Monday, September 30

My Weekend in Pictures

On Friday we went to a football game at the local high school. 
Sadly, we lost horribly, but it was still fun! =)

On Saturday we went to the Highland Games. It was a bit lame (not much going on), but I still had fun.

I'm not really glaring at the camera, it was very bright out, LOL.

Here's a slightly better picture of us.

After that we went up to Granny & Pawpaw's for the night. On Sunday we celebrated Pawpaw's 80th birthday with a family BBQ, then we headed home to rest and relax =)

What were you guys up to this weekend?

Friday, September 27

Links of the Week

Book News & Writing:

--How to Support an Author's New Book: 11 Ideas For You. I do most of these already (except for the library), but it's still nice to have them in list form =)

--10 Reasons Why Paperbacks Rule. Cute pictures =)

--JK Rowling: "I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life." As if I need another reason to love JK more. She helped me through my childhood (I was eleven when the first book came out), and has been a trusted friend and ally ever since.

--Writing and Publishing Advice From Author Hugh Howey via Julie Dao. I really liked his points. I don't agree with all of them (for example: SIX CPs? Is he crazy? Maybe two or three plus a bunch of betas, but not six, IMO).

--12 Days of Glory. Do you remember my post on Wednesday about writing 10K in one day? The same author discusses how she wrote a novel in 12 days. I used her chart to begin my own.


--Actors Reprise Their Most Iconic Roles. I loved this! How many of them have you seen?

--NASA Will Pay You $18,000 to Stay in Bed for 70 Days. Really, there's no other category for me to place this under. 18K to stay in bed? Sounds nice, until you realize how long that really is. Plus the fact that you can't get up to go to the bathroom or bathe makes it lose its appeal, personally.


--Early Roman Period Mansion Discovered! This is so cool! I love this sort of stuff. If I was a bit more adventurous, I would have become an archaeologist (hence all of my anthropology/archaeology classes in university).

--Researchers Build 'Google Earth' Project for the Ancient World. This is a wonderful idea, and I'm surprised they haven't done it sooner.

--Finnish Archaeologist Digs Up Ancient Civilization in Brazil. *squees* Although this isn't my area of expertise, I did take numerous classes on South America, both with history and anthropology. I loved them. I wish I could be in university right now--I'm sure my professors are drooling over this.

--Royal Toothbrush Found in Rio. Nope, I'm not kidding. A toothbrush. It sounds weird, but it actually is a significant find.

--Scientist Finds Manuscript with First English Recipes for Iced Chocolate Desserts. Now this is my kind of manuscript.


--Dear Parents, You Need to Control Your Kids. Sincerely, Non-Parents. I was skeptical about the title, until I read the letter. Definitely worth the read. I do think parents need to be harder on their children, but it is not my place to comment or ridicule someone who is clearly dealing with a toddler. Toddlers are made of pure evil about 90% of the time. Pure. Evil.

--Colbert Loses it Over Twitter's Racist Comments to Indian Miss America. Seriously, WTF is wrong with people? I'm a writer and I couldn't make this shit up. Just boggles my mind.

--8-Year-Old Boy Asks Santa to End His Sister's Bullying. So sweet, and so sad at the same time.

--The 35 Most Spectacular Wildlife Photos From The National Geographic Photo Contest. I love pictures of wildlife, especially PG-13 ones (I do not like seeing animals being eaten). They're all spectacular, but I love number three the most ;)

Sorry it is such a long post today, but I had a few stacked up since I didn't do one last week. Anyway, I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! =)

Wednesday, September 25

10,000 Words a Day & Grammarly

[I used Grammarly's proofreading software to check this post because I have an innate curiosity for all things related to grammar, which includes online editing software.]

Okay, so this is going to be a bit of a mishmash post about writing. I hope that's okay with you guys? Well, it doesn't really matter if it isn't, since I'm the one writing this. Muah hahahhaha!


Anyway, I've wanted to discuss a blog post I came across a few weeks ago, but I kept putting it off or forgetting about it entirely. I strongly suggest you read it, but for the purposes of this post, I will give you a quick overview:

The author, Rachel Aaron discusses how she went from writing 2000 words a day to 10,000 words a day by using three key things: Knowledge, Time, and Enthusiasm.

Impressive, right?

Now, I don't know about you, but I sincerely doubt this author's daily word goal creates good words. In fact, I've had this conversation with a few of you quite recently. How can the story be any good if you're just spewing the words onto the page? That's not to say the author is not talented, or that her stories aren't good (I've never read a book by Rachel Aaron, so I can't say for sure either way). All I'm saying is that her first draft must be hideous. I mean, shudder and squint your eyes to avoid looking at it level of hideous.

I mean, c'mon. 10K a day is a bit crazy, no matter how you look at it. Then again, she ends up with a first draft in a matter of days. Her story is down on paper (or screen, as the case likely is), which means she can now tackle revisions. Granted, those revisions likely require a blowtorch, an axe, and shocking amounts of duct tape, but still, she can revise what she has to make it shine!

Although I don't necessarily agree with the number of words she aims for, I do like the rest of her blog post. In it, she discusses how to use the three keys mentioned above to meet your goals. I've been using them for the past few weeks and my word count has slowly climbed up the ladder. I can easily sit down and write 2000 words now.

1. Know what you're going to write before you write it. I've always been a planster (plotter and a panster mixed into one horrible mess), but I generally get stuck in a scene and don't know which way to go. Before sitting down to write my latest chapter, however, I made a detailed outline and what do you know, the words jumped onto the page and stuck.

2. Track your time to figure out when you're the most productive. You all know I love lists, so it comes as no surprise that I adore this point. I opened up Excel and created a lovely spreadsheet to keep track of the times I write, how much I write, and where I am when I write. After several weeks, I've noticed a pattern. I write the most in the afternoon between 2 and 4 pm (which is likely attributed to my daily writing schedule with Jena Lang), and lo and behold, at a coffee shop away from the house. I can easily write 1000+ words in an hour at Starbucks. I don't know how clean those words are, but they aren't atrocious. I do plan on cleaning them up (obviously), but it's so nice to have them down on figurative paper.

3. No matter the scene, find something that makes you enthusiastic. This one is pretty obvious, but a lot of people don't include it in their "keys to success." As writers, we're supposed to be enthusiastic about our entire story, but we all know that's not always the case. Most of the time we're told to grit our teeth and push past the obstacles, but Rachel Aaron suggests that we find something we are excited about in the scene to get us through. If there isn't anything there, maybe you should rethink that scene to include something exciting. If there is at least one thing you love in every scene, you'll make it through just fine.

So there you have it, the three keys to writing 10K a day. I strongly suggest you read her original blog post, since I can't do it justice. Again, I don't really agree with writing 10K a day, though I do know many people who write that quickly. Still, her post is interesting, and it's certainly helped boost my numbers, which is always a good thing ;)

*This post is being sponsored by Grammarly, who asked me to give an honest review in exchange for a gift card. 

I put this blog post through their system and was both impressed and concerned by what they pointed out. First and foremost, they are very detailed, which surprised me. They point out everything. This is good because you can see if there's a problem emerging, but it's also bad because they point out things that are technically correct. Contractions are perfectly fine to use in a blog post and in creative writing. If I was writing an academic essay, then they would have been correct to point it out, but I wasn't. On top of that, they had a lot of issues with "you" vs "I". Spelling was also a concern for them (they wanted to change "muah hahahahaha" to "much happens." Loses its diabolical appeal, doesn't it?) Overall, I would say it's not worth paying the money if you're going to use it for blog posts or creative writing.

However, I do think Grammarly is useful for students. They pointed out a lot of technical jargon that simply isn't required in creative writing. My only concern is that sometimes they pointed out potential issues rather than actual issues, which is fine if you know what they're talking about. If you don't know though, it could get you in trouble.

Overall, it was entertaining to use. As an extra set of eyes, it was very handy =)*

Tuesday, September 24

Happy Birthday Powell!

That's right, today Powell turns one! I can't believe it's already here. We got him when he was just over seven weeks old--just a wee little thing--and now he's massive! When he stands on his back legs, we can dance with him, lol!

Day One! Just over 7 weeks old.
On the way home from picking him up in North Carolina!

He could barely walk in the grass. I called him my drunken sailor.


Visiting with the in-laws for the first time! 
It had been a VERY long day by this point.

Cuddling with mommy.

Being a cutie.

Playing in the leaves =)

"Look at me, I'm sitting so handsomely!"

Sleeping under his very first Christmas tree!

Playing in the snow. Look how big his ears are!

The Cone of Shame

I have no words, LOL.

Cuddling with his reindeer (who he later decapitated)

He went through a period where his ears couldn't decide if they wanted to be up or down.

He's got this jaunty, bad-ass ear thing going on.
And he's adorable.

Look at my handsome man! 
(Note the carrot in the background: his favorite treat)

"I have NO idea how this got stuck on my head..."

What a big baby! He still lets my DH do this, though it's a bit more difficult now...

"Go outside?"

Powell sitting beside his new puppy degrees! ;)

"I'm such a smart boy! Treat?"

"Okay, I can explain..."

Look how grownup he is! 

"Grrr! Let's play!"

"I was digging in the backyard..."

Sleepy time!

Waiting for the Frisbee with my buddy, Charlie.

Lounging after a hard day's work.

"I love my Frisbee."

Super dogs!

Sleeping in the bed.

He looks so regal!

Still sleeping like he did when he was a puppy....

Cuddling with the pillows.

Showing off his bow tie

"Here, Mommy, I brought you your shoe!"

Lookin' handsome!

Happy Birthday, Powell!
You're a pain in the butt, but Mommy loves you! ;)

Friday, September 20

Writing Update


Typically I do a Links of the Week post on Fridays, but I didn't gather enough links this week to make it worth your while. Sorry! Next week for sure ;)

Instead, I've decided to do another writing update. Since last week, I've written 6424 words! I only wrote five of the eight days since my last post, (these figures do not include today) so I'm very happy with those numbers! I wanted to write every day of course, but sometimes life gets in the way. Not much you can do about that!

Except for one off day, I wrote over a 1000 words a day. In some cases, 1500 to 2000! My goal now is to write 1500 a day, with the hopes of 2000. I won't be bummed if I don't reach those, because no matter what I'm getting words out. They are a bit rough, but my plan is to write with abandon for a few days to get the scene down, then go back and tidy it up before sending it to my Alpha.

On top of that, I reached 50, 000 words on my story yesterday! I have a feeling I'm going to go over 100K, which is fine since I know I'm going to go back and cut stuff out. When I wrote Warrior Branded, I reached 110K before trimming it down to 102K. I have no problems cutting words out when they're not needed, but I don't like to do it before the story is finished. Once I'm in the editing stage, I can shift things around to see the pace, and then decide from there whether or not to keep certain passages.

For those of you wondering about my coffee shop sessions, they are going very well. I love driving out to Starbucks or the local coffee shop, Cups, to get my work done. No internet and no distractions. My word count reflects how well this approach works for me.

So what about you guys? How are your stories coming along? Any news? Do you like coffee shops for writing/working?

Wednesday, September 18

Blah Day

Had a rough night with my arms and the giant bump on my forehead, so I don't have much to say here. Hopefully I'll be more awake tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 17

My Weekend

Hello all!

I hope you guys had a good weekend. Mine was pretty busy, as usual. On Friday the husband and I went to Longhorn Steakhouse for a mini date. It was delicious--and definitely not "diet" food, but I figure I've been good, so what the heck. At least it was real food and not fast food.  Anyway, we were hoping to go see the newest Riddick movie afterwards, but it was too late, so instead we went to Pet Smart and ran some errands (we really know how to live it up).

On Saturday we made our way over to the in-laws' house to watch the Virginia Tech vs East Carolina University game. It was ugly (what the hell happened to our kicker?) but we did win. After that we ran some more errands (groceries, gas, bank, etc...)

Bright and early Sunday morning (and I'm talking EARLYearly), we drove to the airport. My husband had a business trip of sorts to Tucson, Arizona for two days. Once I said goodbye to him, I drove home and went back to bed for several hours (duh). I eventually got up and did some laundry, washed the dishes, and other stuff around the house before I drove to Starbucks and did some writing. Man, I love writing there. I think my hubby has the right of it--the caffeine in the air helps me concentrate. After that I went to my in-laws' house for sandwiches.

Monday morning rolled around, and I had such great plans. I wanted to go back to Starbucks and write for a few hours since the hubby wasn't here, but instead I got a concussion! I was playing with Powell when I bent down to grab the tennis ball at the same time that he jumped up, causing our heads to collide. I have bruising and some swelling, and it hurts A LOT. I ended up getting a wicked headache and some nausea, which threw off my entire day. It did eventually go away (thankfully), but I didn't accomplish a lot because of it. Later, I went out to dinner, then I went and picked up the hubby from the airport.

Phew, it was a lot of running around, but I think it went well (other than the whole concussion incident). The hubby took today off to recover from his whirlwind trip, so we're going to head to B&N (books, glorious books!) and then the movie theatre to see Riddick! =)

What did you guys do this weekend?

Monday, September 16

Friday, September 13

Links of the Week


--50 Weird Scottish Words.  This is more of a writing post for myself and anyone else who has stories set in Scotland. I knew most of the words, but some were new to me.

--10 Rules for Writing First Drafts. I always like lists. Lists, lists, lists!

--10 Things Writers Are Tired of Hearing. This post made me snicker the whole way through. So true!

Book News:

--Rules of Scoundrels anti-spoiler alert. Okay, I adore Sarah MacLean's regency romances, so I am VERY intrigued by this post. How can it completely take the romance world by storm? WHO IS CHASE? *shakes computer screen* If you haven't read this series, you should definitely try it. I love her books.

--The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers. I thought this was interesting.

Random Stuff:

--A sweet wedding proposal. The title of the article says the girlfriend's reveal veers off plan, but I don't quite see how...

--Wedding Dress Made from Bread Bag Clips. Okay, I seem to be on a bit of a wedding kick, but I swear it's just a coincidence. This is SO COOL, and the dress is actually quite pretty. I wonder if it was uncomfortable? How would you sit? Wouldn't all of the birds in the park come after you? I mean, I know your dress isn't made of bread, but bread bag clips have to smell a bit like bread...don't they? Shhh, it's early in the morning and I'm sleepy.

--23 People Who Are WAY More Awkward Than You. This made me snicker.

--Teenager's Invention Could Clean Oceans of Garbage Within 5 Years. Holy crap! The video is a little long, but it's worth it. He makes it seem so simple. I wonder what the big scientists think of his design. Would it work?

--20 Years Ago Today, Our Friend Bill Nye Changed My Life. Just to make you feel really old, Bill Nye's show aired 20 years ago earlier this week. I grew up on his videos, so this makes me happy and sad. Where has the time gone?

--Man Wakes Up From Surgery, Realizes He's Married to a Beautiful Woman. I have no idea if this is real or not (see Jimmy Kimmel's twerking hoax), but it's really cute either way. =)

You're welcome.

Huh, no history articles to share with you this week! Sorry! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend =)

Thursday, September 12

Writing Update

Hello everyone! Time for a writing update.

Sadly, not as much progress this time around. Only 2493 words, but I did manage to finish a particularly annoying chapter. The reason I didn't get as many words out is 100% my fault (obviously). I kept coming across redundant passages, so I'd delete. Sadly, several thousand words lost their lives to this terrible tragedy.

Now that I'm done that horrendous chapter, I'm outlining the next few scenes so I know exactly where I'm headed. I'm trying to let go of the reins a bit here and just write, but I know that means revisions will suck later on. I figure so long as I keep detailed notes on things I want/need to add in, I'll be fine. Besides, for some of these things it might be better to add them in once the whole story is done, that way I can see exactly where to start each thread. 
My handsome writing buddy, Powell.
That's my dad in the background.

In other news, my CP Jena Lang came up with the wonderful idea of writing together once a day for an hour =) I've really liked it so far; I enjoy having a set time to write/outline/research.

Along the same lines, my DH has a meeting tonight for Scouts, so I'm going to go to Starbucks and write for a few hours! I'm very excited. This time I'm going to a real Starbucks and not the one in B&N. I'm going to try and warm up for the event by spending the entire afternoon outlining and writing. I'd love to write over my word goal for the day!

So there you have it. I'm still on track for finishing November 1st, but I need to get my butt in the chair. Things have been distracting me around here, but that's no excuse! NO EXCUSES!!!! 


So how are your stories going?

Tuesday, September 10

Weight Loss & Exercise Update!

When I wrote the first post in this series, I never expected the outpouring of support and encouragement I received. My inbox was flooded with emails, Facebook messages and comments, and Tweets. I even received a few texts! To be honest, it shocked the hell out of me. I had no idea why that post in particular garnered such a response. I didn't say anything profound--I simply commented on my weight loss journey so far. And yet, the majority of comments revolved around me being honest and sharing my experiences in an open manner. 

I've always prided myself on being honest with people, even if it doesn't always go well for me. I see no point in hiding the truth, especially when it stares you so plainly in the face.

After thinking about it for a while, however, I see why people connected to that post in particular. Yes, I was honest, but I was honest about a very sensitive matter. Two, actually, if you want to include depression in there as well. No, I did not post my actual weight (I'm saving that for a big reveal at the end of my journey), but I didn't shy away from my issues either. Most people lie about their problems and pretend nothing is wrong. I see no benefit to such an arrangement, but to each their own.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reached out to me! It meant a lot =)

Okay, on to the actual update. I can now happily say that I have lost and kept off 25 pounds. I haven't weighed myself yet today, so I have no idea if I've lost more. My pants are VERY baggy on me now, to the point where I can't wear them out of the house. It looks like I'm wearing clown pants. I'm happy about the weight loss, of course, but it makes picking outfits difficult at times. I've been reduced to wearing some older capris I had in my closet (but hadn't worn in over 2 years, LOL!)

Sadly my arms have been hurting a lot over the past few days, which makes it difficult to do elliptical, but I'm trying to stay positive! So long as I keep to the points, I should lose weight even without the additional exercise. That definitely helps me, personally. I love working out (well, okay, I like it as much as a normal person likes working out), but on the days where I simply can't, it's nice to know I'm not losing any ground. If I was just relying on exercise, I would feel horribly guilty if I missed a day or two.

So there you have it! What have you been up to this week?

Monday, September 9

My Weekend: Books, Movies, and Writing (oh my!)

Hello all!

I hope you guys had a pleasant weekend. I was all by my lonesome (except for the puppy, of course). The husband went camping with Scouts so I was left to my own devices. On Friday night I hung out and talked to friends. I also watched part of EVER AFTER, but decided to stop to get some writing done. I only managed a few hundred words, but it's better than nothing!

Saturday I woke up bright and early to run an errand for the husband, then I stopped at B&N (my favorite store, as you all know) and bought a few books, including The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell and Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. I haven't been able to read the former yet, but I whipped through the latter within thirty minutes. It's a very short book (obviously, since I'm not the Flash) but it is profound. I suggest everyone buys that book--you don't need to be an artist for it to help you with your daily life.

Every little tidbit in this book was wonderful. I felt so inspired after reading it. As the title foreshadows, the book discusses how we find inspiration and how we should use it to succeed. Kleon suggests that we steal everything, which I balked at in the beginning. My university education made me fear the giant P word (plagiarism *shudders*) so even a hint of theft makes me break out in a cold sweat. Kleon, however, goes on to explain that everything we do is theft, it's just how we deal with it that matters.  He also has several wonderful points about being a creative person and how we fit everything into our day-to-day lives. Highly recommended!

Anyway, after going to B&N I went home and wrote for a few hours. After that I went out to dinner and a movie with my husband's aunt and cousin. We saw WE'RE THE MILLERS, which was surprisingly hilarious. I always worry they show all of the funny parts in the trailers, but that wasn't the case with this film.

Once I was back home, I was exhausted. I finished watching EVER AFTER and went to bed. I wanted to write, but my eyes were closing of their own accord lol.

Sunday was my favorite day of the whole weekend! I got up early and went to B&N. After doing a bit more shopping (hehehe), I went to the Starbucks Cafe and wrote for just over an hour (I wanted to stay longer, but I needed to pick up the hubby). I ended up with just under 700 words! I was shocked and so pleased with myself. I just stuck my headphones in and disappeared into my own little world. I didn't even connect to the wi-fi. Afterwards I felt so inspired, I looked at my schedule for the next few weeks to see when I could go to a coffee shop and write. Good news is, I should be able to go on Thursday evening, but I might need to go before then. The husband has also suggested we go to this fancy library in the county. It's gorgeous from the outside, but I've never been in. DH was there a little while ago for a meeting and he said it's really nice, and they have a cafe inside too! Sounds like heaven, doesn't it? I'm hoping I can get him to go on Saturday ;)

So how was your weekend? Do anything fun or productive?? Have you ever tried writing in a cafe? How did it work for you? I found I enjoyed the "event" of going out specifically to write. It meant I couldn't goof around, because I drove there to do work. I also LOVED not having any distractions, like the internet or my puppy lol.

Friday, September 6

Links of the Week


--First Scottish Iron Age 'Loch Village" Found! This is soooo cool!!!

--8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery Today. I learned about each of these cities in various history and anthropology classes, so I found this post interesting. I've always loved a good mystery, what about you?

--Who Ruled Ancient Egypt and When: The Most Precise Timeline Yet. I still have nightmares from my last Ancient Egypt class. My professor was hardcore; we had to learn the entire chronology of Egypt, down to every last ruler. I nearly had a panic attack studying for that final, but I aced it (and then promptly forgot everything, as a good student should).


--19 Jokes Only Grammar Nerds Will Understand. It's a mishmash of old pictures, but they're entertaining and they make me giggle.

--25 Steps to Becoming a Self-Published Author. I have no current interest in self-publishing, but I found this post entertaining. It's done in the same vein as Delilah S. Dawson's post from a few weeks ago.

Book News:

--The World's 10 Top-Earning Authors. Bastards, the lot of them. Ha, but no really, holy shit they make a lot of money. I'm not sure I could even dream of having that much moola in the bank. I'm hoping for enough to scrape by, LOL.

--Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa. Very interesting! Can you imagine being the tired student who found that? I'd think I was hallucinating, LOL!

--Books for Soldiers. If you have books lying around the house that you aren't going to read again, perhaps you could send them to a soldier!

--New Life for Old Books. I'm not sure I can condone this, even if the projects are beautiful and unique. Then again, I do have some old university textbooks lying around....

--Indian Author Sushmita Banerjee Killed in Afghanistan. This is heartbreaking. Sadly, it happen every day all over the world.

Random Stuff:

--How to Fold a Fitted Sheet. This is so random, but I came across it the other day and decided to share with you guys. This lady makes it look easy--I suspect she is some sort of robot. What do you think? As well, I have an issue with her opening statement: "One of the biggest challenges you're going to face in your life is how to fold a fitted sheet." Really? One of the biggest challenges of my life? Okay then, good to know.

--Scottish Castles Cheaper than New York Apartments. Well I knew this already. Besides, who would want to live in NY when they could live in Scotland? Jesh. Priorities, people, priorities.

--28 Pictures That Prove Dreams Do Come True. Beautiful, simply beautiful. If you aren't smiling (or crying) by the end, there's no hope for you.

Thursday, September 5

Wednesday, September 4

Dealing with Negativity

This topic has been on my mind a lot recently. As writers, we deal with negativity all the time. There's no escaping it--rejections, rough critiques, bad reviews, snide comments (about our chosen profession), etc... The list truly goes on. After all this time, I expect these things to pop up from time to time. I know how to shake it off and move on. If I didn't, I'd never get anywhere.

It does catch me off guard, however, when I see negativity from fellow writers.

We all know there are some bad apples out there--every profession has them. But what I don't expect is to see it all the time. I don't know if it's because I was raised to look for the bright side, or if I naturally try to find the positives in life, but I'm sick and tired of being faced with such negativity every day. We all have our bad days/weeks/months but at some point you need to get up, shake it off, and move on with your life. If you can't take the heat in this industry, you need to rethink your life goals.

Tuesday, September 3

My Weekend!

Hello all!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend =) We were quite busy, unfortunately, so we didn't get much of a chance to settle down and relax.

On Friday, the hubby and I celebrated 7 years together. It seems like only yesterday I met him, but at the same time it feels like I've been with him forever. Time is a strange concept.

Anyway, as a date we went to the first high school football game of the season. Our team ended up winning 23-0, which was lots of fun. Even though I'll never be a big football fan (my Canadian-ness will never allow it), I do enjoy the atmosphere and I love it when a big play happens.

On Saturday we ran errands and then went to my in-laws' house for the Virginia Tech vs. Alabama game. The Hokies tried their best, but there was no way they were going to win, LOL. After that, we stayed for dinner. Granny and Pawpaw came into town for the weekend, so we spent a lot of time with them.

Sunday was very similar. We ran errands and then went to the in-laws' house for dinner again.

Yesterday we went out to lunch with the family, and then did more errands. Luckily we did get a change to play Frisbee with Powell last night (it's been raining in the late afternoon/evenings for the past few days), then we had dinner at in-laws' again. It's going to be strange going back to cooking, LOL.

So yes, a very boring (aside from the football) but productive weekend for us. What were you guys up to?
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