Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ten Things

I started out doing a "Thursday Thirteen" this morning, but then it dawned on me that it's only Wednesday, so I stopped at ten.

1. Marcel and I brought home a good-as-new couch from the thrift store last night. I like it, but my oldest two daughters pronounced it “ugly, ugly, VERY ugly” (anyone read Robert Munsch?).

2. We also bought a lovely wing-back chair that needs recovering, so I have a project for the weekend. Or the weekend after that.

3. I can’t wait to get rid of the very ratty furniture currently residing in my living room.

4. When I wandered through the bookstore yesterday, I was filled with a familiar sense of melancholy. It was a revival of my deep longing to have a book published and sitting up there on the bookstore shelves with all those other books.

5. We ordered a laptop recently. (Yes, our income tax cheque arrived.) One computer in a family of five computer-users (including one who’s a university student and trumps all the rest of us) is taxing us to the limit.

6. Maybe once we have a laptop, I’ll be able to find more moments to sneak away and write that book that will some day be on those bookstore shelves.

7. I am SO glad the Canadian women’s hockey team won the world championship last night (right here in Winnipeg). Sorry to my U.S. friends, but our team beat yours last night 5 to 1 for the gold.

8. Tonight, my bike is coming down from the rafters. On Monday, as long as it doesn’t snow again, I hope to ride to work. Oh, I can hardly wait! Now if only the river would go down so I could take the river pathway.

9. When I was in Dallas, I bought Anne Lamott’s new book “Grace Eventually”. Few writers make me feel as much like I’ve come “home” as Anne Lamott. It was the perfect antidote for the strange solitude I felt in Dallas. (I was happy that “Grace Eventually” did not involve as much Bush-bashing as “Plan B” – that got old fairly quickly.)

10. Soccer season begins for us tonight. Nikki has her first practice. Yes, it really IS spring! Yippee! Strange as it may seem, I am one of those parents who does not moan about having to spend every Spring evening sitting next to a soccer field. I LOVE it! I get to sit in a lawnchair in the sunshine (okay, so I’m being optimistic), chat with other parents, watch my kids do something they enjoy, and usually bike to and from the game with my family – what’s not to like?


Dale said...

Yayyyyyy women hockey players!! Canada rocks!! Again. Still.

No spring flooding in Wpg this season, Heather? I hope the danger is past.

Gina said...

Oooh, that sounds like our gals got quite a beating. Ah, well, back to the rink to practice, girls!

And I think you write more eloquently than half of the people who have books on those bookshelves.

Linda said...

We also have a laptop in addition to the computer. I'm sure you'll love it!

Vicki said...

ahhhh a laptop... I am green with envy.

Soccer season and Barrel Racing Season starts at the same time. I love it also. Be sure to take pictures. I sit in the stands and write down times then yell for Olivia when she runs. It doesn't get any better does it?

I bet the couch is great. Did you lay down on it? Does it sleep well?

Lucia said...

In my house, a laptop and a couch go together, and I happily write with my head on the arm and my legs on top of the back.

Now I'm just crazy to see the couch! Will you post a photo?

And, do I know that feeling of wanting a book on the shelves. I do. I do!

Judy said...

I didn't know the US HAD a women's hockey team.

It is snowing furiously here in Michigan. Eight inches possible.

I want to see a picture of your couch! I love my new love seat.

A book is in your future, Heather. I'm sure of it.

Joyce said...

What would the book be about?

Linda said...

You must post a picture of the beautiful/ugly couch and let us decide!

Anvilcloud said...

We were on the bikes for only the second time today, but we're expecting more snow tonight — up to 10cm. Groan.

Pamela said...

congratulations on the CW hockey win. Thats a sport I don't follow.

I miss sitting at the kids sports events.

oshee said...

I like thrift stores too.

My complaint about soccer season for the kids...is the heat I am bound to have to sit through. But swim-team season is even worse for that. I admit tho, I do enjoy it all too.

Liz said...

I can't wait to read about how y'all are fighting over that new lap top!

Congrats on the new furniture!!

Anonymous said...

I hate soccer season. We're out four nights in a row, most weeks, and there just never seems to be any time for anything else. For two months straight.

and half the time we're wearing winter jackets and freezing on the sidelines

Anonymous said...

A new laptop! how awesome :)

when your done re-doing your wingback chair, would you mind giving me a hand w/ my $17 thrift store wingback chair also?

$17 well spent, the chair is an ugly color, but it is soooo comfy and solid.