A Week That Wasn’t

There isn’t a springy bone in my body this morning. I do not like the whole Day-Light Savings thing the Powers-That-Be force upon us. It messes up my sleep. It messes up my appetite. It messes up my schedule. No, I do not like this Day-Light Savings thing. (Channeling Dr. Seuss?)

We picked up the old broken car yesterday. It’s a rather sad addition to the garage at this point. It served us well for over thirteen years. It just never made a smooth transition to desert living.

In other news, I took a mental break this week. With all the running around and juggling of schedules and “purge and pack” there just wasn’t anything left for writing focus. And football games start Saturday, thus the balance of this Round will likely be more miss than hit. I’m okay with that because family will always come first.

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year. – On Target.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – Nothing to report.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title. – This isn’t happening this Round. I haven’t been able to stay in the zone long enough to do justice to this story, even allowing for a crappy first draft. Nor have I been able to brainstorm any titles yet.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January. Goal attained for February.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (13/5 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Not attained.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

I’m reading back over this, and it comes across kinda doom and gloom, however, I’m excited about the process of finding our family a home that fits our needs better. I’m excited about the opportunities opening up for us financially. But yes, I’m also reevaluating whether I have the drive to continue this writing dream.

I love the ROW80 challenge and the supportive group of people involved but I will be stepping away from Round Two.

Ten on Tuesday: Oscar

ToT-Button10 Thoughts On This Year’s Oscar Show. Or, if you don’t watch The Oscars, 10 Reasons Why You Don’t Watch the Oscars. Or even 10 Things You Do Instead of Watching the Oscars.

We DID watch the Oscars. In fact, we had a rather unique opportunity this year in that the majority of the nominated movies circulated through my office in the weeks leading up to Sunday night’s show.

So, here goes:

  1. We thought Ellen DeGeneres did a pretty good job of hosting the Academy Awards. The wee beasties especially enjoyed the whole pizza delivery thing.
  2. We agreed on Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor.
  3. We agreed on Matthew McConaughey for Best Leading Actor.
  4. We agreed on Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.
  5. I never got around to watching Blue Jasmine so can’t speak to Cate Blanchett for Best Lead Actress, though I do like her in general.
  6. We were thrilled 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture.
  7. After watching the BAFTA show I want to watch Philomena and I thought it was cool that the real lady was in the audience.
  8. UGH on the number of wins Gravity took home. Don’t get me wrong, we enjoyed the movie but not to that level.
  9. There’s interest now to watch Dallas Buyers Club now that the males in my house understand a bit more about the story. I guess reading the back of the DVD wasn’t enough.
  10. The “In Memoriam” always gets me. Using the song from Somewhere in Time choked me up. I appreciated Bette Midler preforming Wind Beneath My Wings though her voice isn’t what it used to be.

Did you watch the Oscars?

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew?

We’re in the middle of Single Mum Land here at Casa de Barclay.

That Man is busier than a one-arm coat hanger. We’re two ships passing in the waterway. And whatever cliche you want to apply, LOL.

I seriously haven’t known if I was coming or going most of the week. What was I thinking to add house hunting and loan approval paperwork to the mix? OY.

Let’s see how this week measured up.

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year. – On Target.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – Down 2.4 this week. Which I’m attributing to the new water app I downloaded.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January. Goal attained for February.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained, but getting better by taking my computer to football practice.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (23/5 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Target attained, I think.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

Video I Love: Heartbeat

We had a late night last night with football practice then a homework project needing to be completed for school today. I don’t have anything sitting in the queue and thought today would be a wash.

Then, while getting ready for work this morning, I heard this…

And it put a huge smile on my face.

Sound is one of those triggers that invokes memories. I have nothing but great memories where this song is concerned.

Childhood Christmases were spent with my dad’s sister and her family, some years at our house while others at theirs. There were five of us kids. Each year presented us with the challenge of what we would do. Some years we were rock band. We’d practice and practice our dance moves and lip-syncing to whatever songs we’d chosen for our concert.

This was one of them.

This was from the year my sister sang rather than lip-synced and will forever be HOTBEAT in our minds.

Do you have a fun song memory to share?

Another Day, Another Dollar

Out the window, LOL.

Our old beast is on life support, requiring a new engine to purr again. Our family’s priority this year is to move into a larger home so we’re parking the old car until we’ve achieved that goal. In the meantime, we must have two reliable vehicles thus yesterday was spent car shopping.

I have to say, with all that happened this week, I am pleasantly surprised with my progress this week. Here’s how it broke down.

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – this wasn’t even on my radar yesterday and I forgot to weigh in

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January. And whether it qualifies or not, I’m calling a day spent with That Man, even if it was just car shopping, our February date :)

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained, but closer this week as I’ve been taking my computer to football practice.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Target attained.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (24/6 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Target attained, I think.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Target attained.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

Finding the Silver Lining

Yesterday was one of those days where you roll out of bed and immediately want to roll right back in.

I woke up late. Late enough that by the time I got my coffee and made sure wee beastie #1 was up, I’d lost a half hour.

Silver Lining:  late for me is still the crack of crazy for most people.

I had a lot of football running around to do with wee beastie #2 before his practice plus picking up wee beastie #3 from choir practice.

Silver Lining:  received a text from the team mum saying practice had been pushed back half an hour.

Double Silver Lining:  work was quiet and I was caught up which enabled me to leave an hour early.

I arrived at the school to pick up #3 and, because I had a few minutes to wait before choir ended, actually parked in the lot rather than the loading zone.

That became a Silver Lining when I returned to the car, kiddo in hand, and the car wouldn’t start!

Silver Lining:  the school is just under two miles from home. A walk I don’t let the wee beasties do on their own.

The pre-practice running around shelved for the day, wee beastie #3 and I started walking toward home. Sans the four-inch heels I’d worn to work. (Time to start carrying flats in the car again, LOL) And even there is a Silver Lining in that it isn’t hot enough yet that walking barefoot will give you first degree burns (I wish I was kidding about that).

I called wee beastie #2 and told him to grab his gear and start walking toward practice. Oh, and grab me some shoes. We met up and I watched wee beastie #3 enter our neighborhood. Then #2 and I walked to football practice. (I just Googled the path, works out to 3.4 miles for me and 2.1 miles for wee beastie #2. Yeah, a freakin’ long walk.)

We made it with 5 minutes to spare because of the Silver Linings:  me getting off early and practice moving a half hour later.

Double Silver Lining:  I got my exercise in for the day! (I’m paying for it this morning though, LOL)

That Man met us at the football field and, after dropping #2 off at home, we went to see what we could about the car. He’s hoping it is just the timing belt but we noticed the car is also leaking oil. We’ll find out the damage later today.

Silver Lining:  AAA. Seriously. That Man had insisted I get a membership the first road trip I made to Oregon without him. I’ve since upgraded to the Plus membership which grants more towing miles. Considering the issues we’ve had with this poor car, the membership has more than paid for itself. Anyway, the extra towing meant we didn’t have any out of pocket to tow the car to our preferred mechanic.

Yet another Silver Lining, we received our tax refund and, while those funds were earmarked for a move, they couldn’t have hit our bank at a better time.

Sometimes Silver Linings are so thin you can only see them in retrospect. Other times they jump out at you.

I’m really thankful of those Silver Linings on a day that felt like a full moon on top of the apocalypse.

What Silver Lining has blessed you recently?

An Olympic Ten on Tuesday

ToT-ButtonToday’s prompt is ten thoughts on the Winter Olympics. Hmm…

  1. We enjoyed the opening ceremonies
  2. That Man is all about the hockey
  3. Kid 1 is all about the snowboarding
  4. Kid 2 is utterly uninterested in the whole thing
  5. Kid 3 is all about the hockey
  6. Kid 4 doesn’t get the hype
  7. I haven’t seen a single figure skating event
  8. I suspect the time difference has a hand in our lack of viewing
  9. I prefer the Summer games to the Winter games
  10. Quite frankly, most of us are ready for regular TV viewing to resume

So, what are your thoughts on the Winter Olympics?

Boys and Sports, Oh My

Having boys means a lot of my time is spent schlepping to practices and games and being the supportive spectator. Over the years we’ve done baseball and soccer, and even tae-kwon-do.

It was an easy thing while living in rural Oregon where everything was five minutes from everything else, LOL. Even with That Man traveling I was able to keep up.

Here in Vegas it’s more of a challenge meeting all the activities for all the of boys, especially during the first three months of the year when That Man is crazy busy. This will be the first season where I’m working, too. It should be interesting.

Spring football has started.

#2 has started tackle football in preparation of following his dream of playing high school football with an eye toward a football scholarship for university. Gotta love a kid with plans. His schedule is crazy busy though. Practice three nights a week and games every Saturday (once they start mid-March).

#3 and #4 will be starting flag football this upcoming week. (I’m not in a financial position to buy gear for three though #4 would probably be a great tackle player.)

All of this on top of the fact #3 is still in choir with practice every Wednesday after school and performances most Thursday nights.

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – Grr, up 2.6 this week.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained. Only 2 of the 3.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (21/4 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Target attained.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained. Only 1 of the 3.

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

How was your Valentine’s Day?

Tuesday Book Talk

Let’s talk books!

Just Read

A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

Why I picked it up: It came up in relation to something else but I can’t remember the details. The time-travel definitely sold me on it.

What I liked: I did enjoy the story. It was almost like two stories. The first half had the hero coming forward, which I thoroughly enjoyed. While the second half had the heroine going backward. The characters were well developed with hints of reincarnation. The heroine starts out a bit whiny, almost to the point of too stupid to live, until the reader realizes she’s been sucked into an additive relationship and has no self-confidence. Deveraux’s intensive research is clear and she blended it seamlessly into the tale.

What I disliked: The style didn’t agree with me, probably due to this being an older book with a different writing/editing style then I’ve become used to. It felt like omnipresent trying to be deep POV which didn’t work for me. In fact, there were a number of spots I’d have called the author on head-hopping had I been beta reading this.

Reading

Forever His: A Time-Travel Romance by Shelly Thacker

Why I picked it up: Time-travel plus it was (and still is) free. I believe it’s the first in the Stolen Brides Series, and yes, I’ll be checking the rest of the series out.

What I like: This has the deep POV the previous book did not. There’s great sexual tension between the hero and heroine. The reasons they can’t be together are compelling. The historical details are woven nicely.

What I dislike: Nothing so far.

Will Read

Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland

Why I picked this up: I’ve been following this author, writers’ guru, for years.

What I expect to like: The writing style, the depth of the characters, and the visceral descriptions.

What I expect to dislike: I can’t think of anything.

What are you reading and loving at the moment?

To Write, Or Not

This has been a busy week and writing was not even a blip on the radar. Sigh.

However, I did stumble on this Feelings Chart yesterday. Love the layers illustrated. A tool for the ol’ character toolbox?

ROW80LogoYearly Goals

  • I have once again registered on Goodreads to read 100 books. However, this may change as I plan to put writing before reading this year.
  • Lose 50 pounds. I slacked off the last part of 2013, ’nuff said. – No change this week (4.2 total) probably due to my water intake being down.

Quarterly (AKA ROW80) Goals

  • Draft the Steampunk story I attempted for NaNo 2013. Oh, and figure out a title.
  • Read Who Are You in the Tarot? by Mary K. Greer and do the applicable exercises. – Read two chapters, no exercises yet.

Monthly Goals

  • Read, at least, one paper book. With the ease of carrying my eReaders around my poor paper books have been neglected. – Goal attained for January. Read Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley writing as Eve Berlin. Goal attained for February. Read A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.
  • At least, one date night with That Man. – Goal attained for January.

Weekly Goals:

  • Spend a minimum of 3 hours per week on writing. – Not attained.
  • Maintain 3 blog posts per week. – Not attained. Only 2 of the 3.
  • Visit and comment on at least 12 blogs per week, 3 of which HAVE to be ROW80 blogs. – Target attained (17/4 ROW blogs).
  • Connect on Facebook and Twitter with, at least, one non-blog post or share per week. – Target attained for Facebook. Not attained for Twitter.
  • Maintain books read on Goodreads. – Target attained.
  • Exercise 3 times per week. – Not attained. Only 1 of the 3. Started back with yoga. Oh the quivering muscles!!

You can find and support other ROWers HERE.

How was your first week of February?

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