AbbyGabs in April

Here we are, a brand new shiny month. This year is flying by already, and I’ve got so much stuff to look forward to in the coming months. April is a big one, and I thought you might like to know what’s coming down the pike for me, my family, and my blog. So here’s a peek at the first few weeks of my calendar for this month.

April 1, 2013:
Day one of Camp NaNoWriMo–the online support system for budding writers is at it again, and I’m jumping in with both feet.  And as usual, the 50,000 word count goal in 30 days is plenty enough to get my competitive juices flowing. I’ve managed to do it twice…and I happened to bang out a my very first novel by participating in NaNo 2011 and 2012.


The real beauty behind Camp Nano is that, while you can start a brand new project, you’re also encouraged to take that thirty days and do pretty much whatever you want to do (involving writing, of course.) Edit a past project, write poetry/blogs/short stories, work on a timeline for your next big idea—the point of Camp NaNo isn’t just to write a new work. It’s to write. Period. The End. That’s All Folks.

I’m really jazzed about Camp, especially since I’ve not been writing nearly as much lately as I’m used to, and I’m missing it fiercely. So, I’m going to stoke my inner campfire, blow the dust off of my very first novel and edit the crap out of it every single day in April, in hopes that by the time I’m finished, it will be 100% publishable material.

You guys know the drill–I’ll still be posting here as regularly as I can manage. I plan to set aside one day a week to write several blogs, and they’ll all be scheduled to post while I’m doping up on coffee and popping aspirin to battle my keyboard-hunch back pain. And with you cheering me on, anything is possible! Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s off to Camp we go!

April 3, 2013:
Appointment with my OB and fertility specialist.

I’m scared and excited and worried and nauseous and thrilled, all at the same time. We’ve waited years for this opportunity, and I’m *trying* to be hopeful that we will receive some helpful answers to solve our fertility problems. And since I cried all over you guys a couple of weeks ago in a blog about that very subject, it seemed only natural that I tell you about this latest development in our journey to become parents.

Don’t worry, I’ll keep you in the loop. Especially if there are hormone replacement drugs involved. Because they make me a little crazy, and more prone to film video blogs involving tears, snot, and smeared mascara. So stay tuned, friends. Stay tuned.

April 7, 2013:
The Inaugural Tournament of the Incredibly Excellent Wii Bowling League.

Yes, you read that correctly.

My ingenious husband finally figured out a way to cram our tiny apartment to the brim with practically every person we know within a thirty-mile radius—and all in the name of bowling. He created a Wii Bowling League, and we are having the first tournament at our house this weekend.


There will be brackets, bowling-themed food, fierce competition, and trophies. (Yes, he bought trophies. Just like the one pictured above.) It’s going to be epic, and we are hoping to turn it into a regular thing. Once we weed out the serious competitors from those more interested in the bowling ball cupcakes (yes, that would be me you’re picturing with chocolate crumbs on her chin) we may just invent team names and create bowling shirts (which I will have to beg for, because I’ll be the one losing on purpose so I can sit in the kitchen and chat with my friends between turns.) Don’t worry, readers…there will be a full blog with pictures after the event. It’s going to rock.

Sometime Mid-April:
I’m moving.

Not me, personally, but my blog. 

That’s right, I’m making the leap from Blogger to Word Press. 

source–and also not the website I’m using to navigate my move. That’s HERE.

It’s been a long time coming, and I’ve been thinking about it, and planning for it, since the beginning of the year. I’ve finally convinced myself that I can do it without the help of a paid professional (although I’m considering asking my doctor for a prescription in Xanax). With the support of blogger friends who have done it before, a father-in-law who I’m convinced could fix the internet if it was completely broken, and pep talks with some of my favorite Word Press bloggers, I’m ready to make the leap.

If you’d like to send assistance in the form of tequila, email me and I’ll send my mailing address.

April 10, 2013:
Abby hosts Dinner Club for the first time.

Back in January, two of our favorite couples contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in joining a dinner club. For those fuzzy on the details, it works like this: the host couple comes up with the theme and provides the entree. Couples two and three are in charge of the appetizer course and the dessert course, respectively. 

Truth: it’s a great excuse to get together with our friends not once, but twice, to eat great food, drink great wine, and enjoy each other’s company.

Most people, while in the planning stages of this event, would be focused more on coming up with a menu that will be pleasing to the palate, but will allow them to act as hostess and spend more time with their guests.

You read the part above about my “competitive juices” though, right?

I’m feeling very….”Barefoot Contessa” about our first club where I’m in charge of the culinary experience. As in…I have to rock this, and rock it hard.

Abby rockin’ the kitchen, circa 2010.

I’m not looking to intimidate our friends and make them worry about the contents of their spice racks before the next dinner…much. I’m just looking for everything to be so awesome that we’re still talking about “that first dinner club at Abby’s house” five years from now.

And maybe, just maybe, I’m holding out hope for a gold ribbon of cooking genius. 

So that’s what’s going on with me, friends and neighbors. No huge announcements, just lots of little stuff to look forward to. What’s going on in your neck of the woods? (Be forewarned: if it sounds like a good time I might just crash your party.)

2 thoughts on “AbbyGabs in April

  1. Jenna

    While I’m very excited about all your fun-to-come, I’M SAD THAT I DON’T GET TO COME TO ANY OF IT!! WAAHHH! *sniffle, snivle, whine*

  2. Laverne Smith

    First of all I LOVE the idea of a what’s to come for the month post. Also I am so excited for all of the things you have to come. So very busy but so much excitement and things to look forward to!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

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