I know that I'm just at the time of life that is busy and harried, but it's been a real kick in the pants these last few weeks. Besides the normal chaos that accompanies the raising of two teenage boys, in the last little bit we've dealt with new jobs, new directions, one hospitalized parent, and a dead well. As in, no water coming in. For almost two weeks. Let me tell you, you have no idea how easy running water makes your life until you have to start counting every drop that comes from the faucet!
But I'm not going to go on about that. Instead I'm going to focus on what's helping. Those little things that lighten the weight that seems to be pressing me down. These are the things that are brightening my day, and just making me happy . . .
1. My new bench. We picked it up right before the stuff hit the fan. . . and I've taken every moment I can out of the craziness to sit out on it, squeezing in a few pages or just enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having here lately.
2. Lady Jane's Salon RDU. A lot of you know that Ava and I are two of the directors of the Triangle branch of LJS. Tonight we are celebrating our 1st anniversary! An entire year of lifting up the genre of romance, bringing together writers, readers, librarians, booksellers, industry professionals, and anyone else who loves the genre. Plus all proceeds go to some amazing charities. It feels really great to be a part of that.
This pic is from last September, our very first LJS RDU. And tonight our very own Lady Scribe Marquita will read from her debut and help us celebrate this special birthday!
3. My friends. You know who you are. Thank you for listening, sympathizing, pulling me back and distracting me!
4. This video. My Eldest is one of the athletes in this little clip. Yes, it's scary to let him do this. Yes, he is exhausting at times. But he's crazy smart and funny and full of passion. And this turned out so well.
So there you have it, a few of the things that are getting me through! Will you share some of the things that are making you happy right now? They might help me or someone else too!