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Because I Have Nothing Better to Do, Clearly

Are you following my Facebook page? Yes? Then I’m sorry, friend, because I’m about to share this with you again. We have thirty people coming to our house for Cian’s baptism on Sunday. Yay, I think, all these wonderful people coming to celebrate our son on such a special day! Isn’t that wonderful?! And then I take a hard look around and wonder exactly when was the last time I vacuumed the dust off the ceiling fans. I was breastfeeding Cian in the back of the minivan yesterday morning (as you do) in between errands (to be exact, dropping Saoirse off at school, returning borrowed clothes to a friend’s house, Cian’s 4-month well check, a stop by the wine store, the bakery, then back to Saoirse’s school.  You know, the usual), and checked the news on my phone. I saw something about Kate Middleton readying the nursery in some palace or manor or what-have-you for her impending royal offspring, and didn’t think anything of it, mainly because Quinn was sprinkling pretzel Goldfish all over the floor of the car. But later…

This is Big

Note: My apologies in advance, you guys. Might want to get two cups of coffee for this one, because it’s really, really long. I’m sorry, but I can’t help it. I talk a lot when I get excited. Two years ago, I decided to take the challenge of National Novel Writing Month–NaNoWriMo–and write a 50,000 page book during the month of November. I was writing already, but I needed a focus, something that was so big of a challenge (a novel in a month? Why not?!) it seemed almost impossible. Quinn wasn’t yet six months old. I think she was sleeping through the night. All I remember is being really, really tired, sitting in front of the computer until about 11:30 every night, and the gigantic mound of laundry piled up on the couch beside me. The end result, which made me so happy to complete, was straight-up terrible. The book, I mean, not the laundry. The laundry’s always terrible. One year later, after stripping that glob of words down to its basic framework and building it back up to about 70,000…