Archive for March, 2012

Reading Books

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

I know I’m late jumping on the bandwagon, but I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. If you don’t know what that is, you’ve probably been living under a rock. (Easy to find out; just check any social media outlet or entertainment website.)

All I can say is: damn. I don’t usually get sucked into a series of books like that (Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is the last one that did it for me), but this one certainly did it to me. Sharp, tight writing, lightning-fast pace, and characters that with whom, while I may not have agreed with all of their choices or actions, I certainly empathized.

Buddy Rella and I saw the movie over its opening weekend, and it was excellent, too. There were many small things that had been changed along with some surprises (Woody Harrelson? Really??), but for the most part it stayed true to the book. I read yesterday that all three books are going to be made into films, with the last book split into two movies (a la Harry Potter and Twilight). It’ll be interesting to see how the entire story translates to the big screen. I can only hope the remaining films are as good.

Of course, this entire thing leaves me with a roiling case of writer envy (alternating between “I want to write like that!” and “Why couldn’t I think of an idea like that??”). There aren’t many authors out there who do that to me, but when it happens it strikes deep. *sigh* Ah, well. Practice makes perfect, isn’t that what they say?

The Sun Shouldn’t Be Shining

Monday, March 26th, 2012

You know those days when you just want to stay in bed under the covers and spend an indefinable amount of time sobbing?

Yeah, that.

I don’t really understand it, either, other than to say my stress levels feel like they’re through the roof and I feel a little bit like I’m banging my head against a brick wall with a number of things. And I’m not even PMS-y. It’s one of those times when you feel like being a grown-up is the hardest thing in the world, and you’d like to just pass on the responsibility to someone else for a while.

I’d like to go lie down and vanish into a book for the afternoon, but that won’t get the dishes washed, the laundry done, and this manuscript written.

Hope your day is better than mine.

She Keeps Runnin’…

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

On adrenaline, perhaps.

Life’s nutso right now, peeps. I’m working on finishing my WiP, I’m crafting like mad for a baby shower this coming weekend, Real-Life Me has not one, but TWO new work projects, and on top of that, I’ve started training to run a 5K in May.

Is it just me, or does that SOUND tiring?

There are also plague remnants floating around the house — B.E. and the Offspring are both hacking and coughing — and tonight Ms. Junior Peanut felt feverish. I’m knocking very hard on wood right now that I stay healthy — at least for the time being. No sickies allowed here!

So how are you doin’, gang? Running as crazily as yours truly? What’s up in your world?


Saturday, March 10th, 2012

…but not necessarily a traveler.

You have no idea, guys, but I am so tired of winter. I need it to be over soon — and that “soon” is coming, according to the long-range forecast — but the “soon” isn’t coming soon enough for my tastes.

The rugrats have been trapped indoors and are starting to go stir-crazy. (And by extension, making ME crazy.)

I have no energy, no motivation, no enthusiasm. :( It probably sounds like I need a vacation, but I don’t really want to go anywhere. I just want some peace and quiet. (I hear you saying, “Yeah, but you’ve got two young kids; you don’t get peace and quiet for about another seventeen years, or so.” I know, you’re right. Doesn’t stop me from wanting, though. And at that point I’ll still worry about my girls out there in the big, bad world. But that’s a different kind of stress.)

I could whine and complain some more, but I’m certain you don’t want to hear it. I have to go anyway. I have kidlets to feed, and then we have to brace ourselves to go out in the blustery weather to pick up B.E.

I think I’m going to solve one problem and order pizza for dinner. At least it’ll be one less thing to worry about.

Ciao for now; I’ll be back eventually.

Reason #374 Why I Hate Winter

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The state of my hands. My poor hands are so raw and chapped that my knuckles are bleeding. They sting whenever I wash them, and they look absolutely horrible.

Spring can’t get here soon enough. :(

It’s A Kris Sighting!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Craptastic. I can’t believe so much time has gone by since my last missive.

I feel like a shmoe. Sorry about that, guys. However, in my defense, the Great Plague of Northern Canuckland struck the Starr household with a mighty blow and knocked first the Starr kidlets and then yours truly on our backs for several days. It was pretty rough, lemme tell you. Not only did I also fall off the fitness wagon, the current WiP stopped dead.


What’s that old John Lennon line — life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans? Something like that, anyway.

So. We all seem to be on the mend now, with the exception of Boy Einstein, who made it through the first round unscathed only to come home from work today coughing. Yeah. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a game of Pass the Germs because I don’t want to play that one.
Anyway. I have major cleaning and disinfecting to do still, but on Monday I’ll be climbing right back up on that horse. Er…those horses? Whatevs. You get my meaning.

(And March first? That means…dare I say?…Spring is almost here? YEE-HAW!)