Weekend Rewind 12/27

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It’s time for Weekend Rewind – my weekly casual post to chat and catch up. No prompts, no rules – anything goes.

Let’s get random…

So, I saw this when I logged onto Facebook today:

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Thanks, Facebook. Like I’m not completely aware that I haven’t posted in six days and am probably a huge disappointment to whatever readers I may have. You are so helpful. And actually (and perhaps unfortunately), people who like Amie Writes know that six days is not “a while.” It’s more like status quo.

Having said that, I have been thinking of ways to change things up around here. Amie Writes has become more of a traditional blog and less of the creative writing space that I intended. I would like to see more fiction and poetry in 2016. Since I’m the only one that can make that happen, I am working on that plan.

I sincerely hope that everyone reading this had a wonderful holiday. Ours was blissful, full of family, food and relaxation. And rain, but I won’t complain. Christmas morning my little family opened gifts at home and then headed over to my parents’ house down the street for round two. Even though I try to emphasize it, I really don’t think my kids realize how lucky they are (and I’m not really talking about the number of gifts they got to open).

My younger daughter got a starter bow and arrow set. She has an interest in archery, but being seven years old, she needs some instruction and practice. My father is a master archer, he hunts with a bow and arrow and also shoots competitively. His basement is full of trophies. I am hoping that this will be a bonding experience for the two of them. I am also hoping that the bow and arrow and the soccer ball she also received will balance out the tablet that my parents gave her. My older daughter got a sewing machine and a sewing basket full of fabric and supplies. These were gifts from my mother whose sewing skills are unparalleled. My mother tried to teach me when I was Kiera’s age but I failed miserably, obviously devoid of the gene that bestows sewing talent. Kiera, however, shows promise. She is also very eager to learn, excited about her upcoming projects. Again, I hope this will be a bonding experience for them. My kids, of course, got many other gifts, but these are the ones that warmed my heart.

I swear I have gained five pounds in the last few days. We have had so much good food: ham, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, dill dip (our family favorite) and, of course, sweets. So. much. chocolate. I’ve also drank my fair share of Captain Morgan Parrot Bay with strawberry flavor. In fact, I may be drinking it as we speak (or type, whatever). I saw it in the store and being a huge Captain Morgan fan, I had to give it a try. It was a good decision.

I think we have watched Christmas Vacation five times in the last two weeks. We love it so much. We also had several showings of The Grinch (the original animated one, not the Jim Carey movie version).

I can’t believe that my first five-day break is over and I have to go back to work tomorrow. Luckily, I work two days and get another five-day weekend. Why does a five-day vacation go by 100 times faster than a five-day workweek??

Like I said earlier, I am thinking about how to redirect Amie Writes for 2016. I have been hoarding writing prompts on Pinterest and I definitely want to share more fiction in the new year. That is the whole reason why I started this blog. With my commute, I have a lot of time to contemplate plots and characters – which is great – but I am trying to figure out how to convert that into more actual writing.

My newest interest is bullet journaling and I am working on getting myself organized and ready to start a new bullet journal on January 1st. This is basically combining your calendar, to-do lists and journaling in one place. Again, I have been hoarding ideas on Pinterest. Stay tuned. If this works out, I will be posting about it in January.

Happy New Year and have a great upcoming week, everyone!

 

 

 

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Weekend Rewind 12/20/15

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Weekend Rewind is  my weekly casual post to chat and catch up. No prompts, no rules – anything goes.

Let’s get random…

I haven’t posted in two weeks. I’m sorry that I missed Weekend Rewind last week. I actually did start the post last Sunday night and then a power surge knocked out our internet. So I tried but was foiled by an act of God. So I spent the evening watching a marathon of Impractical Jokers. Then I thought I could finish the post the next morning. But the next morning was Monday and work was very busy. Monday turned into Tuesday and I just gave up.

Things have been more hectic as we get closer to Christmas. Amazingly, I did finish my shopping. I started at brick and mortar stores and finished up online. Amazon is magic, a modern-day wizard that can conjure up my every wish and desire. All gifts have arrived and my only remaining task is wrapping.

I had a glorious day off last week for my younger daughter’s school holiday program. I look forward to this every December. This year, the second graders were rock-and-roll-snowmen. The other grades were pirates, kids in pajamas and hip-hop reindeer. It was an adorable program with lots of energetic songs and choreography. I also got to attend her classroom party that day, gaining a new appreciation for anyone who teaches young children for a living without becoming an alcoholic.

Last night we took the kids out driving around town to look at Christmas lights. We have a local house that does an over-the-top display that draws a lot of visitors. He has a ton of lights and unique inflatables. He even comes out and greets the cars dressed as Santa and gives the kids candy canes. We also saw several houses with the Light Shower display – the thing that just projects lights onto your house. It is simplistic genius and I think we may have to look into getting one next year.

Last night was a clear night so we were actually able to see the stars (which we haven’t been able to do much lately). I was able to easily spot my favorite constellation, Orion.

My girls are having a music battle on their electronic devices. One is playing Adele and the other is playing Florida Georgia Line.

I feel like the only person in the US that hasn’t seen the new Star Wars movie.

I only have four workdays left in 2015… two this week and two next week. Bliss.

Have a great week, everyone and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Weekend Rewind 12/6/15

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Weekend Rewind is  my weekly casual post to chat and catch up. No prompts, no rules – anything goes. I did not get around to posting yesterday so we are doing a little Weekend Rewind -Monday style.

This is the time of the year where I feel like we are hurtling into the holiday season like a runaway train. Happy Hanukkah to my friends that celebrate that holiday. Christmas is only 18 days away, as my kids like to remind me every five minutes (and we have several countdown calendars in various places in the house).

We did get our Christmas tree up this weekend. We have a 6.5-foot pre-lit tree. I really love that tree, it has such a beautiful shape even after years of being put up, fluffed and then crammed back into a box for 11 months. I love to pull out the boxes of ornaments every year and let the memories wash over me. I love watching the kids beam with pride as they place their ornaments just so after hunting for that perfect branch. Guess who else loves our Christmas tree?

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Yep… our cat, Gracie. She climbs it and lays in the middle of it. That’s another reason why I love that tree: it supports her weight and with all of the climbing that she does, it has never fallen over (though she has made it shake questionably a few times). I usually come home every day to find an ornament or two on the floor, victims of her heartless batting. Luckily, they hit carpet and don’t break. Funniest thing ever: our dog, Rusty, sniffing a branch and then a sneaky black paw comes out of the middle of the tree and swats him on the nose. Gracie: Christmas-tree-ninja-cat.

We have also reached St. Nick’s day, which is the day in our house when Jingles (our Elf on the Shelf) returns for the season with a little gift from Santa. I, like many parents, don’t really like the Elf tradition and most days I regret even starting it.  What was I thinking all of those years ago? You have to move the elf every night or make up pathetic excuses to your children as to why your lazy elf didn’t move (children who, I might add, may have a future with the CIA given how closely they scrutinize the elf’s movements). I have pinned creative Elf ideas on Pinterest but at the end of the day, in a haze of exhaustion, I usually just put him in boring and predictable places (leading to feelings of Elf-inadequacy). My kids love Jingles, though, which is why he keeps returning. I am thinking about starting a new tradition next year -the Kindness Elves. I need to do more research on these, though, because they may wind up being more work than Jingles – but they teach a better lesson (and that’s what it’s really about, right?).

In other news, we have the respiratory cruddiness in our house. My younger daughter and I have been congested and have sinus pressure/headaches. ‘Tis the season, I guess.

I got some good news in the mail finally. I got the notice that my GAP insurance paid off the remainder of our car loan (when the car was declared a total loss our insurance settled right away but the remainder of the loan was about $5K). This was the last lingering piece of the accident so I am so relieved to have it taken care of.

After posting every day in November, I am enjoying the freedom of December – perhaps too much. This is my first December post. I wish I could say that I am finding the time to write. I will try, though.

Have a great week, everyone!

 

 

November 30!

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It’s the last day of November! NaBloPoMo is over!

Congrats to all of my friends who attempted or completed NaBloPoMo or NaNoWriMo. I applaud you all!

While the commitment seemed like torture at times, the whole point was to get us writing. I feel like I had several “cheat” days but I did post every day. I did not do as much fiction writing as I  wanted to but the blog writing was more beneficial than I expected. At least I was thinking about my blog every day. With the posting obligation, I had to actively seek out ideas and mine for creative material – even when I didn’t want to. Discipline and dedication are good practice.

It was also great to spend more time in the wordpress community reading and connecting with other bloggers. This is such a supportive place and there are so many unique voices to be heard.

Goodbye, November, my old friend. I will try not to disappear in December, but I am fairly certain I will take a blog vacation day tomorrow!