Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Report Card

This was a busy month.  I accomplished my April Goal, began Serious, No Joke, For Reals This Time potty-training Pumpkin Pie, and weaned Honey Pie from her swaddler.  Making the felt doll set was the easiest thing I did all month.  Honey Pie reverted to her newborn ways of waking up for the duration of the swaddle-weaning process.  And I do laundry every other day to clean up the after-effects of trying to potty-train Pumpkin Pie.

I'm really tired.

But spring is here.  I'm actually a little nervous about my May goal of planting garden pots.  Even the two things I'm planting seem like they might be more work than I want, but I'll do it anyway.  I'm still planning on planting my strawberry pot and I'm actually thinking of going a different route with my second pot.  I think I'd like to try one of those Topsy Turvy tomato planters.  Is that cheating?  I've read reviews on the Internet, and it seems to get a thumbs up, especially for apartment-type settings.  My husband thinks it's just a huge gimmick.  I guess time will tell.

So here is my updated goal list:

January - Move.

February - Make a Homemaking Binder.

March - Send out my story.

April - Make a Felt Doll Set.

May - Plant Garden Pots.

June - Make a Sourdough Starter.

July - Make Homemade Laundry Detergent.

August - Make hair bows.

September - Make throw pillow covers.

I do have an update about my March goal.  I sent my story to an agency, and they took the full six weeks to reject it.  I knew they would, but I still find it annoying that they give themselves six weeks to the day to tell me it doesn't fit their needs.  I feel like they probably reject most things, so give poor fledgling writers like myself a break and let us know right away.  As each day passes hope grows.  It just seems cruel; crueler than the rejection itself.  Anyway, I do plan to send it out again.  I just need to pull the trigger.

And finally, my April reading list (titles in red were books read for book reviews):

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
The Duggars: 20 and counting! By Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar
Coming Attractions by Robin Jones Gunn
Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
Save Your Marriage in Five Minutes a Day by Bonnie Jacobson, PhD
Whispers by Robin Jones Gunn
The Shack by William P. Young
Daddy Dates by Greg Wright
The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule
Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

That's it!  Looking forward to May.  It snowed last night, but I loved seeing snow on the ground and tiny leaves on the trees.  We've made it through the barren wasteland that is winter.

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