Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stuff I love.

The title is misleading. I don't mean "stuff" like possessions, although some of the stuff below is stuff. (Huh?) I was just thinking about little things that make me smile. So, here's a list of what makes me smile today, in no particular order.

1. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Not fancy, although fancy is fine, too. Just American cheese on wheat bread (crusts ON, please) is fine with me. Hubby taught me the art of putting the butter in the pan instead of on the bread -- makes it crispier -- but I still usually go for the soggier, butterier (is that a word?) style.

2. A clean desk. You'd think I'd work harder to have this, since I love it so much.

3. Word games. Boggle. Twist. Cryptograms. Anything that makes me make words out of other words or letters just makes my day. If you haven't found sporcle.com and you like word and trivia games, be prepared to lose hours.

4. This site. Never fails to make me want to bake or decorate something.

5. Reading. Specifically, reading fiction. More specifically, reading suspense/mysteries. I like historical settings, and throw in a cop/forensics/FBI and I'm all over it. Funny, those are the TV shows I watch, too.

6. Real Simple magazine. The "new uses for old things" feature is fascinating. And I just learned that if you have a mouse loose in your house (I don't), put down baby powder at night so you can track it to its lair. That's genius, I'm telling ya.

7. Hanging out with the family. We're blessed to have a pool, so summer evenings are very often spent just outside our back door. Throw some sort of food on the grill, and throw ourselves into the pool. If friends drop by, it's a bonus.

8. Working from home. I never appreciate this as much as I do during a Texas summer. I start early in the morning so I can stop earlier in the afternoon and begin #7.

9. The beach. Any beach really. If I could manage to import one to my back yard, it'd be heaven. On that note, I'll annoy all the people who really need ten things, and leave this at nine.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Finding the gratitude.

I've not been in a writing mood. Blog topics have swirled around in my head the last couple of weeks, but nothing has really settled as being something I really wanted to spend time actually writing.

I think my brain is just tired.

We had lightning damage from one of the nasty spring storms in Texas about three weeks ago. Getting new stuff is fun, right? Getting new stuff all at once because nothing is working is not so fun. My house has been a wreck for weeks, and there are boxes everywhere. I'm tired of paperwork, and for a while it seemed like every day something else was discovered that didn't work.

Insurance. Glad to have it, really. Deductibles suck. Paying for a roof that we didn't even know was damaged by hail/wind (it's WAY up there! I can't see it!) when we'd much rather take a vacation sucks a lot.

So I haven't wanted to do much writing or extra thinking. Throw in a business trip, and it's just much more conducive to sitting my butt on the couch and contemplating my navel.

I don't know how people who lose everything in a fire or tornado recover. Really, this is minor compared to anything like that, and I  keep reminding myself that it could be so much worse. The lightning didn't cause a fire (while we were out of town, no less), nothing that was damaged couldn't be replaced, and, most importantly, we DO have insurance. We do have the ability to pay the deductible, and, for that, I am supremely grateful.

New roof goes on next week, money for all the replacement items should be here soon, paperwork will be done, house will be restored to order. I'll start with finding the gratitude and move onto finding my writing voice again. Wish me luck. And send earplugs to use during the roof installation.