Friday, September 4, 2015

Flashback Friday: Hay Fever!

Sept 1975:
Something awful happened a few weeks after school began.  I couldn't stop sneezing, and instead of carrying around a box of Kleenex, I opted to carry a hankerchief like Dad did.  But suddenly, the other kids seemed to avoid me.  Who wanted to be around someone constantly blowing their nose all the time?

I'd sunk to the very bottom of the pecking order.

No medications were available for my sudden onset of Hay Fever.  My head refused to dry up.

A cute new boy appeared in my class, but even he kept his distance from me.  Suddenly very self-conscious of the way I appeared, I began withdrawing from everyone.

Next Month: Art Class Disaster

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Present Day:
I'm still reeling from the news that my beloved publisher has closed its doors. I've removed all links from my website, so please be patient while I figure out the ins and outs of self-publishing, or go about finding another publisher.  Kenzie has still taken over the brain, so I will let you know where things stand on the Arbor U series:)

Later today, I'm off to the Washington Wine, Cheese, and Art Festival!  I've been up in Indianapolis since Monday, taking care of MDQ and ME while their mother is in the hospital. She was released yesterday, so as soon as the festival is over, I'll head north again, and stay as long as she needs me.

I'll get the September Reading Schedule posted soon:)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Flashback Friday: Back To School:)

Aug 2005:
We began the month with MDQ and ME's 4th and 3rd birthday party at J's new house in TH. She would be bringing them to my house every day while she worked her new job.  That was the original plan.

K and S began 8th and 5th grade, and all seemed to be well.  S liked her new teacher, and junior high seemed to be agreeing with K.

We settled into a comfortable routine; K and S knew that if I didn't show up at school in the afternoon, it was because all three little ones were napping.

I was now back on the 'write-when-the-little-ones-nap' routine, and trying to finish book #6 of Arbor U.

Next Month:  Upset In Routine

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Present Day:
I forgot to post this yesterday!!!
We're in week #2 of K12, and Youngling is doing well:)  I discovered I wasn't teaching him spelling properly, so yesterday we made up notecards and he spelled all but 4 correctly!  Today we're doing yesterday's lessons, since we were gone most of the  day on Wednesday, so the lessons were adjusted.

Was frisky at Brower's Karaoke on Wednesday, singing the following songs:
Out Here On My Own
If I Only Wanted To
Do You Want To Touch Me
I Hate Myself For Loving You (by request)

Tonight's songs:
I'll Be There (Mariah Carey)
City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)
I'll Be Your Shelter (Taylor Dane)
I'll Never Get Over You (Expose)
I'll Stand By You (Pretenders, back up song)

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flashback Friday: Exploring:)

Aug 1995:
With my baby girl now mobile, life was more busy, keeping her safe from knocking things over, and keeping her from exploring her climbing skills on my desk.  She was determined to keep up with her brother, and followed him everywhere.

The downtown Circle Center Mall opened, so we naturally went to see it.  We soon learned to love the circular glass elevator which took us to the food court and upstairs to the arcade, and both kids (okay, ALL of us, ha ha!) fell in love with F.A.O. Schwartz.  I think S wanted to take home the entire stuffed animal collection!

We ate pizza and gyros in the food court, enjoyed the 50's music spilling out from Johnny Rockets, then hooked S on her 'leash' and walked her around, chewing on her pizza crust.  I soon learned to enjoy the Warner Bros store, as well as Disney, and Sam Goodey Records.  Bodyworks, Victoria's Secret....Eddy Bauer....Nordstrom...Parisian....I was in love.  I think we even bought S some socks at Parisian!  D soon turned me onto Irish Cream lattes at the Nordstrom coffee bar, and we took home some specialty chocolates.

My favorite memory, however, is watching S, happily munching on her pizza crust, then her temper tantrum after dropping it and having Daddy throw it away!  I don't remember if we had to stop at the Cookie Factory to distract her, but she was NOT happy!

Next Month:  K Begins Pre-School:)

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Present Day:
School began this week for my 5th grader, and this year, 90% is done offline.  It's put a hurt on my writing, since we have to do so much work with me supervising him.  He fought me on spelling; literature; and even Math yesterday.  I'm hoping our new Plan works this coming week!

Karaoke Songs:
If You Love Me-ONJ
Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone-Glass Tiger
If You Could Only See-Tonic
I'll Be-Edwin McCain

Friday, August 14, 2015

Flashback Friday: Back To College!

August 1985:
I forgot to mention: In the chaos following Grandpa's death, my roommate assignment arrived, and I was dismayed to note K and I would be in the room next door to where EY was, with three others.  Repeated attempts between the three of us to get back in our desired room were met with frustration.  We were told we could swap after school began. Defeated, I called the other two girls and introduced myself.

When we returned from Florida, another letter from school had arrived, moving me, K, EY, and one of the girls I'd called, to our room:)  We thanked God for His intervention, and I happily packed my things again.

EY and I arrived on Saturday, and discovered that while though only two of the four beds were bunked, we moved K's bed to our side, in hopes that soon another set of bunk beds would be traded for the two singles.  The plan was to put all the beds on one side, then turn the other into our 'living room'.

K arrived and approved the plans.  I worried about alienating J, our new roomie, but kept silent. We went out to dinner and when we returned, we found a stunned J unpacking and wondering why she was alone on that side.  After explaining the plan to her, she relaxed, and E and I were happy when she and K hit things off.

A family friend was also attending the same college, so when he arrived, E and I went to help him move in.

After registration, and buying our books, E was contacted by L,a guy she'd known the previous year.  We went to his apartment and I promptly forgot about not mixing alcohol and painkillers, and was soon sleepy after drinking half a bottle of wine.  L kept saying there was someone who wanted to meet me, but N arrived as I was being taken back to the dorm, and said he'd catch up with me later.

E and I made a pact:
-No skipping classes;
-No partying during the week;
-No sleepovers during the week.

Three days later, N caught up with me and asked if I was going to the dance that evening, then agreed to meet up later.  During the dance, N asked me to go to a party with him.  I said I'd give him an answer soon, then E approached and said L wanted her to go to a party! We agreed, 'Just this once!'and went our separate ways.

"Want To See Where I Live?"
N and I went over to a place on 6th street (incidentally, the same place E was) and started playing Quarters.  N asked me if I'd like to see where he lived, and I said sure.  Later that evening, he introduced me to one of his roommates, then disappeared to another party next door.  Confused, I followed him, and he expressed surprise I still wanted to be with him. He took me back to his house, gave me the grand tour, then pulled back the curtains on a private room downstairs.

"This is where I live."

*needle scratch*  Uh-oh....I realized I'd mistaken his euphemism, taking it at face value!  When I told him I'd not been with anyone since May, he agreed to take things slow.

The next morning, I woke up in an awkward position.  N was still asleep, and I didn't know what to do.  Get up and leave?  Wake him up?  I'd already missed my 8 am Geography class....oops, 3 vows busted.  I decided to wait him out.

After getting back to my room, I hopped in the shower, since my next class wasn't until 11.  Suddenly the door to the bathroom flew open.

"Where the HELL have you been?"

I poked my head out of the shower.  "I, uh, spent the night with N.  Details later; I've got a class in thirty minutes."

E laughed.  "I spent the night with L, but got in around seven.  Confession session after lunch?"

"You got it." I went back to my shower.

E had also hit it off with my friend, and I rather liked D's roommate!  But after being with N, I thought I'd found a new boyfriend.

Boy was I ever wrong!

Next Month:  Swimming Party, Meeting New People, and Mixed Signals, Plus A Labor Day Weekend Disaster!

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Present Day:
I'm fighting a bug.  Woke up with a sore throat and unable to catch my balance.  I've napped a lot all day, too.

Went to karaoke last night, but only sang one song, Just Breathe by Anna Nalick. I realized earlier in the day I know the DJ's wife; she used to be one of my 'personal assistants' at Office Max:)  Brower said she remembered me too, and was surprised I'd not mentioned my author status to him.  I told him it wasn't something I brought up unless asked, and since I'd only known him for a month, I hadn't felt the need to volunteer that information!

Tomorrow's Songs:
If I Can't Have You-Yvonne Elliman
Behind These Hazel Eyes-Kelly Clarkson
If You Love Me-Olivia Newton-John
If You See Him-Reba/Brooks and Dunn

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

August Reading Schedule

I know I'm two weeks behind on posting this...first things first; here's the July Recap:

July's Goals...Did I meet any of them?
-Get house fumigated Check:)
-Write Heart Song, or at least get close to finishing it! Not even close...still on Ch 3
-Buy promo for Watermelon Fest No.
-Finish paying for Christmas Gift and Hobby Show No
-Keep sane Jury's still out on this one, ha ha!
-Drop another 5-10 pounds Managed to drop 2, so hey....progress!

Books Read:  3

Songs Added To Karaoke List: 7

August Goals:
-I. Will. Write. Heart, Song!
-Pay for Christmas Toy and Hobby AND Book Blitz
-Buy promo for Wine and Art Fest
-Promote Orion Anthology
-Get computers in shape for K12 year
-Drop 5 pounds

Reading List:
Emily-Sandra Martin Very good!

Karaoke Songs:
Wednesday:
Breathe-Breaking Benjamin B didn't have this, which is okay; I sung this back in 2011, when Cheryl was KJ-ing, and it's too low for me.  Was just hoping to get it on video.
Broken-Lifehouse
Don't You Wanna Stay-Kelly Clarkson/Jason Aldean
The Climb-Miley Cyrus
Consider Me Gone-Reba
Do You Wanna Touch Me-Joan Jett  LOL....nailed it!
Everlasting Love-Rex Smith/Rachel Sweet
Foolin' Yourself-Styx  Nailed it:)
Heaven is a Four-Letter Word-Bad English
I Wanna Dance With Somebody-Whitney Houston  Little shaky, but not bad.
If I Only Wanted To-Melissa Etheridge Okay....

Saturday:
If I Can't Have You-Yvonne Elliman Okay; others liked it!
If You Love Me-Olivia Newton-John Nailed it!
I'll Be-Edwin McCain Okay....
If You See Him-Reba/Brooks and Dunn I nailed MY part; the rest was a comedy routine!  But then again, given who I chose to partner with me....I kinda expected it!
I'll Be Your Shelter-Taylor Dane
I'll Never Get Over You-Expose Nailed it:)
I'll Stand By You-Pretenders
If You Could Only See-Tonic



Friday, August 7, 2015

Flashback Friday: "I'm A Big Kid Now!"

Aug. 1975
Mom took my sister and I to be registered, W for afternoon kindergarten, me for 4th grade.  While I was thrilled to finally be allowed to check out books from the 'big kid' library again, I was less than thrilled with my teacher assignment.  But I resolved to be good, do well, and best of all, I was awarded the responsibility of caring for my younger sister for two hours after school.

The first day of school, I received a surprise.  We would be changing classes every so often, and were given green 'washtubs' to hold our book and papers as we switched.  The big surprise came when I realized I'd be spending most of my time in Mrs. R's room!  Maybe this would be an okay year, after all?

Next Month:  Sinking To The Bottom of the Pecking Order

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Present Day:
I've dealt with severe computer issues this week, after an AWESOME time at the Watermelon Festival, selling five books, which means I broke even for once:)



Floyd Root




I completely sold out of Hotel Stories, and someone even bought one copy of Heart's Last Chance:)

Next event:  Washington Wine and Art Fair, Sept 4th:)

Oh, and did I mention.....



In other news, we're headed up to Indy tomorrow for MDQ and ME's birthdays.  Hard to believe they're 14 and 13!  I should be back in time for karaoke, and plan to sing the following songs:
If I Can't Have You-Yvonne Elliman
Behind These Hazel Eyes-Kelly Clarkson
If You Love Me-Olivia Newton-John
I'll Be-Edwin McCain

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Flashback Friday: Protective Dog and A Phrase I HATE!

Where did  last week go?  I totally missed TBT and Friday....

July 1995:
My sweet baby girl turned one year old:)  We went to my inlaws for the weekend, sort of a 'do-over' of what had been planned the year before, ha ha!  We ended up  taking Hercules, the dog we were watching for the weekend.

We arrived at the farm and Herc, a white American Eskimo, jumped out of the car and right into a pile of muck.  He enjoyed running around with  the other dogs, with the exception of Old Bo, one of the many hounds.

Old Bo decided it was his duty to protect the youngest member of the family, who was not yet walking, as she made her way up and down the walkway from porch to driveway.  Every time he thought she was a little too close to the gravel drive, he'd haul himself to his feet and lay down in front of her, so she'd have to turn around and go back. Then, satisfied she was safe, he'd return to his spot by the steps, so she wouldn't try to climb up:)

Later that day, S took her first steps at Grandma's, and even gave her father a mini-heart attack! She'd crawled up on the porch railing and after going nose-to-nose with Daddy, she sat down and watched him.  Suddenly, she threw open her arms and bailed off, ala 'Catch me, Dad!' Fortunately, he did catch her, and I was ready with the camera.  The look on his face is priceless!

She'd  also developed a cheesy grin for the camera, and enjoyed her birthday cake and ice cream.

Next Month:  Fun at the new downtown mall

July 2005:
We celebrated S's 10th birthday with a few of her friends and going to see the fireworks in town.  A and J's mom moved to a new house in Terre Haute, and began selling Pre-Paid Law, earning a $1000 bonus in her first three weeks.  She tried to get me to do it, saying, 'This will give you something to do during the day...', which pissed me off.  Didn't I already have enough?

My duties during the day included:
-taking care of a 16-m/o
-writing
-keeping up with the housework
-managing the household while the spouse worked 15+ hours a day.

What the hell did she think I DID all day?  It certainly was NOT watching TV all day long!

Next Month:  Back to school with an 8th and 4th grader:)

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Present Day:
My sister and her family are visiting from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, so the youngling and I will be spending the weekend with them.  We plan to go to Chicago to the Science and Industry Museum on Sunday, then dinner at Giorgino's Pizza.

Went to my last karaoke night at Old Towne, since the DJ  I've gotten to know was let go in a  rather shitty manner.  The place was dead last night, and was not that impressed with the new KJ, but still had a good time. Sang the following songs:

I'd Do Anything For Love  Not bad; at least this one included the girl's part, even though  I'd written it down!
2 Black Cadillacs  Better:)
I Remember You  Nailed it!
I'd Lie For You And That's The Truth  KJ downloaded it, but no words appeared onscreen.  Good thing I know some of the words!  Enjoyed singing it.
I Will Be  Nailed it:)
Broken  I was heading out when KJ began singing it.  I volunteered to be his 'Amy', and we did well:)

                  Have a safe and happy weekend!