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Jan. 11th, 2016

I seriously am not sure how to use this planner I bought.  It is a coloring book as well.  I got it to help me keep track of what needs to happen when, even though my phone is perfectly capable of doing this.  But my daughter suggested writing down things would be helpful, and as I've recently discovered, I really like writing down things.  So I am giving it a whirl, writing down...things...into it.  We will see if I abandon it.  But some things are better typed up, like this stuff:

WRITING.  I sat down today at lunch and this evening at B&N (my favorite writing place) and hammered out a rough outline for the rest of my current ms.  I am being careful to follow the synopsis I submitted to Hodderscape, as I figure it would be pretty unwise to change things dramatically from what they are reviewing.  I estimate about 8, possibly 9 more chapters to go. Or 10.  At a chapter a week pace, it will be more like the end of February before this is done, but I think that is okay.  There are no signs that Hodderscape is in a rush now, so I feel a little more relaxed about it all, but am still pushing forward.  No lollygaggling here, nope.

EXERCISE.  We have a new gym here, called Youfit.  It is purple and green.  And gorgeous. And smells good. My son and I joined and today we had our assessments which mostly consisted of what a personal trainer can do for us.  I loved talking to James, and he is now my personal trainer for the next two months, twice a week. I am super excited about working with a personal trainer.  It is something I've always wanted toay's do, but frankly didn't have the money - it is expensive.  But I need to do this for myself.  I want to get strong, I want to lift weights, and I want to live.  So now it is time.  My first session is Saturday morning.  We shall see how it goes!

AUDIOBOOKS.  I love audiobooks - current listen is non-fiction, "Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Yourself... by Shonda Rhimes, read by Shonda Rhimes, who is head writer of Greys Anatomy, Scandal, etc.  Talk about a fun, interesting, and empowering book.   It was recommended to me by two of my writing group friends and I am glad they did as it somehow is reinforcing in my mind all the things I have already figured out about me and my writing, creativity, balance, etc.  A good listen for sure.

FICTION.  I have too many books to read.  This is not a bad thing at all.  I didn't join in on any reading list groups but I do have some certain books I plan to read soon.  The first is Uprooted by Naomi Novik.  I read the first few chapters at DragonCon as it was a booklet set out to grab--and I couldn't get it out of my head (read it during a boring panel).  So I finally treated myself to it today.   In book form.  It has been a long time since I've bought a hardback but I did today.  After this will be the next Lhind book, Lhind the Spy, by Sherwood Smith.  I am late to the party on this book, grrr (at myself) because I missed when it came out.  I love Lhind!

DOGS.  Awesome and silly as always.

FAMILY.  Well, my son is suddenly single - his g/f broke up with him and I am happy that he recovered so quickly. I liked her, but I guess it wasn't meant to be, and he says much the same.  Still it hurt, especially right after Christmas and her birthday and he went all out for both. Sigh. He has moved back in with me (with cat) and I love having him around.  I like living alone, but I love him here.  He does intend to move out again, of course, so I will just enjoy him while I can. He needs a better job, and to figure out a few things, but I trust he will get there.

My daughter is doing fantastic - she has an amazing job with amazing pay and amazing travel and has an amazing boyfriend who has an amazing new job, they are amazing, so amazing!  And they just got a new condo in Dallas (AMAZING never thought she'd land there) and they plan on getting an amazing Corgi.  Amazing!  I am so rocked out by how well she has been doing.  She's with a fantastic company and is moving up quickly in responsibility.  I am not surprised at all.

My sister-in-law is in jail for criminal trespass.  Wow.  Not much I can say there-- Nope.

And now it is 11 o'clock and time for me to go to bed.  That is it for now. Amazing!

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