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I am so excited [ profile] duikermeisie and [ profile] used_songs and E (not on LJ) and I are going to have a biking and writing weekend in San Antonio the first weekend in February.  I LOVE having adventurous writerly friends!

Now to drag my bicycle, which is a very good one thank goodness, out of the garage, dust it off, make sure it is good to go.  I plan to take the Friday of the 5th off work so I can drive up early and find a lovely place to write the afternoon away until Helen arrives, then we'll bike adventure the next day, and then have writing time, then go home on Sunday.

This last week was well spent hammering out the last ten chapters (THE OUTLINE, NOT THE CHAPTERS) of my current novel.  I have to write them still, but this hammering-out the plot helps tremendously.   I have got to step up the production now and get this thing done!  Now that I have a map to guide me to the end, I am confident I can make it happen, stick with the Hodderscape synopsis (mostly--my character doesn't seem to want to be magical in any way, so I am letting her win on that), and it will be way too long in the end, but I'll address that problem later.  I estimate hitting 130 words, dammit. DAMMIT.  Way too long for YA, but perhaps because this is 'crossover' I can get by with 110,000.  I shall not worry about it!  Nay!

And now it is time to go to bed.  I'm doing 100 days of keto on reddit and can't wait to weigh in the morning.  Work tomorrow, but because of hte banks and court houses being closed, we should, SHOULD, have a relaxed day.  Better.

I had a good day, a good weekend, especially with my puppies.  I bought Shelby (the red) two new clouds. She loves them!  Maddox has no wish to lay on them.  He does, after all, have the couch.

EDITED FOR CLARIFICATION of what I hammered out. :)

Okay so I am really and truly enjoying this show.  I've tired of dark shows (looking at you Jessica Jones--though you were brilliant, I am just worn out by brutality) so after mainlining Eureka, where I would like to live thank you, I decided to finallly get going on this show that I've heard about for so many years.   Am well into season two now and it is really cool to see the variety of situations they come up with.  A time or two a few things have sparked ideas for my story, which is very unexpected.

Today's writing was a continuance of working on the rest of my plot.  It is weird that I can't quite see the ending yet, but I think I sort of kind of know how it is going to go.  I had to come up with something for the hodderscape synopsis -- it may work, but may not, not sure.  I just sure wish I was done with this first draft.  Even though I'm writing one way or the other almost every day, it is just creeping along so slowly.  How do you people write so fast, you who write fast?  My brain just doesn't work that way, though I am writing faster than I have been.  So I guess that is something?  Was hoping it would be done by end of January - end of February is probably more reasonable.  WIsh I could just take a week off, grab my dog and head out somewhere pretty and beautiful to work on it nonstop.  Ah well.  Gotta work. Sigh.

I think Maddox has the right idea.   Night folks.

Busy busy busy busy busy at work, and I didn't get much of a lunch, but I swear, I work for the coolest people. I love the way both Jim and Desiree are so freaking appreciative, about everything. My insisting that 'this is my job'! gets ignored. LOL.

Today was a beautiful day so I raced home as fast as I could, tore into the house, ripped off my work clothes, slammed on my play clothes, threw Maddox's gear on and we got out of the house for a nice long walk. A bit chilly but with brisk walking warmed up plenty. It got dark before we got home but I stuck to the busy streets and street lights and we were fine. It felt SO GOOD to be out and moving about - we got a good walk in Sunday too (then monday and tuesday were icky). Surely spring is just around the corner? SURELY??????

Okay, that's it for the moment! Until tomorrow! :)
Well fortunately the good outweighs the bad for the weekend - whole 30 is still going great, I got in lots of great walking and geocaching (55 found so far! YAY!), lots of bonding time with the boy puppy:

maddox geocaching

Got to see my son and his flatemate and play with their new pet snake, Lucifer.


So much so my son is going to find me my own pet snake!

Yes, I want my own pet snake. It was so relaxing to just be aware of this fragile creature, looping in and out through my fingers as I chatted with the guys. This is Lucifer!


His eye is cloudy because he is getting ready to shed his skin. Pretty cool.

So all in all, such a lovely weekend. Food went great this weekend, and in fact I have more been dealing with not hungry so why eat? Which I know I need to get enough food. One can't just not eat, right.

Anyway, now for the bad:


Yes. That is my window, held together by the film over it. If not for that it would've been an even more horrible mess. My purse which was stuck under the seat out of sight (though my windows are so darkly tinted you really can't see in anyway) was stolen. Credit card, debit cards, insurance card, driver's license, Maddox's brand-new Geodog tag (grrrrr) and just the worse, my favorite Brighton purse that I've had forEVER. Like... nine years. Those purses just do not die. Now I have no purse at all because I never buy new ones, because I had this one. Dammit!

So anyway. I was at the park, innocently walking Maddox for almost two hours (it was that gorgeous out!) and then we come back to that. *SHAKES FIST*

I had to file a police report, and cancel the cards, but thankfully I have a passport so was able to get to the bank and get a temporary debit card.

So, onward and upward! I am about to make some soup for the week, and it will be an odd one. Zucchini soup. Yes. Weird huh. We will see how this goes. Otherwise, other than getting another couple miles in this morning, I have been quite happily lazy. Somehow it seems less awful to be lazy during the day after getting a good walk in in the morning. No guilt!

Back to my new addiction - Great British Bake Off, Great Irish Bake off and Great Australian Bake Off! There is an American one too! I am up-to-date on the British and Irish ones, currently watching the VERY peppy Australian one. :) So much fun to see the different countries' approaches to baking.

I hate baking, myself, and don't like rich desserts so much (but bread, ooohhhh) but I love these shows.

:) (oh and headaches are gone, YAY!)
Ta da day three is done!

Food today was easy peasy as I planned over the weekend. Today's foods were:

Breakfast: the breakfast muffin and a half cup of coffee with coconut cream in it (I ran out of time to drink the whole thing!)

Lunch: Spaghetti squash with meatballs and green beans w/ghee, and an orange.

Dinner: Tuna pan-seared delicately, with olives, an avocado, and green beans.

I do love my green beans. Seriously. I was not hungry at all today, and did not feel stuffed either. Am figuring out portions, and I am pleased!

Weird thing - driving home from work today? All of a sudden my rings were loose.

Bad thing - my toe freaking killed me most of today. I just HATE it. And totally don't get it. Burning, burning sensation under the big toe, achy as hell joint, and stabbity pains randomly attack. What if this elimination diet doesn't help? I will cry.

Interesting notes for today. I have realized that without SweetnLow, I don't like plain ice tea. On the other hand, La Croix bubbly water in Coconut, Grapefruit, Berry and Plain are DIVINE. Coffee is great, hot tea (mint is my preference) is awesome, but iced tea, that which I drink TONS and TONS and TONS of every day? No. Going to toss it aside for now.

Emotions-wise, I was kinda down today. It was hard to identify what is bothering me. I need to work on figuring this out but I have just not wanted to be around people the last few days. This isn't like me at all. Not at all. Hmmm. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at work, not the work itself but just having time to take care of the behind-the-scene things. I never have enough time for that. So frustrating. So I stayed late (sigh) to get some stuff done.

I had to go by my MIL's on the way home and as always, it is hard to leave. I get it, I do - she wants me to stay for a long time each time I come over and oh how I get it but I needed to get home to the dogs. By the time I did, I just ended up making dinner for us (me and the pups) and then suddenly, it was dark! What! It was only about 7:40 or so! Sometimes I just HATE that I get off at 5:30 (but rarely get to leave then-as today I did not).

There is a stray kitty staying on the side of my house. I tried to tell it this was the worst house to stick to, given the huskies, but I fear it will be back out there again tomorrow. I can't feed it, I can't have a cat! :( But how can I not? It is so sad! Poor kitty! Poor little tabby kitty.

That's it for now - though I did accomplish something tonight. I conquered clarified butter! Go me! First attempt I burned it, ugh, but then I found out how to do it in the microwave.

Isn't it pretty? LOL no no I swear it is not pee, it is ghee!

ghee by me
Today was a much, much better day. I woke up when the pupsters woke me at 7 (the beasts!) but got up and let them out, and oh! the coolness, the breezes, the lovely aroma of Fall! I made myself a cup of my new coffee I bought (mmm so smooth) and sat outside on the porch and sipped my coffee. Even though it is only the second day, I am starting to realize that I have been masking the true delicious flavors of coffee and my favorite tea (Constant Comment :) with Sweet n Low. No more! I THREW IT OUT! I didn't throw it out the other day because in the back of my head I was fooling myself into thinking that I would get back to it. But I've got a new goal to toss in there - no more sweet n low, ever. No more aspartame, no more ANYTHING artificial. Later if I want sugar I will just use sugar, or Agave. Or honey, or pure maple syrup. Those four are at least natural. Yes?

Okay so back to today. It was 8:15 and I said something to Nick about should I make breakfast or go walking and he said GO WALK! So, we did. Maddox is doing much better about harnessing up. Shelby was asleep in the sun in the hole she recently dug for herself so I decided to leave her at home this time and just took Maddox. He did so well! I am so pleased with him. We walked for almost an hour and a half! He also got his very first geocache!

maddox first geocache

I've ordered him a Geodog dog tag so he can log his own finds. I am sure he is excited about that. (lol)

Got home and made a recipe I found that looked really good - breakfast muffins!


Ever so slightly healthier than the ones I made full of sugar and flour and such last week. These contain kale, eggs, pretty heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. So good! Well, the only thing I will change about next time is I will use olive oil instead of the coconut oil the recipe called for. I think my coconut oil is just too rich. So there is a slight sweetness to the muffins I am okay with, but not enthused about.

I also made meatballs! Free range beef combined with chopped up green and yellow onions, and sweet potato and spaghetti squash. That was dinner and it was amazing! That will also be lunch tomorrow with my favorite green beans from Trader Joe's.

I also had frozen grapes today. I kinda love that stuff.

It is the end of the day and I have to say I am very pleased. Got good exercise with Maddox, I ate very well, no sweeteners, had a marvelous nap. Emotionally I feel empowered - as one does when doing something like this at first! What was hard though was not being able to weigh! I have a terrible habit of jumping on the scale off and on during the day, apparently. Not today! *bites nails*

And one last thing I did today was attempt to make Ghee. Well, after totally ruining one pound of expensive Irish butter (sigh) I found a recipe to make it in the microwave then put it in the fridge. SO MUCH EASIER. Thankfully I had another pound of the expensive Irish butter (unsalted, btw). I rather like Ghee.

Today was also my dad's 81st birthday, so I called and talked to him for a long time. He finally, FINALLY is doing email regularly, since he got a new Kindle Fire! I have long wanted him to get with the program re: email and he finally has. :)

So all in all a good day. A very good day indeed.
Every evening when I get home I am greeted by those things in my user pic up there. OH THE GUILT! I feel SO horrid and mean for leaving them from basically 8 a.m. until I get home which is around 6:30, and sometimes later. It never fails though, early or late, when I get home I am met with happy woos and wiggles and lots of licking and wags. And of course I make a HUGE fuss over my beasties - they have been so very good, dealing with this new situation of ours since my son (their Lord and Master lol) moved out. They miss him, *I* miss him, mostly because now I have to go straight home as that is a heck of a long day to be stuck in the house.

But I think I am letting guilt, and the dogs, have too much control over me. As soon as they are let outside, back inside, fed and scritched, it is cuddle time... which means in the evenings, what am I doing? This:


Is it any wonder I am not getting a thing done in the evenings?? I plan to behave tonight though. I will work on my ms from 7:30 - 9:00 and then from 9:00 to 10:00 cuddle the dog. That seems fair, doesn't it? (Cuddle Maddox, that is - Shelby is an on-the-floor-girl which given she is around 65 pounds, this is good. I make darn sure she gets plenty of scritches every night and morning and on weekends - I just have to go down to her level. She is the Queen, after all!).


Just downloaded my crit buddy's new draft - am so excited to get started hacking and slashing and writing wicked red comments... bwa ha ha ha ha! No, seriously, this is an awesome story and I am VERY PROUD of you, [ profile] jealousofstars for not letting Evil Things sway you from getting this story out. It will do AWESOME.

Okay best log off this here thing - must run to the post office for the boss. Dang it, I am just so weird these days - I absolutely love being here every day, doing this work. The only thing that could make it better is if I could have my dogs at my feet all day. Wouldn't that be the best?!


Shelby thinks so!
*rolls eye*

And yes he loves it there. (His blue eye is shining.)

And as art!!

If I pretend to be Dorothy and click my heels three times, will I get whisked away home via tornado?

I wish. I am so ready to get out of here. It has been a good trip work-wise, but otherwise, there really is no place like home.
And I miss Nick terribly. I mean, deep-down, completely missing him so bad I want to bite my pillow. I couldn't bear to look at that little flight thing on the airplane, couldn't bear to watch it go further and further away from where I want to be. I would start to tear up and want to scream that I couldn't hold him, be with him, right then. That so many miles separate us, miles that we ARE fortunate to be able to traverse, but just not often enough. Not often enough at all. It always sucks so bad after we've been together for awhile...but I am already planning to go to Germany sometime in the fall (if I can--not much vacation time left, so may LOL be January--brrr?). LOL can't afford to go to the UK again any time soon...but I'll be back. I want to see more shows! I want to see Billy Elliot, and whatever else!

The house is a wreck--there will be massive cleaning done on my day off, it looks like. And the a/c is messed up because the filter disintegrated, and I am too tired to run get another one tonight. And yeah, unreal, I come home from being chilled in London all the time (I also froze on the plane), wearing two sweaters and a jacket--hit Houston and oh my LORD, hello Heat and Sunshine!!!! UGH!!!! I went to a restroom and yanked most of that off (not all, did not want to get arrested) and felt better. After our long wet winter here, and then being in Wales and London, getting blasted by the muggy heat of Houston made me feel sick. Weird. Got home to a hot house--the son tried to turn the a/c on and didn't know how to do it, and with the filter needing replacement (guess I should've done that before I left, but it SNOWED the day before I left, so...) so he froze up the a/c.

I have TWO blisters. Right foot's pinky toe, left foot's somehow between big and next big toe. Weird. HURTS.

Maddox has been blowing his coat. He looks like crap and there is fur everywhere. I TOLD THEM BOTH to brush the hell out of him--when a Husky starts to blow its coat, it is pure hell, fur everywhere, he looks like he is molting as great clumps of fur loosen and eventually fall off. Bedraggled pup, and without a doubt he did indeed stop eating while I was gone. He looks like he's lost a good 4 lbs. ARGH. Mental! But there is fur on my bed, fur on the floor, fur on the walls probably, and not much fur on him, dammit. Oh Huskies! Fortunately the red and whites don't blow as crazily.

Shelby is outside. The daughter said, "She stayed out ALL THE TIME." She won't come in for the night either, so may end up sleeping out there tonight, the silly.

Also, the daughter failed to check the mail. Great. The mailbox is no doubt stuffed to the gills with mail. GREAT.

I'll make a post tomorrow, I guess, on some of the things we did, but frankly...not in the mood to share much. Sorry. There are some pictures though that I can share, and general impressions of London. So, tomorrow. I am cranky right now so don't want to right now.

I am, however, reading a fascinating book about (more or less about) writing. Might just share some bits and pieces I especially's not a how-to-write type of book, but rather a this-is-how-I-write book. So much of what this particular writer throws out makes bells go off in my head, hell CHIMES go off in my head (WOW, he is like that? and WOW I am not completely weird after all!), and I'm finding a surge of excitement and inspiration, coupled with becoming rather entranced by a few ideas that burst out of being in London this week, that need addressing.

I am home, and I don't want to be here...think it will take a few days to get back into the swing of regular life.
A revamped Jolly Ball!!!! I took the half-eaten tennis-ball one's rope, and the dented-but-still-fun-but-rope-was-dead Jolly Ball he loves, and created Happiness. Oh, yeah, that is my backyard sans snow. Ugly, I know. I had no idea the price I'd have to pay to own huskies. Paths all over the place and around the perimeter, like sheep trails. Sigh. And grass? What is that? I just have winter rye and whatever else will grow where it can. Damn huskies. (BUT THEY ARE WORTH IT!)

I couldn't resist uploading the video of Shelby and Maddox playing in their first real snow. No sound, wasn't turned on, but they were very quiet as they had their fun. It was so peaceful! I hope they get another chance to play in snow soon--I often feel so rotten for living where they hardly get to experience their natural state (so to speak).


So. I learned tonight that not only are huskies incredibly beautiful and loving, but they also have ridiculous hearing. I wanted to go for a walk because both Maddox and I were antsy. It was still a little warm out for a walk (81 degrees) but thought just a real quick walk would be okay.

Shelby was fast asleep in my room on her pillow. I snuck out of the bedroom, shooing Maddox out ahead of me.

Two seconds after I clipped Maddox's Halti on (as shown in user pic--it is not a muzzle, more a bridle for dogs or, well, a halter) the wildest caterwauling issued forth from my bedroom! Shelby knew EXACTLY what was going on! Never mind that they had not been taken for a walk since Nick was here last fall! SHE KNEW!!!

Defeated, I decided oh well okay, I will give it a try. Walking one husky is quite the feat (just getting them out the door, they are so eager to run run run run sled or no sled) but TWO? I'd already suffered from a wrenched shoulder once! I sure didn't want that again--I was in agony, ended up twice at a chiro's and a one hour massage that finally saved my sanity.

Anyway, I have to say that I was rather amazed at how well they did. Shelby settled down really quickly, just Doofus boy Maddox was bouncing all over. Typical male.

I managed to take some pictures on our adventure--and it was definitely an adventure. These two are very sweet dogs but they have high prey drives, so the four or so rabbits we saw? Yeah. There's a reason each dog wears two leashes and two collars. I couldn't find Shelby's nice leashes so had to break out two cheapies. Colorful, but not very good. I'll get her a harness and find that other Halti asap as I want to do this soon.

On to the pictures )

Husky Love

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Oh my, we picked Tiffany up at the airport and took Maddox and he got so much attention and pets he was overwhelmed and fell asleep on Tiff while we waited for her baggage. Poor little guy!!!

In the Happy News department, Nick has a new home, YES! Well, papers to be signed Monday, but he won't be homeless and the new flat is absolutely beautiful. And, he got his internship, so that definitely means that come February, Nick will be hopping on that big beautiful Lufthansa plane and zooming his way here for his first visit to the U.S. I cannot WAIT to show him how life is here, as I so enjoy exploring the German culture there. The only bad thing is I will have to work every day, except for the week I take off for our road trip to my sister's and hopefully [ profile] humming_along's new digs. I am so worried he will get bored, stuck here with three dogs, the house, and waiting on me.

It will be SO nice to come home to a good German meal every night... whee! LOL. (Nick is a really good cook and I can't wait to load him up in the car and go to the German Deli and buy all the proper mixes and ingredients he'll need).

I was bored and lonely at home tonight, even the puppy was asleep, so I put him in the crate and went to B&N for an hour or so. I haven't been in there in quite awhile and it was quite nice and fun. Got a vanilla latte (S/F F/F) and browsed and chatted to people and the guy who made my coffee for me sang The Snicker's Song (???) to me. LOL. Flirty much? Too funny. I looked at the non-fiction table, and the calendars as we don't have a 2007 and it has been driving me nuts--got an August 07 to December 08 Butterfly calendar. Absolutely gorgeous. Now *I* can start marking off the days to Nick's visit. Whee!!!!

How odd, I had a thought and it disappeared out of my head.

So, that means, I must of course now go to bed!

Nite all!

My son and I travelled to Alta Vista, Texas this weekend to get our puppy. The trip was very nice--it was wonderful to spend time alone with Kelly for a change. The weather held for us though we had some wonderfully dramatic skies. This rain we've been having is pretty unreal, and is expected to continue. A real pain for the dogs but their grass is thick and rich and that is awesome for them.

I promised to post some pictures of the puppy and will do so now behind the cut.

puppy breath )