M.J. Fredrick's Blog, page 6
October 20, 2013
This weekend Fred and I drove 380 miles, all around south Texas, seeing places we’ve never seen, drinking beer in Shiner, eating barbecue in Lockhart, visiting a lot of antique and junk shops, seeing the boy.
We ate out a LOT this week, though, since Fred was on vacation, and that needs to change. I need to eat healthier at lunch and at dinner, and I need to get back to exercising. I’d lost 11 pounds when I was counting calories and I’ve not been keeping up the past few weeks. I can feel the difference.
The other thing that needs to change is my writing style. I’m not getting a lot done. I’m having trouble getting into the story, so I’m always behind on my goals. I’m spending TOO much time on Facebook and watching TV, so I need to keep both things off until I have my 1000 words a day.
So, this week:
1) Cook so we’re eating healthy
2) Faculty meeting
3) Work on Vet Day program and Christmas program
4) Write. Write write write write.
5) Two guest blogs
6) finish up penny drive at school
October 19, 2013
October 13, 2013
This week Fred’s off, so I don’t have to cook! We may even get to go to the Gristmill at some point, since we have a coupon.
1) Write. Write write write write write.
2) Sign up for Rita
3) Another performance by my students at the HEB by school. I don’t anticipate as many kids because the new Walmart is opening that night.
4) Write 2 guest blogs for next week.
5) Work on choreography for the Christmas program.
6) Write play for Christmas program
7) Practice for Veteran’s Day program
October 6, 2013
Our first cold front is here, and I’d totally be down with a weekend of rain, but it’s supposed to get nice, so I’m dragging Fred out back and getting him to help me clean up the patio.
Yes, we are having Open House in October. I guess it was the only week we weren’t ALREADY STAYING LATE! Honestly. Every. Week.
I did most of my list last week, but writing fell FAR behind. So far behind, I set the story aside and started a new one, and took Friday off to work on it. I got ten pages and it felt GOOD. STILL not back to exercising (trip to Austin Tuesday, staying late at school Wednesday, dentist Thursday). Need to work on that.
1) WRITE. Write write write. It keeps me sane.
2) Write Christmas program. I have it sketched out, but need to finish it. And need to start choreographing. 10 songs is a lot to choreograph, BTW.
4) Open House.
5) Practice with kids for another performance at HEB Plus.
6) Practice with kids for Veteran’s Day.
7) Duty two days.
8) Add books for review requests to two sites.
9) Blog at Samhain.
October 5, 2013
When the doorbell rings around 8 on a Saturday morning, it is usually my mom dropping off something. So I got to the door and saw a lady I didn’t know standing on my porch.
“Is the ginger and white cat yours?”
There are three ginger and white cats in the neighborhood, and I already knew what she was asking. Her husband stood in the street wearing gloves and holding a box, and I saw the tail and knew it was my boy.
Just last night when we were watching TV, he was curled up next to Fred, in his usual spot. At one point, he was on his back and Fred’s hand rested on his fluffy white belly. He was always the most relaxed, most trusting cat.
Seven years ago, I picked him up at the park across from my school one morning. I think it was my 2nd year at the school. Maybe my 3rd. I got out of my car and heard a cat crying, so I walked over to the park, and there was Skippy, stuck in a tree. My friends Robert and Cindi teased me about my super-cat hearing.
My principal wouldn’t let me keep him in my classroom, so I grabbed one of my parents and asked him to babysit. When the parent brought him back that afternoon, he said Skippy had followed him all over the house, just as happy as can be.
That was Skippy, a happy, laid-back guy. I remember when we brought Mama Kitty home five years ago, and she HATED him. He just didn’t get it. He loved everyone, so why would someone not like him?
When he knew I was going to bed, he would run into the room and hide under the bed, knowing I wouldn’t go get him. Then, when I was in bed, he’d jump up and curl next to me. When I come home, he’d come out from the bushes and greet me, flopping onto his back so I could pet his tummy. When Fred would get a bowl of anything, Skippy’s ears would go up, knowing he’d get the remnants.
I feel bad now, because I’d nudge him away from the canned food because I wanted YaYa to eat first. And I’d get Fred to kick him out of the bedroom because I knew he’d wake me up.
I was scrolling through pictures just now laughing, because I have hardly any pictures of him awake.
October 1, 2013
My husband was determined we were going to upgrade to new phones. He and I had 4s, my son had 4. He wanted them the weekend they came out, last weekend, but I wanted to wait for my Amazon check.
Which meant the hunt was on, since the phones are selling like hot cakes.
Friday night, after dinner, we went to Best Buy by our house, and missed getting the last 2 phones by about 15 minutes. Fine. We went to ANOTHER Best Buy, but they were sold out entirely.
Saturday morning, Fred went to both Apple stores, one twice, since they got a shipment in after his first visit, a Best Buy, 2 Best Buy mobiles, before calling and finding the phones we wanted in New Braunfels, about a half hour away.
An hour and a half AFTER arriving at Best Buy (WHY is it almost as hard to get a new phone as a new car??), we walked out with the phones, after telling the guy, “DON’T disable our son’s phone.” We’d planned to take it to him Saturday night after he got off work.
So we went to lunch and when we got out to the car, we had no service. All our phones had been turned off. We were still in New Braunfels, but heading back to SA, since we’d planned to go to Austin later. I boot up one of the new phones (the guy had assigned them our numbers but didn’t indicate which was mine and which was Fred’s, which caused a whole other mess later). I check email, and there’s a desperate email from Josh. He’s on assignment and his phone isn’t working. So we turn around, drive to Austin, having NO idea where to find Josh and how to get him his phone. I call the newspaper in town (he works for them, but at the Austin branch), and speak to his friend, actually, who puts me in contact with his Austin editor, who puts me in contact with a reporter at the same event. MEANWHILE, Josh is emailing me, and tells us where to meet him. We find him, he’s REALLY upset. We don’t even get out of the car, just hand over the phone and he dashes off to finish his job. He couldn’t give us his old phone because he hadn’t backed it up.
So, because we planned to sell back all three phones, we have to go BACK to Austin tonight to pick up his phone. I love my son, but I’m getting pretty tired of the I-35 corridor!
September 30, 2013
You can see by the late appearance of this post how crazy my weekend has been. I barely sat at the computer yesterday!
October used to be my very favorite month. I love Halloween, I love fall, I love the cooler temps. But a lot of school stress comes in the fall–the carnival, United Way, getting ready for Veteran’s Day and Christmas. Kinda leeches the joy out of the month for me.
2) Faculty meeting
3) Format Christmas book for Createspace
4) WRITE. I’m about 10K behind where I want to be in this book!
5) EXERCISE. Again, last week, with 2 late days, I didn’t get any exercise. And the other days I came home and slept! At least I’m mostly cooking.
6) Go to Austin to take Josh his new phone.
7) Upload books to Manic Readers for reviews.
8) Update Wattpad.
9) Write a blurb for my historical Christmas story.
10) Add books to the series thingy on Smashwords.
11) Go get Josh’s old phone from Austin.
I need an assistant!!!! Not in the cards just yet though.
September 22, 2013
My main goal? BE HOME! It’s not looking too bad right now, but you never know.
Monday: new HIMYM, new Castle, new Sleepy Hollow, which was REALLY creepy, and the premiere of Mom.
Tuesday: new Chicago Fire, not sure what else
Wednesday: new Modern Family and Middle
Thursday: new Grey’s Anatomy
A lot of my favorites, like Arrow, don’t start until October, but still, a fun week.
1) Jury duty. It will be my first day off since school started. I like the way SA does it–you spend a day down at the courthouse and get called or not, and you’re done for a couple of years.
2) Parent night. Dang it, and on Grey’s Anatomy night, too! Forgot about that.
3) Guest blog for Julie Kenner.
4) Write Write Write Write
5) Exercise. Again last week, my schedule kept me from getting home at a normal time! And if I’m going to have fun snacks for my TV viewing, I need to burn some calories!
September 17, 2013
I did not eat one meal in San Antonio this weekend. I went to Castroville for breakfast Saturday, then Mom, Joe and I went to their market days, where I got an adorable purse. We stopped at a few shops, and most importantly, the bakery.
I came home, napped, and woke up to get ready to go to Gruene, to see Hayes Carll, a singer-songwriter, play at Gruene Hall. I love Hayes Carll–Fred got me listening to his CDs last year. Fred’s seen him twice, but I wasn’t invited. When I saw he was going to be at Gruene Hall, the oldest dancehall in Texas, I bought tickets.
Fred and I went up early to eat at The Gristmill. We thought the place would be packed on a Saturday evening, but I guess the two Texas games–UT v Ole Miss and Aggies v Alabama–kept them home. So we were seated right away, and could hear Hayes’s soundcheck while we ate.
After dinner we got in line to get into the dancehall, and got up close. We met a few other people around our age, which I thought was cool.
The opening act was Mike and the Moonpies, who were pretty good, very energetic. And then Hayes came on, around 10:30 (we’d already been standing about 3 1/2 hours at that point, in a hall with no AC and a few hundred people). But it was so TOTALLY worth it. This is how close we were:
He played for about an hour, almost all my favorite songs, and then he started talking about people knowing his songs, about us singing along, and he was talking about his duet, that he needed someone to sing it with him.
Now. I know this song. I sing it just about EVERY day. I KNOW it. And I’ve had 4 Shiners at this point, not drunk, but certainly not my usual self. My hand goes up, and he heard me say, “I know it!”
He meets my gaze. “You know it?”
“I know it,” I said, and he waved me up.
Now, I’m not graceful on the best of days, but climbing onto a stage after 4 beers, in front of hundreds of people? Hayes reached down and helped me up, and showed me where to stand. I thought I would be nervous, but I wasn’t. I mean, I’ve done karaoke, but this was different. I introduced myself only as Mary from San Antonio, and I could tell he wasn’t sure as he launched into the song.
Apparently I surprised everyone, especially Fred, for knowing this song as well as I did. I got a hug from Hayes and a big cheer, and Fred’s friends helped me off the stage. I still can’t believe I did that. The young crowd who’d been around us leaned over and high-fived me. It was hilarious.
After the show I got stopped a lot. One lady told me he’d tweeted that he needed someone to sing with him at the show the previous night, that she’d have to make her case. I wonder why he just picked someone out of the crowd Saturday.
I got in line to buy a shirt. Hayes was there, and Fred took our picture, and I got his autograph on my shirt. It was a blast, but I still can’t believe it happened. It’s one of those things out of a fantasy!
I barely slept Saturday night, finally falling into a good sleep around 6 AM, but the dog woke me at 9, and we went to the grocery store and went to Austin to declare Josh’s car DOA. Ugh. We took him out to eat, then took his friend back to San Marcos, and vegged on the couch Sunday night.
Honestly, I don’t know when I’m going to come down from this cloud!
September 16, 2013
If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know we’re coming up on one of my favorite weeks of the year.
Season Premiere Week
Tonight comes on Sleepy Hollow, which I’m very excited about. Ichabod Crane is brought forward in time to…what? I don’t know. Don’t care. Will be watching it.
Tuesday comes on Dads, which is Seth Green and someone else living with their dads. I’m always fascinated by fathers and sons, so I’m giving this a shot.
Also Tuesday comes on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which EW seemed excited about, a cop comedy with Adam Samburg and Andre Braugher. I’ll give it a shot.
Nothing else excites me until next week, when Mom comes on, with Anna Faris. I like Anna Faris. She’s a recovering alcoholic, dealing with her mother, who also is. Doesn’t sound particularly funny, it looks good. Allison Janey from West Wing is in it, and I love her.
Then next Tuesday, the BIGGIE–Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can. Not. Wait. Joss Whedon. Marvel. What more needs to be said?
I’m on the fence about new Thursday shows. I may check out the new Robin Williams and the new Michael J. Fox shows. I’m definitely adding The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spin-off, and I may put TVD back on the list.
The other new shows don’t start until October, and those include The Tomorrow People (no idea what it’s about, but it has the cousin of the actor from Arrow), American Horror Story: Coven (creeeppppyyy), Reign (though I’ve lost interest in The White Queen), Witches of East End, and Dracula. I love paranormal shows, but not paranormal books, weird, right?
This isn’t even accounting for returning shows: How I Met Your Mother, Castle, Chicago Fire, The Middle, Modern Family, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii 5-0, Supernatural, Arrow and The Walking Dead.
My TiVo is empty now, but it’s going to fill up fast! What are you looking forward to?