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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September by Numbers

Number of weeks of school completed: 4.5

Number of words written on the WIP: 5,000 (Ugh...not enough)

Number of birthdays: 2

Number of days I wore the wrong shoes and ended up with blisters: 2 (one of those days being today...but the shoes were cool so it was worth it.)

Number of crock-pot uses: 3 (shredded beef, pulled pork, Greek chicken)

Number of books I fell in love with: 1 (the Strange Case of the Origami Yoda!!!)

Number of times I completely doubted my new mg novel: 1

Number of trips to Disneyland: 1 (hopefully one more on Sunday)

Number of almost freak-out neurotic e-mails to agent: 1

Number of back-to-school night/mandatory parent meetings attended- 5 (how can that be? I only have 3 kids...and one is in college!1!)

Number of ants killed in kitchen: too many.



Susan R. Mills said...

I've got ants right now too! They are disgusting and don't seem to want to go away. What to do? What to do?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

So far I've been to three open houses and I have my high school one on Thursday. Ugh! Is it June yet? :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What is it with cool shoes? I have so many I love but can't wear. Seductive are those torture devices.
As for ants, non-toxic kitchen cleaner sprays knock them out and keep them away (when you drench where they're coming in)
Your numbers are impressive, by the way!

Jessie Oliveros said...

I just have crickets and spiders right now. Maybe they are eating the ants. And 5000 words so far is GREAT. I wish I could say I've written that much.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

ONE---THE NUMBER OF TIMES I SAW YOUR BOOK on the screen in the presentation by an editor from Dutton at the SCBWI-KS...

I was all like, "I blogknow her!"

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL I hope the shoes were worth it for the blisters they caused you.

You had two birthdays? ;)

I'm thinking you're doing really well with your numbers. :D

Anonymous said...

No cool shoes here. : (
No ants, but I do have a few spiders "hanging" around. Acually they go into hiding when they see me coming, lol.

Laura Pauling said...

I loved the Origami Yoda story! Loved it! So funny and original. Something I aspire too.

Myrna Foster said...

May I have your Greek chicken recipe, please? That sounds fantastic right now.

Kelly said...

September is a crazy month for us too! My kids all have birthdays within a month plus back to school, meetings, and now we are getting our house ready to sell.
Good luck with the ants. We put ant traps in places where the dogs and kids couldn't get them (make sure they are for the right type that are present) and that seemed effective, but took a while. Also my husband sprayed something around the outside perimeter of the house too. Good luck!

Amy Tate said...

Ha! I've missed you, Miss Shelley. I don't have ants, but we have plenty of stink bugs over here. Nasty little critters. I had one stuck to my car this week. It rode all the way to the grocery store, hanging to the side of my wind shield wiper. I couldn't help but think about how I could turn that into a story. How did you manage 5 back to school meetings with three kids?

Anne Spollen said...

September is nuts that way. I keep BandAids in my purse b/c cool shoes are worth the pain.

We have moths everywhere, teeny ones but all over the place. Everyone around here does. There are some good things to be said about the first frost...

storyqueen said...

Susan-I would have less ants if my girls ever cleaned up their crumbs and stuff....but I have learned not to dream the impossible dream.'s still Sept. But barely!

Tricia-I know! They are torturous, but sometimes I just get in a mood....

Jessie-5000 words this month, but I'd hoped for 3x that. pooh.

Sharon-SERIOUSLY??? So coo-el!!! I would love to know which one...which editor and which of the GK books! WOW!!!

Stina-Nope, I only had one birthday, but my sister's is on Monday. We are Sept. birthday buddies.

Susanne-I've learned not to hate spiders so much, at least not the daddy long-legs. But we get BIG spiders in October that actually build webs between the houses.

Laura-I think I am going to make an origami Yoda tomorrow....just because I can. Maybe he will be wise and give me good advice.
"Eat more chocolate you must."

Myrna-it is toooooo easy. Basically, I just sprinkle some Cavender's Greek Seasoning in the crockpot, stick a chicken in it, and sprinkle more Cavender's on top. Then, turn it on low, put the lid on and walk away. We eat it in pita pockets with feta, tzadziki (sp), cucumbers and tomatoes. Yum.

Kelly-If your husband has time to stop by So Cal anytime soon....

Amy-I've missed you, too! 5 back to school nights break down: 1 at the mid school, 2 at the high school (one general, one for show choir) and 2 at my school that I had to appear at, being a teacher and all.)

Anne-I hate those little moths! I had them a few years back...don't know how I got rid of them, but thank goodness they are gone now. HATE them.

Myrna Foster said...

Thank you, Shelley!