Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Tired Tuesday

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast. ~Author Unknown

Wow! Late post... sorry. I wasn't actually up until 5:30 - wowza! Nothing like sleeping in. Too bad that didn't add up to eight hours of sleep. I stayed up until almost 10:30 watching a movie with DH. Finally put earplugs in around 11:00 because the dog's heavy panting was driving me nuts. Took them out thirty minutes later, because I hate wearing ear plugs (I need to be able to hear when the serial killer comes into my house, right?). Finally dozed off. Was awakened by the dog at a little after midnight, and I still don't know why because after she huffed in my face she stood in front of me -- didn't want to go out the door of the bedroom and outside, and wouldn't get out of my way when I shoved her.

Back to bed. Dog panting. Finally dozed. DD at the door an 90 mins later -- "Mommy, I had a bad dream." I stumbled into her room, put her back to bed and snuggled with her for a while, back to bed, dozed off. Dog was restless and pacing, "oofing" at the window and won't settle down. Bear? Neighbors? I listened and heard nothing, so didn't get up. Dozed off. Cat leaped up on my chest at 4:20, purring. She knows when the coffee pot finishes downstairs (it starts at 4:00) I'm supposed to be up. I get up, stumble to the couch and collapse, until 5:15 when the cat finds a scrap of paper on the floor and starts wrestling with it. It's light, and the birds are ready for their food.


I love all my kids, both the two- and four-legged varieties... but there are times...


I have to write a blurb for my newly contracted TWRP Yellow Rose (Woot! Let's hear for a hot cowboy!), "A Change Of Heart". Normally, I use a slightly edited version of the first paragraph of my query letter. But this time, I can't find the blasted thing. The one I have in the file is the query for "Pregnancy Cravings". I emailed my editor and she can't find it either. It's not in my email folder "sent queries", it's not in my Sent link. I searched gmail and found nothing. GACK. I really hate writing blurbs, and now I have to do this one TWICE.

Any blurb writers out there?


Pillar Place -- both of them -- are very, very quiet. No hatched swallowtail. Maybe today? It's going to be nice, warm and sunny today. That would be good. All the little "J"'s became nice, perfect chrysalis' -- for a total of nine thus far. Anne crept up to her ceiling last night and is a "J" this morning. That only leaves Clarisse to feed (YAY! I never realized how hard it is to keep thirteen pillars in milkweed... voracious little buggers). I imagine in a week or so, she'll be a little green oval hanging from her ceiling, too. And then a week of absolute peace and quiet -- unless Otto somehow survived his bad chrysalis making. If so, he's due to hatch next Monday (or so). I hope so.


Which Positive Quality Are You?
Your Result: Charity

You are Charity. The spirit of giving has been promoted by every religion. Charity is kindness. It is compassion for our fellow man. Charity doesn't ask anything in return, and in this way it serves as the opposite of greed. "Be charitable with many."

Which Positive Quality Are You?

Well... cool. I've always wanted to be Charity. She is a fantastic, insightful writer and has a wicked sense of humor, is thoughtful and generous with her time. As I said to a friend, via email, the other day: Charity is THE BOMB.

And I'm Charity. Woot!


Ceri said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Otto. I hope he makes it.

I had a restless night too. I could've sworn I heard my husband downstairs around 130am but that was an hour before he was due home from work. Ghost? Possibly, we have one. Restless child? More like it. When DH did make it home and to bed he kept tapping me. For what, I don't know. Maybe he doesn't like to be the only one awake at 3:30am. Anyhow, I'm sucking down the coffee now trying to become a real human.

I'm lousy at blurb writing and I do the same thing you do, borrow from the query.


Charity said...

If you're me, then who am I? Mine came out as "courage" but the red bars didn't show up when I previewed in WordPress. I'm not sure I can tweak the code to get it to work.

I think the entire US has a restless night. Same thing here. Very strange.

Jen said...

Here, too... the restlessness. Weird. So now that's called in from NH, MI and MN. I'm on semi-vacation with DH, since C's at camp and DH could take a couple of days off. Now, I *thought* I'd sleep in, but piggies wanted feeding and I'm cat-sitting this week as well. Oh, well...

Cool that you're Charity. Charity, I had no doubt you'd be courage, lol.

Gay said...

*I* slept well, anyway. After a week or more of fitful sleeping, thanks to my damn cat who spends all night anticipating the birds who are having a heyday in the palm outside my bedroom window. I L-O-V-E your quote today. I have two cats and while they spend most of their time fighting like siblings, they are in cahoots about one thing: limiting the amount of sleep I get.

The only thing worse than writing blurbs is writing synopses. I finally wrote one that I think works, and works well, for my WIP (I've hated every other one), but it was a bear. I think I may send it to you... I wish it had more punch, but at least it covers all the bases. (I need it for the contest I entered by novel in at the MWC).

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear you had a restless night. Hubs and I did, too. Maybe it's the weather?

I hope Otto makes it. Will you go through the whole 'Pillar Place thing next year as well?

As for the quiz, I received Love.

Marianne Arkins said...

So, we all need to move to California to get some sleep... :-)

Gay, while I do really hate synopses, I hate blurbs more. You have a hundred words or so to get a person to think they want to buy your story. At least a synopsis is a few hundred more than that, LOL.

Brandy, I have no idea about Pillar Place: 2008 -- last year, I only did a couple of swallowtails, and left the monarchs outside... but *&%$ Bird Chick inspired me and I brought 'em in this year. It's a lot of work, and heartbreaking because I figure every death is because of something I DID.

So, we'll have to see...

Dru said...

Sorry you guys had a restless night. My only problem waking up was the intense headache.

In the quiz, I got Faith.

Rebecca Burgess said...

Ha, I can relate. Every night is like a circus parading past my bed I tell you. Every night. Oddly enough, my husband sleeps through it all; he wonders why I wear such big sunglasses.