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I Wrote a Book. Now What?

March 7, 2013

I have to read it! Seriously! I have to read it because I wrote it over six years ago, then set it aside and although I remember the story very well, I don’t remember some of the finer details, like the names of minor characters, and who the real antagonist was, and how it all ended. Just kidding on that last part. I actually skipped to the end and read it to refresh my memory. ūüôā Okay, not really.¬†

I’m like this with movies too. I can see a movie and literally a month later not be able to remember the name of the movie. Someone will say to me, ‘What did you think of Argo?’ My reply is almost always, ‘Now, which movie was that?’ Well, of course I remember Argo! It just won some kind of an award. That was just an example.:)

I’d like to write a sequel to my book. That is if I can get anyone besides my dog to read it. She has trouble with the names of characters too. She also has trouble pushing the little page turn button on the side of her Kindle, but we’re working on it. ūüôā

Okay, goodnight all. I’m going to go read some more. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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Snow Day

March 6, 2013

Today is a snow day. When I was a child, that meant the best possible thing a kid could ever hope for…no school! I remember feeling like the entire world had been transformed and made new and perfect. There were no schedules, no places to go, no homework, no bossy teachers, no rude kids, no smelly bus rides. The entire day was wide open and waiting just for me to fill it with wonderful creative pursuits. Then my brother got up and we played video games and watched The Three Stooges all day. Oh well, it was still a snow day. Today, I have to do things despite the snow. I will even have to get out in it and, yikes!, drive! At least my vehicle has four wheel drive, because out here in the boondocks of Indiana, the snow plow doesn’t come on days that end in ‘y’.¬†

Honey

May 17, 2011
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Does Anyone Ever Read….

January 17, 2011

The information provided on the back of tax forms? 

I particularly like the following statements…

“The time needed to complete and file this form will vary depending on indiviudal circumstances.”¬† Yes, totally depends on whether or not I’ve finished my fifth martini.

“Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential as required by section 6103. However, section 6103 allows or requires the IRS to disclose or give the information shown on your tax return to others as described in the Code. For example, we may disclose your tax information to the Department of Justice for civil and criminal litigation, and to cities, states, the District of Columbia, and US commonwealths and possessions to administer their tax laws. We may also disclose this information to other countries under a tax treaty, to federal and state agencies to enforce federal non-tax criminal laws, or to federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to combat terrorism.”¬†¬† ¬†Umm, you forgot my dentist, my trash collector, my neighbor¬†and my ex-spouse.

You are not required to provide the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control number.”¬†¬† OMB – Office of Merciless Bludgeoning

“Time required learn about the law or the form…. 1 hr, 23 min.”¬†¬† ¬†A gross overstatement! It took me 30 seconds.

and my favorites….

“If you have comments concerning the accuracy of these time estimates or suggestions…. ”¬† Oh yeah, do I have suggestions!

“…. we would be happy to hear from you.”¬† ¬†No. Trust me. You would NOT be happy to hear from me.

 
 

How I Feel After Filling Out Tax Forms

 

Cleaning House

October 15, 2010

I remember, years ago, a very special day in the week known as cleaning day. Often it was Saturday, since that was¬†my day¬†off from¬†‘work’.¬† I would tear into cleaning like it really meant something to me. At the end of the day, I would sit back and ‘enjoy’ my sparkling clean house. At some point, I realized that I was spending the better part of a weekend inside my house, often when the weather was quite beautiful outside, and even if it wasn’t, there were certainly much better ways I could spend a Saturday. It was then I decided that I would clean my house on Thursday evening, right after dinner, before my favorite television show came on. This worked for a while.

Then I had children and it became very important to have a really clean house. The thought of my babies crawling around in dust and dirt spurred me into a cleaning frenzy. I pulled out furniture, swept inside closets, dusted the tops of the cabinets, cleaned windows. It was very exhausting and even though it only stayed clean for about four hours, I actually enjoyed the process.

I still enjoy having a clean house, but it really seems pointless. The only thing crawling around on the floors (and the walls) are the wolf spiders that have made their way indoors as the outdoor temperatures have cooled. My approach to cleaning has taken on a sort of hit and miss approach. If I see something that I absolutely cannot tolerate, like a seven-day-old pizza box sitting in the middle of the room, I pick it up and shove it behind the trash can.  But the dust? I can dust my entire house and it will be dusty in the room I started in before I finish dusting the last room in the house.

What bothers me more than anything is clutter. Accumulated stuff leaves me scratching my head just how to approach the entire mess. Ms. Niecy would not be pleased if she saw the museum I live in. But it is really difficult sometimes to decide what to do with it all. I stood this morning in my kitchen fondly holding the following items and wondering what I should do with them:

  • Paint brushes I was going to use to apply a border stencil to my wall over fifteen years ago
  • Little pots of paint I intended to use to apply said stencil
  • My kids’ braces that were removed from their teeth over ten years ago
  • A rock (not sure where it came from or how it ended up behind my mixer)
  • A large assortment of pens and pencils
  • Five hundred tea bags of various flavors

Okay, there probably weren’t really five hundred tea bags, but there were truly close to a hundred.

I put the tea bags in airtight containers I bought several weeks ago for the purpose of holding all the tea bags.

I tossed everything else in the trash. Ms. Niecy would be proud. ūüôā

I know. I really should have held onto those braces…

Dieting/Detox Blahs…

October 14, 2010

I started a diet on Monday. Not so much a diet to lose weight, but to hopefully start to feel better. You know, have more energy, feel less bloated, have fewer headaches, sleep better, and so on and so on…

Today is not a fun day. Have had a foggy, dull headache all morning. And I am craving chocolate like crazy!

Just a few more days and it will get better.

I hope.

Right?

My Dog Eating his favorite Veggie…

October 13, 2010