No Alarm!

Happy 4th of July!  My one desire for today was to not set my alarm and just wake up naturally to see if I could get more sleep.  I worked on writing until 12:30 and went to bed.  This morning I woke up at 7:00.  I did go back to sleep and doze until 8:00 and lay in bed contemplating whether I wanted to get up until about 8:15. 
It was nice to wake up more naturally than to a demanding alarm clock.  However, I didn’t really get more sleep.  Apparently my body says 6 – 7 hours is enough.  This is okay for me it means I’m up to work on writing for a bit before we dive into the list of stuff that has to get done. 
The girls are flying in tomorrow.  It will be wonderful to see them in person.  There are a lot of things planned for when they are back.  Hopefully we can get them all in and still have some of those wonderful family moments.

Tomorrow I’m going to have time alone in my house as Ken has to work and Vicki is going to the library for her volunteering.  I’ll be setting the alarm so I can maximize the time I have alone.  For the time the girls are here I’ll have to see if there might be a day or two I can give the alarm a day off again.  Once the girls go back to Georgia I still have five days off but I think I’ll be making the most of the time by writing as much as possible so more likely to set the alarm.  I enjoy waking up on my own much more than I do waking up to an alarm.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen often.

Five More Work Days!!

Five more days!  Yet another countdown for me, I have five more work days to get through and then I will have off until the 15th.  This is very exciting for a number of reasons.  Vacation is always good.  Holiday pay is always good.  The two girls coming from Georgia is wonderful.  Time off is great.

One of my goals for this next vacation is to not set the alarm clock for at least two days.  I’ll probably do that at the beginning of the vacation because as I get closer to going back to work I have to work back into my normal routine. 
Fourth of July we will probably spend getting ready for the girls’ visit.  Then they come on the 5thand will be here until the 10th.  After that I’ll be in vacation mode.  This means I hope that I’ll be writing a lot.  My goal is to get several chapters done in my one novel.  I also want to start editing the first book. 
In addition to the writing, I would like to pull out my list of publishers and work on doing some submissions.  I haven’t done any in a while.  I have two articles ready for one publication and hope to meet the deadline on them.  After that I need to update my work list spreadsheet and clear out my emails of the rejections.  Then I have to look at my spreadsheet to see what old submissions I have that I haven’t gotten a response on. 
Hopefully in the cleaning and getting ready portion of the vacation I’ll have time to clean my office a bit so it is more organized and less chaotic.  If I get that done it makes it much easier to do the submissions.

5 Hours

Today I have to work five hours and then I’m on vacation for a week!!!  I cannot wait.  My plans – well if you’ve read my blog at all you probably know – are to write.  Okay so the weekend is for the family.  We are going to the carnival for lunch tomorrow.  I won’t wander but the rest of them can while I read a book in the car.  Then we are going to go see a movie, probably the new Transformers movie. 

Sunday I have a date with Ken and we are going to clean off our DVR.  Why?  Well we are switching carriers for cable and internet because Charter raised my bill by $60 and I can’t afford that.  This means we have to watch everything on the DVR because they come the week after I’m done with vacation.

After that I have no plans.  Ken will be home from work on Monday so we will probably do more DVR stuff.  There are also a few things around the house I want to get done.  It depends on the weather.  It would be great to grill out but again depends on the weather.

I’ve got four essays to polish up, an essay to get ready for submission to a pub I always submit to, a manuscript which is just crying for me to work on, and a pile of possible places for submitting my work to.  Other than that not a lot of plans… 🙂  Oh yeah and I want to wade through my books and get my spreadsheet updated and the books themselves organized.  Those are my primary goals for the week.  I have a secondary list but I’m trying not to over plan the week.

Now I just have to get through the last five hours of work and hope that it goes quickly.  I also have to hope that I can get done all the things that need doing before I go.