Mondays are Meaningless. . .

. . . and so are these random facts about erica.

1. The school year is over, so Mondays mean nothing to me anymore. Well, today anyway, because. . .
2. I signed my kids up for something like 8,000 summer events that I have to drive them to, including five of my ten Mondays "off".

3. My garden is finally in, almost 2 months after I bought everything for it. Jeesh.

4. I went to see Dark Shadows at the theater last week. My husband had no desire to see it, but took me just to be nice, and *sigh* it wasn't that great. He also rented This Means War and I really liked it despite the somewhat-cheesy ending. So from now on it's likely he'll be picking all the movies. #pleasedontletthemallinvolvesuperheroes

5. Writing books seems to be easier for me if I start with a major plot idea rather than a character idea, as evidenced by the ms graveyard that is my hard drive. Putting "become a plotter" on my to-do list.

6. Last week I (besides the 2 movies on Monday and garden planting on Sunday): celebrated my nephew's graduation, finished progress reports, taught 3 morning special ed classes, finished progress reports AGAIN because something went jiggy with the ones I had done (yes, jiggy is my technical term), cried a little, went to my son's baseball game and 3-on-3 basketball tournament, celebrated my other son's birthday, took both kids horseback riding, celebrated my son's birthday with my in-laws, completed end-of-year paperwork/reports for Head Start, wrote 2 IEPs, cleaned my house (which was no small task, believe you me), had my parents visit for 3 days, took my kids to a carnival, and went out with friends Saturday night for the first time in months. I did not blog.

7. I still don't have a cell phone.

8. My laptop has died a few times in the past month due to a critical error. It was a nasty worm virus instead. All clean now - thank goodness for people who know how to fix jiggy computers.

9. I'm a huge Milwaukee Brewers fan who rarely misses a game (unless it isn't televised - since I live 4 hours away, I don't attend many in person). The poor team has taken a beating - to the point I didn't recognize some of the players Sunday afternoon. *takes a moment to shed a few tears*

10. My six-year-old would like you to know that octopus tastes like sand. (that's what I get for asking for his help)

So, I have today off (except for some shopping - my mom and I both bought my son a DS for his birthday - whoops, GameStop here we come), so I hope to visit all of you! What have you got going on?


  1. Wow, that is one huge of list of activities tackled in a short time. When do you find time to breathe?

  2. School's not out for us yet. When it is, we still have to get up at 6:15 because my daughter has swim practice at 7:15.

    I really want to see Dark Shadows. We might wait till it comes out in DVD though.

  3. My kids still have school until the end of the month. Yippee!!!!

    I like to figure out my characters first and then plot. But I always plot before I write.

  4. Hahah...I'm still laughing! 8,000 summer events. Haha...we so relate and would be awesome friends if we lived closer. Can we both say Taxi?

  5. I couldn't agree more with your six-year old—octopus tastes like (yucky!) sand.
    Going from character to plotting as source of story? That can be tough! But I agree, plotting early is important to making a story work.
    Drop by to see the new blog, still at the CSC address (critiquesisterscorner.blogspot.com) but now different. :)

  6. Thanks everybody! Got the game system returned, ate an octopus-free lunch, and am soon off to the first of 5 kid's baseball practice/games of the week! So happy you visited and I can't wait to visit you all!

  7. I don't have quite as much going on as you do. Some summer off, huh? :)

    I guess I'll file away "octopuses taste like sand" for future reference. I'm just glad I don't have to figure that out for myself. Ew.

  8. Okay, I love all these things but how can you NOT have a cell phone? And also, I am the exact opposite about plots vs. characters. I have a great plot and have written it 57 different ways and it's still not right because I don't like the characters.


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