Thursday, December 9, 2010

This and That Thursday

WRITING
I printed my manuscript on Tuesday, and I'm tweaking it line by line. I used the word "looked" a few too many times. Yikes. But it's much better now, and I still love it!

READING
1. I finally read Mockingjay over the weekend. I could not put it down. I read it in two evenings. I was satisfied with how it ended thankfully. What an amazing series.

2. I just started reading PJ Hoover's, The Navel of the World. My 6th grader recently finished reading it and did a very cool reading project on it for school. J-Man created a sequencing game based on the book. He said the book was "awesome" and asked for the next book in the series, The Necropolis, for Christmas. I love when my kids get excited over books! (Thanks, PJ!)
LIFE
How is your holiday shopping going? I have two more gifts left to buy for Christmas. Most of my shopping was done online. I had a fun shopping (and champagne) day with some girlfriends yesterday in which we all bought the new Miraculous bras at Victoria's Secret and then changed into them so we were extra busty while shopping (it may or may not have been the champagne). We also got a glimpse of Victoria's Secret model, Adriana Lima, who is just as beautiful in person. We did not though wait in the neverending line to meet her, and Adriana may or may not have been bustier than us.

MUSIC
1. I hope to meet up with Candyland on Saturday (weather permitting, there is snow predicted) to see New Medicine in concert! I'll be bringing J-Man and my mom along as well. It will be J-Man's second concert. My 123rd (Just kidding, I have no idea).

2. And to close, here's "Little Drummer Boy" by Jason Segal (from one of my fave shows, How I Met Your Mother) and Jack Black. This song goes on sale on iTunes beginning Tuesday, with proceeds going to Blue Star Families, a nonprofit that connects, supports and empowers military families.

34 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy editing! And I've lost track of my concert total as well.

PJ Hoover said...

You are so welcome! And thank you for supporting the books!

Christina Lee said...

hahaha I LOVE that you changed into the bras! My kind of gals.

Melissa Gill said...

That shopping trip sounds like a blast. I hate to shop, but maybe with champagne and a new bra... I usually make most of my holiday gifts just to save on the shopping, but now I'm inspired.

Amykated said...

"Adriana may or may not have been bustier than us."

This had me laughing out loud and I really needing something to laugh about this morning! Thanks.

Kelly said...

Alex - I once tried to compile a list of bands that I've seen and it's over 80, but many I've seen multiple times and some concerts have 2-8 bands so I'm lost with concert total...
PJ- My pleasure!
Christina- We were very perky shoppers.
Melissa - Shopping at the mall is chaotic this time of year. So most of my shopping is done online!
Amy - Hee!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

What a fun post, Kelly! Oh, I need to get my girlfriends together for a champagne and VS shopping day! I bet Adriana was wishing she was hanging with you ladies!

And reading a printed out manuscript is one of my favorite parts of the revision process. Have fun!!! Although it sounds like you already are! : )

MG Higgins said...

"Look" is my favorite overused word. That's some mall you go to! I don't think we've ever had a celebrity at ours. Or if they were, they were wearing dark glasses and a floppy hat.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

That's so cool that your son loves PJ's book! I'm looking forward to reading it with my little bean when she gets older.

So exciting that you've gotten so far with your manuscript now! Yahoo!! You'll be getting it out there in no time. I bet 2011 will be a fabulous year for you.

Have fun at the concert!! I have got to get to one of these. I've never even taken my oldest daughter to one. I've sorely neglected her education in concertology. Is a 30 Second to Mars concert good for a 13 year old (well, she'll be 14 soon).

Patricia A. Timms said...

You're so dang cute and festive. You have one of the happiest blogs I've been to. I love the bra thing. You practically sold it, I feel like my life would be that much more fun if I had one.

I'm glad you're still hard at work on your ms.

Thanks for the video. That was awesome!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Fun post, Kelly. I love your sense of humor and all of your funny stories. Enjoy yet another concert! :-)

Kelly said...

Cynthia- The shopping was a great escape from my regular routine!
Mel- This mall was near Chicago. My regular mall has no celebs except I thought I saw Andrew Dice Clay there once :).
Carol- 30STM would be a good first concert with her. Hardly any swear words in their songs, unlike the concert I'm taking my 11 yr old to. Whoopsie.
Patricia- I wasn't expecting to buy a bra that day, but I'm glad I did! It works!

Candyland said...

Come on no snow!!!! I'll see them tomorrow in Indy regardless, but I REALLY want to meet you :)

Rena said...

Sounds like you've been keeping busy, which is always a good thing. That's really cool that you're almost done with your shopping. I *think* I am, too. At least I hope I am. :)

Elana Johnson said...

But really close to 123, right? Or maybe like 1123. :) Hope you get to meet up!

Suzanne Casamento said...

You girlie shopping day sounds AWESOME! I think I need a day like that.

Hope the line tweaking is going well!

Denise Maple said...

Hee, hee. Glad you had fun shopping. Can't wait to read Mockingjay! Thanks for sharing the song. I love that version. Just when I think I'm tired of Christmas music, I hear something like that. Nice.

Kittie Howard said...

I'm gonna buy some champagne so I'll get bustier!

It's really nice your little bean requests books. (You're doing a great job, Mom!)

And thanks for the Little Drummer Boy video and the shout-out for military families.

Theresa Milstein said...

I've noticed "looked" creeping into my WIPs too much as well.

I wasn't satisfied with Mockingjay's end. Like you, I couldn't put it down.

With my full-time teaching, I don't know which end is up. I think I'm almost done holiday shopping, especially since Hanukkah is over. I'd better checked!

Good luck with your WIP and Happy December!

DEZMOND said...

were the male shop assistants more attentive to you and your girlfriends after the bra-switching? :)))

Kelly said...

Thanks, Shannon!
Candace - I know...no snow! We would have so much fun!
Rena- I hope you are too!
Elana- Probably 100ish? I'm too tired to figure it out!
Thanks, Suz, I needed a day like that out of daily routine.
Denise - I thought you'd like the Jack Black version!
Kittie - Go get some champagne! :)
Theresa- Winter break is near!

Kelly said...

Dezz- Ha! I actually didn't notice that, but I did notice a few heads turned while walking in the mall. ;)

Laura Pauling said...

I saw the game your son made at PJ's blog. How cool! That's wonderful while reading over your ms you still like it. A good sign.

and good luck with the twitter pitch - I saw your name and recognised the title!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

You're going to see New Medicine? With Candyland? No way. Way cool. And I can't believe your son made that game! Way, way cool. You gots some smarts in that family. Have a good w/end!

Jackee said...

So many great things to comment on! I hope you and Candace have a great time at the concert and the weather holds out for you. I think I need one of those bras too... lol... children and gravity are not good on the tatas. :o)

Have a great weekend, Kelly!!

Lydia Kang said...

You are so funny. Does extra bust volume help with shopping stress? Hmm. May have to do an experiment, ha ha.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Champagne Shopping and Miraculous Bra dreams...

WTG on almost being done with your Christmas shopping. I'm just getting started. YIKES!

Have fun with Candace....(try to not be jealous...)

Happy Editing!

Kelly said...

Thanks, Laura and good luck to you, too!
Sam- Yeah, I hope the snow stays away til later so we can go! You have a good weekend, too.
Jackee- I concur on the time and children thing! :)
Lydia - It did make us giggle more while shopping, though not sure if we were as productive...
Sharon - Ha! Ha! You crack me up! Good luck with the shopping!

Susan Fields said...

I'm glad you changed into your new bras - bustiness is very important when Christmas shopping! :)

Thanks for the suggestion for The Navel of the World. I'm always looking for books that will interest my almost 11-year-old.

Stephen Tremp said...

The last show I saw was Neil Diamond in San Diego. Used to see rock bands all the time. But that was then and this is now. Sigh. At least I'm not having to take my kids to see Hannah Montana. Whew!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I was also very very satisfied w/ Mockingjay. Glad you were too! Christmas shopping? Unfortunantly I haven't even started!

C.R. Evers said...

Good luck with your MS!

I loved Mockingjay too.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

'Look' is my bane of existence, too. Sneaky little devil.

And yes, Mockingjay rocked. I'm still not sure what the fuss was all about. ;)

Solvang Sherrie said...

123? I think that number is too low :) I hope the snow didn't keep you guys from meeting up!