Mysteries, minivans, and little men, oh my!

So I've spent the last month going over a book that is supposed to help me write a novel in a month. HA! But I have come up with a detailed outline in a month. Half of it's in my head because I like it better there, but still, think it up I did! I was ready to tackle a key scene tonight - all three kids were snuggled into their beds - when lo and behold Word decided to lock all of my documents. Apparently I have more planning work to do. ;) I'll take it as a sign that I'm not ready to start yet while I move things over to Works.

But, I'm excited, and it's going to be fun and hopefully I'll write it fast.

In other news... I've been looking for a car to hold all of my babies since last fall. I'd nearly decided on a Durango, Suburbans being my first choice but losing points for their gas thirstieness and mammoth size in the already crowded driveway... when I drove a Sienna on a whim today. Hm... so I loved it. It's tan, it has nothing really cool about it, no leather seats or DVD player or power sliding doors, but geez it drives like it's on auto pilot and I can see everything, including the kids way in the back seat. Maybe these minivan makers are on to something!

So I seem destined for minvan-dom, which is appropriate as I tackle a YA mystery while waiting for my daughter in the pick up line at school and handing goldfish crackers to the other monkeys. Or monkey. One of them doesn't have teeth yet. He does, however, have powerfully determined hands when I'm holding a latte (so, all the time) or a Diet Dr. Pepper. Or a chocolate covered graham cracker. I'm thinking these things aren't on the first foods list... but this is Seattle, so, you never know. He's a good little Seattlite.


Tia Nevitt said...

If you need any help with Word, I'm pretty good at it. However, if you were using an evaluation edition and the evaluation expired, you pretty much need to buy a license. Another alternative is OpenOffice, which is free (, and which can save in Word format.

Good luck on your minivan purchase! We're already considering going back to a smaller car. Our only child is 7 now and a minivan no longer seems so necessary.

May 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM
Melissa Marsh said...

I drove a van for about six months. Hated it. Of course, it WAS a giant piece of crap, but we needed a vehicle at the time and that was what we got.

I like my Jeep Liberty. It's small enough that I don't feel like I'm hogging the road, yet the 4-wheel drive makes me feel more in control when I'm driving on icy/snowy roads. Plus, it's just FUN to drive!

May 29, 2008 at 2:09 PM
Kimber An said...

Yep, your little guy sounds like he's right on track! We just bought a little car, after always owning trucks. I was amazed at how easy it is to drive! I buzz all over the place in that thing. I may change my tune when the snow falls in October, however. Alaskans usually drive four-wheel, front-wheel, or all-wheel drive for a reason.

June 1, 2008 at 4:14 PM

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