Birthdays, Reunions and the Day the World Should Have Ended

Since it’s been a busy month, I figure it’s time to catch up.

First, my son turned 5 on September 14th. And I forgot to take my camera to both my inlaw’s home and my mom’s house when we did birthday cake and presents, so I don’t have any pictures. But it was a lot of fun. He got a ton of gifts and two cakes (one chocolate, one vanilla). I also had an old pack of trick candles I originally bought for the hubby’s birthday this year (in January) and that was probably the funniest part of the day. Did you know trick candles don’t work after 6 months? Not that well, anyway. I put 5 on the chocolate cake, and it took about 4 or 5 seconds after lighting them for the trick to happen. It blew Mikey away. He looked right at me and said, “Mom, it didn’t work!” and preceded to blow them out another four times. It was hilarious.

Though, later, when I put the rest of the pack on the vanilla cake (seven in total, but hey, that’s two to grow on!), only two candles flared to life again. I was pretty disappointed. And there’s still another pack buried in my junk drawer somewhere. *sigh* Maybe it was cause the others got exposed when the package opened? I don’t know, but it’s a sad day when trick candles don’t last.

Still on the birthday theme–I turn 24 tomorrow. Another year older.. and another year I don’t turn 16 again. I think I’m still holding out that one birthday I’ll wake up, go watch cartoons while I pig out on Frosted Flakes and just be a kid again. Wait.. I do that just about every day anyway. For now..

On to..


The date was September 10th. The time was 11.05 A.M. And the Large Hadron Collider, built by the French and Swiss, was turned on, despite the desperate pleas of many physicists across the world who cried, “It’s going to destroy the world! It’ll kill us all!”

Okay, so maybe I’m playing a little loosey-goosey with the time (and the desperate pleas of scientists worldwide), but it was disconcerting to learn that many scientists were in fact worried that the Large Hadron Collider would spawn innumerous molecule sized black holes. Which if one were to grow, would indeed destroy the world.

Oddly, however, it seems they haven’t yet fired up the ol’ Hadron Collider and sent a few atoms crashing into one another. So it remains to be seen whether or not it’ll actually create the dreaded black holes that could suck us into oblivion.

But in the meantime, if you’re curious as to what a black hole forming in the “Hadron Collider” looks like, visit this website to see a “live time” webcam of the show.

Now, I know I’ve been a naughty girl this month. Haven’t posted any blogs. Not even the relatively easy to write blogs about my Saturday Night Horror Fest. But I have been busy. Writing my own stuff, reading submissions for Dark Recesses Press, rejecting those submissions that don’t make it through–and I’m not just a form-letter rejecter. I go out of my way to offer feedback to help the writer improve their story. And that’s time-consuming. And, well, just all around busy. It’s been hectic taking Mikey to school in the morning, picking him up in the afternoon. I used to do most of my writing early in the morning after I first woke up, but that’s nigh impossible with getting him ready for school now. So my schedule’s adjusting to all this newness.

But it’s been a month, I’m getting the hang of things and I’m back on track. That said, I’ve got dinner to cook and then some writing to do. (And subs to read, two novels to critique for friends as well as another friend’s short/long story.. *sigh* My eyes are starting to cross. But I’m not complaining. I learn a lot about writing when I’m helping other writers.)

Oh, and maybe tomorrow I’ll explain the “reunions” bit of the title. Heh, this was an exciting, different kind of weekend. Lots of inlaws from across the nation, every one of them interesting and fun to get to know.

WAIT! Can’t leave you with these huge blocks of text without at least one worth while picture, so…

Man, Id love to get some BRA-I-I-INS for my birthday.

Man, I'd love to get some BRA-I-I-INS for my birthday.

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