Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Big Fat Newsletter, Cheap Eats Advice, and What to do with those Scraps of Paper Lying Around


It's been a bit since I last posted.
I confess, I've been letting instagram get the best of my day to day. (it's hard not to -- the whole family including my grandma is on there so it's like visiting with them all day long)
My account doesn't get to be the charming hour by hour play by play my sister raising two kids under 2 manages -- my teenagers would definitely not be ok with me following them around for the shots ;) but it'll still be an overshare of what I'm reading, what color polish I'm wearing, and what last food D has cooked up for us. (all riveting, I know ;)

My everydaywritingcoach readers will be happy to know that they will be getting a twice-as-thick summer newsletter for July & August this week. (If you want to sign up simply email everydaywritingcoach@gmail.com You can send your writing questions there as well.)

I am also happy to share this blogger with you. If you are interested in eating real food, buying local, and spending very little money doing it (she feeds a family of 4 on $330 per month), you will want to check her blog out as well.

I'm off to release that newsletter and corral my scraps of paper notes into the summer manuscript.
Will keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

the important things


A bit of what I've been up to.
The day job has wrapped up for the summer.
Which means the backburner projects have my undivided attention.
(when I am not being distracted by the important things -- see above)
I'm heading to bed early in order to wake up for an early writing session tomorrow.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Fit your Writing into Life and Other Concerns


images courtesy of morguefile.com (which is more helpful and less morbid than you'd think)

It's that conference time of year. Which means while I am presenting tommorow (on the query letter -- the key to getting your work into magazines) and attending sessions; I am also free of the second shift and rooming with another rabid writer, so after my essential 7 hours sleep, I'm switch-hitting writing projects like nobody's business. (it's the excitement, I think)
D has already texted the everything's going well/have a great day/all's clear this morning. (which I didn't realize I needed until he sent it.) Here's to stealing writing time.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Of thrifted treasures, dinner I didn't make, and time with my boys



One of my favorite things to do to decompress at the end of a demanding week is thrift. This weekend's under $10 haul: 2 farm animal collectibles, a chair for the corner of the kitchen, and a laptop bag.
It was D and my 18th anniversary yesterday. We did our favorite day: hanging out with the boys, getting our individual projects done, going for a drive, and watching TV to a dinner he made. And, chocolate, of course. It was lovely and mellow.
Working on a few to-do's before the kids wake up and the before school and work rush starts. This is my usual writing time. I get it back in a month. I've learned if I try to get everything done at once, I will likely get nothing done. Better to be realistic and compartmentalize the calendar.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

a man in the kitchen and other dreamy things

receiving magazines from friends, reading them (like any list-making geek, I take notes), and then passing them on to other friends is how I make sure the stacks under my bed don't get any bigger
 little c is a Pictionary superstar. it gets complicated when you are drawing for and against your opponent. and he is a worthy one
 one of his friends has a Christmas time birthday and her favorite color is purple so we hunted down for this stack and wrap. mission accomplished
the beauty of being a list maker and being married to a man who will not get out of the kitchen is that he will use the ingredients for the above to make completely different dishes (that admittedly are better than mine;) I won't complain. while he was training little c to be his soux chef, I was reading.

I've made some strategic writing plans for 2015 but am holding off on their execution so as to get in a bunch of holidaying time.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

more season

 it's been a great weekend. in the middle of it, my seventeen year old and I brought some Santa fun to a local library. the kids were so sweet. definite believers among them. one little guy was so star struck he didn't get the courage up to wish Santa a Merry Christmas until he was walking away ;)
 speaking of the season, the cards have started arriving. my favorite was this one from japan. a sweet student who stayed with us this year sent heart warming wishes and some great pictures he took
 I had dinner with some girlfriends this past week where I was gifted this great purse. it screamed holiday party to me (it could have been the oversized green ruffles ;) so I took it to the work shindig d and I went to last night. fun dinner (don't tell our moms, but d even thought it rivalled home cooking -- it was amazing) and dancing (important to balance all that food consumption) and staying overnight to sleep in and have breakfast in peace. that was pretty amazing too.
I have been putting up a few more Christmas trinkets. this one was 75cents at a local thrift store. (my favorite kind)

I am re-reading this book and listening to this. inspiring. and giving the season context. which I love.
this week has one work day and then holidays in which to write and read

Friday, November 07, 2014

Ode to Intentional Holidaying


 How did we land up in November so soon? Not that I'm not thrilled. I am a complete Christmas geek, collecting gifts and themed wrap (2 matching reversible patterns so I can keep straight the gifts which are heading in three different directions while we celebrate with our family of five and then with D and my families' of origin). Christmas tunes have been playing at my house awhile (and I am looking forward to putting up the tree the last week of November) and when D and I went out for a long overdue dinner date this week I was thrilled to hear them playing in the little restaurant a road over from our home. (he may have rolled his eyes ;)

Due to making like a girl scout and being prepared, I am now on round II of stocking stuffers. Because little C and I are pulling a near all-nighter getting ready for his sleep deprived EEG (tracking his petit mal seizures), I have the opportunity to make some of these felt stuffies I've been pinning on pinterest.

I'm thinking bunny deserves some new duds as well. what do you think? red cowboy boots? ;)
As the holiday season approaches, I'm looking forward to a mall-free season (FYI; if you want to skip the mall Santa lines, join us as we collect items for local babies & the food bank and get FREE pictures with Santa and a free book at the Hope library Saturday Dec 13 from 1:30-3:30) -- making it about more than the traditional hustle and bustle & focusing on spending time with loved ones, celebrating the reason for the season, and giving back.
Taking a break from the office to make up for last week's six day week. Behind me: date night (delicious, non-interrupted time with D), parent teacher interviews (which always make me fall in love with the kids' school all over again), and the watching of a great documentary on Netflix (happy -- which you will love if you are invested in being happier yourself and finding out the science behind it). Ahead of me: little c and me time (I spy celebratory Starbucks on the horizon and he is hoping to wrangle the brain scan from the technician for some investigation with his grade 5 science class), a playdate that doubles as girlfriend time for me and a couple of mommy friends, and a 2 day spiritual retreat. The sort of thing that fuels my scribing and keeps me sane. you know I like it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

celebrating other people turning 30 and growing up

my little sister turned thirty this week (not the blond one, but the one who has always signed her cards, "your little twin") and my mom, my sisters, and I are heading to the city to celebrate. because it is my day off I started it with a Netflix documentary. it was surprisingly poignant and worth the watch,a definite tribute to sticking with marriage and family, one of the reasons I like career coach blogger Penelope trunk as well. Read her latest punch to the gut post here. today promises to be a pack the bags with new thrift store duds and get out of town kind of day. should make for some good material.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holy Puttering

 I remember the first time I came across the mundane coupled with the spiritual -- my friend Sylvia had called me up mid-day a few years ago and had said I'm not sure why, because everything seems great, but I felt the Spirit call me to pray for your family while she cleaned her floors. It turned into a couple of hours of scrubbing and spiritual intercession. And I was amazed (and if you know me -- you know I cried ;). First of all, because the timing was impeccable (as God's tends to be) and secondly because I had always been under the impression that the spiritual and the mundane needed to be kept in separate spheres due to the holiness factor of the one and the physicality of the other.

But now that I know better, and have witnessed the power in the coupling of the two (going into that mind space regularly means it will start to happen when you are in the middle of your everyday which is a powerful way to live -- knowing you have a spiritual backing), I have enjoyed puttering in early mornings, while praying for every thought and need and anxiety in my life and in the ones around me -- everything from my nuclear family to facebook friends to people in the news.

needless to say, I am thankful for her call that day
 The puttering of today: hanging picture frames near the ceiling (which isn't hard to do in a quirky old farm house with a great variety in wall size) and the planning of a chalkboard wall in the dining room to turn this:
into this:
source: http://bashooka.com/inspiration/chalkboard-typography-arts/

little c is now officially at camp. quelling my mommy nerves with editorial work and student hosting. and planning a little novel writing for later in the day.

Friday, July 25, 2014

quiet

this is how thrilling my Friday night is: Sally Hansen 330: Hard Drive, Matcha Kit Kat and Instagram review.

this is how tomorrow is shaping up: sun, 2 x celebrating the ten year old (read my baby aka little c -- I know -- I can't believe it either)'s bday

next week, he's gone to camp and I am figuring out magazine layout and other nit-picky computer jobs that are impossible to get done with an adventuring kidlet underfoot.

then I will only be distracting myself.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

bibi guns, plastic fruit, and your money

 in order to photograph my wine basket and new wall vase (which reminds me suspiciously of a beautiful version of an oversized shot glass on a string St Patrick's day revelers carry around) I had to shove into it the bibi gun and yellow safety glasses that were poking out the top. (normal I'm sure) thanks, boys
 the faux fruit basket at my house contains an equal amount of sunglasses (I stole the idea for plastic display nutrition from my sister when I noticed her house lacked the fruit flies that accompany the real thing -- now my fruit is safely in the crisper. Some wise guy has since put teeth marks in the plastic fruit. I left it, as they definitely look real now.)
I've been wrestling with gimp software for my new editorship. One successful project in, I am so thankful for the you-tubers that have gone before me (a saving grace for an impatient visual learner)

my home office is quiet for a few more hours. I'm off to take advantage of them.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

the only thing i'll copy from a 'real housewife'

first day of summer for me and there's a week of writing and house puttering I have blocked off on the calendar.
in between thrifting and meeting first with one of my favorite writer friends Allison for lunch (which doubled as touching base on upcoming projects -- we're writing a writing book together and co-hosting the writer's weekend together again this year (save the date: Nov 21-23 in Hope BC) and with my sister for starbucks and a mall crawl (she has a baby so it consisted of cursory glances at storefronts and then dashing in and out of the dollar store to buy the supplies I need to copy the arrangement I mentally circled when watching RHOC (yes, guilty pleasure exposed -- literally no brain-power needed to
watch this show so perfect when exhausted ;)
then came home and executed my favorite kind of 30 second craft: insert foam into container, arrange flowers until foam is covered. done.
then heard the boys and friends coming down the driveway post school -- time to hide with a notebook and write


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Saturday, May 31, 2014

signage, gilt, and speed housekeeping

 i'm not sure why i post signs like this in my kitchen. i have three boys. it's not like they need any encouragement.
 of all my thrifting adventures, I cherish the 25 cent finds the most. this gold cherub frame was one of those. I was explaining to friends the other day that tailoring life choices to your own quirky sense of self means there will be less competition for them. if everyone did the same thing you do, you be hard pressed to get an opportunity to do it. (supply and demand and all that) that applies to everything from how you spend your time to what you buy or don't (i keep leafing through this mini board book of d and my 1 night getaway a few years ago -- even though it takes a master scheduler to coordinate multiple boys' activities and supervision in our absence, I'm thinking it might be worth it...)
this feels like a good Saturday morning to me: blogging, reading some brain candy and texting friends. I'm giving myself another 10 minutes until I have to whirl this house into enough shape (read: cleaning like people are coming over in 20 minutes -- it means I won't have to spend more than 20 minutes on it) and can get on with the rest of my day: writing, puttering, visiting.

little c is in the middle of negotiating sales for his loft bed thanks to social media. he has great visions for its replacement. you know it involves collecting the rest of the household's belongings into his room -- the studio apartment for a nine year old that it is ;)

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Monday, April 21, 2014

family time and other things that occupy us

mental note to self: take more pictures. the first event I pull my camera out for this year has been a quarter through the year. thank goodness for the right click save on FB.
 my family's easter dinner and spring birthday celebration was delicious and relaxing. (thanks, mom!)
 we've stretched out our celebrating until today so we have more goodies to distribute and ham to eat at our house.
 little c should have been a twin. look at me fitting in writing when he is otherwise occupied. sneaky, I know...    the countdown to book is close upon us. and summer is fast behind. my favorite, long day, fit-in-more-fun time of the year

Saturday, March 29, 2014

books and virtual candy




It's been a writing intensive spring break. Took some days off from work to hang out with the kids and alternate between reading, writing, candy crush, and my favorite short workout  on repeat to train for soccer season. Missing my oldest who is gallivanting with his French class in Quebec and Montreal. Have been driving the middlest to his new farm job, and keeping the youngest in craft kits. Dinner party last night (amazing thai food this time), breakfast out with my cousins and sister this morning, and some more family celebrating for d's grandma's bday tonight.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

spring break scheming and other niceties



 little c and I are bribing ourselves with a new tablet to meet our reading and writing quotas over spring break. so far, brilliant plan.
you can see how much the oldest and middlest love being documented for the blog below (and I am using this to explain why my scrapbooks now mostly contain pictures I have right clicked off their facebooks ;)

 little c's newest obsession is filling our microwave with the toxins necessary to shrink chip bags down to the size of a pin. have to admit, it is a fascinating process (steps for the interested: approx. 10 seconds on high for an 180g bag) fastest craft in the world.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

chai for breakfast, indoor stables, and reading about the art world

 if you are a lover of chai, you will be thrilled to know you can now eat your favorite flavor for breakfast as oatmeal. it's weird so you know I impulse purchased (verdict: good, but not topping sally's dark chocolate flavor).
the week has been running past juggling multiple work ventures, some family time with the kids' cousins on both sides, mommy chores like supergluing the broken glasses while we wait for the replacement ones, and attempting to fit a new read about Emily Carr into the mix.
 D and little C executing little C's stable plans for his horse Charlie (as close as he'll come to having a horse while under this roof -- I've seen the sort of life take-over horses are -- worse than hockey ;)