Friday, August 14th, 2009 • 3 Comments on Updates in the Middle of the Night
I guess 1 AM isn’t quite the middle of the night, but it feels like it when I’m exhausted. I’m also a bit stressed, and stress trumps exhaustion every time. I’m too tired to write or blog properly, so here is my life at the moment. Some of it, at least:
—I got my MacBook Pro two days ago and have finally successfully converted my files from my old PowerBook thanks to Jay’s help. There is still much rearranging and setting up to do, but so far I love my new laptop. It’s lighter, sleeker and faster, like a Bionic Mac. Hmm. Maybe I’ll name him Steve.
—Along with my MacBook Pro, I got an iPod Touch. I never thought I’d have use for such a gadget since I have a laptop, but I’m finding it handy for quick e-mail checks and such. Plus, it’ll get a lot of use next week when I’m in Chicago because I’m not lugging a laptop around.
—The furniture refinishers come tomorrow to pick up our old bedroom furniture that will be transformed into the new nursery furniture. (We replaced our bedroom furniture with some pieces from Restoration Hardware that are better suited for our bedroom.) Fingers crossed they can come close to matching the stain on the crib.
—Jay has nearly finished painting the nursery (I can’t remember the color names, but two walls are green and the other two are yellow). The new carpet (color name: Sugar Cookie) has been ordered and will hopefully be installed before I get home from Chicago a week from Saturday.
—The deadline for Fairy Tale Lust is tomorrow. I am busily downloading and reading submissions. The hardest part of this job is going to be writing the rejection letters. Seriously. (And if you have a story you want to send me, please do it ASAP! My deadline for submitting the final manuscript is not so far away!)
—I just learned I need to put together some promotional information about Fairy Tale Lust by Monday. Except, I’ll be in Chicago by Monday. So, guess who’s doing some promo writing this weekend?
—While I’m loving the editing part of this anthology, I’m dreading writing my own fairy tale for the collection. Writing has just not been my best friend lately. I’m hoping that will change over the next few weeks.
—Once I put this anthology to bed (it’s a collection of fairy tales, get it?), I’ll be brainstorming new anthology ideas. I have several already in mind, but I’m anxious to get to work on the next collection before this baby makes his appearance.
—Speaking of baby (for those who have asked: we won’t name him until after he’s born), he’s been moving like crazy. All of the books say not to expect regular movement until after the 28th week, but I’ve been feeling him move every day for weeks now. Still a strange but amazing feeling, except when I’m trying to sleep. The kicks are getting harder, too. Hard enough that I can see my stomach move. Hello, little alien.
—Have I mentioned lately that Jay is deploying soon? Well, it seems we have a few extra days to add to the deadline as his deployment date has been bumped to October 1.
—The cure for my headache this afternoon turned out to be a half-caf coffee. Good to know. (But perhaps that’s why I’m still awake??) Now if only coffee would cure my back pain.
—My to do lists are taking on a life of their own. I have a list for the current day; a list for the week; a list for the month; a list for the third trimester; a pre-deployment list; an anthology timeline list; two lists for Chicago (one for things to pack, one for things I want to do while I’m there); a writing deadlines list (that I keep ignoring); a list of potential baby names; a list of baby things that need to be done; and a Christmas list (I am about half finished with my holiday shopping). There are more lists, those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Must stay organized!
Speaking of lists. That’s all I have for this one. There is a lot more going on in my life and in my head, but I seriously need to try to sleep. If only counting lists could facilitate that process!