Saturday Stuff

Another weekend is here. Yay! The kids are having a birthday party with their friends this evening. Not so yay.

Actually I’m sure they’ll all have fun, I’m just not sure I will. Winking smile

I’m a lame mom so instead of having birthday parties for each individual child, we have one big party for all of them. In my defense, their birthdays are in June, July, August, and July. And only a few weeks apart (well years apart in age, but weeks apart as to the date of birth—just to be clear). So it got to be too much to plan birthday party after birthday party. Plus, I’m getting older and have less energy. Um, yeah. Let’s blame age. Winking smile So they’ve invited their friends and we’re all meeting at a local pizza place this evening to do birthday celebrations.

Yesterday we made a trip to Gilbert, AZ (which is about an  hour and a half away). We made the trip so we could do some shopping at a bulk store and stock up on supplies. Oh, and get me a little refrigerator for my office so I don’t have to keep going inside when I want a cold one. Bottle of water, that is (I don’t drink alcohol). I may keep a few snacks in the fridge too. Some cottage cheese (yummy), maybe some veggies, and whatever else may strike my fancy. Oh, and maybe I can keep some of my chocolate snacks in there so they’ll stop melting.

Anyway, it was HOT down there in Gilbert!!! Oh my. I was glad to get back to our little part of the world. It was still hot here, but not the blistering, melt-your-skin-off, make-you-want-to-die kind of heat those poor people down in the valley have to live in. I don’t know how they do it, honestly. And then the dust storms they get down there, too? Brave souls, all of them.

When we returned home, we saw lots of wet spots around town. Either giants went through town and urinated everywhere, or it had rained. I’m thinking it’s more likely that it rained. Bummer that I missed it. I really like the rain this year (no, I haven’t always). Maybe it’s because we haven’t had much in the last few years so I appreciate it more. I don’t know, but anywho, I was sad to miss it.

As soon as I’m done blogging, I have to head into town to run some errands. Like mailing off some packages to my son (who is probably suffering more in the heat of Africa than we did in our brief time in Gilbert yesterday). Hopefully the packages will reach him intact. I’ve heard sometimes they get opened and things taken out. And after I mail the packages, I need to pick up the birthday cakes and probably something for lunch for my kiddos.

I’m hoping to get all of this done and still have some writing time before the birthday party. We’ll see if it happens. But I do hope so. I’m just over ten thousand words into a new project I’ve been writing. I was aiming for a chapter book, but I think it’s ending up more on the middle grade side. But it is FUN!! I’ve never enjoyed writing anything as much as I’m enjoying this. Of course, maybe I did enjoy those other writings, and I just can’t remember it. But I doubt it. This project is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time but never did. I flirted with it, but was too afraid it would reject me to actually make a move on it. And then I got up my courage, and went for it. And we’re very happy together.

So having more time to work on it today would be amazing. But, family (and all the errands involved in caring for them) comes first.

I hope you all have a great weekend and accomplish something amazing (even if it’s catching up on your sleep or relaxing).

Write on!

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About joanstradling

I’m a wife, mother, writer, pet wrangler, crafter, student, and anything else I can fit into my busy schedule. I still hope to ride a dragon, discover a new world by walking through a wardrobe, meet a Hobbit, or any of the other amazing things I read about as a child. In the meantime, I imagine and write about my own incredible worlds and characters–and continue to live vicariously through books.
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