Tory’s Friday Ramblings (5/16/14)

Happy Friday everyone. We’re halfway through May and zooming toward the end of it. Wahoo!

On Writing

I swear to God, in this industry it’s “hurry up and wait”. Argh. It took eight months from pitch date to announcement about the contract on Locked. Then needed to get all this stuff turned in within two weeks (I did it in under a week), and now I sit and wait again. Hehe. Meanwhile I have to actually go get a headshot done. Blech. For the record – Tory don’t like photographs.

I’m almost done with Carved‘s edits (at least my edits). It won’t be submitted for consideration for the possibility of publication for at least two months. ::sigh:: Don’t ask.

Now that I’m just about done with Carved, I can move forward with Captured. Not sure how that one will go, but hopefully it will be better/easier than Carved.

On Children

I have a monkey for my youngest. Or at least part monkey, I swear. Sam can and will climb anything she can get her little paws on. Gates just slow her progress, not stop it. We put a baby gate up on their room because they got into the habit of wandering around in the middle of the night and that was dangerous. A few months ago, Sam figured out how to climb over it.

We bought a taller baby gate (four feet tall, I believe). About a month and a half ago, Sam figured out how to push her bed to the gate to boost her up.

We removed her bed. It didn’t take her long at all to figure to wad up her blanket and pillow to give her enough lift to get to the top.

Now she doesn’t even both with that. Just clambers up and over. It’s a game to her. I was in the room with her putting clothes away Wednesday night. She said she was gonna climb over, and she did. Then, outside the gate, away from any boosting material, she decided she wanted back in so climbed right back over the gate. I finished putting stuff away and offered to open the gate for her to walk out like a normal person, but no. She had to climb it.

Sigh. Like I said, part monkey. We now have to sleep with our bedroom door open and hope that when she starts turning on lights (she doesn’t come get us), it wakes us up enough that we realize she’s escaped and can put her back to bed. It worked last night. We’ll see how long that lasts.

I’ll share a couple pics just ’cause that’s what I do. 🙂 Dark-haired twin is the monkey. She looks so sweet and innocent in the picture below. The curly hair hides her little devil’s horns. Hehe.

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On the House

We are officially all moved in. We’ve handed in the keys for our rental and no longer have any ties to a residence other than our new house. Yay! There are some logistical problems to figure out (less kitchen cabinet space + a monkey who can get to almost any shelf in the pantry she wants to). Being a Californian by birth, I automatically think of putting shelves and storing food out in the garage. Hubby nixed that idea. The heat would kill some of it (canned foods), the humidity would get the rest of it (flour, sugar, etc.). So, we may still get some shelving for out there, but put things like chemicals, paper goods, etc.

I desperately need another book case for the library (yes, we actually call in the library hehehe). Several of my shelves currently are two rows deep in books.

We’re hoping the next week or so ends up being largely dry. If it does, we may get our fence put in. We are EAGER for that blasted thing because the dog is driving us crazy. She got used to hanging out on the screened in porch at the old house. We’ve come up with a temporary work-around. We put her on the leash, then close the porch door with the end of the leash still inside. That gives her enough give to get to the grass, yet gives her shade and somewhere to lie down. She’s much happier now. When we get the fence in, I’ll be able to let the girls out to play also, so that will be good for everyone.

In Conclusion

That’s pretty much all that’s going on in my life. Share what’s going on in yours, please!

Have a great weekend everyone.


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