All About You (Krissie)

24 Apr

So I finally got my characters into bed (I have no idea why they were so reluctant when it was incredible) and I’m on a roll. I did some work on the weekend but otherwise had fun with the doll stuff, and now I’m back on track. I’ll go swimming today, and write, and anything else I have time for (I slept too late).
That’s how the week is going to go. We have another lovely day today and then clouds and rain (ugh) but mud season seems pretty well over – our driveway had dried out and Richie even went on the lake road yesterday. And I even went to church yesterday. Deadly boring sermon, but the rest was good, and it was good to see people. I need to get out more often.

So how are you guys doing? Does the spring fill you with energy and optimism? I think it’s fairly standard, except for those who are very old and depressed … nah, I won’t go into that. Let’s just stay upbeat.

Okay, tomorrow, I promise, I will post pictures of the doll clothes I’ve been making. I’m really very bad.

So what’s happening for you guys? I need to sort through all my new yarn and organize it and begin a new crochet project so I can listen to an audio book while I do it. I need to clean, I need to sew, I need to swim, but most of all I need write. It’s a good morning, and I’m bursting with energy.

What’s on your agenda? Anyone feeling radiant?

Happiness, Little By Little

23 Apr

How did you find happiness in the little things this week?

The Great Yarn Beat Down, or Life at Jenny’s

17 Apr

So I’m here in NJ where we’ve been having a Gathering of the Goddesses, including Lani and her two amazing daughters, Sweetness and Light. I hadn’t seen the girls for years, and I still thought of them as around 11 and 13, which was way off – they’re now 15 and just-turned 18 and they are admirably fierce. Sweetness got her nose pierced for her birthday, the fearless creature, and Light kicks butt (in a thoroughly charming way). Lani, of course, is the goddess she is, with a great streak of pinkish-purple in her hair. She’s got a fabulous job, a fabulously empty bed no longer filled with a faux-Scots wanker, and life is good.

I got here on Wednesday, drove Jenny to the eye doctor on Thursday and on Friday we played. Saturday Lani & Co. arrived and we went out to breakfast, where Jenny terrorized me. Of course, I’d been jabbering in Danish at her for two days so it’s no wonder she was looking a little glassy-eyed and and thinking wistfully about “Saw II: The Reckoning.”

We ate too much at breakfast, then Crusie crashed, Sweetness and Light crashed and Lani and I went shopping. (When the going gets tough the tough go shopping).

And we returned for the Great Yarn Beatdown, similar to this summer’s Great Fabric Beatdown.

First of all, Jenny’s got a stash that she’d never get through if she lives until 100, and the sheer amounts are crushing her. So she’s doing slash and burn – she’ll still need to go through things again, but right now she’s made a huge difference, and Lani went home with a bag of yarn, a half finished sock (her knitting is phenomenal) plus a new Crusie purse that I reluctantly passed over (happily Crusie showers me with treasures, so I was willing to give it up since I already have the Disney Villains on my usual purse.) So we came back from brunch at Kathy’s and Jenny attacked the pile.
It’s been a massive undertaking. The girls played outside with the dogs (Jenny’s house is basically a tiny house full of treasures and magic) while Lani knitted and I crocheted.

So I’ve got a dozen trash bags full of yarn (plus a car loaded with other goodies). Which means I can crochet madly while listening to audiobooks, which I need to do because I need many ways to wallow in story. I’ll be showing you my creations and the books that I read – hey, maybe I’ll even do that on Facebook.

Anyway, Lani and the girls left (sob) and we were all set to watch “Moana” when we had an epic brown-out and we both toddled off to bed. Today, more yarn, then (heehaw) clothes. Tomorrow I head back home.

Anyway, peaceful goddess time in NJ (we weren’t in the mood for wild right now) and we have to do it again. Maybe next time with tattoos.

So, with all this excitement I gotta ask – what’s on your agenda?

Stay On the Path

16 Apr

How did you stay on the path of happiness this week?

All About You (Krissie)

10 Apr

Godmorgen min børn. My dansk goes apace, though I’m running into software problems. My favorite software (Nemo) won’t reset on my new iPad Air, and with over a thousand words I’m not about to start from the begynnelse. However, it looks as if I was just about at the end of the programs – there were only a few words and phrases left – so it’s time to upgrade anyway. Man, I love learning the language. Because I mostly do it at night in bed, and because Richie and I are practically attached at the hip, he’s learning a lot too, so we’re always speaking to each other in dansk.
But I digress. I spent intensive time last week redoing BANISH MISFORTUNE, my first RITA-winning book, and, I discovered, one of my very best ones. I usually update the books – make it an unspecified present time though it would change things too much if I added computers and cell phones – but at the last minute I decided to keep this in the time it was written. It’s too perfect a microcosm of my life back then, filtered through fiction. It’s also painful and really really good.
The reason I’m so surprised about it is that it was part of a failed effort by Harlequin and it sold 5k books, a really tiny amount. No one read it, it was never reprinted, and I had only vague memories of it. It’s hit me like a sledgehammer, and I’m going to talk about it more over at my website blog. I’ll post a link here when I do.
In the meantime, I revised the book, wrote a little on Emma and Brandon (but Banish was due on the 10th). I did some sewing, bought some interesting stuff, including my new iPad (the old was ancient with a cracked screen and 12gb – the new one has 128 gb.) Hence the software problem.
And oh my God I saw Beauty and the Beast and I am aux anges! That’s a regency term for those who don’t know it, meaning I’m with the angels, i.e. in heaven. Have to see it again, preferably in 3d. Didn’t get swimming, mud season has arrived, we had another fucking snow storm, we closed on our refinancing. A crazy week.

But this week we get Goddess Time! Lani and her two daughters are meeting me down at Crusie’s (they’re all pagans, despite that fact that Crusie and I can both recite the Apostolic Creed from memory) so they don’t care if it’s Easter, and I’m flexible. I missed Palm Sunday (overslept) and apparently the Breitchsneiders brought their miniature donkeys to church!

Richie’s making me coffee (I like Sumatran) and I gotta get to work. So this week, I drive down to Jenny’s, listening to new books (the new Lisa Kleypas is phenomenal), we’ll go to the eye doctors and the vet, Lani will arrive, I’ll try to talk them into going to Beauty and the Beast and most likely fail, and we will have a lovely time.

So, what’s on your agenda, my children? Anything fabulous?

Feed Your Soul

9 Apr

How did you make your soul happy this week?

All About You

3 Apr

That’s my earnest look.
I have so freaking much work to do, so many things I have to do, so many things I want to do. Revisions on an old book, writing on a new one, swimming, working on finances, finishing up the AG (American Girl) outfit I’m sewing (in honor of K-dramas, which I’ve been watching, I’m making her a … forget the terms. Anyway a traditional Korean outfit – pictures later). Plus, I have an appointment with my therapist.

And you know what I’m going to do? Blow off everything. It’s an exquisite day – warm and bright and sunny. We got more than a foot of snow on Friday and Saturday, we’re getting snow and freezing rain tomorrow, and the rest of the week is cold, heavy rain. So I’m going out!

Sometimes you just need a day off. All those things that are calling to me will still be around, tomorrow, and a week of cold, nasty rain is an excellent time to do most of those things. Once the snow and freezing rain stops I can easily drive to swimming, and I can do all the other stuff under lots of electric light because it’s dark, dark, dark.

The big trick is kicking away the guilt. Except I’m not too big on guilt (though in recent years I’ve realized I have more than I thought, even though I’m an absolute saint). I’ve gotta kick away the longing to be doing those other things. Emma and Brandon are about to have sex. (Everyday I write they get closer and closer to it, but stuff keeps happening). I adore the old book I’m revising, and want to see it through. And I’m enjoying working on getting our financial house in order, now that we’ve figured out a way to do it (or at least work on it). And of course I always need therapy – even though I haven’t been depressed in more than a year it doesn’t mean it won’t circle round and hit me again.

But, just for today, girls just wanna have fun.

I know you all have made the decision to do the same thing. What do you usually do? All my friends have pretty much moved away, and Richie wants to do stuff outside as the long winter winds down. I’m going shopping – for food and some sewing stuff – and having lunch at Panera. They don’t even have movie matinees closer than 65 miles. Any suggestions for ways to have fun when you just want to go out and play? No museums nearby. I do live deep in the country.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll be taking care of all those other things. Today I play.

What’s on your agenda? Work or play? A balanced mixture of both? I think everyone should take one week off this week to celebrate what might be spring (iffy in Northern VT). Plus, it’ll make me feel less guilty.