Monday, September 6, 2010

A Labor-less Labor Day

With Labor Day finally here I'm able to kick back, relax and enjoy a surprisingly labor-less day in which I can, oh, I don't know...actually write in this blog! All right, so I'm actually sitting at the table like a Supreme Court judge overseeing the slow, tedious process of making my 4 year old actually eat his lunch long after his brother and sister have left the table, using my laptop to keep me occupied so I don't become impatient and start yelling at him to eat more than one pea at a time, but hey, no one's perfect :-)

I am, however, incredibly impressed by how much easier it is to get peas down him when there are baked beans in the offing. I think I really need to remember this for next time.

It's been an interesting week. Tomorrow marks my first "official" day of working full time for East Ridge, and between that, the beginning of a new class (which I still haven't ordered my books for-oops) and the manuscript I'm working on for a client, free time is going to be in short supply this week. Factor in the first week of school and the endless piles of homework, paperwork and last-minute runs for school supplies that always go with it and it's going to be an interesting week.

And did I mention there are visits to the orthopedist to factor in? In a move that makes me feel like the worst mommy of all time, I discovered that the sore wrist that I thought my darling little drama queen was just being overly dramatic about (yet again) was actually broken and should have gone for an x-ray a full week earlier than it actually did. So Chelsea is now sporting a cast that she's going to have to start both school and dance with, and I'm sporting a massive case of guilt that's inspiring me to permit almost unlimited ice cream privileges.

Considering the fact that we've been making a genuine effort to be more health conscious around here since we discovered her weight was waffling in the red zone (being short and overweight is a genetic curse down both sides of her family, unfortunately, and we've been trying to encourage healthier habits because of it), that's saying a lot.

It's not Garrett's eating habits, my massive case of Senior-itis, work or Chelsea's broken arm that's been consuming most of my time, however. I told you earlier I'd been Twilight-ed. Well, I have been slurped into writing a fanfiction that actually shows Bella growing up and getting it together, and what was supposed to be a very short short story that brought her and Jacob back together and taught her the difference between teenage obsession and an actual, honest-to-god grown up relationship has spiraled into something out of control. And that's with making a concentrated effort to keep it short!

"Out from Under" has devoured most of my days, and with the clock slowly ticking down and the final confrontation right around the corner I find it difficult to think about anything else. I have another idea for a fanfic in the works that promises to be a lot more complicated, and I'm not sure if I want to write it out as a fanfic or if I want to make an effort to actually turn it into my own story. Lots of background, drama, vampire politics, and with the exception of Bella and Jake's relationship it has little to do with the original canon. I don't know. I really like the fanfic community I'm working with, and I have to admit, their constant support is a big part of what's keeping me working on this story (and running to my inbox for comments every morning) but I like the idea of finally publishing something of my own.

I guess we'll see.

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