Enjoying the Weekends

The last couple of weekends have been so very enjoyable. Right now we're in between sporting seasons, so there are no games or meets to attend on the weekend. We're also in between holidays, so there are no parties planned or last minute shopping to do. Nope, these last couple of weekends have been completely free.

For the first time in who knows how long, my weekends have been free!

Sure, I've had to do homework, but even that has been relatively easy because I've only had to read and make a few comments in my Kazakh-American reading group. No papers to write just yet. Research, yes. Actual writing, no.

Since the homework has been on task and the house isn't a complete disaster, I've been able to fight a few monsters on Final Fantasy XIII, read a couple of non-school-assigned books, and watch a few movies.

This weekend I also made a point of visiting with my Grandma. She's 82 and not in the best of health. Her lungs can't really handle Michigan winters, which effectively keeps her housebound during these cold months. Understandably, a visit goes a long way in relieving the boredom.

Yesterday, we went through a box of very old pictures - pictures from the eras of my great-grandparents and great-great grandparents. She helped me put together a rudimentary family tree; it's missing a lot of branches right now, but hopefully we'll be filling this in as the months go by. Even better? I videotaped the whole thing, so when my chicken scratch fails to do the job, I can always go back to the video in order to check the facts.

On a completely unrelated note, I guess I should probably mention that I've sent out several queries but have yet to hear back from the majority of them. Patience...that's what the publishing game truly requires of its players.