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Simply Susan - Sweet Love Stories

I’ve always loved telling stories. My favorite is the one where I sent the wrong letter to the right boy. We were married the next summer. I attended LDS Business College where I earned an Associate’s in Computer Technology and Brigham Young University where I should have majored in English. I live on a lush farm in the heart of Virginia complete with rolling hills, two rivers, more trees than I care to count and a haunted house overlooking two cemeteries. When I’m not busy writing, I can be found chasing cows, fireflies, my four adorable children or my extremely hot husband.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Randomness and Random Happiness


1. I'd really like this blog to be a conversational thing. You post a comment, it hits my inbox, I reply. There's only one problem with that. Almost all of you have your account set up as a no-reply. I just discovered, in the process of trying to figure out how to respond to you guys, that I too was a no-reply. So please, be like me. Go check the proper box so that we can chat.


Yay. I'll sleep better tonight.

2. I finished that Christina McNeill chapter with a few hours to spare, zooming out off into cyberspace right in time to make my deadline. I'll think twice before agreeing to write non-fiction again, let me tell you. It was like pulling teeth. It took me months to write a mere thirteen pages. Something I could easily knock out in a day were it fiction!

3. Also, I've realized just how quickly you become an enigma if you haven't kept a journal. And while I could be upset with my ancestor, she probably had an excuse that my walking buddy helped me figure out the other day. I almost wrote dyslexia because it's 6:23 in the a.m. Illiteracy would be the correct term. We think Christina may have been illiterate. Which nowadays is a dirty word, but back then was probably a reality for someone from Scotland who had to work in a factory from the age of seven. So I forgive her.

But I don't forgive you. If you ever get famous and then die and I have to write your biography and you didn't keep a journal, I'll make stuff up about you. And it won't be pretty. Consider yourself warned and start keeping a journal today. (I hope my husband is reading this. Not a single journal entry since his mission!)

3. Don't ask what happened to my blog? My mom and I had an ongoing e-conversation about it all yesterday. Alls you need to know is that I'm still here and someday, I'll be done fiddling with this thing.

Now, on to the Random Happiness:

1. I'm part of an online writing/critique group. I have been, against my better judgment, for about six months now. And you know what? My better judgment was wrong.

It makes me oh so happy. There's is nothing like waking up to an exploding inbox, all full of emails from your fellow writers where everyone had a conversation about your writing while you were asleep. (Two of them live on the west coast, and the one who lives here is a night owl, so yes, this often happens when I sleep.) It's a little like Christmas morning, only more often-er.

2. Visiting O.S. at the middle school smack during lunch hour. I asked him the day before, when I knew I had to be there, if it would embarrass him if I ate with him. He said, "yes, but I love you, so if you want to, you can." Well, I didn't because I would never want to embarrass that sweet boy. But that did make my heart feel good that he would suffer mortification just to make me happy. And he did give me a hug before he sent me on my way.

3. Watching Oldest Daughter be utterly lost in violin class. Man, has it been a struggle this year. It's a group class and she's not the only one completely confused, let me tell you. Last night, I stayed in class reading a book on my iPhone while she suffered through. Every few minutes I would glance up to see if she'd figured things out yet. Nope. I honestly think she bluffed her way through entire hour. After a while I started laughing and shaking my head. She was really hamming it up for me, looking like she was Itzhak Perlman. I couldn't stop laughing and started filming her on my phone which just made it worse. The teacher was completely oblivious, which might explain why no one knows what's going on! Then on the way home we blasted Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts. It was one of those happy moments. What can I say? I heart that girl.

4. Seeing Y.S. sitting on his bed, with his nose up in a book. Nuff said.

5. Having a full-on conversation with Big Girl about how in Barbie's version of The Princess and The Pauper, Erica is really dressed up like Annaleise, so Preminger won't be able to take over the palace and that's why, at that particular time in the movie, Erica has blonde hair and not brown. So confusing for a preschooler but I think we got it figured out.

6. Watching Husband hold B.G's hand everywhere she went on Halloween, so she wouldn't get hit by the crazies driving their kids through the neighborhood.

7. The brain box. (If you don't know, please ask.)

8. A clean house. (See #7)

That's it. Anything fun, happy, interesting happening in your neck of the woods? I'd love to hear about it right after you fix that no-reply problem. (Toni--I think you're my one reader that's fine.)


Rob said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think I don't know how to check the box, which is kind of a surprise given my background. Which box? Where do I go to check it?

J, K and L said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i'm with rob...i need a how-to on the box thingie. (and i've been on blogger for a few years, but it keeps changing on me, i guess.)

my happiness of the week is being home & getting to see my husband for the weekend. (he's two+ hours away for this month doing his peds rotation.)

Melanie Jacobson said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Learning about the Brain Box made it onto my list. Thanks for the heads up and the convo. I look forward to ORDER.

Momma Lynne said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I saw the Brain Box in action, when I was visiting your family last week, and I am impressed. It really works well. Is it copyrighted? If not, I suggest you use it in one of your novels.

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mom--go check the box that says 'show my email' on your profile so I can email you back when you respond.

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

And yes, I'm sure it's copyrighted as the idea comes from a published book. Maybe I could get permission though. :-)

Momma Lynne said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Which website are you telling me to check 'show my email' in my profile?