Thursday, October 7, 2010

This and That Thursday

LIFE

Hello, my dear blogging friends. As you may or may not have noticed, I have not been as present in the blogosphere lately. I have good reason for this. My husband and I are getting our house ready for sale. We are relocating to the state north of us due to my husband's new job. I'm so thankful for this really wonderful opportunity for my husband, but it will be hard to say goodbye to my home and family that live here. Luckily our new place will be less than two hours from where we live now.

So, I have been scrubbing and scrubbing some more. We have had handymen doing minor repairs and painting. We've donated fifty plus bags of clothing and household items to charities. My days and nights have been consumed by organizing, decluttering, and packing. I really do love that it is forcing me to get my things in order, even though I fall into bed sore and exhausted each night. This house will be perfect... right in time for us to move!

I love this home so much. It's a beautiful partly wooded lot with a big area for the kids to play. I love the autumn leaves surrounding us in the fall and when the forest POPS with green in the spring. I've rocked all my newborn babies and watched them go on the school bus for the first time here. We've had fun family parties and barbecues and just so many great memories. I will miss it so, but I am ready for the next adventure in my future community and home. Well, not quite ready yet. We have to sell this house first! ACK!

WRITING

Due to my days and nights being consumed by getting my house in order, my writing has stalled. And I am almost there. Almost to the end of my middle grade manuscript. I have one more chapter to finish (the second to last chapter) and then a few revisions before I send it to some critique partners. Then more revisions and hopefully off to agentland. It's been slow going as I reread my a few chapters or all of my manuscript almost every time I write. I like to feel the flow of the story and continue. Luckily, I still love my story. I do sincerely love it. Once my house is up for sale, I will be finishing that thing once and for all!

Where are you in your manuscript?

BLOGGING

Thank you so much to Carolyn Abiad and Patricia Timms for giving my the One Lovely Blogger Award! That was lovely of you ladies!!! Thank you also to Ishta Mercurio as well for awarding me The Versatile Blogger award. Check their wonderful blogs out!
And WOWZA! I surpassed 200 followers sometime in my cleaning hibernation. Hello to my new followers, thanks for coming by!

PhotobucketVaVaVroom, the company my sister owns, is having an amazing contest. If you ride or know someone who rides a motorcycle or scooter, check out her Are You One Of Those Girls? contest. Tell your story and you can win over $650 in motorcycle apparel and accessories!
Even though I don't ride, I wear her clothing, because it's so darn cute.

MUSIC

No more concerts on the horizon until probably 2011. Though just heard about a new album coming out soon and I'm psyched! My Chemical Romance's new album with a very long title drops November 22. I've never seen them live, so hope they'll tour the U.S. sooner than later! Here's a preview:




50 comments:

Candyland said...

My Chem ROCKS live. At least they did before Gerard got clean:/

Christina Lee said...

Ahh yes, moving can be very stressful and all consuming! good luck!

Kelly said...

Candace-G's got a baby now so I'm glad he's clean. :) I'm sure they will still be awesome!! I HAVE to see them live!!
Christina- Thank you, I'll need it!

Jonathon Arntson said...

You look amazing in that photo! Who knew packing could bring out our best? Good luck, K. Even though you're moving farther away from me, we'll technically be neighbors.

Bish Denham said...

Ooof moving. But I'm glad you are excited about it, that it's not too far away from family and the old stomping ground.

Sending good vibes that your house will sell soon.

Kelly said...

Why, thank you, Jon! I have no makeup on! (though I have to admit, my son took another picture that I deleted because it showed dark circles under my eyes! :) And yes, we will be across Lake Michigan from each other!!
Bish- I am excited about moving but not about getting ready to move! It's so much work!

storyqueen said...

I can remember ripping up the carpets in our old house and redoing the hardwood floors....just in time to sell the house to someone else....

I feel your pain.

Shelley

Stephanie Blake said...

WOW! You've got a ton going on! Good luck selling the house. I just know everything will work out.

Denise said...

Thanks for the VaVaVroom Those Girls contest mention!

Lola Sharp said...

MCR is one of my favorite bands. They are excellent live...and I too am glad he's clean and sober. I hope he stays that way.

Moving is STRESSFUL. (the house on the market part is the hardest...trying to keep it perfect ALL the time while living in it is HARD.) But I'm glad you're excited about the new adventure. :) I hope you find a house you love as much or more.

Congrats on hubby's new job. :)

Love,
Lola

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Busy, busy, busy! Moving is hard. Especially when you've raised the kiddos in a home you love. But I wish you the best. It sounds like it's going to be a good move for you. I'm sure it helps that it's not too far away.

Nathalie said...

Such and exciting time ahead for you! I wish you nothing but the best on your upcoming adventure. Who knows, maybe it will inspire you for you last chapter?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

We moved last May, and I think I'm still recovering. LOL. Good luck with everything. :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Packing always sucks. So does unpacking. At least you get a chance to de-clutter.
With my book release this month, I've held off on the writing, but I signed up for NaNo next month.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Moving is such a pain...but decluttering your life is so nice. And donating to a good cause makes you feel good inside. :) I'm so glad your hubby found a new position and you guys are getting ready for the transition...Hopefully it will all be done before winter arrives!

Kelly said...

Shelley- Thankfully new carpeting is one of the few things we are not doing right now!
Steph- Thanks for the positive thoughts!!
Denise- You are welcome! Good luck with your campaign!
Lola- I think all this organizing is hard, but you are right. Once it's up for sale, I have to constantly clean for possible buyers!! And yay for another MCR fan!
Thank you, Carol, Nathalie and Shannon. :) I am keeping at it!
Alex- I am excited about all the stuff we got rid of. Why did I keep some of that stuff?!
Sharon - I would be ecstatic if our house sold that quickly. The real estate market is tough. But we are trying to make our house as perfect as it can be for the next owner!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Prep work pays off when you sell a house, every time! And soon you'll find a new house that will get you excited and you'll want to call it home.

Theresa Milstein said...

Good luck with the move. Moving is always hard. We have to leave so much behind. Not to mention packing.

I hope you can get back to the end of your WIP soon.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Oh, moving is such a drag!!! Best of luck to you. And maybe it's not such bad thing to take a break from the writing (or, at least you can keep telling yourself this). Sometimes putting the work in progress aside leads to renewed energy and va-va-voom when you get back to it. Here's hoping! : )

Jude said...

Oh man, so much cleaning! I'm so sorry! I totally feel you. My dog's been sick so he's been puking, peeing, and pooping in the house everyday so I've been scrubbing too. The house smells so bad it's amazing.

I'm sorry that you're leaving your home. I don't even want to think about when I'm eventually moving out. Too many memories in these walls.

And I can't wait for MCR's new album! I've been listening to their past songs on repeat in my car for monnnnths. It never gets old :)

Marc Camp said...

Good luck with moving Kelly! We just lived through that in June even though ours was just moving from one end of the Woodlands to the other end. Still, a ton to pack and give away and then unpack. We still are working through that. Very exciting to be moving somewhere new. I hope you packed the scarf and stocking hat since it sounds like you will need it, not that you didn't before. Take care.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Gosh, it is good to hear what is going on with you. It is a lot! Good luck with it all and the beauty is the manuscript and the blogosphere don't change at all with your physical locale. At least that is something! I will be sending you good thoughts and wished with all this stuff.

Marcia said...

I know someone who says we need to move every few years just to declutter. :p Those 50 donation bags are wonderful. May the right buyer come along sooner rather than later!

Kelly said...

Carolyn- I agree, especially in this competitive real estate market! I want our house move in ready!
Thanks, Theresa!
Cynthia- That is true. I can look at my ms with fresh eyes!
Jude- I hope your dog feels better soon!!! And I know, I can always listen to MCR!
Marc- Yeah, I thought it was cold in Illinois! A little more up north!
Thanks so much, Tina!
Marcia- Yes, decluttering is good, very good! Thanks!

Lydia Kang said...

Moving just takes over everything, doesn't it? Don't worry, you'll be back in the saddle in no time!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Wow. You have lots of change on the horizon. Hopefully you can look to your future home as a place where you'll make all sorts of new friends and memories.

I hope everything goes well for you.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Such exciting times ahead with a whole new fresh house to make memories in! No worries about the blogging, I'll certainly be here when you get back.

Kelly said...

Lydia- Yes, I can't wait til this is behind me!
Suz- I am sad to leave but thinking positively about our new town!
Terry- Yes, it will be quite an adventure!! Thanks!

WordWrangler said...

K!

So happy for you and your family. Moving is a big deal and I'm sure it's stressful. BUT I'm sure it will all be worth the extra work.

Take a deep breath every once in a while. And sleep. Get plenty of sleep. It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the stuff that needs doing.

I'm done playing "mommy" now. You can go back to your packing! :)

hugs,
Donna

DEZMOND said...

moving is always a great change and also a huge new opportunity. I love doing it. I wouldn't mind moving every two or three years :) But off course, I don't have kids :)

cleemckenzie said...

Moving! OMG That really is an undertaking. Scares me since I've been in one place long enough to have roots. Yank. Yank. Painful, yet probably freeing.

Enjoy the new place.

Anita said...

Have you buried a statue of St. Joseph in your backyard? Have you? Have you? :)

Good luck with the sale!

Jemi Fraser said...

Moving can be tough! You did the smart thing decluttering and donating before the move! Good luck with it! :)

Rena said...

Wow, good luck with the move. Been there, done that. It's hard!

SAMUEL PARK said...

Congratulations on moving! Hope many happy new days lie in the horizon! That's a great picture of your sister.

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Love the picture! I take it the move went smoothly? I hope. And I bet you are sore...

Time to meet the neighbors!

Kelly said...

Thanks, Donna! All the positive words help! And I know all this work will be behind me sooner than later!
Dezz- I am looking forward to the change. I've lived in this area all my life, so will be fun to live somewhere new.
Lee- Thanks! We haven't looked for a new place yet, but I am anxious to know where we will live once we sell this place!
Anita- Ohhh! I forgot!! Thanks for the idea! Will do that in a few weeks when I'm sure my house is perfect to be on sale!
Jemi- Thanks! Somehow I am still decluttering! We have eleven years worth! :)
Rena- Thanks, Rena! I can't wait til we are settled in our new community. But will be a while!
Samuel- Thanks!! And my sister is single and lives in Chicago!!! ;)
Sam- Not yet, unfortunately. We have a ways to go. I haven't put our house for sale yet. All this prep is just for getting the house perfect for sale! It will be months til the actual move! Ahhh!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Oh, I feel for you with all the pre-moving house prep. Here's hoping it pays off and you get a great price for your house, and soon!

Don't worry about the writing right now - it isn't going anywhere. You'll get back to it when you're able.

I'm not sure if you've heard, but you won a critique from me in my 100 Followers Giveaway! I sent you a message, but just in case it didn't get through, my email address is ishtamerc (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Have a great day!

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, you are wonder woman! Keeping up with all this AND moving? Hope it goes well.

Kelly H-Y said...

Isn't it funny how you make the house absolutely perfect just in time to leave it?! What a riot ... love your picture too! I'd be torn with emotions too ... hard to leave the place where you've raised your children thus far and had so many good times ... but excited for the next adventure! Good luck with everything ... and I'll keep my fingers crossed for a fast sale!! :-)

Hema P. said...

Love your positive outlook, and sense of adventure! Good luck with everything!!

sruble said...

Good luck with your packing and moving Kelly! I hope you can get back to your MG novel soon to finish it. Sending lots of writerly wishes (and house selling vibes) your way!

Laura Pauling said...

Good luck on the move. It is sad to say goodbye to friends in an area. But you're right, adventures ahead and querying ahead! A new page of life.

Jude said...

haha thanks. I'll try to relax and recover from my concussion if you promise to relax and take a break from all the moving around! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Oh wow! That's a lot on your plate! Packing is such a big job too. I hope the move goes well and you love your new home!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Susan Fields said...

Good luck with your move! It's a lot of work, but I'm sure it feels great to have all the clutter cleaned out.

I'm about a third of the way through my latest revision. I really thought I'd be querying by now. It's a slow process, that's for sure. :(

Stina Lindenblatt said...

We have to eventually move to a bigger house. I'm not in a big rush for the reasons you pointed out. Plus a bigger house means more cleaning and less writing. :(

Amie B said...

oh - moving sucks. done it way more times then i care to remember. good luck!

Jude said...

I owe you a BIG big thank you. Tonight, off to write my next draft of my bio!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Isn't it crazy that we make our houses perfect right before we leave them? Good luck with the move!