A Whirlwind Of Awesome

Fact: The entire month of August was one big giant ball o’ crazy.

August, in crazy ball form.
August, in crazy ball form.

First, we had teacher in-service days. Then school started, for me and for the kids. Then I decided it would be cool if I dove headfirst into speaking events for the first time in a year. (New babies have a way of putting the kibosh on book signings, you know?) Then my husband signed up to take the Series 7, which is a fairly intense test that gives him a license to trade stuff.

(And by “stuff” I mean stocks. And, you know. Other stuff.)

(Clearly I am not the business person in the family.)

And then yada yada yada, suddenly it was September and I finally took a breath. School has evened out for me; I feel like I’ve got at least one hand on the gearshift of the metaphorical School Bus, as opposed to gripping the steering wheel and screaming–which is what I do in August.

August also does not come with my own personal Keanu, which seems unfair.
August does not come with my own personal Keanu, which seems unfair. If I’m going to drive a metaphorical out-of-control bus, I should get a Keanu.

The girls have settled in nicely at their school, which means they’ve (mostly) stopped crying when they have to get in the car at 7:00 in the morning.

I’ve got SEVERAL events scheduled this fall, which you can find on my Events page. (Fair warning: a few of them are not open to the public, but I listed them anyway just in case the event happened to be at your place of work/education, because I’d love to see you.)

And my husband? DESTROYED the Series 7.

Oh yes I did, Rob Riley. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL ASLEEP ON THE COUCH.
Oh yes I did, Rob Riley. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL ASLEEP ON THE COUCH.

He pretty much blew the test out of the water because he is awesome. And also because I made him scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast before he went to the test center.

(I like to think the breakfast had a little something to do with his success.)

(Then again, I like to make most things about me.)

So even though lots of GOOD things happened in August, I spent most of the month feeling like one of those cartoon characters who steps on a banana peel and spends the next five seconds slipping and flailing, desperately trying to regain their balance.

Only instead of five seconds, it was thirty-one days.

But now September is here! And with it comes:

  • the first of my speaking events (at a middle school, where I’ll speak to 400 eighth graders–meep!)
  • a new gig as a Ticket Taker at my school’s home football games
  • a writing schedule that is actually working (thank you, Microsoft Excel; I should have Creepy Faces DONE and out to beta readers by January!)
  • two birthday parties
  • the wedding of two dear friends
  • a re-read of the entire Harry Potter series
  • and of course, another month of adventures with our 2 year old and 7 month old.

Basically? If August was a giant ball o’ crazy, then September is going to be a whirlwind of awesome.

What are you looking forward to in September?

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6 thoughts on “A Whirlwind Of Awesome

  1. Alicia says:

    Your August sounds much like mine. We spent 4 out of 5 weekends hosting major tennis tournaments. Sounds easy but Friday-Sunday 16 hour days, with long days in between to get ready for the next one, hosting 500-1200 people per tournament really makes you want to go crazy. Then my last weekend I had a small golf/tennis event followed by my baby’s first birthday party and I had developed a new twitch.. So I totally understand your September-first-means-I-have-time-to-take-a-breath relief. Congrats on surviving!

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