7QT: [Of course I clicked "Publish" without putting in a title]

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I’m over at Real Housekeeping today, doing the Clean-Up Link-Up and showing off my mad painting/office rearranging skillz.

Everyone’s welcome!  Clean your house with us, one little task at a time.

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Speaking of Real Housekeeping… I am looking for contributions of the quality kind.  Read this and this and, if it interests you, shoot me a post/inquiry at editor “at” realhousekeeping “dot” com.

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Hope is on Spring Break, so Jared, with all his free time (ha), took us all on a little mini vaycay Monday and Tuesday.  Destination?  The Great White North…


…a.k.a. Traverse City, Michigan.

Jared found a super-duper great deal on a nice hotel (because what crackpot people go NORTH for Spring Break? I ask you) and so we went.  We paid cash for everything, too!  Dave Ramsey would be proud of us.

Old Mission Lighthouse, and the 45th Parallel.  The 45th also runs just north of my parents' house, but it's a bit warmer there in OR than it is in Traverse City.

Old Mission Lighthouse, and the 45th Parallel. The 45th also runs just north of my parents’ house, but it’s a bit warmer in OR than it is in Traverse City.



Interesting buildings downtown.

Interesting buildings downtown.

Popcorn that looks and tastes exactly like Cap't Crunch.

Popcorn that looks and tastes exactly like Captain Crunch.

We asked a friend from Traverse City what we should do and see.  She then queried her TC Facebook friends.  Top must-see tourist attraction?  The Germ Tree at the mall.

I think they were joking.

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I’ve read that writers should keep track of their work time as a means of increasing productivity and word counts.  I’m not one to keep up an Excel sheet, but being a happy Ubuntu end-user, I went in search of a (free) timer program in the Ubuntu Software Center.  I found this.

Yesterday I had both the early morning and the morning to work (woohoo!). I tracked my time for each task, then sorted from greatest to least.


Interesting, no?  At least it’s interesting to me.  The “Household” time was spent doing taxes.  That I only spent 20 minutes wasting time is, I think, a HUGE accomplishment.  That I spent zero time reading blogs (not quite true, but close) and working on the novel (very true) is telling.  Makes me want to flip those numbers around.

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Added to my design portfolio (click image to enlarge):

FINAL_motherwithgrace_concept5_vertical_nohalo_BLACK FINAL_motherwithgrace_concept5_vertical_nohalo_GREENThe fine ladies requesting this logo wanted something Marian in feeling, with a rose.  Last I heard, however, they hadn’t decided between green or no green in the type, so I include them both here for your viewing pleasure.

Another logo:

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This one was for my husband, who wanted something very specific for a new project of his.

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Last week I mentioned the possibility of doing April’s Camp NaNo.

The jury’s still out on whether or not I will, in fact, do it.  I’ve got a “feeling” that maybe I shouldn’t.  I wasn’t going to set an outrageously high goal for myself, but… still.  Gut feeling.

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I wanted to share some videos with you, but I’m already 22 minutes over my allotted time for 7QTs.  Next week, then!


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5 thoughts on “7QT: [Of course I clicked "Publish" without putting in a title]

  1. Ha! I love the title . . . and the chutzpah to go north to Traverse for break! :) All I dream of is the day spring takes over Detroit . . . and it is safe to drive again without having to dodge craters on the roads! Traverse is beautiful any time of year, though – so peaceful. Hope you had fun! Loved your posts on discovering your vocation as a writer and how it is a maternal thing to author. Loved it – gives me a lot of food for thought as I try to discern my own call to create “something” in addition to raising the two hooligans. Glad to have wandered over here from Quick Takes!


    • Thanks for stopping by! A fellow Michigander—good stuff. Though I’m not sure I can call myself a Michigander yet. Anyway. Yes, Traverse City. It was lovely in its frozen way, and we could see why people would go there in the summer. I’d LOVE to go to Sleeping Bear Dunes when the weather is better — perhaps this fall for a weekend.


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