Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Five

1. We had fun on President’s Day. We took the kids to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. We saw the Van Gogh Live exhibit. Though I didn’t get to spend as much time in there as I would have liked 9the kids weren’t as interested in it as I was). Still, it was nice to get to see it. We also went to the Imax theatre at the center to see Hubble 3D. I had no idea the Hubble telescope could see so far into space! Awesome experience! We ended up purchasing a yearly membership so we plan to go back at least one other time this year (hopefully more than once).

2. I started a new picture book but after re-reading it, I’m thinking it might be too scary for kids. LOL Yeah, my imagination is warped. I’ve put it on hold for a little while until I can figure out how to fix it.

3. J has been home from school all this week with a bronchial infection (she went to the doctor on Tuesday and got antibiotics). It’s awful to hear her coughing and not be able to do anything about it. Sometimes she coughs so hard she says it hurts her chest. Poor thing. Um . . . I really hope she doesn’t pass it on to anyone else. Thank goodness for Lysol/Clorox wipes and spray!

4. I have a PowerPoint presentation for History 102 due on Tuesday. My topic is the 1918 flu epidemic. I have another PowerPoint presentation for History 105 due on March 5th with Charles Dickens as my topic. Both presentations only have to be about 10 minutes long. The hard part for me won’t be putting them together, but not getting carried away and making them too long. LOL

5.  Yesterday was crazy! I had so much to do and was feeling sluggish. I didn’t get everything done that I needed to, but at least I accomplished SOMETHING! J was still home sick and that made it harder, but she’s pretty good about not bugging me every five seconds so I was able to get a bit of writing done before I had to get busy on household stuff. I still have piles of laundry to get through today, and the dishes need washing (they never end). In spite of still having housework to do, I’m hoping to still get some revising time in. I miss working on my MG!

Enjoy the weekend!

Write on.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday Five

1. I’ve been having fun illustrating with my new Wacom Intuos4 Wireless Tablet. Here’s a little something I did to try out my Autodesk Sketchbook program (it came as a free download when I got my tablet).

Unicorn in color light blue and grey2

I like Autodesk Sketchbook, but I like ArtRage Pro better (though I had to pay for it).

Any illustrators out there who have an illustrating program they prefer to use?

I also have Corel Painter Sketch Pad and a trial of OpenCanvas, but I’m new to this whole computer illustration thing and have found ArtRage Pro and Autodesk Sketchbook to be the most user friendly (cause I’m lame—I mentioned that, right?). Still, it’s been nice to have another creative outlet since I missed ceramics class for the last two weeks.

2. I’ve resisted temptation to play with the tablet today and did a bit of work on my middle grade novel instead (it was HARD to resist the call of the tablet). When I’m done with this post, I’ll continue to resist the tablet temptation and go back to writing. I’m not sure I’ll keep working on the MG though. I have a new picture book idea that’s been bouncing around in my head and I may work on that instead.

3. We had a quiz in History 102 on Tuesday night. Last night we got the results (the class is two nights a week—Tue and Thur). I passed, but only because the teacher threw out some of the questions we all got wrong (they were kind of tricky and she felt bad that no one got them right). After that quiz, I’m even more nervous about the History 105 quiz I took on Monday. I still don’t know my score for that one (had a fever brain that night)—and since Monday is President’s Day, I won’t know for a week after that!!! Since it’s the same teacher as my History 102 class, I’m hoping she’ll be lenient in 105 too!

4.  Since there’s no classes on Monday, I won’t be able to go to ceramics AGAIN! That’s three weeks in a row. *frown* That means I’ll probably have to take some time next week to play around with the tablet more. *grin*

5. Valentine’s Day was okay. It started out rough, the two sick kids from Monday were still sick and had to stay home. Thank goodness their teachers said they could come back at the end of the day to join in the Valentine’s Day celebrations in class or they might have recreated the St. Valentine’s Day massacre at my house! Hubby gave me a card and some Ferrero Rocher hazelnut chocolates (my favorite). We think alike because I got him the same thing (he loves those chocolates too). We had a good laugh about that. I did have class on Tuesday night and the above mentioned quiz, but after class ended at around 8:00, hubby took me out to dinner. It was Y-U-M-M-Y!!

May your weekend be all you want it to be!

Write on.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Woe is Monday

The past week wasn’t nice to me. I had one child home sick from Tuesday to Thursday. I started a marathon house cleaning effort on Wednesday that continued all through the weekend (this is what happens when you let things go far too long). Now I’m in pain. Yes, I hurt myself cleaning house—it’s dangerous business.

It was the sweeping/vacuuming that did me in—or maybe it was the thousand loads of laundry or mopping the floor. I doubt it was the loading of the dishwasher since I do that all the time with no ill effects. I think I need to get a doctor’s note to excuse me from housework in the future.

Of course, cleaning out the minivan didn’t help. I would have put off that cleaning job had the rotten thing not griped and complained and gone on strike. But after 124,000 miles on original parts and no trips to the car doctor for a check-up, it threatened to quit if it’s demands weren’t met. So I had to clean it out, removing stacks of papers shoved under the seat—that I suspect are missing homework assignments. Old hamburger wrappers tossed toward—but missing—the garbage sack hung lovingly between the driver and passenger seats. Then there were the piles of rocks my kids like to collect—and not just gravel dragged in off the playground, but larger specimens as well (called “pretty rocks” at our house). Then I had to vacuum the van to get up the smashed pretzels/popcorn/chips/I’m-not-sure-I-want-to-know-what-it-was off the seats and floor. Once finished we took the van to the car doctor so he could tell us it will cost $1400 or more to cure what ails it and get it back to work.

I’m driving the Mazda Protégé today—which doesn’t make E happy since it means he isn’t driving it. It’s an old car and in need of a trip to the car doctor itself. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before it starts making demands and goes on strike as well.

Of course all my sore muscles might not be from housework at all but from whatever illness is causing me to run a slight fever today. But I like the idea that the illness is Toomuch Houseworkitis so I’m going to stick with that theory.

It’s more likely that it’s a real virus or something since I have two kids sick and home from school today. This means I wasn’t able to go to school this morning either—and the class I missed was ceramics and I WANTED to go. I have History 105 tonight AND we’re supposed to have a quiz. Things are not looking good for passing the quiz tonight. History is hard enough for me without having a fever brain on top of it. *sigh*

I hope this week improves (and that I won’t get super sick from whatever illness is invading my system). Even with the kids home today I’ve managed to do a bit of writing. I can’t guarantee it makes any sense (ditto for this blog post) or that I won’t have to redo every last word of it, but that happens even when I don’t have a fever brain so I can’t really blame it on that—well, I can, but I won’t.

Hope you all have a great Monday and a happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

Write on (but don’t clean on—it’s dangerous).