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Monday Miscellany

So much stuff stirring around in my brain right now. SO MUCH. That means bullet points for you!

  • Every time I start to exercise regularly–and I mean every fucking time–I get sick. I have head congestion and a runny nose, which makes it impossible to run because I like to breathe. Breathing while running is hard enough when I feel great. JFC, universe!! Do you want me to be fat and lazy? Because that would be easier for me, and if that’s what my destiny is, I can go ahead and give in.
  • I’m going to do some gentle, non-inversiony yoga today. The purpose is to remind my muscles that we do like to move a bit and keep the habit of carving time out of my day to exercise.
  • BUT SERIOUSLY! WTF‽‽‽ This is monumentally unfair.
  • Other important things: I desperately need a job. If you want to pay me money, let me know. I’ll do anything! (Although, I’d prefer to edit or write or proofread. I’ve done a little bit of those things freelance, and would enjoy doing more.) However, if you need someone to do the weird stuff, I can do that, too.

  • After finishing up the edits (and cutting 25,000 words) on The Waning Moon, I decided to reward myself with a little gaming. I’m not much of a gamer (anymore), but there are a few things I like. It’d been a while since I’d played on my PC (I don’t even use the PC for anything–it just sits around getting dusty and storing old photos of the Bean), and it was a PITA to get everything set up. BUT, finally Saturday evening post Bean bedtime, I was in and playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ve killed some stuff, which is a nice break from writing all day where I also have been killing.

  • The Bean and I have been making bread every weekend he’s here. He’s becoming such a great helper (and I’m almost sincere about that now!) and really enjoys kitchen stuff.

 

  • He’ll be five in less than two weeks, and I’m not sure I’m ready. It’s fun watching him grow up and become his own person, but he’s almost too big for me to pick up (I need him to ‘jump’ when I pick him up), and carry, and hold–although we do our best. He’s been extra cuddly lately, and I’m taking advantage of that as much as possible. I know there will come a day when he doesn’t want me to hold him anymore.

  • This week’s focus is getting the crap stuff having to do with The Waning Moon done–synopsis and blurb. It took 130,000 words to tell the story originally–how am I expected to break that down to a couple pages, much less a couple paragraphs? Once I talk about coffee and tacos, I’m out of space!
  • The first newsletter went out last week with an exclusive peek at one of my favorite amusing bits from The Waning Moon, as well as the first chapter of Raj’s story. Sign up now to learn more about our favorite vampire!
  • If you’ve read The Cardinal Gate and are so inclined, I’d be delighted and grateful if you’d review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
  • Of course, if you haven’t read The Cardinal Gate, I’d be even more delighted and grateful if you did! (It’s available on Amazon in paperback, ebook, and Kindle Unlimited.)

 

That’s about enough miscellany for today. Have a great week!

 

Three Things Thursday-Exercise Edition

  1. I have exercised as much this week as I did in the entirety of February. Just so we’re clear, that is a condemnation of “February Amy” and not an endorsement of “this week Amy.”
  2. It’s Thursday, and I have two trail runs (of 2 & 3.3 miles respectively) and two 45-minute-yoga classes under my belt. My ankles are killing me and I desperately need to gain strength and flexibility if I’m going to keep up with this running gig. Which I am. For as much as the first 1.5 miles hurt (omg-so bad! SO BAD!!!) yesterday, trail running is still the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
  3. Last night, I was so stiff from the running and sudden increase in physical activity that I was desperately worried I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed this morning. I tried to talk The Beer Guy into agreeing to bring me coffee in bed if that turned out to be the case, but he said “no” and something about “enabling.” Turns out, I feel fine today. My ankles and feet are not happy, but the rest of me is only pleasantly sore (which is such a great feeling, honestly).

Post 3.3 muddy, painful miles and I still have a smile on my face.

Three Things Thursday: Workout Edition

  1. I am so sore. So delightfully sore. I hit up this Power Barre class at the local community center with a couple of girlfriends last night and wow! That was some intense core and leg work.
  2. I have yoga’d twice this week. This is very, very good. Vinyasa Monday and Hatha today (to help with those post-workout kinks from last night).
  3. Tomorrow is scheduled to be in the mid-fifties and not rainy. I’m going to take my new, pink trail shoes up to Germantown and come back covered in mud and filth. There is nothing in the world like the feeling of being too dirty to enter your own home. I love spring trail runs.

Friday Goals

 

 

Back at it…

I made it back from the snowy wastelands, although for a while, I wasn’t sure if (or at least when) that would happen. Our last day in Breckenridge was good. We went to the Big Beers Festival, sampled SO MANY beers, and then had a very mellow evening in.

 

Our flight out of Denver was delayed by about 4 hours and we were positive we’d miss our connecting flight (through San Francisco). That flight ended up being delayed at well (the combo rainstorm in the Bay Area and the ice storm in Portland made everything extra delayed) and we landed about 3 hours late. The taxi ride home was also exciting – nothing like a Prius on ice at 2 am to ratchet up the travel tension!

Following my four hours of sleep yesterday, I spent most of Monday in a bit of a fog. The Bean spent the day with me and got a lot of quality YouTube video watching in while I set up my office space in the new digs.

who knew minecraft tutorials were so fascinating?

Ready to write and edit!

Ah, the train whistle holiday gift that we conveniently forgot when we headed back to the old digs for the night.

Once we got back to the old house, he requested toys. Rather than repopulate the basement playroom with the already 100% picked up legos and trains, I thought it’d be easier to contain the crazy if I brought the toys upstairs so I could make sure everything got put away again. And that’s when I discovered this.

Why yes that is my Halloween decoration storage container. And yes, I will be starting over from scratch next year because who even knows what happened inside. (The beer guy made sure that wasn’t STILL something inside.)

Don’t even try to convince me a field mouse did that much damage. As I’ve suspected since July, there are rats.

 

I’ve been hearing animal activity in the floorboards and the roof and in the walls for MONTHS, but this is the first evidence I’ve found of it in my actual house. I only need to sleep there six more nights before we’re out for good, but that sounds like six nights too many at this point. I may or may not have left on all the lights and stomped around as noisily as possible. (I also may or may not have waiting for the Beer Guy to get home last night so he could accompany me to the basement to protect me while I put the laundry in the dyer.)

And now, it’s time to resume my regularly scheduled activities. Reading. Writing.  Editing. Running. Yoga. Swimming. (Finding a job, I guess…)

I’m in my new home office. I ate a salad for lunch. I’m just waiting for my headache to disappear so I can head to the gym for some quality treadmill time. (I may want to start running again, but I’ve no desire to run in 35* rain.) Tomorrow, I’m back in the pool.

I should have the final round of edits back this week or next, and then it’s proofreader time!

Almost time!

 

40 Before 40 – Update the Third

I am 1/4 of the way through my 40th year! Things have definitely been going a little better the last month. I’m feeling better (back is better and no more sickness), I’m getting into a new routine (although it’s still hard with Bean…I get to have a routine, and he has to have two routines), and I’m getting things done!

Let’s get started, shall we?

7. Sing a new song at karaoke. On May 6, I totally did this. I sang “Punk Rock Girl.” AND THEN! last week, I sang yet another new song! I am now a new song singing maniac. (I do not have any photographic evidence of me singing, so you’ll have to take my word for it.)

14. Try hot yoga. I did this! On May 5, I took a hot hatha class. I hated every second of it. Seriously. Never again.

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19. Make a cheese that needs to age 10 months and eat it on my 40th birthday. So much cheese was made!

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My cheese making setup. Please note the small green stool there. I needed that to reach all the things. My kitchen is a bit on the tall side and I am decidedly not. My friend Elizabeth said, “In the kitchen of giants, you are still queen! You have killed the jolly green giant and used his head as your stepping stool.” Pretty much…

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Curds and Whey (no spiders here!)

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Weighting Games..aren’t you imPRESSed? (Ha! SO MANY PUNS!)

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Parmesan ready to enter the cheese cave for it’s long (9 month) nap

 

27. Get back into my DIY habits – I used to do a lot more homemade stuff. – getting started on that with my cheese. And I have a lot of berries and figs coming, so there will be jam.

This is the face of a domestic goddess.

This is the face of a domestic goddess.

32. Try a new (to me) cheese each month – this month’s cheese was a dry cow’s milk cheese called Cougar Gold from Washington (state).

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My 40 before 40 challenge

Update the first

Update the second

Upcoming Goal Reaching!

I’ve already got a few things booked and paid for coming up

I bought tickets to the opera (6), so that’ll be in the June update. We are going to see a Portland Opera production:

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My friend Alisha and I are taking a barre class (8) and then drinking recovery beers this week!

I signed up for a knife class, and I think that qualifies as (10) take a cooking class. Besides, I need to figure out how to stop stabbing myself now that I own sharp knives.

Bean’s summer vacation (17) is going to be primarily spent in South Dakota where I’m hoping I can take him fishing (20).

I’m back on track with my Swedish lessons (24) which is not going to help me at all when I get my passport stamped on my trip to Iceland (35).

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As for the rosé tasting (18), this is going to be scheduled soon. I want to limit it to 10-12 attendees, (including the adults that are contractually obligated to be there by either (a) being me or (b) dating me), so if you desperately (or even moderately) want to drink pink wine in my back yard in July, let me know and I’ll tell you the dates I’m looking at.

 

Practicing...

Practicing…

 

June is going to be the month of pie and jam and summer award reading books…