Baby Steps Today

If anyone is wondering where I've been, I've had company this weekend. My parents wanted to see the puppies while they are still puppies. It's kind of hard to argue with that. I love puppies myself. We spent most of our time visiting, and went for a nice dinner last night. My oldest son and his entire family decided to join us, my daughter, and her pseudo-boyfriend, so we had a big group. It's nice when we can all get together. It's kind of strange when you start hearing the term Great Grandma, or Great Grandpa.

Today, I dragged my generators to the garage door and started them up. I aimed the exhaust out into the driveway. My intention was to run them out of gas, but they're still going about six hours later. I put them away two years ago and haven't run them since. Old gas is the enemy of engines, and I expected more problems. We are taking the camper out next weekend, and this time we'll need the generators.

I swept out the garage, and intend to finish if the little buggers ever run out of fuel. Right now my dust pile is next to them, waiting for them to finish. Garage is looking pretty good though.

While waiting, I took my turn at puppy patrol. They're both pretty good, but Nyx sometimes doesn't remember to go to the door for a potty break. So far, so good today.

I also worked through my critiques. We met Tuesday, and I stashed them until my parents went home. Yak Guy is still a hit with the group. I need to figure out how to get all the non-fun parts finished.

I tried to talk my wife into stealing away this afternoon to see Pirates, but she wouldn't have it. I feel like I accomplished some reasonable things today.

Tomorrow is my flex day, so there is a small chance to work on the beta reads I received for The Enhanced League. It all depends on luck, but maybe I can move that project closer to completion.

What did you guys do this weekend? Hope you had a good one.

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  1. Wow, the generators that won’t stop running. Sounds like an episode of Twilight Zone. ๐Ÿ™‚ I attended a book festival in downtown McKinney. It seems to me that these kinds of book events are dying on the vine. It’s hard to get people interested in coming out to meet a bunch of unknown authors and buy books they’ve never heard of. While they were successful even five years ago, not so much anymore. I was there from 9 am until 3 pm and sold 2 books. Sounds like the puppies are getting their bearings.

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  2. Love the pics and the new background, though I liked the old one too. Running errands all weekend for clothes for my son’s work. Did get to stop in a figurine shop where the prices weren’t horrible. Some awesome stuff there for future purchases.

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  3. Oh, and you’ll like Pirates, it wraps the story up nicely.

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  4. Not sure if I should be impressed or worried that the generators are going strong on 2-year-old gas. Hope you don’t have gremlins messing with you there. ๐Ÿ˜€ Only interesting thing I did was see Wonder Woman. 12 year anniversary movie, which was worth it.

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    • Sounds like WW sales are off the charts. Reviews are all pretty positive too.

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      • The only negative review I read was one that demanded she fight more men. That and the removal of her male supporting cast. I think part of the issue is that while she is a feminist icon, you need Steven Trevor in her origin because he’s her bridge to the world of man. Just like Lois Lane is Superman’s bridge to humans. There was a decent amount of humor, but not enough that it got silly at any point. Saw some impressive trailers that I’ll be marking my calendar for too.

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      • There’s always one who wants to rewrite the script to promote some agenda. I give faith to the writers, performers, and directors and hope for the best.

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      • Same here. Honestly, I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Might try it out with the kid even though it’s PG-13. He’s still annoyed that we went without him.

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      • It’s tough when they make superhero movies with more adult ratings. Kids love superheroes and think they should get to see them.

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      • True, but I figure that’s when I put my foot down. I saw a lot of little kids there too, which made the R-Rated trailers rather interesting. I think there are parents out there who look at genre instead of rating. It doesn’t cross their minds that a genre can span multiple age brackets. For example, not every animation is Disney-level family friendly.

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      • True, and glad I don’t have to deal with it anymore.

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      • I’d say it’s a pain, but not really. Look at rating, make decision, and that’s it. Worst case scenario, we see it first and then go again with him. Helps a bit if he has any questions.

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  5. Puppy time is fun, especially when you combine it with all that family time. Even with the work sandwiched in there, it sounds like you had a great time.

    We had a birthday party to attend yesterday. Today, hubby did yard work and I concentrated on writing. Very little progress on my part but I managed to add some word count so I’ll count it a plus.

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  6. My week was two bulldog puppies short of perfection, apparently ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s been good one, well-balanced and happy, thanks.

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  7. Their shmooshed up faces are truly adorable. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ah yes, generators and old gas. We managed to destroy our old generator before we learned that lesson. One we’ll never forget though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I think you lucked out on the old gas thing. That ethanol (15% of the gas) kills engines. I would throw some STP into your gas when you refill. Those puppies are the cutest.

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  9. I actually disconnected from social media for the weekend, and it was GREAT! I wrote a couple blog posts, one for my mama blog and one for my author site, and caught up on others’ posts. My husband and I caught up with some friends, cooked some meals, and spent some time together. We even went shopping for fun “Texas casual” dress code outfits for a dinner we’re going to in a couple weeks. It was nice and relaxing!

    Your puppers are adorable! I wrote about my doggo a little bit in tomorrow’s scheduled post as well. Glad you got to spend some time with family, that’s always nice. I don’t camp personally, but I have family that has a camper in a nice little camp ground that they go up to on the weekends. It sounds very relaxing. I hope you get everything sorted quickly and enjoy your time at camp! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. I have been working on a photo book of our trip to NYC which is pure drudgery. Culling through and editing almost 2,000 images to put together a 100 page book has turned my mind to mush. It is times like these that I wish I had cute puppies for distraction! I am anxiously awaiting the release of the Enhanced League. I can’t wait to see what you have done with it.

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  11. wow…puppies AND a clean garage? you are my hero. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. my weekend wasn’t a patch on yours…but I did manage to get some work done…

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  13. Sounds like fun, having the whole family together. I love when we do that too. Saturday, I wrote all day, then went out to dinner with friends. Sunday, I wrote in the morning, then sunbathed. It was so relaxing — a well needed break to blare the music and clear the mind. No puppies, though. I’ve now adopted a squirrel, a crow, and a raven as my pets. I’ll be writing a post about their adventures, so I don’t want to spoil it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Loving the Norlins wallpaper – I remember that French Quarter building from Live & Let Die (there was a Bond season on TV recently)!
    My weekend was spent clearing up and getting ready for more kitchen/diner deliveries… Luckily everything arrived promptly so I can soft pedal the rest of the week! ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad your vacation prep is going fairly smoothly – gotta keep all those pups in the style they’ve become accustomed too! ๐Ÿ˜›

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  15. Sounds like a great weekend. Also, sounds like potty training is going quite well in your house. We have about a 75% success rate on potty training most days, which is great considering Lilie’s age (she only reached the 10 week mark over the weekend).

    I spent my weekend alternating between trying to catch up on a bit of reading, and doing some puppy training. Even got a video of Lilie doing some tricks on command, which I now have up on YouTube.

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  16. The puppies are so adorable, but don’t envy you the potty training. We’ve always had cats – just put out the litter box and show them where it is.

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