Diana's Diversions

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Saturday, May 28, 2005 on 12:51 PM
Diana's Diversions


High School Graduation

Posted by Kathy Carmichael on 12:20 PM
My nephew, Perry's graduation was lots of fun. I particularly liked the theme of the Salutatorian's address to the grads: don't wait for your future to happen to you -- go out and make your future.

The above photo is of Perry, Terri (his mom), Paul (his dad), and Jordan (his sis).

I'll be uploading more photos later -- maybe next week since I'm flying home tomorrow. And in the words of the Class of '05 -- May the force be with you. More photos -- KC


Drive-Thru Zoo!

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Friday, May 27, 2005 on 2:53 AM
To see more photos from Fossil Rim on Wednesday:

Click Here.

Included in the photos are my sister, cousin, nephew, niece, and son :)

Perry's graduation ceremony tonight was great. I'm hoping to upload photos of him tomorrow, but that'll have to be after we return from the Ft Worth Zoo -- KC


Texas Two-Step

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Thursday, May 26, 2005 on 11:55 AM
I've been out of town since last Friday. First I went to Houston for the RWA Strategic Planning Retreat and mini board meeting. On Sunday evening I flew to Dallas to spend time with my family for a week. My son Ian is with me. My nephew Perry graduates from high school today (Thursday) and his mom (my baby sis) is having a huge party for him tomorrow. Here's a photo of my beautiful 2-year-old niece. I'll post more photos soon! -- KC



Posted by Kathy Carmichael Friday, May 13, 2005 on 7:08 PM
It's been several days since I've posted, mainly because I've been snowed under.

Ian celebrated his 15th birthday and tonight he's at his 8th Grade Prom. Today is also my husband and my 27th wedding anniversary as well as my one-week mark on non-smoking (I've gained 1 pound for each day I haven't smoked and have some serious dieting in my future)!

Next week I'm heading to Houston for the board retreat, followed by a week with Ian in Dallas visiting family and seeing my nephew, Perry, graduate!

In the meantime, I'm trying to get caught up on writing as well as finishing up things that must be done before I leave town. Anyone know where I can rent a brain??? I think I'm gonna need one -- KC


Happy Mom's Day!

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Sunday, May 8, 2005 on 11:14 AM
My kids are still asleep and I don't live near my mother or m-i-l, so there's no rush. I've enjoyed a peaceful stroll around my garden. It's fun to see my vegetable babies growing!

Today is Day 3 of being a non-smoker and it's supposed to be the hardest in terms of cravings. Supposed to be is correct -- because it hasn't been bad! I don't think it's going to be, either. The absolute secret must be in having the right mind-set in order to quit cold turkey -- and this website helped tremendously: www.quitsmokingonline.com

My largest battle so far is in terms of what I do out of habit and trying to form new habits to replace the old. For instance, my walk around the garden today. Which is fine when it's nice outside -- but maybe I can take my coffee to the lanai and drink there when it's not.

On the writing front, I haven't written a word since quitting, so my big plan today is to write something. Anything -- besides in my blog -- KC


Non-Smoker as of Today!

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Friday, May 6, 2005 on 6:48 PM
I took the big step and made the decision to become a non-smoker as of today. In some ways it's been much easier than I thought it would be, but I've heard that the mental addiction withdrawal becomes more powerful in a couple of days.

I'm looking forward to the challenge (she said timidly).

John helped me set up an exercise center in my bedroom. We moved in the treadmill (placed it directly in front of a window facing my side yard) and my other exercise equipment, yoga stuff, small weights. I have a lighted beach scene photo-box that has the sound of the sea and seagulls cawing. He'll hang it beside the treadmill tomorrow, then I'll be all set up. I'm hoping it'll help keep off the extra pounds from quitting smoking. I'd told myself that if the cravings got bad, I'd hit the treadmill. The problem's been that my cravings haven't been strong enough to make me want to exercise!

I am very determined and having a fairly good time with it, although I set aside today to deal with "not smoking." Tomorrow I'm planning to get back to work. I won't be going out because I might become too cranky. I really don't want to jump down someone's throat! Well, I might jump down a family member's throat -- but that's it. No TARA sisters, no strangers -- KC


Writing with Butterflies

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Thursday, May 5, 2005 on 3:31 PM
Until very recently, I hadn't given myself permission to write lyrically. I tend to strip my prose bare, even though I write to an internal metronomic beat. In the interests of constantly trying to improve my writing, I've begun exploring areas I previously feared. Perhaps because of a strong case of imposter syndrome, there were places I simply didn't go.

So today I was determined to allow my inner poet to emerge while revising a partial.

I like what I wrote, but I don't know whether or not it works. Does it sound like human-shaped padding added to a bone-dry skeleton? I'm unsure if the butterflies in my stomach are a =good= thing -- KC


Email Arrrgh!

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Wednesday, May 4, 2005 on 11:20 PM
For the past couple of days, I've been having email problems. I thought they were finally straightened out, but apparently not. Update! I think my email woes have been resolved!

Perhaps because of the email problem, I've had a very good writing day, so that's the upside to this petty annoyance! And tomorrow my oldest son returns home from college for the summer. I'm very much looking forward to having my chickling back in the nest again. He says he's looking forward to having meals cooked for him and not having to do his own laundry. I'm wondering if he'll last the full summer!

Ya know, I'm wondering if =I'll= last the summer! -- KC


Anything to avoid housework

Posted by Kathy Carmichael Tuesday, May 3, 2005 on 1:36 PM
Today I'm working on a new blurb for my latest book. I use it for submitting, as a hook for my synopsis, and should it sell, as the blurb I send out to reviewers and the public. If you haven't tried my interactive pitch generator, click here.

After finishing the blurb, I have to write a couple of suckopses (lucky me!). Hey, I guess it's better than mopping the kitchen floor -- KC


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