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I've given up on the official Goodreads challenge, although I have borrowed their logo. I'm going for 3 million new words and the re-reading of whatever fics I decide sound interesting as well as creating pod fic. Everything will be listed on the other side of the blog and you can view the details and numbers here.

2016 Goals

  • be a better website person for my writing group
  • be a better treasurer for my writing group
  • get physically healthy and well
  • walk the dog/walk to the post office
  • reach that 120lb. mark (for real this time)
  • get the house clean(er)
  • keep cradfting/do a wider variety of crafts
  • create pod fic
  • read and re-read
  • writie 10K to 15K word book for Christmas box set

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Movie Monday -- Star Trek Beyond



Yesterday, DH and I went to see Star Trek Beyond, the third installment of the Star Trek film reboot.

I've been waiting three years for it, and it was filled with just as much awesome as I'd hoped and expected. The theater we were in vibrated and shook in concert with the action on the screen and we had recliner seats. Overall, an awesome movie experience.

Except I remember one of the reasons I hate going to the movies, aside from the expense--the wrapper/eating noise of the people sitting around me. The guy to my right was crunching popcorn in my ear. During the noisy/action-filled scenes, I can deal, but when the scenes are quiet--have a little courtesy and stop eating. I finally had to switch seat with DH, and he thought maybe the guy has special needs. So okay, I get that. He gets to enjoy the film too. That just means I need to not go to movies on opening weekend when the theaters are packed even on Sunday mornings at 10:30!!

So about the film...

Two years into the five-year mission, the Enterprise visits the star base Yorktown for some repairs and much needed R&R. The grind of space has taken it's toll on Kirk and he's ready to put down some roots. After young Spock receives  news of elder Spock's death he feels like he should return to New Vulcan and help rebuild his species.

But first--one "last" mission for them both. They think they're going on a rescue mission, but instead they're lured into a trap. Of course. :) Two hours later, they've saved Starbase Yorktown. Kirk has realized there's no where he'd rather be than on his star ship and Spock understands his place is in the Federation.

Lots of action and lots of humor filled the third installment, but there was a level of sadness too. Leonard Nimoy, who played the original Spock and who had guest appearances in the first two reboots died during pre-production.


And tragically, Anton Yelchin, who played the young Chekov of the reboots, was killed in a freak car accident a mere month ago.


May the both rest is peace.

If you're a Star Trek reboot fan, I definitely recommend you see this and see it in a theater. I def give it 10 stars!

Have you seen it? What did you think??


Friday, July 22, 2016

Adventures in Cooking!


Last Sunday I made and tried jambalaya.

I went from this:



To this:

To this:


How did it turn out? DH didn't care for it much, which I was expecting. I liked it, but next time, I'd use less rice and more bell peppers.

Do you like jambalaya?


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Time to Celebrate!!


Yesterday, DH and I celebrated 23 years of marriage. It's not all been sunshine and roses, but we're still here. We enjoyed dinner and conversation at Olive Garden, then I asked to go to Michael's (a local craft store) so that I could pick out my anniversary gift.

I've been looking at the adult coloring books at various places and have had a hard time finding a topic/theme and style that spoke to me, but Michael's had a great selection and I walked out with three books.


In addition to coloring books, I got two strings of red/white/blue fairy lights. I'm not sure where I'm going to string them, but I'll find a place.


The other day, I found this too. :) Not sure where it's going either...


Have a great rest of the week!!


Monday, July 18, 2016

Fresh start...


Mid-June to mid-July is always a hectic time around here (pre-fireworks, fireworks, post-fireworks) and my routines get out of whack for a variety of reasons.

I haven't written in a couple of weeks, I've slacked off the exercise, and rarely count calories to the exact number. That is to say, I know mostly how many I'm consuming since I tend to eat relatively the same thing every day. Surprisingly I have only gained maybe 2 or 3 pounds. I thought it would have been more...

But now that life has finally settled down, it's time to get back on track!

My goal is to write a minimum of 250 words/1 page a day for at least a week. We'll see how how that goes and increase the number if I feel like I'm ready for more.

I joined a gym last week. The goal is to go at least twice a week, but shooting for three, and walk on the home treadmill most other days depending on how I feel. I do listen to my body, so there will be no going overboard. My intent as I head toward 50 (two years away) is to tone what I have and increase my flexibility and stamina. I also want to take some ballet classes next year. :)

Along with the gym thing, I will get back to counting calories.

It's time to reach that 120lb. goal once and for all. :)


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Stanley Cup


I came across this on Tumblr and found it quite interesting, so...I'm sharing it. :)

Here is the link to the original. I am not the owner or creator of this information/graphic.

Well...I was going to put it here, but it's a series of like 30+ images that I do not want to download. I've borrowed the first three in hopes of enticing you to click and read. :)

But it's the very interesting history of the Stanley Cup--the trophy itself--and its distinction as far as sports awards go.

 


Go ahead... it really is super interesting...


Monday, July 11, 2016

The vinca still lives!


Two years ago, I found a vinca growing up from in between the squares of my patio...

I gently tugged all the plants out of the patio and transplanted them into a planter.

They're doing well even two years later.




Happy Monday!



Friday, July 8, 2016

Quarterly Goals Recap/Update


Shoulda done this last Friday, but things were a bit crazy with the looming holiday, so--

How have I done achieving my goals as listed just to the left and down??

Going in the order they're listed, though not numbered:

1) be a better website person--yep--keeping up with updates and changes
2) be a better treasurer--yes, not much to say, but staying on top of things
3) get physically healthy and well--mmm...same, really
4) walk the dog/walk to the post office--I do walk to the post office without fail when I work at the office; I don't walk the dog because she's very aggressive and I need a harness or a choke collar and I just haven't had the funds for either of those
5) reach the 120lb. mark--no, not yet, but I still have half a year and I'm hoping to join a gym soon
6) get the house cleaner--mmm...sorta, but now that DD has moved home, she's gonna be helping me with that
7) keep crafting/try other crafts--can't say that I've branched out much; I haven't even cross stitched much of late
8) create pod fic--well I did the one and the author had nice things to say; I still want to try my hand at some others, but I'm not sure when; I think this is more of a winter project, but we'll see
9) read and re-read--I've definitely been reading; I've re-read a few things but not as many as I'd planned as I found a new fandom and have been devouring new works
10) write 10K to 15K book for a Christmas box set--yes! My book came in at about 17K; it's currently waiting for its second round of revisions/edits before I do something with it--whether that's send it out to someone else for proofreading or buy a cover for it or create a cover--I'm not sure

So I think I'm doing all right for being at the halfway point of the year.

How about you??


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

So it finally happened...


The dead tree fell over. It's been dead for a few years now, being held in place by the cable that serves--served--as a clothes line. Luckily for us, it fell into our other tree.



The storm that blew through early Tuesday (and I mean early--like 1AM) brought down the large dead branch in the other tree...




Also, lucky for us, one of our new fireworks store workers owns a tree-trimming company, so we'll be having him come up and take care of our trees.

Hope y'all had an awesome 4th. I didn't have Internet to post, so...

But now it's time for life to return to normal.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Road Trip and Grand-Kitties!


Monday, I drove down to the fireworks store to pick up my Brown-Eyed Girl! (Her room mate drove her up that far from Houston.)

It was a nice little road trip. A gorgeous day. Despite it being 95*, I drove with the windows down and the music turned up.


It was good to have both my baby girls under one roof. But with the arrival of both girls and both their cats--there are currently SIX females in the house! The girls and me, two felines, and one canine.

There's been a lot of hissing and growling, but no altercation as of yet between any of the four-legged females. Surprisingly, Rayna has been a bit leery of the cats. Unless I expressly call her into or out of my bedroom, she stays put and looks anxiously in Amber's room worried that Karma is going to get her. If I'd realized she was that much of a chicken, I'd have gotten a cat ages ago. I do hope that at some point, Rayna and Karma have a throw-down. Karma has front claws, so if Rayna gets a taste of that, she'll retain a healthy respect for cats and perhaps I can finally get a cat. But we'll see how it goes.

Anyway, here are my grand-kitties--the only grand anything that I want. :)

 This is Kitty, Brown-Eyed Girl's cat. Yep, her name is Kitty.

And this Karma, DD's cat.

Have a great rest of the week.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Surprise! My nest is no longer empty...


The Brown-Eyed Girl is coming for a visit and Darling Daughter is moving home to help out for a few months. I'm so excited to see both my girls--now if only Sonshine could make it home, but alas...

In other news--now that maybe the real baby birds have left the nest, Mama and Papa Cardinal have been flying and chirping all around my yard.

Mama cardinal at the birdbath.

Despite the warm temps it was a rather lovely day yesterday, so Rayna and I spent some time in the yard. Here she is stalking a squirrel...



...up on the power lines that run from one pole to another across the back end of our yard. Silly puppy!!



Hope you had a lovely weekend.


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  • DH = my husband
  • my Brown Eyed Girl = my oldest daughter
  • DD = my Darling Daughter (the younger one)
  • Sonshine or Marching Band Boy = my son
  • NT = the North Texas chapter of RWA
  • RWA = Romance Writers of America

Read in Mar 2016

  • Omnibus by dhampir72
  • Lay It Down by dhampir72
  • Sleeping With James Bond by dhampir72
  • The Hand I Want to Hold Forever by dhampir72
  • Favours by dhampir72
  • Sigh No More by dhampir72
  • To the Sticking Place by blueink3
  • Wars We Fought, Things We're Not by blueink3
  • Crush by stereobone
  • Synchronicity by stereobone
  • Call Him Love by itsallfine
  • Sleep Deprivation is No Excuse by elenothar
  • When the Sun Goes Down and No Stars Light the Night by elenothar
  • Pitfalls of the Odd Pagan Holiday by elenothar
  • Wooing Rituals of the James Bond Variety by elenothar
  • How Q Hacked Online Dating by JayEz
  • Our Final Problem by JayEz
  • Five Years Isn't So Long by scioscribe
  • Amber by scioscribe
  • Home (and Country) by scioscribe
  • Cuckoo by scioscribe
  • Fallible Creatures by scioscribe
  • Dramatic Arts by scioscribe
  • A Pox on All Your Machines by scioscribe
  • Love and Other Hazardous Materials by Luchia
  • Amenable by resonant
  • Practical Angora Goat Raising by lavvyan
  • Tantalus by moonblossom
  • Whoredom in Egypt by ancientreader
  • Let Them Howl by alex_caligari
  • Rearranged by itsallfine
  • Order of Operations by patternofdefiance

Read in Feb 2016

  • Monetising Love by SamuelJames
  • To the Sticking Place by blueink3
  • The Wedding Past by bold_as_brass
  • John & Sherlock Get the Giggle by wendymarlowe
  • The Wedding Present by bold_as_brass

Read in Jan 2016

  • Practical Johnkeeping by what_alchemy
  • Unwasted by patternofdefinace
  • Chemistry and Crooked Shelves by 221b_careful_what_you_wish_for
  • Two Days by PoppyAlexander
  • Two Days by tweedisgood
  • A Sense of Scale by alphera
  • We Are Only Human by TennantsLittleKitten
  • Checkmate by TennantsLittleKitten
  • A Married Man by Persophones_Keeper
  • A Time of Beauty by akashathekitty
  • What Dreams May Come by danlef
  • No Bangs Without Foreign Office Approval by reckonedrightly
  • Save the Last Dance for Me by Lilith (Citrine)
  • Snapshot by saziikins
  • The Violet Hour by breathedout
  • Drunk With Your Kiss by Biswholocked
  • The Human Cipher by wendymarlowe