Okay, so it’s been five days or so since I posted here. I’m going to update by day, stream-of-consciousness.
Friday, March 6: Daughter did not go to school again due to her lingering illness. I worked eight hours. Picked up son from lacrosse. Have absolutely no other recollection of that day.
Husband took son to early-morning lacrosse game. I woke up early (for a Saturday) to get ready for a day away. My daughter slept until after 9 a.m., which is the latest she has ever slept. I dropped her off at Grandma’s house, then hit the road for an hour’s drive to a conference.
However, just as I approached the freeway, I peeked at myself in the rear-view mirror and noticed that my eyes looked strangely naked. That’s when I realized I forgot to put on mascara. Nice. I was trying to look my best, too, and my best includes mascara. ( I arrived thirty minutes late but I swear my detour to Walgreens for mascara and an eyelash curler did NOT take long.)
A writing friend of mine, Linda Vujnov, was speaking at a conference at Overlake Christian Church. Linda and I met at Mt. Hermon’s Writing Conference two years ago. I drove up to spend the day with her–and ended up giving her an afternoon driving tour of Seattle’s most iconic sites (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, waterfront). The sun even came out for a moment–but it was snowing by evening. Weird.
I totally invited myself over to Jodie Howerton’s house. (She and Linda are friends–Jodie used to live in Southern California, too.) She blogs at Sun Breaks in the Rainy City. Anyway, I have no manners, so I tagged along. Jodie and her husband, Mike, are super nice people with two cute kids and an enthusiastic dog.
I left home at 9:30 a.m. and returned home twelve hours later. The last thirty minutes on the freeway were torturous because my left contact lense felt like it had sand under it. Ouch.
Sunday, March 7: We slept in. I was so exhausted from Saturday. When we got up, I took my two youngest kids to the dollar store where they picked out a bunch of cheap things to buy. We ran into a couple we know and when my phone rang, I handed it to Keith and had him answer it. Freaking out my husband is not easy to do, so that was quite satisfying. He was stunned to hear a man answer my phone. Gotcha!
I went to a movie that afternoon (“Taken” which was quite entertaining), then to Target. I spent two hours trimming the laurel hedges in the backyard. Then my husband and I watched television: “The Amazing Race” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Monday, March 8: Took kids to school, did DVD work-out (ouch, lunges hurt). My daughter called and reminded me it was her snack-day, so I took snacks to school. As soon as Grace saw me, she cried and I took her into the hallway to beg, threaten, cajole and insist that she stay at school for the last forty-five minutes. After school was out, the teacher said she was totally fine. Worked eight hours today.
Oh, did I mention we woke up to snow today? How weird is that?
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And that’s what I’ve been doing. Not exciting or glamorous or anything. Tomorrow I’m meeting with an ER nurse to discuss some details necessary to the fiction I’m writing. I am trying to get some “real” writing done, but I’m finding it nearly impossible to find time. I haven’t even had much time for reading lately, either, which is distressing to me.
But at least I updated this blog. That’s something.