Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July Reading Schedule

June Recap:
-Finish SaLie's Story/proof it/turn it in  Check:)
-Add words to Heart Song 
-Start Prayer Journal  Check:)
-Get my health under control  Somewhat...
-'Graduate' to full Cantor  Somewhat....
-Buy promo items
-Finish watching final season of Frasier; begin watching Coach  Check:)

Books Read:  7
DNF:  2

Songs Added To Karaoke List:  2
My Thursday night KJ had Telephone Man by Meri Wilson, plus I sang Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.

If the fluid in my ears hasn't dried up by August, I get another tube inserted.  Fun, fun.

July Goals:
-Get house fumigated
-Write Heart Song, or at least get close to finishing it!
-Buy promo for Watermelon Fest
-Finish paying for Christmas Gift and Hobby Show
-Keep sane
-Drop another 5-10 pounds

Reading List:
Summer's Desire-Kathleen Ball
Montana McKennas Prequel-Maddie James/Jan Scarbrough
Emily's Vow-Betty Bolte

Karaoke Songs:
Breathe-Breaking Benjamin
Don't You Wanna Stay-Kelly Clarkson/Jason Aldean
The Climb-Miley Cyrus
Consider Me Gone-Reba
I Will Remember You-Sarah McLachlan
I Will Survive-Gloria Gaynor
Ice Ice Baby-Vanilla Ice
I'd Do Anything For Love-Meatloaf
I'd Lie For You-Meatloaf

I'll update this more, when I have more time.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Flashback: 4th of July!

July 1975:
We spent the 4th up at Lake Schaffer with Mom's BFF, Kathy Tandy Groustra and her family.  Peter, Tim, Vicki, Wendy, and I began an all day Cops-n-Robbers game, which was part hide-n-seek, part C-n-R, since Peter and I were the robbers, and had to hide from the others.  I remember hiding out in the shed and holding my breath when Tim opened the door and looked around, but didn't see me on the tool bench,

We also took a speedboat ride up and down the lake, then passed Indiana Beach.  I pouted; I wanted to stay the night and go to IB the next day, but Mom said no.

After dinner, we sat on the dock while Peter's dad set off firecrackers.  I can still picture the Roman Candles going off over the water:)  (This is where I got the idea for the opening scene for Caty and Bryan's story, lol!)

Next Month:  Anticipating 4th grade:)

Present Day:
Today is my daughter's 21st birthday!  We're starting off with a family dinner at the restaurant of her choice (Applebee's), then I'll be the designated driver for a night on the town.  I'm hoping to take her to at least two karaoke bars, so I can sing some more!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

"Office Space"

I'd love to tell you my office looks like this:

You may even imagine my office looks like this:

From 2007-2011, this was my actual office space.  Notice the 3.5 floppies and CDs lined up on the 2nd shelf?  Yup...still got 'em.....

I wrote most of my work on this one.

But since receiving my laptop Feb 2011, THIS is my current office space, where I wrote Kenzie's Sci-Fi series, and did all the edits from July 2011-present:)

Notice the room at the back?  That's our utility room, where cookies, popcorn, and the microwave are housed.  The past month, it's pretty common to hear the words, "Can you move..." just when I've settled down to write!  Why not move?  If I sit to the right, I run the risk of kids looking over my shoulder.  If I sit at the other end of the table, I'd be blocking the back door.  Yes, my kitchen is that small.

Table is pushed against the wall, so when dinner is ready, we pull it out and people have to walk through the hallway in order to get around to this space.

Now you know why I'm house hunting!

July reading schedule will be posted either this weekend or Monday:)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flashback Friday: "Chicken and Doughnuts!"

June 2005:
Ariel and Jaevon, our honorary grandkids, were spending more time with us, which included a trip to the China Buffet after church on Sunday.  Since they mostly ate the chicken on a stick, lo mein, and the fried biscuits, Miss A began asking, 'Can we get chicken and doughnuts, Uncle Dan?'

At first we didn't understand what she was talking about, but after putting it together, the name stuck!

The older kids spent a week at Grandma's for VBS, so I only had the three younger ones for a week.  No one was playing baseball, to my relief.

Present Day:
I'm trying to finish SaLie's story and get it submitted by next week.  Shana entered my head late last night and told me about her main conflict....yikes!  Five more days, Shana, and the brain's all yours, ha ha!

New Book In Print!

You can thank NaNoWriMo for this one.  Since I won last year, they sent me a code for two free copies:)  I added the first chapter of NiKoh's Chosen to the end, and my wonderful publisher graciously uploaded it to the site:)  My copies arrived yesterday, so I'll start ordering more for my upcoming events.

Saw the ENT dr, who confirmed I still had fluid in my ear canal.  I'm to blow air into my eustation tubes ten times a day and return at the end of August.  If the fluid hasn't dried out, then I get another blue tube in my ear.  Fun, fun....and no, they will NOT put me under!  Since this isn't my first party, I told him to have someone else in the room and to clamp my head still.  Because this adult CAN'T hold still!

"The dentist put me under for a 30 second tooth extraction; why can't you do the same?"

"There are health risks....it's more expensive....normally adults can hold still."

"I'm telling you, I CAN'T!"

He just smiled, handed me my departure info, and left the room.

I'm thinking I need a second opinion.

Tomorrow's Karaoke Songs:
I Will Follow Him-Peggy March
Bed of Roses-Bon Jovi
I Will Remember You-Sarah McLachlan
I Will Survive-Gloria Gaynor

House Hunting:
Looked at four houses on Monday, and only one was a possibility, but I'm not crazy about the school system.  So we keep looking.....

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Flashback Friday: False Rumors....

June 1995:
My final day at the restaurant was approaching, since the spouse had returned to work, and wasn't happy with me continuing to work weekends.  One Tuesday, I walked in for lunch and to collect my paycheck, when the grill cook, whom I'd driven home one evening, called me over.

"Did you know there's a rumor about us having an affair?"

"Seriously?  Are we having fun?"

"I am."

"Well then, so am I!"  We decided to enjoy our false status, and even our manager got in on the fun.  I decided to go home and give D a head's up, so he wouldn't think the rumor was true, but I underestimated his sense of humor.  He was NOT amused, which brought even more tension between us.

Warning:  Disturbing joke content ahead.

One evening, our manager was sitting in a booth with R and asked me, "When are you two going to start a family?"

I grinned.  "Didn't we do that last night?"

R snapped his fingers.  "That's right, we did!"

I rubbed my midsection.  "I woke up feeling queasy this morning."  I walked on, leaving the two of them laughing hysterically.

Did I mention our uniforms were teal shirts and khaki slacks?  Later that evening, I was carrying a tray of open ketchup bottles and had just entered the kitchen.  One of the bottles tipped, sending ketchup all down the front of my pants.

My sense of humor kicked in.  I hollered for R, who poked his head out from behind the Hobart.

"Bad news....we just miscarried!"

"Oh that's SICK!!!"  He was laughing so hard, he had to stop what he was doing!

My final day was Father's Day, and even though this story is twenty years old, my spouse still to this day thinks R and I had a brief fling.  I even questioned him about it:

"If I was going to have an affair, do you seriously think I'd come home and TELL you about it?"

"Yes, just to throw me off the track."

O. M. G.  I knew we had serious trust issues.

In other happy news from June 1995, my grandmother's estate was settled and I was now the recipient of my grandmother's 4-door Chevy Celebrity, since we were driving a 2-door Ford Escort.  K had graduated to the 'Big Seat' while 11-month-old S was now in the forward-facing car seat.

Next Month:  My baby girl turns ONE!

Present Day:
I went to karaoke last night and sang the following songs:
If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)
Telephone Man (Meri Wilson)
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (T. Petty/S. Nicks)
Rock of Ages (Def Leppard)

I attributed the camera shutting off during the duet, because someone chose to stand in front of it while we were singing.  But it shut off twice during ROA, and I realized it was the batteries!

Today, I'm doing laundry and hopefully writing.  Last week, I'd written close to 6K while at Mom's, and I've barely hit the 1K mark this entire week.  I did 750 on Wednesday, but zero yesterday, due to my ENT appointment, and about 200 on Tuesday.

Health:  I still have fluid in my right ear, so the ENT doc wants me to pop my ears ten times a day by holding my nose and blowing (shudder).  If there's still fluid in August, then I'll be scheduled for another tube insertion.  I wish they could knock me unconscious for it!!!!

SaLie Update:  Word Count has reached the 44K mark (I think....it may be higher).  I can 'see' the ending....now just have to GET there!

IF I can go to karaoke tomorrow, the following songs will be sung:
I Was Made For Loving You-Kiss
Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson)
I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)
I Will Follow Him (Peggy March)

Happy Father's Day Weekend!!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Flashback Friday: Working For My Mom

June 1985:
Brief recap:  I'd returned home after my 1st year at college and my ex-HS b/f expressed interest in me again, and to correct the mistakes we'd made.  Unfortunately, he hadn't changed, and was dating two others beside me.

My mom went to Band Camp, and with my father at work and my sister a junior counselor at a Youth Camp in northern Indiana, I saw a chance for K and I to enjoy ourselves.  We made plans, and I was looking forward to seeing him, when disaster struck.  I received a phone call from our associate pastor at church one afternoon, and he spoke to my father at length.  Afterward, Dad took me to Nobel Roman's Pizza for dinner and over pizza, revealed the details of the call.  K's mother had called him, expressing concerns about me.

I was devastated, extremely angry, and it threw me into a mild depression.  I'd trusted him a 6th time....hadn't I learned my lesson?  I spent the rest of the week trying to take my mind off it, and when Mom returned, she 'hired' me to help her clean out her office and do some paperwork for her, which included updating all the Health Info cards with students' immunizations, by hand!  Yeah, no computers in her office.  I also had to file all of the senior medical files in the school office, and wasn't allowed to take my radio in there. Needless to say, I hurried through that job, since Mom didn't object to me dragging my jam box and a case of cassette tapes with me every morning.  I'd carefully copy the information onto the cards while singing along to Wham, Madonna, Sheena Easton, Styx, and Journey:)

To my surprise, BFF BC was also working at the school, doing maintenance.  He would come down at least once a day and speak to me, and we'd joke around until one of us had to return to work.

I'm still concerned about him, as one of his jobs was to remove the asbestos, and I don't think special breathing filters were used back then.  Hoping and praying he doesn't fall victim to mesothelioma...

Next Month:  Meeting my new cousins, tragedy, and Florida.

Present Day:
I'm taking my 'mini-vacation' at my mom's, and restarting The Great Declutter Project of 2015.  So far I've dusted the living room, put away the DVDs by the TV, and discussed what else we'll do between now and Monday.  I didn't get any work done yesterday, since I was at a friend's mother's funeral.  I DID knock out 1700 words on SaLie's story, so it was a good writing day:)

Just found out there's no karaoke tonight, like I thought, but I'll be able to go tomorrow night and sing my Miranda Lambert tribute OR other songs.  I've not really decided, so it will be some combination of these songs:

Famous in a Small Town
Gunpowder and Lead
Heart Like Mine
Baby I Lied
Voices That Care
Edge of 17

Have a good weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Flashback Friday: Disney World!

June 1975:
School was out!  We attended VBS, and I was disappointed.  The previous year, we'd watched movies and sang songs; this year we were going to be in groups and do craft projects, ugh.  My friend K went with me, which helped.

Mom announced we would be taking a family vacation to Florida, so we packed up and headed to Orlando.  We enjoyed playing on the beach and in the pool, but I was not happy Mom made us wear T-shirts over our bathing suits, to help block out the sun's rays.  Still, I got a bad sunburn.

Swimming in the Atlantic was interesting, though I soon learned to be terrified of jellyfish, watching several float past us as Mom led us out into deeper water.  I learned I preferred swimming in freshwater, disliking the salty taste.

Disney was fun!  We rode all the rides we could:  Snow White, Cinderella's Carousel; Mr. Toad's Wild Ride; Pirates of the Caribbean; Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, etc.  Space Mountain had opened, but when I learned it was a roller coaster, I opted not to go on it.  Dad and my sister did, while Mom and I rode the rocket ships.  10,000 Leagues Under The Sea was broken down, and we fell in love with It's A Small World and the Teacups:)  I remember Mom looking at our tickets and telling us we could go on ride A, ride B, or ride C, but not the Haunted Mansion again, because we didn't have anymore of those colored tickets.

We caught the riverboat back to the parking lot and enjoyed the fireworks during the boat ride.

Present Day:
One of my adoptees is headed to her own VBS camp, so she'll be gone today and next week:)  This entire week, MDQ and I have been helping with snacks at our VBS, and today is our final day.

I'm still hard at work on SaLie's story, and can almost 'see' the end.....

Miss Alexandria Nicole turns 3-three!-on Sunday!  Where did the time go????  She's too young to read this, so I'll tell you she's getting a pink tricycle, a piggy bank, and some 'big girl' panties.

Karaoke Songs:
I Want You To Want Me-Cheap Trick
Breakaway-Kelly Clarkson
I Was Made For Lovin' You-Kiss
I Will Always Love You-Dolly Parton

Have a wonderful weekend!