Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Type L for Lazy

I'm lazy.  There, I said it. (Okay, so maybe I've said it before.  It's a running theme in my life.)

My house is not spotless.

Right now, the sink is full of dishes.

I'm working on the edits for a book I should've had done weeks ago.

I don't make fancy dinners.  I don't create fancy desserts anymore.  In fact, I'm happy opening a can of beef stew and slapping it on the stove.  (Or microwaving a TV dinner, if there were better tasting cheap ones.)

This caused a bit of a clash when I first got married and went to live with my Type-A husband.  Over the years, I've picked up the pace some and he slowed down a bit, so we could meet somewhere closer to the middle and have a clash-free life.  (Actually, our clash-free life has more to do with him letting me be me and me letting him be him, but that's a whole nother story.)

It's not really a huge dealie-bob, this being lazy thing.  I step up when I need to step up.  Like when it was pouring rain and the water was running downhill toward our then-untreated foundation, I got out there with a shovel and helped Hubs dig a trench to direct the water off to one side.  I will go wash the dishes later this morning.  I always do.  And I'll set my ass here on and off throughout the day (and the next and the next) until this editing round is complete. 

But deep down, if I had my druthers, I'd be sitting in the recliner reading a book and watching TV all day.  Or fishing.  Or screwing off on the internet. 

I sit here sometimes and see how other people are conducting their non-lazy lives.  I stare at them in wonder.  And sometimes I remind myself that I can change if I want to.  Then I ramp up and work like the dickens and get a bunch of stuff done.  After which, I burn out and do nothing for an extended period of time.  They say new habits take 30 days to become entrenched.  Eh.  I've done months of ramped-up me and when the crash comes, it comes anyway. 

So, I just have to accept that I am who I am.  A Type-B (err... Type L?) person.  And I'll get done what I need to get done when I need to get it done - and not a moment sooner.  It might not make me the best-selling writer I want to be.  It might not get me in House Beautiful.  But it is what it is.

And now it's time to get off my lazy buns and wash the dishes - twelve hours late, but better late than never, right?

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Update - Week 2

Welcome to 2017 Week Two... Son of Week One.

It was a cold and dreary week here in SW MO.  (Wait... never start a story with the weather... Oh, screw it.)

In writing news, I did start inputting the edit notes for Natural Causes.  Just not last Sunday like I said I was going to.  Actually, I started Friday.  And worked like a champ then through last night.  Eighty-one pages edited, lame shit deleted and replacement scenes rewritten, typos fixed, timeline issues fixed, etc.  That amounts to 6 pages of handwritten notes done.  Eight pages to go - including rewriting the final chapter.  It's sitting at just over 60K words right now.  I expect that to go up a bit, but not a huge amount.  Unless that new last chapter ends up being way longer than the old version.  I should be able to get with my editor by the end of the month.  Fingers crossed her February is open.

I read three books last week.  Okay, I read two complete books and finished the one book I had started back in December.  One of those complete books fits my resolution to read 'new-to-me', less-than-popular authors.  Actually, if I remember right, it was a debut.  It was also by someone I've been blog following for years but lost touch with when they went to a sporadic blogging schedule.  (Good thing I still follow their blog, or I never would've seen that they published a book.)

I did go fishing once.  The temperature had gotten warmer, so I gave it a shot.  All I can say is that it was a lovely day.

We lost internet for a while on one of those days.  The day I went fishing, whichever that one was.  This provided an excellent opportunity to do some cleaning.  LOL

The ice storm they predicted never did hit here.  Loads of rain, but the temps stayed above freezing for us.  I feel really bad for everyone who actually got the ice.  And I hope they're okay. 

Wasted some time on genealogy stuff.  It's amazing how willing I am to dive into genealogy when I'm avoiding editing.  LOL.  I don't have the fundage for Ancestry right now, so I'm applying my Google-fu - which takes longer but can still be effective.

That's it for me over here.  How's stuff over there?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Saturday Fishing Report - 1/14/17

Hey, All, and welcome to the fishing report for less than competent anglers.  Or maybe just lazy fisherman.

I only got out once this past week and caught nada.  I did have something totally strip a big nightcrawler off my hook, but I never saw the bite and when I cast back to the same location, it had either moved on or it was full.

Anyway, since I don't have anything scintillating to say, here are a few links to the people I go to when I want to learn about fishing...

Eric Prey - YouTube videos - He runs a guide service out of Branson, MO.  Straight, to the point, and no nonsense.  He tells where they are and what they're biting on.

Peter Wenners - YouTube videos - TRL fishing guide. He's a knowledgeable guy and has some great insights into the lake.

Timmy Horton - TV Show and Facebook videos - I just found his shows on NBC/SN and I really enjoy his presentation.  Loads of actual fishing and he tells you what he's using without making the whole show sound like one long infomercial.  I'm also following him on FB now and his show videos are awesome.

Ozark Anglers TRL Forum - local people posting about their fishing adventures.  What works for them, where it's working, pictures of the fish they're catching, local fishing news.  Good stuff.

I also watch Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston, etc.  The calm fisherman.  Can't stand the LOUD fishing dudes.  And I'm totally off watching Lindner.  He's all commercial and no fishing.  Like I said, I can tolerate a little product endorsement, as long as they show actual fishing.  The last time I watched Lindner, it was all product pimping and as soon as someone hooked a fish, they went to commercial.  Nope.

That's it for me this week.  I'd tell y'all to go drown some worms, but it's too freakin' cold.  Stay home, drink some cocoa, and watch fishing videos instead.  Spring will be here soon enough. 

Oh, and in case you missed it, I posted a recipe for Baked Crappie on Tuesday.  Good eatin'.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday This n That

We're supposed to have an ice storm on Friday.  I saw the radar forecast this morning, wherein it's all pink between here and Walmart, and was all like 'dammit, I knew I should've gone shopping yesterday'.  Then I remembered that this is not, in fact, Friday.  Derp.  Yes, I am going shopping today.

I'm not a fan of parrots.  Today's bird on my Bird a Day Calendar is a parrot.  Sometimes in life we have to put up with parrots to get through to the better birds.

Someone posted Steven Wright quotes on Facebook this morning.  Now, I'm feeling very 'Steven Wright-ish'.  It's a state of mind.  If you haven't been there, head for perfectly normal and turn right.

On the other hand, there are different fingers.  - Steven Wright

I've been playing around with the genealogy again (i.e. avoiding work).  I started talking to Mom about it and she says "Hey, see if you can find out what happened to my Uncle George."  "Why?"  "Because he disappeared right around the time we got married."  Okee.  I'd never heard this story.  Apparently my Great Uncle George just up and disappeared like 50 years ago, leaving behind Great Aunt Eileen and their young son.  I didn't find him, but I did find out he died in 1976.  See, this is why I like doing the genealogy.  I get to hear stories from Mom, things I say spark her memories, and I get to treasure hunt.

Yes, finding out Uncle George lived an additional 20 years without his family ever knowing where he was does piss me off.  Thankfully, he was not a blood relative.  Don't get me started on deadbeat dads.

Apropos of nothing: I need a shower.

What's on your this n that today?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Baked Crappie

Yeah, I know.  When I told the Kid we were having crappie for dinner, she was all like 'What-ie?'  Crappie - pronounced 'croppy' - is a type of fish.  They're fun to catch and good eating (when caught in cold water*).  I've already panfried them, so I went in search of recipes to try something different.  I hit on several for baked crappie, so I adapted them to what I wanted.  Here's the recipe I came up with...

Baked Crappie

6 crappie fillets (from 10-11" crappies)
1 T margarine (divided into 6 pieces)
1 T lemon juice
Dill (to taste)
3 large tomato slices cut in half
Parmesan cheese (to taste)

Preheat oven to 375F.  Line 9x13" baking dish with aluminum foil (for easier cleanup).  Lay fillets flat.  Place one piece of margarine on each fillet.  Sprinkle lemon juice over all fillets, as equally as possible.  Sprinkle dill over fillets.  Lay a half slice of tomato on each fillet.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese liberally over all.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Serve immediately with your favorite side dish.  (I did baked potatoes.)

I've done something similar with tilapia and with salmon, so if you don't have access to crappies, you can still try this recipe, if you want.  Might have to adjust cooking times depending on the fish.  Thick salmon takes longer.  Thin tilapia takes less.

* I've cooked crappies caught in warm water and the flesh isn't quite as firm, so not quite as satisfying a meal.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Update - Week 1

The first week of 2017 is in the books now.  I never did a wrap up for 2016, so don't go looking for it.  Let's just move on to the now, shall we?  (Not that 2016 was particularly bad or good or whatever.)

Anyway, here's last week in a nutshell...

I have a new keyboard that is driving me bonkers.

Other than that, I finished the first edit pass on Natural Causes.  I have almost 14 pages of notes to input that include re-writing the entire ending because it's lame.  Not sure how long that will take.  I plan on starting that today.

I started reading again.  One book down for the year.  69 more to go.  And I got back into Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien - which I had started in December, but when I hit a boring part, I stalled.  I'm past that and it's really holding my interest now.  Silly me had forgotten that I do not have to read every word of every book.  Flipping past the dry parts, especially in historical novels is totally acceptable.  (Otherwise, I would never make it through a Hugo novel and that would be a damn shame.)

I also started back on my resolution from last year with a whole new drive and some additional clarity.  Average one book by one new-to-me, under-read author a month.  My first book this month fit the bill, so I'm good.

I haven't left the house in days.  It's been too freakin' cold.  I may have to hit the Wallyworld today or tomorrow, though.

Since I haven't left the house, I obviously haven't been fishing.

What did your first week look like?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday Fishing Report - 1/7/17

As you may have guessed, I did not go fishing last week.  I thought about it once since it seemed like it was going to be the last non-frigid day for a while, but I couldn't motivate my gumption and by the time I did get motivated, the temps had turned cold again. 

So, let's talk gear again. 

I mentioned before that Hubs and I got each other fishing stuff for Christmas.  Big bass stuff.  Or so the reviews go.  Here's what we got:

A kit of Yamamoto Senko baits.  6 colors in two different sizes (4" and 5").  Guaranteed to drive big bass wild.

A kit of offset hooks.  We went with the offbrand of these because ack, those suckers are expensive.  6 different sizes from 1 to 4/0, in three different colors.  (Not sure what difference color on a hook really makes, but I'm willing to give it a whirl.)

A kit of bullet sinkers.  Again, offbrand.  Sinkers are sinkers, right?

A pack of o-rings.  You may be saying to yourself, 'what the heck are o-rings for in fishing?'  Or maybe not.  For those saying it, they hold the artificial bait onto the hook for what they call 'whacky rig'.  Whacky rig is, I think, when you put the hook through the middle of the bait and let it dangle.  The o-ring keeps it from flying off when you cast, I guess.  Anyway, it was recommended so we bought some.

A pack of red beads.  For rigging.  I guess they keep the bullet weight from sliding down the line and bashing into your knot - thereby damaging the knot and making it less effective.  Plus, the red is attractive to fish (?).

A tackle bag with plastic divided boxes to store lures, etc.  It's quite handy and it's way lighter than the huge tackle box Hubs carries.  He had tons of fun sorting everything into it.  All the lures in their own little cubbies.  We also got two additional plastic boxes for additional lure storage.

Anyway, we're ready to go if the weather ever gets warm again.  Look out bass here we come!