Lemons and Things

25 Jun

So, uh, hey.

This is the part where I awkwardly tell you about my inadvertent, week-long blogging absence.  That’s what I get for breaking up my every-other-day-or-so routine last week.

Note to self: oops.

Rather than spelling out things you already know¹, I’ll just skip to the juicy parts.  Let’s pretend my life is a lemon (a before-I-made-lemonade-from-it version of lemon).

The juicy part?  My absence was inadvertent² for a reason: June has been more productive, in terms of novel revision, than both April and May combined.  This is rewarding and awesome (not to mention difficult and tiring).  I crawl into my cave³ and re-emerge hours later, only to realize time has, indeed, continued to pass.  And not at a snail’s pace, either.  Unless said snail is propelled with rocket-boosters.

The sugar in the lemonade, while not technically part of the lemon itself, would be the oh-so-fun distractions I’ve had in the past week!  Namely, I got to play the guitar and sing at church for all three services on Sunday.  This involved, like, an all-day commitment, plus a rehearsal.  It was a lot of fun, and it went well, but my poor hands are not used to that much guitar-playing.  I ended up with fingers full of blazing sore calluses-in-the-making.  (Needless to say, typing was a blast for the next few days.)

And now, for the seeds.

Obviously, the seeds represent the more annoying part of the week.  I’ll lump the pith in there, too, since bitter white nastiness isn’t anyone’s idea of tasty.  Right?  (I hope no one thinks pith and seeds are the epitome of yum.  That would just be sad.  And confusing.)

Moving on.  So, my week had its share of seeds and pith.  Like seeds in a lemon-raspberry tart which, otherwise, is the picture of perfection, some emotionally draining stuff keeps popping up where it’s least expected.  Responsibilities and commitments to think through, advice and support to give, random frustrations to deal with.  Nothing terribly terrible on its own, just a lot of it all at once.  Plus, I’m getting a cold.  In June.  Weird.

Rather than carry this lemony analogy full-circle (“My attitude has been…so…ZESTY!”) — mainly because I now have a wicked craving for lemon-raspberry tart — I’ll end it there.

In case you’re wondering where my Creativity Workshop end-o’-the-week-assessment is, it was eaten by snails.  Don’t worry, though, you didn’t miss much.  I took an inadvertent break from that, too, so there wasn’t much to report.

Also, in case you’re wondering why I didn’t post a new music video this week, in the tradition of the last two weeks (see here and here) — see my aforementioned blazing fingertips.  I may have also had some bad hair days in there, and did not want to frighten anyone.  (Give me some blue dye, I become Thing One and Thing Two.)  I’ll do a new video next week, provided my fingertips and hair do not go on strike.

Aaaaand, last but not least?  I get to hang out with THE Melissa Williams again tomorrow.  Hello H-Town, hello humidity.

Hello, awesome weekend.

Hope things are going as well as a seedless lemon-raspberry tart for all of you!

PS: Here’s the recipe for the lemon-raspberry tart — just in case you’re now craving it as much as I am!

¹Things like: time, these days, has a way of making a girl feel like she’s been sucked into a time warp and spit out six months in the future.  Or the past.  Or somewhere else entirely.

²It would appear that the opposite of inadvertent is not the word advertent.  This is inconvenient and somewhat illogical.  Just a thought.

³Also known as my living room, with no lights on.  Or, my favorite Starbucks.  Or, my new favorite library.  Who knew writing caves came complete with lattes and strange patrons?


11 Responses to “Lemons and Things”

  1. Merrilee Friday / 25 June 10 at 6:15 pm #

    Haha! You with the lemons, me with the rubber chicken. And now I want some lemon raspberry tart, damn you.

    I did miss your video this week, and I hope you will be doing one to make up for it! You should make it a regular feature – they are so nice. Can we do requests?

    Glad to hear the revisions are rocketing along. And as for advertant, I always say, if it makes sense, run with it 🙂

    • owlandsparrow Friday / 2 July 10 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks for the encouragement, Merrilee! Did you ever get to make that tart? Oh, man. Just typing the word gives me cravings again. Must…buy…lemons…and…raspberrrriiiiiieeeesssss…

      As for the videos, you can absolutely make requests! Of course, it depends on the song, but I can do my best with it, if that’s something you think would be fun. 🙂 I wonder if others would like this as a regular feature, too?

      • Merrilee Saturday / 3 July 10 at 6:55 am #

        I would love to hear you sing something really folky. I can’t think of a specific song at the moment, but I will mull 🙂

        I haven’t made the tart yet. And I suspect I may have to use frozen raspberries, or wait for the right season.

  2. J.C Friday / 25 June 10 at 8:46 pm #

    Glad to hear the revisions are going well and that the week was mostly pretty good. I’ve never had lemon raspberry tart but I love desserts and now I definitely want to try some.

    • owlandsparrow Friday / 2 July 10 at 11:05 am #

      Thanks, Cassie! I’m guessing, what with your busy week and all (Hello, baby Natalie!), that you haven’t yet gotten to try the tart. You should get your hubby to make one for you, as a reward for birthing his child, haha.

      Hope you’re having a restful, lovely week!

      • J.C Friday / 2 July 10 at 4:10 pm #

        LOL, hubby doesn’t bake. In fact, he barely cooks. But I got a lovely chuckle out of reading the suggestion! lol he wouldn’t know where to start (and despite being very intelligent, I think he’d do a great job of pretending he couldn’t read a recipe 😉 lol).

        All going well here. Lots of visitors in and out all the time, kind of looking forward to when everyone has had their fill of Natalie and we can get back to life in general. And like, routines, and naps, and stuff that means I don’t have tired, over excited kids 😉

  3. Merrilee Saturday / 26 June 10 at 8:54 am #

    Awesome Kayla, thanks for the recipe! Now to hunt down some raspberries…

  4. Megs - Scattered Bits Saturday / 26 June 10 at 10:49 pm #

    Sounds like one of THOSE weeks. :giggles: Love the way you make us laugh in the telling and feeling relieved that I’m not the only one! Onward and upward! (and blessings on the fingertips)

    • owlandsparrow Friday / 2 July 10 at 11:07 am #

      Megs! Hi! I keep thinking about you! Hope your writing, and life in general, is going well for you! 🙂

      The fingertips have healed up nicely into calluses (which is GOOOOD for guitar playing, though not the most attractive thing) and don’t hurt anymore. This week has been much better, and the revisions are still going well.

  5. Lua Sunday / 27 June 10 at 2:09 am #

    “Things like: time, these days, has a way of making a girl feel like she’s been sucked into a time warp and spit out six months in the future. Or the past. Or somewhere else entirely.”
    This is exactly the way I feel when I’m revising or writing the first draft of my novel… 🙂

    • owlandsparrow Friday / 2 July 10 at 11:10 am #

      Hey, Lua! Glad I’m not the only one who feels this way…here again, it’s been an entire week since I’ve posted, and it only feels like two days. Or two hours. 🙂

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