Thursday, August 27, 2009
We're going camping again this weekend - and guess what's headed for the Northeast? That's right, another hurricane (okay, so it's a Tropical Storm at this point... same thing). I really can't believe it. Hurricanes in NJ are rare. Or at least they're supposed to be. Is this some cruel joke?
Perhaps I'm only allowed a certain number of nice-weather vacation days per year, and I used up the quota while in Hawaii. Or maybe this is a sign from God that I really shouldn't plan any more camping trips. Either way, it's not really how I wanted to end out the summer.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I've been thinking about my writing a lot lately - mostly prompted by the too-long honeymoon plane rides. I was trying to sketch out my ideas for this year's NaNoWriMo. This is the first year I have several ideas going and don't know which one to choose.
I was spending a lot of time over the Pacific running through scenes in my head when something dawned on me - the scenes in my head are really scenes. Like, I want them to translate exactly how I see them in my head - same lighting, same background music, same facial expressions. It got me thinking - maybe I'm doing this all wrong. Maybe I should be writing these stories as screenplays.
Perhaps I'll be giving Script Frenzy a go in April. (Fun Fact: John Hughes regularly wrote his screenplays in less than a month, why couldn't I?) The more logical side of me really wants to squash that, though. Who ever actually gets their screenplays produced? At least I know some published authors so that seems remotely possible.
Another writing-related thing I'm considering is Twitter. Part of me cringes at the thought. The other part of me is absolutely fascinated by it. Any Twitter users have opinions on it?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Our normal dinner looked a lot more impressive with the nice dishes.
The cake was still really good the second time around - we cut and froze two slices for the one year mark, the rest is being enjoyed nightly!
It was a little hard to believe a month had passed already, but I guess that's what happens when you spend the first two weeks traveling!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Can you "Give me 5" to kick-start this year's LTN campaign?
1. Give me 5 minutes of your time: Go to my personal LTN website (http://pages.lightthenight.org/snj/MercerCo09/KateSabella), and read about what I'm doing.
2. Give me 5 bucks: Just donate online! $5 provides an hour of microscope use to determine if a new medicine will stop a life-threatening lung infection in a bone marrow transplant patient. $20 pays for a bottle of nutrients that will nourish 10 million leukemia cells grown in the laboratory for a week, enabling scientists to test whether a new anti-cancer drug halts their growth. Every little bit helps!
3. Give me 5 friends: Pass the word to five friends and help spread the word! To sign up to walk with us, visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/snj/MercerCo09/Hope
Every 5 minutes someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer - money for research is desperately needed!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009
Mark started his new position since we've gotten back, and it cuts his commute roughly in half. All of that extra time means we're able to sleep in a little later in the morning and he's home earlier in the evening. It's been nice having him around to help more with dinner and just be around at night to bum.
I've been making the time to cook more. The week after the honeymoon, I cooked a good dinner every night. This week has been a little shakier because our schedules haven't been as cooperative - but our fridge is full of left-overs so it's okay. Most of our wedding and shower gifts are being stored at Mark's parents, but we have plans to get the remainder of our kitchen stuff this weekend while we're up visiting.
This weekend will also mark one month since the wedding. We weren't really planning on celebrating, but since we'll be up at his parents' house we've decided to go to Sunday brunch at our wedding venue. We're also planning to bring our cake back with us and chow down on that too - no waiting for one year for us!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
It was really hard to leave such a beautiful place. For as much as we did, we could have spent twice as much time in each place exploring more. We're hopeful that we'll be able to go back in the not-so-distant future.
Diamond Head Lighthouse