Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Update - Week One

Okay, I'm going to try something here.  In the past, I've tried to have a running theme day on this blog and I can never seem to keep up with it.  (I blame my SAST*.)  Anyway, here's me starting a new Sunday thing on the very first Sunday of the new year.

Sunday Update will be where I tell y'all about what happened the previous week - trying to focus on the positives.  It should post bright and early Sunday morning so I start the new week fresh.  Keep your fingers crossed that it works.

So...  This past week:

I closed out 2013 with a resounding slam of the door.  If you want a blow by blow of last year, go to this post on Killer Chicks where I break down the events by month (in super short fashion).

I also made a decision to get off my ass and get to work.  Enough with the angst and the whining already.  Sheesh.  You can read about that here.  I chose to work on a book I'm calling Wrongful Termination.  It's a mystery/suspense about a series of accidental deaths in a small town and the big city detective who doesn't think they're so accidental after all.

To that end, as of last night, I've written 7034 words this past week.  Actually, what I'm doing is taking this already fully written draft and rewriting it page by page.  I printed out the first three chapters to start.  They sit beside my keyboard and I'm retyping the whole thing in while making some major changes along the way.  So, it's editing and writing.  Yay.

In personal news, I weighed myself Wednesday and shuddered at the added Christmas pounds.  Then I decided I just don't care.  I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm 43 years old and I will never be 135 pounds again.  I weigh what I weigh, and as long as I feel good physically, screw angsting over those extra 5 pounds I just regained or the 45 I've put on in the past 10 years.  Hubs loves me the way I am - I just need to follow his example.

Speaking of feeling good physically, I was at Walmart on Friday, deciding which suet cakes the birdies would like best, when this older woman asked for my help getting a bag of birdseed off the bottom shelf.  I walked over snagged the bag - which felt a little heavy for a 25 lb bag - and hefted it into her cart.  No prob.  Except it was a 50 lb bag.  All that yard work must be paying off. 

In other news, my Kindle hiccuped and I thought she was dead.  Turned out she just needed a hard reboot (where you hold down the power button for 20 seconds).  She seems fine now, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Okay, your turn.  What happened with you this past week?  You can talk about the bad things (because we all have to deal with that shit), but pick at least one good thing to share.  Ya know, if you can find one good thing about your week, you'll be happier for it - even if it's something as simple as 'I didn't burn dinner for five days straight.'  ;o)

* SAST = short-attention-span theater.


  1. Good morning :) Nice to see that writing paragraph (and am interested in the project, sounds great)!! As for me, my highlight of the week is that I made bread yesterday! I used to make bread all the time when we lived up north ('cause the cost of bread, not to mention freshness, was horrific), but had got out of the habit. Decided to make a couple of loafs and remembered how much I used to love doing that on a Saturday morning :)

    Oh, and we weathered the Blizzard of 2014!! Lots of snow!!

    1. Hi! Thanks! Oh man, I'd love some homemade bread. I need to remember to get yeast when I finally get back to the store.

      You already got the blizzard of 2014?? Isn't that what's headed east right now? We didn't get a lot, but enough to know I don't want to go anywhere.

  2. I like this idea, B.E.!

    I had the pleasant surprise of finding out that NEARLY DEPARTED: A Spring Cleaning Mystery is up for Best Paranormal of 2013 over at Books and Bindings. How cool is that?

    AND I got a bike this week. I've had a blast (and sore knees, lol) riding around the lake every morning and night. :-)

    1. Thanks, JB!

      That is VERY cool. I have my fingers crossed for you.

      Awesome news about the bike! it sounds like a blast.

  3. Good for you, B.E.! It sounds like you're back on track. :-)

    I made collard greens for the first time this week, and they tasted much better than I expected. (Can you tell it was a quiet week? ;)

    1. I am, I think, Deb. Thanks!

      Yeah, I've never tried collard greens, but I did my own spinach for the first time last year. LOL, must be a quiet week, but those are necessary sometimes. ;o)

  4. I like this Sunday idea. It'll be nice to read about good news on the internet =)

    I don't really want to go into detail with my week. It has been a bad week of epic proportions, but...

    My grandmother back home slipped and broke her humorous bone--and trust me, it's not that funny (HA, a desperate grab at humor right now!)

    My mum has been verrrrrry sick this week while having to try and take care of her mother. I haven't been able to talk to her much because all I can hear are squeaks and the occasional frog-like croak.

    Friday one of my good friends from high school died in an oil rig explosion.

    Saturday my husband's grandfather on his dad's side died.

    All in all...not a good week. But since you asked for some positives..I put all the Christmas decorations away in one day and cleaned/organized (which makes my OCD happy). I'm also in second place in the sprint challenge Celtic Hearts is hosting. So...yay, I guess lol.

    I'm hoping next week is better, but we have the visitation and the funeral.

    1. :HUGS: I'm happy you could stop here for a little good news. It's been a rough start to the year for you.

      I'm so glad you could find a good thing in all that, and hey, you found two good things. I hope thinking about those helped a little. Here's to a better rest of the month for you. :HUGS:

    2. ::HUGS:: Natalie. :( Hang in there.

  5. Good to see you're looking for the positives in life. Sure makes living a little nicer, doesn't it?

    I had very good news this week. My publisher is now an imprint of Kensington Publishing. But, with good news comes the bad. My e-release of my book was scheduled for Monday, but now will be postponed. In fact all of Lyrical Press's books have been pulled for reformating to show the new publisher. Frustrating I have to wait, but at least I'm waiting for something good. See...keeping it positive! :)

    1. It does help to kick negativity to the curb. It just takes over sometimes, ya know?

      That's awesome news, Stacy! My fingers are crossed for everything to work out quickly for you so your book can release. Stay positive and try not to let the frustration overwhelm you. :HUGS:

  6. I wish my Walmart carried 50lbs bags of bird seed. Mine only carries the 40lb bag of Morningsong bird seed.

    My only good news is that I got to see hubby after 3 weeks apart. It was a short reunion but it was nice to have him home.

    1. It's almost a generic birdseed, Maria, in a white bag with red lettering. I bought smaller bags of that stuff and the birds wouldn't eat it, so I went to the fruit and nut mix. Smells like trail mix. LOL

      Oh, that had to be awesome for you. I'd hate to be apart for 3 weeks, but we all have to do things we don't like to get where we need to be. :HUGS:

  7. I hear you on being able to lift heavy objects. Since the baby started breaking the 20 lb mark, I've been appreciating the added muscle density myself. I'm with you on the getting back to bi-niz, too. I've been in my pitty angst pool far too long.

  8. Okay. It's Monday, not Sunday. I took yesterday off. I didn't start my computer, didn't even look at the iPhone. I shouldn't do that. I had over 200 emails to deal with. I also didn't get a post up on my blog until mid-morning. LOL Lazy @$$ that I am. I like this idea, too.

    I can't remember last week. I know I did stuff, but nothing important. LOL Ah well. Maybe something exciting will happen this week and I can report it next Sunday.