Ok, y'all. I promised a better post of what has been going on, so here goes.
First of all, there has pretty much been one thing that has taken up loads of my time in the previous months- Pride and Prejudice. In case some of you didn't know, the ABC drama group did P&P this year in honor of its 200th year of publication. That can tell you two things: 1, it must be a pretty good book if it's been around for that long, or 2, we were crazy to do it. Well, basically both of them, really.
Although this was a HUGE challenge, I think we thespians really learned a lot and grew in our acting skills, which is good. We've always gone with comedy type plays, so to do one that leaned more towards the dramatic and serious side was quite an adventure, to say the least. It was, of course, a blast to do. Everyone did such a fabulous job with their parts. However, this one ran about 2.5 hours- which means everyone had LOTS of lines to memorize. So, I am quite serious when I say that P&P had been taking up most of my time.
However, now that is over, what else has been up? Well, for the first time ever, I've decided to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). For the month of November, writers team up to encourage one another and attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. So far it has been a lot of fun and not as difficult as I thought. However, as the days are being ticked off every 24 hours, I find that time is definitely growing thin! (is that an oxymoron? Growing thin... anyway). It has certainly been a challenge, especially since I got behind, due to P&P and other family circumstances. However, I am quite determined to finish this thing, and, Lord Willing, you just might see a new book on the market in the near future. :-)
Besides NaNo, something else that is exciting is about to happen. My grandpa is moving next to us! We're extremely thrilled to have him nearby, only not so thrilled with the circumstances. His wife just recently passed away. He lives in Arkansas currently, so Mom, Josh, and I are heading out early tomorrow morning to head down there. We'll spend the weekend packing and packing and packing. Then, my dad will fly up Friday, rent the moving van, we'll load it, and drive it home Saturday/Sunday. I would really appreciate prayers. This is the first time I will be driving solo for 10+ hours... Mom and I will be able to swap out on the way up, but on the way down, we'll all be driving vehicles (dad in the truck, me in our car, and mom in Grandpa's car). Needless to say, we've packed plenty of caffeinated drinks and downloaded lots of audio books. :-) I'll be able to get some work done on my NaNo project, hopefully, when I'm not driving. We'll take the whole 10 hours on the way up, but we're hoping we'll be able to split it up on the way down. That just depends, though, on how quickly we can get things packed and loaded up.
My grandpa will be living in a little one room apartment that is adjacent to our house until we can find him a little bigger mobile home. So, prayers also that his house in Arkansas will sell quickly so we'll be able to get him more comfortable. However, we have currently been cleaning out the apartment (it had sort of become Becca's and my office/craft/sewing room). The biggest project is trying to get the plumbing fixed. We're all wondering why the folks who built it didn't just take the time to do a good job in the first place... *sigh*. However, the Lord has been good with all of it, and the nice bonus is that Josh has been allowed and encouraged to help the plumbers- which means he's learning a lot from that standpoint! He really enjoys working, too, so he is (in the words of Phil Robertson) 'happy, happy, happy'. :-)
And that, folks, is pretty much what has been going on. :-) Sorry there aren't any pictures, but I didn't have much time to look for any. I'm hoping that once we get back home, I'll have some time to post pics of life and drama (the drama group that is, not real drama...). ;-)
So, what have my lovely readers been up to? I'd love to hear how November has been going for y'all!