Many apologies for my lack of posting the past week or so. I was suffering from a bit of writer's block, had a lot of stuff going on, and was just overwhelmed with everything else that I didn't take the time to write. Shame on me.
While working on my English degree I never took any classes during the summer. I needed that time for myself. I used that time for travelling, being a counselor at church camp, working as much as possible so I could pay bills regularly, hanging with friends and also reading. One summer, as a fan of Stephen King, I read his book "On Writing". It's a non-fiction book, half memoir/half how-to-write book. It was interesting and bits and pieces of it have stuck with me years later. One bit that has stuck with me is when he talks about writing everyday, whether it's good or bad, whether it flows freely or you are practically slamming your head repeatedly against a brick wall. The point is to write. And when you write everyday, you get better at it and eventually, you have less bruises on your forehead from that wall, and more cramps in your fingers (or wrist) from writing/typing. I've failed at this. But, as I sit here before this white blog screen with an endless possibility of words literally at my fingertips, I know that I need to keep writing. And try harder to do it everyday, whether it's here or in my journal. And even though some of my days seem very mundane, they're still important little gifts of time, packaged up in a 24-hour box, and tied with a ribbon of weather, conversations, precious moments with BB and my own ponderings.
And if anyone is looking for a book that might help them unclutter some thoughts or just improve their writing skills (after all, a blogger is as much of a writer as a novelist, in my opinion) I would highly recommend this book. I'm sure you can find it on amazon for super cheap. And if you get it today since it's Cyber Monday, you can probably get an amazing deal on it. I know I'm going to look for it, buy it and read it again. I think I need that.
While on my hiatus, one of my favorite holidays occurred. Black Friday. Just kidding... Thanksgiving. ;) I love Thanksgiving! At least I love it nowadays. I didn't always love Thanksgiving. Growing up, the school I attended from Headstart - 12th grade got out for a week for "Deer Season". That's right. On our school calendar it had Thanksgiving labeled correctly, but we didn't get out of school for a week for "Thanksgiving Break" we got out for "Deer Season". That's what it said on our school calendar. In fact, I wish I had one of my old student handbooks to take a picture of the calendar and show you. haha. And while my step-mother and sometime my dad would take their vacation during my week off, it wasn't to spend time with me, it was to go hunting. For me, Thanksgiving was kind of lonely. I spent a lot of my time at home doing what little homework I had, cleaning house, watching TV and just piddling around, trying to keep myself entertained. Thankfully, cousins would start arriving in Summerfield eventually and I would have cousins to play with but really on the whole, Thanksgiving Break for me was a pretty lonely time. And on Thanksgiving, Granny would fix a huge meal, everyone would leave the deer woods and show up to her house sometime around 12 or 1, eat our Thanksgiving feast, and then return to the deer woods until dark. Boooorrrriiiinnnnggg.
But now, Thanksgiving is totally different. We alternate between mine and Joey's families. This year is Joey's year to have Thanksgiving with his family so on Wednesday afternoon when I was finished with work, we migrated north to the panhandle of Texas to spend a few days with Joey's family. We played games, ate delicious food, laughed a lot, everyone ooh'd and aah'd over BB and on Friday evening, we got to have Christmas with Joey's side of the family. YAY! This year was a good year for Christmas presents! We got several wonderful things but some of our favorites were new things to watch. I got this:
I've been wanting this for a while now. It's the super long BBC version that I've been wanting forever! I'm so excited!!!
And Joey got this (although we both really love it):
Any other Castle fans out there? We really got into it last season, the 3rd season, and we love watching it on Monday nights. This weekend we've been watching Season 1 and catching up on all things Castle and Beckett. It's such a great show! It has crime, drama, murder, mystery, romance, comedy... it's just wonderful! If you haven't seen it and need a new show to watch, look it up on abc.com and on netflix. :) And you're welcome. :)
It was sad on Saturday to leave Joey's family. He's always bummed when it's time to leave his family. Especially now that he's a preacher and had to be back on Saturday so he could preach on Sunday. We had gotten use to being one of the first of the kids to show up at his parents' house and the last to leave. This time it was different being the first to leave. But, once we were on the road, it didn't take long before the sadness passed and we were excited about being back home in Plains and getting to see everyone at church. We really feel at home here and although I miss the green, hill country of southeast Oklahoma, I'm really starting to love the arid, desert land of west Texas.
And it was great to have a few days off, free from the pressures of work, to enjoy time with family. Now it's back to the daily grind, but thankfully, I feel very refreshed and am looking forward to some blog posts coming up, more Christmas shopping to wrap up, some ideas to work on and the overall enjoyment of the "most wonderful time of the year". I ♥ Christmas!!! And even though I haven't blogged in a while, I must say that I did think of my fellow bloggers and readers. I'm thankful for all of the wonderful bloggers out there that inspire me and make me laugh, I'm thankful for all of my followers and I'm thankful for my readers who may or may not follow me. And if you've read through this incredibly long post... well, I'm especially thankful for you!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!