(And looking to the week ahead to see what I need to accomplish.)
The Littles wanted to dance to the Mamma Mia! soundtrack, but after the first two songs, they decided dancing was over-rated. Now they are sitting on the living room floor, playing with each other’s toys, and keeping themselves otherwise occupied by intentionally irritating each other every 3-5 minutes. Mamma Mia! is still playing on the sound system, and I think it’s less than coincidental that “Slipping Through My Fingers” is playing while I’m watching my two babies doing their thing.
We are in the fourth week of potty training, and it’s honestly gone much more smoothly than I thought it would when we ended week one. My Ladybug is completely trained – she always goes when she needs to and has been accident free for over two weeks, including trips out of the house – with the caveat that she doesn’t always tell me when she’s done, and sometimes makes a little mess; we are working on that. Bug is almost there; he still needs to be taken to the bathroom if he hasn’t gone in awhile, and won’t tell me if he has to go number 2 (sorry, TMI!) but has been otherwise accident free and is even staying dry at night. They are growing up far too fast, but I won’t lie and say that I’m not glad we’re done with diapers!
My biggest accomplishment last week (aside from successful potty training) was to surpass 70k words in Lily’s Story. I know I keep saying the end is in sight; I’m so close now I can taste it. My excitement over finishing is tempered by the fact that I already know what and where I need to add some things, both specific scenes and enhancements to some scenes. The hubster asked me the other day when I planned to send it to Beta readers. I just laughed and said there are a couple of stages to get through before that happens.
With that in mind, I have what might be a lofty goal of completing the first draft this week. I also need to work on the cover so that I can have some business cards made for this one before my Local Authors event in two weeks. Also on the writing-related goal docket is to get some blog posts set up. As I’ve been plowing through Lily’s Story, the blog has been sorely neglected. As always, I need a balance, but I don’t want to let the blog go.
On the personal goal docket are a few organizational things I need to work on. The usual tasks of laundry and mopping floors and washing pots and pans all need to be kept up with, of course; and let’s not forget educating.
And now I’ll wrap up with a few lyrics from one of my favorite songs, which is now playing:
Mother says I was a dancer before I could walk
She says I began to sing long before I could talk
But I often wonder
How did it all start?
Who found out that nothing could capture a heart
like a melody can?
Well whoever it was, I’m a fan.
So I say Thank you for the music,
the songs I’m singing.
Thanks for all
the joy they are bringing.
Who can live without it?
I ask in all honesty,
What would life be?
Without a song or a dance, what are we?
So I say, Thank you for the music,
for giving it to me.