Thursday, 3 December 2009

Thirteen Things I Have To Do

I'm pressed for time and a topic this week, as I'm preparing to go home for a little over a month to help out my mother. My stepfather, Martin, passed away two weeks ago, and we've all been thrown for a loop, to say the least.

As a result, this is sort of a repeat from a few weeks ago, but to be fair, it *is* all I've got going on this week, so I give you:

Thirteen of the Things I Have to Do this week:

1) Organize my paperwork to turn in at work on Friday.

2) Gather all my cables, etc, for my electronics which will accompany me to the US.

3) Make copies of my "send file" of my novel, so I can send it to my publisher (Whoa, it feels weird to write that. Good, but weird...) when I'm in the US.

4) Make a hard copy of the WIP, presently at 66 pages, so I can do big edits now, rather than later.

5) Scan some pictures of Martin which weren't digitally produced.

6) Wash clothes and hang them to dry. (I don't have a dryer in Italy, y'see.)

7) Start packing two different suitcases. One for the Florida portion of the trip (where the third and final memorial for Martin is being held, and where I'm going immediately after arriving in Tennessee), and one for the rest of the stay in Tennessee and Kentucky.

8) Buy a few magazines to read on the plane/in the car.

9) Charge batteries for camera.

10) File for domain name registration and see if they'll let me use my Italian phone number or not.

11) Straighten up office before I leave.

12) Have dinner with my in-laws Sunday afternoon/evening since I won't be here for Christmas.

13) Hang pictures that I printed and framed two weeks ago.

Yeah, I've got a lot to do. I'm exhausted already, and I've still got to get on the plane and make the long haul home, Tuesday morning.

Still, I'm slowly getting back into something like my old routine, which is good. Thanks to everyone who has written with their kind wishes and good thoughts. It's really helped a lot.

I'm sure you'll understand that I'll skip the risque eye candy this week, in favor of something a little more tasteful?

This is one of the photos which provides inspiration for my current WIP, 27 Stages. See if you can figure out what I enjoy so much about it. ;)

(Like I said, "a little more tasteful.")

Seriously, I just want to lick his legs.
This is no surprise to those who know me.

Ciao for now...


Stephanie Adkins said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Have a safe trip. *Big Hugs*

Elise Logan said...

I'm sorry for your loss.

Sounds very busy - perhaps you can do edits on the hard copy on the plane?

I hope the trip goes smoothly.

Adelle Laudan said...

(((warm hugs))) Have a safe trip. Wish it was under different circumstances. Take care.

Alice Audrey said...

#2 sounds so exciting!

I'm still slogging through my NaNo book. Wish I could get started on the edits. Wish I didn't need the edits. So your 66p book is a short, or bare-bones?

Ella Drake said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and family. You are a busy, busy woman. Hope the trip goes well.

Ms Menozzi said...

Actually, Alice, I should have been more specific and stated that the 66 pages I'll be editing are just the first 5 and 1/4 chapters of the new WIP. I'm trying to be proactive and do heavy editing before I get too far along and have to do them en masse, later on. :)

A. Catherine Noon said...

I was about to say something comforting and profound, but then I read the very last comment you made, "I want to lick his legs" and started giggling. What a great thought!

Back to my original purpose, I'm very sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts. ~hugs~

Ms Menozzi said...

Thanks, Catherine - and thanks everybody, really - for your kind words and thoughts.

The thing is, I debated putting that last bit in for a while, and then I realized that we've been making little jokes here and there ever since this happened. Martin always made us laugh and smile, and frankly, he knows how I am.

So if it seemed inappropriate to anyone, I just want to say I can promise you all - Martin wouldn't be offended, so you don't need to be, either. :)

Heather said...

I know this is going to be a difficult Christmas for you and your family (been there), so here's a multitude of hugs and warm thoughts, and wishes for a safe journey home.

Inez Kelley said...

Sorry for you loss. Just take one step at a time.

Shelley Munro said...

I'm sorry for your loss. The plane would be a good place to do some of your edits and get a headstart.

Jennifer Leeland said...

Oh, I'm so sorry!
Hang in there!

Lauren Murphy said...

*HUGS* I'm sorry for your lose. Those times are always stressful but at least you'll have some family to lean on during this time. Have a safe trip!

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