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A New Year, A New Beginning

2016 is upon us.  2016 is here.  It is time for resolutions.  It is time for fresh starts and new beginnings.  It is a time for hope.  It is a time for plans.  It is a time to start over.  It is a clean slate.

new year 2016

2016 is going to hold several things for me.  I am going to be blogging more.  I know I’ve said that several times before, but don’t forget about that clean slate part.  I am also going to be issuing challenges to you all throughout the year, with the first being my very own Reading Challenge.  Yes, I will be doing the challenge but there may be prizes in it for you, my beautiful readers, when you complete this challenge, or any others you find interesting throughout the year.

First things first, though.  I’ve been gone for a while so how about we have some introductions again?  I’ll go first, seeing as how it’s my job to write things for you to read.  Ok.  Here we go.

Ahem.  I am Suzanne, known around some interwebz parts as ThisOilfieldWife and/or ThisOilfieldWife05.  You can follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ThisOilfieldWife or on Twitter @thisoilfieldwife05.  I would love to talk with you on more than just here, so what are you waiting for?  Just jump on over and give me a like or a follow then come back to keep reading.  It’s ok.  I’ll wait.

Right.  Welcome back!  Shall I continue my introduction now?  Where was I?  I’m in my early thirties (high five to all my fellow dirty thirties ladies and gents out there) and have been married to my amazing hardworking oilfield husband for over ten years.  We have been together for just over fifteen years and we have two beautiful children together.  He is gone so much more than he is home, but this is the life we chose and we embrace it, though we may not always feel like giving it a smile, we fake it anyway.

I have dreams of one day becoming a published author.  I will spend this upcoming year toiling away at the keyboard to finish my novel and start the next.  I would love to be successful and be able to eventually hit the best seller’s list, but first I must write.  Pound out the words and the characters that swim around in my head talking to me and each other all the time.

Enough about me, though.  Tell me a little bit about yourself?  Like, what is your favorite genre of book to read?  What is your favorite color?  What is your favorite song?  Tell me the name of your favorite song and I will go listen to it right now.  Promise.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

My Read More Reading Challenge 2016

My Read More Reading Challenge 2016

I’ve always wanted to complete a year long reading challenge.  I’ve searched and searched Google and found several that were some pretty awesome challenges.  None of them ever quite fit me, though.  So, I’ve made my own!  I’ve even got it set up so that you can download it yourself, print it out, and read along with me!  Just click the link right down there at the bottom of the page and bam!  It’s yours to use.

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It has forty different book descriptors to help broaden your reading horizon and to challenge you to finish all forty challenges.  If you complete all forty reading challenges with a different title for each line and share your completed pages with me, I’ll enter you into a drawing at the end of the year for a surprise reading goody basket!

As I read the books, I will be reviewing them here.  Be sure to check back throughout the year to see what I read and what I think about the books.  I am really looking forward to 2016 being a great new year!  Are you going to tell everyone about the book challenge or keep it to yourself?

Here’s the link to download the pdf file.

Read More Reading Challenge 2016

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2015 in Books, Giveaways, TBR

 

Goals and Aspirations for 2016

2016 is going to be a very big year for me, goal wise.  I have some dreams that I want to complete.  I have small goals, medium goals, and large goals.  I have things that I want to do and things I feel I must do.  I’m going to share them with you all.  Accountability, you see.  Putting them out there will not only make me hold myself accountable, but you’ll be doing that as well, whether you know it or realize it or not.  Here we go.

  1. Finish the novel I am currently writing.finish current novel
  2. Successfully complete the 52 Week Savings Challenge.
  3. Plan a four day river floating trip for this summer.
  4. Learn how to sew, and sew a couple of different aprons.
  5. Declutter the house.  Completely.
  6. Join or start a local book clubSbook club
  7. Successfully plan and execute a surprise NERF gun attack on my children with the help of my husband.
  8. Reinstate Family Game Night on Friday nights.  Pizza is just about a must.
  9. Completely organize my office into a fully function pretty area.
  10. Laugh often, and not just at people and circumstances.
  11. Visit family more often.
  12. Get this newly diagnosed autoimmune disease under control.

So, that’s my plans for this year.  I will accomplish all of these items.  I said so, so you can bank on it.  I know they aren’t extravagant or anything, but they are sometime I have to strive for.  They are things I want to do.  They are things that are important to me.

I won’t call them resolutions.  Those tend to get broken.  I will call them goals and aspirations, though.

What goals and aspirations do you have for this upcoming year?

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2015 in Life

 

I’ve Blogged Before

It’s true.  This isn’t my first try at blogging.  I used to have a blog on another site.  Shocking, I know.  In my defense, though, I didn’t know about WordPress.  Anyway, I was pretty regular over there for a while, and it’s been years since I’ve used it.  I all but forgot about it.  Just a couple of days ago I signed into the account, and was shocked to find that I couldn’t blog there.  I needed to upgrade the site or something (I’m not real literate when it comes to know what the computer language is trying to tell me) and when I clicked the link, it said that there’s no such thing.  I was able to download an archive file folder, though.  So, guess what I’ll be doing over the next few days?  That’s right!  Importing all of the files!

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If some show up and you decide to read them, yay!  If not, I get that, too.  I’ll be checking them all out, one by one, before I let them go live or anything, but I think it’ll be fun to go through and see what I was like a few years ago.  Time to jump on in and see what’s down the hole.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Life

 

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Super Quick Update

It’s been almost a year, but sometimes that’s how life in the oilfield goes.  I think it’s getting ready to slow down a bit for me, although life with my kids might not.  

Since last year, we have since moved again.  I am now calling West Texas home.  

I don’t have internet here at the house, yet.  I am trying to find the right company to get it from.  So far, all I have found is limited data usage.  Um, that doesn’t quite work for my household.

I’ll be writing posts on my computer and connecting via a mobile hotspot (that does’t work the bestest by any means) to upload them and post them.  

I do post on Twitter a little more often, so you can follow me there, too.  There’s a button on here somewhere for that.  

How has life been with you over the past year?

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Days

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  There’s been a lot, and a lot of nothing, going on.  So, let’s start with July.

Back in June, I signed up for a challenge known as Camp NaNoWriMo.  I challenged myself to write 50,000 words in 31 days.  Because of things coming up unexpectedly, I had to drop my word count goal down to 30,000 and I barely made it.  Final count July 31 right before midnight was 30,146 words.  Whew!  Just by the hair on my chinny chin chin.  Ok, not my chin.  I don’t have hair on my chin.  Just by the hair on my leggy leg legs.

Right before Camp got started, I had to make an unexpected visit to my dentist.  Fortunately, they were able to squeeze me in the next day, and we came up with a LONG plan of things that needed to be done.  The last dentist that I went to, up in Pennsylvania, totally screwed my mouth up.  After everything was all said and done, I ended up with three crowns and nearly eight fillings, although two of them were touch ups to old fillings.  After three months, I am finally done and just down to routine cleanings!!  Yay!  So I had a lot of up and down time.

The kids have also been home.  We’ve been spending some time together, both with and without (but mostly without) their dad home.  We tubed the Comal River.  We walked the River Walk.  We even made a trip to DFW to watch their grandmother walk across the stage and get her bachelors degree in business.  We also went to Albany, Texas for the Fort Griffin Fandangle.  That was amazing!!

My sister spent a week down here.  My grandmother spent a few days.  My mother, stepdad, and sister (and when I say sister both in this sentence and the one a couple before this one, I mean my sister and my nephew) came down for a weekend, which happened to be my nephew’s birthday weekend.  We went to Rainforest Cafe on the River Walk and spent the next day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels.  We all had so much fun!  Also, my partner in crime, we will call her Robin so we don’t give away her secret identity, moved back to Texas that same weekend!  Hooray!

Now we are spending the last couple of weeks of August getting ready for school to start back up.  It’s going to be the start of a bittersweet school year for me this year.  My wonderful daughter, Bailey, will be starting middle school this year.  Gasp!  I don’t think I’m ready for this!

And that has just about brought you up to speed.  I’m working on a couple of other posts and hope to have them coming your way pretty soon.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Family, Kids, Life, My Book

 

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Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2013

It’s official!!  I’m a camper at Camp NaNoWriMo!  I even have my own camper profile page.  It’s here.  I’ll wait for you while you verify what I say.

See!  I told you it was true!  My goal for July’s session of camp is to write (drumroll please) 50,000 words in 31 days!  Wow!  That’s a lot of words.  I think this may be just the kind of push and inspiration I need to stay motivated and actually finish any book that I am trying to fully get on to paper, or rather my hard drive.

Also, Camp NaNoWriMo is made possible by the Offices of Letters and Light.  It is a non-profit organization that helps bring writing to people of all ages.  You can sponsor me at camp by either clicking on the Sponsor Me picture on the right side of my camper profile, or you can click the picture on the right hand side of my blog of Camp NaNoWriMo, or you can click the picture right below this sentence.
2013-Participant-Facebook-CoverNow that I’ve given you all the different ways to sponsor me, let me just tell you what happens if you sponsor me.  Once I reach certain levels of sponsorship, I receive awesome and amazing items to help me get through camp alive and un-mauled by any bears.  You can also use your donation as a tax deduction.  That in itself is pretty awesome.  You also help to bring writing programs to those that might otherwise not get them.  And you show me that you support me and that you have confidence in the fact that I can do this!

Another plus, if you donate $10, or more (hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, chuckle, chuckle), I will name either a character or a place of business in the novel I will be working on at camp after you!  You can choose to be either a character or business, until/unless all of one have been taken.  If they both get all filled up, I’ll toss in an extra character or business just for you!

Wish me luck at camp!  Now, how does this tent go together?

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in Books, Life

 

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