No time for fun this Friday.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Well, as usual I am behind on my articles. But that isn't the worst part. I have 2 weeks until my final project is due for my linguistics class. And I haven't really started it.

It isn't that I have intentionally been slacking (all of those pins are from late at night in bed, I swear). There just seems to be more going on than usual. Hunter is struggling with spelling tests. Scarlett is teething. And we are trying to buy a house back home.

A house that needs gutted. And my hubby plans to handle all of the contracts from here and finish it in time for us to move next summer. He has spent two days constantly texting and ringing and asking me for details on the house. So I've been on the phone with my mom (who viewed the house yesterday) and the realtor constantly. Of course, we haven't even applied for financing yet. That will likely be this weekend or the first of next week.

It's no wonder I can't get any real work done. My next 2 weeks are going to be a lot of fun trying to do my project, catch up, and stay on top of the house stuff. Yeah. Right. Now is about the time I could use a maid. And a personal assistant. And a babysitter. And a vacation...

So I'll try to post still, but if I'm not around much in the next two weeks, you know why. Let's just hope I can pull it all off!

Dream jobs and childcare...

Monday, 24 September 2012

So, I've been asked to interview for what would be a dream job for me. It's coaching 3 high school and 2 primary school cheerleading teams. This is a big reason why I plan on teaching school when we move home- to coach the cheer teams. Well, that and the vacation time.

It seems like the perfect opportunity to go back to work super part-time (like 2 days per week) and pick up the extra I need to make the bills coaching. I'm also fairly certain I'm the most qualified candidate, since I'm the only American coach in my area.

Problem is the schools are roughly a half an hour from me, my car likes gas-a lot, and gas prices here are insane (I paid £7 for about a gallon today, that's about $12). Add to that the cost of after school childcare and nursery fees and I'm fairly certain the job won't pay enough.


I'm hopefully going to go interview this week and find out more, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I can't afford to quit my real job, so I'll probably have to let this one pass. How I wish it was a contract job until the summer with a pay of what I'm used to. Then I could leave my job and hopefully by the time the contract ran out we'd be headed to NC.

Double sigh.

It's times like this I wish my Mom was just around the corner. She'd have no problem watching the kids for a few hours for me.

I'll let you know how it works out...

Tasks for the weekend...

Friday, 21 September 2012

Another short post. Lately I haven't had time to think, let alone write. Add to that the fact that I'm catatonic during the day and I'm just happy to get these few paragraphs out.

Baby Bug was ill last week and she only started sleeping through again last night. Of course, I didn't sleep. The monster has suddenly become afraid of monsters. Do he's up every night between 2 and 3. And let's not forget the dog. Even he has played a part in my sleeplessness. Tuesday night Hunter was up at 3, Scarlett at 3:45, and Buddy at 4:30. The neighbors came home in a taxi so Buddy went nuts. He is an awesome watchdog, I just wish he'd stop barking at people we know. And the post man.

Tonight it's DIY pizzas for dinner. And wine. I'm gonna need lots of wine...

Happy Friday, everyone!

So You Think You Can Write

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Thanks to kids, painting, moving my office, blah, blah, blah... I don't really have time to write a proper post. Instead, I''l refer you to the So You Think You Can Write website. This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring romance authors. I wish I could participate, but kids, painting...

So here you go. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Last Monday, I turned 37.


I know it isn’t the end of the world. I also know 37 isn’t exactly ‘old’. But I can’t help but feel like I’ve missed so much, or maybe messed up so much. I’m sure I read somewhere or heard somewhere that I shouldn’t have any regrets. I’m not sure if what I’m feeling is regret. I just feel like there is so much more I want to do and there just isn’t enough time.

If I pass one thing onto my kids, I hope I can ensure that they never let a moment of happiness pass by unnoticed. I want to teach them that there is never ‘enough time’ and that you should find time every day for the things that make you happy, the things that make you, you.

I wanted to write books… lots of them. I haven’t written any. I wanted to see Europe. We did vacation in Rome, so it’s a start. But I look at the rest of my so-called list and there’s just loads I want to do. I just wish I could go back and start ticking off that list. I also wish I could take back a few of those nights partying at the frat house and spend a little more time hitting the books. Maybe then I wouldn’t be stressed out about the EMA that is due in a few weeks.

I want my kids to figure out what makes them happy and do it. And I want them to understand that what they do each day will affect their happiness later. The advice I told my hubby to pass on to his nephew who starts university this month is ‘have the time of your life, just make sure the time of your life doesn’t prevent you from having the life you want someday’. It’s good advice. It would work for future politicians as well. I want Hunter and Scarlett to finish school and university and to have the sort of life they dream of. Whether that means seeing the world or writing stories about it or whatever. I want them to be happy, for always not just for right now. 

What is the one thing life has taught you that you want to pass on to your kids?

Birthday Wishes

Monday, 10 September 2012

This morning, Hunter asked me what kind of birthday cake I wanted. I told him I wasn't worried about a cake, I just wanted him to do his homework. It seems lately all I do is fight over homework. And work.

I'm on maternity leave and I swear I work harder now than I did at my real job. And it's not just because I have Scarlett to look after. It's because I'm trying to write more than ever to make extra money for bills. Soon I hope that extra money will go to saving for our move home, but for now there's too many bills to pay.

So what do I want for my birthday today? I mean short of winning the lottery, but I'm not greedy, just a couple hundred thousand would be enough to buy a house and move us home....

Believe it or not, I want to write. I want to get as many articles written today as possible. I need to write 10 each week and I haven't written any in the last two weeks thanks to our vacation. I could do with a few 'kid-free' hours before I'm too dead to form complete sentences.

Of course, I'm writing this while sitting in front of the school waiting to pick up Hunter. Then there will be homework to do and dinner to cook, baths and bedtime stories...

In Rome I laughed in front of the Jimmy Choo shop. My hubby said maybe if we could afford it he'd buy me some, but I told him it was ok. Nearly six years ago I chose Terrible Two's over Jimmy Choo's. And I'm happy with that decision. Although sleeping in a bit today would've been nice. We have to start getting ready for school at 0730 so there was really no reason to be up at 0600. Oh well...

I'd say it's fairly unlikely I'll get my wish this year. Maybe I'll re-evaluate and come up with something more realistic. Like both kids in bed on time. Or homework done before dinner.

Or a hug...

I should definitely be able to pull that one off.

Storybook Nails!!

Friday, 7 September 2012

My new favorite manicure!
Newspaper nails seem to be the new, hot thing for manicures and as a proud word geek, I couldn't be happier! I kept seeing these all over the internet. Most were the full nail, but my favorite version was the French manicure. My only real complaint was that on every one the words were backwards. I wanted to be able to read my words...

The key was in the newsprint. Or the 'not-really-newsprint'. I decided I could do this with my own words and make it more special. And readable. So here's how I did it:

First things, first you will need to get your supplies together. You will need clear polish for the base and top coats (I used the same clear for each), a pale polish for the tips, alcohol (I used vodka), and a sheet of paper printed using the 'mirror' function on your printer.

This is the blurb from my magical realism blurb!

I copied and pasted the blurb from my WIP onto a new document. I changed the font to Times New Roman, size 10 and printed it using the 'mirror image' function on my printer so that the words were all backward. This way, when I transferred the print it would be the right way around.

Apply a clear base coat.

Next, I applied a clear base coat to my nails. They are acrylic (but mostly real).

Apply two coats of a light shade to the tips.

Then I applied two coats of 'white' on the tips and let it dry completely. You can use any light color for the tips. My polish wasn't actually white, more of an ecru which I thought looked more like the background on book pages. 

I love these so much!
Once your tips are completely dry, cut the printed paper into small squares. Be careful to cut so that there are plenty of words and few spaces on each square. 

Soak one nail at a time in alcohol for 10-15 seconds. The original tutorial I read said rubbing alcohol, but I still can't find anywhere to buy that here (after 8 years of looking) so I had to make do. We have a bottle of Russian vodka which was given to us about 2 years ago (we don't drink vodka) so I tried that and it worked beautifully! 

Carefully press a square of paper, printed side down, onto your nail. My paper was thick, so I also dabbed vodka on top of the paper with cotton wool.Press down by rocking your finger over it. Be careful not to move or slide the paper. If you do mess one up, simply use a cotton swab dipped in some polish remover to wipe off the print and repaint the tip. If some of the paper sticks to your nail, just wait until it has dried and gently rub it off with your finger.

I think I'll be sporting this look a lot!
Finish with a top coat. I used two coats of the same clear I used as the base coat. 

And that's it! Storybook nails!! Your own words, or those of your favorite author, on your nails-- fun, fashionable, and fabulous!


I'm back!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Well, Rome was incredible, but is really nice to be home in my own bed.

I'm sure I'll post about it all another time, when I'm not so tired, but for now I just need sleep.

I hoped to write while we were away, but I spent each day in the beautiful city under a glorious sun corralling my little ones and each night I crashed before I could even pull out my laptop. In fact, I never once turned it on.

So, I need to get back on track tomorrow. I think I'll start with a back cover blurb. That'll give me the boost I need to get in with the plotting and first chapter I need for Friday. But now, I must sleep. Night all.

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