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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

So far, so good...


Last Wednesday, I talked about my short-comings as a mother. Well, hinted at them, anyway. On Thursday night, DH and I sat down with the kids and reiterated the law. They all know it by now. But it was said in no uncertain terms in front of all of them together so each of them knows the others heard exactly what was said. We also discussed consequences and expectations now that two of them are adults and one is rapidly approaching the magic age (did you hear the sarcasm there?). Of course, Sonshine will still have six months of high school and living under our roof from that point.

Anyway, the point of the rambling being that the Brown Eyed Girl, while not pleased with a few of the rules and our edicts, has decided to tow the line for the moment. Which definitely makes my life so much less stressful.

Kitty, on the other hand, is good for a laugh just about every day. She scampers around, from one end of the house to the other, climbing furniture, as well as door jambs. She is especially fascinated by the ceiling fan pull chains. If carried into a room, she immediately scopes out the dangling offender and if you get close enough, she climbs her way to your shoulder. Of course, we get close enough, because it's so funny to see her trying to stand on her hind legs on your shoulder and not lose her balance while trying to swat at the light pull (yes, that's the official term for the what ever's at the end of your chain, if anything). You have to be careful of course because she will dig her claws into your shoulder and your head to do so. I'm too short to let her play, so I get to watch the others get clawed. :)

Crazy weather is crazy--yesterday, I walked to the P.O. Box at 2PM. It was sunshine and very windy, probably 75* or so. An hour later, no joke, the temperature had dropped a good twenty degrees, dark clouds had rolled in and there was rain, thunder and lightning. Some places were even under tornado watch. A friend of mine even had hail. Go figure.

What's the craziest weather you've ever experienced? (Not to say this is the craziest for me...)

3 comments:

Regina Richards said...

We had just a few bits of hail here. It lasted no more than a minute or two. The pellets were so tiny they'd ping off the windows, hit the ground, and melt in the rain almost instantly.

Lara said...

We missed out on the hail this week (thankfully), but we did get some pretty intense rain...

Your kitty sounds adorable! I love how every cat has its own little quirks...

Lynne Kensington said...

Yay for Brown Eyed Girl towing the line for now. Fingers crossed and knocking wood furiously for the continuation. Adult (and nearly so) children are a real PITA to discipline. Had a bit of a go-round with E the other day when he wanted to stay home tired from school, and grades are not beautiful. (Surprise! Not. That boy will simply not hand things in for some reason. Sheesh!) He apologized for being cranky later, but it did make me feel guilty when he was mad at me. :(

We had a temperature drop like that last week; today did the opposite. This morning, it was 46, this afternoon was 68, and now it's going down again. The weather blurb on the radio hinted that it would be chilly for the next few days, but I got bored and changed the station before they got to the actual report. :P Ah, the fun of adult ADD. SQUIRREL!

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Jen's Glossary of Terms

  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

Books Read in 2014

  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra

Books read in 2013

  • Incredibly Delicious Soup Recipes from the Mediterranean by Vasela Tabakova
  • Madam President by Jerry Beller (didn't finish)
  • Kick Menstrual Cramps in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Blurred Lines by Janie Crouch
  • Love Me or Leave Me by Kristine Mason
  • Wish On a Star by Lauren Holly
  • Paradise Valley by Dale Cramer
  • Take a Chance, a Private Delights novel by Lavender Daye
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
  • Protecting Their Child by Angi Morgan
  • Outlaw by Angus Donald (didn't finish)
  • The Warrior by Wanda Ann Thomas
  • Private Designs by Lavender Daye
  • Private Passions by Lavender Daye
  • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
  • Pick Me by Kristine Mason
  • Kiss Me by Kristine Mason
  • Missing by Beverley Bateman
  • Bedded By Her Bodyguard by Kristi Avalon
  • Playing for Keeps by Jamie Denton
  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • The Cradle Conspiracy by Robin Perini
  • Behind the Lies by Robin Perini
  • Ain't Misbehaving by Molly Cannon (audio book)
  • Undercover Texas by Robin Perini
  • In Her Sights by Robin Perini
  • Christmas Conspiracy by Robin Perini
  • Hunted by Beverley Bateman
  • Private Delights by Lavender Daye
  • Desired & Defended by Kristi Avalon
  • Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
  • Finding Her Son by Robin Perini
  • Collision Force by C.A. Szarek
  • A Texas Baby by Linda Warren
  • Highland Moon Sifter by Clover Autrey
  • Trusting Her by Starla Kaye
  • Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans edited/compiled by Dan Freedman and Jacqueline Rhoads
  • Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam 1963-1964 by LCDR Bobbi Hovis, NC, USN (ret.)
  • Joyful Momma's Guide to Shopping & Cooking Frugally by Kimberly Eddy
  • Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam by Lynda Van Devanter
  • Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen
  • If it Ain't Love by Tamara Allen
  • The Only Gold by Tamara Allen
  • Downtime by Tamara Allen
  • Off Her Game by Suzan Butler
  • Bet on Love by Barbara Witek
  • The Hand of Vengeance by Mike Mendoza
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (audio book version) by J.K. Rowling
  • Offside by Juliana Stone
  • The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg
  • Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide by Aaron Allston
  • Relentless by Cindy Stark
  • Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • 100 Ways to Save and Grow Your Money, Financial Fitness for Regular People by Peter Sorrells
  • Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
  • I Want it Now: A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole
  • From Dunes to Dior by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar
  • Aggie's Inheritance by Chautona Havig (didn't finish)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory