Monday, March 28, 2011

My Weekend

Adolescence is perhaps nature's way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest. ~Karen Savage and Patricia Adams, The Good Stepmother

Loooong weekend this weekend. DD and I had a bit of a struggle last week about her schooling and I put my foot down about some things. She's facing loss of privileges due to her lack of desire to actually do the work required of her, so this weekend was full of more conflict as I required her to do some studying and work to prepare her for tests she has today. There was much drama. She's a sensitive, emotional girl and I can tell the teen years are going to be ... interesting.

The weather wasn't exactly the best, either -- it LOOKED beautiful: sunny and clear. But it was cold (in the low thirties) and VERY windy, making it unbearable to be out in it for very long. I'm getting so itchy for spring, for going outside and puttering, for walking the dog and such that it was sheer agony to be indoors. But every time I ventured out, I froze my can.

There was humor and fun, too. I got another of DD's notes one afternoon (I'd run out for a quick errand and returned to this):

She was a bit fascinated by a spider we have living in our front door area (there are a few little "cracks" in the jamb around the storm door and he's hanging out there -- but ventured into public to soak up some sun).

She also made a little jewelry and I uploaded it to her store. I especially like the turquoise-like stones (it's howlite, a substitute for turquoise) she used for these:

And even better? I managed to get a little writing done -- a couple thousand words in total. I have to finish the scene I'm one (it's nearly done) and then write the final scene (it's started) and my first draft is complete. Then I need to do a quick edit and send it to one or two people for an eyeball to see if it works.

It'll be good to submit something again.

How was your weekend? Anything exciting? I know Melissa McClone got a RITA nomination for her book, "Christmas Magic on the Mountain". Who else has something to share?


You Are Carefree Like Summer

You are open to the world and whatever it has to offer. You are comfortable with and really appreciate freedom.

You try to keep things flexible because you're always picking a new path. You have changeable moods.

You don't like to stick to a routine, and you prefer a lifestyle where the rules are flexible.

You have a sharp and lively intelligence. Your mind is active and often restless.

About 60% correct.



Jennifer Shirk said...

Oooh, very pretty jewelery! Never heard of howlite but it DOES look just like turquoise. :-)

Diane Craver said...

Sorry about the drama - I didn't homeschool but can relate because I raised daughters. LOL

I love the jewelry. I just wore my earrings this weekend that your daughter made - one of my favorite pairs. She does excellent work.

Dru said...

I love DD's work. I need to see what is new over there.

Kudos on your word count.

You Are Grounded Like Fall

You are a total homebody. You like to have a place that centers you and grounds you.

You are warm and welcoming to an extent. You enjoy having others around you, but you also need your space.

You are organized and productive. You are good at formulating and carrying out plans.

You like to work hard, but you also value your downtime. You need time to yourself to simply enjoy life.

This is accurate.

Have a great Monday.

Maria Zannini said...

That DD is hilarious! I love her notes.

Ref: drama and teenagers
You might have to start counting gray hairs now. :)

Angelina Rain said...

The teenage years. Run! Hide! My stepdaughter is at a similar age so I know what you’re going through.

Those earrings are very beautiful. I would so wear them!

Shirley Wells said...

The teenager years. Yikes. No parent should have to go through such pain.

The jewelry is gorgeous!

Melissa McClone said...

Thanks for the shout out! Of course I spent my whole weekend revising. One more day to go!

I hate having to take away things from dd when she misbehaves. You'd think they'd realize we're serious when we say something. Sigh...

Hope you have a nice Monday!

Brandy said...

I know what you're going through. Our teen daughter is driving me crazy this year with her schoolwork as well. And I hate having to stand firm and upset her, but it's not going to happen like she wants. Work must be done.

The earrings are fabulous! I didn't know there was a substitute for turquoise. Very pretty!

My quiz results were the same as Dru's.

I hope you have a lovely day with Spring on the way!

Tori Lennox said...

Is DD a Cancer, by any chance?

Eeeew! Spider! Could have used a warning. LOL!

Pretty jewelry!