Archive | October 2012

It’s 2 Days Away

With National Novel Writing Month only 2 days away I’m beginning to panic a little.  I’m really not sure why. I know I can do it. 1667 words a day for 30 days is a walk in the park. My average chapter is around 2500 words. What’s got me in a panic is the fact that I have no idea what my novel is going to be about. I guess I shouldn’t say that I have no idea, I have a small idea. I have a few pieces of stories stored on my computer that were never finished. Maybe now is the time to tie them all together into one long EPIC 50,000 word piece of written art. The other thing that makes me nervous is that it’s a first draft. NO EDITING!  These people obviously don’t know me. I have this internal editor that lives inside me. She loves to come out and play.  Uploading without editing is going to kill me. I’m a perfectionist for crying out loud! Especially when it comes to my writing. I MUST EDIT! Some other writer friends of mine were giving me pep talks last night.  Telling me to throw her (my editor alter ego) in the closet and throwing away the key. I’ll do my best but it ain’t gonna be easy my friends, it ain’t gonna be easy.  You should see that I do to chapters before they actually make it to my website for publishing.

Anyway, I just need to stop over thinking it. I just have to accept that it’s a rough draft and get over it. Right?

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So So Much Going On…

It seems as though I am always doing SOMETHING, never nothing.  Even though I am sitting here on my laptop for hours I’m not just playing around. I’m either doing blogs for my volunteer work, I’m writing or working on my ideas for NaNoWriMo, I’m working on graphic designs for my Built of Barnwood blog. Tweeting about BOB or working on the Facebook page for BOB. busy busy busy.  I talked to my dad Monday for his birthday and he said I make him tired just seeing all the things that come across Facebook. Truth is I make me tired too. It’s all a labor of love though. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. A lot of great things have come out of it all. I’ve met some amazing people.

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It’s interesting how, as time goes on, social media changes. MSN groups and chat rooms started it all. Then came Myspace.  I remember there was a time when Myspace was the only thing out there and everyone in the world was addicted to it. Then came Facebook and everyone slowly migrated over to it. Myself  included.  It took a while to get use to and I remember starting my page, not liking it and sticking with myspace. Then as more and more people I knew were moving to Facebook I soon decided to conform and join the masses.  I haven’t been back to myspace since.  Then came Twitter.  Now I’m so addicted to Twitter it’s pathetic but Twitter is where I’ve had the most fun and met the greatest bunch of people and also where my sis Becka got me the ultimate follow. I won’t name names but I will say I’ve loved him since the 90’s and when I post pics of my guilty pleasures his will be in there..hint hint.

So while we’re talking about guilty pleasures. I’m also addicted to this little company I help promote called Built of Barnwood. I won’t say too much because I run a blog dedicated to it and it’s listed up on my blogs page. When I see an awesome “Nobody’s Perfect” cross on eBay, not only do I tweet it to promote it, I have GOT to bid on it.  I’m not sure if I need an intervention or not. I’ve got 3 so far. One I purchased without bidding and 2 I won bids on.  The latest was yesterday.  My bank account hates me. That is if a bank account can feel such an emotion, which I’m convinced it can.

Another guilty pleasure. Television. I have shows on pretty much every day of the week. Sundays are hard because 2 come on at the same time.  Now the difficulty comes by virtue of the fact (ha ha that was a quote) that 2 shows come on at the same time after I’ve gone to bed. So recording both on the DVR would lock up the TV so I’ve had to make a difficult choice. I chose TWD. There are only 2 shows I won’t, for any reason, make recording adjustments for. The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. The world could be coming to an end, hell freezing over, the sky falling, you name it..I’m watching my vampires and my boys.

Guilty pleasure #1 and ultimate Twitter follower. Could you just die.

Guilty pleasure #2. 2 of the 3 eBay Nobody’s Perfect crosses from Built of Barnwood

My vampires and my boys.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Tomorrow is my dads birthday. So I wanted to do something really special though he’ll probably kill me. Oh well he’ll get over it right?

 

Me and my dad

I don’t have a lot of pictures of me and my dad together because they are all in albums and I just haven’t gotten around to putting them on cd’s or on the computer. So the few I do have I’ll post.

Here’s my dad and I not long after I was born

 

How cute was I! Oh yeah this is about my dad…How cute was my dad!

My dad and I in Hawaii

I know..hard to see. I think it was about 1982ish. Photo quality being what it was in the 80’s you’ll forgive me.

Moving forward a lot of years. Dad and I at the Grand Canyon

 

 

and the bets picture of all. The one that belongs in a museum. The photography award winning photo of 2011.

 

That’s what we did to him on his 65th birthday last year. He was such a good sport.

So..Happy 66th birthday dad! I love you and I hope you forgive me for this.

My Friends

I have the most amazing friends. I’m not sure if I’ve talked about them in any previous post but I’m going to now. We’re a little group of volunteers who work together promoting this little company called built of barnwood (google it) It’s really more than friendship, It’s a sisterhood. I know that I can count on any of these girls to have my back and they know they can count on me. We trust each other and we count on each other. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’ve shared our joys and our sorrows. We’ve also come together and fought to protect all things Somerhalder against haters.  Yep my BOBArmy girls are special to me. I don’t know what I would do without them.  I love them with all my heart.

So this post is dedicated to:

Becka, Angie, Felicia, Fatima, Yuannita, Grace (and Mason too) I love you guys so much you have no idea.

Weight Loss Update

I saw the Dr today. Like I do every 2 months because I’m on weight loss medication that is part of the 80’s Phen Phen thing, but it’s working so I don’t care.  It’s also NOT causing any of the medical issues it did back in the 80’s. Which is good. When I started seeing this Dr I was 265lbs. Yeah..I know.  We started talking about different option. He suggested gastric bypass. I have a cousin who went that way and has done well but I personally didn’t want to go that way. We also talked about the lap band. Since I’m not all that versed in what my insurance will pay for and don’t have a lot of extra money to pay out in hospital bills I asked it there was another way. He suggested the Phentermine/Topamax way.  So..Just to give you an idea of how well this has worked..This is me a year ago

 

Scary I know. Size 4x 26/28

In February my Dr started me on the meds and gave me small goals. 10lbs in 2 months.  Every 2 months I see him and every 2 months he ups the goal.  In July I went home on vacation to San Diego (Comic-Con baby!!) this is how I looked then.

 

Much better. Down to a 2x 20/22 and I FELT so much better! We walked all over the place.  The Comic-Con convention is a lot of walking. We literally walked all over downtown San Diego. I’m talking blocks and blocks. From the convention center to NerdHQ and back. From the ExtraTV stage to NerHQ and back. I can’t even tell you how many mile we put on our flip flops in those 5 days.  When I got home I joined the gym and started working out. Can you believe it?!?!  I started on the treadmill at a mile a day. I’m up to 3 miles.  So today I saw my Dr. The official weight loss total so far is 52lbs and this is how I look today.

 

Size 16/18 I asked my Dr. how much I should lose because my goal is to out of plus sizes all together. I figured 150 is a good weight for my hight. He agreed.  I weighed in at 193 this morning. So excited to be under 200!

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Another thing I’m all about is going green and protecting this earth.  It’s amazing what we throw away and what ends up in landfills. Once you start recycling it sort of becomes an obsession.  If something ends up in the trash I pull it out and set it aside to go in the recycle bin.

It’s not all recycling though. It’s also about reusing what’s already been used. Buying products made out of recycled materials.  Reducing the amount of energy you use. Reducing your water usage. All of these things help keep the earth healthy.