Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Morning Meme and More

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Benjamin Franklin

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September 29th Questions:

1. How do you define happiness?

That depends on the day... and sometimes even the moment. Keep in mind, I strongly believe "happiness" and "joy" are two completely different animals. I think happiness largely relies on external stimuli, while joy comes from within.

And that was way too deep for a Monday morning.

2. What did you have for breakfast? (If not this morning, tell us what you had the last time you had breakfast).

I've only had coffee so far, and breakfast yesterday was a long time ago... um... scratches head and thinks... I believe I had apple waffles with homemade strawberry syrup?

3. On a scale of one to ten, how sick are you of the presidential campaign? Do you talk about politics on your blog? What about in real life? Why or why not?

I'm TOTALLY sick of it!! I wish the vote was today so it could just BE OVER. This has to be one of the loudest, most annoying campaigns I've had to live through -- and it's not so much the actual contenders that are on my nerves (though that does happen from time to time), but PEOPLE. I am sick to death of the mudslinging and the name-calling. Why (WHY WHY WHY) can't people talk about the positive reasons they are voting FOR a candidate, instead of all the reasons the rest of us SHOULDN'T vote for the other one?? Hmmm???? Is anyone really voting FOR anyone? Or is it more voting against?

And what you just read is as political as I get, despite the fact that I am VERY, VERY politically active and have some extremely strong opinions. This blog is not the place for them.

4. What about your life today would surprise your teen-aged self?

That I'm living in New Hampshire. Otherwise, not much, really.


So... this weekend. Rain, rain, rain and more rain. This meant DH was stuck INSIDE all day, every day.

It's amazing we all made it out alive.

Friday, he rebuilt a computer for a cousin and then delivered it (and they live an hour away, and he got gabby so he was gone for quite some time).

Saturday, he rebuilt his old desktop for DD to use because it was a better machine than MY old desktop which she was currently using. And (THANK EVERYTHING HOLY), he was able to pull the automatic database backup off the old system and put it on the new one, so I didn't have to manually transfer scores.

My neighbor brought her black lab by to play with Dakota, and asked how DH was doing with all the rain keeping him in (see... she's fairly new on the block and ALREADY knows how nuts he gets). I said he was rebuilding a computer, and she as amazed at his handiness. Thus far, she's seen him: install hardwood, repair various vehicles, winterize and repair his boat, and now rebuilding computers.

Why do you think I keep him around? *G*

Saturday night, I was awakened from a nice, deep sleep by thumping noises. I was far too dopey to get up, so just dropped back off into dreamland. The next morning, I came downstairs, under orders from Judy to watch "Eureka" because she wanted to talk about it. I didn't bother turning the lights on, just flopped down into the recliner...

...and landed on my butt on the floor. Seems the thumping was DH rearranging the furniture.

Sunday was more of the same. Puttering. He did some minor cleaning of the chimney, then had to mop (for a guy who can rebuild computers, I laughed at how long it took him to figure out how to attach the Swiffer pad to the And since he was mopping, he opted to move more furniture.

Thankfully it cleared up for a couple of hours, so he mowed. And puttered outside, but the rain did drive him back in.

Today was supposed to be sunny and warm (thankfully... Dakota is bouncing off the walls), but there's an awful lot of liquid sunshine out there right now.


I spent the many moments prior to falling asleep last night thinking about my two possible stories for the Samhain call-out. I figured out a logical conflict for my cowboy story, but I need to figure out how to work around it. The problem with it is that the hero will be out of town. A lot. And, that makes it hard to build their relationship.

For my shifter one, I know the hero has something the bad guys want... I just don't know what the something IS. And all the moodling I did last night didn't help.

Oh well, the cowboy story deadline is first, so I suppose if I have to have one of them further along, that's the one it should be anyway.

The only odd thing? It's the sequel to "A Change of Heart". Is it weird to submit it to a different publisher?



Sue said...

As a Canadian I find it odd the length of your election process in that it seems so long?! We are having an election too, but the campaigning is about six weeks. Seems like you guys have been going for six months or more :)

I played too, stop by if you can :)

My entry is here

keri mikulski :) said...

Great meme. No, it's not weird to submit to a different publisher. It happens. :) Have an amazing writing day!

groovyoldlady said...

I think you and I are VERY similar in being married to busy, active husbands whom we adore but who drive us crazy when they're home too much interrupting the flow of our creative genius.

We are dissimilar in that your creative genius is evident and mine is hidden in the depths of my sanguinity and distractibility.

Judy Thomas said...

I still think you need to work the whole "rearranging the furniture" thing into a story.

MomJane said...

I didn't do the meme, but I want you to know that I am sick and tired of politics. It has been almost two years, can you believe it, since all the politics and vitriolic attitudes began. I for one would like to watch the news and see news again.

I think it is very interesting that you are hoping for sun and I am praying for rain. What a difference on each side of the country.

Dru said...

I'm with you on the whole political process this year. Enough already.

I'm sorry, but I had to laugh about the recliner being moved. I hope you weren't hurt.

Have fun with your cowboy story. I'm sure you find a way to make the story work.

Have a good and hopefully sunny Monday.

Tori Lennox said...

I am SOOOO sick of politics. I was sick of this election two years ago when they first started campaigning.

I want to vote for Mickey Mouse. He's an American. There's nothing in the constitution that says the president has to be HUMAN. *ggg*

Brandy said...

I am tired of hearing the bashing from both sides. *sigh* And can't wait for it to be over.

Good luck with your story!

I kinda wish my hubs was more like yours. Mine can and has, sat with his computer all day. *sigh*

I hope your day is going well and that your hubs stops arranging furniture! *G*

Anonymous said...

I think DH needs a workshop. Far removed from the house.....

How's your bum feeling today? Did you land on the new wood floor? ouch, ouch, ouch.

Ceri said...

Did you know that in Australia you are required to vote? You can be fined if you don't vote. My mom's cousins are visiting from Australia.

Good luck on the cowboy story. I was thinking of subbing my sequel to Sweet Forever to a different publisher, if I can make it a stand alone story.

Allie Boniface said...

You'd better check your contract on the sequel deal. Many publishers require right of first refusal on sequels to works they've published.

Not to be a downer or anything...