Monday, January 21, 2013

In Which I Cry Uncontrollably And Other Things

First things first. Here's me after yesterday's AFC Championship game:








Well, you get the idea. I'm obviously not an overly happy camper right now. My team lost. Boy, did they lose and they looked like crap doing it. Sigh. So I guess the "good news" is (please note that I'm saying this in an exasperated tone while rolling my eyes) is that I can be totally relaxed when I watch the Superbowl in two weeks because I Will. Not. Care. who wins. Instead, I can focus on the awesomeness of the game itself and beer and Doritos (I always have Doritos on Superbowl Sunday. I don't know why. Must be all those advertisements.) and it'll be great. Well, all right. It won't be great. But it'll be something. And if I have enough beer, I might not care what that something is.


But, seriously, congratulations to Ravens fans. And to 49ers fans. Your teams played well. Unfortunately for my team.

Now let's move on...

Last Monday, I set myself two incredibly ambitious goals. Well, maybe more mildly ambitious goals. They were...


1. Work out at least three times this week.

 
Accomplished. The second workout was kind of half hearted and probably didn't have very many actual health benefits (and not just because I followed it by eating two chocolate croissants followed by two chocolate chip muffins) but at least I did it. I added another eleven miles to my monthly total. 

2.  Take another pass at the book blurb to make it something less embarrassing.

I did this too. And I like to think it was successful. At the very least, it wasn't completely unsuccessful. I still don't feel confidant enough in it to actually share it with anyone but it's coming along. It certainly can't get much worse. 

Boy, I hope I didn't just jinx myself horribly.

Here are the goals for this week:


1. Work out at least three times this week. And then don't eat my weight in baked goods and pastries.

2. Take the Donate Pile to Goodwill. And then don't eat my weight in baked goods and pastries.


3. Complete a second draft of the less embarrassing book blurb. And then celebrate by eating my weight in baked goods and pastries.

That's gonna do it for me today. What do you have going on this week?
 
  

51 comments:

  1. Why don't you try working out with the Goodwill bags? Juggle them or something fun like that.
    Maybe that sounded better in my head.

    I'm glad I don't care about football. I don't like being invested in something I have no control over.

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    1. If I work out with the Goodwill bags, I won't be able to give them away. Better to work out with my Wii Fit, even though it's kind of mean to me.

      And yeah, I remember the glory days of football when I didn't care if I missed a game and always watched the Superbowl for the commercials. So glad that changed...

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  2. I'm not a football fan, but I -do- enjoy a good Superbowl Party :)

    Good luck with your goals for the week.

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    1. You should definitely avoid my house then come Superbowl Sunday. There will not a good party going on there. =)

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  3. I usually exercise at least 3 times / week but I've failed at that, miserably in the last 2 weeks. For some reason I get to the weekend and my mind does a belly flop and the body is like "I want an American cheeseburger."

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    1. Cheeseburgers I can resist. Chocolate croissants on the other hand...

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  4. Lol, I too have a tendency to reward myself with chocolate and/or baked goods after a workout! It's a terrible habit, but apples just don't have the same appeal!

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    1. They really don't! I had healthy snacks after one of my work outs and I'm positive that's what drove me to inhale the entire bakery after the next one.

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  5. Need some healthy snacks waiting for you after a workout.
    I wasn't happy with that game either - hate the Ravens. Now I don't care who wins the Superbowl. But you're right that it's more relaxing to watch when you don't have a dog in the fight.

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    1. But healthy snacks after a work out make me sad. Chocolate snacks make me happy.

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  6. I'd be wanting to eat my weight in chocolate and cheese. :)

    Good luck with this week's goals!

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    1. If the cheese is on macaroni, I'm all over it. Otherwise, I can take it or leave it.

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  7. This week:

    1-Buy Sweetman a birthday gift.
    2-Get blog party package out to peeps who volunteered to help spread the word about Secondhand SHoes and pin down a date.
    3-Fill out my IRS form 1120.
    4-write everyday and stick to my schedule.

    I'm sure there is more to add to my to-do list.

    Anyway, good luck getting your's done. And too, you may want to try posting your blurb so we can help you.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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    1. I always find more things to add to my weekly goals as the week goes on. Always.

      I do intend to post my blurb for the blogosphere to critique/destroy. I just want to have a little more confidence in it first.

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  8. Props to you for working out three times a week! I'm doing the same and feeling much better about myself.

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    1. As I learned from Legally Blonde, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don't shoot their husbands...

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  9. Congrats on achieving your goals! This week I'll be traveling 4 out of 5 days, so keeping my exercise regiment will be challenging. :)

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    1. Traveling always does mess with an exercise routine. The last time I was traveling, I did a lot of yoga in the airport. Got a lot of strange looks (especially from those traveling with me...) but it worked.

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  10. Yeah, both our teams had their bones picked by the Ravens. I'll be cheering for the 49ers in the Super Bowl -- if I watch. It is sort of hard to care when your team isn't playing.

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    1. Hence the beer...

      Normally I would root for the AFC team but they also beat the Patriots so I'm not sure I can bring myself to do that.

      I am very petty. I know.

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  11. Congrats on meeting your goals. I like your very realistic ones. I'm trying not to eat my weight in yummy things. But the five Oreos I just ate say otherwise. Hey, they were the reduced fat kind. Does that count as healthy?

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    1. I'd say so. If I have oreos, they're double stuffed. And I don't stop at five.

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  12. Do you ever sit and read the blurbs on the on screen guide for TV shows? I have FIOS, and I'll sit and read some of those. And shake my head. Awful. Some of them are truly terrible. You might consider reading some of those before saying that your book blurb is bad. Because some of them...

    And at this moment I have completed half my goals for today. Now I just need to do some house cleaning. And writing. But at least I got the hard stuff out of the way.

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    1. I have spent so much time reading blurbs. Book blurbs, show blurbs, movie blurbs, everything. And then I feel bad that I can't get my act together on this. It's possibly a case of me being too hard on myself but...

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  13. I have to remind myself constantly that's I can't eat more just because I worked out hard.
    Good luck with the weekly goals.

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    1. Wait... I can't do that? Does that mean I have to cut out the cookies too?

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  14. glad you are keeping up with your goals!
    neither of my teams won, so i pouted a little, ah well...

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    1. I am keeping up with them so far. I can feel it slipping though so I imagine my streak shall shortly come to an end. Maybe not this week but soon.

      And in a couple of weeks, all our teams will be undefeated again!

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  15. I feel like some of your goals might be impossible to meet, seeing as they contradict each other. But I know which one I'm rooting for. You eat those pastries.

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    1. I guess the difference is I only get to stuff myself with pastries and baked goods if I nail down that whole blurb thing.

      And yeah, that's the one I'm rooting for too. I really like pastries and baked goods.

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  16. Haha. As a 49ers fan, those pictures describe how I've felt every year for the past 18 years! It's incredibly exciting to finally be heading back to the Superbowl. It's been a long time coming.

    Good luck with the goals. I hope those are some delicious pastries and baked goods!

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    1. I imagine it's how I felt when the Red Sox got to (and won) the world series in 2004. =)

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  17. Aw, if it makes you feel any better, my team lost the week before. :(

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    1. Yes, I am glad my team made it this far. I'm just so much happier when they don't lose at all...

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  18. I looked like that cat after Notre Dame blew it against Alabama. Oh how I feel your pain.

    I love those goals. I really need to do something like that. I've got huge changes to make and it always helps to start small and manageable.

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    1. I think so too. I don't always blog about them (I have so far this year) but I always keep track somewhere, somehow.

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  19. I'm sorry your team lost. =(

    Good luck with the working out and book blurb. I had trouble with my last one. It's not a concept that condenses well, but after trying several approaches, I found this post http://jamigold.com/2012/06/the-ultimate-guide-to-pitch-writing , and it helped directionally. It helped starting from my synopsis to gauge the most important plot points for the first 1/3 of the book, and asking beta readers what parts really grabbed them.

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    1. Thanks for the link. I'll definitely have to check that out.

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  20. SOrry your team lost. But hey, you've much to celebrate--what with accomplishing your goals for the week!

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. I think I would have rather my team won.

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  21. Forget this week. Here's what I did last week:
    1. Wrote productively one day (goal complete)
    2. Taught my 18-month-old son to laugh maniacally (Goal complete! Mwahahahaha!)

    Sure, to get him to do it, I have to ask "What does The Count say?" but maniacal laughter is maniacal laughter.

    And hey, sorry about your Pats. They used to be my team, too, but outside of baseball I'm fickle so now I'm a Bills fan by marriage. So hey, good news: At least they aren't the Bills.

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    1. That is true. They are not the Bills. Thanks for the perspective.

      And you're right. Maniacal laughter is maniacal laughter. If only I could teach my dogs to do that.

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  22. My team lost last week (Packers), so I can commiserate :-( Love your goals. This week, I'm doing an R & R for my dream agent, and trying to get over this darned flu that's making my insides churn. Have a wonderful week, and it is nice meeting you!

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    1. Ugh. The flu. I hope you get it out of your system quickly.

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  23. This week if I could get myself to work out at least twice it would be a miracle - and for the love of God I need to look at my latest MS!! I've barely touched it since November.

    Also, I'm not a football fan, but the Pats losing means I don't get a free meal at my parents superbowl party, so I'm not too happy either. The Patriots clearly want me to starve. (I'm channeling early Cordelia Chase on that last sentence...)

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    1. Love the Cordelia reference.

      I had a friend who came over once to watch the Superbowl because the Pats were in it, and I was actually having something resembling a Superbowl party. She didn't like football so she just came to eat and hang out. We lost to the Giants that year and then the next time she came over to watch football, Tom Brady got hurt and was out for the season, so I told her she couldn't watch the Pats at my house anymore. Nor anywhere else, just to be safe.

      It's only weird if it doesn't work...

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  24. I wrote a whole response that just disappeared. Stupid computers.

    Weekly goals would destroy me. Really, I'd split time between freaking out over not getting last week's goals done and not getting the current week's goals done.

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    1. That'll be me next week. Because I don't think I have a chance in hell to get these goals done this week.

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  25. That cat looks exactly like Bill the Cat. And very much how I felt after the first half of the game. I even rooted for the Falcons in the earlier game, so it was a double hairball day for football.

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  26. 49er's are my second team. Saints are still my number one. But like you, I really don't care who wins.

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  27. I'm sorry your Patriots lost but I still have to laugh at the pictures, especially The Scream LOL. As a Bengals fan, that is about the only face I ever make all season long.

    I love your goals for this week. I'm now dying to go out and eat my weight in baked goods and pastries. :D

    I wanted to say thanks for your comments about my upcoming book Polar Night over on The Shellshank Redemption blog! I'm so glad you liked my cover! :)

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