Saturday, 26 February 2011

This and That

It has been another crazy week here. I still feel like I'm behind on just about everything, but I am slowly catching up. It's all about taking things one day at a time.

1. My oldest daughter turned 18 on Thursday. The years have flown by so fast, I can hardly believe it. She is beautiful, talented, and kind. I am so proud of her and can hardly imagine how strange it will be in our home when she goes to university next year.

2. I spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at girl's camp. Yes, it was snowy and cold, but we didn't feel any need to prove how tough we were. We stayed at a cabin so we were out of the bitter weather. There were only two very small bedrooms, so most of us slept on the floors around the wood burning stoves. There were several tables set up with different crafts, cross country skis to use, a pond to skate on, sleds to ride and a ping pong table. We let the girls pick the activities they wanted to do and didn't really schedule anything. It was about relaxing and spending time together. I have to admit that I was glad to return home to my own bed, though.

3. The last three days, my husband took some scouts up to Camp Impeesa for the Senator Buchanan Winter Camp. Temperatures that dipped into the -40 C range kept them from doing many outdoor activities, but they had fun anyway and everyone returned safe and sound. I'm sure they are all glad to return to their own beds, too.

4. Did I mention that I am more than ready for spring to arrive? Temperatures are still dipping to -20 C quite regularly. Seriously, I'd be happy with a balmy 0 C.

5. I finally started my daughter's grad dress. The pattern making part of the job is driving me crazy. I just wish the pattern companies would produce designs with shoulders and sleeves so that I wouldn't need to draft the missing pieces in every time I sew a dress. Once I get the pattern just right, the rest should go together smoothly. I'll post pictures of the finished product in a month or two.

6. I finally finished Double Deceit and submitted it. Now the fun of waiting begins.

7. The Whitney Awards are quickly approaching and I'm working on reading all the finalists so I can vote. So far I've read 16 1/2. I should be able to catch up now that I'm finished my own revisions. Just looking at Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings is intimidating. That is a lot of pages to read, especially considering how many other books are on the list. I'm determined to finish it though.

So that is my week in a nutshell. How was yours?


Melissa said...

Happy Birthday to you dear sweet daughter!

Tell me they didn't sleep outdoors in that kind of weather, right?!

I'm wondering if you ever sleep? That's a long list of accomplishments. Next time I see you I'm going to press you for your secret to getting so much done in so little time.

Melissa said...

Doh! I meant "your" dear sweet daughter. Could your editor help out those who want to comment on your blog?

Stephanie Humphreys said...

No, none of the girls slept outside. We are too fond of warmth. Sleep? I don't get nearly enough. I usually catch up during the summer when I don't have to get up quite so early.

As for being kids regularly point out that the things I say don't always make a whole lot of sense. I tell them that I am a writer and I would do a lot better if someone edited everything I said before I said it. We can all use an editor once in a while :)

Cathy Witbeck said...

I enjoyed your post on Authors Incognito.
What are you doing having a winter camp in Canada. I hope it was a warm cabin.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks Cathy. I'm not sure why we had a winter camp. I didn't have any part in planning it. The cabin wasn't fancy, but it kept us out of the bitter cold. With a sweater and a blanket, it was just fine. We wen't up to Badger Valley, just south of Cardston.

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

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