31 December 2017


Lazy day at home. Wrote some more Star Wars fanfic with my daughter (you can find it on spooklights). Also finished an editing job. Had Thai with the family and counted down to 2018 . . . Eastern time because the kids can't really make it to midnight. Had the ceremonial changing of all our calendars. Watched some Eddie Izzard. A fine way to end the year. Hope you rang it in equally happily.

30 December 2017

  1. The Greatest Showman.
  2. Lost another lb.
  3. Naan. (Though if I keep eating like that, the lbs will come back!)

29 December 2017

My daughter didn't feel well last night but she was fine today, so that was good. She and I started writing a Star Wars fanfic together. We're having a blast with that. Lazy day otherwise, though I'm really enjoying Eddie Izzard's book.

28 December 2017

  1. A fun time at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum.
  2. Really good margarita with my lunch.
  3. Fun time visiting with old friends.

27 December 2017

Our Internet is out, and the cable guy won't be coming until Friday. So I have limited time/ability to be online. Still, I can find good things.

  1. Having fun by being the guest on a radio program.
  2. A visit from a dear old friend I haven't seen in ages.
  3. Game night.

26 December 2017

  1. Great blue heron!
  2. Biggest red-tailed hawk I've ever seen!
  3. Chips and queso!
Walked five miles through a local nature reserve and worked up an appetite.

25 December 2017

Christmas Eve/Day Edition

  1. Christmas Eve brunch.
  2. Seeing The Last Jedi for a third time.
  3. Christmas Eve dinner, which includes chocolate cream pie.
  4. Karaoke night.
  5. The Empire Strikes Back.
  6. Kids letting us sleep in.
  7. Presents! (I got a Luke Skywalker Pop! figure and a Sherlock Holmes Pusheen pillow among many other wonderful things.)
  8. Christmas dinner tradition: teppanyaki.
My diet has gone off the past couple of days, but hey, it's the holidays. I'll try to get back with it soon.

Merry Christmas to everyone! Even if you don't celebrate this holiday, I wish you the best today and every day!

23 December 2017

. . . Really, it was a pretty quiet day. I got some editing done. Took a walk in the local hills with my daughter. Finished watching season two of The Crown. (Of course, now I'm sad to have to wait for the next season.) All in all, a fair day.

22 December 2017

  1. Family movie day (for the first full day of winter break): Jumanji. It was cute.
  2. Habit Burger for lunch.
  3. Showing my daughter Grease while the boys were at fencing class. She is now fairly convinced that boys are awful and women should never change themselves just to win over a guy.

21 December 2017

  1. Saw The Last Jedi again. Liked it more upon a second viewing, though some parts still bother me a bit.
  2. Last day of school for the kids this calendar year. Now I can sleep in for a couple weeks!
  3. Asked to be a guest on an Internet radio program next week. Looking forward to that.

20 December 2017

  1. New hair color looks really good.
  2. Son's therapy went well.
  3. Made progress on cleaning my office.
  4. Lost a little more weight.

19 December 2017

  1. Managed to get what was needed at the grocery store and also make massive amounts of pasta salad for a PTA function tomorrow.
  2. Weighed two pounds less this morning.
  3. Fun time with fellow writers.
  4. Dyed my hair, which is something I haven't done [myself] in years. I usually have it done, but I wanted to try this new product, so . . . I think I like it? Not sure yet.

18 December 2017

  1. Survived getting my cracked fillings replaced, even though they made me watch Elf while it happened. To be clear, I have nothing against the movie, but I don't particularly like it either.
  2. Relatively quiet day otherwise. Watched some House Hunters International. Why do the people on that show always think they're going to have so many guests visiting and staying with them? They always bang on about needing an extra bedroom. Look, if you've up and moved 4,000 or 5,000 or 8,000 miles from home, chances are your friends and family won't be able to afford to come visit all the time. Don't fixate so much on that extra room. Jesus.
  3. Lots of love from my kitties today. And I stayed under my calorie count. (I started tracking intake again today. Will begin working out again too.)

17 December 2017

  1. Nice birthday breakfast out with friends.
  2. Tickets to see Monty Python and the Holy Grail + a Q&A by John Cleese in March.
  3. Much love from family and friends.

16 December 2017

  1. Lazy day at home.
  2. Introducing my youngest to Return of the Jedi.
  3. Pub trivia.

15 December 2017

  1. New zone board for the HVAC system installed without fuss.
  2. A rare day in which I did no laundry. Of course that means lots of laundry tomorrow, but this is about TODAY.
  3. Survived forced social interaction at a holiday party.

14 December 2017

  1. Friends sent pizza from Chicago as a holiday gift. Wow! Can't wait to try it!
  2. Another friend sent a Tibetan singing bowl as a birthday gift.
  3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

13 December 2017

  1. Quiet morning at home, which was nice after having workmen tromping through the house yesterday.
  2. Gifts from my kids.
  3. Early birthday dinner out.

12 December 2017

  2. Also, a clean HVAC system. It needs a new zone board, which is being installed on Friday, but it works for now.
  3. Writing group.

Bonus: Hanukkah. (We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.)

11 December 2017

  1. Endured yet another dental cleaning. (Alas, have to go back next week because one of my old fillings has cracked and needs repair. Damn Corn Nuts.)
  2. Still managed to meet with my regular Monday lunch date despite said dental appointment.
  3. Watched another couple episodes of The Crown. Too bad there weren't more corgis, though.

10 December 2017

The day began well but went downhill during the evening. Still, I'll try to focus on the good. That's the whole point, isn't it?

  1. My son's birthday party went well. His actual birthday is at Thanksgiving, so we always have to have his party either a few weeks before or (as in this year) a few weeks after. But it went smoothly, and everyone had a wonderful time.
  2. Cheesy potatoes. God, I love potatoes.
  3. Watched a couple more episodes of The Crown. I'm facing an insane week, so I'm not sure if or when I'll get to watch more. Tomorrow night possibly, but then I'm out every night after.

09 December 2017

  1. Nice walk with my daughter.
  2. Nap.
  3. Game night.

Bonus: Season 2 of The Crown.

08 December 2017

More productivity. Mailed off some stuff. Bought more Christmas gifts. Entered a writing contest.

Also showed my daughter My Fair Lady. It remains my favorite musical. My first professions theatre experience was seeing Richard Chamberlain play Henry Higgins, so I may be biased, but I adore the film version too.

07 December 2017

. . . Well, I had a nice time with my writing group at least . . .

Also got some stuff mailed out. And confirmed the details for my son's birthday party. Picked up some groceries. So I was productive. Which is good.

I'm having a rough time the past few days, but maybe my upcoming birthday will be brilliant and cheer me up.

06 December 2017

  1. Not as bad as yesterday.
  2. Online support from fellow authors.
  3. Nice phone chat with a friend.

05 December 2017

It wasn't a good day, but I'll try to find some silver linings.

  1. The oil change on my car didn't take very long. I was in and out in less than 20 minutes.
  2. I skipped my writing group meeting in order to spend a little more time with my family (and nurse some wounds).
  3. Got the kids' holiday gifts ordered.

04 December 2017

  1. Public library would like me to come speak . . . next November. For NaNoWriMo, which makes sense. Whatever, I'm still excited to do it.
  2. Lunch with my writer friend.
  3. My daughter got cast in the school musical!

03 December 2017

  1. Nice time chatting with other moms at a kiddie birthday party.
  2. Interest from some local writing groups in having me come talk to them.
  3. Looking at a fairly easy week barring anything unexpected.

02 December 2017

  1. Nice lunch out for hubby's birthday.
  2. Decorating the house for Christmas.
  3. Movie night with our oldest son.

01 December 2017

  1. Nice chat with the head of a small publisher that is interested in some of my work. Still need to do some thinking about the project, but was a really good conversation, and I'm flattered that they like my writing.
  2. Lunch out with my husband.
  3. The PTA meeting didn't last very long.

30 November 2017

  1. Productive morning that included dropping off my son's history notebook (after he called from school asking for it), picking up some printouts because my printer died on me, and buying hangers because I have too many clothes now.
  2. Another fun writing group meeting. I have two groups now: one for my Changers 2 project and another for my Regency romance project. Yay!
  3. Just so grateful that I'm capable of as much as I am and do. So many people struggle, and I am very fortunate. I'm healthy. I have a car. I have enough money to meet my needs. Sure, I'd like to lose some weight. Sure, I'd like to make more money. But overall, I have it really good. It's good to stop and realize that and have gratitude for it.

29 November 2017

  1. Publisher interest in one of my manuscripts.
  2. Spending one-on-one time with my oldest son.
  3. A fairly undemanding day.

28 November 2017

  1. Singing with my kids on the walk to school.
  2. Quiet morning at home getting stuff done.
  3. Really fun writing meeting that included Irish root beer (root beer + Bailey's).

27 November 2017

  1. Wearing a soft new shirt.
  2. Feeling productive.
  3. Did not snack between meals, nor after dinner.

26 November 2017

  1. New stack of books from the library. (Not that I needed more to read.)
  2. Pie.
  3. Snuggles with my kitty cat.

25 November 2017

  1. Lazy day at home after a week of travel.
  2. Frisbee with the kids.
  3. My oldest son's birthday!

24 November 2017

Vacation Week Edition

  1. Quick, smooth flights.
  2. SO. MUCH. FUN.
  3. An app that let us get FastPasses and all our photos.
  4. Delicious dinner at Blue Bayou + Fantasmic.
  5. Hotel suite with a view of the fireworks.
  6. So many cute shirts to buy.
  7. Pins!
  8. Not getting sick on any of the rides. (No bouts of vertigo = a big win for me.)
  9. Watching the kids do Jedi Training. AMAZING.
  10. Meeting Thor and Loki!
  11. Getting to eat in the Hyperion Room at Carthay Circle for Thanksgiving Dinner.
  12. Home with kitties. (And we had a great pet sitter who sent updates and photos.)

19 November 2017

  1. Horses.
  2. Milkshakes.

It was all downhill from there, really. But I'm still grateful for things like my health and our upcoming vacation. Even when I'm not feeling it in my heart, I know how good I've got it.

18 November 2017

  1. Lazy day at home.
  2. Lazy day at home.
  3. Lazy day at home.

17 November 2017

  1. Last day before Thanksgiving break!
  2. All errands and appointments managed with minimal fuss.
  3. Nail painting party with my daughter.

16 November 2017

Productive day! 1. Mailed a couple packages. 2. Finished an editing job.
3. Took my oldest son with me to writing group. Was fun. Ended the night with a couple hot fudge sundaes.

Oh, and I got my DNA test results. That was interesting.

15 November 2017

  1. No errands to run.
  2. Got lots more of my editing job done.
  3. Watching House Hunters with the kids.

14 November 2017

  1. Clean carpets.
  2. Freshened hair color.
  3. Outlined another possible novel.

13 November 2017

  1. A big rainbow this morning. Felt like the promise of a good day.
  2. My agent informed me a publisher requested the manuscript. Progress!
  3. Productive day. Got lots of editing work done and was able to hang out with a writer friend, too.

12 November 2017

  1. Cold medicine to make me functional.
  2. Quality time with my oldest son, taking him to Murder on the Orient Express.
  3. Drawful.

11 November 2017

  1. Time spent with family. We celebrated November birthdays.
  2. Karaoke night.
  3. There's still one more day of the weekend.

10 November 2017

  1. Update from my agent. Even though we're still waiting to hear, I like that she keeps me informed.
  2. My copy of 21st Century Yokel finally arrived! I've had the ebook version for a while now, but I'm just so happy to hold it in my hands.
  3. The Big Sick. I'd heard a lot about it, and usually movies don't live up to the hype, but this one was as good as promised.
Bonus: The Tumblr about the Passion play: "You get out of it this time, Jesus!" That's going to be my new catchphrase.

09 November 2017

  1. Watching my 8-year-old son do Shakespeare.
  2. Receiving an email informing me that a major magazine has selected one of my books for review.
  3. A fairly good writing group meeting. Though I'm now part of two writing groups and may have to make a decision about where to put my time.

08 November 2017

  1. I received the loveliest, most encouraging note ever from an agent—even though it was a rejection. Seriously, it's the kind of thing you print and hang on your wall. Made my day.
  2. A good review for my new Sherlock Holmes Professor Moriarty story.
  3. The best tortelloni I've ever had and also the best caramel popcorn I've ever had (though not at the same time because that would be weird).

07 November 2017

  1. Another relaxing morning. And a productive day. I got a couple items on my to-do list taken care of.
  2. Started a new writing project. Which is NOT what I need right now since I have plenty of projects I need to finish, but this felt good—no weight, no expectation tied to it.
  3. Good writing group meeting.

06 November 2017

  1. Relaxing morning—no errands to run.
  2. Neighbors who check in because they saw my sad Facebook post and wanted to make sure I was okay.
  3. Classic Rock Trivial Pursuit.

05 November 2017

  1. Kitty cuddles.
  2. Updated my writing resume. Feels very satisfying to be faced with a list of my work and accomplishments.
  3. Though I didn't especially want to take my daughter to her riding lesson, I did enjoy getting to help brush and tack the horse. And I'm thankful my daughter has such an incredible instructor.

04 November 2017

  1. Sleeping in
  2. Thor: Ragnarok
  3. Gaining an hour? I don't love daylight savings, but if I have to go one way on the clock, back is better, right?

03 November 2017

Released my latest short story!
. . . That counts for three, I think. I mean, it was a fine day in any case. I helped kids read and got to stay for their music lesson. The leak in the upstairs bathroom got fixed with relative ease. Went shopping and found a Sagittarius coffee mug. Good stuff.

02 November 2017

  1. Another relatively quiet day. Was able to revise my short story and work on the cover design a little bit.
  2. Baby cows on my morning walk.
  3. A nice review for one of my books in this month's Uncaged Books.

01 November 2017

  1. Relatively quiet day.
  2. DuckTales.
  3. Survived the PTA meeting.

31 October 2017

  1. Finished the story I've been writing. Will set it aside for a couple days, maybe feed it to some of my critique members, then polish it.
  2. Took the kids trick-or-treating. My feet really hurt now, but I get a cut of the candy, so I guess it's worth it.
  3. Hallowe'en is over for another year. I enjoy the costumes but not the obligation to have people coming to my door for hours on end.
Bonus: Saw an owl fly over while trick-or-treating!

30 October 2017

  1. Lots more progress on my current story.
  2. Finished Stranger Things 2.
  3. Cooler weather. Just in time for Hallowe'en!

29 October 2017

  1. Frisbee at the park with the kids.
  2. Horse show, also with the kids.
  3. Early bath and jammies all afternoon.

28 October 2017

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban done symphony style.
  2. Johnny Rockets.
  3. There's still a whole 'nother day of the weekend.

27 October 2017

  1. One step closer to those new windows...
  2. Book cover revealed for the anthology I contributed to. (It's out next month!)
  3. Stranger Things 2.

26 October 2017

  1. Fun writing group meeting.
  2. More progress on my current short story project.
  3. Deep conversations with my oldest son. I always enjoy those.

25 October 2017

  1. Errands I thought would take a long time did not, and therefore more of my day was free than I expected.
  2. Pitch letter written.
  3. Kids all had better days at school, which means less stress for me overall.

24 October 2017

  1. Official offer of representation.
  2. First meeting of new writing group.
  3. Quiet and productive morning. New story coming along well.

23 October 2017

  1. Productive morning working on my latest Sherlock Holmes story.
  2. Curry.
  3. Fun watching old 80's television commercials.

22 October 2017

  1. Chicken fried steak.
  2. Hanging out with writer girlfriends at a local beer garden.
  3. Finding a good parking spot.

21 October 2017

  1. Fixed toilet in the master bath. Sure, there are two more in the house, but it's damned inconvenient to have to trek out and use the one the kids use.
  2. Three bathrooms and a roof over our heads.
  3. Afternoon walk with my daughter.

20 October 2017

  1. A step closer to getting new windows.
  2. Yummy lunch at Fatburger.
  3. Stockpiling chocolate.

19 October 2017

It was a difficult day. Our hamster Thomasina passed away. She was old (for a hamster) and had recently received a diagnosis that made her passing not unexpected. But it was still hard. I was with her until the end, stroking her and talking to her . . .

But there is still good to be found. Tommy is no longer in pain; she is at peace. We do not have to watch her suffer any more, and the suffering was itself brief and alleviated by pain medications. She didn't die alone.

After all that, I was still able to go out to dinner and see Jimmy Buffett play and enjoy myself (with random bouts of crying thrown in, but that might've been because Jimmy played some Tom Petty and Glenn Frey and I was reminded of mortality all over again). Jimmy doesn't look his age, and he still puts on a great show.

So that was the day: sorrow and joy. Quite the contrast. But that's life in a nutshell, too.

18 October 2017

A day that started really stressful turned out remarkably well. I guess sometimes you need the contrast of darkness in order to enjoy the light.

  1. My son's clarinet was found after being briefly misplaced.
  2. Also, his cross country team photo was found after being mistakenly given to someone else.
  3. My orthopedist cleared me (so long as I continue with my exercises and keep working on my posture).
  4. Hubby bought amazing Christmas presents for the family (even though we won't enjoy them until next summer).

17 October 2017

  1. A rare morning without obligations.
  2. My daughter and youngest son had very good parent-teacher conferences. Both are doing well in school.
  3. I discovered quite by accident that I'm mentioned in a couple Wikis. At the bottom of this page and also there's a separate entry for my undergrad thesis project. Wild.

16 October 2017

  1. Finished the short story I've been writing.
  2. My son's last cross country meet for the season.
  3. Meeting up with a friend I haven't seen in a few weeks.

15 October 2017

  1. A quiet day mostly at home after all the hoopla of yesterday.
  2. Mr. Pickles sandwiches + ice cream.
  3. Setting up a social event for next weekend. I'm such a grown-up!

14 October 2017

Today we went to the Northern California Renaissance Faire, and so there were many good things to be had.

  1. An excuse to wear my costume (which I haven't worn in six years).
  2. Shepherd's pie.
  3. The kids doing archery.
  4. A TARDIS.
  5. Fun shows.
  6. Fencing. (My oldest son held his own against experienced instructors.)
  7. Incense.
  8. Jousts. (My daughter received a carnation from the French knight.)
  9. A custom-made bronze medallion with a dragon on one side and a fleur-de-lis on the other. I shall wear it proudly.

In all, a fabulous outing and a wonderful day.

13 October 2017

  1. Instead of having the school kids read to me today, they had an assembly and my job was to sharpen pencils. That sounds not fun, but it is actually more fun than listening to kids struggle to read. I have a very hard time with that, however much I like the kids themselves.
  2. Sending my oldest off to his first ever school dance. He went with some friends, and it seems like they had a great time!
  3. Showing my daughter UHF, which I haven't seen in years. I had to pause the movie from time to time to explain some of the source material, but she still loved the movie. (She loves "Weird Al.")

12 October 2017

  1. Writing group meeting. I love those guys.
  2. Infographics. That people make based on stuff I write. I feel so cool.
  3. Hummingbirds.

11 October 2017

  1. Had a lovely time visiting my daughter's classroom and talking about the writing process and the importance of showing rather than telling.
  2. Finished the first round on my editing job.
  3. A very limited amount of driving required today.

10 October 2017

  1. Groceries achieved.
  2. Freshened hair color.
  3. Tomorrow's cross country meet has been postponed. That's only "good" because I've been feeling overscheduled. (It's also good because it's better for the kids' health.)

09 October 2017

  1. Productive morning.
  2. My youngest son's dental appointment went amazingly well. (The dentist said he wished all 8-year-olds took such good care of their teeth.)
  3. Bought our Last Jedi tickets and were able to get our favorite seats. (Our cinema has reserved seating, which I love.)

08 October 2017

  1. Productive morning writing and editing.
  2. Time at the barn with my daughter and the horses.
  3. . . . General contentment, I suppose. Sleeping in a bit.

07 October 2017

  1. Pumpkin patch. Which included navigating the corn maze, buying treats from the bakery truck, and riding the cow train.
  2. Got some more writing done.
  3. Spielberg.

06 October 2017

  1. Lots of writing done.
  2. In N Out burger.
  3. Showing my daughter Ever After. Hadn't watched that movie in years, though it used to be a favorite of mine (back when I still watched things on VHS).

05 October 2017

  1. Finally got my nails done. They'd been looking ratty for a while. My old nail tech moved away. 😢  So it took me some time to find a new one. (Someone else who used my old nail tech recommended this new person, and I'm pretty happy with the result. Though, honestly, I'd have been pretty happy with anything given how bad my nails were looking.) Anyway, nice to be tidied up.
  2. Sushi for dinner.
  3. Talking with my oldest son about which couples from books we ship. Sure, he was a bit embarrassed, but it was still fun.

04 October 2017

  1. Another cancellation by someone I was supposed to meet. I'm not sure if I should worry that people no longer like me? But it freed up my morning to get some work done.
  2. Started a new story for submission to an anthology. That's been fun.
  3. Fellow moms stepped in to help out with transporting children this afternoon. So good to have mom friends. Or at least mom acquaintances.

03 October 2017

  1. Last physical therapy appointment for at least a couple of weeks. I love my therapist, but the appointments definitely eat into my time, so it will be nice to get a break.
  2. My hair stylist postponed our appointment for this afternoon. I count this as a "good thing" because I honestly didn't feel like going. So this was a last-minute reprieve.
  3. Early feedback regarding my WIP is very good. There are things that need to be fixed, but I knew and expected that. The one thing I'm hearing from everyone is that they can't put it down! That's definitely what I want.

02 October 2017

  1. Found a vet who could treat our hamster.
  2. Kids get a clean bill of health from the pediatrician. (Day of doctors.)
  3. . . .

Actually, we all know it's been a crap day. Mass shooting in Las Vegas, Tom Petty is brain dead, and my hamster has a uterine tumor. So yeah. But my human family is healthy at least. So I'll count that as a good thing and hope tomorrow is better all around.

01 October 2017

  1. Getting work done.
  2. More beta readers for my WIP.
  3. Lazy day at home in advance of another busy week.

30 September 2017

  1. Family day out at the movies.
  2. Beta readers are enjoying my WIP.
  3. Rearranged furniture. It makes me happy to change things up a bit.

29 September 2017

  1. Nice celebratory lunch out.
  2. Good evening walk (even though my left knee is killing me for some reason).
  3. New editing job.

28 September 2017

  1. Finished the draft of my WIP.
  2. Finished the draft of my WIP.
  3. Finished the draft of my WIP.
Also: a social gathering with my writing group.

27 September 2017

  1. Remembered to pick up everything on the grocery list, despite not having the list with me at the store.
  2. Squeezed some writing into my otherwise busy schedule.
  3. My oldest did great at his second cross country meet.

26 September 2017

  1. Finished the book I was reading. Must now go find another one. (Or, really, pick one from the huge stack I have.)
  2. Nice dinner out.
  3. Kingsman 2. (Will post a review on spooklights soon.)

25 September 2017

  1. A cancellation of my morning plans, which allowed me to stay home and work.
  2. Survived taking the two youngest to the city council meeting where they got to shake hands with the mayor for completing the summer reading program.
  3. Saved an injured warbler.

24 September 2017

  1. Classroom of the Elite. What a great find.
  2. A little more writing done. It's seriously been a slog lately, so I'm grateful for whatever I can get.
  3. Finished A Darker Shade of Magic. Really enjoyed it, too. Looking forward to the next book.

Bonus: John Oliver was back.

23 September 2017

  1. A little more writing done.
  2. Nice lunch out with the family.
  3. Homemade chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

22 September 2017

  1. Unexpected opera assembly at the kids' school while I was volunteering. So I got to go see that, which was more fun than listening to kids struggle to read.
  2. Got some writing done for the first time in several days.
  3. I have two more [mostly uninterrupted] days of writing ahead of me.

21 September 2017

  1. My kids telling me I "still have it" when I was able to hit an impossibly high note while singing along to a song in the car.
  2. Meeting a writer friend for coffee and lunch.
  3. Jimmy Buffett tickets!

20 September 2017

  1. 11-year-old son did great for his first cross country meet. (Well, the official times aren't in yet, but I think he did pretty great.)
  2. Busiest day of the week is over, and I survived it.

. . . Um . . . Cooler weather? It even spit a little rain on us, which was a nice change.

19 September 2017

  1. A pretty quiet day. Since tomorrow is really busy, I'm grateful that today I was able to rest.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Registered for the San Francisco Writers Conference and booked my room. Something to look forward to!

18 September 2017

  1. Had fun designing a card for people who ask me what I've written.
  2. Nice lunch with a friend.
  3. Relatively un-stressful day.

17 September 2017

  1. A less demanding day than yesterday.
  2. Got a little bit of writing done. Not nearly enough, but some.
  3. Hummingbirds! Lots of them!

16 September 2017

  1. Daughter's birthday party was a smashing success.
  2. I was social and only a little bit awkward (I think).
  3. No big plans for tomorrow. Which, after as busy a day as today, is a good thing.

15 September 2017

  1. Well, I didn't have to drive anywhere. (I did still have volunteer duty in my son's classroom, but we walk to school.)
  2. Girl time with my daughter, which involved baking cookies and watching House Hunters.
  3. Also some time with all the kids, during which we watched funny YouTube videos.

14 September 2017

  1. I don't have tuberculosis. So that's good, right? (I didn't think I did have it, but I had to get tested in order to volunteer at my kids' school, so...)
  2. Writer's group for the first time in a few weeks. Was nice to be back.
  3. A new Aho-Girl.

13 September 2017

  1. First day in a long time that I didn't have an appointment to go to or major errand to run. (I did have a minor errand: put gas in the car and pick up eggs and milk from the corner store.) Was nice to have fewer demands on my time.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Was also productive in other ways: laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.

12 September 2017

  1. Really nice, in depth conversation with my 11-year-old son. About all kinds of things. It's nice that he's at an age that we can do that.
  2. Kind words from readers of my books. I love getting emails and Facebook messages from people who've enjoyed my work. And one was thoughtful enough to write a review, too.
  3. Finished watching season two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend right before it got removed from Netflix, so... That's productive, right?

11 September 2017

  1. Got a bit more writing done, including fixing a lingering problem with the story.
  2. Got a new editing job.
  3. Really good fry-up for dinner.

10 September 2017

  1. Ice cream!
  2. Got a little bit of writing done. Just need to flesh out what's happening now since things have taken a surprising turn.
  3. John Oliver was back.

09 September 2017

  1. Quiet morning at home.
  2. Amazing dinner out.
  3. Something Rotten! Lots of fun.

08 September 2017

  1. Hubby worked from home so we were able to go out to lunch together.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Girl time with my daughter.
  4. A nice note from a director who commissioned me to write a short film for him—he loves the script!

07 September 2017

  1. Lunch with a good friend who was willing to listen to me howl about my life, and then she even paid for my meal.
  2. Irish root beer.
  3. Watching the cat watch a squirrel in the tree outside our dining room. Priceless.

06 September 2017

  1. I hadn't left yet when the cat accidentally turned on the stove, so I was able to turn it off before our house burned down or exploded or something.
  2. Finished one of several mini-projects. Nice to be able to strike something off my very long list.
  3. New Aho-Girl. I needed the laughs.

05 September 2017

  1. Another good physical therapy appointment. Making progress!
  2. Wrote an article I'd promised to someone for their blog. Nice to be able to strike that off my to-do list.
  3. Saw a really cool, almost-full moon tonight, huge and yellow near the horizon.

04 September 2017

  1. Cleaned out both my youngest son's and my daughter's rooms. Was a lot of work but well worth the effort.
  2. A bit more writing done.
  3. Had no reason to leave the house today. Given that the rest of my week is nothing but errands and appointments, I needed the down time!

03 September 2017

  1. Celebrating my daughter's ninth birthday. Her official party with friends isn't for another couple weeks, but we still went out for lunch and she opened presents and we had trifle.
  2. A bit more writing done. Not as much as yesterday, but some. Better than nothing. Any day I manage to get writing done is a good day.
  3. Slightly less hot?

02 September 2017

  1. Zero reasons to go outside in the heat.
  2. Wrote more than twice my daily minimum word count.
  3. Managed to collect the entire set I was chasing in Star Wars Card Trader.

01 September 2017

  1. Survived the insane heat.
  2. Survived the insane grocery store. Like, I've never seen it that busy. Never.
  3. Got some writing done.

31 August 2017

  1. Second physical therapy session went well.
  2. Got home in time to eat some pizza before having to go to the event at my kids' school.
  3. Met my daughter's teacher, and she's amazingly sweet. I think it's going to be a great class, too. A lot of wonderful parents and students in that one.

30 August 2017

  1. A little bit of writing done, which is better than none.
  2. Survived the PTA meeting.
  3. Shoulder is feeling a bit better now that I'm doing these physical therapy exercises.

29 August 2017

  1. Friendly morning chat with two other moms at the elementary school. Yay for not-too-awkward socializing!
  2. First physical therapy appointment went okay. I now have exercises to do and have to ice my shoulder every night.
  3. Meeting with my youngest's teacher went smoothly (I think).

Bonus: fresh hair color and sparkly new nails (fingers + toes)!

28 August 2017

  1. Getting back into a regular writing meeting with a dear friend.
  2. Wrote 1,120 words! Almost twice my daily goal!
  3. Tried a new recipe and it turned out really well.

27 August 2017

  1. Game of Thrones season finale. The down side being having to wait, like, two years for the rest of it.
  2. Managed to reach my parents. They live just north of Houston and are fine despite Harvey. Today was my mom's 63rd birthday, too.
  3. More good progress made on my WIP.

26 August 2017

  1. Library day.
  2. Made my writing goal and then some.
  3. Stargazing through the telescope.

25 August 2017

  1. Got some writing done. Now only have 22k words left to write. (Ha! "Only.") About 630 words per day, every day, until my deadline should do it.
  2. My mom is safe despite having a hurricane bearing down on her. @.@
  3. No errands to run, no appointments. I wish I had more days like that.

24 August 2017

  1. Survived a hectic pick-up schedule.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Made my physical therapy appointment. Just the one for starters and we'll go from there

Bonus: Writing group wasn't as bad as I feared it might be.

23 August 2017

Um... It was kind of a rotten day. But! The point of this blog is to find the silver linings. So...

  1. My shoulder is fine, really, I just need physical therapy.
  2. There were no issues with picking up the kids because my oldest stayed for an after-school cross country meeting. You see, the kids were getting out of school at the same time. But since my oldest had a meeting, I was not pressured to be two places at once. That's a win.
  3. Sushi for dinner.
There. Those are good things in an otherwise cruddy day. I must remember my complaints are minor compared to so much that others must deal with.

22 August 2017

  1. My youngest had a better day at school.
  2. Got some writing done.
  3. Can now get back to my morning walks and listening to podcasts. I'm so far behind!

21 August 2017

  1. First day of school for my kids! While it's difficult to get into a new routine, it's going to be nice to have my writing time again.
  2. Eclipse! The kids' schools were given glasses so all the kids could enjoy the eclipse, and a friend of mine gave my husband and I some glasses, too. So we went for a walk and watched.
  3. Date night. Dinner and a movie, which is rote, but felt relaxing.

20 August 2017

  1. Got some writing done for the first time in a few days. Felt good.
  2. Family game night: Ticket to Ride Europe.
  3. Emails from friends.

19 August 2017

  1. My youngest son's birthday party. He chose Chuck E. Cheese, which I was dreading, but I was pleasantly surprised. And he had a great day, which was the important thing.
  2. Air hockey. (Because my son got an air hockey table for his birthday.)
  3. Crunchyroll. Finding new anime to enjoy and watching old favorites, too.

18 August 2017

  1. Feeling productive in that I got some paperwork done, cleaned out my oldest son's room, did laundry.
  2. Started reading A Darker Shade of Magic aloud to my oldest son. I think we're really going to enjoy this one.
  3. Habit Burger.

17 August 2017

  1. My youngest son's birthday!
  2. Kids got haircuts so they'll look snazzy for the start of school.
  3. Special birthday dinner, and I still managed to duck into my weekly writing group meeting afterward.

16 August 2017

  1. My script made the semifinals in CWA!
  2. Got all the school supplies for the kids. Now I just need to label everything and sort it all into their backpacks . . . 
  3. The kids' haircut appointments got moved, which is kind of a good thing since I was feeling ragged and liked having an excuse not to go. But then again, now I have to take time out of my day tomorrow instead. Hrm.
  4. Brownie batter.

15 August 2017

  1. Kids received their class assignments today. My oldest is pleased to know his best friend has the first two periods with him. And one other friend has almost every class with him. My daughter got the teacher she was hoping for. My youngest is a wee bit disappointed not to have gotten the teacher he wanted, but we were able to talk him up.
  2. Very fun and exciting baseball game. The kids got on the Jumbotron, too.
  3. Lost another pound. Got a long way to go, but it feels good to make progress.

14 August 2017

  1. Only one more week until school starts. I love my kids but I'm so ready to have my days back.
  2. Really mild weather. Just gorgeous, actually.
  3. Heard from an old friend I hadn't heard from in months. Was a nice surprise.

13 August 2017

A family day out. We went into the city, had brunch, and then saw the symphony play the score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Then we came home and went out for dinner and pie. A very full day, and a lovely one.

12 August 2017

Managed to get my words in both for today and what I didn't do yesterday. So I remain on track.
Nice visit with another mom. These interactions can feel so fraught, but this particular mom is very easy to talk to.
Made the decision to fold my author newsletter. It's something I'd thought of doing for a while now, but I kept trying to make the newsletter work. It's sort of a load off not to have it any more. Still, the newsletter had a serial story going, but now I'm moving that to Wattpad.

11 August 2017

  1. Another nice walk with the kids. We've been lucky in that the temperature has been "mild" (highs in the 80s, and cool in the mornings).
  2. TWO hummingbirds! One in the lemon tree and one in the locust.
  3. Showing my kids the Highlander television show and trying to explain its impact on my life back in the day.

10 August 2017

  1. Despite my tire pressure light coming on, the tires were fine. The indicator was just having a moment.
  2. Nice walk with the kids to and from the sandwich shop for lunch.
  3. Many butterflies out and about, and a hummingbird spotting in my climbing roses.

09 August 2017

  1. Woke up to the news that my TV pilot made the quarterfinals in CWA, so that was nice.
  2. Daughter survived falling off a cantering horse at riding camp. If anything, she was more excited about it than she probably should have been.
  3. Another good writing day. (Of course, whether the book is any good remains to be seen. Editing will certainly be required. But at least I'm getting the draft done.)

08 August 2017

  1. Got more writing done. Think I'm nearly finished with this chapter (it's a long one). So far I remain on target for my deadline.
  2. Perogies.
  3. Bath bomb.
  4. Enjoying the new season of Preacher.

07 August 2017

  1. Another good writing day.
  2. Had the house to myself for part of the afternoon.
  3. They put up the tile I painted at the elementary school. Feels nice to leave a mark.

06 August 2017

  1. One-on-one time with my oldest. We went and saw The Dark Tower and then went to Half-Price Books. Turned in a bunch of DVDs and got lots of money toward all the new stuff we bought.
  2. Made my word count minimum.
  3. Nice chat with my dad. Hadn't talked with him in a while.
  4. Hummingbird! While doing yard work this morning. A beautiful little green one. She came and ate from the feeder then sat up in the crepe myrtle and watched me work.

05 August 2017

  1. Shopping. Like, serious retail therapy. LUSH bath bombs, incense and candles from Mystic Dream, a new coffee mug to add to my collection of mugs with "M" on them . . . Hadn't had a shopping day like that in ages, and it felt really good.
  2. Nice lunch out with the family, too.
  3. Still managed to get my writing done.

04 August 2017

  1. My daughter is getting the hang of trotting on a horse. It's so wonderful to watch her become more confident and proficient.
  2. Fun lunch out with the kids.
  3. Not too hot for a nice walk with the kids, too.

03 August 2017

  1. My daughter's horseback riding lesson was cancelled. Of course she was disappointed, but it actually made my day much easier. (And the lesson got rescheduled for tomorrow, so it's all good.)
  2. Writing group. Only three of us there, but it was fun, as always.
  3. Not as insanely hot? It's saying something when 94°F feels "cool," but after the past few days, it really did!

02 August 2017

  1. Really nice review of my audiobook.
  2. My original television pilot script made the first cut in the CWAs.
  3. Ran into a friend at the library.

01 August 2017

  1. Met the new pet sitter, and she's wonderful.
  2. Managed to squeak in getting my words written for the day.
  3. Kids only three weeks for going back to school.

31 July 2017

  1. Got my writing done.
  2. Oldest son has clean bill of health from the doctor.
  3. One-on-one time with said son.

30 July 2017

  1. Managed to make up my words from yesterday, so I remain on target with my writing deadlines.
  2. Lazy day mostly at home, though we did go out for lunch.
  3. Cleaned up and organized the homework table. We're only three weeks away from school starting!
  4. That Game of Thrones episode was really good.
  5. John Oliver was back.

29 July 2017

  1. Seeing Hamilton again, this time with the kids. They've been so into the soundtrack that when the opportunity arose, we had to take them. Totally worth it.
  2. Accomplishing a ton of yard work. Still more to do, but it feels good to have made such a dent in it.
  3. Super Duper Burger.

28 July 2017

  1. Nice lunch out with the kids.
  2. Daughter got her new glasses.
  3. Kids and I watched more House Hunters together. I love that they get so into it.
  4. Continued to meet my word count. However, tomorrow will be dedicated to yard work, so I'm not sure I'll get my words in. May have to double up on Sunday.

27 July 2017

  1. Library day! And my daughter and youngest son got their medals for completing the summer reading program. They each got to choose a book, too, and my son chose The Great Mouse Detective. <3
  2. Watching House Hunters International with my kids. It was very relaxing, and they really got into it.
  3. Writing group.

26 July 2017

  1. Kids had good check-ups with the eye doctor. My daughter needs glasses, but only for reading and any near work; she's farsighted as it turns out. She chose some nice lavender frames and they were completely covered by insurance, so that was a nice bonus.
  2. Happy lunch with the kids.
  3. Managed to scrape together my word count for the day. So far I'm on schedule to be done September 30.

25 July 2017

  1. My mala bracelets finally arrived after a delivery delay.
  2. Salon day! Fresh hair and nails, hooray!
  3. Took the kids to the landscaping place to pick out the decorative rock we'll use in our flowerbeds. Progress! And we got out of the house for a bit.

24 July 2017

  1. Not too hot for horseback riding.
  2. Continued to meet my daily writing goal.
  3. Made a cake from scratch. And frosting. Got messy, but tasted great!

23 July 2017

  1. Family day at the cinema. The movie was only okay, but we still had fun.
  2. Another successful writing day.
  3. Happiness = the cat sleeping on your lap while you watch Legends of Tomorrow.

22 July 2017

  1. A morning without the kids, which is a rare treat.
  2. Yummy breakfast.
  3. Nice walk with my daughter.
  4. Meeting my writing goal.

21 July 2017

So the concert we were going to see got abruptly cancelled. Still, we made the best of it. We had a nice time hanging out, a great dinner, and did some shopping thanks to ticket refunds. I was able to buy my friend some nice [belated] birthday presents (that I now need to mail). It wasn't a total loss, I suppose, and I drove in San Francisco proper for the first time and survived. So that's something.

20 July 2017

  1. Girls' lunch out with my daughter.
  2. Met my word count goal in writing.
  3. Writing group night.

19 July 2017

  1. My daughter's joy at horseback riding. She just glows. And today she got to trot for the first time!
  2. Lunch with a good writer friend I hadn't seen in a while.
  3. Chatting with another good friend I hadn't spoken to in a while.

18 July 2017

  1. A fun time out shopping with my daughter.
  2. My foot is healed, so I no longer need to see the podiatrist.
  3. Finally finishing Fargo, which has been on the DVR for ages.

17 July 2017

  1. The first day in a week's worth of girl time with my only daughter. We planned meals for the week and painted our nails. Also started planning her birthday party.
  2. More work done on the WIP. If I keep my pace, I'll be done right at deadline.
  3. My youngest enjoyed his first attempt at fencing. "I wasn't very good at it," he said, and I told him no one is very good at much of anything on their first try. When I told him I wasn't even very good at writing when I started, he almost didn't believe me! It was sweet. Anyway, he still liked fencing enough that he thinks he wants to continue even after this trial week.

16 July 2017

  1. Finished another chapter in my WIP.
  2. Five Guys for lunch.
  3. Quality family time.

15 July 2017

  1. Relatively quiet day at home.
  2. Uptick in book sales.
  3. Got in a good workout.

14 July 2017

  1. Daughter's dance recital went well.
  2. Thai food for dinner, followed by Drunk History and a Hamilton karaoke night.
  3. Riverdale. It's so soapy and over the top that I can't help but love it.

13 July 2017

  1. Scrivener webinar. Wow. I feel like I can finally start using the software effectively.
  2. Took my youngest son to McDonald's and ran into my oldest son and his friend there. Crazy, but it was nice!
  3. Writing group. I just really enjoy hanging out with them. Tonight's conversation (besides writing) covered favorite Doctors and companions.

12 July 2017

  1. One-on-one time with my oldest. Including showing him how to properly dunk an Oreo.
  2. Singing Hamilton with the kids.
  3. My son getting an approval rating from the dentist.

11 July 2017

  1. More history lessons with the kids. I so enjoy chatting with them about it.
  2. Traffic not terrible today.

. . . Those are the highlights. Pretty quiet day, all told. (Well, until now. We have icky neighbors who have decided to start making noise late in the evening. I really do need to move to a place where no one lives near me. I'm not fit for human interaction.)

But this blog is meant to focus on good things, so . . . I had nice cuddle time with the hamster today. That can be my third good thing for the day.

10 July 2017

  1. My kids getting really into the Hamilton soundtrack. It was awesome to share the story with them. Who knew American history could be so fun?
  2. Back on the writing horse.
  3. My first PTA meeting. I was awkward as always, but after it was over I did chat with another member and, I think, made a connection? I'm so bad at that kind of thing. Proud of myself for being social.

09 July 2017

  1. Hamilton. Yes, it's as good as they say.
  2. Ghirardelli ice cream sundae.
  3. An afternoon in the city without the kids. I love them, but especially in the summer, it's nice to get a break.

08 July 2017

  1. The new Spider-Man movie. Better than I expected.
  2. Finally got that Milky Way candy bar I'd been craving.

I can't really think of a #3. I suppose I could fall back on everything that's good that I take for granted: we're all healthy and have more than we need. Aside from the movie, it was a quiet and uneventful day.

07 July 2017

  1. Library with the kids, and lunch at the library café.
  2. Wine brought back from France. OMG, so good!
  3. Reading.

06 July 2017

  1. Writing group helped me out greatly with a hurdle in my WIP.
  2. Writing group in general—it was so nice to see everyone after being away!
  3. Feeling at least a little productive in getting laundry, dishes done and taking out trash.

05 July 2017

  1. Back to routine.
  2. My kids gave me some ideas about my current WIP.
  3. Cuddle time with the hamster.

04 July 2017

  1. Getting a bit more writing done.
  2. Special Independence Day dinner out with the family. (Sushi!)
  3. Karaoke.

03 July 2017

  1. Feeling good about the writing I'm doing.
  2. Took my daughter to her first horseback riding lesson. She's had them before, so it's not her first first, but it was her first in a number of years. (We'd quit previously because she was simply too small to do much, and the instructor she had was a bit flaky.) Anyway, it was so lovely to see my daughter so happy and excited.
  3. Quality time with my oldest son. He came to the riding lesson to keep me company. Sure, I could have just read a book, but I liked chatting with him. I know soon he'll be of an age where he won't want to hang out with me any more, so I'll take it while it's on offer.

02 July 2017

  1. Coming home.
  2. Seeing my family and my pets.
  3. Sleeping in my own bed.
  4. Cheeseburgers. The food in France was lovely, but I missed good, old-fashioned grease.

29 June 2017

  1. Really good feedback on my manuscript.
  2. I've been given a deadline (Sept 30). That will help spur me to finish.
  3. Fantastic night out with all my new writer friends.

27 June 2017

Still in France

Therefore I have ALL the reasons to be grateful! But if you want specifics:

  1. Really great conversations with my fellow writers.
  2. Motivation to keep going with my own projects.
  3. So much good food and wine!

24 June 2017

Post-Travel Edition

I've been away because I traveled for 24 hours straight to get to my writing retreat/workshop in France. Which makes my list very easy because:

  1. Writing retreat in France
  2. Writing retreat in France
  3. Writing retreat in France

Seriously, though, this is a beautiful place (Chateau-du-Loir) and my fellow writers are wonderful. I've been here less than 48 hours and just love it. The environs, the people . . . Great food, fresh air, support from my peers. What's not to love?

20 June 2017

  1. New hair and nail colors. Yay! I feel so pretty!
  2. New purse. (The zipper on my old one broke this past weekend. Yay! An excuse to shop!)
  3. Feeling productive. Got lots of things done today.

19 June 2017

  1. Special edition of The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch. Autographed and numbered!
  2. New tote bag. It has a Weeping Angel on it.
  3. Nice and understanding people after my car decided I was trying to steal it. (Long story.)

18 June 2017

  1. Really good chat with my dad for Father's Day.
  2. Cars 3.
  3. Nice dinner out with the in-laws.

17 June 2017

  1. Genentech Gives Back. While the bands weren't as great this year (IMHO), we still had a fun day.
  2. Kids behaved really well most of the day.
  3. Cheesesteak.

16 June 2017

Wow. The day is just beginning and I already have two good things to report!
  1. A new review for my Sherlock Holmes stories. Made my day!
  2. And I've had a short fairy tale accepted to an anthology that will come out this fall.
Let's see what #3 will be . . .

ETA: 3. Remembered to go buy something for Father's Day—and did it, even though I didn't feel like it.

15 June 2017

  1. Fun time with my writing group. My last meeting with them for a couple weeks. *sob* I really will miss them. I so look forward to hanging out each week.
  2. New shirt!
  3. New lightbulbs in my office, too. So much brighter in there. Love it.

14 June 2017

  1. Enjoying a really good book called The Fifth Petal. It's set in Salem, Massachusetts, and though I don't miss Massachusetts at all, it does bring home vivid memories. I always enjoyed Salem. Anyway, sitting outside and reading is one of my favorite summer activities.
  2. Good chat with a friend. She's the only one of my friends that I actually enjoy being on the phone with. I'm not a phone person, but this friendship supersedes that.
  3. Orthodontist visit was short and sweet. All good. Don't have to go back until September.

13 June 2017

  1. Got a little more writing done. Even when it's only a little, every bit of progress makes me feel good.
  2. Able to sit outside and read for a little while.
  3. Watching the cats play with the new treat ball I bought them. You put treats in and they have to bat the ball around to get the treats to fall out. They're smart and figured it out pretty quick, but I still love watching them.

12 June 2017

  1. Readers asking for Changers 2. Eep! It's always flattering when I hear from readers that they want more and are excited about my work. Also puts the pressure on me to get the work done, and I need that motivation. Which leads me to:
  2. Getting more writing done on Changers 2!
  3. Starting the summer routine with the kids. Will take time to get them used to it, but I like having a schedule.

11 June 2017

  1. Nice lunch out with the family.
  2. Afternoon nap.
  3. Fresh pineapple and sweet grapes.

10 June 2017

  1. Wonder Woman.
  2. Good time with my writing group.
  3. My daughter declaring, "Batman is kind of harsh" after seeing a Justice League trailer.

09 June 2017

  1. Garbage disposal is fixed. We'd gone about a week without it. You never realize how much you use or depend on something until you no longer have it.
  2. I indulged in some cute new t-shirts.
  3. Had a good day in terms of book sales.
  4. Nice dinner out with the family (as per our end-of-school tradition), followed by ice cream.

08 June 2017

  1. Getting to watch my youngest walk the "red carpet" and receive a Superstar award as he promotes from first to second grade.
  2. Listening to my daughter perform her poem at her class' Beatnik Millennials Café. And watching her hug all her friends before saying goodbye for the summer.
  3. Good final report cards for all three of the kids! We went for a special lunch after school, too. I'm so proud of all of them, and so grateful for three such wonderful children!

07 June 2017

  1. Even I had fun at the kids' field trip to the swimming pool, despite not getting to swim myself (the parents don't). Nice chats with fellow parents.
  2. Also got the kids signed up for the first session of swimming lessons for the summer.
  3. Finished notes on the first of five pieces I need to read and critique for the workshop in France. Only a couple weeks away now!

06 June 2017

  1. Dental cleaning over and done with for another six months.
  2. Traffic not terrible coming home from the podiatrist. I should get my custom orthotics just in time to leave for France.
  3. Yummy Thai food for dinner.
  4. Tiny House Hunters.

05 June 2017

  1. Watching my oldest son process as he graduates from elementary to middle school.
  2. Lunch out with a friend.
  3. I've been asked to be Historian at the middle school PTA next year. Between that and co-chairing the yearbook at the elementary school, I will be very involved in the kids' worlds. While it sounds exhausting, I'm actually really happy about it. And it will force me to be more disciplined about my writing, too, and with my time in general.

04 June 2017

Weekend Edition

Very busy weekend full of good things.

  1. Son's little league season is over. Really, finally over. And there was a party at the bowling alley. And we all went and bowled.
  2. Bay Area Book Festival. I was nervous to go, but I sucked it up and did anyway. And I'm glad. While there were minor drawbacks, I mostly enjoyed it. Great weather. Interesting fellow authors at neighboring tables. In the end, it was all good.
I know that's only two things, but there are good things inside good things here.

Busy week ahead . . .

02 June 2017

  1. Really good Vietnamese food for lunch.
  2. Scrivener. As soon as I figure out how to use it (the tutorial is crazy), I think I'm gonna love it.
  3. Warm enough for shorts again.

01 June 2017

  1. Super cute pics and video of my kids at the hoe down, courtesy of one of the school photographers.
  2. Also super cute pics and video of my youngest at today's field trip to the zoo. I would have liked to have gone, too, but... broken foot.
  3. Really fun time at my writing group. A visiting writer even drew a picture of one of my characters for me!

That's Seladion. From an old piece I'm thinking of reworking. Thanks, @LizaStar_ !

In short, a day of super cute pictures!

31 May 2017

  1. The school had a breakfast for the volunteers who have helped out over the year. Doughnuts! The other food was good too, but... Doughnuts!
  2. The school also has an annual hoe down. I love watching the kids square dance in their Western wear.
  3. My son's last baseball game of the season—and the other team forfeited. So we were able to go to visit the middle school open house instead so he could see some of the classrooms. It was a nice alteration of plans.

30 May 2017

  1. I won't need surgery on my foot. In fact, I should be fine by the time I fly to France. By "fine" I mean I'll be able to wear a brace inside my shoe, but it's better than wearing a walking boot.

That was pretty much the highlight of the day. Well, and playing with the cats. Also, the kids were happy with my meager cooking skills this evening. And a book I ordered arrived. Sometimes it's the little things.

29 May 2017

  1. Ice cream parlor.
  2. Quiet time reading.
  3. Fair weather.

28 May 2017

  1. Family gathering. Saw some people I hadn't seen in a while, had nice conversations. And it was perfect weather.
  2. More audiobook sales!
  3. Knowing it was Sunday but there was still one more day to the weekend.

27 May 2017

  1. Library! Hadn't been in a ridiculous amount of time.
  2. Salad! With kidney beans and hard boiled egg, my favorite.
  3. Sold my first audiobook. Yay!

26 May 2017

  1. MRI done. I hadn't had one in a while, but at least this one was on my foot. So much better than having to stick your head in the machine. And they gave me headphones so I could listen to music! (Won't know the verdict until Tuesday, alas.)
  2. Writing.
  3. Nap.

25 May 2017

  1. More writing done. Having the tracking bars on the sidebar of my site is motivating me. I feel exposed as a slacker if I don't get the bars moving.
  2. Open House at my kids' school. Really enjoyed seeing everything they've been working on.
  3. Writers group. Had to go a little late because of Open House, but I'm glad I did get to go. It truly is one of the highlights of my week.

24 May 2017

1. Getting more writing done. Having a broken foot has the advantage of forcing me to sit a lot.

. . . Not much happened. So it's difficult to single any one thing out. I can be grateful for my health insurance, though, and the fine weather. And for having a valid excuse to avoid major chores. On the down side, my exercise regime has gone to hell. But I'll try not to dwell on the bad.

23 May 2017

  1. Survived the field trip, even with a broken foot. The middle school is pretty nice, and my oldest is excited to go next year.
  2. Good number of page reads.
  3. A friend asked for writing advice. I'm always flattered when someone thinks my opinion is valuable.

22 May 2017

  1. A really nice review for Brynnde.
  2. Got some more writing done. (Good reviews always motivate me.)
  3. Pretty quiet day all around.

21 May 2017

  1. Nice breakfast out with friends.
  2. Able to swim—or float, rather—despite my broken foot.
  3. First time using the fire pit!

20 May 2017

  1. New glasses! They're super cute.
  2. I was the only member of my writing group available to talk to a new member this evening, and I don't think I scared the kid too badly. He said he'd [probably] come back...
  3. Managed to write a little, too.

19 May 2017

  1. MRI scheduled for my foot, and they're setting up a bone stimulation, too. Apparently this will increase blood flow and speed healing.
  2. Super yummy lunch that involved a charcuterie board, cannoli, and some stout. (Drunken Lullabies by Altamont—it's really good!)
  3. Good retail day after a bit of a slump. Hopefully things will continue to trend upward.

18 May 2017

My foot is broken. It doesn't count as a good thing, per se, but it is kind of funny. It's probably been broken since December, when I injured it. And I've just been walking around on a broken foot. Cuz... Me.

  1. Diagnosing my foot and starting on a path to recovery.
  2. My son's little league team won their playoff game. Pizza to celebrate!
  3. The audiobook has been approved and is headed to retail.

17 May 2017

  1. Felt productive: major grocery shopping trip, four loads of laundry, took out the trash, swapped old litter boxes for new, vacuumed, filled and ran and emptied and refilled the dishwasher, made my next doctor appointment
  2. People keep asking me for help with their writing. Which makes me feel good that they think my opinion is worth something.
  3. Less windy than the day before. Weather is warming again, which makes me very happy.

16 May 2017

I'll be honest. It was a tough day. For the first time in months, I had no page reads or sales on Amazon. Then ACX came back and said the audiobook needs changes before it can be approved. And the nanny called out sick on the one day it was most inconvenient. BUT. These are all, as they say, first world problems. So I am trying to keep my perspective.

  1. Salon day. Nails and hair, and though I had to bring the kids with me, they were very well behaved.
  2. A day without having to do laundry.
  3. Fire drill while I was volunteering at the school. I felt very efficient in helping get the kids out.
  4. I was able to help someone . . . She thinks my name is Angela, and I don't have the heart to correct her. I think it's funny anyway, and I went through high school with people calling me Andrea, too, so I've given up on people getting my name right. Anyway, it always feels good to help people. Like, it's a good thing to do, but I'm totally selfish in that it makes me feel good when I help others.
  5. Great News.

15 May 2017

  1. Field trip with my oldest son's class. Though it ate up most of my day, I enjoyed it.
  2. New sandals.
  3. The chaise in my office is finally cleaned off so I can sit there again. Not that I had time today, but it's nice to know it can happen.

14 May 2017

  1. Mother's Day. Which means lots of good food for me.
  2. Diffuser. The kids got me one for my office for Mother's Day.
  3. Did I mention how good the food was? And I was assured the calories did not count.

13 May 2017

  1. A fairly quiet day at home. I've got a crazy busy week ahead, so I need to carve out quiet time when I can.
  2. Though we went out for our official anniversary dinner, it was our actual anniversary. We ordered in gyros. Yum!
  3. A walk with my oldest. Always good to get some one-on-one time.

12 May 2017

  1. Blood draw lab results all good.
  2. Ordered cute new sandals.
  3. Kids gave me early Mother's Day gifts.

11 May 2017

  1. My blood draw was quick and painless.
  2. I found cute new glasses after my eye exam. Can't wait 'til they come in!
  3. Good time at writing group. We had two new people and five regulars, so it was a big turnout this week.

10 May 2017

  1. An outpouring of support for my daughter who is dealing with a bullying situation at school.
  2. Last little league game of the regular season. We do still have playoffs, but there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It's been interesting, and we've met some great people, but I'm just not meant to be a sports mom. Well, I don't mind the fencing so much. Maybe I'm a sports mom for irregular sports?
  3. A little more writing done. After a dry spell, any day I get a few paragraphs down is a good one.

09 May 2017

  1. Anniversary dinner. A few days early, but we have to go with when we can get a sitter. And the weather was perfect for dining out on the patio.
  2. Everything is blooming. It's terrible for my sinuses but so good for my spirits.
  3. Good test results from my doctor.

08 May 2017

  1. Warm weather!
  2. A big monarch butterfly kept floating around me while I sat outside with my book.
  3. Got more writing done.
  4. Anniversary gifts (a few days early).

07 May 2017

  1. Breakfast out with friends followed by a walk in perfect weather and a look at an art gallery.
  2. First swim of the season.
  3. Sushi.
  4. Karaoke night.

06 May 2017

  1. My oldest son had a really good baseball game, and afterwards we had a nice lunch out with my in-laws.
  2. Fun time at writing group. I love brainstorming!

Those two are plenty for one day. I'm feeling happy and content.

05 May 2017

  1. Relatively painless annual physical.
  2. Outlined the remainder of the story I'm writing.
  3. Weekend.

04 May 2017

  1. Brunch with a writer friend I hadn't seen in a while. We only manage to get together ever 6 months or so. Always good to catch up.
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
  3. My kids' reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

03 May 2017

  1. Saved a bee on my morning walk. That's two bees saved this week!
  2. Three ducks landed beside me on my walk, too. They quacked. I quacked back. It was good.
  3. Nice phone chat with a friend I hadn't talked with in a while.

02 May 2017

  1. Lots of page reads for my Amazon Kindle Unlimited books.
  2. Finally made the appointment with my doctor that I have been meaning to make for months.
  3. Only had to be at the school for one library period instead of two. Don't get me wrong, I love volunteering. But it's nice to get a break now and then.