Friday, December 14, 2012

Going Country #2

We're here! We've arrived!

My little family of three is now snug in our first new home, and it feels glorious. I have to tell you, the first few days, I thought of this house as the previous owners' and I was just visiting. Weird, huh? Day Five hit, and I realized that I now viewed it as "our house." Maybe it was because we needed to get more stuff unpacked and it actually looked liveable? Maybe it was because we got the Christmas tree up? Who knows why? It just hit me, "We're home!"

The second level still has boxes to unpack. Mostly they are my office and school stuff. I can't tell you how very excited I am to have my own office, and a place to put all my daughter's school supplies. At our little apt in Arlington we had our stuff shoved into bookshelves and bins. Very tragic.

Now, there's some good things and bad things, or rather not-yet-adjusted-to things about living waaaay out here in the country.

The first thing that I'm not adjusted to yet is all the driving it takes to get to the grocery store, Target, Starbucks, my daughter's activities, etc. In the city, I zoomed around and arrived in ten minutes, now I realize I need at least 30-40 minutes to get to dd's Brownie meetings, and an hour or more to get into the city for her weekly Destination Imagination club.

The second, and most difficult adjustment, is my husband's commute to and fro work. He gets up so dang early, I don't even know how he stands it! And, then he's home with just enough time to have dinner, and prepare for the next day. Granted, he's staying later because it's crunch time at work and overtime is practically mandatory. So, I hope we all (he mostly) get used to this killer commute eventually.

I'm sure I'll find more things to adjust to, but those are the biggest right now.

The good things:
1. Having this beautiful house to grow our wonderful family! (Imagine a silly, beaming 44 y.o. woman, and that's me)
2. Having my own garden which still has mustard greens and kale in it. I like to broil/bake in the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes. Delish!
 
 
3. The stunning country and mountain views. My road is off a Virginia scenic byway! I think that's pretty cool. I also pass by four horse farms and a winery. And, most evenings, the sunset is spectacular.
 
 

My list of "good things in the country" will grow I'm sure. For now, I'm going to enjoy the fire, read a book with dd, and look for stars (and maybe a meteor/shooting star from Geminid) through my skylight.
 
It's good to be home...


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Going Country

The movers are coming. The movers are coming. It's a mantra that I repeat in my head as I clean out, pack boxes and generally freak out!

Don't get me wrong. I'm excited to move into my first house. Yes, we are officially homeowners for the first time. It's way overdue. We have been busting out of the seams here in a two bedroom apartment in North Arlington for too long.

Now, I love our neighborhood and I love being so close to lots of fun places. We have probably ten parks within walking distance. (Arlington is known for its parks) We have a grocery store right across the street. We can hop a bus for the Metro station and be downtown on the Mall to stroll the museums within the hour (or less). The libraries (one of my favorite places) are easy to walk to as well. I will miss all that convenience.

But, I think I will LOVE living in the country. Space to run, room to grow, time to breathe. Ahhh...

It will still be an adjustment for this city girl who has lived in the suburbs her whole life.  But, I'm ready for the challenge.

The movers are coming...in three days. I'll let you know after the dust has settled and the boxes are unpacked how it feels to go country.  ;)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Spirited Season

Make my wish come true...all I want for Christmas is for you to buy my book! Tee hee...

It's official. A Spirited Season, the Christmas short story anthology is now available!



I had so much fun writing this anthology with my besties, Karen Cantwell and Misha Crews. Here's the back cover blurb, so to speak:

What's a holiday without a little spirit? Join authors Karen Cantwell, Misha Crews, and Laura Lucas for half a dozen comical, fun, and warm-hearted Christmas tales.
Soccer mom, Barbara Marr, is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Scary in "A Christmas Peril."
Delaney Pearce isn't looking for a magic genie, but she finds one in "Make My Wish Come True."
An antique ornament brings two lonely souls together in "Two Turtledoves."  
A jealous husband gets an unexpected surprise when attempting witchcraft to solve his marital problems in "Squawkin' Around the Christmas Tree." Something just isn't right when the lights go out during Kendall Rhodes' Christmas Eve party in "Jingle Spells."
A rough-around-the-edges cell tower repairman discovers love in the least likely place in "O Christmas Tree."

All profits from the sales of A Spirited Season go to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals because everyone deserves a miracle.

Friday, November 9, 2012

About Me

Welcome!

This is my first website/blog, and I'm here to discuss many interesting and varied topics.

Here are a few things about me:

I live in Arlington, Virginia with my darling husband and sweet daughter. We have been occupying this 2 bdm apartment for 10 years. We have just purchased our first new house, and we'll be moving out to the country. Hooray!! Warrenton, VA will be our new address, and I can't express how excited I am. Our apartment is a maze of boxes and mess while I organize, clean and pack, but the payoff will be worth all the hassle. I'm predicting that one of my favorite new topics here will be about adjusting from city/surburbanite living to a quiet country lifestyle.

I stay at home with my first grader and home educate her. We follow an eclectic homeschool lifestyle, piecing together all kinds of fun activities. Dear Daughter is ecstatic to move into the new house and get a cat which Mom and Dad have promised her for Christmas.

My third passion is writing. My first published work will be available on Amazon and Nook any day now!!  Possibly tomorrow. A Spirited Season is an anthology consisting of six paranormal holiday short stories. My good friends, Misha Crews and Karen Cantwell, will be joining me. All proceeds from the sale of A Spirited Season go to the Childrens Miracle Network, a very worthwhile cause.

Apart from my husband and daughter, my other passions, in no particular order are: reading, crafting, drawing, movie-watching, browsing the library stacks, pining on Pinterest, traveling/road-tripping, photographing, Wii Dance Partying, thrifting and yard saling.

Hope to see you back here soon!