Wednesday, July 28, 2010

And I'm Off ... Almost

I've been slightly stressed about the idea of flying off to this conference tomorrow, for several reasons.
  1. All the scary, really smart, new people! ... Will they like me, or will they think I'm weird? (This is why I write YA, people. I can relate to teen-aged insecurities ... This is where I start my mantra: "Focus on others, focus on others, FOCUS ON OTHERS!")
  2. Will I remember everything I'm supposed to take? (I'm going to try to squeeze everything into a carry-on and hope my clothes don't get too wrinkled.)
  3. Will the family be okay while I'm gone? Did I stock enough food in the freezer? Will the Dashingly Handsome Sidekick get ANY sleep?
  4. Why did I leave all the house cleaning for TODAY, the last day, when I also need to pack, and do all the last-minute shopping, and make sure my children feel loved and provided for? (ugh)
  5. Do I have time to write my Story A Week today? (Sure, I do! There's always time for writing! HA!)
So, how do I handle stress?

Well, today I'm handling it by posting pictures of cute animals and children on my blog. Here are a few of my grandcat, Midnight, and my almost-two-year-old, Sophie. Midnight is Sophie-sized, which is great, except for the times she tries to haul him around by the hind leg. Midnight is the perfect addition to our family because he's a luxury cat ... and enjoys a good book when he gets a chance to fall asleep on one.

I'm going to miss my babies while I'm gone.  *Sob*

Obviously, I'll be MIA for a while. But please keep your google-reader-eyes peeled for my return. I'm hoping to bring a few books to share back from the conference ... maybe even SIGNED books. I never had a 100 follower give-away, so I need to make up for that. (YAY!)

And hopefully I'll have some useful nuggets of writing wisdom to share, too, if I'm not so star struck with all the smart, important conference attendees that I lose my brain entirely.

Take care, everyone. I'll *see* you when I get back.



  1. Have so much fun! Everyone will love you. I know these things (I'm a mother after all). :)

  2. Roll your clothes instead of folding them to avoid wrinkles! It really works.

  3. Have fun at the conference, Amy! And don't worry about a thing - everything will work out fabulously, I'm sure:)

  4. Have fun, Amy. I was worried about many of those same things and it was all fine. So surely you'll be fine too? Cute pictures! I love it when kids/animals are the same age. So sweet!

  5. Stop stressing! Have fun at the conference :)

  6. Everyone loves you, Amy. (Well, I always have anyway--why not speak for the rest of humanity as well?)

    You are one of those REAL, honest, and open people--plus you have an engaging laugh and you smile often--honestly, who doesn't love that?

    Have a great time!

  7. Thanks, guys. Your nice comments have helped. I'm trying to be brave. Still quaking in my new wedge sandals, a little bit.

    P.S. In a fit of hairbrained stupidity, I made business cards for myself the other day at our local printing shop and put my in-laws phone number on the card by accident (we lived there for six months, but still ... a major brain fart!) I just hope my brain stays with me long enough to get me to the conference and back without making a TOTAL fool of myself.

  8. Amy, I'm so excited for you and can't wait to hear all about it! I want details, especially since I've never been to one and would love to go sometime....maybe one day...

    Anyway, have fun! I'm so impressed that you thought to make business cards! Don't worry about the phone number moved six months ago and have a family and I think I remember you were also doing some renovation work and transitioning to the US and and and...the list goes on and on. You are an amazing lady and will be so loved there! =)

  9. Have a great trip!

  10. Have a great trip. And, did Aaron have knee surgery? Just wondering from the picture. Dave and I were also wondering if there would be a chance we could get together in August. We've got some time after summer term and before fall term. We'd love to see you!

  11. You are going to have a wonderful and exciting time. Love the pics. Wish we were all as laid back as those kitties.

  12. I know you are having an awesome time! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get your feet back under you. :)


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