Having my 14 year-old niece join her sister has definitely changed the dynamics in the Alexander household. For one thing, I’ve had this unexplainable desire to do stuff I don’t typically do. Like take an entire Saturday and do something other than writing. (My CP’s know me well enough to realize what a big deal this is, and have been uber-patient with me. Right? Right?)
Recently I packed the girls up at near the butt-crack of dawn and headed out of town for the day. Our destination: someplace new, someplace to make a memory.
My day job requires I do a certain amount of traveling and gives me a chance to stop by some cool places along the way. Before I started eating a Paleo diet, The Sugar Shack was one of my fave spots – the best apple fritters around! And the coconut bars — YUMMY! No surprise that I chose that route. 🙂
Over donuts and coffee, I got to know my girls a little bit better. Like what makes them tick — which is, admittedly kind of like searching for the Holy Grail, in my opinion! We made a memory. Which wasn’t a bad thing, right? Right? Cuz the writing will be there but I get only so much time to influence Niece and Niece 2, particularly before they start the school year. I gotta believe that’s important, too!
So today I’m back at it, whipping the WIP into shape. But I don’t regret the time with my family. I’m discovering that they gotta have some of my attention.
Which makes me wonder. Writing peeps, how do you balance work, family, and writing?