I am back and more enthusiastic than ever! What a crazy summer it was. We moved and I babysat all summer. But that's not really why I haven't been blogging. Toward the end of July, Nick, the girls, and I went for an extended weekend getaway at a friend's cabin in Tidioute.
Before we left, we had all been busy doing various things. I, of course, spent a great deal of time preparing to move, babysitting, taking care of my own children, and housetraining a puppyl. Nickwas busy doing what he always does, which of course is work, work, work (I'm so proud of my dear husband). But even throughout all that I had plenty of time to think about my writing. I had gotten very inspired and determined to publish an article somewhere. I began to craft my first independent query letter (I wrote one in college for a magazine writing class that I took). I aimed high and wrote three query letters to parenting magazines. I was so excited to be leaving Cambridge Springs with three envelopes addressed to editors in New York City. I really felt that I could enjoy my little getaway--with one cloud looming over my head.
When I finished printing out my letters I turned off my computer. Right before we left, I decided to turn the computer back on just to check something real quick, but much to my disappointment Windows would not come back. Something appeared to be seriously wrong and it was. According to my 21-year-old little brother, who is a computer whiz, my computer was very broke. He told me I would need to buy a whole new system. Let me just tell, ya, I was downright sad. Fortunately, my older little brother, who is also a computer genius looked at it and said, "Oh, don't worry! It just needs (blah, blah, blah, and yada, yada, yada) and it will be just fine." Forgive me, as I'm not real up on the computer lingo. Anyway, he lives in Pittsburgh, but came up as soon as he could to fix it for me. Hence, the marvelous technological piece of equipment that I am enjoying right now. Thanks, Matt!
So now I am gung ho again and am working hard every day to learn how to become a published writer. That's my goal and with a little effort and the help of my Lord, I plan to achieve it!
Other than that, life has slowed down considerably for me. The house is fairly settled, with the exception of the remodeling that needs completed, and I no longer babysit during the day, as the children are back to school. The girls and I have established a wonderful afternoon and evening routine. As for Nick, he started a new job a GE and is working like a mad dag. He is so excited to be there that he is putting in all sorts of crazy hours, often working 12 hours a day. His philosophy is to take it while its there. It might not be tomorrow. Good thinking, I suppose, as long as he doesn't fall asleep driving home. That's my worry. I love him and am thankful for the job and benefits, but I also miss him. He is truly my best friend.
Well, I am not getting much writing done sitting here blogging, so I guess I will go for the evening. I will try to blog on a refular basis again, but am sure it won't be daily. It's hard enough to do everything I want to in a day, and often I don't. But, hey, it's great to be back!