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>HEY!!!!!

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Well, more like a quick visit to say hello and see what’s going on with everyone. 

It’s been a little crazy the last several weeks. Initially, I took time off to work on my two wip’s. Part of the way in, I realized that Tangi had backed off again, though I did manage to get several scenes written and a few others sketched out. Hopefully, they can be used. ***update: as I was writing this, she showed me something!***

With the nano book, I rewrote the beginning (I learned that agents won’t read anything beginning with someone waking from a nightmare.) The new intro is actually much better than the original, so that’s a plus. Then, I found myself rewriting the whole thing, not something I have time for and it was loosing something in the retelling. So I decided that I would try and just rewrite pages at a time.

Finding how difficult and time consuming that was becoming, I decided to put both wip’s on hold and follow another idea. (Can you spot the ADHD coming into play here?) One that I’m keeping under wraps for right now. But the neat thing was that it would be quicker and aimed at a wider target. Cool, right? Well, it was cool, for about a week. I was 10,653 words into the new project when the A/C went out. During the hottest week in May. (Director’s father said his porch read 103 degrees F.)  And the prednisone was still coursing wildly through my system. Yep, a total meltdown occurred. At one point, I simply started crying and was unable to stop. *Sigh*

Since about the age of 14, I’ve been unable to abide extreme heat. I’m told it’s probably a hormonal thing. I’m no better than a wrung out dish rag. So all writing/blogging/and facebooking came to a screeching halt. Eight days later, we had air again *silent prayer of thanksgiving* but the damage was done. I’d lost all my motivation. The writing train had derailed. Three weeks passed. Not one word written.

Till William came back to the Center for the summer! He’s my only face-to-face friend that writes and understands/gets excited about all things writerly. He’d done some research about short stories and where to submit them. Since we’re both pushed for time, we decided to concentrate on shorts, working on the wip’s when time allowed or the muses insisted. We’re both writing like crazy and I’m finding it fun and challenging. I’m finding he’s also quite the crit buddy!

Since this is a longer weekend, I hope to get a few more written, (I’ve sketched out ideas for several!) then concentrate on polishing them up. I also want to resume work on the new shiny, finishing it if I can. Ambitious, but the summer is passing quickly and I want as much to show for my time off as possible.

That’s pretty much what’s been going on as far as writing goes. During the A/C – prednisone drama, I reverted to my bad emotional eating habits and paid for it in spades. Consuming an estimated 3 to 4 thousand mg’s of sodium caused the wicked-bad migraines to return. Lesson learned. I’ve had my tatt redone (when it healed, there were blank spaces) and Honey finally had time to do some landscaping in the front of the house (I looks a lot better).

Work has been almost non-stop activities/happenings/events, but this week was really mellow. Lots of families on vacay, so I got to come home early yesterday (Friday). A couple of our kiddos are having some serious health issues and could use some positive thoughts and prayers, please. (I can’t mention names or conditions, sorry.)

Right now, I’m going to get some of my Saturday stuff done and then I’ll see if the Muse is with me. If she is, I’ll be writing for most of the afternoon and early evening. Then, I’ll be around to visit. I’ve missed you guys!!!!  If Ms. Muse is absent, I’ll visit sooner!

My weekend plans? To see Transformers! And I’m sooooooo looking forward to HP7 part II. The last trailer makes me cry. 

So, how have ya’ll been?

>Awards: I’ve Been Hoarding!!!!!

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Just before the A to Z Challenge started, I was given some terrific awards. I meant to pass them around the weekend before the Challenge, but spring hit the ground running and I’m still trying to catch up. I had intended to do a whole post, following all the rules and distribute them as I’m supposed to. Thing is, it’s getting busier around here. This weekend is full – with unexpected personal stuff and work stuff. And hopefully some writing stuff.

So here’s what I’m doing. I’m posting the awards, who gave them to me, a link to their blog, and the rules for giving them out. (I’ve actually been working on this post a couple weeks-all the info has been saved in various drafts) Then, I’m asking you to simply take them. Especially the ones you don’t already have. I’m justifying this in my head by thinking about the Tinkerbell post. All of you matter to me. You’ve all been there for me. And if I could give each of you an Oscar, I would. Cause you deserve it.

And I’m asking you to let me be terribly lazy this time.

If you’ve not met one of these fantastic bloggers, I highly recommend you check them out. They’re funny, witty, clever, sweet, and worth your while!

In no particular order, here they are:

This one is from Jeremy over at iZombie. Cool, huh? 
This one gets passed around as you like (up to 10 people)
but at least 2 people need to be bloggers you just met.
Put in their links, and link back on their blog
so we can all meet each other.
Jeremy wants the blogging world littered filled with Zombie Rabbits!!!!
*note to Jeremy-given the reproduction rate of rabbits, this could be the apocalyptic zombie we’ve been dreading!*

This one is from Carol at Under The Tiki Hut. Ain’t it pretty?!!
Very festive and sparkly, like Carol 🙂
To pass this around, I have to tell 4 truths and 1 lie. Hmmmm…..
1. I write backwards with my left hand.
2. The smell of wood smoke in autumn is intoxicating to me.
3. I love hot summer nights.
4. Cooking is not my favorite thing to do.
5. I once dreamed of being an interpreter at the UN.

Donna Hole very kindly passed this along to me. Wow, thanks, Donna!
The only rule I found was to mention the creator, (Michelle Gregory at beautiful chaos) and then
pass it to those who’ve been there for you
in some capacity.
Considering how Donna is so loyal about scouring the blogs and posting
shouts out and flybys, I’m honored she’d think of me.

Just as a Thank You for following.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!!!
If you haven’t met her, she’s N. R. Williams’ daughter.
No wonder she’s talented!
She creates book covers and has art gifts for sale. 
Check out her blog!
I especially love her Monday Poems and Thursday Quotes 🙂

All my followers! Who wouldn’t want this beautiful award on their sidebar?!!!
Deirdra from A Storybook World gave me this very lovely award.
She regularly interviews authors and posts interesting writerly stuff on her blog.
Definitely pay her a visit!

Talei from Musings of an Aspiring Scribe gave this one to me, thanks Talei!
I’m supposed to reveal 7 interesting things about me. 
Since I posted 4 true ones above, I’ll list 3 more…..
1. As young as age 5, I held snakes for my uncle. He put them in the barn to keep rats away from the chickens.
2. I don’t like to watch dvd’s if they’re not in wide screen format. I hate the cut offs.
3. Part of the process of our layoff included talking to and taking tests with a counselor. Some of it was pretty in depth. I took this one test…..and stumped her. I’ll just say that my answers depend on what I’m thinking at the moment. Hee!

Well, there they are. Take them. And have a great weekend!
I’ll catch up with you sometime late tonight or tomorrow……..

>Caution: Evil Lurking Ahead!!!!!

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Have you ever had the pleasure of taking a significant round of Prednisone? Well, let me tell you. See this kitty on the left? That’s pretty much how it makes me feel on the inside.

All sorts of evil and mean things run through my mind and try to come out of my mouth, but I believe I do a pretty good job keeping them behind my teeth. At least no one has ever told me otherwise. And I’m sure it’s not because they’re afraid of me or anything like that.

See, I was nine days into my antibiotic (for the previously mentioned severe congestion, sinus and ear infections). Nine days. The first antibiotic was omnicef. Not sure I spelled that right. Don’t really care. The point is that one gave me a wicked migraine and, um….tummy issues. So the good doctor gives me a sulfur based one. I took it for nine days. Just one more day to go and I would be free!

Thursday night, I’m getting ready to take a shower and go to bed. A little TMI coming up……I take off my capris and said a couple blue words. I was covered in red, mean looking dots. Holy crap, Batman! They’re all over me, literally, from scalp to feet. And suddenly, I’m aware of them. They itch and burn.

I call Director and we both believe it’s a reaction to the med. Friday at the Center is gonna be a hectic one-one teacher out and another substituting in the lunchroom. Plus, it’s our Mother’s Day celebration in which moms, grandmoms, aunts, and pretty much anyone else is invited to join us for breakfast, lunch, and/or snack. So I can’t be out. Director would never tell me that. I just knew how much she needed everyone to be there.

However, as soon as she sees me, she tells me to stay as long as I feel like it then go to the doctor. Evangeline strongly encouraged me to get an appointment asap (thanks!) and I left as soon as her break was over. The good doc was worried. He said it could be a serious thing to react to a sulfur based drug so he gave me a shot and a big ol’ round of evil making pills.

Except for Saturday, so far, I’ve not been too bad emotionally. Well……I could be wrong. My Mother’s Day post was kind of dark. And this feels a bit whiny. Hmmmm. Maybe I’m not being as vigilant as I thought I was. Sorry. And as I reread this, I think my verb tenses are all over the place, dang! Ah well….

Anyway, all that to explain where I’ve been the last several days, and likely for several more. Plus, I’ve actually been slowly plugging away at the two wips. I’ve added 4k to Tangi’s story and there’s more to put on the ‘puter. I’m doing a lot of longhand writing during nap time (when I can). I have another scene to add to Tangi and I’m sort of rewriting the nano, ugh.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to and where I’ll likely be. I’ll pop in unexpectedly when I can. Till then, take care and be safe! Have a great week 🙂

OH, PS!!! Guess what my bp was? Well, in spite of the painful condition I was in, as well as the anxiety attacks brought on by the benedryl I was taking (antihistamines do it to me) it was 130 over 80, wow! Yay!!!! Now, I just have to incorporate regular exercise into my new-ish diet and it will be even better *happy dance* ‘K, just wanted to share something good. TTFN 🙂

>GAH!!!!!

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….or the interwebs, or to see my niece….ugh!!!!!

The most interesting thing happened to me Saturday night, my friends. An invisible and ghostly silent MACK truck ran right over me. Yep. Left me aching all over, feverish, and feeling as if my my throat had been crushed. My temp. actually reached 103.5, which is pretty amazing for me.

Since it was so late when it hit me, I had to wait until Sunday afternoon to go to an urgent care center.

Guess what? Because it was Easter, they were all closed!!!!!!!

It was Monday afternoon before I got an appointment at my regular doctor’s office. The rapid strep test came back negative, but I’ll know tomorrow for sure. In the meantime, the good doctor concluded that I was “severely congested” and treated me for sinus and ear infections. Yay.

Then of course, weirdo that I am, the meds he gave me caused a massive migraine. So, today, Tuesday (I think?), I had to get another med. Good news – no migraine this time!

I’m also snorting a steroid, which seems to be slowly helping. I could never, ever do drugs. YUCK!

I would feel pretty put out, except my co-teacher was diagnosed with strep on Friday evening, can you believe that?!! I suspect there is a carrier in our room……

Anyway, I just wanted to quickly explain my total absence over the last week. Really? Have I been gone that long? It seems much longer……

I will try and do some catching up Friday. Till then, stay safe and healthy and have a great week!

>Unplugged…….

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Hey friends! I hope the week is treating you well.

It’s Week of the Young Child and we have lots going on at the center. This means a variety of special things for the kids, as well as the parents.

It also means that Director and Assistant Director do special things for staff. How lucky are we?

All that to say this: we’ve got a lot going on. All the fun activities in addition to all the regular stuff. Plus, an upcoming holiday, picture day, Mother’s day, etc.

So, for the next few days, I’m going to have to be unplugged. I promise to visit everyone who leaves a comment sometime between Friday and Sunday. Sooner if I get ahead on all the stuff in the works. If you’ve followed me and I haven’t followed you back, drop me a line here or through email. Sometimes, the linky thing won’t bring up a blog link so that I can find you.

It’s hard for me to stay away and I will check it if it’s possible before Friday evening. Till then, take care and happy blogging!

>Update….Feeling A Little Buggy

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First, I want to let you all know how very much I appreciate your concern and well wishes. And also to say thanks for letting me rant.

So far: I can’t get into the fall class because I’m not in a spring one. The same runaround as before.

I don’t want to take a class I don’t need just so I can get into the last class I do need. Did you get that?

So, Assistant Director is going to make a call in the morning to see what she can get done. Let’s hope and pray it works.

As for the work situation, we’ve all decided that we can only do what we can do at school for a child and the rest is out of our hands. I know that’s terribly vague and I’m sorry. I’m thankful that I work for people who allow us (me) to come and vent when situations infuriate us (me). 

Just to be clear, there’s no abuse, no laws being broken. But the situation is still maddening. In the meantime, we will just lead, encourage, and teach this child as much as we can while we have them, and let them know they’re loved and worthy.

Lastly, I’m really hoping that I’m not getting strep. Again. Yuck! You may or may not be aware, but some people can be carriers of different illnesses. One of the known ones (this poor child gave it to her family three times before they figured out what was going on and took more powerful preventative measures) has been in my room a lot lately. Ah well, it’s not like she does it on purpose.

Again, thanks for listening to me and for showering me with so much kindness and support. Bloggers ROCK!
Well, YOU GUYS do, anyway 🙂

Take care of yourselves, rest, have fun, and remember, tomorrow is Friday! Woohoo!

>No Caturday?!!! For Real?!!! *sigh*

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Hello Friends!

I hope the week has been kind to you. The tree pollen has kicked my tushy. Big time. Ah, the joys of spring…..

Anyway, because of my wicked allergies, I’ve been feeling less than perky, to say the least. Thus, I’ve not been around as much as I’d like.

And to top off this loveliness, I have a class tomorrow. Each year, we’re required to have a particular number of credit hours in addition to our certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Yay.

Am I looking forward to the class? Nope. Not at all. I am, however, looking forward to fun with my co-workers outside of work. We’re a pretty tight bunch and we usually have a pretty great time together. Lunch is included with the cost of the class and my secret pal is buying my breakfast. Thank you, Secret Pal!!! *waving and blowing kisses*

So, I’m off to bed because we meet for breakfast at 7:15! AM!!!!!

Then, later in the evening, we’re supposed to go to Furby’s house for a cookout. More fun. More friends. And more food.

It’s gonna be a very long day, but hopefully, a fun one.

Honey did pick up some stuff with real sudafed in it. It’s about the only thing helping, though I’m not supposed to take it anymore. Oh well. One’s gotta do what one’s gotta do.

I will see you all this weekend. Either Saturday evening or Sunday. Till then, relax, be safe, and have a great weekend.

And enjoy some yummy noms!!!

>March Is Marching….

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It’s Wednesday night, ya’ll. After 11pm. I need to be in the bed catching some z’s…..

Let’s see….since Friday, it’s been sitting in the er with Honey for 6.5 hours, messed up sleep/lack of sleep schedule Saturday,  completely wasted Sunday, stormy Monday (and no internet), a meeting Tuesday (long but fun evening), and an errand filled/bill paying Wednesday (not fun and a bit of a downer!).

I’m with that kitty up there….except it’s gonna be my bed!

I hope the rest of the week month is calm. March is marching all over me, lol!

(This is not meant as a whine; more of a comical and dazed dang! Actually, like Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted going, “Whoa! Dude!”)

Ha! Who am I kidding?!! It’s Leprechaun time! I’m trying to get my pics together for a post. The kids are having so much fun with the whole idea of leprechauns that they were sorely disappointed today when the wee ones didn’t destroy our room. However, Patrick and Molly (aka Director and Assistant Director) did leave a lovely letter apologizing for yesterday’s merry mayhem. And because the kids were such great sports about cleaning up all the mess, they left little green smiley rings for everyone. The kids ATE. IT. UP! It’s better than Santa. Times about a thousand!!!

Magical thinking. They don’t have it for very long and I love to make the most of it. Maybe tomorrow, Patrick and Molly will make another appearance. There won’t be any calm, but there will be laughter. And wonder. And possibly more ‘boogers!’

Happy Thursday!

>Good Times? Kinda – Sorta – Maybe….

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 Wow, I’m way behind! It’s been an eventful week so far….

Monday, our area was under a severe thunder storm warning and a tornado watch. Good times….

I’m sure you’ve driven through gusty winds and felt your car shift. Well, I felt my car get lifted! As I left work for home, I drove right through the storm and the wind was so powerful that I could feel my car being slightly lifted and blown to the left. I’ve never been so afraid while driving, wow! And the rain was blinding, but, fortunately, it passed quickly.

Mostly, we just had a lot of small debris all over the place and some very minor flooding. The storm did, however, knock out our internet for a whole day. It came back on early this morning. YAY!!!!

In other news, it’s March now. Duh! you might say. Well, in our daycare center, March is a super big deal. This is Dr. Seuss week, which means a week of funny stories, weird fashion choices, and a Jammies Day on Friday. And, since tomorrow, the 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’re going to have a small celebration. I have to pick up something in the morning…..note to self….

March also ushers in my favorite ‘magical thinking’ holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. Our Director and Assistant Director play ‘leprechaun’ tricks in all the classrooms. And the fun has already started! I’ll do a post later, complete with pics of one of their new, um….concoctions: leprechaun boogers! CRAZY!!!! You know, I work with some truly disturbed creative and demented fun people =P

Tonight, everyone stayed after work because it was time for our re-certification in SIDS, First Aid, and CPR. Our public health nurse is a hoot and she totally knows her stuff, which means we learn and have a good time.

Hopefully, the rest of the week will be more normal and I’ll be able to get some things crossed off my out of control To Do List.

Till then, I hope you all are having a great week and don’t forget to stop and check out the giveaway post!

>Friday – I Haz A Bizzee Happeh

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I DO haz a happy! I’m off today, yay!!!!!
But I may not be doing too much visiting. Yet.
I’m trying to get the house all prettyful because we’re celebrating Honey’s birthday this weekend.
Officially, it’s Tuesday, but we’ll both be working, so….
AND, I have to go into work later.

 It’s Book Fair Week, and tonight is Family Night, yay!!!
Games. Food. Books. 
What could be better?
 These are the two books I’ve gotten so far. 
The Last Child has great reviews and it sounds really interesting, so we’ll see…..

This one, While The World Is Sleeping, I bought just because it’s beautiful. 
The illustrations are dreamy and filled with wonder….
and sometimes, that’s enough to completely sell me on a book.
It’s a rhyming story about an owl that takes a child on a late night ride through the world to discover who’s awake when the moon is out. 
Love it!
Well, I need to be off.
Laundry. Floors. Dusting *achoo*
You know. Fun stuff 🙂
But I will be by to visit later this evening!
Till then, Happy Friday!!!