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:~: Monday, July 09, 2007 :~:

Last Minute Wrap-Up

The hours are whittling down. I'm trying to get everything done before I board a jet-plane tomorrow afternoon bound for the RWA National Convention in Dallas, TX. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done. (Story of my life.)

Not only do I have to have the house in order for Grandma who will be babysitting, but I just found out this morning the forecast calls for temps in the 100-102 degree range here starting tomorrow. Now, this is Oregon, people. And while those of you in the south and east may cringe at this revelation - we don't have a/c. We honestly only ever have super hot days like this a handful of times through the summer, and just about the time I think about splurging on a/c, the hot weather passes. Though why it always seems to hit when I'm at Nationals is beyond me. So imagine, if you will, Grandma babysitting three Gremlins in 102 temps, in a non-a/c house. Not fun. I think this goes above and beyond the grandmotherly call of duty (which I know she'll remind me of later).

So, my day now not only consists of getting things ready for Grandma, packing, making lists, etc. but also getting the kids all packed up because she's probably going to end up taking them to her house - where there is a/c. I suppose in the long run it's not a big deal, but it's extra work when I'm already feeling the crunch. I long for the days when I can leave without having to worry about this and that, but I have a feeling (knowing my personality) that isn't ever going to happen. Sorta like the writing, really. I long for the days when the house is quiet and all the Gremlins are at school and I can write in my leisurely peace. Talking with writer friends who are at that point though (and, again, knowing my personality), I'll still probably find other things to do during the day besides write and then be stuck writing late at night again like I do now.

I'm not sure about internet access at the Hyatt where I'm staying, but assuming it's not obscenely outrageous, I'll try to post updates to my blog this week, so check there periodically because you just never know who I may run into. I'm taking two wonderful writer friends from my local RWA chapter with me - my mentor, Alice Sharpe, and my good buddy, Lisa Pulliam - and I heard through the grapevine last night they're planning sinister things while we're in Dallas to add fodder to our chapter blog. Those silly girls, they don't have a clue who they're dealing with. (insert evil laugh here...) Seriously though, I'm touched they decided to go with me and know it's because they want to support me on GH night. I'm bringing my camera though, so if they get out of line, I'll post incriminating photos of them here next week. :)

Okay, kids are screaming, the house is chaos, and my list of things "to do" is getting longer by the minute. I'm signing off. Have a great week!



Blogger Elisa said...

Have a great time, Eli!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

I know you'll have a blast. Can't wait to hear about it!!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Thanks, Elisa!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

;) Thanks, J. I'll pass on all the writer-gossip when I return.

10:49 PM  

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