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Prep week…

I have big plans for 2013, too many to count.  Yesterday I mentioned a few but there’s so many more, little, big, personal, public, symbolic, and a few are just to make a point.  I am making a list, writing them all down.  This year I want to get things done.  I want to see some progress, the house, the yard, me, my writing, whatever it is, it’s going to be better this year.    

This week I am working on my plan of attack and then next week it’s on.

In addition to planning I am working on a few things for me…

At the end of 2012, I had slowly started making some changes, more water, less Dr Pepper.  I was feeling like it was ok to take time for me; a morning routine and a night routine.  I started thinking about food choices: more vegetables, less processed foods.  It’s been working, I’ve lost ten pounds between mid October and last Friday.  I actually lost three pounds Christmas week.  How crazy is that?  Losing weight in the middle of all the amazing Christmas food and cookies.

So this week I am…

–  Drinking 48 + ounces of water every day

–  Drinking 12 ounces or less  of Dr Pepper a day.

–  Strength exercises  (abs/legs – Mon/Wed/Fri, arms/back – Tues/Thurs/Sat)-  Walking briskly (10 minutes this week, increasing a little each week)

–  Stretching (everyday with a longer stretch on Sundays)

So far, I am on schedule, I’ve had my water, took my walks, and done my strength exercises.  

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Go Figure…

When I first injured my foot I did some online research, that is how I discovered that it was a high ankle sprain.  I also got some information on treatment and recovery.  Pretty much everything I read claimed that it would take at least six weeks for it to heal.  I’ve sprained my ankle before and it’s taken only about 10 to 14 days to heal.  There might be some residual effects as my ankle strengthened but six weeks just seemed ridiculous.

Today was the first day that I didn’t wear my ankle brace all day and I did pretty well.  We walked all over Costco and then later Sam’s Club because we forgot to look for the gingerbread house at Costco.  Later, I put the brace on briefly while moving Christmas boxes out to Sully’s mom’s garage.  I was concerned about negotiating that step down into the garage while pulling a two wheel dollie.   I took it off afterward though and had no significant issues.  Once getting into the car I bent my ankle a bit and felt a twinge.

I was glad I was that I was finally feeling like my ankle was healing.  The ankle brace wasn’t an issue except when I was wearing shoes.  I mostly wear Crocs around the house and I didn’t have a lot of problems with the brace interfering with them.  My running shoes though were another matter, the shoes were not comfortable at all with the brace on.  I ended up wearing my hiking boots everywhere, although I think that turned out to be a really good idea.  The boots gave me extra support and didn’t interfere with the brace at all.  I’ll probably still keep the brace handy in case I am doing anything that might cause a relapse.

Of course, looking at the calendar I find that the six week prognosis is spot on and not ridiculous in the least.  Go figure…

running shoes

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NaNo success…

Winner-180x180

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I finally got my 50,000 words.  It wasn’t easy given the vacation, the holiday and the events of this week.  My word count topped out at 52,053, and I am quite positive that about 10,000 of it is mush but at least I worked through it and got to 50K.


My goal now is to stay with it.  I’ll need to go back and re-edit the mush part so that I can continue on and get the rest of the re-writes and edits done.  I’d like to get a proof copy by March so that I can do any last minute editing before June the deadline for getting my five free copies of the finished book.

It’s time for me to get a move on with all of this.  I’ve got these four books to finish, well five now, plus I have a few other ideas that I need to work on.   I am going to work hard through December so that I can be already on the move when the New Year starts.

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Plan B…

Alright, so it’s more than a week after Halloween and I still have Halloween decorations all over the house.  Normally I would have had them packed up and back in the garage no later than the following weekend.  My problem this year is that I don’t have any place to put the costumes.  

I have most of the Halloween decorations in Rubbermaid containers.  They work well and I have an entire container just for the various costumes.  This year’s costumes were a little more involved and the thought of stuffing them into one of these containers was not sitting well with me.   

I kept thinking how nice it would be if I had a garment rack where I could keep all of the costumes.  I don’t have a garment rack but I could probably hang a few costumes in the garage.  It might be an here and there sort of thing but at least they would be hanging.

The only problem with hanging the costumes in the garage, well, one of the problems is that it’s seriously dusty out there.  The costumes would need to be covered to keep them from getting completely dirty.  I checked out the inexpensive garment bags at Walmart, the longer ones for dresses are a little less than $3.00 each.  It’s not a bad price but they only had one in stock.  I didn’t really want to drive around trying to find them at other stores either.   I also didn’t want to spend $15 to $20 on garment bags since I haven’t figured out what the final plan on all of this.

When I got married in 2000, my mom had put all of our Renaissance outfits in these huge plastic bags.  The were actually plastic liners for 55 gallon drum trash cans.  They were perfect for the long dresses that all of the girls were wearing at the wedding.  The were clear and about five feet long, and the plastic was pretty durable.  We looked around in Walmart, they had 55 gallon bags but they were black.  I really try to stay away from storing things in black trash bags.  If I have to store anything in plastic bags I make sure that the bags are clear or white.  It’s a system I use so that the bags don’t accidentally get thrown away.  

After Walmart we decided to check at Home Depot.  They had an industrial sized box available online, I was hoping for a smaller box.  Unfortunately, they didn’t have the clear bags  in the store.  We wandered around the store a bit and I decided to look in the paint aisle.  I found some plastic sheeting and decided to make my own bags.  I figured I could use tape on the sides.

Once I got home though I did some online research and decided I could sew the sides of the bags.    I will put up another post with how things work out.

 

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Almost Friday…

All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Thursday.  I really knew it was Wednesday but it’s been a long week.  Today felt like Thursday though, so that’s good.

Today was one of those days where I felt very busy but I didn’t get a lot done.  It’s hard to get a ton done though because of my ankle.  I really hurt it Monday, then tweaked it a bit on Tuesday and again this afternoon.  At this point it feels worse than it ever has, before it only hurt when I moved in a certain way.  Now, I get moments when it’s achy for no reason other than my foot isn’t elevated or even just because.  I wear a brace most of the day, taking it off occasionally to let my foot breathe while elevating it.  At night I wear a neoprene wrap that keeps me from moving around too much.  Last week I woke up in pain several times as I moved my foot in apparently bad positions.   The wrap is perfect for sleeping, it isn’t too tight as to cut off circulation like a normal brace might overnight.  But it’s not so loose that it still keeps me from hurting the ankle while asleep.  I should probably ice it more but we just have flat ice packs and that’s just not working.  I need to get some frozen peas, those bags are perfect for ankles.

Oh, and my NaNo project is up to 14,000 words.  Yay me!

Today, I am thankful for Sully and Boo.  It’s been a tough week in many ways but I really enjoyed our time together today.  I am also really thankful that I am caught up with laundry.  I am sure it seems an odd thing to be thankful for but it’s taken me weeks to get back on track.

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Falling for it…

Oh my gosh, while I was busy these last few weeks fall has arrived and I am loving this weather.  I am spending the day trying to catch up on my blog posts and doing some writing for NaNo.

The working title for the rewrite is ‘Waterfall’, so far I have written a bit of a synopsis of the general story’s beginning and a little bit into the middle.  Last night I worked on a general outline for the chapters.  Today I started working   on a basic timeline for the story, some books happen over a few days, some a few years, this one is going to be a few weeks.  While I was working on the timeline I realized if I switched the first two events around that it would make more sense.  I’ve tried rewriting the first chapter about fifty times and never really got anywhere with it and this is probably why.  

Three cheers for writing epiphanies!  Yay!  Woohoo!  Hooray!

Ok, enough of that, I am off to write.  🙂

Today, I am grateful for beautiful weather.  I am also grateful for being able to vote.  I dropped off our early ballots yesterday, it was quick and easy.  It’s surprising that more people don’t vote, it’s important to get your voice out there.  

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The darker half…

On Halloween, we also celebrated Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of harvest and the beginning of winter.  It is also called the darker half of the year as it falls between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice.  

Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasadh, Samhain completes the four seasonal celebrations.  Imbolc celebrates the beginning of Spring and occurs in February, Beltane marks the beginning of summer and is celebrated on May 1st, and Lughnasadh celebrates the harvest season falling in early August.  

Samhain was seen as a time when the door to the Otherworld opened for the souls of the dead to enter our world. The souls of dead kin were invited to attend feasts with a place set at the table for them. It has been likened to a festival of the dead. The custom of guising or dressing up may have started in an attempt to protect people from harmful spirits.

This was my blessing for Samhain this year…

On Samhain, I celebrate my family and friends that have left this world, and although I miss them dearly and their absence in our lives is painful, I know that their journey is not over.

Prayer of Farewell for Samhain

You are going home to your home of winter,
To your home of autumn, of spring, and of summer;
You are going home to the Land of the Living.
To the restful haven of the waveless sea.

Peace of the Seven Lights be upon you, beloved,
Peace of the Seven Joys be upon you, beloved,
Peace of the Seven Loves be upon you, beloved,
On the breast of the Mother of Blessings,
In the arms of the Father of Life.
Today, I am thankful for my family, both past and present, especially my parents.  My mom and dad were so important in making me who I am today.  I miss them terribly but I know and I am happy that they are together.  My father in law told everyone that for most of his life he had a son, then his son got married and then he got a daughter too.  He treated me as part of the family from the beginning and I am glad that he is at peace even though we miss him so much.  I hope everyone else is able to find peace with their loved ones that have passed before them.