Thursday, April 25, 2019

March

A little late, but here are the March questions

1. The funniest thing you heard today...
Probably something Ellie said

2. If you could have a new talent, what would you want?
the ability to draw

3. Who is your best friend but not your spouse?
Sandy

4. What do you wish you had left unsaid?
that’s a hard one

5. What was the first thing you ate or drank today?
water

6. Are you saving or spending?
saving

7. On a scale of 1-10, how clean is your home?
6

8. What is the last song you listened to?
23 by Jimmy Eat World

9. What relaxes you?
being alone

10. What is the most valuable thing you own?
Grandma’s bird book

11. What did you find inspiring today?

12. Are you happy?
Sometimes

13. How much me time did you take today?
hahahahahahahaha

14. List three things you have faith in.
people sucking, the river rising, and Robbie always being late

15. Who is the last person you said I love you to?
Ellie

16. Did you seize any opportunities?
probably not

17. Where did you go today?
nowhere

18. What advice were you given?
None that I can think of

19. Today was...
not bad. Kind of long and boring

20. What were you glad you did today?
I sat outside at lunch

21. When was your last vacation? Where did you go?
As a family, 2016, I think. Lake of the Ozarks

22. The greatest wisdom comes from...
experiencing life

23. Who is your hero?
Grandma Rossmiller

24. Why?
because she was awesome

25. If you could have read one person’s mind today, who would you chose?
Riley

26. What was the easiest thing about today?
leaving work

27. Did you thank anyone today?
yes

28. Did you work hard today?
not really

29. What was in your mailbox today?
bills and junk

30. Today was a complete...
waste of sunshine

31. What are you seeking?
happiness

Monday, March 4, 2019

February

So, continuing on from the last post, here are the questions for February.

What is your favorite piece of art you own?
I have a couple bird prints on my walls

The most expensive bill I paid last month was credit card.

What's the last thing you apologized for?
making a decision without discussing it first

My favorite color is blue.

On a scale of 1-10, how is your health?
7

If you could do today over, would you change anything?
No

Name a person you didn't have to deal with today.
Redacted :-)

What is the largest tv screen in your house?
whatever size is in the living room

What time did you go to bed last night?
10:30

What did you buy today?
gas and lunch

I wish I had a trillion dollars

How many photos did you take today?
none :-(

What book are you reading right now?
none :-(

How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
not nearly enough

Last thing you wanted but didn't get.
yarn

What mood were you in today?
decent

What was the last new thing you tried?
yoga for kids

My biggest hope is someday to be published.

What has challenged your morals?
I don't have any morals :-)

What kind of car are you driving?
Chevy traverse

List your pets.
Bucky and Cottonball

What are three things you need to buy?
milk, life insurance, and ...

Today I felt secure knowing I'm good at my job.

Whose life did you make a difference in today?
probably no one

What is your super power?
overthinking

What is annoying you?
what isn't?

What would have made today perfect?
silence

What stresses you?
everything


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

An Update

I didn't even know for sure if this blog still existed, but here it is. Which is good because I do remember paying for the domain name again last summer. So, here it is, as promised. An update.

Still working at the elevator. Still a farmer's wife. Still a mom of four. Still tired. Still writing whenever I can. Still crocheting when I should be doing other things. There's a lot of things I could write, just to get them off my chest; but there's that very slim chance that my little corner of the internet isn't as invisible to people I know IRL as I'd like to think it is. So I'll keep some things to myself for now.

So I was on Pinterest recently. Do real people still use Pinterest? It's hard to enjoy anything on the internet anymore. Everything is algorithms and ads and porn bots. But I still peruse every once in a while and come across some interesting things. Like this post I found from 2012 about journalling. I do bullet journal. I don't follow the original formula for a bullet journal, and I don't have the time or talent to turn it into the art form that has overtaken Instagram. I've been looking at lists. Lists are fun. Answer a list of questions to find out more about yourself. Who you are now or who you used to be. Who you'd like to be. I keep lists of places I'd visit on imaginary vacations. I keep lists of websites I think I'll read someday. Books to read. Movies to watch. So on and so forth.

Here's the list I started with. This is a monthly thing, and I'm getting a late start, but here are my answers.

1. What is your number one goal this year?
Stop drinking soda

2. What are you most grateful for?
My mom's willingness to help me out

3. Are you content?
Generally

4. What is your best memory of last year?
Last year was kind of a shit show

5. What was the last major accomplishment you had?
Winning NaNoWriMo

6. What possession could you not live without?
My phone

7. Can people change?
Only if they want to

8. What is the last “good” thing you ate?
Mac and cheese from Panera

9. What is your current favorite snack?
M&M's

10. What made you smile today?
a compliment from a co-worker

11. What’s your favorite accessory?
my Pura Vida bracelets

12. What is making you mad?
my inability to cope with the way things are

13. What did you have for dinner today?
pulled pork sandwich

14. What did you get done?
Not a lot

15. Who last called you on the phone?
The farmer

16. Who are you in love with?
next question

17. What are you grateful for?
my meds

18. The best part of today was talking to a co-worker on the phone.

19. My current favorite website is Tumblr.

20. What was the hardest thing you’re dealing with?
Mental illness

21. Today I wish I had more patience...or sleep.

22. Tomorrow will be better because it's one day closer to Friday.

23. What made today unusual?
today was a pretty normal day

24. What are you looking for from life?
more love

25. What is your favorite thing to drink?
Mountain Dew

26. Today the temperature was freaking cold.

27. How much did you spend at the grocery store the last time you went?
$170

28. Tomorrow I will not lose my shit.

29. What was your last major purchase?
my computer

30. My house is a home because it's where my stuff is.

31. Who is the last person to tell you they loved you?
Good question...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

No Excuses

Okay so I realize it’s been like a year since I posted here. I guess I’ve been busy. But like the title says, no excuses. I feel like people don’t read blogs. So I should be posting more on Facebook. But the people I know IRL read that. Gasp! So...what to do...I don’t know.

So here’s my update. I’ve been writing things. Many things. Mostly little bits of stories that may or may not be coughcoughfanfictioncoughcough. It’s only slightly embarrassing. It’s still writing. I could change names and a few details and you’d never know the difference. I’ve also rediscovered Tumblr, which is great for fandom related stuff.

I’ve also been crocheting a lot. I recently bought a book about knitting. It came with a dvd that was insanely unhelpful. So I resorted to YouTube. I have learned very little, but I haven’t put forth a lot of effort either. My bad.

There’s also still four kids to raise and a job to work and all the rest of that unfun adult stuff. Halloween is coming up, which is strangely exciting for someone who hates scary stuff. Normally. Halloween is an exception. And with fall comes harvest. And NaNoWriMo. I did not do very well last year but I still have every intention of writing that story. It may not end up being book length but whatever.

So there. That’s my update. I’m still alive and kicking. Barely, sometimes, but I’m here. Feel free to find me on other platforms where I’m more active and post more than once a year.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Musings on a Saturday Morning

So I'm sitting here at the gymnastics center while #3 has class. There's a cheerleading team practice going on at the same time. I've always loved to watch cheer routines (the completions they show on ESPN are AWESOME), so I'm getting first hand knowledge of what goes into it. 

This is fitting because this week, a video went viral showing a girl being forced into splits by her cheer coach. I didn't watch the video, because who wants to see that? Seriously, what is wrong with people? This morning I watched the cheer team warming up and they worked on splits. They went down and had someone behind them, pressing on their lower back, but not to the point that anyone was screaming out in pain. So there's obviously a right way and a wrong way to do things. 

One other thing I noticed is how different all these girls are (there's 2 guys too). Different shapes, sizes and possibly ages, I can't tell. But they can all do the flips and jumps and whatever else they are doing. That shows me there's no *right* size or shape. You can be a bigger girl and do just as many backflips as the tiny girl. That's awesome. Not that I'm inspired to try it, rocking my mom bod the way I am. 

I can also see why sports were not my thing, team or not. Being criticized and critiqued is hard enough. In front of a group? No thank you. But these kids are handling it very well and I struggle with it as an adult. I'm seriously impressed. It's one reason why I keep my writing so close. And possibly why I'm more likely to share with strangers than friends. Friends might be more likely to say something is great when it isn't. Strangers won't be so kind and it won't sting as much. You can write them off as an idiot and move on. Joking. Strangers might be smarter than you. They might be *better* than you. And you should take the critiques graciously. Learn from it and grow from it. No one is trying to tear you down. Unless they are. Then that person is an a-hole and you should move on. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

I Did a BIG THING

Okay, so this is the internet, where nothing is secret. I mean, not really. But this blog and my whole "writing career" are not something I advertise. I have a Facebook page that I don't post on very often and I certainly don't invite people to check it out. But, I don't know, maybe I should.

Today at work, we had an office assistants meeting. My boss lady, Heather, is really into team building and she asked us to write down something about ourselves that no one would know and then she read them aloud and we had to guess who wrote it. I don't like things like that because most of the time, I can't think of anything. I'm not interesting. I don't do interesting things. I have four kids, which is just crazy, but everybody already knew that. So I wrote "I write novels."

Yeah. I did it. I admitted it. To people. Outside my circle. They were all pretty surprised and slightly interested and then we moved on to the next clue and forgot about it. But I was still pretty proud of myself. It's not like admitting I have a problem and need help. It's admitting I have a dream and someday I'll achieve it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

N...N...November is coming

So it's that time of year...

When I come back from months of not blogging to remind you that November is almost here and November means NaNoWriMo is almost here again.

This year will be different from previous years because I have my shit together this year. I have my bullet journal specifically designed for writing. Specifically designed for NaNoWriMo writing. I have no less than 4 word tracker charts ready to go, plus an Excel spreadsheet tracker. I have my version of an "outline." It's like a generic synopsis, a general idea of where I want the story to go. The only problem is that I don't know if I want the story to end or if I want a cliff hanger type ending for a sequel. I know how I am at writing sequels. I think it could be an exciting series. But I'm writing a bit out of my comfort zone this year, so I'm not sure if I want to commit to more than one book.

If you're curious, I'm sticking to young adult, but this one has a bit of a time travel twist in it. So I've been researching the time period my characters are in and traveling to, plus I'm using all my Back to the Future knowledge. And that new show Timeless that just started? Perfect timing. I'm taking notes from it too, just in case. So we'll see what happens.

To everyone else on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon, good luck and god speed and may ALL THE WORDS fill your page.