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Hello, my friends. I have had a very busy week, and haven't had a chance to sit here, or if I have had, I've been so incredibly tired, I couldn't muster the energy. Even now, I'm up, and it's 8:42 and I wish I was in bed. But once I wake up, I just can't go back to sleep. At half past midnight I was walking over to Strathmore to meet Christy and her friends. It was dead calm, a beautiful night, and I was glad we can walk safely round the place at that time of night. We'd all been at a friend's surprise 40th birthday party, and the husband hired Christy, his daughter and another friend to do the drinks and serve the nibbles and stuff. We just partied, although I only drank Sprite all night. The boys went to a friend's house right across the road from the party so that was handy.
One evening during the week, I had Parent Interviews at Hogwarts. That was funny because Finn came to meet me afterwards on his scooter. I didn't know he was coming and as I came out of the school gates, I could see this tiny figure in the distance under the trees - the street is lined with huge trees - and I thought, huh, that looks like Finn but ...nah, he's at home. But it was. It was nice to walk home together in the fading light. And nice he's old enough to come and meet me.

I had a lot of other things on but you know what? I can't even think what they were now. I seem to be exhausted all the time but I know it's just from too much family stuff, too much school work and too little sleep and no rest. Oh, I started coaching Finn's soccer team. That was great and they won 7:1 yesterday. I couldn't go though, I had my writing course. I said I'd give it one last chance, and it was actually okay! There were only seven of us instead of the original twelve so that took the pressure off the teacher, I suspect. And I went second. I read some of Breathing Space again. The teacher tried to make me read the follow-on from the last time but I wanted to try a different chapter out on them. We had a bit of a standoff but luckily the American lady in the team said in her delicious Queens accent, 'Let her read what she wants to!' and so I did *g*. And the reception from the group was really good again. I guess I am always expecting someone to say, 'hey, that didn't work for me' but they all liked it a lot. Incentive, huh... even though I had not one minute to write all month. If I did open my laptop, I'd just fall asleep!

School was good but busy. My seniors and I watched One Man, Six Wives and Twenty-Nine Children which came on tv last week, and we did some research on Tom Green and his polygamist ways. And then they raided that compound in west Texas during the week, taking away 401 children. Amazing, huh, what people think God might approve of... and if you're bored, I'm supposed to be reading a Vatican Document on hope by the new Pope and OMG this would beat any boredom known to mankind. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah...

One week of term to go!!! Then we're planning another road trip that will end up at my mother's house. Watch this space. We have two weeks off, but soccer at each end. And what else do I know? I missed being here. The weather is awesome but definitely cooler now. Condensation is rearing its ugly head and I love to throw open the windows in the early morning. Hate going to work while they're still wet though. I might use the old baby nappies to dry them each morning now that I've repainted a lot of the windowsills recently. Our house is an old one. 1920. And I have a LOT of work to do, I've just baked two cakes for Christy's WYD stall after Mass, and it's our friend's birthday so I might just make apple pie for lunch. Sound indulgent? I think we deserve something nice today. Before I do my school preparation...

So that is me.

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greenpizzazz6
Apr. 12th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
You have been so busy! I wondered where you were, good to have you back, and good to hear things are going okay. But don't forget to try to find a little time for you in that crazy life!

Sounds like your kids are really growing. Christy serving at a party, Finn coming to meet you. What good kids you have!

The writing group sounds progressive. At least it seems like you're not the only one who's not quite happy with the teacher, and good that others are starting to stand up too!
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Hey there, little C! -I wondered where you were, good to have you back, and good to hear things are going okay. But don't forget to try to find a little time for you in that crazy life!
I did want to post, I just couldn't. And time for me seems a non-existent possibility. It really does. Unless I physically leave the house, with no concern for food, housework, schoolwork and the children's needs, there is just too much to do. At least I had my writing course yesterday, which takes me away once a month. So even if it's annoying, I'll still go *g* And yeah, people there are being more assertive and helping one another, which is good. Twice she tried to bully the men into letting someone else read their work but they resisted.

-Sounds like your kids are really growing. Christy serving at a party, Finn coming to meet you. What good kids you have!
The kids sure are growing. Like you did. DO. Are. And yeah, mostly they're good. Sometimes too materialistic for my liking but *shrug* it's the way the world is! The sermon today was by the boss of the local boys' Catholic college, and he said the world is so noisy now, it's drowning out God's calling.



greenpizzazz6
Apr. 13th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Sometimes too materialistic for my liking but *shrug* it's the way the world is!
Yeah, people's focus seems to be more and more on their possessions these days. But it seems like your kids appreciate other parts of life too!

he said the world is so noisy now, it's drowning out God's calling
I agree!
natesmountain
Apr. 14th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
I always wondered what I would do if one of my children wanted to be a religious person. I don't think it'll happen, but I think I'd be okay with that. Have to wait and see ;-)

Actually, you'd make a damn good minister or nun VBG! If you didn't have that thing about... boys *giggle* although, that might be okay in your religion, huh!
greenpizzazz6
Apr. 16th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Actually, you'd make a damn good minister or nun
One of my old mentors used to always say I'd end up with a doctorate of theology. Then the boy problem wouldn't get in the way at all!
moth2fic
Apr. 13th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
It's lovely 'watching' your children grow up.
I won't tell you you're too busy, because you know!!
You are so lucky to live in a part of the world where it's safe to walk around alone in the late evening.
Perhaps you'll end up getting more from your fellow 'students' on the course than from the course itself - and that is exactly what you need - contact with fellow writers. And if it gives you a little bit of space to be just a writer, keep going!
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
-It's lovely 'watching' your children grow up.
Hee, that's great! They've changed so much physically the last year or so, it's scary! Asher is nearly as tall as me, and taller than Christy!

Yeah. I know. I just can't do a thing about it. Wonder what would happen if I got sick... luckily that hasn't happened for over a year! *touches wood*

-Perhaps you'll end up getting more from your fellow 'students' on the course than from the course itself - and that is exactly what you need - contact with fellow writers. And if it gives you a little bit of space to be just a writer, keep going!
Yeah, that is what will happen, I think. And I'm dying to look into joining you guys at your writing place, I just can't get time to even think about it. I will... eventually!
And knowing they are all enjoying Breathing Space makes me more keen to get on with it. Maybe in the holidays...
moth2fic
Apr. 13th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Marg and I are looking forward to reading some of Breathing Space - I saw those very first chapters you did. And the others have heard our praise for Safe! No pressure - we're all busy but it's a supportive space for when there isn't anywhere else!!
natesmountain
Apr. 14th, 2008 10:24 am (UTC)
Oooh. I can't wait to join in, I just can't find time yet. I hope to remember to take the links away with me to my mother's house. Surely I'll get some time there... one evening? I hope!

And Safe is better than it was. But after this writing course, who knows, I may want to change things even more OMG! But I still have very fond thoughts about Keeley and his friends! They're still very much alive inside my head.
moth2fic
Apr. 14th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
Of course they are - good, rounded characters take on a life of their own and don't just go away!
natesmountain
Apr. 14th, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)
Aw, you're kind! But yeah, I find Keeley is always with me. I guess I will HAVE to write more about him one day, huh. I have in my head, but not on paper yet.
moth2fic
Apr. 14th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
He needs another 'thriller - maybe investigating on someone else's behalf rather than his own.
natesmountain
Apr. 15th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
OMG that'd be such fun!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
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