Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon

In a few hours (3 to be exact), I'll be at the movies with 109 high school students watching NEW MOON.  Yes, I am excited!  And yes, I have a million little details running through my head: this kids still needs to give me money, that kid needs to give me their permission slip, where are we going to meet because it's raining, will we all fit on the bus?  However, I have faith that it will all work out and we'll have lots of fun.  I've told  a few that they need to be on "best behavior".... so we'll see.  I just hope that I can relax enough to enjoy the movie.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year? 

We are forgoing Christmas gifts this year because of our tight budget (2 kids in full-time daycare...   need I say more) but if I was to dream big..... a photoshop class, a Yurdu to fool around on, time to craft/sew, and a Kindle for Jan
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received? 
The handmade baby blankets for the kids.  So beautiful!
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle? 

Quilts for the kids' beds. A twin sized seems MASSIVE!
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child? 

Someone at my dad's work gave him a used typewriter to give to me.  I remember that year I snuck in under the tree early and pecked away at the keys.  My friends and I wrote little newsletters on that typewriter for years.
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year? 

Legos and Tinkerbell 
6. What is your favorite holiday food? 

Lobster on Christmas Eve (which will be delayed this year because my parents are going to Hungary to visit my brother)
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays? 

EVERYTHING but what we bought this summer while we still had money.  It's in production currently and is TOP SECRET
8. What is your favorite holiday movie? 

It's a Wonderful Life (or ELF if I'm looking for a laugh)
9. Favorite holiday song? 

The whole Ella Fitzerald Christmas Album
10. Favorite holiday pastime?

Making my own Christmas gifts- the planning and the making

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Writing, writing, writing

This month seems to be a long list of things I should be doing while I'm writing.  So, I have 27,000 some odd words going with this novel.  It's been a manageable write so far.  I like the idea of a shape shifter as a metaphor for any teenage girl who isn't quite comfortable in her skin.  I just hit my first real pause where I'm not 100 percent sure where I want it to go next.  I may need to call in for help.  So, half way done- half way through the month.  YEA!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What one does when one is wasting time while writing a NaNO Novel...

Ok, so I have spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME on this computer this month.  It has become a fixture.  I THOUGHT that while doing my NaNoWriMo Novel that I would spend LESS time on Facebook and blogs.  However, what I find is that when I am thinking about an idea, I tend to surf the web.  So, yup.  I've been on this thing a ton.  Also, while Elliot had the flu, I wrote.  He watched kid's tv, I wrote.  He slept, I wrote.  So, on the upside is that I am up to 20,000 words on my quest for 50,000.  I am almost half way to my goal and I have yet to run out of ideas.  So, what I have realized about myself is that YA Fantasy may be my genre.  It's fun for me to write.  Hopefully it's also fun to read.  I'm not thinking about that part right now.... I'm just plugging in the words and scenes and going for it.  So, here's to 50,000 words before the end of the month!

Friday, November 6, 2009

When you have the flu...

When having the flu, it is good to have a kitty by your side.  It helps considerably with the recovery process of sitting on the couch and watching movie and taking middle of the day naps.  Bill Nye the Science Kitty (aka Baby Kitty) was an absolute love with Elliot, cuddling with him and watching over.  I felt like he knew Elliot was sick and needed him.  Elliot was red-faced with fever which just hurts a mother's heart.  I am calm in theory until well.... he is loopy with fever.  He seems to be recovering today so that's good.  I am hoping to return to school some time in the near future.  My students are going to wonder who I am with all these absences.  I hope no one else gets the flu.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Really good sewing/crafting blog

For anyone who is into sewing and/or crafting, this is the COOLEST website.  It has all these really simple projects for Christmas (and for anyone who makes things for Christmas, you know that you need to start thinking about it NOW or in August).  The blog is currently doing a month worth of craft ideas for Christmas.  The archives are pretty cool too.    I am getting a TON of ideas (that will wait until after November when the novel is written).

On the novel front, I have a character and 6627 words.  I am on target right now which is FABULOUS!  I think the character's name is Adalaide and is a shape-shifter but does not know she's a shape-shifter..... yet. I am really excited to be breaking into writing science fiction/fantasy.  I've been reading it almost exclusively for the last year but have never actually written it.  So, here it goes!

Monday, November 2, 2009


What isn't there to love about Halloween?  Free candy!  Costumes!  Being outside in the dark!  Ok, I'm not crazy about the darker aspects of the holiday but I love the whole dressing up and fun part of it.  AND it gets even better when you can experience it again with your children.