July was just kind of there. Like a splat of paint on concrete. Brightly colored and interesting, but not really shaped in any artistic fashion.
David got a job working at Pieology, and it’s a much better working environment for him. He isn’t depressed going and coming from work anymore, which has been a blessing not just for him but for me as well.
I went on a couple Yard Sale adventures with my parents and sister and that was delightful. And David and I went on several excursions to the library which resulted in my falling in love with Ouran High School Host Club.
I watched the anime 2 times and read the entire Manga even though I don’t like Manga. I also found a t-shirt at a yard sale and freaked out. That was a good yard sale.
I have also been continuing on my quests in writing and building my Etsy business. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.
About half way through the month, we finished watching Star Trek Next Gen. How do I feel about this?
The biggest event of the month was FandomFest Comic Con where I volunteered for the first two days and then attended the last. It was a ton of fun.
I met some incredible artists and authors while there, and was so sad I couldn’t get something from all of them, but you should definitely check out Who Knew? Art, Tracy Hawkins Illustrations, and author Lacy Marie. I enjoyed conversing with these creatives, and got some art from them! In talking with Lacy Marie I discovered that she is writing to give teens hope and proceeds from her book sales go to teen suicide prevention, and I think that is a beautiful thing. It really touched my heart as that’s why I write as well.
And that wrapped up July. Not a very eventful month, and quite a stressful, weird one to be honest. Not my favorite, but we survived.
And now onward to August, where we’ll have our best friends’ wedding, and after that, who knows?
This month has been very full of both good and not so good moments.
We began our journey through the month with a trip to the movies to see Wonder Woman. While it was a good film overall, I left disappointed and really don’t like it all that much. I hated the death of a character, David disliked the meh showdown at the end. But there were some pretty shots and nice moments.
The following days were filled with preparations for the One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop which included finishing excerpts, printing excerpts, cleaning my apartment, making meal plans, and trying on cosplays and doing make up tests for each one.
During this time, my mom was down and out with a herniated disc and vertigo, and we were afraid she wouldn’t be able to make the trip at all. But thankfully, when the time came to leave, she was able to go.
Speaking of the time to leave…
On Sunday, our friend Garrett arrived to carpool with us, and as usual when a friend shows up, we stayed up until 1AM talking. After one hour of sleep, we got up to leave.
I should probably note that David sadly couldn’t make it this year 😥 And he was greatly missed.
We made it safely to Kansas, got us some Chipotle, and stopped in at the Dudeplex to eat said Chipotle (but really it was to see the people there).
This began our week in Kansas, which was beautiful. It was my favorite Workshop yet (though 2011 still might be the best… I don’t know, I think they are tied? Ugh this year was just so good!)
This year’s workshop theme was Writers of the Lost Art, and all throughout the week during sessions God was quietly poking me with truths I needed to hear. Reminders to live selflessly, to love strong, and to pursue writing for His glory. It was truly a blessed time that I really needed.
Plus, there were haunted golf card rides this year. What more can you wish for?
All too soon, it was over. If you want to know what that feels like, here’s a picture to sum it up:
Since we had the blessing of taking Garrett home with us, the pain of leaving wasn’t quite as bad as normal.
Alas, Monday morning saw the exodus of Rachel, Ryan, and Mr. McMannus, and a few hours later Garrett too said goodbye.
And then we were alone. Sad. With nothing but Alexis’ 3,150+ pictures and videos to keep us company.
For a week I rested and processed emotions and tried to clean my apartment. I quit my job in order to give all my time to writing and building my Etsy business. And I charted out a master schedule to accomplish the goals.
And then our car had problems.
And then David lost his job.
So here we are, the end of June, our minds now bent on creating, job searching, and careful financial handling. It isn’t easy, but God is in control and we are confident He will provide and show us what direction we should go in now. Who knows what the future may hold?
It all started with a cold. David fell ill on May 1st, and took a week or two to recover fully, though he wasn’t down and out.
Unfortunately, this lead to me getting sick a few days later, and in typical fashion, I was much, much worse.
Thankfully, however, we succeeded in getting better just in time for a much looked forward to visit from some of our best friends!
After that amazing time together, we worked on getting back to the normal swing of things for a few days. And by normal I mean David was normal while I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to get stories written and submitted before deadlines and figure out packing for my big Orlando trip which was approaching very fast. (I also had a story published on Splickety’s Lightning Blog, which you can read Here.) But before I left, another very special event took place…
My baby sister turned 18!!!
Yes, my baby sister is an adult now. Where did the time go….
Only 4 days after the birthday festivities, I was on my way to Florida.
After a safe and completely on time flight, I was able to hop on a shuttle, make it to the hotel, check in and drop off my stuff, and hop on another shuttle that took me to Hollywood Studios where I spent the rest of my day in an aura of intense happiness.
The next day was conference day, but before that all started I made a quick trip to Disney Springs to visit my favorite bakery…
Now, you might be thinking that all was fun and games while I was in Orlando. But that is not quite the case.
Upon wrapping up my day in Hollywood Studios, I sat waiting for the shuttle to pick me up. That shuttle never came. Thankfully, a very nice bus driver figured out what was going on for me and took me out of his way so that I could make it to another pick up site and get back to my hotel safely.
The following day my friend Mig and I made a long string of decisions that while not catastrophic, were not the right ones either. They basically resulted in us being ridiculously hangry and walking probably ten miles. Which was definitely ten miles more than necessary. Don’t lose your car in a huge parking lot, kids, it isn’t fun.
But, in the words of Tevye, “It’s all over, and everything is peaceful again.”
So the conference officially began!
We had a really good weekend at the conference, filled with meeting new people, laughing, and sore feet. But the good kind of sore, that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something. (Honestly it helped that I went barefoot a lot. Carpeted vendor halls are the best!)
After the conference came to an end, and I took a last trip to Disney Springs with Dan and Miguel, it was time to leave the palm trees and humidity and return to my native dwelling place. All was going well, my first flight landed early…. and then I found that my flight home was delayed by two hours. And then three. I had a horrible attitude about it, but was still trying to pray that it would somehow be fixed (hard to do when you’re having a bad attitude). Then, a group of guys (Who admittedly had annoyed me earlier as I sat in my stew pot of emotions) were talking behind me about how they switched their flights over to another one that was leaving in an hour. I bolted down to customer service, and, thanks be to God, I was able to get on that flight, no charge. And it was a good thing I did – the other flight got bumped back even later twice after that.
But despite that snag in plans, I did get home safe, and only an hour after the original time.
The next day, David took me out for my day early birthday date! We ate at First Watch, which was AMAZING. So amazing, that we forgot about taking any pictures until we had eaten every bit of food on our plates. But just trust us that it was amazing.
After that, we got to finally go see The Hunger Games Exhibition!
On my actual birthday, my sister came to spend the day with me, and we made lots of delicious food. We also went on a quick shopping trip to Target and Half Price Books because, well, why not?
Yes, May was indeed Amayzing.
We hope yours was equally so!
Stay tuned next month for the exciting June post. Which will mostly be about the Summer Workshop, probably. But who knows what might happen in this crazy life of ours?
April has been quite the busy month for us! We began by hosting our friend Addison for a night as he was traveling on his epic new life adventure. We enjoyed gaming and drinking tea brewed in my cute new tea pot.
Also on the 1st, I joined my parents and sister at our favorite yard sale of the season which takes place at a local church. We didn’t score quite as much as normal, but we still found some awesome deals including golf clubs for David, some needed clothing items for the Niceley (or former Niceley) ladies, and, you know, a few fun things like movies and the cutest little Pyrex refrigerator dish. Because I can’t say no to cute little Pyrex dishes.
That afternoon we, along with David, went to a Japanese yard sale, which made David particularly happy. We got a lot of stuff from Chopsticks to books to help learn Japanese to Japanese fashion magazines. I also got this ADORABLE pair of Tabi shoes for $5, later finding out they retail for $78!
The next week or so was filled with work, story deadlines, and more work. But we had some fun mixed in there. Like…
Seeing Your Name with Lex!
Don’t know what Your Name is? Check out my post about it here.
Getting my Doki Doki box!
David got a Japan Crate from our friends in Kansas!
Skyping Kansas friends! (which I don’t have a picture of because I was working on a secret project while talking….)
And, of course, Easter Sunday.
Our Easter Sunday didn’t quite go as planned. Beginning with the day before. David and I decided on starting a tradition of buying small gifts and/or treats for each other and hiding them around the apartment and then having each other search. We had a great time with that (He got me truffles and chocolate bark and Kylo Ren Chopsticks!!!!) and then headed off to the mall to get our flat tire fixed. We had a nice little date walking around the mall while we waited for it. All seemed to be well until we got all ready to go to church Easter morning, got in the car, and discovered that the tire was once again flat.
Church didn’t happen that day, but we did have a great time with my family, eating great food, relaxing, watching Risen, and taking family photos.
The week following Easter found me preparing for my highly anticipated trip to Cincinnati! I’ve been helping the the One Year Adventure Novel booth at the homeschool convention up there for a couple years now, and this year I got to work with Mr. S, which was really fun! We had a great time – and David got to join me Friday night and all day Saturday, experiencing a homeschool convention for the first time. He now understands my love of conferences and conventions which thrills me to no end.
Remember when I mentioned Story Deadlines? Well one of those deadlines was for Splickety Magazine’s May Issue, to which I submitted a story. When I got back from Cincinnati, I heard back that my story has been accepted and is being published!!!!! IT’S MY FIRST PUBLISHED WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And then, as if my excitement couldn’t get any higher…
I was asked to go to Orlando to help with the OYAN booth at another convention, and that convention just so happens to be taking place 15 minutes away from Disney World on my birthday weekend.
Guess who is going to do something wild and insanely adventurous? Yes, folks, I’m going to Disney World for a day for my birthday and I could not be more hyped! Because I get to go to the most amazing place in the world AND do what I love best for an entire weekend!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To cap off our April, we took a trip to the zoo!
All in all, April showered us with a lot of life, both negative and positive. But through it all God’s been with us, and I love seeing how He is growing and shaping us through this process.
And now it’s time to move on to May and (spoiler alert!) there is going to be a LOT to talk about! So stay tuned for Birthdays, visits from some of our besties, baking, and as long as all goes well, DISNEY!