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Hello, friends! No, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. We've just been trying to deal with stuff at the house. I may address some of that later, since things seem to be rough in the majority of aspects right now, but for now I'll mostly try to focus on the positive.

Everyone seems to be over the flu that hit during Thanksgiving, so that's a real blessing. I'm still nowhere near where I wanted to be with NaNoWriMo, but I've been steadily plucking along and will continue to do so through the 30th. Unless I have some huge bouts of inspiration (which is actually entirely possible, given the fact that I've just gotten into a comfortable groove with the story), I may not hit the 50,000 word mark. In double checking my Mission 101 list, I see I actually put “32. Complete NaNoWriMo”. Now I find myself splitting hairs. Is it 'completed' if I go the whole month, or do I actually have to 'win'? * sigh * I probably won't strike it out unless I actually win, but I still have next year (my 101 list is up May 2009). In reviewing the list, I see I actually have a couple things to strike out – and a couple I forgot I was working on, so will need to start over. I'll save those for a whole 101 update in the future, though.

In slightly less boring news, we have spent the last couple of weeks being pirates. (And I must reiterate here, I was a pirate long before Jack Sparrow – or Steve the Pirate – made it cool.) I am Captain Janey Rotten, Eden is Pirate Stormcloud the Builder, Ivy is Pirate Yohosefat (I named her, due to her constant Yo Ho-ing), and Josh has recently joined the fun as Pirate Zatara. We have had jolly good fun stealing and burying treasure (leaves are awesome for this, thank you Autumn), sailing our ship (car), hosting cannon battles/sword fights with innocent passerby, blowing away storm clouds, and using our buckets to put out the lightning fires aboard our trusty ship, The Bad Princess. I highly recommend a good month immersion into piracy, even if you don't have kids. It's been awesome. Gar!

Ivy is just a-talking and a-singing up a storm. I'd do a voice post, but kids never do it on command. She's absolutely brilliant, though, just like I suspected.

I don't know whether it's the beautiful birth of baby_squee, or the fact that damn near everyone else on my f-list has either been having babies, eagerly awaiting babies, or just found out they're having babies, but I have been in full-on “We need our son!” mode lately. Oh no fears, I'm not doing anything stupid. But I am dreaming about him night after night. I really gotta nip that in the bud, although I'm not sure I actually want to yet. In other super-duper-mega-exciting news, I do have my doula already lined up for his birth – my bestest friend lessthan90sheep. She has seriously been like my main source of sanity for the couple weeks, so I can't sing her praises enough. It makes me really strengthen my resolve to make sure that actually does happen one day, because I would love to have her support me at my next birth.

Reckon that's all for now, folks. I have been dipping into my f-list during the past week, but please let me know how things are on your side of the world!

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lessthan90sheep
Nov. 27th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
*beams*

Yay! I'm excited and ready for when he chooses to show up :)
ahavah
Nov. 27th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Hope you don't change your mind during the wait. :P
kathness
Nov. 27th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yarrr! That sounds like so much fun! AYK, I've been having a blast being a facebook pirate. The other day I got together for a family dinner (not Thanksgiving, that was last month) with an aunt and great-cousin (or cousin once removed, or however that all works) and my family..and my sister and I were just all.. 'and I can't *believe* you bombed me the other day..I was sooo mad at you!'. Heh, I make us sound a bit like valley girls. LOL and the other day we were at the bookstore buying books for G's nephew..and I would only pick out pirate storybooks. That's not new, though. I've got a small library of pirate books for kids. And G purchased 2 more for me that night-- he said it's all good, they'll be there for when we have our little ones...
kathness
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
..and I've been a pirate lass long before Jack Sparrow also. I've been collecting children's books for about a decade..and have that kids site (which I have't updated in a dogs age..it doesn't even have any of the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies listed on it- that's how long it's been... http://pirateannie.fateback.com)
Crossing my fingers for sudden inspiration for you..
ahavah
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll take a look a that. So is that where I can find your recommendations for the best pirate kids books? The girls would love that come Christmas!

And thanks for the encouragement! I actually have had some inspiration, but it's mainly lack of time at this point. We've got so much going on right now, I haven't been able to write in days. :(
kathness
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Well, I haven't updated the page in a number of years.. but I was keeping a list here: http://pirateannie.fateback.com/nook.html I'll have to start looking into it again. :)
ahavah
Nov. 28th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thank you!
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ahavah
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
You may apply to join our pirate crew, but we're so far the undisputed champions of the Seven Seas. :D
mrsgirlyduck
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh dear, since the husband regularly turns Talk Like a Pirate Day into Talk Like a Pirate Week, I can imagine you guys running around "ARRRRRGGGHHHHing" everyone in site.
ahavah
Nov. 28th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
It's more like randomly snatching their imaginary treasure and bamming them with imaginary cannons...But there's always plenty of Argh!
learnto_be
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Its good to hear from you :) Glad everyone is feeling better.
ahavah
Dec. 2nd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! But I'm afraid I spoke too soon. Oh, I got a plague. An awful, hideous plague. I'm on the mend now, though. *knock on wood*
intrepidrayne
Dec. 25th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Pirate month, that sounds like too much fun! :)
ahavah
Dec. 26th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
It's still going strong! A barrel of fun. :) Glad to see you in this neck of the woods again. I'll have to try to get some more quality lj time in soon.
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