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What I really need to do is actually knuckle down and WRITE. Trouble is, my primary writing time used to be the afternoon, and now I'm working until 5. By the time I get home, do the daily chores, fix and eat dinner, then sit down to the computer, catch up on email, f-list, etc., it's freaking 8:30 already.

But anyway... I didn't get much done on Sunday, either, since we trotted out bright and early to the Arizona Botanical Gardens, which is an uber fun outing on any day, but this was a bright and sunny day, filled with photographic potential -- I came home with 151 shots. Digital photography has set me free. I always liked to take pictures, but the cost of film and developing was always problematical for me. Now I can just snap until I catch things I like, delete what I don't, and what do you know, I'm a photographer!


The cactus wren, the state bird of Arizona, In his natural habitat:





Everything (except the summer-blooming Saguaros) was in bloom, and the butterfly exhibit was open (it's not open year round, and it's a great treat when it is!):




Then we went to a little Indian restaurant where they had the lunch buffet out and I stuffed myself with tandoori and tikka and ground lamb, nommy veggies and rice, and these little doughnuts soaked in sugar syrup (I can't remember what they were called). The carrot halwa was nice, too. Absolutely bad for me -- I seem to have somehow GAINED weight despite having gotten back to a regular workout. I obviously need to cut my calories even more, but sometimes it's deeply frustrating to eat nearly nothing and still somehow come home from work with nearly 600 calories under my belt, and all I had was a bowl of shredded wheat, 1 pear, a Trader Joe's granola bar, celery sticks, and an Atkin's meal bar (these are surprisingly delicious).

For dinner I made chicken thighs w/hoisin sauce, baked, brussels sprouts steamed with carrots and onions, and cous cous. I did end with around 1200 calories. And remembered it's now iced tea season, so I made up a pitcher and I've just about finished it. Yum. Tropical green tea.

MUST get back to writing. MUST.

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evil_little_dog
Apr. 5th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
I have berry blend tea in the fridge now, but the temp dropped and it's too cold to drink it. D:

My original fic is chugging along steadily; yay.
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
It's cooled down again here, too (yay for small favors), but the 80's is still pretty good for iced tea!

Good for you! Now I need to do that, too!
evil_little_dog
Apr. 5th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
I want it to be warmer, myself. D:

Yeah, I need to go back to the fanfic that I'm basing some of the story off of, then I can get back into it.
wildrider
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
I have plenty of warm. :D

I think my main problem is I'm actually in the EDITING part of many many many of my stories...
evil_little_dog
Apr. 6th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
I miss plenty of warm. :D

Mmmm, yeah, but that's still working.
wildrider
Apr. 6th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
This IS the good time of year here. Not too hot yet!

True. It's just harder to get motivated.
evil_little_dog
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
True, to both.
nutmeg3
Apr. 5th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
The birdie is cute, but I love that butterfly picture. The contrast between the two sides of him is stunning.
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! The butterfly exhibit is of course seasonal, but it provides a LOT of opportunity for catching good shots -- I got several I like.

There was an adorable moment when I was leaning over to capture some shots -- a little girl, maybe three, was squatted down with one on her hand, staring at it in pleased awe, while unbeknownst to her, there was also one on her head! Her parents were having a field day with the cameras! :)
sillymagpie
Apr. 5th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Another Prisoner of the 8 to 5 Work Week
If you want to get together and write on weekends, let me know.
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Another Prisoner of the 8 to 5 Work Week
That's not a bad idea, although finding time on the weekends when I'm doing all the things I can't do during the week...! But we're already together on Friday and Saturday evenings, so perhaps while everything's in reruns we could devote a couple hours to it.
sillymagpie
Apr. 5th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Post more DBG photos! :-)
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, there will be more! :-) (And you can look at them anytime!)

ljs
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures!

[hugs]
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

*HUGS!*
janetmiles
Apr. 5th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
I think the doughnuts in syrup are galub jamun, or something spelled approximately like that.

I love the pictures!
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
That was it -- I couldn't remember what it said (same with the lamb stuff and the veggies -- can't remember what they were called!). Yummy, very filling!

Thanks!
emerybored
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Those are GREAT photos!! The butterfly house at the botanical gardens was SO AWESOME when I went. I still have something like 100 photos from there on my computer. My ex took some amazing shots there (she'd go whenever she had free time in order to photograph stuff).

I hope the muse (and the time) come to you soon.
wildrider
Apr. 5th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Now that sillymagpie got a membership, we hope to go more often! It's a great place for photography (almost every other person there had a camera, not to mention all the artists out there with watercolors and easels!).

Thanks!
cornerofmadness
Apr. 5th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
love the gulab (the fried dough things) and the gujar halwa. gah love indian food.

love the pictures. yes digital photograph is the best thing ever. I don't miss film

luckily evening is my writing time but I don't have a spouse who might expect me to spend the evenings with them
wildrider
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
Same here. Love, love, love Indian food, all of it.

I don't miss film, either; I still have two rolls and my beautiful old Olympus, but somehow I never use it.

Well, my spouse is currently in "The Barb Cave" with HER writing, so I really don't have a leg to stand on, there; it's just my mind starts winding down after 7:00 or so, unless I'm really ON. What I should do is try getting the house clean at night before bed instead of doing those chores in the morning between the gym and work.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 6th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
now that sounds like a plan for you writing. I don't even turn on until the sun goes down.
wildrider
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
My days of writing until all hours ended when I had to start getting up at 5 am.

cornerofmadness
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
that would definitely do it
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