Eight Things I'm Grateful For Today

... in no particular order

  1. I'm at home--my job has summer hours with Fridays off. And while we go back to our normal schedule next week, I'm happy that I don't have to make the hour-long drive to and from work on this beautiful summer day.

  2. My mother-in-law took Alex on an adventure, so they're spending a little QT together and I have one less child to chase around the house.

  3. Ella had her one-year check-up this morning and the results are in ... she's perfect! But I knew that. What I didn't know is that she's 22.4 lbs. and 30" long. She's in the 90th percentile for height, which puts her on track to be 5' 8"! Mini-me, you complete me!

  4. She had immunization shots today. Guess I'm grateful for health-care in this country.

  5. Because Ella had shots, and a swig of Tylenol, she'll be napping for the next few hours (woo hoo!).

  6. I took the last half-hour to go through my manuscript and pick out a few poems for publication. Seventeen in all--now, that's exciting!

  7. I'm sending my work to eight different publications. It's been a huge goal of mine to send out batches of poems and now I'm able to do it. Wish me luck!

  8. Also, thought of a new writing exercise that I'll attempt over the weekend and post the results.

If anyone has suggestions on good publications, print or Web, that take emerging poets, feel free to post.

Happy Friday, y'all!


bostonerin said…
I'm so proud of you for sending stuff out and getting your work together. Good for you!

And congrats on Ella's continued good health.

I'm grateful for a gorgeous weekend...
twitches said…
Good luck!
Colorsonmymind said…
Wooo hoo for the long nap-and health care.
:( for her having to get shots.

Great you have stuff ready to send out.
Writing Blind said…
Good luck with your submissions. I'm going to go resume laughing over the Mini-Me comment.
Cate said…
Good luck with the submissions!

Also, read "Contrition" a few days ago but didn't have time to leave a comment, so now, I will: I love it!
ecm said…
So much good gratefulness. Good luck on your submissions!
bb said…
Fantastic news about Ella's health! (and her projected height too - I think 5ft 8 is exactly the right height for a poet to be ;-))

Good luck with the submissions - exciting!
paris parfait said…
Lovely post and am so glad you're sending poems out on a regular basis. Persistence is important (second only to talent, which you have). How nice that you had some time on your own and that Ella is doing so well. And yes, thank goodness for decent health care.

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