Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Whew! What a relief.

Along with most other Canadians, I breathed a sigh of relief when Canada finally got a gold medal on Canadian soil ... um ... snow.

Well, the olympics seem to be going along nicely despite the fact that there isn't much snow. I take full responsibility for the fact that Cypress Mtn has had to truck in and make snow since I stated months ago I wanted NO SNOW for Christmas. Last year we had record snowfalls and this year I demanded a green Christmas. Things just got a little out of hand, I guess.

Tomorrow I plan to venture from my cozy front row seat in my living room into downtown Vancouver. I don't have tickets for any events but I plan to visit Sochi House - our science museum now converted into a Russian venue. I also hope to see the big torch cauldron. The way the crowds are I figure that little jaunt should take about 6 - 8 hours. Not kidding.

On the writing front, I've been working on my new story but keep getting sidetracked by research. I hate it when that happens. When my brain says, "hold on a second, could that body really be pinned under a pile of lumber for days and be recognizable?" Questions like that lead me visiting body farm websites and posting questions on research loops and before I know it I've stopped writing while I wait for answers. That's more of a 2nd draft thing and I'm still in 1st draft so I need to cut it out!

So how are things where you are? Getting sidetracked lately?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I'm not ready yet ...

The 2010 Winter Olympics are going to start here in just a couple days. I'm feeling a little like I do every Christmas, I know it's coming but I just need a few more days to get ready.

I've already been caught up in torch traffic through my city. Not fun. Sure it's amazing to see the Olympic torch making its way through the streets of your home town but not so great when you're fighting tens of thousands of cars to try and avoid the street closures.

Many of my friends are just ditching the city and travelling. I don't blame them but, still, I'm hoping to catch a few of the sights and sounds of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Will you be watching the Olympics? Are you a fan?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Little Things

It's all those little things that tend to get in your way.

For example, this weekend I was all set to host a double-header sleepover party for two of my boys but things did not run as smoothly as planned. Let's just say that when you find yourself standing in line at the local hardware store buying a plunger and a mop you just KNOW the next few hours are not going to be fun, relaxing or coming up roses.

I've been in the midst of some big personal changes and that seems to be working as well as my main floor toilet. But like the penguin in the picture, I'm trying to act with courage.

Today my main goal is to get a few new pages written without having to go back and delete half.

What's your goal for the day? Does it require courage?