Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weekend




It's been a quiet, peaceful weekend for me. Purrfect even. The guys went fishing yesterday, and saw the Rangers play today. What have I done with my time? Well, not much of anything--and it felt pretty damn good. I did manage to get my blog fix (author blogs that I read), caught up on any e-mail. Basically, I goofed off the entire weekend. I need to get moving on my current WIP and I will.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Concert

My oldest son went to his first concert yesterday--I say his first because I don't really count the time we saw Evans Blue play for free at Best Buy a concert (as far as usual concerts go), but I suppose it was in a way. A taste of one for him. That day, we bought their first CD, The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume. Since then, he's added around 40 other CDs to his collection and gotten a drum set.

Edgefest was yesterday. Big outdoor concert. He went with a friend from school, and they had a good time. Unfortunately, they got there a little later than planned and missed seeing one of their favorite bands play, Bullet For My Valentine. They did manage to see AFI, Muse, Papa Roach and Blue October before it was time for them to leave, and he got a really cool Bullet For My Valentine t-shirt.

I remember the first concert I ever went to. It was Ratt and Bon Jovi in '86 I believe. Seems like so long ago. My ears rang for a week afterward, and I never wanted to do it again.

When did you attend your first concert and who did you see?


Sunday, April 15, 2007

Life Lists

I came across Jill Smolinski's site the other day and really got into the life list idea. Jill is the author of the novels Flip-Flopped and The Next Thing on My List. Wonderful books! Check out todayslifelist where she blogs about the challenge she gave herself to try one new, fun or challenging thing every day. It's inspired me to slow down and enjoy things more in my own life.

For instance, my youngest son needed yarn for a weaving project in art class by the end of last week, so we went to Wal-Mart Thursday evening. While we were there, we passed by the hula hoops. I couldn't resist grabbing one and trying it out. That got my son into the action and there we both were hula hooping in the aisle. It was just goofy and fun. He did way better than I did, although I don't see how a skinny eight year old could out hula these 'mom hips'. Maybe it has more to do with movement than size.

I didn't intend to try anything new, fun or challenging at Wal-Mart but the hula hoops just called to me. It was a seize the moment kind of thing and I think that's okay, too. I should have more of those moments.

I talked to my best friend Friday night, recommended Jill's books to her and told her that I started my own life list. She said, "You should put on there 'get married and have kids'". "I've already done that." She says that's the idea. To put down something you've already done so you can cross it off. Cheater! I told her it was fine to write down something you could do right away and cross it off, but not something you've already done. At least that's the way I'm going about it.

As for my life list, here it is:
1. Go skiing in Colorado
2. Attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans
3. Go skinnydipping
4. Have a picnic in a park
5. Take a painting class
6. Donate to charity
7. Write steamy novels
8. Plant flowers
9. Visit New York
10. Go ice skating
11. Take salsa lessons
12. Take horseback riding lessons
13. Lose 20 pounds
14. Adopt a pet
15. Run/walk a 5K
16. Have my picture taken in a field of bluebonnets
17. Have tasteful boudoir photographs taken
18. Take a hot air balloon ride
19. Learn sign language
20. Take a stained glass class

What are some things you've always wanted to do but haven't done?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter










I haven't been able to get my pictures to work right lately, but I managed to get this on here. That's Pete and he's guarding the eggs that my youngest son and I decorated. All the time and energy that goes into decorating those things and it takes my boys about two minutes to find all the eggs (hard-boiled and plastic with candy) and individual candy. Of course, it's worth it.

The same goes for writing. All the hard work and time you put into it is worth it. From ideas that form as a small spark to seeing the words flow across the paper (or computer screen), it's a wonderful feeling. Even when I don't think what I've written is worth beans, and I feel like writing isn't much more than a lot of hard work, I still do it because it's who I am and what I do. I can't imagine doing anything else. Other than spending time with my kids, writing is when I'm happiest. You can't beat the sheer joy of just creating.

I think the renewal of spring has me focused where I need to be, and that's a good thing.