Chapter 2017 {Page 6}

Beth Hardinger Blog

It’s that time again. Where I sit and write a bunch of words that no one reads. And that’s ok. It’s not like I’m someone important. I’m mostly doing this to see if I can finish something. My goal is to make it to January 31, with a post each day. Then take it month by month. It’s like the 31 Days challenge in October, only this is…365 days.

Anyway, potty training didn’t go as well today. She woke up crabby, since she went to bed late. She very sternly told me she wasn’t wearing underwear today, and she didn’t. But she didn’t have any accidents, so that’s good. I’m not going to push her. Avery pretty much potty trained herself just after her 3rd birthday, so I’m just gonna let Hannah do her thing.

We had homemade pizza for dinner tonight and it was awesome. We used pizza dough (instead of the Rhodes Bread Dough we usually use) and it makes such a difference. The only thing I missed having on it was bacon, but I didn’t feel like going to the store just for that.

I was going to take the kids to the library tomorrow, by myself, but I’m already having little anxiety attacks about it. Trying to keep them all quiet and in one spot? Getting them to actually pick out books instead of playing with the tons of toys the library has? I don’t know. I just want to be that normal mom who can take her kids places without having a meltdown. I think it’s kind of the weather’s fault too, since I have slightly less anxiety about it in the summer.

Monday, I have my dermatology appointment. I’m afraid they are just going to tell me I have really dry skin and to just buy more lotion. But maybe it really is something, and they can help me. Otherwise I will have a very miserable summer in sweatshirts and jeans. No way am I wearing shorts or anything when I look like I have leprosy.

It’s bedtime for the kids and we are trying to have Hannah go to bed at the same time. It works perfectly some nights, but other nights, she just stalls and stalls until I go to bed at 10. And she had a nap today (in the car, while waiting to get the kids from school). They need to get outside and run. I wish Brainerd had some kind of activity center that didn’t cost a million dollars. We have a jump place, but the kids get tired of jumping after about ten minutes. Not worth the money.

I’m thinking about doing something unheard of (for me). I’m thinking about planning out my novel. I know. It’s crazy. But clearly, being a pantser isn’t working. I need to sit down with a pen and paper and think about how I want this novel to go. Maybe then I won’t spend hours staring at a blank screen wondering what to make my characters do next.

I also started a FB group for writer support and encouragement. It’s pretty small right now (just me and a friend I met blogging years ago) but if it’s something you think you’d like, feel free to join.

I kind of miss taking pictures. It’s so dark in my house, and while I have a DSLR and decent lens, it can only do so much. I also miss taking photos with my phone. But until Apple acknowledges that there’s a problem with the focusing and quality, it won’t get fixed.

Happy Weekend!

I’m linking up to a friend’s blog today. Go visit her and enter to win an awesome book!

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