My husband says his vacation is technically over, but I still consider this weekend to be the last two days of his vacation.
I thought about doing a Christmas song post like this: On the First Day of Vacation, My True Love Gave to Me … a rude awakening to the sound of a saw. Not a manly man chainsaw like a burly woodcutter in plaid would use in the forest, but a Sawzall with its weenie little sound. He was outside and finally cleaning up the large tree branches from the wind storm a few weeks back. I made my way downstairs, opened the back door, leaned out to give him a thumbs-up and said, “You go girl!”
But the rest of the days sort of blur together, and I don’t remember what day he slept on the sofa all day so I could write. Or what day he went to the grocery store for me so I could write. Or when he cleaned the kitchen and then cleaned out the junk drawers. He ground up dried jalapeno peppers in the coffee grinder and filled a spice jar for me with “jalapeno dust.” I also noticed the fried microwave disappeared. He kept me supplied with chocolate.
On Wednesday, he took a drive up north and picked up my mother. Then he came back for me (because I am not riding 60 minutes round trip listening to those two moan and complain!). We went to Warther’s Museum to see the Christmas tree displays. Local businesses set up trees, sell them, and the proceeds support the local hospital. Mooney Warther was “the world’s master carver,” and we always enjoy the time spent in the museum – Christmas trees or not. Afterward, the three of us had lunch together. It was a nice day.
I’m still slogging away at writing my book for National Novel Writing Month, but I’m woefully behind. I’ve broken the rules of the experts, and I’ve taken the time to read what I’ve already written. I’ve also done some editing, and I’ve rewritten a few passages. Sue me. As of this post, I’m at 20,894 words. Unbeknownst to my husband, I’m going to continue to slip Nyquil to him so he’ll sleep all weekend so I can write.
I haven’t been able to keep up with blogs very well, but I will catch up soon. There is one blog I must point out to you today. David Harding is a teacher and an author of children’s books. He lives in Australia, and he recently had a blog post entitled, How to Talk Like Me. It was a hoot, and I suggested he do a video explaining the rules to his favorite game, Gorilla Dice, so we could actually hear him speak … and he did! He titled it, Me Talking Like Me. I’ve watched this thing at least a half dozen times already, and I still laugh when I watch it. There isn’t sound for a few seconds, so be patient and watch with amazement as he affixes a moustache to his face for Movember. If you haven’t already clicked one of the links for him, click this one and go see David and follow him. 🙂
David is great, and nachos are awesome. You have 20,000 words? I gave up after just over 2000. That NaNoWriMo is hard. Good luck.
Yes, he loves nachos! I forgot about that. He will eat them anywhere. … NaNo – I’m too competitive to give up, but I am definitely not doing this next year. Thanks for the well wishes!
I think nachos should be renamed yeahchos.
Your husband is so sweet! Best of luck for your writing. I am sure its gonna be amazing. And yea, liked and followed your blog pal there 😉
My husband is pretty great. I’ve enjoyed having him home this week. Every now and then I slip over and watch David’s video again, and I’m still laughing.
Heehee! You make me smile! And hello Shannijenni!
You’re so funny…slip him nyquil. Today I’m coming to you from the deep north woods. Opening day of deer hunting in WI. I’m sopposed to be looking for deer but I’m reading your blog instead. My hubby is on the next ridge. Glad he can’t see what I’m m doing right now. My fingers are starting to freeze…must put my gloves back on. Keep up the good NaNo work!
I am sooo impressed! I’ve been out with the hunters before, and I hated the freezing part, and the being quiet part, and the paying attention part. You are so lucky to be able to read blogs in the wild. 😉 Hope you go home with your limit. Thanks on NaNo!
I put it in green icing on cookies. He is cold-free, and never knows what hits him.
P.S. – I sent our son a text last night and asked him if he remembered the time we let him cuss in the car. His text response: “Yeah I do. You guys were weird parents. It’s ok. I forgive both of you.” 🙂
Very cool. I think it is a good thing to be weird parents. One of our boy’s friends always tells us how awesome and strange we are. I’m a role model. Be afraid, world. Be very afraid.
I’m going to go all sappy on you now, Marcus, and say … you are a great dad! Your boys are lucky.
Now I’m over here crying like a little girl with all this sappiness. Some one get me a tissue.
But thanks. I suspect that your family’s style lines up closely with our style. Which would make you a great dad too.
Kudos to you for plowing on. Sounds like you’re making great progress. And you survived your hubby’s week home. 😉
Thanks, Carrie! I read your post on your author signings. What a neat experience, and thanks for the great tips. 🙂 I read it on my Nook in the car, and it wouldn’t let me leave a comment.
Thank you. Hopefully amidst my musings, some helpful tips were gained. 🙂
Ohh, wishing you all the best for your writing challenges & bless your best friend for being right with you every step of the way! 😉
Thank you so much! He’s super supportive, and I wouldn’t be writing at all if he wasn’t so helpful. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
Jalapeno dust! Do you actually use that or was he just being ‘helpful’? So sweet. He is so supportive! Enjoy the weekend!
Yes, we use it. I put a heaping teaspoon in the pot of chili I made this week. He used a dehydrator to dry the jalapenos last year. They’re stored in a canning jar. Every so often he puts a handful in the coffee grinder and we fill the spice container. I use it in a lot of dishes.
Your husband, I shall call him Captain Fantastic (no obligation on your part to be The Brown Dirt Cowboy), sounds like a GREAT guy! Lucky, lucky girl! May the force be with you as you write!
He has been great this week. I asked him this morning if there was anything he wished he would have done this week while he was off. He said, “I wish I wouldn’t have slept so much.” I nearly died laughing. He’s been napping all afternoon, and I’ve added many more words to the book! 🙂
Supportive husband and chocolate, you have it tough 😀
Yeah. It’s a cruel world over here in Ohio. 😉
It is well known that artists suffer 😀
Get back to work! 🙂 And stay out of the Nyquil.
You are a hard task master. 😉 When I slack off and realize I’m just falling further behind, I hear these words in my head, “You got this Maddie. Go get ’em.” … Zombies, a gorilla head, and lots of cake. I’ll be dragging all of them to the finish line.
You’re doin’ it. 😉
Vacations…they always go too fast unless you have uninvited guest. Your hubby loves you & supports your writing…that is awesome! Keep writing, girl! ♥ (nyquil or geritol! do they still make that, I wonder? )
Paula, I had to look up Geritol. It’s been years since I’ve seen a commercial for it, and yep, they still make it. 🙂 Last day of the vacation. It was fun week. Hope you have good Sunday!
I recall when I was itty bitty sneaking into mom and dad’s Geritol. lol! They could not believe I loved it so much and had to “hide” it from me!
Last day of vaca is a sad day. Glad you had a productive week! We’ve had a fab Sunday! Thanks! 🙂
Paula! That’s why you have so much get up and go! You nourished your cells with Geritol when you were little. 😉
haha! I best go find some more now! 😉
Get to writing woman! Ha, I need to get to writing. I’m in what you might call a funk:)
You have a right to be! Who can write with tooth pain and on meds all day long. The book will still be there when you come out of the funk.
Thanks Maddie. 🙂
He’s a gem, no? 🙂
Such a cutie patootie, and he always makes me laugh!
I need someone to spend their vacation cleaning my kitchen and junk drawers! ~ Kat
I’ll put your house on the calendar for his next vacation, Kat! 😉
“You go, girl!!” Aw, the poor sap! I’m wiping away tears here… : P
Tell hubby it’s worth spending a few extra bucks for a Sawzall with multiple audio settigs. I can set mine to mimic a 20″ gas-powered, no-muffler chainsaw, and I get respect from the neighbors, even the ones a half-mile away that I wake up at 6 AM… : P
Extremely funny post, Maddie– do give that husband of yours a box of chocolate cigars! : )
Ooh, chocolate cigars! I’ll get some for him tomorrow. Haha … you got me on the Sawzall! I had to Google it to see if there really were audio settings. Thanks for coming by; it’s always a treat to see you, Mark!
Amazing post! Fun and informative!
Thank you! I’m heading on over to your place now to have a look around. I’ll see if you hook me! 😉
You have quite a guy there! He is a keeper. Congrats on your progress. Very impressive, indeed.
Thank you, Robin. Happy Thanksgiving!
NyQuil, I love it. A girl’s gotta do what she has to do to get the writing done! Boy he’s a keeper too! Loved this one.
Thanks, Pam. He wouldn’t put it past me to slip him some NyQuil. The secret to our happy marriage? He lives in the den, and I live in the old dining room, which is now my office. We meet occasionally in the kitchen. 😉
That is a Perfect arrangement!
What a great husband you have Maddie keeping you supplied with chocolate. I checked out David’s site, very funny I loved it.
My husband *is* pretty great. 🙂 That David is such a nice guy, and I get such a kick out of him. I’m glad you enjoyed his silliness!
I think I have redefined “woefully behind” for this competition. I’m positive you will make it through this with 50K. Go-go-go! 😀
I completely missed that you stopped by, Amber! But I did read where you wrote marathon style to finish NaNo. Really great job. The celebration looked pretty great, too. 🙂
Haha – marathon style is absolutely NOT recommended. But thank you 🙂 Congrats on your win as well!