We’re back in the woods for another Writers Weekend (check out the tag for our previous WW adventures. Including turkeys). We missed last year due to other commitments on everyone’s part, and all three of us really felt the loss of it. So this year we all knew we had to do this, come hell or high water. We did get a slightly later start than we like because Deb had a commitment Thursday night (darn that real life, anyway), so Friday morning we got all our kids out to school and then hit the road to the Poconos. See below for how much stuff 3 writers need for 4 days away. And that doesn’t include groceries.
Day 1 is usually a wash. We need to decompress from our day to day lives and get settled into the house. Yesterday was no exception. We got up here around 11, unloaded the car, made the beds, started warming up the house, and then went out for lunch and grocery shopping. Lunch was at this run down looking diner that I’ve been past a million times going camping (our campground is about an hour past Deb’s mountain house). The food was surprisingly good, although I think their meatloaf was actually their gyro meat. And we bought a pie. Because diner pie. Then we went grocery shopping. The nice thing about three grown women in a house together is we all take turns cooking, and we are mostly reasonable when we go shopping. Yes, we always end up with too much snack food, but hey, at least it’s 75% healthy snack food! 7 bags and 4 dozen bottles of water later, we were off to Lowe’s and Walmart (shudder) to get new lamps for the house. Deb always walks a fine line on these trips between being on vacation and being a rental owner. We try to keep her on the more relaxing side of that line, but sometimes needs must. This was at least easier than the year the gas fire wouldn’t turn on. That wasn’t fun!
We got back home around 3:30, got unloaded and Nikki got the traditional WW Tikka Masala in the crockpot, then we all lounged around until dinner. I got some software installed on my computer and played too much Minecraft while Deb did hockey research and Nikki actually did writing work (making the rest of us look bad.) But again, first day is a wash, so no stress. I did spend some time that evening going through one of my seed catalogs, so that’s something off my list.
I do have a goal list for the week
- Scripts for the podcast I’m planning – I need to write introduction and closing scripts, as well as actually coming up with a name. I want to record the demo by the end of the month, so I need to get cracking
- Oestara ritual – I’m leading the Oestara ritual for Gaia’s Rainbow this month and need to actually get it written
- Sherlock shawl test knit – this is due back to the designer by the end of the month. I’m on clue 3 of 9…
- Finish my mom’s shawl. Before she hunts me down with knives.
- Write and bank a few blog posts – Theoretically March is a blog every day month. Yeah, no. Maybe April
- Garden plan – Spring’s coming almost faster than I’d like. I need to get seeds started, so I need to get, you know, seeds.
I think I’m off to a good start. Last night I got the recording software installed on my laptop so I can use it as my onsite podcasting studio. I also got my volunteer application in to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in New Orleans in June. If I can get that, it pays my attendance fee ($350. Oof.) and I just have to figure out travel and accommodations. (Also oof.) And I got through one of my seed catalogs, the one I’ll primarily be ordering from this year. (Johnny’s Selected Seeds, for anyone who’s curious.)
Slept kind of rocky last night, either really hard or wide awake. But I woke up with the basic ideas for the ritual, so this morning I worked on developing that. The theme is eggs and seeds. For our working, we’re going to make seed eggs (basically seed bombs shaped like eggs). So I researched seed bomb how-to’s, ordered the matrix for it and the seeds, and got the rough outline written. I still have to write the cast and calls and a quick charging meditation, but that’s pretty easy once the how to’s and why for’s are figured out. I think there will then be a nap. Then I want to finish Clue 3 on the shawl, and then I can go through another seed catalog. And poke at my garden plot maps to make sure I have room for everything, or that I’ve filled everything. I’m never sure which I’m going to end up at!