Here's an unattractive photo of me in a stupid hat using my snow blower for the first time. Hmmm ... where to begin.
I put snow blowing in the category of most hated activities EVER, next to cutting the lawn and raking leaves. However, it's better than snow shoveling. The Blizzard of 2010 dumped 18 inches of powdery chaos in the Boston area. Fortunately, my dad helped me get the thing started so clearing the snow was much easier this time around.
I wrote a poem about my new snow blower at a writers' retreat in early December but felt is wasn't complete until I had opened the box and used the darn thing. Now I can complete the poem with a clear conscience.
The snow really put a crimp in my plans with my parents. We tend to stay around the house during their holiday visits, but I was really hoping to see a movie or show them around Boston. After the last-minute Christmas shopping, our activity level slowed to a snail's pace. Still, it's nice watching them play with the kids. Guess we'll wait until spring to tour the city.
I've been catching up on my sleep. I'm very glad I have the week off from work.
My last to-do list for 2010:
1. Write three poems
2. Revise poems written at poetry workshop (including snow blower poem)
3. Get organized/clean desk
4. Update Goodreads info
5. Send out eight submissions
Now that my second manuscript is complete, I'm ready to start my newest project, which requires research and time. Here's hoping that one (or some) of the fellowships I've applied for comes through. Fingers crossed.
It's after 6 a.m. and the kids are still asleep. Oh happy day! Mommy gets a little "me time."