Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NaNoWriMo Win!


Despite having to take my beloved "Mac" into the repair shop for a faulty video card (it was determined and under a free repair warranty-thanks Texter) I managed to finish NaNoWriMo ahead of schedule. Breathe a huge sigh of relief. 

Actually, what I have isn't a 50,000 word rough draft, but 50,000 words of character sketches, partial scenes and backstory. Which I am actually very ok with. 

Once my 'baby' comes home (Thursday evening and with expanded memory too) I will start taking those bits and pieces and creating proper files for the information, probably in Scrivener. I think this will be the one I work on in 2017 since I have the flow going with it already.

And speaking of Scrivener, I get it at a great discount by using it during NaNo and 'winning'. I think I am going to see how it works to also set up information for my classes I am working on. Or maybe use either Evernote or Windows Notebook for being at least semi-organized on class content.

But regardless of the future plans, I did make it and am pleased with what is on paper and out of my head so far. 

Now for the hard work!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mandala Monday - Almost

Well, not quite a mandala, but I came across this quote on Friday...


It came across my blog feed and it fits perfectly with the "Results Not Resolutions" workshop I will be holding in January at the library.

Now to create my vision board!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week In Review - November 20 - 26

One thing I dislike about holidays is that it messes up my routine. Hopefully, the coming weeks will streamline a bit more and get back to normal.

It was a busy week for the most part, but I had some help.


My dishwasher on Thanksgiving Eve while I was making pies and fruit salad and other things to get them out of the way so I wasn't quite so busy on Thanksgiving.


Couple of things which happened this week are sending me to the doctor this coming week. Texter went to give blood, only to be denied because of her iron count being so low. She went in and got a vitamin regimen to help perk her up. And then Lady K did her high fever thing on Thanksgiving Day. Friday we took her in and they have her the one dose of prednisone. Fever gone! So at least we now know she does have that weird, rare immune disease (not life threatening or anything, just annoying). AND she has a low iron count.

So in light of the fact we all pretty much eat the same diet, and I've been feeling draggy and 'not myself' lately, I'm going in to the doctor on Tuesday to have my iron level checked and to get started on a weight loss program. Texter wants to drop a few pounds too and Savvy wants us all to eat 'better', so let the menu planning and eating habit changes commence.

Friday night was the Parade of Lights and we walked down to watch it. Santa scared Kayden when we came over to shake her hand. Savvy and I were in awe of his outfit.


Actually, the hard part was to keep Savvy from leaping over the railings and snatching his coat! This is one of the best Santas I've ever seen.


This is the first year Lady K actually understood what was going on. You watch a parade and you get candy! The Helena parade is far from Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. We don't even have a marching band in it (sigh), but it's fun. This is it was cold, but not too cold or snowy.

Otherwise, this past week...

  • Went over programs I want to do for 2017 at the library and have approval on most of them in some form. EXCITED!
  • Only 3000 words left to go for NaNoWriMo
  • Wrote 5 posts
  • Finished 1 book
  • Walked only 49% of my step goal (this not feeling up to snuff is boring!)
  • Finished my Color Tipped Scarf and just need to weave in some ends
  • Watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix. Really great job. I always wanted to be Lorelai Gilmore, the really cool mom
  • Made Thanksgiving dinner with the help from the girls
  • Made reservations for Breakfast with Santa in December

The coming week:

  • Trip to doctor for iron check and weight loss plan
  • Finish up 3000 words and "win" NaNoWriMo
  • Start working on programs for 2017 
  • First Friday out at the Painted Pot with the girls
  • Start on my 'organizing' of things for 2017 start
  • Figure out exactly what planners/notebooks for what purpose in 2017

Once I figure out why I am so listless (despite taking my vitamins most days), I hope my energy level goes up. I want to start a home yoga practice to improve my flexibility and a walking plan to get my steps back up to 10,000 a day.



But in case you have ever wondered, washi tape makes a great bandaid for those boo-boo's which only you know about.

Off for more coffee, 3000 words being written and weaving in ends on the scarf.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pre-Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness



This was the view Tuesday morning as Texter and I stood in line to get into the store to pick up the guest of honor for our Thanksgiving meal.  This will be the third year in a row I have gone 'organic and fresh' for the turkey. Part of me cringes at the price tag, but the other part, the part which loves chowing down on a turkey leg, really loves the flavor of these turkeys. So I guess I have to say I am thankful for...

  • Organic Turkeys
  • The money to buy one


Then Texter, who has been diagnosed with low iron levels, requested a Chess Pie. And I had all the things available to make one for her last night.

  • Full pantry
  • Access to medical care
  • My own health is pretty good for someone coming up on the big 60
I am also cruising right along on my NaNoWriMo novel, just over 40,000 words so far and blessed with...

  • Imagination
  • Computer to type on
  • Time to write
  • Encouragement from family and friends on my endeavor
  • Desk area to write from, complete with plants, lamp and room for my coffee
As I look around the room, in the quiet of the early morning, other things to be thankful for occur to me...

  • Family and friends which I love and love me in return (despite my quirks)
  • A grand daughter, curled up in my bed, all warm and cuddly
  • Pets, despite their snoring and farting
  • Books (and way too many to be reading!)
  • A chance to do programs on topics I want to do in 2017

This year has not always been easy. And it doesn't look like the coming year(s) will be easy either, at least on a political front. 

I recently lost someone I had worked with for years to cancer. Which is doubly sad because he wasn't much older than me and had retired at the same time. He didn't have a chance to really enjoy his retirement and the extra time with his family.  And a nephew by marriage just passed, far too young.

So I guess what I am trying to say is, don't take anything for granted, which is so easy to do. We get caught up in our day-to-day lives and the drama around us and fail to appreciate what we really have.

Stop. Wear that funny hat at work. Dye your hair whatever color you want. Be outrageous. It makes people smile. And we could all use a few more smiles in our lives.




Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I Know, I Know...

...it's not even past Thanksgiving yet and I'm decorating for Christmas!  Actually, I am holding on with both hands not to push the button on my iPad which has my Christmas music playlist.

The past couple of years, Texter and Lady K have been out of town during Christmas and I really haven't felt the 'mood'.  Basically, I pretty much have a Grinch outlook (early Grinch) toward the holidays, anyway. But we have a cookie exchange planned already and I actually have Texter's gift purchased and hidden away, so I am getting in the mood. (I won't mention the almost two pounds of holiday candy I brought home from the Parrot on Saturday!)

I had been looking for a way to use my little polaroid to record Christmas and take a picture a day and put in my journal/planner for December and this popped up...

A Month of Remembering with Susannah Conway! What a great way to remember the month of December.


And it came at just the right time. I wanted to have some 'fun' at work during the holidays and asked if I could decorate one of the ball caps we sell.  Given the go-ahead, I picked a maroon hat and headed to the dollar store.  A couple of sprays of holiday flowers, some red jingle bells and little LED lights came home with me. Along with some garland and snow flakes for the Staff Picks shelf I maintain.

Anyway...

Texter worked her magic while I sewed on a baby quilt for a gift for her to give at a baby shower.

While it won't stand up to a windstorm, I think it will be a fun thing to wear during the holidays and hopefully create some smiles and laughter from our patrons. Maybe I can get my co-workers to join in!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mandala Monday


I was trying to depict how crazy my life has been over the past couple of weeks.  But I noticed, when I finished, there were hearts in the darkest part of the picture. I guess that's what I need to focus on - the love you find, even when things seem the darkest.

Nameste

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week in Review - November 13 - 19


This is about how I've felt for the past couple of weeks.  Partially because of what is going on in the world and partially because my routine has been set on it's head with holiday's off from work, which really messes up my week!  Of course, a morning of power out at the library and getting the computers back up and running didn't help any either. 

And what's one of the things I noticed about the picture? DUST! Looking around my house I could grow crops indoors! But right now I have a couple of projects to get completed, so dusting is out of the question.

But this week I managed...

  • Books finished (finally) - 6
  • Steps walked - 40348 or 58% of goal
  • Posts written - 7
  • Words written for NaNoWriMo to date - 35,522
  • Two NaNoWriMo write-in's lead
  • Staff meeting at the library
  • Bee Hive blocks completed for October and November
  • Planted a dozen bulbs for spring
  • Handled Pip, one of the two guinea pigs we now have (Rooster is the other one)

For the coming week...

  • Thanksgiving!
  • Working at Parrot the day after Thanksgiving and during the parade downtown that evening
  • Lead another NaNoWriMo write-in
  • Talk to Program Manager about the programs I want to do in 2017
  • Hit 50,000 words and successfully complete NaNoWriMo
  • Work on a series of posts using a writing method I am trying out
  • Register for First Friday at the Painted Pot on December 2. Texter gets to attend this one!
  • Register for Breakfast with Santa on December 10
  • Finish up baby quilt so Texter can present on Monday to her friend (not much left to do on it)
  • Decorate the Staff Picks shelf at the library with a winter theme
So off for coffee and back to reading and writing!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

17 Before 2017 Update

Note to self: Don't take a picture from below.  Too many chins!

A month into my "17 Before 2017" list and I actually think it's going pretty darn good.

  1. Order my Hobonichi for 2017 - done, received and using already!
  2. Attend Silent Writing Meet-ups - not yet, because I have been hosting NaNoWriMo meet-ups
  3. Plan possible classes/workshop to offer via the library - done, submitted for review and awaiting a response for no or go
  4. Sew one piece of clothing monthly - not even
  5. Clean out my closet and the front closet, arranging my sewing better - in process, about 3/4 of the way through 
  6. Purchase 1 new towel and plant monthly and 1 new set of sheets quarterly - so far, so good.  Was needing a plant for November when the bulbs we ordered for a school fundraiser arrived. Will see how December goes.
  7. Journal and/or write to prompt daily - well, there's NaNoWriMo and a bit of journaling, so I am counting this as a success so far
  8. Do the Hal Elrod Level 10 Life sheets and add to my planner - as soon as I can find where I wrote it down and colored in I will add to my planner!
  9. Start a "Masterminds Group" for goal accountability - done!
  10. Figure out my major goals for 2017 - done and actually adding to my 2017 major project calendar
  11. Lose 10 pounds - not happening!
  12. Hit 3 months of meeting my goal walking - nope
  13. Have $20 in my 'bag' for monitoring my spending inspiration - going well, but to $10 so far. $20 will be December and that will be the tough one.
  14. Have a successful NaNoWriMo in 2017 - so far on track and some new people to the write-ins
  15. Catch up on the RSC16 Challenge - nope, dumping this one as part of my new goals
  16. Finish Sophie's Choice afghan - sidelined by TMNT afghan of which I am need XXX/165 left
  17. Finish the Knit and Swirl Sweater - See #16!

Right now I am on a scramble to complete 4 guinea pig cage pads (don't even ask) and a baby blanket by this weekend.  

Numbers 4, 11, 12 and 16 will not be happening.  But even if I didn't have about 6 weeks to go, I would still be pleased with what has been accomplished so far.

For 2017?  Well, I had thought about an '18 before 2018', which would probably take place toward the end of the year.  But right now I am toying with '60 Before 60'.  Yep, I turn 60 next year!  I will have to see how my thought process goes with regard to goals for next year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Evening Routine

There is a lot out there about setting a morning routine...Miracle Morning is a great one and I have established a pretty good morning routine and it seems to be sticking with me.  (I do have the Level 10 Life chart completed and some items to-do, but I can't locate what I did with it!)

I do have a couple of tiny things I'm adding to my morning routine which includes drawing a card (either tarot or goddess) to see how it matches up with my day or setting an intention for the day.


So now, it's time for an evening routine and I have already decided a couple of things I want to do. 


  • To over my planner, updating the tracker, making a gratitude note and noting what is coming up the next day.
  • Then 'unplugging'
  • Alternating walking and yoga.  I have the flexibility of a board and want to 'fix' that.  Not looking to becoming Pretzel Woman, but just to be able to get up off the floor without looking like an elephant getting up.
  • Paired with this, either a yoga nidra or meditation period
  • A 'walk-through' the house to pick up clutter (Texter and Lady K will be assisting on this one!)
  • Some reading time

Right now I think it will be something like this...

  1. Pick-up
  2. Planner review and taking vitamins if I didn't take earlier in the day
  3. Unplugging
  4. Yoga or walking (ok, I will be using DVD for the yoga, so not totally unplugged)
  5. Reading (with tea or hot chocolate)
  6. Nidra or meditation
  7. Bed (and hopefully a few hours of sleep)

This way, I will 'bookend' my days - a morning and an evening routine.  Will have to see how it goes, especially number 4!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two New Books!

I enjoy reading other people's recommendation on books, especially books about writing.  I have started following Burgess Taylor and she had a post and video about writing books.  I watched the video and noted a couple of books I wanted.

Then, last week, I was at Barnes and Noble, and found this...


This book is just fantastic, if for nothing else the artwork!

I have only made it through the first few pages, mainly because I want to savor it.  Really, really enjoy every page and suck in all the lusciousness. This will be a book I thumb through often and can't wait to make my way through it.

The other book is...


Ok, there are some giggles going on out there from friends who started laughing at the first word.  I have become a bit of an 'organizing and planning' fool over the past few months.

This is something I really, really wanted to find something out about.  I have had for decades (God, that hurts to put it that way) a desire to have a complete family history.  My mother's line, for example, is completely unknown to me.  And I want to add the Hudgins side of the family, so my daughters can have it.  And now, for Lady K, her father's side of the family.

I plowed through this book in about 24 hours.  Much of what Smith says applies to a lot of different areas of my planning/organizing life. But he does tell you to 'break it down'!  Duh! How could I have forgotten that principle?

So I am going to do a couple of things in the coming year genealogy related.  One is to document my 8 great-grandparents, to give myself a foundation to work from.  The second, and most important one, is to trace my mother's family line.  

The only problem I have with Smith's book is he is really an electronic maven.  He wants you off paper and onto digital.  It makes sense on one hand, but I really, really love paper!  I will have to see how I can merge the two methods and have it work for me.

Now onto the huge pile of yoga books....


Monday, November 14, 2016

Mandala Monday


“There is no such thing as a good decision and a bad decision. There are only decisions. Make them, fuck up, enjoy, repeat.” 

                          ― Daniel SmithMonkey Mind:             
                              A Memoir of Anxiety

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week in Review - November 6 - 12

What a weird, LONG week!


This is how I have been feeling...my Monkey Brain is all over everywhere!

So I have tried to pull in and regroup.  But with two days off this past week, my routine has been off. And I WON'T talk about the election.

Sad thing this past week. One of our managers at work stepped down. Will miss seeing her daily and working with her, but she is on to new adventures and we have several meet-ups scheduled during the month on the planners already.  A goal setting/accountability/coffee shop meeting, a "Stitch and Bitch" afternoon with several of us, and for December, a cookie exchange/potluck.

And election day, three of us met for a planning session.  Have things 'on the books' for 2017, so I do have a focus going forward. I also sent to our adult services manager a proposal for 2017 programs I would like to do and, hopefully, will hear back on that in the next week or so.

Otherwise this week -

  • Agreed to read a story for "Voice of Her Own" this spring (date unknown at this time).  This is really putting myself out there even though it is a humorous story.
  • Lead 2 NaNoWriMo writing meet-ups.
  • I'm at 17,794 words and, as of today, I should be at almost 22,000
  • Cleaned out front closet (still need to move a few things back to basement)
  • Partially cleaned out sewing area (still some stuff to move back to the basement)
  • Have 124 rows out of 165 rows to go on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle afghan
  • Shopping trip to Missoula with Texter. Found Savvy an outfit for a diamond event at her work (and bought me some undies at Victoria's Secret!)
  • Walked 41,971 or 60% of my goal
  • Wrote 4 posts
  • Finished 2 books
  • Some time quieting my "monkey brain"


I have a little postcard size coloring book which I have colored a couple of the pages so far.  I am thinking I will color at least one a week and add to my journal.  The elephant is stuck in between covers on "Dot" (what I'm calling my 2017 Hobonichi) and will probably change out as the year goes along and retiring old ones to the journal.

Elephants have a great meaning as guides.  You can read more here.  And based on this past week, compassion and supporting each other seems to be a great way to enter the coming year.

This coming week - 

  • Super Moon Monday night!  Depending on the weather (clouds or not) I will (hopefully) walk up the street into the hills and take some pictures.
  • Because I am already off on Tuesdays, I have this coming Wednesday off (to make up for Election Day and the library being closed)
  • Sew up a baby blanket for a friend of Texter's
  • Sew up 4 pads for guinea pig cages for the two new guinea pigs we are getting (don't ask!)
  • Two NaNoWriMo write-ins (hopefully catching up and getting ahead on word count)
  • Get some pre-winter yard work done

Well, Lady K is now up and I have to get her 'arranged' in her comfy chair and get myself more coffee.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Picking Up and Moving On!

Ok, I'll admit it. I stayed up late on Tuesday and went to bed not know the election results.  At about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, I checked my phone and wanted to crawl under the covers, never to emerge.

But....

Live goes on. The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west.  And I have things to do.  Or so Lady K informs me.



To backtrack a bit.  

Tuesday morning, three of us met at Starbucks for some planning and plotting.  Plotting sounds so much more fun that 'organizing'.

One of my friends, Ms. Oklahoma (she lived there for many, many years before relocating to Montana), is embarking on a new career in real estate.  We walked through setting up a schedule for study in the morning and crafting in the afternoon (she also has an Etsy shop) and I prompted her to get her home office all geared up and ready to go, making it pleasant and inviting.

She went home and on Wednesday I got a picture of her new 'office' and she is excited to get going!  After a quick visit to see the new grand baby, she'll be back, all ready to go.

We also set up dates for a monthly "Stitch and Bitch", a chance for us all to get together, work on our projects and reconnect.  I can't wait.  Years ago I faithfully attended a weekly needlework group and it was so much fun.  We solved the problems of the world and stitched away on our projects.

And a Christmas cookie exchange/potluck dinner is in the works!

Speaking of projects...

I have started revamping my sewing corner (which also seems to be the catch-all corner).  I have one small project to get out of the way (my Bee Hive blocks) for October and November and soon, December) and then it's onto my projects for completion in 2017.

I have five quilts, either with small starts or all the stuff to make the damn things, sitting in boxes.  In 2017 I am going to finish them.  Texter will get the Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman.  I already have a couple of blocks made and a lot of scraps pulled and cut for the foxes.  Savvy will get The Kittens, also by Elizabeth Hartman.  Have some scraps pulled for the kittens and Tula Pink Elizabeth will be the backing!  CJ will get a chevron pattern out of old shirts, mainly in blues and whites.  I'll probably back it with a flannel, making it nice and cozy.  Lady K will get an Owl quilt (will have to look up the pattern later) and I am going to finish up, for myself, the "Joy" quilt which was a BOM back a couple of years ago at my LQS which I started and never finished.

I am allotting two months per quilt to get the tops done and will probably send them out for quilting.  That remains to be seen.

For a break from sewing, I need to finish up TMNT afghan (or bed cover, it's large enough) hopefully by Christmas.  Then I will hop over to Sophie's Choice, started but not finished, and get that done, once again allotting two months for completion.  Then I will sort through and start/finish other knitting and crochet projects.

On the writing end....gather up all my bits and pieces, ideas and such, and creating a master notebook.  Then picking one story (and they've all seemed to have evolved into trilogies) and put my nose to the grindstone on it, finishing it up.

I am really excited about next year, regardless of who will be in the White House.  I figure if I keep my head down and focused on what I can control, then a lot of the stress will be off me.  Did I mention starting a home yoga and meditation practice.  I am so not bendy!

But for now, off to get ready for work!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Waiting on the Results

One of the things I really love about Helena, and our neighborhood in particular, is there are old homes, original to the city and maintained.  The house we live in was built in 1900, for example.  But everywhere you go, even taking the same route day after day, you see different things on homes you might not have noticed before.  Like this...


Driving Texter and Lady K to school, I noticed something different on the roofline of a house a couple of streets away.

Now I'm sure it is suppose to be a majestic bald eagle (of which we have many in Montana), but to me...it's a buzzard!

I love it.  A buzzard on the house!

We have actually wanted a gargoyle on our house since we saw a little one on a house up the street from us back in North Carolina.  But I am loving the buzzard.

I saw it on the way out and demanded Texter take pictures on our way back home.  That's when I noticed this...


Two buzzards! 

Since they are perched, they would be called a 'committee' of vultures.

I am loving it and I apologize the the carver calling them buzzards if they are suppose to be eagles, but the idea of buzzards sitting on my roof excites me far more than if they were eagles.  I'm weird that way.

But today this is what I will be like.  A committee of vultures awaiting the results of the election.  Fitting somehow.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Mandala Monday


It's been a bit odd here, weather-wise.  The temperatures are in the 50's during the day, so definitely still feeling the fall.  But the days are noticeably shorter and I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and start getting some nasty winter weather.  

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Week in Review - October 30 - November 5

It's been a busy week...


Yesterday was spent in a calligraphy workshop, learning a basic set of letters, Unical.  Fun, but exhausting.  It's hard to think 7 hours spent sitting can be tiring, but it is. Luckily, I was there with a friend and we were the 'back table' trouble-makers!

Now I can't wait to use what I learned in my planners!  And keeping my eyes open for more workshops at Queen City Framing and Art Supplies. Deb was great in demonstrating the letters and encouraging up on the way.  

After hanging up for months and months, my chickadees from the spring are back eating there, along with the sunflowers in the yard.  And I noticed there is now a purple house finch at the feeder.  MAYBE I will finally have a viable feeder!

Otherwise this past week was spent with three important events -

  • Afternoon Trick or Treating with Lady K downtown (Texter, Savvy and CJ took her out that night for more Trick or Treating)
  • NaNoWriMo started!  8500 words so far (on target) and three write-ins done
  • First Friday Art Walk - Texter, Lady K and I strolled for a bit

And - 

  • Bought my towel for the month (which Texter promptly used as it is a bath towel)
  • Got the fabric cut out for my Bee Hive blocks
  • Typed to a proposal for programs to give at the library in 2017 (fingers crossed)
  • Attended Parrot staff meeting
  • Finished 2 books
  • Walked 43,666 steps or 62% of goal
  • Wrote 4 posts
  • Figured out menu for Thanksgiving and made a shopping list (except for desserts!)
  • Ordered organic turkey for pick up before Thanksgiving

The coming week is going to be a bit strange.  Actually, the next couple of weeks are going to be 'odd'.

  • Off Tuesday for Election Day
  • Goal/Project finalizing and schedule for 2017 at Starbucks on Tuesday
  • Three meet ups for NaNoWriMo
  • Staying on target for NaNoWriMo
  • Finish up Nemo hat for Lady K 
  • Start watching The Crown and finish up Westworld 
  • Trip to Missoula with Texter and Savvy for a day of window shopping while Lady K is in daycare - adulting!  Not really how Veteran's Day should be celebrated, but this is the ONLY day we all have off and daycare open.
  • Sew up Bee Hive blocks
And hopefully 'celebrating' on Election Day!  

But for now I am going to go for another cup of coffee and figure out my breakfast plans!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

October is Gone and November Goals


With a young one in the house who is exposed to about 10 billion different diseases in any one day, October into November has been dicey at best.  We have all had this 'creeping crud' which took up residence and has had about a two week stay in all of us.  But we're getting better.  

Of course, that being said, the bathroom upstairs (Savvy's and CJ's) has decided it doesn't want to be cooperative any long, so some plumbing/remodeling is on the near horizon.  Like sing "Happy Holidays" as they tear out bathtubs and such.

Right now, it means a hole in the ceiling in the downstairs bathroom were leaking pipes have left the ceiling on the verge of becoming a floor.

Otherwise in October, things didn't move forward with the pace I would have liked
  • Bee Hive Sampler block swap (only 3 more months) - cut out both October and November blocks and have them ready to sew together.  Hopefully, on Sunday so they can be in the mail on Monday.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle afghan - two of the 9 stripes done.  Can't find the skein of orange I KNOW I bought because I have the color name marked on my chart.  Sigh.
  • Knit and Swirl sweater work - haven't touched it
  • Color Point scarf to finish - ditto  
  • Drink more water - only to put in my iced tea
  • Walk more steps - nope, but hitting about 1/2 the goal daily
  • Better eating through meal planning - so-so
  • Attend Silent Writing meeting - nope
  • Prep for NaNoWriMo
  • Read one book off my shelf - nope, but added a bunch!
  • Start on the It's Not Too Late To Begin by Julia Cameron 12 week program - no, going to start the first of the year with Artist's Way and work my way through her books in 2017
  • Finish up on the 30 Day Journal Challenge journaling - got all the prompts into the notebook, but didn't work through them
  • Have a goal setting meet-up with friends for planning out 2017 and the rest of 2016
  • Write up proposals for 2017 programs for the library - in the process of finishing that up to submit next week
  • Halloween swap
  • Write my two letters and get them in the mail (finally) - nope, still on my to-do list
  • Start up Postcrossing - ditto
  • Order my Hobonichi - ordered, received, ready to go with 2017!
  • Evening out with friends for First Friday
  • Declutter and some rearranging - partially done
  • Purchasing one plant, one towel and one set of sheets - towel yes, others no

November is already setting up to be a bit 'weird'.  

First, we have two days off next week at the library - election day and Veteran's Day.  The first because the library is a polling spot, so we close the library proper.  It would be too crazy otherwise.

Which leads to my first item in November -


  • Finalizing and setting concrete steps for 2017 plans and projects

I am setting up shop at Starbucks for the morning and actually putting concrete projects down and working out the scheduling of the tasks involved.

Of course, the BIG one for November - NANOWRIMO!

  • Successfully complete NaNoWriMo this year
  • Hosting several write-ins at the library

And as a off-shoot of that -

  • Submitting my proposed programs to the programing staff for consideration at the library.  Fingers crossed, I think I have some good ones.

And otherwise -

  • Decluttering my sewing area - this ties in with my 2017 plans for what I want to do
  • Buying one towel, one plant and one set of sheets - I actually have the one towel purchased already, now for the plant and sheets
  • Plan Thanksgiving dinner - menu already done and turkey ordered (organic and tasty).  Shopping list made.
  • Work on the TMNT afghan and get at least 4 more strips done
  • Finish up the little "Nemo" hat I picked up for Lady K
  • Finish up the Bee Hive blocks for October and November and get them in the mail
  • Find a top to go with the leggings I received
  • Shopping trip to Missoula with Savvy and Texter
  • Letters written (which includes a now belated birthday card!)

With all the days off during November I have, hopefully I can plow ahead and these tasks and have more checked off by the end of the month.

Now for more coffee and NaNoWriMo writing!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

NaNoWriMo Start and a Disaster Already!


I had decided already, that for November, I would suspend my morning pages to make ample room for getting in my word count for NaNoWriMo. I would use Scrivener for the first time to write my novel, trying to get organized!

So at 4:30 a.m. I am up, coffee made and sit down at the computer.  About an hour and a half, several interruptions to let the dogs in and out, I have 1700 words.  Chapter 1 and daily goal already met...

And promptly erased!

Yep...down the drain and can't find it anywhere on the computer.  

SIGH!

So, today I am going to drive 80 miles to the nearest 'shared' bank for my credit union and withdraw my rent money and bill paying money.  You see, my credit union, in it's infinite wisdom, decided there was suspicious activity on my account back in early October and stopped my debit card.  My problem is, I only use that account about once a month....to pay bills.

A new debit card is on it's way to me, after I called when a charge was declined.  And the nearest bank I can go and withdraw money from without a debit card is 80 miles away.

Not a good day today.

I am loading up and driving for some quiet time and relaxation.  Get my money, listen to an audio book, do some browsing at the Barnes and Noble and the yarn shop and come home in time for a nap.

And then back to recreating Chapter 1 and SAVING IT PROPERLY!