Saturday, January 28, 2006 in all about me, family, site stuff

Journalversay – the millenium

It was the year 2000, the one we though would bring loads of changes. Oh BOY were we turned on our ear. I remember when I was around 16, and I tried to think ahead to the year 2000. Everything was a big black void. Plus I thought I’d be really old.

I wrote all year, but for some reason (I’m lazy) I don’t have all the entries here in this blog. Yet. I was gonna do it, I swear. Do you know how verbose I was back them? I mean, January has 14 long entries! Besdies, they were all hand-coded, so that’s a lot of copying and pasting I need to do. I did fix the archives index for better browsing though.

The girls got scarlet fever, I talk about sex, miss a trip to my grandparents but think up a movie instead, write a couple maudlin entries (resisiting the urge to rewrite) and talk about various accidents the kids had and about being sick.

I was sick a lot the first half of the year. Hmm….

I also have “the talk” with the girls about girl-stuff. I even got a new game, Roller Coaster Tycoon. That was funny.

And then I turned thirty. My whole family, both sides, got together in a public place for dinner. It was almost what you would imagine, but nobody yelled at anyone else. That was the bestest part.

There were some interesting but run-of-the-mill entries through there. People drove me crazy. I was re-thinking a lot of things, trying to figure out what to do with my life and then guess what? HA! This is the best part, it’s so funny… I was pregnant! I chuckle even now. Oh Lord, what a sense of humour You have.

We spent June (and the whole rest of the missing entries) utterly convinced I was pregnant with a boy. I also had a run-in with my blender. My belly got bigger while the rest of me got smaller. I looked great but felt like crap, and I was so exhausted I could hardly move. People thought we were insane and told us so.

You have to read the rules of our household. It’s a classic. The explaination behind some of the rules is almost as funny as the rule itself.

December was a good month. You should read the whole thing, starting here. You might wanna skip the birth story, though, that’d be okay.

Friday, January 27, 2006 in all about me, site stuff

Journalversary year one – 1999

So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s… oh nevermind. Since it was my first year at it, I was rather spotty. The only months I wrote in were:
January Lots of church stuff.
August Busy rambling brain dumps.
October I sound real depressed.
November Loads here of everyday long entries, the best being the funny family stories one.
December Holiday craziness. Ignore the weird characters, and I seem to be getting into the swing of things.

I owned a craft store that I ran out of a room in the basement, with a door right to the outside so people could walk right in. After they came down my hidden driveway out in the middle of the woods, that is. I had a website, too, and this was a little before the freely available software to manage it well, and decent webspace. I spent most of the year innundated in paperwork and trying to keep up. I did weekly craft classes and put up cabinets in my kitchen. The kids turned 12, 9 and 7.

There was no Emma.

This was also the first year Addison went to public school. He was in grade seven. I was quickly burning out on the homeschool end, as we used an expensive packaged curriculum, and rather than do the smart thing (which really would have been to toss it sooner) and get the older child to not write in the book so I could re-use them, I spent an insane amount of time obliverating the answers and erasing the whole thing.

Over the big gap in the summer, and something exciting that I never did write about, Ron and I went to Calagary (yeah, a few thousand miles away) for the weekend to attend a trade show for the craft supplier industry. I guess that was the end of May. They still have one every year. I met Sue Warden, too and gave her one of our business mugs.

We had to do a real juggling act with three sets of babysitters, including our neice Betty Jo, to look after the children while we were gone. It was the first time in a long time that we had gone anywhere overnight, let alone out of the province together. We got back on a Sunday night, long after the kids were asleep.

I was awakened the next morning by the sound of Meaghan crying and snuffling. I ran into her room to console her. Oh, how I missed her! What a horrible mother I was, leaving my babies. I’d never do it again, I promised. I hugged her, stroking her back, whispering, “It’s okay, honey, Mommy’s here..” over and over again. She finally found her voice and pulled away from me, incredulousness on her face.

“No! Not you! I miss Betty Jo!” and the wailing set on again.

Yeah, those were crazy times.

Friday, January 27, 2006 in all about me, site stuff

Happy journal-blog-aversary to me

Today is the anniversary of the day I started online journalling, which eventually morphed into blogging.
Here’s where it all began. Seven whole years. Actually, there’s one before that but it was a cheater’s entry because it was an emailed newsletter I posted after the fact.

Seven YEARS of changes all recorded! I can barely imagine this because the only other thing I stuck to longer than that was marriage. 😉

And because this is somewhat of A Deal, I’ve decided that every day for the next week (seven days) I will highlight the best posts of each year. Aren’t you lucky? So stay tuned, join me for the ride, remember along with me and discover some hidden nuggets of goodness.

Friday, December 16, 2005 in books

Link for writers

I mentioned at writer’s group the other night about an e-book you can download for $2 US. Here it is: How To Write.

You may also want to check out the Canadian Writer’s journal.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 in Uncategorized

Bread ‘n Molasses

I have a new story up over at Bread n’ Molasses, an online magazine for Atlantic Canadians. Go read the never-before-published story called Anette Lost Her Marbles.

This one is for you, Mom.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005 in homeschooling

Article up!

In case you missed it in the comments:

Over at Home Ed Magazine (which is really cool), my article is UP! Send all your friends over. 😀

Busy couple of days. Gotta write down all those words piling up in my head now.