- My wife left for Las Vegas today, so I am Mr. Mom'ing it for the next four days. In a little known tidbit, that is precisely how this blog started so many years ago. When Donna went to Guatemala on a mission trip for church I started blogging about the trials and tribulations of single parenting. My domain was actually mrmomforaweek.blogspot.com The domain was renamed to writerjimlandwehr.com but the original posts are still there from those days.
- With the absence of my wife, comes the requisite eating of meals over the sink, often from the pot they were cooked in or wrapped in a napkin. (Actually, I made Spiede sandwiches tonight and they turned out quite tasty, thanks in large part to my wife who had everything ready.) Also the running of the dishwasher every third day, and making of the bed only the day she returns. (Maybe Saturday too, because that's cleaning day and, well, I have some standards.)
- Actually, I kid. This job is nothing like it was 7-8 years ago. Now, my biggest worry is whether I'll be able to wake my 17 year old in time for school. They have grown to become pretty good foragers/hunters/gatherers. Self sufficiency is a skill they put into overdrive when Mom leaves - me included. I do okay and Donna and I have admitted how it's good for both of us to be away from each other for a time, now and then.
- Donna and I went and saw the musical Guys on Ice last night. It was hilariously well done. I haven't had that much fun at a play in quite some time. The scene is an ice shanty in Door County, WI where two guys are ice fishing. I'd highly recommend it regardless of whether you like to fish or not. Everyone in the audience loved it. (It might be best understood by people from the northern Midwest, ya know, eh?)
- I am seven days into my Tupelo Press 30/30 poetry challenge and am happy to report I'm having a blast with it. It is work, no doubt, but I really enjoy the pressure of coming up with something creative every day. Even on those days when I don't feel creative enough for a haiku, I have to come up with something in order to keep up. It has brought some great poems forth as well as a few clunkers. That's true of any writing process. Part of the fun.
- I plan on going to the Star Wars VII movie on Saturday with Ben. I am one of the last holdouts, but I definitely want to see it in the theaters. I remember vividly going to the first one with my friends Pat and Pete when we were Juniors in high school. We ended up catching the last bus back from the Roseville four theaters, but I remember being awed by the movie. Great special effects (for the time) and a fantastic plot.
- Along those same lines I just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. Good story line, lots of action, but way too much technospeak in my opinion. (Some people may like this, this is only my opinion.) He could have lopped off 100 pages and still had a great book. I'd recommend it though, and have heard that the movie is very good too.
- Tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of AllWriters Workplace and Workshop and they are having a reading/celebration. I will be there signing my books. Come on out and hear some great writers.
- I have a guest post on the Sundown Press Blog. Check it out if you get a chance, Right Here.
That's all for now. Back to my 30/30 poem challenge!