Monday, January 31, 2011

To sleep or not...

Last night I finished a chapter about ten and thought okay I'm done writing but I'm not tired enough to go to sleep.  I grabbed the book I was reading and curled up in my recliner.  Three hours later I finish the book and decide okay it would be best to go to bed. 

I lay there in bed waiting for sleep to overcome me.  I've been awake a long time afterall and I should be able to drop off right?  I mean I had a full day yesterday.  I wrote for a while, did Vicki's taxes, talked to Gin and Stephanie, watched tv, hung out with Ken, finished reading a book.  I should be tired right? 

Nope.  I lay in bed with my eyes closed.  I shifted positions trying to find a comfortable position and about the time I would start to drift off then the next scene in my manuscript started to play.  The good thing about this is that I'll be able to write it fairly easily because it is in my head what will happen and how. 

I wanted to be up early so I could spend the whole day with Ken.  It's his birthday and I wanted to be up early so we could sit and talk or watch a movie or whatever.  Nope - I finally fell asleep about 4 am and slept late. 

I appreciate the inspiration I'm getting to write this epic manuscript but at some point I would really like to sleep normally.  As a writer I may have to give up that desire because I have the feeling my muse is going to be as inconvenient as my guides...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Long Weekend

I'm halfway through my weekend today.  Yesterday I ran errands with my daughter.  It was a normal pay week Saturday with grocery shopping and other errands. 

Visited the Doc on Thursday and have another bottle of pain killers.  I'll see how well they work.  I'm not holding my breath though.  I've not taken any yet because we've been so busy. 

Yesterday afternoon a friend came over and we crafted and chatted.  It was such a wonderful afternoon.  We relaxed and talked.  Yes some crafting got done.  We laughed and had silly conversation and also delved into some more serious stuff to.  It is always a pleasure to have those conversations with people who are willing to listen and discuss with an open mind.  It makes you think to hear others beliefs - at least it does for me - and to express your own because you have to put into words some esoteric concepts.

Today I'm starting the tax season by helping Vicki with her taxes.  After we are done with her taxes then I'll be working on writing things.  I have a chapter laid out in my head - now I just have to get it down on paper (per se it will really be in the computer but...).  I'm hoping to finish that today. 

Tomorrow is Ken's birthday so I'm looking to do things with him.  He will be 50.  I've been teasing him about getting old but really he is just getting better and better.  I'm glad I took the day and we will have time together. 

Overall it will be a busy weekend but at the same time it has all the best components - family, friends, relaxation, fun, and even getting work done.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Teen Pregnancy

As I've said in the past, I watch Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant.  For some reason these shows fascinate me.  I watch as these girls take on the tough role of parenting.  I was 17 when I got pregnant.  I was very lucky in that I had a loving family who were strong enough to make me stand on my own and a man in my life who stuck with me.

I watch these girls and I think - toughen the F&*! up.  Okay I know that they are in a difficult situation.  It is hard to be a parent.  It is hard to be in charge of someone else when you haven't been in charge of yourself really. 

I watch as these girls put up with behavior from boys which is unacceptable at any time but is even more unacceptable when they are soon to be fathers. 

When did we stop giving our kids responsibility?  When did we move from work to get what you want to gimme gimme gimme because I'm entitled? 

Some of the girls are really stepping up.  They appear to be amazing moms.  They seem to be getting their lives together, going to school, getting a job and being stressed out just like the rest of the working parents in the world.  I applaud those girls.  They grew up and faced their responsibilities. 

Other girls - I just wonder where their brains are?  One girl on Teen Mom 2 informed her ex boyfriend (who she is living in his parents house with him but in a separate bedroom) that she was seeing someone by posting it on Facebook.  Come on - really?  Are you that stupid?  The adult thing would have been to go to the parents who have treated her like a daughter and said.  Listen - your son broke up with me and I'm starting to date.  I am interested in someone else because I'm trying to move forward.  I won't bring him around the house but I would like to date him without being dishonest.  That would have been the adult thing to do... not post the damn thing on Facebook. 

Another girl has taken back a boy who was exceedingly disrespectful to her and their daughter in a text (called his kid a mistake and worse).  Yet she lets him not only back into her life but back into her heart.  Really?  Where is your self-respect?  Earn it buddy - you want to be a dad now then PROVE you are worthy of being a dad.

Teen pregnancy is a huge issue and one our society tries to brush aside.  If we really don't want to have these teenagers pregnant then we need to get our heads out of our asses and accept that teenagers have sex.  Most of them have sex early - 14, 15 or so... Instead of saying be good and don't do this, we should be saying - we know you are thinking about it and it is a natural part of growing up but here are things you need to be aware of - then talk to them openly about sex, disease, pregnancy, and contraceptives. 

We expect these kids to grow up and be parents - well then we have to give them the tools to do that  or better yet let's give them the tools so they don't have to be in the first place... an ounce of prevention... etc

Friday, January 28, 2011

Inner dialog

As a writer, there are times I think words are a curse.  In my head I hear all sorts of commentary all day long.  My inner muse is always willing to critique my actions and my words.  Most of the time, this is balanced and reasonable. 

There are times though when I can’t seem to do or say anything right.  I see the way my words impact others.  I see how my attitude and mood impact others.  I try to keep all of these moderate.  Yes those who know me are laughing your asses off now because I am very passionate about many things and am not moderate in expressing these views. 

However, there are times when my inner dialog becomes cranky.  Nothing I do satisfies it.  I breathe wrong on those days.  It seems as if my filter against the negative has disappeared and I can’t think anything but negative thoughts.  These are hard days.  These are quiet days for me. 

My focus goes from life to the black hole of my own misery.  I know that sounds dramatic but when I get in these moods that is how it feels.  Most of the time I want to curl into myself and just pull the covers over my head.  Somehow I manage to drag my sorry butt out of these moods with a strong talking to.  I have been known to wallow.  A good wallow can really make you look at what you are wallowing about.  For me that is often the key – what is bothering me so much it is making me feel this way.

I don’t know about people who suffer from depression or seasonal light disorder but for me one of the best things I can do is write about it.  I write in my journal and I read the stuff that spills into there.  After spewing anything that is bothering me into there, I’ll look it over and have some realizations.  Like maybe I’m just being a brat or maybe I need to make a change in my life.  Sometimes my inner muse just needs a good kick in the ass too…

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Financial Fidelity

On the Talk yesterday, they were discussing financial fidelity.  This means that you are open and honest with your partner about your spending, savings, finances.  You don’t hide purchases.  Leah Remini stated that the men in their lives make them lie by being critical of their purchases. 

No one makes us lie.  We lie because we don’t want to deal with the fallout from our actions.  If you are going to lie about what you are purchasing, what else will you lie about? 

Here’s the thing in my mind, if the hubby doesn’t like that you are buying too many of something then look at your purchases.  Are you?  Have you got excess that you don’t need?  Was the latest purchase an impulse?  If you do then maybe it is time to modify your actions. 

On the other hand, if it is just him saying don’t spend money, it needs to become a discussion about why he thinks he gets to say what you can and cannot do for small purchases.

Ken and I have always made a point of buying large things together.  Neither of us spends large sums of money without the other being aware of it.  The small purchases aren’t as important.  Yes Ken will grumble a bit about the number of books I have but he knows better than too much.  We both work.  We both bring in the money.  You know what though; if only one of us worked it wouldn’t matter.  It has always been OUR money.  We are a partnership and as such our money goes to pay the family bills and meet the family needs.

Your partner is the one closest to you and if you can’t be honest and straight forward with him, then you need to reassess your partnership.  Also this behavior begs the question – again – if she truly feels this way, why is she not taking personal responsibility for her own actions?  If you are spending money on shoes or books or whatever, and your husband objects then you need to own it.  Yes I went shopping and yes I bought more shoes.  I like them and I’m planning to continue.  He will either deal with it or the two of you will have an issue.  But face the fact that your actions may be causing that issue.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Death ... and other scenes...

I'm working on a story - fiction - and I just killed off my first good character.  This is a character that is what I'll call a second tier character.  She's not a main character but is closely related to the main characters.  I've never written a scene like this before.  It was challenging.  I wanted to it to be a gradual realization who was killed so I found myself writing and re-writing sections to make it less forthright. 

Often I laugh at what I write.  I'll giggle over dialog I write or even over things that happen to my characters.  I'm moved by the story as it unfolds.  So it was no surprise to me when I'm writing this scene where the woman's parents and lover are standing over her dead body saying goodbye.  I hope it is as poignant as I think it is.  I'll find out when I get to editing.

This story needed a catalyst to make the battle seem real, to drive home the point that what the characters are doing have lasting and devastating affect on the other characters.  I'm handling it in a bit of a different way too.  Without giving too much away, the story is about people who are trying to throw off a bad government.  It takes place in a time of magic and swordplay - both of which are outlawed by the government.  Well the heroes have been fighting the bad guys and have killed some.  There have been a number of battles which are not always easy to write and choreograph. 

With the death, I didn't want the reader to find out about it during a battle.  My main character has to inform the parents of the death of their daughter and that is where the scene starts.  I am liking how it is turning out...

Another thing I've noticed is that the scenes seem to settle around me until I can almost reach into them and feel what the characters feel, experience what they are, taste what they eat, feel the hardships they are coping with... Sunday when I was doing crafts with everyone, I kept playing this one scene over in my head.  I filled in little details like puffs of dust coming off the ground as our heroes head from one battle to the village they were protecting.  I can almost feel the heat of the late summer, the dry dusty road, the wilting affect the heat has on everyone from horses to characters.  The deeper I get into the story the more I can experience the writing in this way.  It is fascinating...

Viagra but not allergy meds

This weekend Ken and I were out running errands.  One of them was to go to the pharmacy to pick up allergy meds and ibuprofen.  I have a plan that is supposed to cover these types of items.  Ken got up to the counter to pay with my card for my flex plan and it didn’t cover them.  He came to the car grumbling about it. 

I went home and looked on the website.  Sure enough – over the counter drugs are no longer covered.  One thing I found covered that I thought was interesting though was Viagra and condoms.  They can cover stuff for men to have sex but they can’t cover stuff to deal with my allergies, headaches and arthritis pain. 

It seems a bit strange to me that men’s sexual enhancement items can be covered but items that help me breath can’t be.  How is this logical?  So apparently the flex plan is encouraging men to have lots of sex (albeit protected sex) but isn’t willing to allow others to breath and get rid of pain.   

Apparently the flex plan thinks sex is much more important than over the counter drugs.  I don’t happen to agree… 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Back to Work

It has been a busy weekend.  Vicki and I watched an entire season of Merlin series.  Now we are caught up to the current season.  I crocheted while I watched for most of the time.  Still not done with the baby blanket.  I worked on that during craft day.  We had a good time.  There were five of us though one went off to watch the Packers play football rather than sit with the crafters. 

Mostly I crocheted but I also helped arrange beads for Vicki's necklace Beth was making.  The three of us worked on it arranging and spilling beads everywhere.  The little suckers like to bounce and scramble all over the place.  I'm sure we will be finding them in our living room for a while. 

I wrote part of a chapter last night.  It was to the point where I could see the scene.  I worked for a couple of hours and got half the chapter done.  I will be finishing it tonight most likely.  I have to go back and reread a section or two to make sure I have details right.  After that I'll be finishing the chapter.  I can already see that part in my head. 

I got a surprise in the mail on Saturday.  One of my poems was published in The Unicorn - I've updated the credits page to reflect this new publication.  I was thrilled as I wasn't expecting it.  Rev Paul does a wonderful job on this small publication.  It is always an honor to have one of my pieces included in his publication. 

Now it is back to work today.  It should be an interesting day.  Being morning all I really want to do is go back to sleep but I like my paycheck so I'll just keep working.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Back to the keyboard

My gout has subsided enough that walking isn't a painful thing.  I've spent the week watching tv and reading.  I finished the latest JD Robb book.  It was pretty good.  I've missed writing though.  I feel like I've missed out on a good friend all week. 

Vicki slipped and fell on the ice. She sprained her ankle, banged up her arm.  She's in don't touch me and don't move mode.  Gotta love winter...

Today the plan is to get ready for Craft day tomorrow.  I think I know what I'm going to work on.  It is going to be one of three things.  Hopefully I'll decide before tomorrow.  You just never know what mischief I'll get up to.

I'm also hoping to have time at my keyboard with my story.  I think I have the next chapter thought out.  It is just a matter of getting it down on paper.  I might even have two chapters in my head which is always a problem because I get to a point where the story takes over my dreams and all I can think about is the story. 

Ken and I will be running an errand or two today.  After the errands are done it will be back here to be cozy and warm in the house.  Fireplace is going non-stop to battle the really cold temperatures we are having.  There is snow drifting down but I think we are only supposed to get a dusting.  It will be a good day to be home. 

With luck, my gout will let me sit at the computer and get lots of writing done.  Yes I'm likely obsessed with it but I'm going with that is okay because it isn't hurting anyone accept the characters I kill off.  So far those characters are bad guys but part of me is debating the death of one or two of my good characters in order to move the story along.  This has to be done carefully.  I don't want to kill off just anyone and it has to be appropriately done.  The right character at the right time in the right way.  It will be a challenge to work out the details.  I don't think it will be in the next two chapters.  I'll have to see where they take me though.

Onward with my day I guess...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Craft Day

I’m hosting a craft day next weekend.  It should be a lot of fun.  It will be my middle daughter, her godmother, a friend, one of my sisters, and my mom.  We are all going to bring something to do while we sit around and chat. 

This is something I’d love to do more often.  It would be great to have a regular time when women could come together to socialize without there being expectations for the day.  No makeup unless you want to.  No fancy clothes.  Just women coming together to laugh and talk while we work on crafts (or not). 

I plan to work on crocheting.  I know some people are bringing other things like knitting, needlework, or beading. It doesn’t really matter if we are getting together to enjoy the time.

Ken will be in a different room watching the football game.  I don’t know if other men will join him – they are welcome.  Some of the women might wander in there too.  Not all women share my abhorrence for football. 

I’m looking forward to it and hope that everyone has a good time…

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

No Electronics

I just read a news article about a woman who turned off her and her children’s electronic for six months.  She felt their lives were too dependent on all of the electronic devices in their lives.  So she took away ipods, cell phones, computers, video games, television, etc.  One daughter disliked it so much she moved in with her dad for part of the time.  The mom did allow the kids to use the items away from the house but her house was a no electronics zone. 

I could give up the tv and probably the cell phone (though I don’t have a house phone), video games without a problem.  I could not give up my computer without huge issues.  I know that when I get together with one of my daughters her cell phone is like an extension to her arm.  It is always on and within reach for easy access.  This is fine most of the time but there are times that I just want her undivided attention and don’t’ get it.

The ironic thing is my other daughters have done they – hey we are eating dinner here – when the cell phone rings for me or my husband.  They seem to have the same aversion to it as I do but don’t see it in themselves when they do it. 

How long could you go without your cell phone or other electronic devices?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Three Days, Three Chapters

It was a three day weekend for me.  Normally I would be thrilled to have three days off work but my time off lately has been stressful.  My middle daughter's birthday was today and we had a good time even though it snowed a lot.  It was supposed to be a full weekend with a lot of stuff going on. 

I didn't expect to get a lot of writing done this weekend.  However, I got three chapters written.  They are longer chapters but there is no good splitting point.  So I'm leaving them as longer chapters for now.  It's funny how I'll finish a chapter and think wow that is good.  When I try to start the next chapter, I decide I need to think on it for a bit.  I go away and do different things like sleep or whatever.

This weekend we saw the King's Speech - great movie - go see it.  After spending the day on Saturday hanging out with a friend, daughter, and hubby, I was able to finish off a chapter.  It felt good and worked out well.  Sunday I was supposed to meet up with my artist but she couldn't come out.  I took the time to write and finished off another chapter.  This morning I was supposed to have the morning to myself to write and I sort of did.  I got a good start on my chapter before Vicki and I wandered off on our day.  We had a great day.  It was fun to hang out with her and spoil her a bit. 

After supper tonight, Ken went to bed, Vicki watched her show on TV and I wrote.  I stumbled a bit trying to get the feel for one particular character.  I ended up reading some of my earlier scenes with her.  After I did that I knew how to write what I needed to do.  I finished off another chapter tonight. 

Maybe I'm finding a bit of balance in my life?  I'm not going to hold my breath on that though.  It's only 11 and I'm headed for bed.  It's been a better weekend than I expected and now it is time to go back to work. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Right and Wrong

I watch the View and the Talk.  Often I fast forward through the parts I am not interested in.  This last week both shows covered the topic of fidelity.  They talked about the movie The Dilemma which has a man trying to decide whether to tell his best friend that he'd seen his wife cheating.  There was quite the discussion on both shows about it.  Several of the hosts said no they wouldn't tell. 

First why would you lie?  If you saw the spouse of a friend with someone else then why would you lie and cover it up.  Obviously if they are having lunch or walking with someone other than their spouse you aren't going to run and tell tales.  However you can ask questions.  Saying to your friend - oh I just saw your spouse / mate (whatever) at lunch.  They were with someone I didn't recognize etc.  You  might hear that oh that is a college friend or whatever. 

Obviously if you see the significant other locked in an intimate embrace that is completely different.  One would hope if they are cheating they would be discreet about it but who knows maybe that is part of the thrill. 

I have no problem with people having multiple partners so long as everyone is on the same page.  If you have promised to be faithful - you be faithful.  You give your word that you are going to be monogamous then you be monogamous.  If you want to play the field then you tell all of your partners that you are playing the field.

The next question that came up was would you cover for a girlfriend who was cheating.  Some of the hosts said no and some said yes.  To all my girlfriends - if you know me you know the answer to this.  As much as I love my friends the answer for me is hell no.  If you are in a committed relationship and you are stepping out you are WRONG.  Tell your partner that you want to play the field and be honest with him before you start doing that.  Don't expect me to lie for you when you are in the wrong.  I'll tell you to your face you are wrong. 

This may be a moral dilemma for some but for me it seems pretty straight forward. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Body My Choice

Dr Phil discussed teen pregnancy on his show.  No I want to rephrase that.  He said he was going to discuss teen pregnancy on his show.  Instead he badgered a 16 year old girl who was pregnant.  He told her she was a failure.  Now he didn't use those words but that is essentially what he said. 

I've heard all the statistics about teen pregnancies.  I've heard all the boo hooing about how these girls are ruining their lives.  (Beware a rant coming... )  Here is the thing.  I got pregnant at 17.  I got married, had three daughters all before I was 23.  I finished high school, got a degree from a tech school and even went on to college.  Yes we lived in poverty.  Yes we made mistakes.  My daughters are now 29, 26 (almost) and 24.  They are amazing adults who are well rounded and incredible.  The statistics they spout are true I'm sure but here are a few facts that need to be faced.

We teach abstinence.  This does not work.  It hasn't worked since the beginning of time.  We don't educate our sons and daughters about how to have safe sex.  We tell them - no don't do it.  Well I'm sorry but you get some guy you think you love touching you and hugging you and rational thoughts disappear - at any age.  So we need to arm our children better with information. 

The step-father on this show objected to this 16 year old being put on birth control pills.  He told the mother that she might as well rent the girl a hotel room.  Well okay - rent her the damn hotel room but make sure when she goes to that hotel room she has birth control and condoms.  Because then she won't get pregnant.

Also if this young woman is making adult decisions to have sex - and that is an adult decision - then she needs to be held accountable for the consequences of those decisions.  So does the father.  First we pamper our children.  At 16 they know what is right and wrong and if they don't you have failed as a parent.  They should be buying their own clothes, working, and making their own decisions.  Parents should be offering advice and assistance but not making choices for them.  We need to stop coddling these kids.  You tell your kid "You got pregnant okay here is what I'm willing to do" and outline it for them.  Then tell them "you have to do the rest.  YOU are a parent now and responsible for the sole care of the child.  Therefore you better step up to the plate and do what needs to be done.  This means no partying, going without the things you want because your baby needs diapers, clothes, food etc."  If your kid is 16 and has a baby don't baby sit unless they are in school or at work.  If they want to go out, they can take that baby with.  If it isn't an appropriate place for the baby then they don't go. 

Second (and here is another rant) Where are the fathers?  Why are we holding the young women to one standard and the young men to another?  Were they not irresponsible and put their dick in someone unsheathed?  If they did or it broke or birth control failed.  Guess what.  They don't get to party either.  They have a child to support.  Get a job.  Go to school and get a job.  You have diapers to buy and baby food... and when they outgrow the diapers there are a thousand other things to buy.  This doesn't even cover being there for the child.  Every child needs and deserves the love of BOTH parents.  You wanted to play like men play so now live up to the consequences and be a MAN... (hate that phrase except in this case).  You wanted to play and obviously did.  So now you pay.  Step up to the plate and be a dad.  Not just a father - anyone can donate sperm.  It takes a strong and powerful man (not physically) to set aside his own needs and desires to do what is right for his child.

Dr Phil was all about how this girl should give her baby up for adoption.  She was not equipped to be a parent.  Well no shit.  But it is our job as the adults involved to get her the tools she needs to be equipped.  It is her body and it is her child.  Some old white guy (yup that means you too Dr Phil) doesn't get to say what happens to her body or her child.  Stop badgering and shaming the girl and offer her tools to help her be the best parent possible.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Risk Management

I’ve been taking Darvacet / Darvon for 19 years.  It is the only pain killer that has given me relief from the arthritis, gout, bent bone etc pain that I suffer.  Now Darvacet has been taken off the market.  Apparently it causes heart issues. 

So far the docs have tried one other pain med, Tramaldol, which I of course had a reaction to.  I’m also allergic to codeine so can’t take Tylenol with codeine.  I have an appointment with the docs in two weeks to try to find a different med. 

In the meanwhile what the heck am I supposed to do?  I have two prescriptions at home I can’t take for pain.  One could cause heart issues and the other could cause seizures.  Which risk do I want to take?  On my bad days, Tylenol/Advil etc doesn’t touch my arthritis pain.  Being immersed in hot water helps, however, I’m pretty sure that I can’t work while sitting in a hot tub.  It might be awkward to say the least…

Anyone got any home remedies?  I already drink cranberry / cherry juice to help with my gout.  I will increase that intake.  I’m trying to lose weight by going to the pool to work out.  Love the pool time but with the cold / inclement weather it is harder to go to the pool. 

When we have a week of weather – lots of snow – then I hurt.  Today I sit at my desk and every joint in my body hurts.  I can’t close my hands into fists because my hands hurt so much.  Sitting up straight is too painful. 

In all of this I try to remember that it is just pain and will pass.  Eventually the weather will change, the pain meds will help, or my joints will be warm enough that they will stop hurting.  I now there are people out there with much worse situations than I have.  This will get better.  For now all I can do is curl up under the quilt my daughter made with love and hope the pain eases sooner rather than later.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Naughty Children

I heard on the radio how the Republicans have an agenda now that they are in control of the house.  I think that’s great.  I was hoping to hear how they were going to balance the budget, stimulate the economy, help the poor, and educate our children. No.  The Republicans think they should act like two year olds and stomp their feet till they get their way.  Instead of rolling up their sleeves and getting to work – attempting to work with the President and Senate – they are going to keep their ball gripped tightly in their hands and hold their breath until someone gives them their way. 

Here’s the thing, while they are acting like uncooperative and spoiled children, the everyday people are running out of unemployment, losing their insurance (which was too expensive), losing their homes, paying too much for gas, and going from bad to worse.  What are they going to do about that? 

I’d like to tell our political parties to get their heads out of their asses and do the job they were hired to do.  Run our country and ensure that everyone in the country has a voice.  Everyone doesn’t just include those who pay for your political ads.  It is the child who wakes in the morning to no food or heat in the house.  It is the gay couple who has been together for 20 plus years and isn’t allowed to get married because of the Christian right wing.  It is the two income family who is struggling to make ends meet because their adult kids can’t find work, gas is over $3 a gallon, and there is no public transportation.  It is EVERY individual regardless of color, creed, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or anything other ridiculous classification society has tossed out there. 

Regardless of level of government, all elected members need to work together, compromise and find solutions to the problems we are facing.  Otherwise when the next election rolls around the same thing is going to happen.  If life doesn’t get better for people, they are going to vote out those in office and look for someone new. 

Instead of tooting their own horns and saying we are going to fix this.  Someone needs to step up and actually do it.  I respect President Obama and feel he is trying to get the changes in place that this country needs.  However, when he has to deal with contention instead of cooperation, he can’t make progress.  This means, we can’t make progress.  Where is the cooperation monster from Sesame Street?  Perhaps if this critter showed up in the House and Senate, the representatives might get an idea of how they are supposed to work.

Someone wise once said be the change you want to see in the world.  I see Obama trying to be the change he wants to see in the world.  I see the political opponents saying oh you aren’t part of our group so we can’t play nice with you.  That is ridiculous and the people who get hurt are the everyday people who have to deal with the lack of progress on the issues that matter.

Another famous quote comes to mind – if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.  I wish our political parties would stop being the problem and start being the solution.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Time Thief

There is a thief in my area.  He or she has been stealing time from me.  I’ll be working away at something – either at work or at home – and suddenly it is much later than I thought it was.  The other night is a perfect example.  Ken started the dishwasher before he went to bed around 7ish.  He told me about it and asked that I turn it off etc when it was done.  I think I grunted acknowledgement at him (hey I was writing).  Five minutes – no more I swear – the chime indicating the dishwasher was done went off.  I was annoyed.  It must be broke or something right?  No it was 8:20 and the time thief had struck again.

He was hiding in my house last night because after I took care of the dishwasher and only maybe ten minutes later, Vicki came to tell me she was going to bed.  I told her it was very early for her to go to bed. She pointed out to me that it was nearly 10 pm.  I cursed the time thief again.  He’d struck while I’d been busy writing a chapter…

Two minutes later – I swear that was it – she wanders down the hall all squinty and grumbly because she can’t sleep.  I start to tell her she needs to give herself more than two minutes and realize I’ve been hit again by the time thief because it is nearly 11.  Of course I wrote nearly an entire chapter of almost 4600 words last night.  It flowed and practically wrote itself.  I am very pleased with it. 

I was a good girl then and went to bed.  Unfortunately sleep was elusive and I tossed and turned nearly all night only falling asleep after 2:45 this morning.  Now if I could only get the damn time thief to give me back that time – I could have a nap and not be completely exhausted today….

Back at the Grindstone

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