7 Quick Takes: 3/28/14

Another Friday means another installment of Quick Takes…I just finished up an exam for my online class and only have one left to do! This semester is finally coming to an end, and I honestly can’t wait! I have today off, and plan on relaxing, doing a bit of writing, and watching movies with my mom, so if you don’t mind I’m just going to get right to the takes….

1.) Last week I didn’t post because I was extremely tired. I would have written the post Thursday and then published, but I didn’t….then I could have posted live on Friday but I didn’t do that either. You see, I spent all day Thursday painting. First thing Thursday morning I gutted my room, and over the course of 12-15 hours I painted two coats of paint above and below the awful horrible kill-it-with-fire bane-of-my-existence  chair rail, painted the chair rail, and painted all the trim…then I had the joy of putting everything back together. By the end of the night I was sore, tired, and so not in the mood to write. I only wish that I had gotten better pictures to share, but here is what I can show you….

2.) The NCAA Basketball tournament began on Thursday and our church is having a little friendly bracket competition…I spent most of the first weekend tied for first place in a field heavily dominated by the men I work with….I was extremely proud of myself…until Sunday….the wheels fell off the wagon Sunday when the Kansas Jayhawks lost……..and busted my poor little bracket…..
3.) Sunday night my Bible Quizzing kids had their last practice before the big District Quiz Meet on Saturday. Dad wrote a stellar Jeopardy style game for them, and they are all ready for the meet. This season they were studying the book of Genesis, and next year we’ll move on to Exodus….I still have a trophy on my shelf from when I was a quizzer….The last time I quizzed we were in the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel….I loved being a quizzer, and I feel like I’ve come full circle now that I’m one of the coaches. 
4.) Tuesday night I went out with a group of great ladies from church; we went to dinner and then headed to the cinema to see God’s Not Dead. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you go see this movie! It was phenomenal. I will try to summarize without spoiling…
Josh is a college Freshman who has to fulfill a humanities credit, so he takes an intro to philosophy class. On the first day in class the professor tells his students that he wants to “get the argument out of the way” so he has them write God is Dead on a piece of paper, sign their name, and turn it in for full credit as an assignment. Josh refuses, stating that he is a Christian and he could never renounce his faith in that way. The professor then tells him that over the course of three classes Josh is to make his argument to the class….prove to the class that God’s NOT dead…..The class could then decide; is Josh right or the professor. Josh makes his case, citing arguments from both sides of the issue, and ultimately the class decides that…………………………. 
(you thought I’d spoil it didn’t you? I told you I wouldn’t) 
There are several other story lines mixed in with the main story, but they all revolve around the main premise that God’s Not Dead…it was a very well done film, and I would very much recommend everyone see this movie. 
5.) I’m going to jump back to Sunday for a moment…
The Good Wife….Will….no……but……why…..really?……there was no other option………Will?! No!
Okay, but really….and fans of The Good Wife out there?? I’d love to hear your thoughts about Sunday night’s episode…are you as grief-stricken as me….
Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman, and only my favorite TV show host) tweeted about the episode on Sunday, and by Monday after I’d finally watched it, I responded to her on a whim….and this just made my day!!
Seriously though….DAY. MADE!!
6.) I have had serious writer’s block this past week….or two….I am so stuck in fact that my character has been left sitting on a bench for the last week….or two….because I can’t figure out where she needs to go next!! I am however working on what I hope will be the concluding book in the series. I am in the process of writing the turning point scene. I hesitate to call it the climax because that’s not really what it is; it’s the scene that changes the lives of my characters, and ultimately changes the direction of the story. That’s why I hesitate to call it the climax, because calling it that suggests a resolution to that scene, which wouldn’t necessarily involve my characters. I have to admit that through this process I’ve gained so much more respect for authors of historical fiction…really authors in general. I’ve had such fun walking this path, and learning my style, and technique, and really working on honing this skill….but let me tell you, it is hard! It gives me  a much greater appreciation for the books that I love! 
7.) I’m about to head out and run some errands, so this is it for me today! OH! Good news for my fellow Michiganders….the snow is melting! 
LOOK!!! GRASS!!!!
As always, I’m linking up with Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary. Make sure to head over there and check out the rest of this week’s Quick Takes!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings, 

Megan 

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7 Quick Takes: Making Lemonade from Lemons

Good morning and happy Saturday to you! Just a quick note, if any of you are planning on heading to a senate meeting today….Beware, the Ides of March!

Normally I try to get my Quick Takes posted on Friday but yesterday was a bit busy for my family; We spent 14 hours at our church catering an event. I didn’t have time to write my post on Thursday because of all the prep work that needed to be done, so here I am on Saturday. I’m currently writing this post from the Library in my church, because around 7:30 this morning power got knocked out for our entire area. My mom is in book club down the hall, while I’m blogging, studying, and writing…lemonade from lemons!

1.) I’m finally getting over the cold that struck me down  at the beginning of the week. Tuesday I came to work and started feeling gross, so because I work at the church in the office and nursery I know where to find what I need. I headed to the nursery area to find a thermometer…I was running a low grade fever; I checked again every hour and it still hadn’t broken, but I pushed on with my work because that was the ONLY symptom I had of being sick at all. When I got home that afternoon my head felt like it was going to explode, and my nose was stuffy…..it is finally on its way out…Praise the Lord!!

2.) Normally I could have stayed home to work today, but my computer wont work unless it’s plugged in. My battery needs to be replaced and I’m cheap so that won’t be happening any time soon. It’s really nice though, sitting alone in a quiet library (a dream I’ve had since I was a kid but the Library in my dream was the one in Beast’s Castle, you know the one….Floor to ceiling books surrounding the room), just me and my thoughts and my writing. I love libraries….I always thought that it would be cool to be a librarian; run my own library, help kids learn to read…and learn to love it! Odd fact for the day: I am actually trained to run a library. I don’t have formal training, it’s more of an apprenticeship, but I can step in and shelve books, check them out to people, return them, and code them for filing….

3.) I found an article this week on Pinterest that I want to share with everyone who knows me….something that I can just hand off when I first meet so that they can understand me a little bit better. 23 Signs that You’re Secretly an Introvert…..except in my case it is no secret. If you met me, you’d never know it; I don’t fall into the stereotypes that society applies to introverts. I’m not shy, quite, or anti-social. I don’t sit alone at parties, I make an effort to meet new people….I do all those things, but here’s the kicker: It’s exhausting! I come home so physically drained from parties, potlucks, and picnics; I love being with people, and talking to people but where an extrovert would be energized by that, it drains my energy….I wish I could explain that to people when I leave a party early, or when I’m so exhausted from a Sunday morning at church that I don’t go back for the evening service. Look at that…another odd fact about me! 
4.) I do have a confession to make…I’m writing this post right now as a way to avoid my writing. I need to be writing, but right now I’ve got such bad writer’s block that I honestly can’t do anything……I should be though….I should be writing. 

..Because I have writer’s block….and I had a blog post to write….and……and……

Okay, fine! I will….as soon as I finish this post!

5.) Tonight our family will all be getting together to celebrate my amazing Great-Grandma’s 95th birthday! She is such a cool lady, and I love being able to spend time with her….physically she is still doing great, but her mental faculties aren’t all there anymore…..it is always so much fun to spend time with her!!

6.) Okay, here’s another odd fact about me….I’m a terrible decision maker. I can’t make a decision to save my life! I’m going to be repainting my bedroom, and I posted this picture to Instagram and Facebook this week.

I picked up paint chips at Home Depot last Saturday and taped them to my wall. I told in the picture that I am terrible at making decisions and Facebook friends rock! Bless their collective hearts! With their input I was able to finally make a decision and I will begin painting on Monday! Now if they could help me decide where to go for my birthday lunch with the staff at work that’d be great! 
7.) If you made it this far I applaud you! Now head over to Conversion Diary to read more (better) Quick Takes!

Blessings, 

Megan

Failure and An Accomplishment

It was ambitious of me to think that I could write 7 Posts in 7 Days, but I joined the challenge anyway and did very well. I ended up writing 5 posts but I had my reasons for missing Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday night we had a family game night over at my grandma’s house. My parents and I, my mom’s brothers, sister, their spouses, and my grandma all had dinner together and spent the night playing cards, and tabletop board games. We got lots of snow again that night (because this is the land of the eternal winter) and by the time we got home I was pretty exhausted so I showered and went right to bed.

Sunday I was going to post so that I’d at least have 6 posts in 7 days but I started writing for my book, and I was on a roll and didn’t stop until I fell asleep with my computer in my lap that afternoon. By the time I woke up it was time to head back to church to help coach our Children’s Bible Quizzing team, evening service, and going to a friend’s house after service for snacks and fellowship.

I may have failed the 7 in 7 challenge but I did accomplish something this weekend. I wrote an entire chapter for my book! My first complete chapter! I’m so excited that was finally able to get a chapter finished. I may not have 100 pages under my belt or 100,000 words or even a title that I like but I do have one complete chapter. It may not sound like much but to me this is a pretty big accomplishment for the weekend! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and have a great week ahead of you!

Blessings,
Megan