When you figure out your five year plans by being around family.

Sorry this is coming out several hours later than it should. I woke up with a horrible migraine, and it only just recently became manageable. We finally got back from vacation last Friday, and everything seemed to go wrong as soon as we got home.

Our washer overflowed on Saturday all over our kitchen and into our living room, so we spent all of that day and the next trying to mitigate the damage from the water, and luckily our maintenance guy said that it wouldn’t be a problem after coming to check up on us over the weekend. I feel bad for calling him on a weekend, but I didn’t want to wait until the next Monday to let them know what happened. Luckily, he had a wet/dry vacuum that sucked up the water out of the carpet, and there doesn’t seem to be any lasting damage because the rugs we had in the kitchen seemed to have prevented the water from spreading. Bless those two $20 Target rugs. We lost one, but the other one dried out without a problem.

Since we got back to the apartment later than I had planned, I’ve been trying to figure out a timeline to start sending out my most recent short story to journals. There are at least twenty that I’ve liked, and they started accepting submissions at the beginning of the new year, but I’m still a bit nervous. I’m not worried about getting rejected. I rather expect that, but I’m a little bit daunted about writing that many cover letters, and making sure that my piece is as good as it can be before sending it out. It’s come a long way since the first draft, and I like it much more now, but I’m still worried that my writing isn’t mature enough. I guess we won’t know until I start sending it out for responses, huh?

Other than that, I’ve finally figured out a five year plan. I was inspired by my sisters-in-law when we were back in Colorado.They both are diligent, and I must admit that I feel rather inadequate around the two of them.

One is studying to be a vet, and I’ve never met a smarter, or more studious, lady. I wish I had her drive, and I love talking to her about her work because she is so passionate. She even gave Hoshi (our dog) a mock check up while we were there. We also think a lot alike, or at least it feels that way to me, so I love having someone to talk to who understands how my mind works.

The other is down at the Air Force Academy, and every time I see her she’s become more mature and confident about who she is, and what she wants to do with her time in service. I also love that she hasn’t lost any of her passion for shopping and girly things while being there. I was afraid when she started school that her vivacious spirit might be dulled a little bit during the course of the training (I certainly couldn’t do it), but if anything, she has simply grown to be better than she was before.

They both inspired me to try harder, and be more confident, in trying to get my writing out there. Thus, my five year plan was born, but you’ll just have to wait until next week to find out exactly what that is!!


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