Friday, May 29, 2020

Sweet Dreams Sweet Puppy!

In a push to help Rayna's allergy situation and just because she needed new beds, she is now the proud(?) owner of three raised mesh/canvas beds. Now all the dander, dog hair, dirt, and / or bugs will fall to the floor rather than live and fester in the bedding. I can easily sweep / mop under her beds and throw the blankets I bought specifically for her in the wash.

She also got some good meds and medicated shampoo from the vet last Saturday and has been a much less itchy / scratchy canine. I'm not thrilled about bathing her three times a week, but it's doing what it's meant to, so I'll keep it up for another week before tapering off.'s Friday again. Another three-day weekend sure would be nice, wouldn't it?

Hope you enjoy the two days we're getting. Take care!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

So many things to celebrate...

First and foremost, the WIP is no longer a Work In Progress. It's DONE. It came in 6K words over the requirement but it doesn't look like I'll have to chop chop chop. Whew! I really didn't know what was choppable.

Now it's time to get some sort of outline and/or synopsis going for the next WIP. Oh, boy!

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I put my red, white, and blue fairy lights up this past weekend and enjoyed having them on whenever I was in my office. And I have enough of them that they cover three of four walls even having to go up and over the window. There is no chair rail on the fourth wall so no need / desire for lights on that one...

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The first carb-fast was a success. I lost about an inch around the hips, but not much at waist or bust, but that's okay. On the other hand, I've suddenly noticed over the last few days how loose many of my pants and shirts fit, so something's disappearing from somewhere. :0)

Reward day (Sunday) was all it was cracked up to be.

So, yes, I ate that pint of ice cream and the bag of licorice. I had one box of those yogurt covered cranberries and three pumpkin cupcakes with frosting. I also had a coffee thing from Starbucks and a steak lunch (below) courtesy of DD. It was a gluttonous day, but well worth it. I was back on the carb-fast wagon Monday morning however and will be going for three weeks this time. I've also added back in my targeted exercise routines.

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Anyway, have a great rest of your week!!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Snoopy Dancing!!

It's a three-day weekend. And I'm so happy to have it right now.

I'm looking forward to all those available writing hours ahead of me as well as to my weekly Zoom chat with my writer besties. I'm still not sure I'll be able to tell them the book is finished though. I worked on it this morning and I have tomorrow's hours prior to our call to make it happen, but I'm not sure I accomplished enough today. Maybe I'll spend some time with it during lunch today...

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Several months ago, my mother-in-law gave me a wonderful counter-top oven. It works great and I love it. Thanks again, Mimi! But it has lived on my counter since then and it's the size of a large microwave. So between it and my actual microwave, well, the counters are full. And I just couldn't take it any longer, so I made a purchase yesterday. A kitchen cart to put this thing on. And it's awesome. The main part of the counters are now free off all the crap that had been conglomerating on it.

It's a little taller than I realized, and I'm debating relocating it, but otherwise it's great. Those things on the shelf were also on the counter, so I was glad to get them a new home. And of course, I didn't grab a picture of my lovely, open counters. Ah, well. But every time I walk into the kitchen, I smile.

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My carb fast is supposed to end tomorrow (Saturday). Meaning I can enjoy my reward on Sunday. Or all my rewards. I've wondered if I should keep going for another week... On the other hand, my original deal with myself was two weeks. I can set the next stint at three weeks, right? Right; okay. That's settled. :0)

I almost gave up / cheated last night. DD asked for McDonald's while I was out and about picking up my cart on the way home, and I was soooo tempted to buy something for myself as well, but I resisted. I only have today and tomorrow to get through and I can make it and enjoy all the junk I want on Sunday.

Monday, it'll be back on the wagon. Gonna give it another go and add the additional targeted exercise back into the mix. I shouldn't have the side effects this time around.

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And that is that, I guess. Y'all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Did you know...?

That Ludwig von Beethoven was completely deaf when he wrote his most famous works?

His piece de resistance, Symphony No. 9, aka Ode to Joy, was his last complete work and is a masterpiece that was so challenging that the musicians of the day struggled to play it. Even now, it's a challenge. From what I heard. I wouldn't know as I don't play an instrument. :0)

Anyway, I heard the tale via a podcast called "This Week In History." It's well worth a listen if you like podcasts and like history.

From another one of these episodes I learned that our building codes were a result of the Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919.

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Sooo... long weekend coming up and I'm very excited about that as I get an extra day for writing without having to stop my momentum to go to work.

I verbally pledged to my writer besties last Saturday that I would finish the book by this Saturday morning's Zoom chat--which I thought last Saturday I could do.

But all I've been doing is fleshing out on my way to the part that really needs finishing, so now I'm worried. But I'm almost to that part, so tomorrow morning's session should at least get me where I need to be, if not starting it. And with any luck, I can wrap it up during Friday's and Saturday's writing sessions.

There will be editing, of course, but come the weekend, I'll be turning my attention to the next book. A friend agreed to help me brainstorm / plot for a bit on Saturday, because I have to hit the ground running on the writing of it by June 1.

And in order to get the words flowing at the rate I need them to, I need a road map with accurate plot markers. As I've lamented often, I'm not great at plotting. Things seem to come together after the fact when I don't necessarily have a deadline and I can make pass after pass after pass and things occur to me. But that won't be acceptable now.

I traded the website work I'm doing now for editing in August, so that's taken care of. I just need to figure out what I want the cover to look like and get that commissioned. Then I'm ready to go and it's all on me to make the words happen.


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And that's all I got, folks. Have a great rest of your week. See you (probably) Friday.