So, yesterday we were completely snowed in. School was called off the night before and our kids still got up at 6:30.
Someone needs to educate them in the appropriate way to enjoy a snow day.
It snowed all day, and we ended up getting a good foot. Since we're at the end of a cul-de-sac, we now have a mountain of snow in front of our house.
The kids are in heaven.
I've lived in Illinois my entire life, and this is the first year I just HATE driving in this stuff. I think it's because my van doesn't handle so well and I get stuck a lot. (Which means I hold up traffic and if you know me in real life, you know I hate to hold other people up. I sweat and get all flushed in the face.)
Never mind the insane amount of people who don't care if they hold me up...for whatever reason I am genetically engineered to worry.
Even about being in people's way on the road. Or in the grocery store. Or in line at the bank.
Notice I took all these photos from inside the house.
My son was out playing in it, but came in soaked to the gills.
(Is that a real saying? "Soaked to the gills"?)
Anyway, everyone needed the day of good rest. I didn't wear make-up or shower till about 5 p.m. The kids lounged around in p.j.'s and drank warm drinks, then closed out the night with a rousing game of Disney's Scene It.
I won. :) (And trust me, that never happens!)
Highly recommend this game for families. It's really SO fun!
Anyway, I do have a bit of big(ish) news to share...I made a decision to do something I always talk myself out of doing... I started an etsy shop.
There are a million reasons NOT to do this (and believe me, I've thought of them all...) but I guess I sort of realized that just because I'm a writer (and that IS my primary focus) doesn't mean I shut off the other things I love. I think sometimes we get so focused on the advice we receive we forget that none of us fits perfectly into a box.
For instance, it would seem that I should focus solely on building my brand as a writer...and that seems to be the most logical thing to do...but I'm a novelist who likes to create...so who says I can only do one or the other? (This is me talking myself into it again...)
My shop isn't open yet and I haven't thought of a name, but I've ordered supplies and things are moving.
And yes, once again, I'm filled with doubt and insecurity.
Someone tell me I'll outgrow this, please?
I'm going to be selling original mixed media canvases and prints and possibly some of my dad's handmade wooden goods (candle holders, jewelry boxes, cutting boards)...I'm still working to get him to sign the release forms to let me boss him around.
So far, he's not having it.
I don't know how any of it will go...I just know that it's something I want to do, so why not, right?
Do you have something you've been wanting to try but haven't (because of time/money/inexperience or anything else?) What is it and what keeps you from moving forward? I'd love to hear...maybe we can hop into this journey together...?
Stay warm out there, friends!