My Year in Review…

This might not be as long as my other years, or as interesting, but it’s something.

Trying to think of what I done throughout the year can be tedious.  Especially where there’s days I don’t remember what I had for breakfast the day before. 😀  So I’ll just do the highlights of what happened in 2013.

Only big thing that happened in January was Brett’s birthday.  And it’s scary with the thought of his birthday coming up again in a few days and he’ll be 16.  I don’t look like someone who has a teenager for their child.  But I look at it that it’s having a child with special needs is what’s keeping me young.

The One

My book is available on amazon.com

February was when I  published my first book.  I tell ya, that was the one thing that I’ve been so nervous about in my whole life.  As soon as I made the post on facebook that my book was available on Amazon.com, I get a reply from my friend in the US saying that she just bought her copy.  Well,,, I cried when I read that.  It was a good thing the kids were in school, and hubby was at work, cause my eyes were red and puffy.  I wasn’t looking pretty, lol.  Then a little while later, I get a phone call from a childhood friend from Ontario.  And she got me crying again.  I’m so grateful for my friends, they are awesome.  Their support is so overwhelming.  And I know that some of them will read this, so I want to thank you all.  I love you all. xoxo.

March.  Well this is when we were supposed to go to Cuba. Unfortunately we had to cancel 2 days before flying out due to unforeseen medical reasons.  But we were able to get the majority of the money back,,, gotta love insurance, and gave the money to our awesome travel agent to put on a gift card for us when we found another place to go.  It took a while, but we found one.  It’s still in Cuba, just in a different location.  Though this time we will be going with friends.  I’m so excited!!!  Can’t you tell??  If you have me on Facebook, I’ve been doing a countdown.  As of today we have 132 days left. :)

I'm in Stargate heaven :)

I’m in Stargate heaven 🙂

This brings me to April.  Well this is the month we have our annual Sci-Fi event, Sci-Fi on the Rock.   And this year I was in my glee.  Not only did I get to meet Mike Dopud, but I was lucky enough to get to meet Gary Jones as well.  I was in Stargate heaven.  But I kept my cool.  I done my fangirl squeals when I was alone.  Usually when driving home after a long day of taking care of Mike’s needs.  I was assigned to look after him for the weekend.  I never asked him, but I hope I done a good job,  🙂 

May and June we were preparing for the kids finishing up their school year, and getting ready for our annual autism camp.  You know the saying, if you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything.  Well… 

July and August.  These 2 months went by so fast.  We had the autism camp on the first weekend of July, then the kids were taking turns with both sets of grandparents, and home.  I think if I could do it, I’d like to spend most of the summer away from town.  To get away from city rules would be a wonderful vacation indeed.

September started up the school routines again.  Though this time, Brett started high school.  Yep, he’s in grade 10 (or level I as we used to call it growing up).  Denise is in Grade 5, so she’s got 1 more year left in this school, then she’ll be in Jr. High.  Saying that makes me feel older then I am, lol

November.  I was asking the kids what they wanted for Christmas.  Yes I have to do it that early, especially for Brett as he tends to ask for things that I have to order online.  And sometimes it’s hard to track down so I’ll need all that time to locate it.  Though, usually anything dealing with Dinosaurs will make him happy,, I still try to get what he asks for.   Mainly because he doesn’t ask for much, so when he shows interest in things, I want to make sure he gets his requests.  Now in saying that, I don’t give in to him all the time.  There’s days when he will want something, (usually when we go to the mall and Cole’s Bookstore is close by) I will tell him a simply ‘no, not today’, and he is fine.  He doesn’t take with a tantrum like I’ve seen some kids do out shopping.  And the fact that he’s autistic and the other kids i see are not, makes me wonder if their parents are afraid to say no every once in a while?

Oreo

Oreo Psycho Ford

This is the month when we got Oreo too.  She wasn’t quite 8 weeks old, but she ended up being a great addition to our little family.  And with the loss of Hammie (our hamster), she helped Denise’s sadness. 

December brings one of the biggest highlights to my year.  This year I turned 40.  Yes, there, I’ve said it,,, I’M 40!!!   Before you all ask,, no, I didn’t do anything different to celebrate it.  It was just the usual quite day with my hubby and kids, and my usual ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.  I know it’s ironic and maybe weird to some to have an ice cream cake in the winter.  But every birthday here has to have one.  In fact, when Brett’s birthday next week comes,, he’ll have one too.  🙂  And if you haven’t had one for your big day, then you should. 

Now mind you, I have started writing on the sequel to my first book back in February.  Along with adding to the script off and on throughout the year.  I’ve been in a great webseries called Star Trek Reliant.  It’s an awesome show to watch.  I’ve had the honor to be apart of it as well.  I’ve been a few characters already, though my favorite is Dr. Sheppard.  If you know me, you know how we came up with that name, lol 😉 

And that’s my year in a nutshell.  Told ya it may be short and not that interesting.  Though I plan on making 2014 an awesome year.  With writing 2 books at the same time, finishing up on the script to start filming this summer, this is going to be a very busy year.

So on that note, I want to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2014.

Love always,

Karen, xo.

Christmas, writing & everything in between.

Well, it’s 3 days until Christmas Eve.  Which means it’s only 4 days left until the living room turns into a lovely, well decorated room, to something that a tornado struck.  From neatly wrapped gifts, to paper flying everywhere.

But that’s what I get with kids. LOL.

And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

This weekend, the kids will be with my parents before Christmas actually hits.  So this will give us the time to get last minute stocking stuffers and any booze we might need in case we have visitors pop by.

I like to have things on hand.  Though, I’m pretty sure it will be another quite Christmas.  But seeing as our plans to have Christmas out home has failed, I’m hoping to get out to visit the friends and family we have here in the city.

Another thing I’m going to try and do is actually make a New Years resolution.  And actually do it.  I usually tend on saying I’ll do something, then I get distracted with other things.  Not the best quality to have, trust me.  But that’s something I guess I have to work on. 🙂

Starting in January, I’m going to TRY and write every day on the script I’m trying to write.  I have 7 pages written so far.  But I’ve had 7 pages for a couple of weeks now.  I can’t seem to manage the time to get it done.  I want to have it done, sent to the producer and ready for filming in the summer.

I’ve tried not to tweet too much about it, only in DM will I give some detail.  I just hope that it’s liked by people who watch it.  I enjoy the acting aspect of doing fan films.  I’ve been in 2 already and loved every bit of it.  Though, at my age now, I don’t see me doing this as a career.  Although, acting is something I’ve always wanted to do.  But with a family now, I don’t see it being anything more.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE doing the fan films.  And the most recent is being Behind-the-Scenes gal for the Star Trek Reliant webseries, that in itself is a huge laugh.  Working with friends and like minded people is awesome.  I’m not comparing myself to the celebs who do this for a living.  Because, I’m not one.  On the contrary.  Because I’ve dabbed in the acting bit, and now the writing part, I can understand that much more the lives of those who actually do this for a living.  The writers, actors, everyone who’s involved in putting off a show, I pat them on the back.  I respect them that much more.

It’s hard work.  And I dare anyone to say otherwise.

So anyway, I think that’s enough for right now.

I have some things to get done before kids come home again.  It’s a short day.  Well, shor-ter day.  Brett gets out just after 12 and Denise will be done at 1:20.  I have packing to do for the kids.  Denise wants to do some baking before she leaves for the weekend.  And I’m hoping to get my jersey today. *cross fingers*.

I’ve always wanted one and now they are the perfect price, I can afford one. 🙂

Don’t worry, I’ll post a pic when I get it.

Until then, thx for popping by.

Love,

K.

This and That.

I know I haven’t written in here lately, but if you have followed my tweets, you’ll know what I’ve been up too.  Besides the destroying of a wall in the house and building something else to put in it’s place, I’ve been painting.  Well both my hubby and I have been painting.  He’s also been putting up new drywall, as well as plastering & sanding it.  He done the biggest wall that goes from the main floor to the upstairs and let me tell you the amount of dust that came from it.  HOLY HANNAH!!!  I had to chain on the dog and open up the front and back doors.  All that dust wasn’t good for me, considering I sneeze like crazy when just doing the usual light dusting around the house. 🙂

Anyway, the biggest project is done now, so later today when hubby gets home from work, he’ll use the regular sand paper to finish off the wall.  Then we can prime and paint it.  I can’t wait for that one.  I got the colors already.  Well for the upstairs anyway.  But I have an idea what to do with that big main wall.  And I think it’s gonna look awesome when it’s done.

But for now, I’ll be getting the upstairs taken care of.  Laundry, stripping the beds, sweeping and mopping the floors, and the stairway.  Then I can concentrate on the downstairs.  Which is the main floor.  It’s days like this I wish we had a basement.  But when they built these houses, they put them all on a concrete slab.  Though, don’t worry, when it’s all done, I’ll be getting pictures of the fruits of our labor, 🙂

We are aiming to have this all done before we head off on our camping trip.  That’s right, our annual autism camp at Lion’s Max Simm’s Memorial Camp.  Don’t worry, I’ll make notes and blog about our time there as well.  As I’m the camp DJ, I need to go over the songs and make sure I have all the right cables to hook up the laptop to the stereo speakers for both dances.  They have one for the kids, and 2 for the adults.  It’s a lot of fun.  Maybe this time I’ll see about playing a video for you all to see the fun.  With everyone’s permission of course. 🙂

The only difference for this time around is that we don’t have our camper.  We sold it.  We don’t use it enough times throughout the year to justify on keeping it.  So I put it up on Kijiji.  BEST SITE EVER!!!  Especially if you want to sell something fast.  I put it up on a Saturday, and it was sold the next day.  I’m sure some of you like using NFClassifieds, but I was impressed by Kijiji, so most likely that is the one I’ll be using from now on.

Between getting the house put back together and getting ready for our camping trip, I have a script to write.  I’m not saying what it’s going to be about quite yet, but it’s something that I’ve never seen done anywhere else.  I’ll be meeting up with the producer of Hann-Made Productions tomorrow to discuss it.  I’m excited plus nervous at the same time.  I’ve never took on such a project this big before.  Not only am I writing the script for this, but my name will be going in the film credits.  So that in itself is making me bite what nails I have left.  Though, knowing the producer like I do, he’ll probably put my name in a few places, *facepalm*

Anyway, I need to head off and find some breakfast before I start on my day.  Hope you all have a great Monday.

Until next time.

Karen, XOXO