Friday, August 05, 2011


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Craziness abounds!

I spent yesterday working on book video creation. I've been inundated with requests to make them, which has been a "good news / bad news" thing. I skipped agility both nights to try to blast through the backlog and got several done. I still have seven more, but I'm getting there.

We're planning a massive overhaul of the LASR/WC site in order to make it better for the reader, but less labor intensive for us. The problem is, I need time for that and I'm so backlogged, I have none. But Judy and I would like at least a little of our lives back, so that's what we're working toward. Currently, if we're breathing, we're working and that's just a little crazy.

On a related note -- while most of the authors we work with are absolutely wonderful, occasionally we get a rotten apple. It's amazing how unprofessional some folks can be and it really makes working myself to the bone for nearly nothing a difficult task. It's sad how a few bad apples can spoil everything. But I'm so grateful for the 99.9% of authors who are just amazing.

My mom got to participate in one of DD's meltdowns yesterday. My poor daughter is SO emotional and sensitive. She always has been, but being this close to puberty is just exacerbating the problem. Poor kiddo...

Today, I'm gathering together a care package of self-care items for the Salvation Army. Every week I get free or nearly free toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. And really, who needs 50 tubes of toothpaste on hand at any given time? Especially when I replenish the supply so regularly? For those who snicker at folks who coupon, for the merchants who get irritated at us, for people who call us "hoarders", THIS is why I do what I do. Not only do I save my family money, and we never have to run out of the things we need, but I can help others.

So, yes, my linen closet is full of 30 sticks of deodorant. I have every kind of razor known to man. My DH could wash his hair daily for the next year and have enough shampoo. I'm proud of my stockpile. And I'm even more glad I can share my bounty with others.

And now ... I have to go wake up the family, so I wish you all a wonderful weekend!


You Are Quirky

You don't think you are weird but others do. You have your own definition of normal.

You have a strong personality. You are who you are, and you're darn proud of it.

You act spontaneously, without planning. You don't like to commit to any one thing.

You are a calm and steady person. You may be whimsical, but you're also well grounded.

About 50% right....



Sarita said...

So sorry you've got a dissatisfied apple. Must make things hard, because you're working all the time. I think you and Judy do an amazing job, but I think it's great that you're working toward working less/living more. Good for you!

DD...oh, that poor kid. It's such a tough time, with so many changes. I'm thinking of her, and sending good thoughts her way.

Me, today I've got a date with my pots and pans. Peaches, tomatoes, pickles and pesto--the lineup for the day. Oh! And eggplants. Sheesh.

Love it that you share your coupon success. I wish I could figure out how to be as successful as you are with the whole coupon thing. I just haven't got the true knack yet.

Hope you have a peaceful weekend.

Maria Zannini said...

I wish I could master that coupon magic you do. Maybe you could post a tutorial. :)

I don't get newspaper coupons often though, so maybe it wouldn't work for me.

Hope you can streamline LASR so you and Judy aren't so tied to it. You guys work too hard. It's hard to imagine you run the whole thing by yourselves.

Tori Lennox said...

We'd be into couponing if our stores were more conducive to it but unfortunately, the stores around here suck.

Brandy said...

I, too, wish I had your knack for couponing. I'd love to be able to donate items as well.
Poor DD. Girls have it rough and that age is hard. Hugs to you both!
Streamlining LASR sounds like the absolute best thing for you and Judy. You both work so hard already and deserve some time NOT working.
Sorry to hear about an unappreciative author. There have been many reports of "authors behaving badly" over the past couple of years.

I hope you had an enjoyable day!

marybelle said...

I had to laugh throughout at the cat interview. So much fun!!