Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Daybook Update

Because I have nothing interesting or compelling to say, I will update what I wrote for my daybook entry yesterday... if you keep reading, it is at your own risk because I have already confessed I have nothing interesting or compelling to say.

Outside my window... I wanted to get to the pool yesterday but the skies were overcast. Am hoping for better weather today as it has been almost THREE WHOLE DAYS since we went.

I am still thankful for... the three hours of blessed, blissful silence I am getting every day this week as my kids are in VBS. I camp out at a nearby Starbucks and try to suppress the big goofy grin on my face, lest I scare people. I have had some great time with God and even managed to write a devotion about how God can speak over the loud jazz music, patrons' voices, and grinding machines at Starbucks.

From the kitchen... still haven't made those blueberry muffins... but they are still on the list. Tonight we had a gourmet meal of Hamburger Helper. Just keepin it real, folks. (Mommy did not have HH. Mommy drove herself to Panera and got a salad. Did you know that 1/3 cup of HH is 280 CALORIES???) Not. Even. Worth. It. But my kids gulp it down and ask for more... go figure.

I am reading... Dune Road by Jane Green. I am NOT impressed. But the stupid thing is just interesting enough that I am now reading about every 5th page just to see what happens. Ie, if what I guessed was right.

I am hoping... my kids are having a great time this week at VBS! They love it and fall asleep at night anticipating the next day. Now that makes me very happy to know that while I am enjoying my time, they are enjoying theirs! Also, my daughter sounds like she is having an amazing time at BigStuf. I can't wait to hear all her stories when she gets back.

I am creating... you can create a lot in 3 hours of time with no kid interruptions, I am finding. Today I "interviewed" my newest character (Susan Meissner taught us that in our clinic at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference) and had a blast writing a very rough summary of the plot. What's that you say? I haven't sold my other novel? I know... but I just can't sit back and do nothing so why not start another novel?? It's a disorder.

Which brings me back to what I am praying... that my novel will sell. I am trying to remain focused on what God wants and not just what I want, and not letting my dreams override His Will. But in my heart of hearts, I really want to see it in print. Will keep you posted.

Around the house... working on basic cleaning in the afternoons after we come home from VBS-- dishes, laundry, tidying, etc. Slaving over complex and time-consuming meal preparation like Hamburger Helper. Endlessly visiting my closet to decide what I am wearing to She Speaks. Still haven't started preparing for our company or out of town guests... but I will... eventually. I am still not spending much time on the internet. Confession time: I am enjoying the break!

One of my favorite things... Mint Oreo ice cream from Baskin Robbins with half the fat of their other ice cream! Delish! It was a little treat my husband and I went out and got tonight, just the two of us. We call that a pseudo-date.

Just as an aside and then I really must be going... Have you ever noticed that my favorite things tend to be food related items a lot of the time??? And that, my friends, is why I get on that treadmill every day.
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Arlene said...

Not bad for someone who doesn't have much to say ;-). Have a blessed week Marybeth.

Lysa TerKeurst said...

You know what I am enjoying??? A new little treasure of a book by....

Marybeth Whalen called "The reason we speak!"

Now there is a good read!!!

You did such a great job with this project. Seriously, I can't wait for people to read it.

Valerie said...

I enjoyed reading your blog! And I so agree about HH. Not worth it! :)

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

We will pray for your novel....and your "nothing interesting" is still fun to read. :)
So the key is 3 hours of uninterrupted time at Starbucks? Sounds like a dream. :)

I haven't even thought about clothes for She Speaks...was I supposed to?

Lelia Chealey said...

Just wanted to let you know as I looked up from the financial pit I feel we're in I saw you & Curt's book on the shelf. Just got it last night at Family Christian and am so excited about what God is going to do in this area of my life.
HUMBLE WILLINGNESS has just been adopted as my life theme. I read it in a novel I wrapped up last night & thought it was just brilliant.
I'll keep you updated as I read your book and take your much needed advice. I feel desperate, so please keep the Chealey's in your prayers.
Blessings on your She Speaks weekend! Wish I was joining you this year, but hopefully God will count me in for next year since my attitude towards money is going to be different. :)

Oh Dear said...

Thanks for keeping it real!!!