Fun times, amazing friends

Well today was a very interesting day. The kids had a snow day.  They love it.  I on the other hand,,, well let’s just say what with a hand that’s not 100%, shoveling can take it’s tole.  And with my hand hurting no matter what way I move it, I haven’t been able to commit to doing much writing.  Which totally irks me like you wouldn’t believe.   I was hoping to have so much written to have ready for it’s launch at Sci-Fi on the Rock 8 in May, but I don’t see that happening now.  Not with my hand the way it is.

I know, I know,,, if I’m able to blog, I should be able to write.  To tell you the truth, I’ve lost my inspiration.  Especially with that one bad review from my first book.  I know I shouldn’t let it get to me, I had myself all prepared for the bad comments, but when it came to actually reading what they had written, it hit me.  Though, thinking back on it, I find it convenient that they say all this nasty things with a fake name.  I mean, really???  How lame does someone need to be to hide behind their computer screen, use a fake name, and be mean to someone who’s new to the writing scene.  At least I had the balls to put myself out there, with everything I do.  What has this person ever done that they could be proud of.

I need to thank my many friends who PM’d me in Facebook to voice their support.  You guys are the best buddies ever.  You all are never very far if I’m feeling down and need a great pick-me-up.  Case in point to an awesome friend who had me literally jumping up and down in my kitchen, laughing out loud.  Literally. LOL  It’s a good thing I was alone at the time, cause I think my family would have thought I was nuts.  Paco.  And I just giggled again as I typed his name, Paco. 🙂  My crazy, sweet, awesome friend, don’t ever change.  🙂

He posted a picture of what the weather was like at his location.  And it was nasty, snowing really bad.  So after I read a couple of comments, I had to make one.  And wouldn’t you know it,, he actually done my suggestion and posted the picture on my timeline.  (Laughing as I type all this again).  The suggestion was to make a snowman, with sunglasses on, a Cuban cigar, and a beer.  Bless you Paco, that really made my day yesterday.

For the past week or so, I have been helping my daughter’s (who’s 10) fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  The name of the fundraiser was Jump Rope for Heart.  I’m so proud of her for wanting to take this on.  And I want to thank those who were able to donate online.  I know not everyone seeing my posting on Facebook and Twitter could help.  But I am grateful to those who shared the link to help spread the word.  I’m proud to say that in total, she’s raised $160.  🙂  Most of it was from online donations, so to those of you who donated, bless you all. xoxo

I apologize for spamming up Facebook and Twitter timelines, lol.  But I think anyone who’s child shows any interest in something, to support them the best you can, and to give it your all.  And I hope that she knows how much I’ve been there to back her up on this, and hope that she does something like this again in the future.

Anyway, thank you all for popping by to read my thoughts.  I hope you had a nice giggle, or found some sort of inspiration to do something for a worthy cause, or to help someone less fortunate.

Until next time.

K. xo

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.