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saturday seven; single mom edition

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Specs

 

1. I’m not really a single mom. The hubs is at a nerd convention. He will return shortly.

2. I got glasses! (see pic above) Max and the girl got new glasses too. That means everyone but the animals wear some sort of vision correction in this family.

3. My hair stylist lady moved to Arizona, so I had to go to someone new last week for my annual (cringe) haircut. She was so delightful! Very young, cute and stylish. She was also very interesting even though she didn’t talk much. I’m actually glad she didn’t. First off, she couldn’t wash my hair because she had cut her finger pretty badly on her new shears. Next, when she was blow drying my hair, the end piece flew off the dryer and landed across the room. Finally, she tripped as she was trying to get an item off a cart behind her. I don’t mean to come off as mean. I thought she was a very interesting character that I may want to draw from someday. She was so endearing.

4. For knowledge addicts I recommend Quora.

Sargent Pepper Parker

 

 

 

 

5. <——This is Pepper. She loves everything and everyone.

 

 

 

 

*sigh*

 

 

6. Except our couch. It was old and ratty anyway.

Story Time:

7. After I clawed my way out of the book depression that Allegiant knocked me into, I moved on to lighter fare in the form of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. It was light and airy, and I didn’t really care for the writing style. But I shall stick through the series (since it’s sort of an assignment).

Next I read the Newbery Medal winner from 1994, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long to read it. I blame the old man on the cover and the short read (204 pages). Anyway, it was a masterfully written utopia/dystopia story that has a very interesting ending.

On deck: The Misremembered Man by Christina McKenna is set in Ireland in the mid-seventies and is about a couple of lonely folk. It sounds like a fun read, right? Well no, maybe not. But do not be deceived, the writing is great, the characters more than interesting. For example, the main male character, Jamie reminds me of a more down-to-earth, lovable Ignatius J. Reilly. Read with me, it’s free in the lending library for Amazon Prime members.

Housekeeping

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

My children have quite the sense of humor

Summer, where oh where did you go? Kay, technically autumn doesn’t begin until September 22, and it’s still in the high 90′s, but school has begun so I declare summer over!

Stuff we did:

Visited Ripley’s–charged through the mirror maze, looked at the wax figures, marveled at all the believe it or not stuff, and made fabulous wax hands.

Hubs’ mom came to visit us for a weekend and the first night we went to a crazy awesome buffet that had little octopi in the salad bar. I’m kicking myself for not getting that pic.

The lot of us visited the Sea Life Aquarium where we snapped that smart pic of the kids shown above.

The boys went to scout camp for a week and LaLa was an only child for a bit. I’m not sure she enjoyed the extra parental attention.

All the kids started Judo, and LaLa started tumbling (the gymnastics sort, not down a hill or anything).

Grilled

Made new recipes, pics another post, maybeee.

Painted the kitchen

Stuff we did not do:

Wake up before dawn (except for the day the boys left for camp).

Wear “daytime” clothes for more than 6 or 7 hours.

Go outside. It gets so hot here that it’s not healthy to spend much time at all outdoors.

Worry about tardies, DPS (aka demerits), homework…

Ah, summer!

Books we read:

Bird: The Fountainhead, Lord of the Rings parts one and two. Interestingly, The Fountainhead was not required reading. I love that he has smart friends that suggest books, cause if I’d suggested it it would have gone on the “Bird’s banned list” like The Great Gatsby. :(

Max: Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo, The Hobbit and I’m sure many others that he didn’t care to mention to me. For example, I found The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Filmmaking in his bed when I was helping him clean his room. He’s a night reader.

LaLa: Wishworks, Inc, The Lemonade Wars, The Case of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dog, The Wonder Book, Wayside School and probably all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series multiple times.

Moi: A Song of Ice and Fire books one through four, Bright Young Things and Beautiful Days both by Anna Godbersen (again), Looking for Alaska (again), and The Fault in Our Stars (again). I went on a teensy bit of a John Green tear for a minute there. Ah, nerds.

Hubs audiobooked a couple of books about running. Oh, and he worked full time along with running his side biz so we won’t fault him for not keeping up in the reading department.

So there it is in a nutshell. My goal is to keep up with this little blog in the coming year and get my skillz up so I can write funny again.

No links, you’re welcome.

fifteen for friday 1-20-12

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The single mom for a weekend edition…

1. Yes, just this one little weekend. Hubs is in L.A. at a nerd convention.

2. Have you ever gone into a store, say, like a Target and started looking at the clothes and one top looks very familiar? You look down and realize you are wearing that top right then. Suddenly, you turn red and leave as fast as you can hoping you don’t get stopped for shoplifting. Yeah, me either.

3. Many people believe that there is a great need for a sarcasm font. I nominate MS Comic Sans. Let’s get this thing rolling, folks.

4. Funny break

5. If you decide to do parent taught driver’s education for your child please be aware that you will be asked to raise your right hand and swear that you will be responsible for your child’s driving until they are 18. They snuck this little ritual in on me after Bird did the eye test, took a picture, and I had paid the sixteen dollars. Yes, PTDE is half the cost of traditional driver’s ed, but I’m not sure I can handle the responsibility.

6. Reading time:

7. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore: I will read Rosemary until the day she stops writing. I am proud to say that I have read all of her published books to date. I love her style and how she sucks you right in to her stories as though you’re walking right along with her characters. Amy Goodnight carries a solid Texas name but her branch of the family turns out to be quite a bit less than traditional. And, omk, love interest Ben is swoon-worthy.

8. Connected by Jolyn Palliata: Jolyn is one of my writer friends from wayyyyy back to 2009. I know, forever, right? Anyway, she is really getting her stuff out there. Connected is a novella about two souls, one with a living body and one without which are by some twist of fate, interconnected. Rhys’ (my fave male name ever, btw) conscious is stuck inside Addison and at first it is a very uncomfortable situation. Fast, and fun Jolyn will pull you in to their story and won’t let you go even after the twisty ending. Disclaimer: This is not, I repeat NOT for a young adult audience.

9. Next I’m reading Amber Eyes by Jolyn as well. I read this a few years ago when it was in it’s primitive form and loved it, loved it, loved it then. Jolyn has edited it and sent it out into the world. Check it out. And last time I read it, it was for young adults.

10: For writers:

11. Check WeBook out and tell me what you think. I think it’s a very clever idea. I wonder if it will be successful in finding agents, etc.

12. Randomness:

13. So it’s mid January and the high today should be 77 degrees. I really love Texas in the winter.

14. The Sims 3 is coming out with a new expansion pack and Katy Perry is in on it.

15. Check ya later!

the fault in our stars

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

I’ve read John Green before. Heck, I’m even a nerdfighter. Please, look that up. I’ll wait if you promise to come back. Unfortunately, I haven’t read his award winning Looking for Alaska, although I plan to do so soon. See my itsy-bitsy reviews of the ones I have read here and here.

Now, with that out of the way, I have to say that The Fault is one of the best realistic books I have ever read. I normally don’t pick up books that I can tell from the review are going to make me cry like a heartbroken baby with teething issues, but I couldn’t pass this one up. From Amazon:

“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”

Mostly though, I was on a mini-hot-streak of yearning for really good YA. Serendipitously, Kindle on my phone popped Mr. Green’s brand spanking new offering right in front of my greedy eyes. I saw the name, read the tag line and purchased it. I read it straight through because I Could Not Put It Down. Luckily, hubs was fast asleep by the time I couldn’t hold the waterworks back any longer.

Even if you HATE crying, especially in front of family members, read this book. I’m going to yell now, so cover your ears. READ THIS BOOK! Intertwined with the sadness is John’s signature humor, his insanely marvelous mental capabilities and his genius for writing scenes and dialogue that feel really real…even if you don’t happen to talk that way.

Bravo, John Green, bravo.

P.S.- It’s not sappy, I promise.

fifteen for friday 9/18/09

Friday, September 18th, 2009

soggy Texas edition

These monsters range in size from 3 to 6 inches in diameter

These monsters range in size from 3 to 6 inches in diameter

1.  It has been raining/overcast/blah outside for a week…this is not normal and makes me feel that something more ominous than rain in Texas is afoot.

2.  I’m aware that these feelings are a product of an overactive imagination…but just LOOK at all the mushrooms!

3.  Hubby won’t quit saying “The phong is ringin’!  Is it Michael Trabtree?”

4.  Speaking of phongs, my new LG Xenon is due today! woo hoo!

5.  Read: Catching Fire…finally!  More on that later.

6.  Reading Dead Until Dark.

7.  Did I already tell everyone that I like this blog?  I think I did.  It’s been a soggy week.

8.  Cats are already fattening up for the winter.  You’d think they were getting ready to hibernate or something.

9.  #FF (follow friday feels so nice.)

10. @calistataylor is so helpful!  I know I mentioned her before, but seriously…she gave me a soup recipe for my angry stomach.

11. Thanks thanks thanks to Jenny Martin for being my first guest blogger.  You rocked it!

12. Completed my 500th tweet today…what an accomplishment.

13. Ugh.  Where’s that soup?

14. Oh yeah.  I have to actually make it.

15. I promise a better list next week. *doubling over queasy mid section*

let me explain

Monday, August 31st, 2009

USEculprit

Okay, okay…I will explain that last cryptic post.  If you clicked on it you would…well, never mind.  It still wouldn’t make much sense.

I was just messing around with my camera’s ( ‘s to show possession, i.e. the camera has features; therefore, it owns the feature(s)) video feature and found out that it was a lot of fun.  While watching the clips (no apostrophe–no possession and not a contraction with ‘is’)  back it really sounded like I had a lisp.  So I talked about this new affliction and posted it.  Strange, huh?  Then I sent the link to my husband who thought I was actually affecting a lisp.  In other words, it’s ( ‘s contraction–it is) all the camera’s (possession) fault.

hodge podge

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I usually reserve my stream of consciousness posts for my fifteen for friday…but hey, it’s my blog I can break a rule every now and then.  Plus, there’s the fact that 3 boys, one of which I did not give birth to are shooting each other with Nerf guns all over the house.  It’s a good thing all our good stuff was broken long ago.  But still, it’s a little distracting for a deep meaningful post.  Yeah, yeah, I know I haven’t made a deep and meaningful post yet, but someday I will and I probably wont have suction cup-tipped bullets whizzing by my head when I do.

stopvoldeysign

...so, does that mean that he's the only one who has to stop at this intersection? Cool.

I have a memory like a sieve.  If it is to be remembered by me, it must be written, or at least repeated many many times.  I’ve always been loudly in awe of anyone who can spew meaningful quotes at any given moment.  Quote Shakespeare and I will follow you into the depths, well not really.  But it is a gift that I wish I had.  I mention this short coming because, like many people, my best ideas materialize out of thin air while I’m in the shower.  What is it about the shower?  Anyway, I find that in order to remember the grand ideas I have, I have to repeat them over and over and over until the time that I can dry off and write them down.  I wonder how many ideas I miss while I’m remembering the one?annie

So anyway, I have this grand idea for a book…boy, I’m fickle.  I haven’t even finished my short story (although it’s turning more and more into a long one) and here I am excited about the next thing…and I haven’t gotten an agent on my first manu. yet.  Yet, there is always hope.  Sea Rose will get representation and will be sold.  Someday!  K, everyone join in…Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow, you’re only a day away!

My site may be changing a little bit.  I tell you this so that you will not think that you are losing your mind, because that’s where I would go if I saw small things changing little by little on a much frequented site.  And this is a much frequented site, right?  right?  There may be subtle changes, and there may be larger ones as well.  And it may take a while ’cause my trustworthy husband/IT department is wayyyyyyy too busy to assist.  So I get to venture into blog tweaking territory all on my own.

Crud, I gotta go.  I think the boys are trying to figure out how to waterboard each other.

fifteen for friday 7/24/09

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Vacation Edition

1.  Sis. asked me where I was earlier this week (referring to my blog) and I let her know that I was on vacation.  Sometimes I forget to let people know the biggest things going on in my life…or maybe my brain was also on vacation; that is a valid theory and less self-involved.

2.  Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, TX) was soooo much fun.  I’m going to brag on hubby and myself for driving 460 miles and herding 3 kids around a water park all in 17 hours.

schlitterbahn 0073.  The kids loved the grounds of the park.  There were tons of trees, plants and castles.

schlitterbahn 005

that's a rainbow in case you can't tell

4.  All portents indicated a great day.  (See rainbow pic)

5.  I’ve written more on my short story during my vacay than the two weeks before it.  But that’s okay because at this point in my non-paid career, writing doesn’t feel like work.

6.  Jim Harrington left a comment on last week’s fifteen for friday post.  I checked out his blog and found out about a really cool 24 hour short story writing contest by Writer’s Weekly.  I must look into this…

7.  I had no idea what today’s date was when I logged on this afternoon.  That is totally rad.

8.  THANKS to Blair Hurley for her super kind words about my blog…I luv writers!  (And big thanks for calling me young too.)

200px-Hp6teaserposter9.  Oh!  I finally saw Half-Blood Prince and it was as good as I expected (and I expected it to be fairly fantastic).  Of course it wasn’t nearly as good as the book; but what is better than a book anyway?

10.  Read my second Sarah Dessen novel this week, The Truth About Forever.  It was a little slow getting into it at first, but she pulled me in by the middle of the book.  I really liked it.  Please remember, I am a YA fiction writer for a reason.  I love reading the genre as well as writing for it.

11.  Oy vey Joel Stein, you make it hard to love you…but you are so hilarious…why do you do this to me?  Oh, and the week before…ick.

12.  I like Mary Ricksen’s sense of humor.

13.  One thing I really need to do is listen to the latest installment of the House of Grey.  Can’t believe I’ve let it go this long!  No, they aren’t paying me for advertisement, I just really like these guys and the work they’ve done.

14.  We passed approximately 43 Cracker Barrel restaurants on our trip, so we HAD to stop and eat some. It was good…did you know that you can buy all of the decorations, even the stuff pinned to the walls?

15. One cool thing about Schlitterbahn is that they use the water from the Comal River in the park, untreated.  One uncool thing is not having all of the  walking areas covered so you don’t burn your feet.

fifteen for friday 7/17/09

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Okay, it’s late.  Here goes anyway:

boot which represents Fort Worth

1.  @benwhiting twitters all kinds of useful writerly information.  all day.  Oh! and he’s a fellow Fort Worthian.

2.  Hubby is officially on vacation!!! YAY!

3.  3 weeks down, 5 to go…

4.  Got stuck on this mom’s blog today.  She is hilarious!

Mr. Threepwood

Mr. Threepwood

5.  Guybrush Threepwood is the best character name ever.

6.  I’ve written approximately two sentences on my current project this week.  That is not a good thing.  ugh.

7.  Found another cool site just today.  Rachelle Gardner is a lit. agent.  Her site was listed on the Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers.  I’ve not even scratched the surface yet.

books28.  Urgh, cannot find my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird!  I have looked everywhere…it’s driving me batty.

9.  I have had approximately eight cats in my lifetime.  Only one has ever come when she is/was called.  She is the best kitty ever and her name is P.J.

10.  Watched J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life last night and was riveted.

11.  I haven’t seen The Half Blood Prince yet, maybe tomorrow.

12.  A week without a new House of Grey episode is a sad week indeed.

13.  Grad student Blair Hurley has a super info blog.  She posts a really interesting pic weekly to get the creative juices flowing.

wizondeck14.  I’m as excited about Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana as my kids are.  wow. that’s sad.

15.  I don’t know why I’m surprised when I look under my daughter’s bed and see that it is stuffed to the wall with toys, books, clothes, etc. I did the same thing as a kid, but it’s shocking to me that my perfect little angel would do something so devious as shove everything under her bed in order to get her room “clean” faster.

broken things

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
poor 18-wheeler

poor 18-wheeler

I have no idea how the Hot Wheels truck bit it.  I just know that it happened in my house.  These things are made of metal…to withstand children’s play.  The last time I scrubbed Max’s room it was still intact.  Really, maybe I should be glad that it lasted as long as it did in this environment.  And when I turn it over, I actually feel a sense of pride.  It’s stamped with the date of 1979, and since 29 is the last brithday I will ever celebrate, I was born that year (in November)!  Hey, where the heck fire did I get a Hot Wheel from 1979?  I don’t remember hubby bringing a whole lot of toys into the marriage, well, okay, maybe that’s all he brought besides his clothes…but I don’t remember any small metal cars.  It is a mystery, and I honestly don’t care enough to solve it.  I just feel a tiny twinge of awe at the kind of damage my kiddos can do.  It did not go quietly into that good night…that’s for sure.  RIP Blue Hot Wheels truck from Malaysia in 1979.

I have a confession.  I know it’s dangerous, but I have a habit of walking and daydreaming at the same time.  Daydreaming is an incredibly important part of a writer’s day–okay, my day.  Which leads me to wonder if when I shop and daydream could I write off whatever is bought?  For example, I could think of a story about someone croaking from a soda pop overdose while I’m buying said soda pop.  Food for thought, anyway (get it?  food…har har).

Unfortunately I would never be able to claim anything that I bought in Wal-Mart.  For me, it seems to be a black hole of creativity. –quick side note: whoever decided to put the bread at the back of the store is not on my ‘people I like’ list.  It is stressful trying to get through the whole store without crushing my bread!–  Anyway, I don’t think I’m the only one with this problem considering the faces of the people I see.  Mostly they look like they might lose a little drool at any moment.  Sometimes you get the sweet grandma with a sweet smile, or the super-nice foreign lady who askes (using modified sign language–quite creative) where the straws are.  But for the most part, there are not a lot of people you would want to strike up a conversation with.