Loisanne's Blog

The meandering path of my life

Yay! A New Computer!

Ok, no picture for this one. I haven’t had a chance to download any…LOL. I’m so happy and excited though. Wouldn’t you be if your computer crapped out on you and you got a new one?

This one is way nicer than my last one. I think it’s going to take me some time to get used to it too. That’s ok. I”m having a blast.

Sorry, I’d love to stay and chat more but I gotta go play!

Ciao!

April 24, 2010 Posted by | Life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Camera

Yay! I finally got myself a new camera!

It’s nothing fancy, quite cheap really, but it takes pictures and some video. I love it. I’ve missed not having a camera. This time I bought the extended warranty for it. I don’t want to be without a camera again. I had so much fun with the last one.

What sort of camera is it, you ask? It’s teal blue. LOL. More? It’s a Sanyo. Don’t ask me anything more about it, because I can’t remember at the moment. I think it was 12 megapixels and 4X zoom…but not sure since I looked at a lot of cameras.

I love getting a tax refund! I got my state and now waiting on my federal. I’ve got lots to do with it. I need the brakes fixed on my car. At least I think that’s what’s wrong with it. It squeeks when I stop. Next, I need to get my lawnmower fixed. I also need to get a new stove. Something is going wrong with the propane too, so I’m thinking about going all electric, so I might be getting an electric stove. I’ll have to get an electric water heater too if I do that. That means I’ll have to get an electrician to come out and do some modifications. We’ll have to see what the cost comparisons are. I could use a new air conditioner too. And a new push mower would be nice. I need new windshield wipers too.

And the list goes on…LOL.

I’ll do as much with it as I can. I just hope I get all the necessary things done….like the car and the lawnmower and a decision made about whether or not to stay with propane or change out everything for electric. Those are the main concerns.

Ok, enough of my dreaming. How about I tell you what’s been going on with the rest of my life?

LOL…not much really. Ok, yeah, I did talk to Timothy on the phone last night. It was nice. It felt like old times. It’s strange how much has happened between us…and how long it’s been since we talked…and it’s like nothing ever happened and we just talk and laugh like old times. It’s actually kinda nice to have that with someone.

Joseph decided to break down and call his Dad. It wouldn’t have happened except Joe said he’d get the tux rental for Joseph’s prom. Joseph said everything went pretty good…better than he expected…and he’s going to start going back to his Dad’s again. I’m glad things went good. I just hope Joe continues to behave himself so he can have a good relationship with his grown son.

I’ve almost finished the outline to my story! Yeah, I know, I’ve been saying that for a while now. I haven’t been working on it very much lately though. Sometimes life gets really busy and keeps you from being able to focus on other things. Anyway, I just have the end scene where the final act takes place. I’ve written outline up to the point where they talk about their plan to take out the bad dude. I leave it hanging. I can’t tell the reader the plan. Next comes the plan in action. I know how it will all end…and I’ve thought out a few scenarios on how that’s going to happen, I just have to fill in some details. I think I’m going to work in a seperate notebook so I can play with it a bit. Won’t be long now though. Then I’ll be able to start typing it up on the computer again…assuming I can get the computer fixed. I’d really like to get a new one (fingers crossed).

Ok, abrupt ending here. I gotta go help Joseph color his hair.

Ciao!

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Another day in the life…

Today was a rough day. It was Saturday. That should explain it all there. This one was even more rough than usual though. I’m really tired and my feet are violently protesting the fact that I stood on them all day. The work day is over now though and I survived.

I wish my feet and legs didn’t hurt so much. I would go outside and work in my yard if I could somehow numb myself from the knees down…LOL. The rest of me is good to go. It sucks getting older. It’s better than the alternative though…LOL.

I’m really loving this time of year. It’s so beautiful outside. Sometimes I wish it could be like this all the time, but I know it would lose it’s specialness if it was. We wouldn’t look forward to it or enjoy it nearly as much if every day were a beautiful spring day. It goes by too fast though. There’s not enough time to do all the things that need to be done…that I want to do.

Time to change the subject before I get depressed…LOL.

Hmmm…what to change it to? I guess I’m sadly lacking in conversation skills this evening. It makes me wonder why I decided to make a post…LOL. I know, you’re probably wondering the same thing yourself.

I guess I’ll give up and try again another time. The sun is setting and I think I’ll go get a wine cooler and sit on the front porch and watch it. I love this time of day.

Ciao!

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Life | Leave a comment

Writing Rant: The Lost Works of…

 

Have you ever lost some of your writing? Something you were working on…in a computer file, a notebook, a scrap of paper…and suddenly it was gone? Forever? If you’ve been writing for while, I’m sure your answer is an aggravated “YES”.

Don’t you just hate that? All that work…gone.

Well, as you might have already guessed, that happened to me a week or so ago. It was a notebook. The notebook I was taking with me to work every day and spending my lunch hour writing in. And let me tell you, things were going good. I was writing some awesome outline, figuring out plot points, character development, working my way to the brilliant ending, when it happened. I lost it. No, I have no idea where I left it. To tell the truth, I guess it could possibly be somewhere here in the house still. I haven’t checked under the bed or couches. It’s not a likely spot though.

Anyway, I was kinda bummed out…for a few minutes. Yep, surprised me too. I thought I would have been much more upset. I’m not though. I just got one of my other notebooks and started over. Oh, it’s not as detailed in places as the first one was, but the general idea is the same. Actually though, some ideas have been altered slightly. I find I like the alterations better than the original. It just helps to validate my belief that everything happens for a reason. Maybe losing that notebook was a good thing…?

So, with the way this has turned out, it makes me wonder…what sort of things might I come up with if I had to write other parts of the outline over? Hmmm. Maybe it’s a good thing to go back and re-write things without looking at your notes. Who knows what your subconcious might come up with at a different time?

I could compare it to hacking a trail through the jungle, looking for a destination. Your path might twist and turn all the way, and while you finally reach your destination, if you travelled that path again, you might find a better way to get there now that you know where you’re going.

Another analogy might be…watching a movie. Some movies, take Sixth Sense for example, are wonderful to watch the first time. But when you see it the second time, or third, you see things you didn’t see the first time. The complexity and meaning grows and astounds you.

I think losing my notebook was a blessing for me. It not only forced to me “try again”, it made me realize that maybe just because I come up with an idea to move my story forward, it doesn’t mean that has to be the way it happens. It’s just the idea that I came up with at that time. Maybe my subconcious will come up with a better idea later. I have to give it the chance though. That’s where going back over old (front of the book) material could benefit the story.

I’m really excited to have discovered this concept. I hope I remember it and put it to good use…without having to lose anything else…LOL.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Rant, Writing | , , | Leave a comment

I love spring!

Yeah, I know, so does everyone else.

This is my favorite time of year. There are trees blooming and the grass is growing and I have lots of perennials bursting from the ground. The weather is so nice, I’ve been leaving my front door open. I don’t mind the few wasps that like to come in and investigate. We respect each others personal space…LOL.

I just wish I had more energy, time and money when it comes to spring. I love working in my yard and I always seem to be lacking at least one of those things (more often than not, all three). I do the best I can though. So far, I’ve cleaned out my pond, done some weeding around it and fixed one of the raised flowerbeds on the side of my porch.

That is only the tip of the iceberg that is my yard.

I have tons of catching up to do. It seems like an overwhelming task. All is not lost though. I have been able to divide the tasks into manageable chunks so far. I have been doing a little at a time, just enough to see a little progress, and that works for me. It’s a great strategy because so far, I’ve already got more done this spring than I did the entire last spring and summer.

I think the biggest motivator that I’ve had has been the pictures of my yard from a couple of years ago…before the ice storm. I was amazed at how wonderful my yard looked. I want that back. I am going to get that back.

When I get my computer back, I think I’ll post some pictures of my yard “before”, “now” (how embarassing), and “after” when I get it all finished.

I’m so excited!

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Life | , , | Leave a comment