Babysitting, Birthdays, And Blogging

Friday: I babysat in the early afternoon for a couple of hours. The dad got surgery on his ear so I was needed to keep the peace while the mom was at the hospital with him. I kicked butt in Monopoly, watched the boys play some video games, and watched the oldest dye his hair pink… yeah. In my defense, the parents said it was okay and he’s not my child, so… anyway…

Mom and I went food shopping and then we all went out to dinner. Then to Barnes and Noble. It was a good day with the kids and a good night with the family.

Saturday: Kris and I went to Barnes and Noble in the morning to write (I swear, we should just live there). We got kicked out of our seats because some people reserved the table, but that was okay. We went upstairs and found a table by the writing books and didn’t get much done there. It was way too quiet… we always sit by the cafe and I always claim I can’t work with people talking (I usually listen to instrumental music or nothing at all), but apparently the background noise of the cafe is a nice atmosphere.

Then we went to our sister’s apartment for our brother-in-law’s 30th birthday. We stayed there for a few hours before it started snowing (again!) and we went home. I planned on being productive after getting home, but that didn’t happen.

Sunday: We went to church for the first time in two weeks (because of all the snow storms). The corner of the Sunday school room is leaking and the entire Sunday school closet (with all our books and supplies and such in it) was soaked. Nothing was damaged and there was no “flood,” but the carpet was soaked and part of the ceiling fell through. Plus, there was a huge puddle in the light fixture. I am officially done with snow.

Also, I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve stopped commenting on your blogs (or have been extremely slow at it) and that I’ve barely been keeping up with the comments on my own blog. I don’t know why I’ve been slacking in this department. However, I spent the rest of Sunday afternoon on my blog typing out posts and going through the blogs I follow.

You won’t believe how many blogs I follow that don’t even exist anymore. I unfollowed those as well as some blogs that haven’t been updated in months (in some cases, years). I hate unfollowing people. I feel like a jerk. However, it got to the point that I was following more people than I could count and some blogs I didn’t even know what they were until I clicked on their link. It was just something that desperately needed to be cleaned out.

With that being said, I’m going to try to set aside some time each day (or maybe every couple days depending on my schedule) where I can catch up on blog posts. I can give myself some time to read through each post and comment on them like every fellow blogger should.

I have to organize my flash drive, my blog, my writing stuff, everything… it’s kind of crazy. I think that’s why I’ve been so slow lately; I have a lot going on and I don’t know where to start on working through it all. I’m working on it slowly, but surely.

This is yet another reason as to why I can’t wait to be done with school… eight more weeks!

How was your weekend?

A Sweet Valentine Surprise

This weekend was uneventful considering we had yet another snowstorm. I think we got another foot or so which means our yard has accumulated about… seven or so feet? Something around there. It’s a lot–it’s too much.

The storm happened yesterday so I didn’t do anything. I planned on getting some cleaning done, but that didn’t happen. I played video games just like anyone should on a snowy day.

Saturday was the biggest day this weekend. Kris and I went to Barnes & Noble. We haven’t been there in a couple of weeks due to snow storms and our writer’s group. We each brought a notebook and started something new. I’m taking a break on Detective Florence for the time being. I started a new novel in a notebook which may or may not turn into something… I got the idea from a short story I did from last November’s NaNoWriMo.

Saturday was also Valentine’s Day. Since we’re at Barnes & Noble (just about) every Saturday one of the workers there always sees us. We always say hello and have a quick chat. This time she came over to our table with a smirk on her face and placed two giant white bags down on the table.

Kris and I cautiously looked up at her and slowly peeked into the bags, but then she explained: “This is for my two favorite customers who are always here. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

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Free cupcakes!

Apparently B&N was having a Valentine’s Day special to buy four cupcakes and mix and match the flavors. I mentioned to Kris we should buy some (because we’re horrible daughters and didn’t get our parents anything…), but then we ended up getting eight for free! How nice was that? It certainly made my day!

And despite being horrible daughters, Kris and I then came home to this:

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Chocolate and one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Also, if you know me and Kris at all, I’m sure you could guess which box of chocolates was for who…

How was your weekend/Valentine’s Day?

So Many Snow Days!

For the second Monday in a row, I had another snow day from work. This is our fifth snow day in… four weeks? We’ve gotten a lot of snow in such a short amount of time. Today we got another two feet or so. I’m losing track of how much is out there, but it has to be at least a good five or six feet total from all the snow in the past couple of weeks. It’s been so bitterly cold that even when it’s not snowing, the snow isn’t melting; it’s just turning to ice.

I don’t mind snow days, though. Everyone is sick of them at this point and they’re all angry with Mother Nature, but I don’t care. Sure, I may have to make up the days at the end of the school year and I don’t get paid for snow days, but I get a lot done during these days.

I have been so stuck on my writing lately, it’s ridiculous. For the past week I haven’t been writing anything. I’ve either been doing homework (which is at least something productive) or I’ve been playing video games or watching TV. I’ve had the motivation to write, but I just don’t know what to write. It’s quite the dilemma.

I’m still working on Detective Florence, but I think I need a bit of a vacation from it. If I don’t take a break, I’ll burn myself out from the characters and plot and then it will never get done. What am I supposed to do while I take a break from that, though? I’ve been thinking of writing some short stories or maybe trying my hand at some poetry. I’ve been looking at different magazines and contests to submit to, but my state of mind remains the same: I want written, not writing.

Needless to say, I did nothing all weekend. I babysat Friday night and didn’t even do anything while the kids were in bed… I brought two books with me and didn’t read either of them. I sat on their couch like a lump. Saturday Kris and I didn’t even go to Barnes and Noble because I was too tired. I don’t know why, but I was completely wiped out. We decided to write from home, but neither one of us did… we played video games instead. We didn’t do anything yesterday, either. It was snowing so we didn’t even go to church. Again, I watched TV and played video games.

Today, taking advantage that I’m home, I decided to be productive. I actually typed up ten more pages of Detective Florence 2 so that’s something. I’ve also gotten a lot of homework done.

I wanted to go back and forth between writing ten pages, doing some homework, write another ten pages, so more homework, and so on. However, I got caught up in my homework (because my classes have been giving very little homework this semester) that I decided to get it all done today.

Three of my classes start the week on Monday while my other class starts the week on Tuesday. So I only have my assignments for three of my classes so far this week and I’ve finished my homework for all three, except my Spanish quiz because my professor didn’t post that yet for some reason… I’m assuming she forgot because that’s what usually happens.

I’ve also gotten a small head start on the homework for my fourth class because I already know what reading she’s going to assign. So I can make a small dent in that tomorrow, but I can finish the rest of the assignments tomorrow. Then I’ll be homework-free for the rest of the week!

I’m hoping I’ll spend that extra time writing… whether it’s Detective Florence or something else.

How was your weekend?

Snow Day!

My mailbox and fence in the front yard.
My mailbox and fence in the front yard.

Blizzard 2015 (that’s what they’re calling it) has hit us hard. Everyone stayed safe (as far as I know) and it gave me a snow day from work. So go Blizzard 2015!

We got about 2-3 feet of snow… maybe more. I’m not entirely sure. As you can see from the picture above my fence and mailbox was just about buried. I took that picture earlier this morning, so it’s a bit worse now.

I charged all my electronics last night (Kindle, phone, 3DS, Wii U controller, and laptop) just in case. My co-worker said, “Isn’t it sad that our first thought of a power outage is to charge our electronics?” It’s not worrying about food spoiling, heat, or anything like that.

Yes, we are human and we have our priorities straight.

The snow started at 12:30 PM yesterday (Monday) and is still going strong. It’s not expected to stop until about midnight/one o’clock in the morning, which would be Wednesday. It’s kind of crazy, but cool at the same time.

It was nice not to have to go to work today. I got a lot of homework done. Two out of my four classes are done, one class I just have one more assignment to do, and my other class (Spanish, if you couldn’t guess…) has a quiz and a project left. I’m hoping to get the rest done tomorrow because I have another snow day tomorrow! Yay! They’re not optimistic they’ll have the snow cleaned up by tomorrow morning for school to resume, so I get to sleep in again and have another pajama day. Fine by me.

In addition to homework, Kris and I played video games. No surprise there, right? The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Super Mario 64. Two games from the Nintendo 64… we’re going old school because we’re cool like that.

I did write today, so I actually did something. I typed up about 14 pages of Detective Florence 2. I’m about halfway through the manuscript now so I’m hoping to finish by the end of the week. Then I can outline the next part so I can write the next part in February. I think that sounds like a good plan, yes?

Tomorrow will definitely be helpful since I don’t have to spend six hours of my day at work. If I can get my homework and another chunk of writing done, then the rest of the week will be a breeze writing-wise… even with work and babysitting thrown into the mix.

Anyway, I hope anyone getting hit by this blizzard is doing well… I hope we’re all warm and all have power in our houses.

Snowy Weekend

Well, it’s Monday again. I feel as though the weekend never happened. It always goes by way too fast.

Friday: I went to work per usual. I didn’t have my car because it needed some new tires. So, dad drove me to work and my sister Lisa drove me home (we work together). While I was at work my mechanic called saying my car was ready. So Lisa drove me down there, but she hit a pothole on the way and broke her own car. A spring popped out of her brakes or something like that. We got my car and together I drove us back to my house while she left her car to be fixed. A half hour later, we picked it back up good as new.

We also switched back to Verizon from Comcast. Lucy not has a steady Internet connection after struggling for two years. Yay!

Mom and I went food shopping, then my parents, Kris, and me all went out to dinner and then wandered around Barnes and Noble for a bit. There were things I was going to get done Friday night, but I didn’t do any of them because we didn’t get home until eight that evening. Kris and I then watched YouTube videos for a few hours before going to bed. Needless to say, it was not productive.

Saturday: I slept in a bit late, but I had plans to get some things done. You know, like stuff on my blog, writing/editing, etc. I didn’t do any of that. We had a snow storm so it was the perfect day to stay in my pajamas (which I did), relax and do nothing… which I did.

Kris and I sat on the couch, played a few different video games and watched Netflix. It was pretty bad considering we both had plans to be productive. She did hand write a little in a notebook and I did some posts on my blog, but that was it. Then we went back onto the couch. Then again, you need a relaxing break every now and then.

Sunday: Again, not very productive. Went to church, played video games, and did some posts for my blog. There were a couple times Kris and I sat at our desks to get some writing done, but we didn’t have much motivation. Kris got some writing done, I got nothing done. It was pretty bad.

At least I can say I had a relaxful weekend. How was your weekend?