Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I was reading my Blogger manual and it suggests that you post something on all of the major holidays -- an obligatory post noting the importance of the day wishing your readers a Merry or Happy.

Well, dear readers, the few of you out there, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your turkey was moist and the pie was plentiful.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The world's best billboard

It's a crazy week at work. Combine that with still getting settled and I have no time to post anything here. So, in the interest of not just going dark for the next week or month I am going to just pop in with small posts about nothing in particular. Mostly just observations I can write in a minute or two. Here's the first.

There are lots of things I love about our new house, but one of my favorites is the fact that I can use the following sentence and mean it.

"If you pass the billboard for the Beef Jerkey Outlet you have gone too far."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another big purchase

We pulled the trigger tonight. After a week or so of looking at and then looking again at appliances, we purchased all of the ones that the former owners of our new home took with them.

When we moved in we were left with nothing but an oven. We needed a cooktop, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. Three of the four are going to be delivered on Thursday. The only thing we are going to have to wait on is the cooktop.

We went to two different places but stretched our dollar pretty well si the driving around was worth it, we think.

Needless to say, we are both very excited. We have both grown tired of eating out for every meal and that's what we have been doing for what feels like months.

And I promise, writing posts coming soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Welcome home

We have spent the last two weekends and all of the weekdays in between getting moved in. We closed on our home on October 26 and have been in the process of moving in ever since. The first week we came during the evening after work and changed a few doorknobs and tested paint colors.

That weekend we recruited family and painted. We moved things in during the week, packing boxes after work and then driving those boxes to the new house after. And this weekend we moved in. We put the beds on the big ruck first. That was our commitment to moving in. Once the beds are at the new place you have to stay there or sleep on the floor.

Now we have to go through boxes and figure out where everything goes. And the are many boxes. Many, many, boxes.

What I am hoping, though, is after we do that I can get back to a regular writing routine. I have a story that is screaming for a second draft and an idea for a longer story that I really want to flesh out. So, here's to hoping that I can do that.

And here's to our new home.

Ya'll come to Texas. We have the room.

Stephen Hough is a concert pianist from Britain. He has spent a bit of time recently tickling the ivories in my neck of the woods. He also blogs for the Telegraph. He had a very interesting post about the state I call home, including a story idea at the very end if anyone is up for a challenge.
The entire post is short and very readable, but I'll include the most interesting nugget here.

Texas is 268,601 square miles – or 7,488,166,118,400 square feet. If the population of the world at present is roughly 6,795,354,645 then each living person could be given around 1,000 square feet of land each.

Read the rest of the post here for his story idea. It's doable, and if, as it's said, you should write what you know, may be something I should try and tackle.