Monday, December 5, 2011

Did You Miss me? What is next?

I’m back, and I did it.  I wrote a whole novel of 50,111 words in 30 days, 28 to be exact because I finished two days early.  I don’t want to give out too many details but this story has been in my head for months now and I needed to get it down on paper (or in the computer, depending on how you look at it).  It is a story of a woman who struggles with post partum depression and her incredible journey to recovery.  It was an amazing experience as I wrote late at night, early in the morning, sometimes instead of eating or cleaning and certainly a lot of writing instead of doing homework.  (Did I mention I have senior-it is really bad?)  Well, I’m glad I had NaNoWriMo to help me over the November blues.  As I sit here today with one final done and one more tomorrow, I find myself wandering around the house wondering what to do next. 

That is my next topic, my imminent graduation.  It is right around the corner on the 15th.  I am proud to say that as of last semester, I am graduating with Cum Laude honors, barely missing the necessary GPA for Summa Cum Laude, but I don’t really care anymore.  I have a better GPA than my high school kids right now and this pleases this overworked, sleep deprived, soon to be college graduate mother of 8.

Tomorrow is my written Spanish final – I aced the oral final last week and have gotten an A on all my tests throughout the semester.  I expect to pass both my classes even if I didn’t learn anything in my history of literature critique class.

So, what will I do with my free time?  I have a list

December 6 &7 – Read Hunger Games (I saw the preview for the movie and I'm dying to get it read)  And yes, it should only take me two days.  Clean out garage and prepare for garage sale.
December 8 – Clean out office/craft room  Here are the before pictures, Warning: I am not a Hoarder.

I'm almost embarrassed that I have let my office get this awful and I'm not even showing you a picture of my desk area, it is amazing I can even work there, but it was a matter of not knowing where to put things or not really having time to  put things away after telling my kids to just throw it in my office and I'll put it away later.  This week is my later...
December 9 - Clean out my bedroom closet.  I'll save you a picture for the before and after reveal.  If I show one more picture, you are guaranteed to call me a hoarder.  Hornet Football party tonight and Ben's birthday.
December 10 - Garage Sale to get rid of all the stuff in my office that was labeled donate and did not ever make it to the garage.
December 11 - Nothing.  I'm going to sit and watch the Family Movie night with my kids and write a letter to my missionary.

Well, that gets me a few days.  In between all those things on my list, I will also attend a few basketball games, do some Christmas shopping, some crafting and hopefully some sewing.  I have a few thank you cards to write and a tree that needs finished decorating..  The "old" me is going to make a comeback.