This past weekend I went to a scrapbooking retreat. About twenty of us gathered at In the Woods Retreat Center and spent two full days working on our projects. I brought my laptop of course, but I spent a lot less time on it than usual. Other than keeping up on email (both home and work) and writing my daily 750 words, I worked on my pictures. I managed to get my family album caught up through last November.
I didn't get a lot of sleep, but the weekend actually energized me in several ways. I'm a list person, so I'm going to number them here:
1. I had extended "girl time" with people I enjoy. There's a lot to be said for that.
2. Looking at my pictures, I was able to re-live the events celebrating the good times. I've attended soccer games, orchestra concerts, school plays, and birthday parties. I have a wonderful family.
3. Women talk. We share what's going on in our lives. And while I do my share of talking, I also listen. We have our problems, but they're nothing compared to what some others are going through. My family and I are blessed.
4. Since I've been writing so much in the past year, I've spent a lot of time in the world of make-believe. But as they say, "truth is stranger than fiction". Sometimes the things that happen inspire scenes that occur in my stories. One of the ladies at my table had some interesting misadventures in the shower. Hmm. I wonder if I could write a comedy?
5. I did my weekly creative project! Here's a picture of some of my pages: