Friday, January 25, 2013

Week's Gone By



So... quick question. WHERE THE HELL DID THE WEEK GO?!?

I'm only asking because I am nowhere near accomplishing the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the week. I know you didn't ask and the last thing you want to read about is my goals but here I am, about to do it anyway.

A brief recap:

—I didn't take the Donate Pile to Goodwill because I forgot to put it in the car the day I went. Really, I'm smart in other ways. I just can't think of what those ways are.

—I didn't work out at all this week. I didn't work out at the beginning of the week because I was suffering from a rather painful right calf muscle injury. I didn't work out at the end of the week because I was struck by an extreme case of laziness. I did, however, manage to eat a couple of chocolate croissants. Of course, my goal was to not do that, not unless I completed the second draft of my book blurb.

—Which I didn't. I thought I had all the right words/phrases, just the wrong order so I printed a copy, cut it up into individual sentence strips and started playing a game of Jig Saw Puzzle. It looked like this:

Fat Cat standing guard. Watching, judging, scheming, plotting...


and later it looked like this:

...snacking

Usually this technique works wonders for me (not the cat eating the blurb part but the rest of it). I can see the whole thing laid out before me and it's much easier than cutting and pasting in a word document. This time, unfortunately, I did not experience the same success. And Fat Cat had nothing to do with it. It's me.

I need to cut stuff out of the beginning and write a transition paragraph leading to the end line, just as soon as I decide what that end line should be. Sad to say, I can't quite get a grasp on it. Somehow, I moved backwards this week. I am no longer convinced I have all the right words. Or any of the right words.

Hence the chocolate croissants. And the chocolate chip cookies. And the chocolate chip muffins. And the... Nevermind.

I know I must be overthinking it (at least I hope that's what it is) so my new strategy is to stop overthinking it. And I will. Just as soon as I figure out how...

So goal-wise, this week was truly terrible. But here are the (non pastry) highlights from my week:

—Our house guests:

Maximus the Mighty

and

Brewster the Bold

—The New Guy (aka the "Are you having fun yet" guy) quit The Store. And I didn't have anything to do with it. I did write this haiku, though, when I found out:

goodbye to New Guy
been swell working with you but
glad to see you go


It's not my best but I was pretty punch drunk when I heard the news. I know, it sounds mean but there are just so many times one can ask "Are you having fun yet?" before one starts to damage my calm (For future reference, that magic number is 2.) and I was really stressing the prospect of having to work an inventory with him.

—And last, but certainly not least, this conversation with my niece:

Her: Today my class got to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" over the loudspeakers at school.
Me: That's pretty awesome. I don't think I ever got to do that in third grade. Or any other grade, for that matter.
Her: Well, did you even have loudspeakers when you were in school?
Me: Yes, we had loudspeakers when I was in school. I doubt I'm as old as you think I am.
Her: Are you sure about that?
Me: No.

That's all from me today. Hope y'all have a fantastic (and warm) weekend! And I promise I won't blog about the blurb or any goals at all next week...

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  1. Have a great weekend yourself and as far as your goals go, there's always next week :)

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    1. And now I won't have to write new goals!

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  2. Seriously. You kill me - HIlarious. "I didn't work out at the end of the week because I was struck by an extreme case of laziness."

    Jo

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    1. I am nothing if not honest. And extremely lazy.

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  3. I'm pretty sure I damage the calm of my son by telling him every morning as he leaves for school, "Don't take any wooden nickels."

    We had tin cans and string when I was in school.

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    1. I should've told her we didn't have a need for loudspeakers in our one room schoolhouse to which I walked twenty miles. Uphill. Both ways. In twenty feet of snow. Without shoes.

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    2. You forgot the broken glass. I always include broken glass.

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    3. That's genius! I'm making a note for next time.

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  4. You aren't alone. I only managed ONE work out this week and it isn't nearly enough to ward off all the calories I consumed from all those dang Cadbury Eggs I had. Stupid stores for carrying Easter candy this early.

    I also seemed to write backwards this week. The Unicorn keeps nagging me about it too. I think, he thinks, he is helping. He is not...

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    1. My stupid egg phobia extends to Cadbury eggs so I don't have that problem. But I'm always waylaid by the bakery department long before the candy aisle anyway.

      I did do some jumping jacks this week.

      I have to find a talking unicorn to not help me either. That's awesome. =)

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  5. Ah, we all have those weeks when things don't quite go as planned - take the pressure off, enjoy the weekend and try again on Monday. :D

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    1. That is my plan. I hope it will work out marvelously.

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  6. Lol! I do that with the clothes bags all the time. At least, your cat seemed to enjoy the notes :)

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    1. I guess my writing at least tastes delicious, if nothing else.

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  7. Chocolate chip cookies are the best, and at least you made goals :) I still havnt ticked 'make goals' off my goal list yet

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    1. Chocolate chip cookies are the best and if they're in the house, I am powerless to resist.

      And I am excellent at making goals. It's just accomplishing them that occasionally (frequently) trips me up.

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  8. LOL! Love kids. And Fat cat. And no I haven't a clue where the hell the week went. I think it skipped France entirely, though seeing how awesome the weather is over here, I can't blame it. All that to say I didn't succeed and finishing any of my goals for this week either, unless I cram like a midterm exam this evening.....hummmmmm... looks like...NO SLEEP FOR ME! (:

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    1. Awesome weather, huh? Did I mention how excited I was this morning when the temperature was above zero?

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    2. oh, by awesome I meant cold, rain, fog, temperatures dancing around 0... you know, awesome but not really.... :/ Hope you guys at least get some sun, have a good weekend. (:

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  9. Happy Friday! Keep warm. All of those animals should be good value for body heat if nothing else.

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    1. The Saint Bernard especially. She's like a portable heater built for two.

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  10. Kids!
    Maybe we can both come up with awesome blurbs next week. I am struggling right now as well. And I can't even blame the cat.
    Enjoy your house guests.

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    1. You could borrow the cat if you do want or need someone around to blame...

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  11. Good grief. I really enjoyed perusing your slightly irreverant blog. I always respond to people who comment on my blog especially in reference to my very large GSD. Somehow a long time ago I missed yours.... Well better late than never. :)

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    1. Only slightly irreverent? I'll have to try harder next time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Over-thinking is my nemesis. Or arch enemy.

    I wonder if I tried that jigsaw puzzle approach and let the tortoises have at, what they'd come up with? I'm afraid it'd be better than what I'd do. Sigh.

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    1. I did tell Fat Cat that if she had any suggestions, she should feel free to chime in. She just asked me to pass the salt.

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  13. you may not have accomplished your goals, but you seem to have had fun in spite of it
    made me chuckle! no loud speakers, please! we invented loud speakers! wait, thats not helpful, or true...

    mmm, chocolate chip goodies! so much more tempting than the treadmill!

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    1. I'll have to get a treadmill and dangle a chocolate chip cookie at the end of it, just out of reach. I might get my work outs done then.

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  14. I know exactly what you mean about not having the right words when you thought you did. And boy do I hate when THAT happens!

    Love your helper, though, she (?) is CUTE!

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    1. She is cute. Which is good because, otherwise, she'd just be annoying. Really annoying.

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  15. I've done that with the paper, but taped them to the wall, so at least I can pace back and forth while at a loss what to do.

    Great dog portraits, and love the talk with your niece. I wrote down a bunch of notes of talks like that with my nephew, and gave them to him when he was in high school, as a sort of collection of his earliest snark.

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    1. My mother keeps a notebook of all the funny/cute/whatever things my niece says. It makes for some awesome reading.

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  16. See? That's why I don't have goals. Except really vague ones, like 'be awesome.' It' done marvels for my confidence. Love the dogs. I think I'm doing a dog post next week.

    Oh, why did I just type that last part? Geez.

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  17. I haven't figured out how to stop over-thinking either. ;) And your house guests are adorable.

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    1. They are adorable. And warm and cuddly. Perfect for these cold winter days/nights.

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  18. The idea of printing out the blurb and cutting out the sentences is genius--even if it didn't work for you this time. I may have to try that in the future.

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    1. I love that method. It's worked so well every other time so I haven't lost faith in the process. Just what I'm writing.

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  19. I think it's supposed to rain this weekend. At least, it's rained the last two days. I kinda wish our weather would make up its mind, but I'm afraid that it'll decide on cold.

    I think it's time to get some of your betas on the blurb. Seriously. I know you say it's awful, but maybe they'll see something that might help you make it better. Or you could send it to me. (Although, I might just make it worse.)

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    1. We're supposed to get snow tonight but some rain next week. I'm looking forward to the rain. My car desperately needs to be washed.

      Yes, showing the blurb to some betas would probably be smart but it's just so... embarrassing. I'm willing to embarrass myself in a lot of ways in a lot of places. Just not this way. Not yet.

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  20. I actually enjoy reading about the goals you set. It serves 2 purposes...ideas for goals of my own (am I seriously too lazy to think of them for myself) and comfort knowing we are not all wonder women in achieving them!

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    1. Does this mean I have to return my golden lasso? And my invisible jet? =)

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  21. Where has the MONTH gone?? I still haven't looked at MBS #2, and my work out schedule is eerily similar to yours.

    Love the Firefly reference as always :D

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  22. The month has flown by. And I was bad with cookies this week too. We won't talk about the donut I sneaked in. Keep working on the blurb. They're one of the hardest things for me to do as well.

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  23. I cut up and stuck my NaNo novel back together, because it was all over the place. I made sure the cat was a long way away though :-)

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  24. The week did go by really fast... whole month in fact. Maybe we're stuck in a time machine and don't know it. o.o

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  25. Goals are important. I like reading about what other people are spiring to do.

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  26. Well, it looked like your cat enjoyed your writing...or did he later pen you a letter starting, "Thanks so much for your sumbission. However..."
    ~Just Jill

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  27. Are you having fun yet?

    Cats judge, as if they can even judge us, but they still do it. They LOVE judging authors. They just sit there, and judge. As if they've ever written a book. I'd like to see them try, see how well they do! (Come to think of it, being Cats, they'd likely do best sellers and judge us even more while eating out books, laughing at us, and plotting our slow and painful murders.) I believe they'd write great murder mysteries.

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  28. Sometimes we all miss a week. Just as long as we pick it up the next, otherwise we accomplish nothing for too long and turn into couch potatoes.

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  29. Oh, I love your house guests! I want them to come stay with me too. :D And I love the fat cat, what a cutie LOL.

    I can't believe we're at the end of January already. Best of luck with your goals this week!

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  30. Why do cats love messing with whatever we're trying to work on. Hope the workouts go better this week.

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  31. I totally want a chocolate croissant right now.

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  32. Chocolate croissant? Nah! Give me a cheesy one any day!
    Popping in from the Please Re-introduce Yourself Bloghop. No post yet?

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  33. I just LOVE your cat! If I could fit up on the dining room table without squishing it, I totally would!
    Just dropping by from Stephen Tremp's blogfest. Nice to meetcha! And I see some familiar and well loved faces in the joint. *waves*

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  34. I've been meaning to take the Donate pile to Goodwill for the last year. It's now threatening to take over the whole garage.

    Chocolate is the elixir of life; it cures everything!

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  35. Found you via the Reintroduce Myself blogfest. Your workout report is remarkably similar to my last week's report. Minus the chocolate croissants. I would kill for a chocolate croissant.

    Love your sense of humour and will be back for more. :)

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    1. I spoke too soon--I'm so busy clicking links, I missed the fact that I already follow your blog. Wow, do I ever need one of those chocolate croissants.

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  36. love your kitty! My kitties do that too--which is why i've resorted to plotting my book with a software instead of actual index cards. :D
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  37. I think fat cat ate all your best ideas :)

    .......dhole

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  38. I love the cutting up and re-arranging idea! I do stuff like that for speech all the time, but hadn't thought to do it for my writing. :)
    ps. Your cat made me smile. :) Sorry he ate your 'homework.'

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