A Day in My Life



Trish, at Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, is hosting A Day in the Life event today. I somehow missed that it was coming up, but it’s such a fun idea, I decided to go ahead and share my yesterday, even if I don’t have any photos to share.

6:20 am – The alarm went off. I woke up my husband and he headed to the bathroom. We only have one bathroom to use between the three of us in the morning, so who uses it when is a practiced routine. When he came back in the room, it was my turn in the bathroom and then I woke up my daughter. I fed the lizard and had come cereal for breakfast.

7: 20 am – Drove my daughter to school. I’m one of the women who just throws a robe and shoes on. No one sees me anyway.

7:30 am – I’m back home. Yesterday I went back to bed for short nap – don’t tell anyone.

9:10 am – Woke up again.

10:00 am – Work. Thursday is one of my short days.

10:05 am – Wished I wasn’t at work.


Noonish – Ate lunch at my desk. Yesterday was left-over pasta with bacon and cherry tomato sauce.

2:00pm – Work’s over. I went grocery shopping, but just picked up enough for dinner that night..

2:45 pm – I picked Amber up from school and drove her to her private paint lesson. This is one of her recent paintings. I don’t have any pictures of her current project.


3:-00 pm – Dropped groceries off at home and let the dog out. Went over to the church to practice the organ for a little while.

4:00 pm – Picked Amber up.

4:15 pm – Change of plans. Drove through Arby’s for dinner. We actually don’t have fast food that often, but sometimes it’s just so easy.

4:30 pm – Back at home. We ate in front of the tv, watching Martha Speaks. Yes, Amber’s 15, but there’s not much on in the afternoon. I did some chores around the house and played the piano some. I also changed into sweat pants.

5:30 pm – Put the check and reservation in the mail for Amber’s band banquet.

5:45 pm – David got home. We talked for like a minute, mostly about some wood triangle thing one of Amber’s friends needed him to make for her.

5:50 pm – Took Amber to her group art class. David picked her up later and took her friend’s triangle.

6:00 pm – Stopped at the library to pick up a yard sign for their renewal levy that will be on our ballot in May

6:10 pm – Went to the gym. Spent an hour on the elliptical. I was listening to Shadow and Light by Jonathan Rabb, but apparently I forgot to download the LAST section, so it just ended. At least I had another one to start – Gorky Park.


7:45 pm – Got home. Said hi to the dog and David, who was watching the hockey game. Played the piano for a while. I just got new music, which is always fun to play through.

8:10 pm – Reviewed Amber’s vocab for World Lit with her.

8:30 pm – Watched Survivor on-demand with David and Amber.

9:40 pm – Made lunches. Dropped a piece of lunch meat for the dog. He loves when it’s time to make lunches.

10:00 pm – Tucked Amber in. Took 7 Simple Choices for a Better Tomorrow by Bob Merritt downstairs and sat with David. He was playing on his iPad and I think we had House Hunters on tv.

10:30 pm – Bedtime. I went to bed and read until David came in.

That’s pretty much a usual Thursday, except for the library stop. What did your day look?



Thursday’s Tale: Cinderella (2015)

Thursday’s Tale: Cinderella (2015)Cinderella by Walt Disney Pictures
Genres: Fairy tale, Fantasy, Romance
Released March 13, 2015
Rating: PG
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay by Chris Weitz

The story follows the fortunes of young Ella (lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella's father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." And then there is the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul.

Cinderella is a lovely movie. Cinderella is told by her dying mother to have courage and be kind, and that’s the motto she lives by, even after her dad dies and her step-mother and step-sisters are just horrible to her. At least her reason for hanging around makes some sense. It’s pretty faithful to the 1950s cartoon version, which on the one hand is nice. It’s a sweet story with a happy ending, but I would have liked to see a little something different. I guess I’ve become used to re-tellings that twist the stories a bit.

Lily James is a nice choice for Cinderella. She’s not a tough girl, but she’s strong, she keeps going no matter what life throws at her and tries to be positive. Yes, she talks to animals. And I loved her first meeting with the prince. They were both sweet and kind and smiling. Cate Blanchett is perfect as the evil step-mother. She’s nasty, but at the same time you realize she’s been through a lot, too – and her clothes are just awesome, a touch of the 40s. I think the whole look of the movie – costumes, settings – was definitely one of its strong points. I could have done without the drawn out transformation of Ella’s dress to her ball gown, but sometimes fairy tales needs overdone parts, I guess.

If you’re looking for something new, this isn’t worth seeing. If you enjoy traditional tellings and wonderful costumes, It’s worth it.

On a side note, Helena Bonham Carter was the fairy godmother, a bit ditsy but full of sparkle. She also did the voice-overs that helped lead the story along quite well.  I don’t know I never recognize her though. I had no idea it was her until I was reading who the cast was later.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all.

Three Strategies Every Writer Should Be Implementing


The following is a sponsored post. I did receive compensation.

Three Strategies Every Writer Should Be Implementing

These days, many individuals have chosen to pursue careers as freelance writers. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that there are a plethora of strategies you can and should implement to ensure that your career takes off. Here are three of them:

1. Network With Other Writers.

One of the most effective strategies you can implement to get your writing career going is networking. Thanks to the rise of the internet and technological advancements, there are a plethora of simple ways you can put this strategy in motion. For example, there are numerous writers who schedule web chats in which they speak with aspiring writers and fans regarding their work. Recently, writer Daniel Handler did a web chat regarding his new novel We Are Pirates. Daniel is the author of several critically acclaimed works and would be a wonderful writer to interface with in order to learn more about the industry.

2. Develop A Blog.

Another strategy you may want to consider implementing in order to get your writing career going is the development of a blog. This strategy is efficacious for numerous reasons. First, it functions as a social media marketing tool that enables you to connect with members of your target market. Second, it functions as a money-making tool through which you can advertise your existing oeuvre. Third, it helps you connect with potential agents who may be interested in reading and publishing your work.

3. Consider Self-Publishing.

One final strategy you should consider implementing as you seek to develop your career in freelance writing is self-publishing. These days, publishers are still accepting roughly 1-5% of the manuscripts they receive. However, self-publishing has become a viable medium through which many writers have developed substantive careers. With this method, you simply publish your own work through a medium like Lulu. You can then invest in marketing endeavors and develop a fan base. Oftentimes, writers who have successfully completed these steps garner attention from literary agents and eventually earn a contract with a major publishing house such as Simon & Schuster.


If you are an aspiring writer who is ready to get your career off the ground, you should know that there are numerous strategies you can implement to put the process in motion. Get started by implementing one or all of the techniques listed here. Good luck!


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