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  • July 20th, 2009 | 10:14 PM
an update of sorts - Many on Monday

I thought I was back on track with the blogging but alas, life had other plans. So it goes. I'll give you a many on Monday edition.

1. The roofers are done. Which is great. No more noisy pounding throughout the day. Cassie can relax. Yeah!

2. Only one plant was injured during the roofing episode which is a pretty good ratio.

3. There's only one slightly funky little thing I don't like about the front but it will probably only bother picky people like me and the rest of the world won't notice. Still, it bugs me.

4. The driveway, as in the new paver driveway installed less than a year ago, did not fare as well as the plants. Somehow paint got spilled on them. White paint. Which we haven't figured out how since the only thing that was white was the new gutters and downspouts and they came that way. So we will see how good the guy is when he comes back tomorrow because if my pavers don't look like new again, he's going to be replacing them. But that means a confrontation. I hate confrontations and I don't want one tomorrow because it is my birthday tomorrow and I will be making a special birthday post after this one.

5. I am in love with my new refrigerator. Love, I say. I don't even mind that it sticks out a little bit because heck, I stick out a little bit in places I don't want to too.

6. I've been taking a writing class online all month and it has been very interesting to sit back and let someone else drive the bus. I'm having such a good time that I signed up to take another writing class with a different teacher next month. I've learned some things about Flyboy and some things about plot and some things I wish I could forget because it is going to be hard to do within the structure of my story.

7. Last week I taught the last social media for authors class I had scheduled. I think I am going to swap the format to a one-on-one work at your own pace sort of thing if I do it again. I have to balance that time thing and it isn't something I do well.

8. After some serious one-on-one time with my business plan and a whole lot of finger crossing I have decided to cut back on a lot of the work-for-hire stuff I've been doing so I can have more time for fiction. It's a scary decision. Really scary. But it's time to, as my grandmother used to say, either fish or cut the bait.

9. I finally scored an antique buffet on craigslist that is perfect in our place so I've spent the last week moving glass and china and STUFF from one cabinet to the other. I love having it all organized and easy to find. But now I have a big tabletop to decorate and I am spending way too much time looking at things on the home decorating forum which is giving me more ideas than I have house or money to implement.

10. Saturday we took Cassie to the dog park for the first time. We were a little apprehensive as to what we could expect from her. I figured we'd see a lot of ears back and tail between her legs but she was great. She didn't actually "play" with anyone but she seemed very happy to stay on the sidelines and watch. She wasn't hiding behind us and a couple of times she even followed the big kids out into the middle of it all. Cassie a big dog but this guy was just a little bit bigger.

Whew! Okay...that's my many on Monday. On to my birthday request post next.

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July 21st, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday...a wee bit early:) Hope all your dreams come true!
July 21st, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. Love the icon! I am behind on catching up with people who have added me as friends. Just did that with you and caught up on some of your blog. Now that you're up in my neck of the woods (sorta) we'll have to try to connect.
July 21st, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. I'd like that. Ever get to Monterey? I love The Ol' Factory. Great place to write and drink loads of coffee...
July 22nd, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Pave Driveway
Dear Susan,
I am on your site for the first time. I saw the post about paint getting on your new paver driveway. I put a sealer on my paver driveway after it was installed. It has helped a great deal with my busy household, including berries dropped by birds that might have stained it. Good luck with your painters. I hope they will correct the problem they caused with your new pavers.
Barbara Stratton
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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