When you think about becoming a parent, one of the things you don’t realize is just how much of your time is going to be pilfered away in driving your kids around. But even more frustrating is the waiting. In my 15 years of parenting, I have spent more hours in car lines dropping my kids off or picking them up from school, extra-curricular activities, and other events than J.R.R. Tolkien spent penning The Lord of the Rings.
To cope, I’ve developed a sense of humor about it. I may not be the best mom out there (I ain’t even close), but I have modeled to my kids how to get through difficulties by cracking jokes. Thus, the last time I was in the car-line-from-purgatory to pick up my high school son, and he was waiting on the school porch for my eventual arrival, I start texting him messages–one right after the other.
That last message was an unflattering photo of me with the words “yep. bored.”*
My son shared my quirky texts with a few other kids waiting for their parents. By the time I picked him up, I had entertained not only myself, but my 14 year old and a few of his friends. Perhaps I qualify as a “cool mom” now. Probably not, but hey, I’m a least a funny mom.
Now on to my serious side–a progress report of my ROW80 goals:
- Finish reading Revision & Self-Editing by James Scott Bell. Done.
- Cheer on the ROW80 participants. Done.
- Edit at least 50 pages of SHARING HUNTER, my young adult contemporary novel. I’ll consider this done because I’m working through Margie Lawson’s EDITS program. This goal probably needs to be folded into that one below.
- Exercise at least twice each week. My Zumba classes are on hiatus until next week. (I am eager.)
- Submit a query for SHARING HUNTER. On hold until I complete more edits.
- Work through at least two lessons of Margie Lawson’s Deep EDITS with YA novel. Got started, but didn’t get through two–more like one-half–but I did tag dialogue for the whole novel.
- Read at least 50 pages of The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. Done and more. Read 100+ pages.
After a few weeks of not getting much done, I’m feeling good about this past week. I am building momentum that should take hold when the kids head back to school.
How about you? How did your week go? Do you have any funny parent stories to share? What do you do to entertain yourself or your kids when you’re bored?
Find my fearless, fabulous ROW80 friends HERE. Cheer them on if they’ve done well, or go for comic relief if they are feeling that purgatory pull.*Sorry the screen shot is terrible. I spent way too long trying to figure out how to capture my screen on my Android phone and finally gave in to snapping a camera pic.