I hope to be back on my regular posting schedule soon.

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I did not abandon you.

Hello? Hello?

Is this thing still on? <cough, cough… microphone squeal>

Holy cow has life been busy!

Last Wednesday I helped chaperon the Fine Arts trip to Chicago. I was in charge of NINE teenagers (only one of which belonged to me) while we shopped Water Tower Place and ate lunch,  watched the Broadway production of The Lion King, and ate dinner at The Rain Forest Cafe. What a fabulous day! The kids were well behaved. We had a good time shopping and laughing together. The Lion King… I can not say enough good things about this show. Visually stunning! Superbly acted! Heart wrenching, inspiring, amazing! The Rain Forest Cafe, although very expensive, was good. Of course Princess Girl was first in line to get her picture taken with the monkey and frog wandering through the restaurant.

Thursday, Princess Girl had the day off for Veteran’s Day. She spent all day at musical rehearsal. I spent the day raking/blowing leaves and getting my oil changed. Busy!

Friday was school, work, and a trivia night. And J had to deliver a car to Indy and did not get home until midnight. A long day!

Saturday… I got a new car! I am now the proud owner of a 2011 Ford Fusion. It is very fun and very smart. Cars have come a long way in just a few years. At this point Princess Girl is carless. We will have to wait and see what her birthday brings in just 37 short days!

I am still writing on the story that I started on November 1 for NaNo, but I have made the decision not to attempt NaNo this year. There is simply too much going on in my life that I do not want to take time away from by cranking out 50,000 words in 30 days.

Overall, I am happy. Very happy. Good things are happening in my green world!

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Maybe not this year

Exterior view. Bronze tympanum, by Olin L. War...

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Well, November has arrived. And I wrote my daily limit for a new NaNoWriMo novel for the first three days. I have just over 5000 words written. I like the idea of this story. I have definite plans on where it is going.


I just have not felt like writing. Every time I sit down at the computer to write it feels like work. I did not write a single word over the weekend. So I’m torn. The words flow if I actually sit down to write, but I haven’t even been able to force myself to open the document.

Maybe NaNo isn’t for me this year. I have no doubt I could finish. Even with these four days of no writing. But do I want to?

I guess we’ll see what this week brings.

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It’s Monday. Payroll Monday. And month-end. And I was off work on Friday.
I’m drowning!! Maybe you’ll get a real post tomorrow. (Unless I’m too busy NaNo-ing.)

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