It’s a Rust Belt Girl roundup for an end of the work week that also coincides with the beginning of
CRAZY summer vacation.
Going with the “roundup” theme, I can say that the cows are loose, having broken the fence, and now they’re just roving around the plains willy nilly. (I know I’m impressing you with my vast knowledge of cowpoke life right now.)
Let’s be real. There are no cows. The cows are the items on my to-do lists, lists which don’t actually exist anymore, because so much of my life has gone digital.
I used to have real paper-and-pen lists: meal plans and menus, work to-dos based on deadline, and post-its galore with snippets of story ideas. Concrete things I could hold in my fingers. Then I’d go about numbering the items according to importance.
What happened? Hmm. Could it be that I jumped on social media last year, and my lists are collateral damage?
Whatever. The upshot: I’m bringing back the lists, because they’re real.
Because…my children (though they are playing virtual FIFA soccer at the moment) are real. Their need to be fed and watered (and maybe even educated and socialized even on the hottest days) is real. Yep, it is really summer now, and they are really home—ALL DAY LONG.
You don’t need to be a mom to lose your cows—or to rein them in (or is that only with horses?).
With two work deadlines looming, these cows will dominate my lists for the next little bit. But, fear not, I will leave time for creative writing and tinkering, literary agent soliciting and journal submitting…and even dreaming—doing some of that right here.
What’s on your reading and writing list this weekend, this summer?
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