10 ways to be sure your editing won't get done (again tonight)

1. refresh your email, waiting for a messge from your blog partner/co-writer even though you know she is out for the evening

2.  read a blog re-capping The Bachelor even though you spent the previous night actually watching The Bachelor (Hey, at least the re-capped version was waaaaaay funnier and more entertaining!  srsly, check it out for yourself here.)

3.  check twitter even though you never write anything and you have no conversations with anybody on it

4.  daydream about the  new novel you will write once you can finally query the novel you are not editing

5.  read a blog post about how to begin a novel and start brainstorming ways to begin the novel you were daydreaming about  (so amazingly helpful!  you MUST read it NOW:  here.)

6.  click on a link to read about how to create well-rounded characters. stop to think about how these characters would want you to start out your new novel

7.  decide to create a new blog post even though you really have nothing to say other than to share how you are writing it only to keep from doing what you are supposed to be doing 

8.  wonder how you will finish the blog post and wonder further why you chose the number ten when clearly you have not really procrastinated that much...yet

9. (see 8)

10.  check the clock and wonder how long it will be before your eyes glaze over when it will be too late to open your acrobat.com acct to GET THE EDITING DONE, erm, started

(erica, really, if you're reading this, it's still relatively early and i'm going in right now.  i'll get lots done.  i hope you are having a fantastibulous time this evening.  i can't wait to email you tomorrow to tell you how i finished our edits.)



10 Reasons This Week. . .(nvm, we don't want to swear)

We, erica and christy, are not prone to violence. However (and truthfully, this is erica speaking) if even one person on this planet wishes for this week to repeat itself, well, you'll find us (okay, erica) resorting to this:
10. Last Saturday was my husband's nephew's wedding. My youngest son was the ring bearer. He woke up on Saturday with a 102-degree fever.
9. I hopped my kid up on Tylenol and we made our merry way to the wedding. Yep, mother-of-the-year here. (hey, at least I win Aunt-of-the-Year, right?)
8. My husband's on a pretty strict diet and I called the wedding-dinner-hall-thingy and asked them for an alternate meal. My husband *apparently* didn't want anyone to know about the diet, so he was PISSED when he found out I blabbed, even to strangers. Plus, his meal was very tiny compared to the rest of ours, which did nothing to make him happier. Umm, yeah.
7. I just blogged about his diet. Please don't tell him or he may never speak to me again. (but if you do, mention that I think he's doing awesome. because he never believes me when I say it!)
6. My youngest missed both Monday and Tuesday of school because of a 100-101.8 fever and cough.
5. On Monday, the aforementioned groom said he ended up in the ER due to a high fever and cough and had to get IV antibiotics. 
4. Tuesday brought a little bit of health to my family, so my husband and I left the kids with his parents and went to a poker tournament, where we both won seats to a tournament in Las Vegas in November. (don't cheer yet, trust me. . .)
3. My oldest son woke up Wedneday morning with a sore throat and 100.4 degree fever. I left him with some Dayquil and ibuprofen and went to work because the poker tournament took until 10:30, so my kids slept and their grandparents' and I didn't know about his condition until 15 minutes before school started. Yep, mother-of-the-year right here!!
2. My teaching assistant's son took her son to the doctor the first morning he spiked a fever and the kid tested positive for Influenza A. My kids are on Day 7 (in case you're counting) and I'm still going with the "It's just a virus" defense. (for the record, they didn't give the other kid anything but cough medicine for the flu. trust me, my kids are on cough medicine. So. Much. Medicine.)
So - and I don't do this for sympathy, just for laughs and commiseration - the #1 reason this week sucked (brought to you in two parts):
1.5 On Wednesday, my husband and I sat down and discussed a plan for doing 2 vacations in the next year. One for us to Las Vegas next November (the seats we won gave us both a really great deal - mostly it will just cost us airfare) AND something we can do with our kids that would be better than usual. We figured if we save $50-75 per week from now until the middle of summer for one and mid-summer until November for the other, we could pull it off without much of a problem. SCORE!
1.0 On Friday, I found out the Head Start grant I have worked under for the past 9 years won't cover expenses this year (by no fault - or knowledge - of mine). Therefore I will have a $50-75 per week cut in my wages for the remainder of the school year.
So, yeah, don't plan on asking Karma to give you a do-over on THIS week. That bi**ch hates me and I'm not afraid to slap her.
(this post softened by a nice smiley) :)