I just watched a great blue heron wading in the run-off pond near my house. That’s what I want to be in my next life. (Um, a heron, not a run-off pond).
The Bolder Boulder photographers just sent the link for me to check out my race day photos. Yikes. The photo of me running in the stadium toward the finish line shows one very tired woman. Zippy had five photos taken of him and I’m in three of them, running behind him like some oxygen-deprived stalker.
The official race results are now available and I discovered my time was nine seconds faster than I thought. Woo Hoo! But even more exciting, out of the 448 44-year-old women in the race, I had the 26th fastest time. (Technically I’m 27th but one of the women is listed as “Steve” which Zippy insists is a mistake. I pointed out there was a female character named Ralph on “Green Acres” but he insists that fact is not germane to the discussion). Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by my race position and it took the sting out of getting a much slower time than I’d hoped for.
I’m trying to sort out plot issues for my middle-grade WIP but started feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities. I was writing ideas, many of which were “maybe X does this because such-and-such…”, and I started to feel panicked by not having anything to hold onto. So I started a THINGS I KNOW list. I’m writing one-liners about story details I know for sure, and it’s helping me figure out what else I know. Now I don’t feel like I’m drowning!
Wildebeest had his last day of 7th grade on Wednesday and Zebu finishes 5th grade today. We’re all quite happy putting this school year behind us. We plan to celebrate tonight with some dinner and bowling.
This morning I went to the nearby tech school and bought a bunch of perennials from the student greenhouse which means I need to get outside and figure out where to put them in my various flower beds. I bought two forget-me-not plants because they remind me of Alaska. Now if only I could get a moose to come hang out in my yard………
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.