Time for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop again, hosted by the talented, funny and very pretty MamaKat. Once again, I’m taking the easy way out and going with the list prompt. And Friday I’ll be doing a list. So I pretty much listed things all this week. But that is because I am working on something fun for Monday that requires all my skills and energy, which are in limited supply right now. So, without further ado, my five most recent favorite things.
1. The Little One has decided he can fall asleep without Mommy being in the room. You have no idea how huge this is. This is (hopefully) the end-game in what has been a long and painful process of getting him to sleep on his own. That fact that is has taken four years amazes me. (Perhaps I should have stuck it out with the “cry it out” method, but I just didn’t have the stomach for it.) This is Night Two, and I’m afraid to trust this yet but I am loving it! (And, yes, I realize I just jinxed it by putting it out here like this.)
2. The amazing things that are happening with my book blog. As some of you know, I have another blog where I like to write book reviews and recommend books that I’ve enjoyed. One of the benefits of this is that I’ve begun to get offered free books to review — sometimes even before they have been formally published. This is a book lovers dream come true! And yesterday, I was invited to interview an author of one of the books I just read! Me — a dorky little housewife — is interviewing an author! I’m in heaven!
3. My husband has gotten himself addicted to playing Call of Duty 4 online. The reason this is so wonderful is now I don’t have to feel guilty blogging! He happily plays his game; I happily blog and no one feels neglected. The computer and the TV are in the same room so we are “together but separate.” The only real downside of this is having to hear “Damn…I just got knifed!”or “Woo-hoo! Perfect head shot!” every so often.
4. The sweet taste of spring that has graced us this week. If Mother Nature is teasing us and takes this away, I will honestly cry. Today I smelled that “spring is in the air” smell, and I swear I saw a goldfinch flying with his distinctive rollercoaster flight pattern. It has been so good to be able to take the Little One to the park, go for a walk in the neighborhood or just hang in the backyard. I know it is only February and I suspect this may go away, but I am loving it right now!
5. Wonderful bloggers who are giving me a positive way to feel like I am doing some small thing to help fight cancer. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been recently reading some of these terribly sad stories of children who recently lost their fight with cancer. So it was with a happy heart that I saw two of my favorite bloggers — Diane at Diane’s Addled Ramblings and Jay at Halftime Lessons — are providing a way to do something positive to fight this horrible disease.
- In October, Diane is undertaking the Breast Cancer 3-Day–a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. She has committed to raising $2,300 — and whatever she can’t raise in donations she must pay for out of her own pocket! So help her out with this wonderful cause. You can support Diane by donating here. To read more about why Diane is doing this, read this post. You can also follow along on her progress at the blog she set up to document her walk efforts. And you know what, her birthday is this weekend. Bet your donation to the cause (no matter how small) would be all she would want as a gift!
- Jay is shaving his head on March 21st in support of children’s cancer research through an organization called St. Baldricks. You can read about Jay’s quest for “immediate and dramatic hair loss”and make a donation to this fine cause by clicking here.
And guess what, the lovely K at Interstitial Life had the wonderful idea of celebrating her 100th blog post by holding a party! All the “guests” get to do a guest post on her blog. And guess what guest is showing up on Thursday? Yeah … it’s me! If you want to check out my guest post, click on over. All of the posts have been A+ material so far … so I think I may bringing the party down a little bit. But I do love a nice party — even if I’m the type that shows up with a book (or an anti-crafting rant).