So. This weekend was busy and I love when that happens. Especially when I don’t have the baby because it makes me nearly go stir crazy not running after him.

I got these shoes from Easy Spirit to try out and see what I think. Can I just say I totally love them? They are super ultra comfy. But I’m talking about that over at ShoeIQ today if you want to pop by and say hello. 🙂

Saturday I hung up the final two ceiling fans in my house. Well, the one in the living room anyway. When I took down the one in the master bedroom, I ran into some problems. Namely, the wires were coming out of a hole in the ceiling and the fan bracket was bolted into the joist. Uh huh. Great. So I made a call to the handyman and, being Saturday, I figured I’d just schedule and appointment for next week sometime. But he said he was out and about and working and he’d swing by. So he came, conquered, and got the ceiling fan up. WOO!

Then I knew I had to write. Knew it. But I avoided it like the plague. It was nother non-productive day. Very bad of me. I cooked dinner and watched TV instead. Mindless TV. I guess I needed to decompress.

I even went shopping because I had this $15 off coupon for JCPenney and I just couldn’t let it go to waste. I bought two new outfits.

Sunday morning, I woke up to someone’s effing dog barking its stupid head off at 6:45 am. HELLO! There are people trying to sleep! I gave up and got up at 7:30, made a grocery list and went shopping, coupons in hand. I’m trying to make myself use coupons lately to save some money. I even cancelled Showtime, much as it pained me, to save some money every month.

I did well at the grocery store. I didn’t go overboard. And I’m trying to eat healthier so I bought really good stuff to make salad with. Not that crappy bad salad that goes bad in like two days after opening it. It was about 9:15 when I got back, unloaded, and put things away.

I knew Half Price Books opened at 10 and I had some stuff to get rid of. I wanted to get the most bang for the buck, so I spring cleaned my bookshelf. I got rid of a bunch of hardback books, paperbacks, CDs, a couple of DVDs, some old Writer’s Digest magazines… I carted them all to the store at 10 am sharp and 45 minutes later, I had $130 in hand. WOOHOO!

I now have money to go to the movies and have birthday dinner this weekend. Very happy. I still have a bunch of CDs to get rid of, so I’ll be working on that in the next few weeks.

Then I made up my own salad and put it in Tupperware so it wouldn’t go bad and I can fix individual servings without having to get out everything.

And then… I sat down at the computer. I had sent the first nine chapters of The Book to a friend who is going to read and critique…and give me deadlines. I have four chapters due on Friday.

I wrote one of them from scratch on Sunday. Chapter ten is complete! Proofed it and got it ready. I made myself turn off the TV and concentrate but sometimes I have a hard time doing that in silence. So I turned on the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack and wrote my little fingers off…and had a few surprises along the way.

No matter how well you pre-plan, characters have a mind of their own and do things you never thought possible. And once things are done, you look back and think, “Yeah. They would totally do that.” The creative process is amazing, isn’t it?

Cooked dinner. Watched Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. No matter how hard I try, I am so hooked on those shows it’s not even funny. I’m glad for the summer break. Now I can get some serious work done.

Had a glass of port and put away the last of the laundry. And then it was time for bed. As of this week, I’m starting my new healthy regimen. I’m working out and eating better. I think that will make me feel better. Has to, right?

And can you believe it’s Monday? And the end of the month is quickly approaching? Make it stop! I need more time. But then again, if I had more time, I’d have more time.

Okay, folks, I’m off to work. Happy Monday! As happy as Monday can be, that is…

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.