Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Two in a Row

Well, what do you know? (Or as they say, Who woulda thunk it?) Here I am posting on my blog for the second day in a row. Go figure! I got quite motivated today at lunch when my best friend said to me, "Deb, I visited your blog site the other day and you hadn't made a new post since February." Ahem. I quickly informed her that she was quite mistaken. That I'd just posted a new entry just last night and that perhaps she should check again. She laughed. I think that was an indication she didn't believe me. I'm not sure. Either way, it was motivation. By golly, if someone is going to stop by every so often, then I want to reward them with new material. So, DeVona, this post is for you! :)

Speaking of friends, this past weekend my husband and I hosted the party for our friends and the Ladies Night Sleepover (mentioned in a previous post further down on the blog). We had a great time! There was more food than we could possibly consume (though we tried), strawberry daiquiris to die for, a hilarious version of the Newlywed game, and a postponed holiday re-gift exchange. A very fun evening with close friends. Then the fellas headed out, and we ladies donned our pajamas, dragged the mattress out into the living room floor, gathered pillows, blankets, comforters, and snuggled in to watch our movies. Well, we watched the movies after we finally stopped talking! Then, given that neither of us has the stamina of young chicks any more, we were asleep by 3:00 a.m!!

Wild women we were. Yesiree. Hey, I said it was a "sleepover" not a "stay-up-all-nighter!" We know our limits!


Monday, March 17, 2008

Treading water...

I do realize that I need to be more disciplined about blogging. It often seems that at the end of the day, though, when all else is said and done, I can't think of a single creative thing to "say." Imagine that! A writer with not one bit of interesting prose or muse to share. Well, that's not exactly true. I have lots of interesting and creative thoughts swirling around in my head, keeping me awake at night, but just not enough energy to formulate them into a blog entry.

A colleague has resigned to move on to a new job in another state. I am thrilled for her--it was a wonderful opportunity--and will miss her. But in the meantime, someone must take over for her until we hire a replacement. Yes, you guessed it. That someone is me. I'm not complaining. Much. :) It's a chance to learn more about the responsibilities of that position and to broaden my professional horizons. (Did that sound convincing?) There has been one big benefit, though. Juggling the two, very busy positions has forced me to be more organized and structured. And for me, that's a good thing!

I suppose what I'm trying to say is....that's my excuse for sporadic blogging and, by golly, I'm sticking to it. I do have a couple of writing accomplishments to brag about, though. I learned today that a poem I submitted to a publication called fragments was accepted and will appear in the spring edition. And.... I've submitted three fiction stories to two separate contests. I submitted a short story entry for this month's Writer's Digest "Your Story" contest and this past weekend, I submitted two stories to the Dayton Daily News's Short Story contest.
So I feel fairly proud of myself. I'm writing. I'm submiting. And I'm getting accepted. Yes, I do realize that the acceptances may likely be few and far between, and the rejections letters will come all too fast and furious. So please allow me to gloat now while I can. I'll whine and pout later.

Have a wonderful remainder of March. Here in SW Ohio, it still feels like winter outside. Brrrrrrrrr! Here's hoping for spring....soon!