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1- Yes, we had an earthquake this morning in Northern Illinois. It was a 3.8 magnitude quake with an epicenter about 18 miles from our house. It woke us up at about 4 am. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne thought a semi passed our house. I suspected that it was either an earthquake or an explosion. Our lazy cat stayed asleep. The only damage was to an Ood action figure that got knocked off of a bookcase.

2- The snowstorm dropped about 10 inches over 36 hours. Caitlin spent the day watching TV. She preferred that to school.

3- [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne, [livejournal.com profile] taraoshea , and contributor Carole Barrowman (co-author with brother John Barrowman of Anything Goes and I Am What I Am ) will be at A Room Of One's Own  (Madison, WI) signing copies of Chicks Dig Time Lords on April 25th at 2pm. Some of the other contributors are also probably attending.

Plan B

Jan. 8th, 2010 11:18 am
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It's a house-husband day. I shoveled the latest snowpocalypse, took Cait to school, and started some laundry. I also managed to go to the post office to mail away a short story. I feel full of virtue. :-)

I'm taking the day off from writing since I just finished a draft of a new short story, and it needs a couple of days to percolate before I start my rewrites. Other than housework, I'll probably spend the day catching up with my reading.

We had some so-so news about Caitlin's Make-A-Wish. Though she qualified nine months ago, there's still no word from the Disney Channel or Demi Lovato's handlers about scheduling. Caitlin's Wish coordinator called me yesterday, and we decided that we're probably going to ditch this Wish and move on to Plan B unless we hear from Disney/Demi in the next two weeks.

What's Plan B? A trip to Disney World! Caitlin is pretty excited about going. Lynne's also excited since she's never been there. We'll be there for a week at their special Make-A-Wish hotel. This will be our first pure vacation since Caitlin was born.

A New Year

Jan. 4th, 2010 09:09 am
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It's still freaking cold outside. One of the things that I hate about my state is that the first week of January always sucks. If it's not a major snowstorm, it's Arctic air. The weather doesn't exactly give one a lot of incentive to leave the house and GET THINGS DONE. I would much rather cover myself in blankets while watching too many episodes of Ghost Hunters (one of my top guilty pleasures).

Like most Americans, we started a new fitness routine this morning. We're going to try to do some Yoga every morning. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne knows what she's doing, but this is my first time. I'm finding it difficult to learn from a DVD. I keep falling out of position so I can see the pose on the TV.

There's not much else going on today. I need to make a bunch of appointments for Caitlin. I also need to go grocery shopping. The adventure never ends. :-)
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Thanks to the snowpocalypse, I had a fairly laid-back birthday. Our friends Sarah and David came over with Sarah's visiting mom, Thai food, a pumpkin pie, and some lovely gifts. after dinner, we watched a bit of The Star Wars Holiday Special (Caitlin's favorite holiday special). I think another piece of Lynne's soul died. :-)

There's not much else going on around here. We had six inches of wet snow. Unfortunately for Caitlin and [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne, that wasn't enough to close the schools.

I'm finally finished with some short story revisions. It will be nice to work on some new stuff again.

Sick Day

Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:54 am
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Caitlin woke up with a sore throat that kicked off some vomiting. After sleeping for most of the morning, she just woke up with the giggles. Hopefully, this means that she will be fine by tomorrow.

On the plus side, a sick day means we don't have to go out in the heat. I'll probably spend most of my day watching her and reading my stack of Doctor Who Magazines. I'm currently reading the "200 Golden Moments" special.
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Well, a blizzard is on its way. After that, we get to enjoy sub-zero temperatures. I almost remember normal winters. *sigh*

There's not much else going on around here. Caitlin went to school today, and that gave me an opportunity to write at ye olde Panera.

*drum roll*

Titles Are Hard: My Second Novel


I have begun the long journey on the second book. There are dozens of things that are still vague in my head, but I'm sure that they will clarify as I go. This novel is going to be very different than the first. We'll see what happens. :)

The biggest plus about starting a new writing project is that I'm almost not freaking out about people reading the first one.
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We've been stuck in the house for days. After two days of Arctic temps, we've had two days of snow. Everybody says the roads are awful. Still, we are going to venture out. It's that or insanity. [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne just left to pick up some last-minute gifts. If she thinks the roads are safe enough, the whole family will make a trip out for lunch with friends.

Not much else is going on around here as we wait for Santa. Caitlin received some Hannah Montana gifts from her Speech Therapist. They included the Hannah Montana dress-up wig and the make-up bust. There are pictures of my daughter as Hannah. Cute and disturbing.

I also scanned a bunch of Lynne's high school photos. They're up on Facebook. That alone is a reason to join.
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After a week of a mega-cold that followed her big seizure, Caitlin is finally feeling better. She had a good day at school. At least she will get in a week of work before the holiday break. This also means that I will finally get to work on some writing this week. The lack of production is making my brain go peculiar.

Like much of the country, we were hit by a cold front last night. I have to say, the new windows are really making a difference. We barely felt the 40 degree temperature plummet last night.

There's not much else going on around here. Tonight we will be making up holiday cards. With luck, they may reach people early next week.

Just finished reading: The Writer's Tale by Russell T Davies and Ben Cook
Currently reading: Goblin Hero by Jim C. Hines
michaeldthomas: (Doctor and Ace)
We've had record rain falls in Chicagoland over the last couple of days. It sucks out there. Luckily, our house has been okay, and our local “river” is only flooding a little. The biggest excitement came yesterday when we lost power. Turns out there was a loose power line that was setting the pole on fire a few houses down. The lovely people from the electric company fixed it in 45 minutes.

Today should be quiet. After the Bears game, we're off to the public library to see how much trouble I can get into during the dollar-bag book sale. By that point, the rain should finally be gone.

Speaking of rain, WTTW's PBS pledge drive hit a new low. I'm used to the make-more-money seminars, Doo Wop spectaculars, and mediocre-Irish-singer specials. I put up with it knowing that such pandering brings in the money. Last night, though, they unleashed the worst thing ever to get foolish baby boomers to give up their money. They actually showed a concert of a tacky Beatles tribute band called Rain.

Don't get me wrong, I've been known to enjoy the occasional Beatles tribute band at a summer festival. The problem with Rain was that they weren't actually any good. Their musicianship was lackluster, and their “singing” sounded nothing like the Beatles which is kind of a problem if you're a tribute band. To top it off, their Paul seemed to have had extensive plastic surgery to look more like Macca. His close-ups burned my eyes as his results made him look like a McCartney/Phyllis Diller love child.

I have an idea, how about PBS tries showing some intelligent, creative programming during pledge drives?
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My thoughts go out to the people of Texas getting hit by Ike. Though it's not a hurricane, the rain here has been pretty constant for the last 24 hours. We live in a very wet Illinois right now. It sounds like we have another 48 hours of this.

Is it me, or is there no such thing as “normal” precipitation anymore? I miss my youthful/non-home-owning innocence. To think, there was a time in my life that I liked storms.

We have a relatively quiet day scheduled. Lynne wants to do some house cleaning, and I'm hoping to write a bit while keeping Caitlin amused. Later, we have some friends coming over. I would say that our life is boring, but I think we have plans for every weekend after this until New Year's
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Caitlin is in bed, and I have a Molly kitty in my lap.

Tonight was less than fun. A line of storms whipped through the area. Sirens went off, and I got to carry my daughter down to our unfinished basement to wait it out. No tornadoes dropped down around here, and we still have power. Both are very good things.

Well, I’m off to bed.

Snow ?!?!

Apr. 28th, 2008 10:00 am
michaeldthomas: (YANA)
It's @!$#ing snowing on April 28 in Illinois.

WTF?!?!
michaeldthomas: (YANA)
Nature continues to assault us. Tornado-producing thunderstorms are rolling in with a cold front that might produce flurries in a couple of days. Meh.

In other news, I am starting to pull out of my post-resignation funk. I know that I did the right thing for me and my family, but it still feels terrible. As [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne say, there were Aicardi conferences before me, and there will be conferences after me. It's still a world of suck.

I haven't been able to write a lick in days. I'm hoping to get some writing in tomorrow.

Just Finished Reading: The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
Currently Reading: Hyperion by Dan Simmons
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A snowman just ran into our house to warm up. Apparently, it’s cold enough to freeze your Winnebago off (a no-prize to anybody who got that reference).

We haven’t left the house in a bit.

The DVD collection is paying off. We spent yesterday watching a ton of Fraggle Rock and then GoldenEye as part of our never-ending Bond film festival. Not a shabby way to spend a Saturday.

Fah, to the cold, I say. Fah!

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