I finally caught up with most of my blogging associates (as far as reading their latest entries, etc). Boy, it's a job in and of itself, but so worth it! Sadly, I probably know more people/friends online than I do in real life. Hm. Things to make you wonder.
I want to give a special thanks to Angie Ledbetter for inspiring a passionate answer out of me on why I write (see right column for my answer). I think it's the best and most purest answer I've ever come up with.
So, seeing as I've recently read a bunch of my friends' blogs, my brain is still fresh with some of their inspiration. Karen Duvall included in hers a list of things she had to get done, and I feel that maybe if I write them down I won't feel so absolutely overwhelmed by it all. The sad thing is, I don't think any of it has to do with the holidays. I just always have a list of things to do. Wah!
My wifely to do things:
- do the dishes
- finish three more loads of laundry (yuck, I hate laundry and to think I'm adding another human that wears clothes! ;) )
- bake . . .
Ok, random entry on baking. I spent four hours baking cookies with my mother last night. She sent me home with all the ugly ones! What the heck! *I* was the one who made all the pretty santa bears and gingerbread men! So not fair! But, to further this unfairness, I set my tin can of cookies on the oven and when I went to cook the noodles for dinner tonight, I turned on the wrong burner. YUP! Husband: "What's that smell?"
Seconds later, we pry the nearly suctioned top off and squinch our noses at the awful smell of burned wax paper and metal. All my cookies were melted and the after taste was just like the smell. So, to further explain my "baking to do": MORE decorated cookie cut outs, and mini Zucchini Bread loaves for my friends and family (it's a shameless plug, but seriously people, great recipe and so versatile. I'm making some of the bread pumpkin and some banana as well).
Motherly Things to Do:
- take kid to school
- finish volume 1 of her annual video (it's long this year)
- attend her Christmas party
- be the official "tattoo artist"
- when we get home, involve her in some more holiday type crafts/activities
I think we'll make a paper plate wreath, and I found this neat way to make yarn ornaments. You blow up a balloon, soak the yarn in liquid starch, and wrap it around the balloon and let it dry. Pop the balloon, and you have a perfectly hard, round, yarn-ornament to hang on the tree. Nifty, huh? I'll let you know how it turns out.
Writerly Things to Do:
- continue my reading of Story by Robert McKee
- begin reading The Atlantis Prophecy by Thomas Greanias
- write 2 more articles for Suite 101 (Lesson Ideas/Activities for teaching Penguins, and "Preparing Your Only Child for a Sibling)
- flesh out main character of new novel, whose first name I now know is Jessa
- and I really want to start reading Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress . . . ever wish there could be some sort of chip invented to download a book in your head? I could read so many more books much faster that way!
Not to mention we have our annual Christmas party at our house Saturday night that I have to prepare my house for. I've taken a break from my picture book and plan on getting back into it after the New Year.
How's everyone else doing? Are you victimized by being an obsessive multi-tasker or am I all alone in this vital flaw?