Write Girl, Wrong Place


Swan Song

Hi faithful readers, if there are any of you left…

The time has come to say goodbye to Write Girl, Wrong Place. This probably isn’t much of a surprise seeing as my posting has been severely lacking for the last several months. What started out as an anonymous way for me to express myself has gotten over crowded with real people from my life and the urge to censor myself has left me feeling stifled and bored.

It was nice knowing you, and I love all of the people I’ve met through blogging, but this is the end.

Thanks for reading,

Tobie

P.S. I may start a new one somewhere else so if you blog-friends would like to visit when/if I decide just drop me line and I’ll make sure you  get a link. Real friends and family, sorry but a girl’s gotta have some secrets…


Busy busy busy!

Holy crap! Has it really been almost a month since my last post? Where does the time go?

Betcha want to know where I’ve been?

Well a little over a month ago (6 weeks maybe?) I and several of my friends embarked on an exciting new adventure: we’re starting a new church! Maybe I’ve mentioned that? I can’t remember.

The church stuff has been awesome. God has been doing some great things and I feel blessed to be able to be a part of it all. Unfortunately all of the good stuff has come with some sacrifices, mainly in the friend department. I haven’t seen or hung out with anyone outside our church-plant group in weeks. It’s a good thing I like everyone on our team cause we spend a lot of time together. I just wish I had more time for other people too.

It is especially hard on the relationships with people who are not on the team but are just as busy as I am. We used to see each other a couple of times a week at various church related functions and we rarely talked on the phone. Now that we’re not all getting together at regular weekly meetings I never see some people and it sucks. Even worse, I didn’t notice right away and I’m pretty sure feelings have been hurt as a result. I hate that.

I’m not giving up on my new team, but I’m going to try harder with the old friends. Old friends if you’re reading this, I’ll try to do better.


Grace in small things 36/365

  1. Finalizing my Spring Challenge Book List (see below for the dirty details).
  2. Taking my car in to get a screw removed from my tire only to be told that wasn’t the problem the bolt lodged in another tire was(!?!) and having it all fixed for free!
  3. Mom coming over after work to fit me for a top she’s making for me to wear to my Biggest Loser casting call, she’s awesome. Remind me to tell you about the semi-formal dress she made me in three days when I was a freshman in high school.
  4. Though getting up was hard, the rest of the day I’ve been full of energy.
  5. BSF tonight – means I get to study the bible & hang out with awesome ladies!

5 Point

1. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
2. Dear American Airlines – Jonathan Miles
3. The Accidental It Girl – Libby Street
4. Manhunt – Janet Evanovich
5. Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
6. ‘Tis Herself – Maureen O’Hara
7. Bridesmaid Chronicles – Julie Kenner
8. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed – Alan Alda
9. Lion’s Lady – Julie Garwood
10. Firestorm – Iris Johansen

10 Point

1. Love, Rosie – Cecelia Ahern
2. Spanish Disco – Erica Orloff
3. Dog Handling – Clare Naylor
4. Jennifer Weiner, March 28 – Goodnight Nobody
5. Magic & The Modern Girl – Mindy Klasky
6. Couch World – Cathy Yardley
7. The Midnight Visitor – Margaret Sutton
8. War Brides – Lois Battle
9. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
10. The Writing Class – Jincy Willett

15 Point

1. (Sag) Natural Born Charmer – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
2. Complete Works of Emily Dickinson
3. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
4. Literacy & Longing in LA – Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack
5. Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen – Julie Powell
6. Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra
7. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife – Linda Berdoll /Best Day of Someone Else’s Life – Kerry Reichs
8. Petite Anglaise – Catherine Sanderson
9. Surrender the Pink- Carrie Fisher /grapefruit, strawberry ice cream
10. Cocktails for Three – Madeline Wickham, Four Paws From Heaven – M.R. Wells, Five Things I Can’t Live Without – Holly Shumas

25 Point

1. Go to Girl – Louise Bagshawe, The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble
2. Louisa May Alcott: A Modern Biography – Martha Saxton
3. The Pact – Jodi Picoult, Goodbye Jimmy Choo – Annie Sanders
4. Tess of Durbervilles – Thomas Hardy
5. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
6. Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England – Ralph V. Turner
7. None
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bras and Broomsticks – Sarah Mlynowski
9. Fatal Distraction: Or How I Conquered My Addiction to Celebrities and Got a Life – Emmi Fredericks


Grace in small things 33, 34, 35/365

  1. Spur of the moment girl time; good food followed by a leisurely stroll through Target.
  2. Staying up late on a Friday night catching up on classic 90210, because I could.
  3. Playing Mario Galaxy with Buster asleep on my lap.
  4. Ear candles.
  5. Starting my first book for the Goodreads spring challenge.
  1. Sleeping until I naturally wake up.
  2. Avocados $1 a piece at Safeway.
  3. Making a huge batch of guacamole for a fiesta later.
  4. Hanging out with awesome people eating great food!
  5. Staying at the party late playing games, and totally kicking A$$!
  1. Being surprised by the guy’s breakfast burrito banquet before church this morning (now that we know they can cook, we’re going to make them do it more often).
  2. Having lunch and a movie with an old friend I haven’t hung out with in a while.
  3. Afternoon nap to help recover from the time change.
  4. Getting a screw in my tire, but knowing that the tire place will fix it for free (hoping it’s not flat by the time I leave for work in the morning).
  5. Going to bed, right now.

Grace in small things 32/365

  1. Last night’s Lost (LaFleur) was one of the best episodes of TV ever! EVER!
  2. My tiny local bank finally opened a branch in Lodi, where I live!
  3. Exclamation points! – because they’re awesome!
  4. This lady. I heart old folks!
  5. Finalizing arrangements for my L.A. road Trip with my cousin Darcy.

P.S. I’m aware that I haven’t been entirely faithful about posting daily, but I figure as long as I don’t skip any numbers I’m still counting a year’s worth of Grace.


Grace in small things 31/365

  1. Had to drive to San Leandro/Oakland this morning in a torrential downpour – I survived, hyperventalating most of the way.
  2. Discovered the book of Philippians last night during BSF – so uplifting!
  3. An surprise check in the mail means I get to buy groceries, may have splurged on a large Diet Coke on the way back to the office…
  4. Beat a really tough level on Mario Galaxy last night after trying for days without success.
  5. Now I’m going to enjoy a Lemon Truffle from See’s.

Grace in small things 30/365

  1. First Sunday at the new church was awesome!
  2. Read two pretty good books over the weekend.
  3. Slept in on Saturday & got a giant nap Sunday afternoon.
  4. Fun times at a crab feed Saturday night.
  5. The rain keeps on coming. The farmers & I love it!

Grace in small things 29/365

  1. IT’S FRIDAY! I know I use this every Friday, but I don’t care!
  2. Three new followers on Twitter in one day! It makes me feel famous.
  3. Twitterberry on my phone.
  4. Choosing to stay home on a Friday night because I’ve been busy every other night this week doing awesome things with awesome people.
  5. The above means I’ll get to watch Dollhouse & Battlestar Galactica in real time and avoid spoilage!

The Crisis Is Over

With what felt like a bolt of lightening to my brain a few minutes ago I realized I’m no longer suffering from my “Quarter Life Crisis” and probably haven’t been for quite a while.

It started slowly after I graduated from college and failed to find a job right away. I was miserable. Living first with my brother, then with my grandfather before finally living alone for the first time in my life. I was floundering. I didn’t know what to do or what I even wanted to do. I got depressed. Really depressed. Like sobbing alone in my apartment for hours at a time wondering if life was even worth living depressed.

Luckily, I had (and still have) some pretty awesome friends who never let me get too crazy or hermit-y and I managed to ride it out. I finally told my family that I wanted to be a writer (something I’m pretty sure my dad still thinks is a pointless waste of time). I got a dog, a house, a church family and even more awesome friends.

Things are looking up. I haven’t written the Best Selling, Pulitzer Prize worthy work of literary art that I know is living inside me, but I’m young and there is plenty of time for greatness.


Grace in small things 28/365

  1. Chuck on NBC – I love me some Zachary Levi.
  2. Playing Wii Mario Cart on a TV that is wider than I am tall!
  3. Looking forward to dinner and Wii with friends tonight!
  4. Spending the morning with my favorite Septuagenarian.
  5. More and more of my extended family members joining Facebook every day!

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