Dispatch from Rural Wisconsin #2


The day has been filled with jigsaw puzzles and writing and Adele.

In the middle of the day, I forced myself to go for a run. It’s deer hunting season so I wore an orange hat and a red jacket so that I wouldn’t be mistaken for a deer.

I won’t lie–the run was awful. The cold air burned my lungs and I’m not used to running on rolling hills and I tired quickly. It was hard and I was frustrated but there was one moment when I turned a corner and the road straightened out in front of me and the sun came through the woods and I forgot about myself for just a moment. For that one moment, I breathed deeply and reverently. For that one moment, it was worth it.

Dispatch from Rural Wisconsin #1


We drove up to our friends’ cabin this morning and it’s absolutely gorgeous here–a light dusting of snow, sunlight through the trees and on the lake.

The kids just went for a walk (with adult supervision) and they are all wearing orange because it’s hunting season and we don’t want them to be mistaken for deer, though they are so loud I doubt that could happen.

The cabin is quiet now and the question becomes write or nap?


IMG_1919It’s snowing, sticking to the branches of the trees and dusting the ground. This kids are asleep so it is quiet and still here. The house smells like the fresh herbs and shallots that Luisa used to season the turkey this morning but doesn’t smell like roasted turkey because she took it to our friends’ house to cook over there because we aren’t hosting this year.

This year feels different–inside our home but outside in the world as well. There is so much pain and suffering, so much anger and outrage, so much fighting on large and small scales and I am overwhelmed. I think we all are. Yet, I have so much for which I am grateful so today, I want to focus on that more than ever.

I am grateful…

…that we have shelter and food. That we have more than enough.

,,,that we are healthy.

…that I have the luxury of spending my days writing.

…for my family and friends and their love.

…for laughter.

From my desk, I can see one of my little neighbors–just five years old–standing in his backyard, hands held out to catch snowflakes and Zeca just woke up and looked outside and excitedly shouted, “It snowed! It snowed!” Sometimes, it’s these small moments of wonder that give me hope.

Happy Thanksgiving and may the day be filled with peace.

Fun Facts about Me

IMG_1969It is November 25th and I have written more words in November than I can count. In fact, I’ve written so many words that I recently read over part of my NaNoWriMo manuscript and didn’t even remember writing it. That’s how crazy I’m feeling right now.

So, for today’s post, I am stealing an idea from Leigh Ann – fun facts about me! Of course, some of these are more “interesting” or “boring” or “now I think there is something really wrong with you, Vikki” facts. But it’s day 25 of NaBloPoMo so who cares, right? Caution to the wind and all that! Plus, tomorrow, I probably won’t even remember that I wrote this!

On with the show!

  1. I have a set order in which I wash in the shower. I do my hair first and then when I start on my body, I always start with my left arm. If I go out of order for some reason, I start over. Yay for OCD!
  2. I can put both my legs behind my head.
  3. I got one B in high school and it was in Geometry. I got more Bs and some other things in college but let’s not dwell on that.
  4. I can play guitar and sing and I used to write original music and perform on campus in college.
  5. I can pinch with my toes. My toes are such dangerous weapons that my friends and family feel safest when I’m wearing socks.
  6. I can make balloon animals.
  7. I brought Luisa brownies on our first date.
  8. I once taught myself Dueling Banjos and played both parts, one on the guitar and the other on the banjo. During that time, I also had a weird fascination with the harmonica and had one of those hands-free harmonica contraptions that rests around your neck.
  9. I still hold my nose when I jump in water.
  10. I cannot stand talk radio so do not listen to NPR or most of the things that grown ups my age seem to listen to and I can’t stand people trying talking while I’m listening to music.

Who’s next?