Monday Night Check-In

The plan was to have a super low-key Labor Day weekend. And we got off to a pretty good start. Friday night we went out to eat, Saturday morning I ran a few errands before the first game of the day, and then Saturday afternoon I actually tried to get some writing done because State wasn’t playing until 9 and writing time has been a precious commodity since school started. However comma I never could get any momentum going with the words and the sentences, so I parked myself in front of the TV and flipped between the A&M game and the Bama game.

Because the thing about football season is that it’s glorious.

I was the only member of our little family who managed to stay awake for all of State’s game Saturday night, but it was probably 12:30 when I went to bed, so I was dragging Sunday morning. Not even the church / Chuy’s combo could put any pep in my step. David and Alex were planning to work in the yard Sunday afternoon, so I tried to write again, but I finally gave up and took a nap because THIS, THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE A BOOK.


Monday I made a quick trip to see some friends in Mississippi, and by the time I got back last night, I figured I’d catch up with my people and then go straight to sleep since I’d been on the road since early in the morning. But no – wouldn’t you know it – I suddenly had all manner of ideas for the chapter I was working on, so I ended up talking to my fellas and then writing for a couple of hours. I felt mighty relieved when I finally closed the laptop because FORWARD PROGRESS, YAY.

This week is actually when I start traveling again for speaking stuff (I haven’t done much traveling since spring), so I am headed to Kansas on Thursday and super excited about it because I’ve never been there before. I promise to steer clear of all Wizard of Oz / “Not in Kansas anymore” jokes, but I can’t promise that I won’t be tempted to pack either a gingham shirt or some sparkly shoes. Forgive me in advance, Kansas, for I can be very corny.

Anyway – I just wanted to check in and say hey. I haven’t really watched much TV, and I haven’t really tried any exciting new products, and I haven’t even listened to much music lately because I haven’t had a whole lot of extra time. But I have thought about y’all a bunch, and I hope your team won this past weekend because, well, winning is way more fun than losing.

Hope all of you are doing great!


p.s. I promise I’ll get a newsletter together real soon. :-)

(Look. I even did a new masthead so people could see the difference between the newsletter and the blog.)

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(But I just haven’t gotten around to putting the words on there.)

(This seems to be a recurring theme in my life right now.)

(Baby steps.)

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  1. Sophie, I love you to pieces and do not want to add to your stress or hectic life, but what about Miss America? Will you have time to participate in a watch party? I always love those. But you may be in Kansas, and it does not sound like you have an extra minute. I was just wondering since it is that time of year. Safe travels!

    • Miss America, this Sunday night! Hope we’ll be able to watch with you, Sophie.

      And I so hope the talent is good this year.

  2. I think Kansas is the home of the REAL Little House on the Prairie.

  3. I am SOOOO excited for you to come to Kansas this week! Leave the gingham at home , but sparkly shoes are welcome!
    Some things to know about Kansas:
    It’s windy. I mean really windy. And flat. I mean really flat ( this makes for some killer sunsets). Here’s a few random facts about Kansas:
    I would also add to this list (because I know it will mean the world to you)- Mentholatum was invented here.
    Looking forward to meeting you soon!

  4. Joanie W. says:

    My 25 year old daughter and I are looking forward to seeing you this week in Kansas. We will be the ones clutching your books in our hands, waiting for autographs. You are inspirational author with a great sense of humor!

  5. I’m sad that you will be in Kansas and I will not. My son is there in college. It’s a great place and the people are SUPER friendly and helpful. Have fun!

  6. I am disappointed you will be in KS this weekend because I will be in B’ham. I am bringing my daughter to visit Samford, and while I had no plans to stalk you, I had hoped for an accidental Sophie sighting. :)

  7. I wish I had even a little bit of your enthusiasm for football. I just get irritated because it means I can’t watch my regular shows when it’s on TV.

  8. If you and D are looking for a great night at the movies, I can RECOMMEND HIGHLY the War Room movie. A couple of our favorite people (Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer)are acting in it.
    In fact, if your connection group wants to do a social, dinner and this movie, and Blue Bell afterwards would be perfect.
    In fact, I think A is old enough to understand what the movie is all about.
    (can you tell I have already seen it three times)

  9. Becky in 'Bama says:

    Boo Mom: I love your blog, but I fear you may need to re-think your sub-heading “read by tens of people every single day.” I routinely click on your ‘favorite’ on my PC, and when you leave me hanging for greater than a week, I sigh deeply. Keep an eye to the sky when you are in Kansas.

  10. ELizabeth in Virginia says:

    Sophie, I just have to tell you that I have been listening to your podcasts every Sunday morning at crazy o’clock as I run many routes through my neighborhood. I am getting ready for a half marathon and you and Melanie are LIFESAVERS because how many times can I really listen to “Eye of the Tiger” and “Don’t Stop Believing” before I lose my mind? (answer: 1001). I literally laugh out loud and miles really do click by quickly. SERIOUSLY THANK YOU!