Back to School

I guess this proves that I’ve made it through a pretty sucky summer: The Summer of Mom’s Lung Cancer. An awful lot of it was spent running Mom to her various appointments, but she made it through 4 Cyberknife radiation treatments at UPMC.

I’m trying really hard not to think about how much I miss my kids (they’ve only been gone 45 minutes) or how I should’ve done a better job parenting them this summer…or throughout their early childhoods, for that matter.

I’m trying to focus on taking positive steps in my own life: more regular exercise, drinking more water (I convinced myself I had kidney stones late last night), yoga classes, hitting the gym, healthy meals.

I also took a bold step by signing up for NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month, in November. Last year at this time, I took a part time job, which didn’t last. This might be my last chance to prove to myself whether writing is really for me.

So here’s to a new school year, and fresh starts…for everyone!

How are you celebrating the start of a new school year?


About Kathleen

Kathleen Heuer is a serial arts advocate and volunteer. She is the mom of two beautiful girls, wife to a brilliant nuclear engineer, and referee between her golden retriever and her hissy 18-year-old cat. For more, go to
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4 Responses to Back to School

  1. Tim says:

    Awesome! Glad that you signed up for NaNoWriMo!
    I love your writing. You will have a lot of fun. Any ideas yet? I recommend finding your cloest region on the NaNo site and joining up to get support from people in your area.

    • Sandwiched says:

      Awww…thanks, Tim! 😀

      No ideas…but isn’t that the fun of it? I picked up Chris Baty’s book, No Plot No Problem, so we’ll see what he says about that!

      Any tips or tricks? What happened to the fruits of YOUR labor?

  2. Tim says:

    The best tip is to just do it and write every day.

    Nothing has come of mine – just sitting there unedited and unread. I am debating whether to do Nano again or use Nov. to try and get in the habit of writing again but work on editing what I did before. Haven’t decided yet. For me free writing is a lot easier than trying to go back and edit and make something presentable out of it.

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