Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I wish you all copious amounts of delicious turkey, potatoes, stuffing, yams, aardvaark, crowned rack of lamb, possum pie, pork roll egg and cheese kaiser buns, cranberry sauce, and roasted alligator. That is, if your Thanksgiving is like mine.

I'm still a bad blogger, and it's still for the same reason: My writing time this month is being sucked up by a silly idea of a spare time novel. So anyway, yeah. Here we are. What's going on this week, you ask? Well, I'll tell ya.

Actually, Ryan J. Nelson, my hero and compatriot, summed it up nicely with a rather famous post of his from the days of old. That's pretty much what I've been up to. I've been sick since Friday night. I pretended that I was better on Saturday night when we had some people over for a movie night, but in reality...yikes. It hasn't been pretty.

I'm done with that now, though, and the future is looknig bright! The family and I are heading up to my grandparents' house for turkey day, and it's going to be fantastic.

School is winding down once again, with my last day of classes next tuesday, followed by fun-filled finals week. SUCK. Oh well. This is the second-to-the-last finals week ever.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Gobble Gobble!

30 K???

So I started NaNoWriMo as kind of a larf, not thinking that I would actually be able to do it.  To my complete and utter shock, I'm basically on pace.  I just cracked 30,000 words today (with a goal of 50,000 during the month of November).  I don't mean to toot my own horn here, because seriously (as I'm sure I've mentioned) the book is kind of crappy.  But there it is.  I'm 3/5 done.  OK maybe I do mean to toot my own horn a bit.  It's not the best story, but it cracks me up as I write it.  Also, I'm writing a novel, going to law school, working a full-time job, raising a child, World of Warcraft.  (OK you shouldn't count that last one as a feat).  Ladies and gentlemen, I do this all without cocaine!  Now, admit it:  I'm awesome.

The whole book thing is probably the reason for the complete and total lack of blogs this month.  You know, I can only write so much.  I look at a blog and say to myself, "Jeez, that's 200 words that could have been in the book!"  I'm a huge dork like that.  Heh.

Other than that, there's not a whole lot going on.  The first open house went well -- we had 5 parties come through while we were out.  I spent the time over at Rhyno's place with my lil' girl (who flat out refused to even think about napping, but sat quietly with me for maybe 30 seconds and talked about the Vikings) and two cats (who cowered in fear and anger under the guest room bed.)  Hopefully one of those 5 parties went away with a really good impression of the house and will buy it.  We'll see.  In these days of housing market doom and gloom, I'm still optimistic.

I'm starting to get into my usual panic about school.  Finals are approaching rapidly, and as usual (and even more so during fall semester, it seems) I feel like I haven't learned a stinkin' thing over the course of the last few months.  I know it will all come together like it always does, but I'm looking at a light at the end of this long, dark and dismal tunnel, and all I can think about is fearful panicked thoughts about failing all of my classes.  Realistic or not, fear is still fear.

Hmm...seeing as how I'm currently sitting in class, perhaps I should pay attention.  That brings up a different point, though.  I'm in a class that meets once a week.  For the last four or maybe five weeks, there has been a guest professor.  How is that even remotely cool?  Our professor is doing nothing.  It's a bunch of dag-gummed malarchy if you ask me!  With several other made up old-timey sounding curses!  A pox on the man, by jove!

/Ben out.

In a nutshell

I've been a bad blogger lately, obviously. My posts have dwindled severely of late. I think that 10 days might very well be the longest that I've ever gone between posts. Hopefully this will be a nice, long blog full of stuff to make up for the lack. ;D

Let's see here, what's been going on. The last time I posted was on election day, and I'm happy to say that things went the way I wanted them to. Enough about that, we don't need to get all political. Hopefully things will turn out good.

Kerry and I put our house on the market last week. There's a big 'ol for sale sign out front and everything. If you know my address, you can find the listing online. Due to the state of the market, we obviously have to ask for less than we would like for the place, but that's the way things go. At least we're not asking for less than we owe, which would really suck and is still within the realm of possibility.

Things aren't all bad, no matter what housing doom and gloom you hear these days. Home sales went up 24% in September. That's a LOT. Some people think that our country's downturned economy will last forever, or for years, but that's simply not the case. Things will get better! Now...everybody do your part and go out there and buy a house. Start with mine. Thanks.

School has been plodding along. I'm into the last three weeks of the second-to-the-last semester of my law school career. I registered for classes for the last time EVER yesterday, and I'm happy that all of the stress of that crappiness are behind me. I'm pretty much taking all fluff classes tought by professors that give really high average grades. It shouldn't be too much of a hassle, I'm hoping.

I kegged up my porter, and now I have a keg full of beer in my house! It's warm, but it's very good. Not my best batch, but it's a very good and delightfully strong porter. I shudder to think of how beer on tap will change my life. I'm becoming something like a chocoholic, except with alcohol. Just kidding. I've had the keg filled for almost a week and have had two glasses of the stuff thus far. No need to plan an intervention.

The latest WoW expansion came out yesterday, and it's awesome. I've only played for about 45 minutes, though, because (of course) everybody with a WoW account is playing WoW now, due to the expansion's release, and there are queues of over 1000 people waiting to get on some servers (including mine). That means it takes about an hour to log on. I'm not too worried about it, though, because that's just time to work on my novel.

That brings me to the next point. I'm still hard at work doing National Novel Writing Month. (Sometimes it amazes even me how much crap I take on to do at a time). I'm basically halfway to the 50,000 word mark, which means I'm right on track. My novel gets increasingly sillier with each word I type, but as I mentioned before, it doesn't have to be good. I can write really quickly when I don't have to cite anything. No need for stimulants, just good time management.

Yep. That's the last week in a nutshell.

Go vote!

Vote vote vote!  Go vote!  Vote right now!  Leave work if you have to (that's allowed!) and go vote!

It's important!

Now, on to other things.

My lil' girl does not abide by the rules of Daylight Saving Time.  Therefore, I've been up at 6:00 am at the very latest.  It's been...tiring, because I have trouble convincing myself to go to bed early.  I've managed to go to bed around 11:00 the past couple of nights, though, so it's been OK.  I just always kind of feel like I'm not making good use of my time when I'm asleep.

I've been participating in National Novel Writing Month, which is admittedly ridiculous, but I'm actually on track so far.  It's only been 3 days, though.  Still, I'm writing the silliest novel that I've ever attempted.  It's about a guy that goes to the tropics (the Dominican Republic, specifically) and...well, he gets captured by Voodoo guys.  I don't know what's going to happen from there, though.  I think he'll get some sort of secret powers.  Either way, it's going to read part like a trashy romance novel and part like that episode of the Brady Bunch where the kid gets the hawaiian necklace that makes him fall off of his surf board.  So it'll be pretty bad, if I finish it, but that's just fine.  Nothing says it has to be good.

Other than that, just school and work and kid occupy the time.  It gets dark early and I get sleepy and we keep on keepin' on.

So go vote!  And while you're voting, enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that George W. Bush will soon be gone forever, and we can get this country back in shape again!