Big sigh of relief that last week is over! I haven’t worked this hard since graduate school!
I am working with writing coach Suzanne Lieurance through her Quick Start Coaching Program. She wants to jump right into National Novel Writing Month this week.
For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo happens every November. Participants pledge to write a complete (very rough) draft of their novel.
Suzanne me plenty of assignments so I’ll be ready to jump right in.
Granted, that is a few days late, but I’ll be working on The Stinky Socks Good Acts Club Chases a Ghost. It’s a middle grade mystery, so I should be able to catch up quickly.
So… please, Sunny Side of Life readers, check in with me throughout the month to offer encouragement and make sure I am staying on track. You can email me at email@example.com, follow me on Facebook, or just leave comments below.
Technology is both the blessing and the bane of my existence.
I love being able to keep in touch with friends near and far with texting, Facebook, and email.
I love how easy it is to edit my writing using a word processing program.
Transferring photos from my phone to my computer is a breeze with WiFi.
On the other hand, can anything be more annoying than a cranky computer?
My work computer seemed to know that I was retiring and it would be replaced once I left.
It did everything in its power to make those last few weeks memorable for me.
“If this computer gets any slower, it would be dead,” I said more than once during that final month.
And then one day, it seemed like it was.
It wouldn’t boot up, no matter what I did. I restarted. I shut down. I even turned off the master switch.
After 30 minutes on the phone with the Help Desk and some keyboard selections, I was up and running.
Still dead slow, but up and running at least.
My last week at the office, I copied some personal files, including two assignments for Suzanne, to a thumb drive.
When I went to open those two Word documents so I could email them to Suzanne, I got the message they were on another server.
I had to recreate both of them, about two hours before deadline.
Of course, every other file transferred without an issue.
So if you want a recipe for raspberry muffins or Dinah’s Baked Scallops, just let me know.
And now it looks like my printer is dead in the water.
Yes, I love technology.
At least that is what I keep telling myself.
Halloween 2017 has come and gone, and it will be one for the books.
Three parents come to my door with their kids – and their own trick or treat bag, open and waiting for treats.
I don’t know if I should be annoyed — really, if you are old enough to have kids, you are old enough to buy your own candy – or if I should be broken-hearted.
What if they really couldn’t afford to buy their own candy?
On the upside, the costumes this year were great. Here are my award winners for best costumes 2017:
Cutest costume – the girl made up in white face and carrying a sign that said “Trick or Treat” on one side and “Happy Halloween! Thank you!” on the other. It took me a minute to figure out she was a mime.
Most creative costume – the girl carrying one of those clear bubble umbrellas decorated with dangling strings of lights and a mound of small white balloons on top. She made the best walking jellyfish ever.
Cuddliest costume – the boy dressed as a giant panda, complete with the removable giant head that he put on as he approached the door and took off as soon as he reached the driveway again, candy safely secured.
Thanks for spending time with me on the sunny side of life!