Thursday Thirteen – writing my novel

I haven’t posted in a while, because I’ve been working on that galdarn novel. Don’t let my potty mouth fool you—I’m enjoying it! I’ve also been busy with school work and the general busyness of life. πŸ™‚

So, to keep you entertained, here’s 13 interesting things about writing my novel. There has to be at least 13, right?

1. It’s exciting to watch my word count go up – I average at least 300 words per sitting, because often I have to get the writing done in patches—before this class, between those two (only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, like now), after that one. I’ll sit with the laptop on my lap while I’m watching tv at home, usually I’ll put it on something my kids can watch or I really don’t want to pay all my attention to. Like CNN (which I like watching anyway.).

2. It’s having a definite affect on my other writing – Like there’s also a lot of that going on too. I’ve even turned my attention to the next entry for the 100 Word Challenge, I just have to write it out. Maybe in my next class.

3. I rely much too heavily on the auto-fix feature on Word – Because there have been at least 3 instances writing this blog post already that I expect and don’t immediately remember that I have to take care of, the computer’s not going to.

4. I’ve already come up with a cover for the book – Okay, it’s a rough draft, but I like playing around with Paint Shop Pro too, and I haven’t in a long time. So I’ve got one. If you check my profile, you’ll see it under Novel Info.

5. Speaking of my profile—yes, that’s me Simpsonized. I don’t know if they still have that site, but back when The Simpson Movie came out, Burger King had a site you could go to and, using a picture of you head and shoulders against a plain background, it would Simpsonize you. I saved myself a copy. Of Tom too.

6. I’ve got to back up more – I haven’t had a problem yet, but it’s a good idea to backup your work, in like a million different places, just in case say that cup of tea spills all over your keyboard!

7. I got that last tip from the Procrastination Station at the NaNoWriMo site. Interesting stuff. This girl makes cartoons too, those are a riot!

8. I don’t need the Procrastination Station – Not when I have Facebook!

9. My house has actually been looking better since I started writing – At least I think so. And that’s even while I’ve had a cold or something. I hope not the piggy flu, but I haven’t had it checked out, because they’d assume it was that anyhow. And there’s enough people around me who have had it. Classmates.

10. #9, in my opinion, is probably because the increased blood flow to my brain and fingers due to all this thinking and writing and typing – in my opinion. It did for me what going to college and walking there didn’t do. Hmm…

11. I have yet to just sit and stare at the computer for an extended amount of time – oh, sure, for a minute here or 10 minutes there. But, most of the time when I sit down to write, I’m tapping along. Or playing with Facebook which, as I said, is my own Procrastination Station.

12. Research – I’ve actually done some. Had to double check that there were speed boats in the 1930’s, and I needed to come up with some wallpaper from then that was really pretty and elegant, and I needed to make sure what a Victorian bed looked like.

13. Problems with Research – sometimes, when you’re looking for something in the Pre-WWII and WWII era (which is when the story is set), you run into things about people you don’t want to read about. Like things on Hitler and the Third Reich. At modern day Nazi sites. Ewwww….I’m not able to give you that link!

Thursday Thirteen – Water—or lack of access to that there of.

My village recently had a water main break, which the village government and the county are concerned may have compromised the water system (due to it’s lowering the water level, etc). In an effort to avoid whatever…things…might infest the system, they have put a 4 day “boil water advisory” on the town. So I’m going to challenge myself to see if I can come up with 13 things I (we) am (are) missing because of this.

1. A shower in my own bathroom – thank goodness my parents DON’T own a house in this village. Or else we might not have had a place to take a shower! We went up to my dad’s this evening πŸ™‚

2. Drawing a glass of water any time I want – I try to drink a lot of water, nearly every thing I drink is water. Or water based somehow. I can’t—I’ve got my tea pot full and a pot of water full of boiled water. I have to put it in the fridge before I can drink it. Or else it’s warm when I do. I’ve got to get some water from the store (gonna do that tomorrow!).

3. Washing my hands after using the bathroom – I just try to be really careful…or use the bathroom in the next town over (which is directly adjacent to our village.)

4. Washing clothes – yeah, I’ve got a load of T’s uniforms in, but I’m not going to be washing anymore…and I’m thinking I should go in and take those out. But then I’d have to touch them…ugh. How am I going to pull that off???

5. Washing dishes – OMG, I can not believe I just said that! Because I can’t stand doing dishes. But, again, it would be prohibitive to boil the water just for this. Though if I use one of the gallons of water I get from the store for that…I should be good to go, so it’s not too hot. Right?

6. Mopping the floor – Okay, I don’t ACTUALLY plan on mopping the floor today or even this weekend. But I can’t if I wanted to (because I have thought about it), because then I would, again, have to touch the water.

7. Drinking fountain drinks from any nearby store – because they run off of the village’s water supply and…do I really have to explain this part? Somehow I never got that the water used in the fountain machines was town water. Interesting.

8. Washing my face – I don’t do it often (and, actually, would use a diaper wipe more often than the sink and/or a washcloth), but I can’t now.

9. Brushing my teeth – we can still do this, but it means getting a glass of that boiled water…and most of the time it will be warm or have to sit in the fridge.

10. Preparing bottles – actually, this is more of a concern for whether or not my neighbor is able to prep the formula for her newborn son. But I see her bringing cases of water home, so I hope she’s already using that anyhow. I’ve meant to ask her for a while.

11. Cleaning – in general. I thought of mopping first because I’ve actually been pondering it, but I’d like to wipe down the windowsill behind me, and maybe my kitchen table. And my bathtub/shower needs cleaned too.

12. Eating salad or any vegetable – because you need to wash them.

13. Making other drinks – like Kool-Aid (okay, hadn’t planned on that) or fruit juices from concentrate (I think I have a can of apple juice in the back of my fridge).

1 thing I can still do with ease – Use the toilet! I mean, I don’t have to touch the water to use it, now do I?

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S’More Reading

The only real difference to this list is that it’s going to be “S’more Reading” (as in I’ve already got a ton to do already for classes, but hey why don’t I add on some more, personal reading? Sounds like fun to me!). I figured that sounded close enough to the original to be kinda funny. Since I didn’t read them when I wanted to.

I’ll be reading them in no specific order. I am however grouping them by topic and author. I figure it’s not a bad idea to start getting my brain used to lots of reading, in different directions, and especially with “exercises”. So I’ve got a nice stack of books ready to go! And what a better way to share, but in a Thursday Thirteen post, too (though this is the only way you’ll know, LOL!) I’ll be back to edit it as well! If you’d like to read along, just click on the name of the book πŸ™‚ (I’m not getting anything from it, it’s just to show you what the book looks like!)

So, here you go:

Christian:

Stormie Omartian:

1. The Power of a Praying Woman

2. The Power of a Praying Wife

3. The Power of a Praying Parent

4. Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On

Cynthia Heald:

5. Becoming a Woman of Faith

6. Becoming a Woman of Purpose

Joyce Meyer

7. The Confident Woman

8. Look Great Feel Great

Debbie Macomber

9. Knit Together

I’ve got several other Debbie Macomber books, but they are her fiction ones. Since I plan to ALSO be reading fiction along with all these, I’m not going to include them here. I didn’t mention that? What, you don’t think I can do it? Just you wait and see. I’m also working on reading the bible (as I joined a Read the Bible in 90 Days bible study group at church).

10. Faithfully Fit – Claire Cloninger and Laura Barr

Flylady (since her movement, she’s a subject on to her own. Plus she’s a real person, so she fits under the author sectioning):

11. Both Sink Reflections and Body Clutter

“Feminist”

12. The Meaning of Wife – Anne Kingston

13. The Second Sex – Simone DeBeauvoir (NOT in the original French)

Bonus

The Mommy Diaries – Tally Flint, Ed.

Thursday Thirteen a day early—follow up!

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1. Pick up and collect garbage, put new bag in kitchen garbage can. mostly done

2. Eat something. – done

3. Take vitamins – never took them yesterday, though I took the bp meds, but I’ll go do them for today now! πŸ˜€ – done

4. Pick up things on floor – done, so I could put him to bed last night!

5. Vacuum – gotta hurry up and do this before someone makes another mess! – done. Now he’s making said mess.

6. Pick up clothes – bathroom, bedroom, and anything in between (because, sadly, there are some in between!) – done

7. Dishes – Pretty much done, other than last night’s dinner dishes and a couple other things. πŸ™‚

8. Make dinner – Italian Sausage with some rice thing somehow. Don’t know the whole deal yet. – Based it on a recipe I found, but it wasn’t quite the same. The bulk of it was just things from other things I’ve done, off the top of my head. It was good. Usually, when I make things from “scratch” like that, they turn out really good. How does that happen?

9. Clean bathtub, floor and counter in bathroom.

10. Make laundry soap – homemade. It’s the only kind I use anymore! Gotta get some soap to use. Had to discuss this with T first.

11. Get to bed by 11, so that I can get up at 7 to bring my dad to yet another doctor’s appointment! – ha ha, yeah right. Got up at 7 am, though I went to bed about 12:30. Thank goodness I went to sleep right away (but we won’t mention the fact that I got up at 6 because D’s friend called her, and I had to deal with D, who insisted upon walking to said friend’s house before school).

12. Sort and wash clothes – Sorted, just have to transfer when things are done, etc πŸ™‚

13. Get blood work (for GYN) taken – that’s one thing 11 is going to help…uh, I guess this is for tomorrow then.

Nothing wrong with being EARLY—Thursday Thirteen – more things to do! 6/18/09

So, there are literally dozens of things I could be doing instead of sitting here, posting about what I have to do and playing Restaurant City on Facebook in the background. I can’t even use the excuse that I was busy in the morning, and now I’m drained because, really, I’m not…and part of being busy was going to my dad’s, where I did his dishes, swept the kitchen, and vacuumed the carpet (those last 2 were all on my own, he didn’t even ask! He asked I do the dishes though!). I’ve got to go back soon and do even MORE work, because without mom there the place isn’t totally up to par. Also, I want to go up and help the girl upstairs, who just had a baby.

Well, here’s the list I hope to accomplish by the end of tomorrow. It should be possible. Don’t laugh at me—when you’re actually feeling in top form, just about anything is possible. Chiropractors are a BLESSING!!!!!

So, here in order of do-ability (what will come first, etc), is my list for the next 24 hours or so. I’ll take a break from my apartment at some point, and offer my hands upstairs.

1. Pick up and collect garbage, put new bag in kitchen garbage can. mostly done

2. Eat something. – done

3. Take vitamins – I was out the door so fast this morning that I didn’t even have my blood pressure meds!

4. Pick up things on floor – mostly little guy’s toys, so I can do #5.

5. Vacuum – dang boy but does it need it!

6. Pick up clothes – bathroom, bedroom, and anything in between (because, sadly, there are some in between!) – done

7. Dishes – No reason I shouldn’t do ours when I already did dad’s.

8. Make dinner – Italian Sausage with some rice thing somehow. Don’t know the whole deal yet. – figured it out, just got to wash the pan and make it. Here’s the recipe!

9. Clean bathtub, floor and counter in bathroom.

10. Make laundry soaphomemade. It’s the only kind I use anymore!

11. Get to bed by 11, so that I can get up at 7 to bring my dad to yet another doctor’s appointment!

12. Sort and wash clothes – the hard part is done. I just have to go in there and do the rest of the work! πŸ˜€

13. Get blood work (for GYN) taken – that’s one thing 11 is going to help!

Thursday Thirteen – things to do—or not! (with updates too!)

As bad as that sounds, no, I don’t plan on NOT doing the things I’m going to list.

First, today marks the end of birthday hell around here—all 4 of our birthdays fall in the last 2 weeks of May and the first 2 weeks of June. I actually (sorta) planned it that way—I figured before I got pregnant with P that it would be best if I had him during this time so he wouldn’t feel out of the loop and we could get them all done in a short time. Not the best idea, but it’s a decision I now have to live with. πŸ˜›

Second, my mood and energy have improved since my (now 2) chiropractor appointment(s). So there are many things on this list that wouldn’t have gotten done before I felt all this energy. Though I’m still getting tired towards the end of the day, but I think has more to do with how late I’ve stayed up than not having the nourishment I need. I’ve been taking my vitamins religiously, and that seems to have helped a great deal.

So, here’s my list of things to do:

1. Make a cake – Red Velvet. With chocolate (actually, Nutella) frosting. Yes, I know it’s traditional to have cream cheese. What can I do? She asked for chocolate! – in oven! On stove, will take out when floor is dry (yes, I mopped too!)

2. Pick up the floor – it just needs a touch up, not a major overhaul. – done, to vacuum

3. Fold clothes – 2 buckets worth, I tend to do 1 a day when I fold them. Maybe I’ll do both, we need the clothes back in the drawers.

4. Vacuum – what can I say, it needs it! – done, swept and mopped in kitchen too!

5. Get off here – I haven’t been spending much time on here lately. When I do, I’m either over at Facebook or playing Tetris. πŸ˜€ – done, but then again… – on and off over time

6. Dishes – nearly done!

7. Pick up bathroom – again, not bad as I’ve been keeping up, just a touch up here and there. – done, sink organized but not wiped down

8. Go to the doctor – I have a gynecologist appointment this afternoon.

9. Call new doctor and move appointment – I’ve got to pay $39 to the old doctor to get my records transferred over. It’s not going to happen today, and the appointment’s tomorrow. – called…gotta fill out another release form, with the new doc, so that I don’t have to pay for the records, they should do a courtesy copy. I thought that having me pay for it was probably to get back for changing docs anyhow

10. Make sure P’s in his underwear – I’ve been having him wear underwear instead of training pants during the day. While he’s still pooping his pants most days, it’s helped some! – done

11. Pay electric bill – done

12. Have lunch – sometimes I DO need to be reminded! – not yet

13. Figure out dinner – probably the chinese place, as that’s what she wants for her birthday dinner. We’ll see

Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen more things I’ve been doing instead of getting on here.

Yup, I’ve still been busy. I’ve felt somewhat better than I have in a while, so this place is starting to look somewhat better than it has. Yet the landlord hasn’t decided to come back again. Why does he always pick a time when I feel like crud?

Anyhow, in no particular order, here are the things I’ve been doing. Whether or not they appeared on last week’s list (and many did.). If you’d like to join in the Thursday 13 fun, go to the hub πŸ™‚

1. Picking up things off the floor. I had started to just let things stay where they were. I’ve been picking them up. Small things of garbage. I don’t like that, but when I don’t feel up to it… I don’t feel up to it.

2. Working on potty training. It’s not perfect, he’s not able to be trusted with underwear on all the time yet, but he’ll get there. I mean, he can’t be in his teens and still be wearing diapers, right?

3. Cleared off the futon. Oh, this was a big one.

4. Folded lots of clothes. Including today. The only things that aren’t folded yet are in the washroom! πŸ˜€

5. Worked more on that gigantic blanket, made like an Idiot Dishcloth. Main, when I say it’s gigantic—-I mean it’s GIGANTIC.

6. Kept the bathroom floor (fairly) picked up.

7. Finished 2 library books. Knitting Bones and Thai Die by Monica Ferris. Good stuff.

8. Learned a new knitting pattern. The one from Knitting Bones.

9. Checked my email and Facebook every day. I’ve always been pretty good at that.

10. Ran around the college to get things taken care of with my contract for coursework. Can’t wait until I can register for my classes.

11. Taken care of things for getting P into some kind of child care/school situation for when I’m in school. The orientation was this evening, I’ve got forms out the wazzo to fill out…

12. Washed dishes. Nearly done too!

13. Washed lots of clothes. Gotta do that before they get folded! πŸ˜›

Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen things I did today instead of getting on the computer.

Wow, today was Good Day #2. I was happy when, part way through the morning, I realized I was in a good enough head space to get up and actually DO something! As such, I didn’t get on the computer until just about 15 minutes ago! Not getting on the computer was also helped by the fact that my husband fell asleep in front of it and stayed here all morning. So, to bore you further, in no particular order, here are 13 of the things (that I can remember) that I did instead of getting on the computer today πŸ™‚ If you’d like to, join in the fun…Go to the hub. πŸ™‚

1. Decided it was the day my kid is going to start wearing big boy underwear to further facilitate his potty training. As such, I had him going to the bathroom every time I thought about it. And I got away with accidentally leaving the diaper bag here next to the door, packed appropriately just in case he messed his pants. Because he didn’t! Several of the places we went, he went potty at, too! πŸ™‚

2. Made breakfast. Okay, most days I manage to do this, but it’s something I did.

3. Swept the kitchen floor.

4. Cleared off the kitchen table. Wow, that felt SO GOOD to do. It was starting to irritate me!

5. Cleaned 1/2 of the stove top.

6. Picked up the rejected clothes from the bunch we got from a lady on Freecycle this weekend, for D. She just sorta left them in a pile here in front of the computer.

7. Switched clothes from the washer to the dryer and filled up the washer again.

8. Picked up stray clothes around the house (at various times).

9. Worked on the book I’m currently reading (at various times). For those who need to know— Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris.

10. Worked on my large knitted blanket (sure, I work on my knitting/crocheting any time I can and it’s how you can tell I REALLY don’t feel well—but it’s one of the things!).

11. Went to the bank with T. Yes, after he woke up.

12. Agreed to make, and actually made and delivered, french toast for my mom.

13. Sat on the porch and watched P while he waited and watched for semis to get them to honk at him.

I wanted to get to the church or downtown for the National Day of Prayer, but there were other things involved, including T going to help a friend figure out a computer and having to pick up my daughter from her friend’s house. I’m not crazy about this independence she’s (as my husband pointed out) demanding (she just walked in here with a request in that vein, too.). When did my little baby grow up??? Boo hoo!

Is it really only 10:30??

Thursday Thirteen – What I’ve been doing while I’ve been away 4/30/2009

So, it’s been a few days since I popped my head up on here and talked about what I’m doing or not doing or feeling or what have you. So I’ll give you a glimpse of what I HAVE been doing πŸ˜€ Check out others at Thursday Thirteen‘s new hub (when does it stop being the “new” hub, and become THE hub?).

1. Housework – I’ve gotten a few things done around here. Sure, it’s not as good as I want it to be, but it’s not as bad as it’s been before either. πŸ˜€ Most of the dishes are (finally) done, clothes just really need to be folded, and it would be great to vacuum the floor. But I’m feeling better about this place. I think that’s also involved in the “looking at life different” phase I’m in.

2. Blood work – I made sure to stop by the outpatient services at our local hospital and get my blood drawn so that it is available before my follow up for the ultrasound on my ovaries. I’ve also already got a notification from the doctor’s office about my cholesterol and triglycerides (I guess it’s routine). They’re all within the normal range, nothing too bad there. It never is. It always surprises me, though, that my blood work doesn’t come back worse than it does. I think I’m starting off with the blood pressure for this syndrome I might have, whereas my sister started off with the diabetes….and the migraines….and the kidney problems.

3. Researched PCOS – Because my sister has it, and I exhibit so many of the symptoms it’s not funny. The most obvious one when you first see me—besides the severe weight gain—is the facial hair. And I guess you’re not supposed to have hair on your toes either. Hmm. I’m just used to it.

4. Paying bills – Big deal, money in, money out. But at least we don’t have to worry if (God forbid), T gets in another accident. Or I do.

5. Thinking I’ve got more items to fill this list than I do – Yeah, but I haven’t gotten to the good one yet ;-D

6. Walked 2 of 3 of the last 7 days – Yup, I got up off my duff more! πŸ˜€

7. Read a book – I’ve not finished yet, but I’m currently working on The ESP Enigma. Good book.

8. Drank coffee nearly every day – Yeah, I know it’s probably bad for me, but I like it!!! πŸ˜›

9. Knitted a blanket – Not finished with this either, but I’m taking the Idiot Dishcloth that I’ve used so many times, and expanding on it. I’m sure I’m not the only one πŸ˜€ I’m using all of the extra yarn left over from other projects.

10. Started a recycling yarn project – some sleeves from an old sweater of D’s that my grandma made for D. I hope she doesn’t mind—and if she does, what did she really expect me to do with it? It’s going to be fun knitting up these sleeves as sorta fingerless gloves for her.

11. Cleaned the wall on the front porch – oh, don’t get me started about kids and chalk around here. Mostly not even my kids 😐

12. Got back into the swing of things some – in a group for Flylady in this area. Bout time.

13. Decided to go to college – for Criminal Justice. It’s a fairly recession proof field, it’s interesting, and it’s either go to college or get a job. When I posed the choice to T, he said he’d rather I go back to college. So I thought about it, and figured that I liked my law class, and I like some of the jobs in the Criminal Justice field, so I’ll go with that, with the hopes of doing something still in the lines of librarian-ish stuff, which makes Legal Studies my second choice (or a minor, or CJ is the minor with LS, or who knows?). And who knows, maybe if I’m so inclined, I’ll go into the paralegal field. That sounds nice too. I mean, people are always getting arrested πŸ˜€ In case I need to, I’ll come up with a list of ideas for majors that are backups to the backups. 😐

Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen reasons why I look forward to buying our own home

With having to deal with the landlord more often recently, I’ve found myself again looking at one surefire way to calm myself down when it comes to housing alternatives—I turn to Google and check for local real estate listings. I’ve, as always, got my eyes on a few places (one of which is still my best guy friend’s parents/childhood home! It actually ISN’T sold yet!). As such, I’m contemplating all the reasons I can’t wait to get out of here! So, in no particular order, here you go!

1. I won’t have to listen to noises (of all kinds, at least right now they are fairly benign!) from people living in the apartment upstairs. I plan on us getting a one family home!

2. $465 of my budget will actually go to US OWNING something, instead of just being given to a real loser. This despite the fact that I understand owning a home is actually a liability and not an asset. And I guess you could call some of the mortgage lending alternatives real losers too.

3. I won’t have to look at For Sale signs in front of houses around this town, thinking wishfully.

4. I will be “sleeping with the landlord”. That’s how my mom put it when they bought their house. It doesn’t sound appealing when applying that thought to our present landlord.

5. Because I’ll be sleeping with the landlord, I won’t have to wait (quite so long) for certain things to get done around my home. Ahem.

6. I’ll be able to have a yard and a porch that are MINE and I can rightfully yell at children who are not my own to GET THE HECK OFF AND STOP PLAYING OUTSIDE MY HOUSE!!!

7. I’ll be able to have a backyard where my kids can play, and I won’t have to (again) worry about other children coming in there (unless I let them) or about cars coming in and out of the yard.

8. The yard will have grass the kids can play on (not asphalt!).

9. It won’t be here.

10. The house WILL have more rooms than we do in this apartment!

11. I’ll be able to paint the walls ANY COLOR I WANT!!!!!

12. I’ll be able to put all the holes in the wall I want (or, alternatively, I’ll be able to put anything I want up on the walls. Within reason, of course.).

13. I’ll be able to have a dishwasher that I KNOW will work!

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