Transitioning from July to August always gives me a little jolt. One step closer to fall…one step closer to the school year. The past few weeks have been a jumble. Scrambling around with the kids while trying to FIX my work in progress. The start of the Olympics provided one more distraction that I didn’t need. I’m a junkie when it comes to competitive sports. Although the television coverage has been questionable (too tired to rant here) I have been glued to my couch each evening until midnight. My younger son spent hours in the pool yesterday trying to mimic Phelps and Lochte. As I faithfully timed each ‘race’ I couldn’t help but smile as it reminded me of my own ‘cartwheel’ days when I wanted to be Nadia or Mary Lou.
This weekend we’re taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge again. In theory that means I need to get a lot done today and tomorrow. The truth is, I’d rather sit at the computer and write this blog post because…well, just because I’ve missed being here. Since my last post:
- I spoke at a local writer’s group over the weekend (LCRW). Although I was frazzled with nerves I had a great time. As a former member of LCRW it was a real treat to see familiar faces as well as meet new members.
- Crumbled at the news of Maeve Binchy’s passing. She stole my heart as a teenager with her funny, wrenching novels set in her native Ireland. “To Light a Penny Candle” and “Circle of Friends” are still two of my favorite all time books.
- I lost home phone service last night during a thunderous storm. Squee! It’s still not working which makes me really happy. Only family and friends can reach me on my cell phone so this is a huge blessing. I actually called my phone carrier to see if it would be a long time until service is restored. Told them to take their TIME.
- I’ve been on a reading marathon — plowing through books. Some great. Some spotty. Trying really hard not to download anything new until I get my own work done. I’m weak…so damn weak.
August 1st….still coming to terms with it. Before I switch over to my laptop to work on my *$@# manuscript I want to send out happy birthday wishes to my sister in law Kelly. She gives me one good reason to smile on August 1st 🙂