Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For a Season

Hello Faithful Followers,
Wow. Summer has really re-arranged my priorities. not only the BuNoWriMo challenge, but my blog life in general. Silly me, I had imagined the summers when I was a single teacher. Lying out by the pool (this was before skin cancer was everywhere), working out, hot tub, popcorn for dinner, sappy chick-flicks into the night. Sleep in. With that schedule, I could have fit writing and blogging into any of the mentioned time slots. Well, not really. There was no internet back then. I am NOT kidding.

It doesn't go that way now. It goes like this: “Mom, get UP! You promised you'd make bacon today!” Make bacon. Feed children. Go garden until fused wrist and needing-to-be-replaced hip protest loud enough for me to hear. Shower. Oh look, it's lunch time. Lunch. Wow, I'm so totally tired from that gardening, I need a nap. Nap. Wow, it's dinner time already??? Make dinner. Dishes. Family sci-fi event du jour. We're currently watched all the old Star Trek episodes. 


 Kinda hard to fit blogging into that schedule. No nap you say? Blasphemy. I'm a napper, always have been, always will. Greatest luxury on the planet. Besides, it's like a re-charge for the evening ahead.

Yes, I could of course fit what I want to do into what I'm currently doing. I've always said that you have time for what you want to have time for. Lately the urge to write hasn't overtaken my urge to spend time with my kids. So instead of them grabbing a granola bar and heading out on their bikes, we sit down for breakfast. They help with the gardening. Fourteen-year-old boys are mighty strong and that's what you need when that pesky root just won't give up. My particular eleven-year-old boy like to cook, so we make lunch together frequently. Another time to sit down and connect. By the time I'm napping, their neighborhood friends have been freed from their chores and homework. Oh, and did I mention that both boys are still in school? That's what happens when Mom says, “Oh, it's fine if you don't want to do that now. We have access to the online school all summer long!” I didn't really think they were going to take me up on it. But dammit, they did.

Yes, I want to write. Yes, I'm co-hosting a challenge. I am out there visiting a lot of blogs, but I'm not writing so much. I realized earlier in the month that this wasn't the month for me to do 50k words. A month for that will come. But for now, I'm sitting here smelling of chlorine and sunscreen from a day at the pool with my boys and their two closest cousins. It was a good day. Life is Good.

If you're here visiting from the AZ Challenge, the linky list is first in my sidebar.  If you're new and not familiar with the AZ, there's a button for that too.  Happy visiting!

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's tough to write and blog consistently. I recommend watching a few more Star Trek episodes. Won't help. but they're cool!

5thsister said...

Tina! I so know what you mean! I need to call you. If I don't Thursday, call me, okay?! It's been crazy busy on my end as well!

alberta ross said...

well swimming pool and a strong arm to help in the garden indeed life is good there - enjoy the summer - am signing up for your A-Z follow up and will try very hard to fulfil - am just approaching final stages of next book off to printers in september - fingers crossed!! and blog tour to organize however I dont have a swimming pool out the back so should have time! keep smiling

Rebecca Kiel said...

Life IS good. It is good lazing by the pool, digging in the dirt, swatting mosquitos, reading a great new book and letting other people grill for you! Life is good whether you're writing or not.

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a really great plan for the summer. Kids trump blogging every single day. And naps? Can't fit one in most days and I don't like it one little bit.

Life@Cee said...

I think you definitely have your priorities straight. Give up the kid time before the nap if it comes down to that ;) What challenge are you co-hosting?

Langley said...

Your summer sounds a lot like mine. Where does the time go? Life is good indeed!

Shannon Lawrence said...

I completely understand! My BuNoWriMo faltered big time when I didn't even start it until about two weeks in. Got 1000 words written two days in a row then phlbbbbbbt. I haven't even made it down into my office in over a week. I've been so busy with the kids. But they're only young once, right? And mine will both be in school next year (one in pre-K, so her first year). I should enjoy the time while I have it. Enjoy your naps!

Arlee Bird said...

I know what you're saying. I have different things than you going on, but still it's difficult to keep up. I need some better organization I think.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Donna K. Weaver said...

Might I suggest Weed and Feed?

Girl Parker said...

First visit... love your solid stance for naps! I rarely get to, but boy, do I revel in it when I can. Definitely family first, with Sci-Fi of course. =)