My last update happens to coincide with the end of the school year. Any parents reading are nodding along in understanding right now. The end of the school year is brutal on a schedule. Like throw your schedule out the window brutal.
And then summer happened.
I had been telling myself all along, "Self, you are going to have SO MUCH TIME this summer to write!" I had this vision of myself sitting at my desk and writing and writing and gloriously closing my laptop around 4 p.m. and lazing around doing a few chores and then relaxing for the rest of the evening.
My oldest is in high school, but can't drive.
My middle is in middle school.
My youngest gets bored.
There's a party, event, meeting, hang out, sleepover, or something every. single. day. Sometimes more than one. So I have spent 3/4 of my summer days in a car. Driving. And while I love my podcast time, it really cuts into my writing time.
When we are home I am refereeing daily wrestling matches and suggesting activities and ideas for fun and don't EVEN get me started on the sheer amount of laundry and cleaning that are caused by unoccupied children.
You'd think I would get this. It's not my first rodeo. I HOMESCHOOL for the love of all that is holy!
Clearly, days with routine are far more productive for me. Like, way more productive.
The good news is that we've had a fun summer. It really has been a good time for me and the kids. The break was just what we needed for sanity sake. It's winding to a close soon and I am finding myself being more than a little nostalgic for it already.
We went on a mission trip in June - so much fun.
We went to camp in July - so much fun.
We have grilled so much that I am almost a pro now.
My garden put out a record number of cucumbers resulting in more pickles than the law should allow. Pickles that I made.
And confession time - I love to watch BravoTV in the summer. Real Housewives? Check. Flipping Out? Check. Married to Medicine? Check. I am a reality TV junkie.
I've read a LOT. Nothing worth talking about. Articles and stuff that has made me think.
This week has been a little easier (read: less full) and I am back in Scrivener writing my little heart out. So, be prepared for more weekly word counts, adventures in editing, writing resources, and whining about how much winter sucks. Hopefully a checdule will bring much more productivity.