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Because my life is so very exciting

Today we took Barb's mom out to lunch, ate at a place called Arriba Mexican Grill (although, to be honest, it's really more a NEW Mexican Grill); they have a white sauce there called fundido that I am terribly addicted to. It's hot, but OH, so good, and I can't... stop... eating... even when my mouth is on fire and my sinuses have become VERY clear. All their food is pretty good, but it's definitely on the spicy side of spicy. Their carnitas are top-notch, too. (Not to mention their margaritas, although I didn't have one today.)

Yesterday we went looking for sandals, but found none; instead Barb got cute boots and a purse and I bought three more pair of sneakers (I have turned from "girly" into Ellen, apparently). Low-tops, this time, though, for summer wear. Because my work no longer requires much in the way of the BUSINESS part of business casual, I haven't gotten my feet used to wearing heels again, so when I DO wear heels, it's rather painful pressing on where the surgery was. How ironic, have the bunion removed and now my shoes fit better and I don't wear 'em.

I made up some Amish Friendship Bread this weekend, the starter having been given to me the usual ten days ago by a work friend. I forgot to give the new starters to people on Saturday night (although tiirz was the only one who seemed interested, I was sure I could eventually talk [Unknown LJ tag] and </lj> into taking one), so now I have four cups of starter. It's good bread, but that means eight loaves nine days from now, and that's beyond me. I need more friends. *g* One site I found said that starter can be safely frozen; I may try that.

I haven't updated my weight in some time because I haven't been able to do anything but hover between "wedding weight" (about 166-167) and 173 pounds. I did work out regularly last week, so if I can keep that up, I'll feel okay about things even if I can't seem to drop those pounds (although that would be very nice, too).

I've been trying to catch up with two weeks' worth of Craig Ferguson; I do love my Tivo, but sometimes things do stack up a little. I have to say, I adore Jim Parsons on this show; he's as much fun as himself as he is on Big Bang Theory. I'm only lucky that he's been in re-runs the last week, because while Tivo will for some reason helpfully record two-year-old episodes of House and Lost for me, I can't get it to record reruns of Psych or Craig unless I specifically program it to record them individually. I had meant to save the one with Gordon Ramsey, but alas, before I could get in to "recover" it after I accidentally deleted it, it vanished. The ways of Tivo are strange...

For what it's worth, I =KNOW= I have to market myself, put myself out there, get those submissions in, and develop the thick skin necessary for a professional writer if I really want to be published. These are things I know. When I whine on my LJ, I'm not looking for people to tell me these things, I'm venting my frustration and hoping for, at best, a comforting pat on the shoulder and a "there, there." When I can't get even friends and family to read my work, I get frustrated (seriously, when I won the SWW Award and proudly told my Mom, what I got back was, "Oh, I'm so proud. Did you know your {much younger} cousin Brooke just got her Doctorate and a very prestigious professor position at an Ivy League college?"). However, that doesn't mean I won't keep on trying; I just haven't in a while because I've run into a few dead ends. If my whining becomes annoying, skip over it. I don't mind.

So, in any case, I'm prepping The Long Way Home for this year's SWW Contest, and considering the next target for Ring of Fire, and wondering if, perhaps, the as-yet unnamed Book Three ought to be sent out first... just 'cause.

And that's it by me.

Dragon Site continues to be annoyingly down. You are saved from Dragons.


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Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
[hugs and support, and cheers for sneakers and New Mexican food]
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Although I somehow managed to GAIN three pounds yesterday... eek! :-)

Mar. 23rd, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
I wish I was close enough for you to give me starter -- I've been on a bread kick lately...
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
I wonder how well a frozen one would ship... (probably need dry ice or something)

Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
ah hell i still owe you feedback on that
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Well, I got on the writing kick again and have neglected to continue with MMoon (although I admit that some of the comments I saw on your Amazon page were similar to what I was thinking, so I think it'll shake down nicely with another re-write).
Mar. 24th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
no troubles there (and that's also my problem, working on that deadline that's next week!)

And I agree with some of the editorial comments myself so I have a feeling whatever you say will be in line with what I see as issues too

One of them I need to point out to DTB from Link. I made one 80's reference and they were all over that. Her stuff has so much pop culture reference in it
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
Well, heck, everyone's all over me every time they run into something from the early part of THIS DECADE -- the story's set in September 2003, there's a REASON for it... (I realize it's going to be historical by the time it's published, but if I change that, I'd have to change a lot of the basic story.)
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
nods. I did ask about that. I DID end up updating Machiavelli Moon, because even though it was stated several times it was 1994, two agents totally missed that and couldn't figure out why no one had cellphones and lap tops
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
That can be a problem. Of course, I had some readers tell me my title had nothing to do with my book (that based on reading the first three chapters, mind you). *sigh*

Mar. 24th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure my title has little to do with anything other than the Machiavellian politics...though I'm finding out many people have NO idea what I mean by that
Mar. 24th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I understand it, for heaven's sake!

Lord, sometimes around "normal people" I feel like Einstein, and I KNOW I'm not that smart...

Mar. 25th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Not one person in my family knew who Machiavelli was. That was the most heard question from family members who got the email about this contest...I'mlike god, how can you NOT know
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Among all the writers I know, you are already among those who are most pro-active and persistent in getting your work out there. You're doing all the right things, and one day there will be rewards and recognition! I sincerely believe that :) .

I'm still scared of the oven, but that bread was SO GOOD that I'm tempted. Maybe I should buy a pan, some ingredients, and head on over to pick up some of this mysterious "starter" stuff... ;) .

Even though I haven't been as consistent as possible, I feel like I've exercised more and eaten out less since the start of the New Year -- and I've only lost 2 pounds, which is really nothing, because I can actually drink 2 pounds worth of water pretty easily ;) . *sigh* I feel like I'm less flabby, though...That's something, isn't it?

Thank you both again for having me over -- it made a world of difference :) . I had forgotten what it felt like to laugh from the inside -- my face muscles felt kind of stiff the first couple of times! I mean, I've smiled plenty in the last months, but it was the "hello boss how are you I'm just peachy yes mind over matter!" smile, which I suspect uses different pathways...And emoticon smiles don't count ;) .
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I know I can do it. I just get discouraged easily!

Somehow I managed to regain almost all of the weight I've lost since the start of the year just this weekend, and I REALLY didn't eat that much, and I've been working out very diligently, so perhaps I'm not meant to lose "that last thirty pounds." (Although I REALLY would love to get into a few pair of pants I KNOW I can wear.)

It's an easy bread, really! :-)
Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I forgot to get a starter! Dang, my head is a mess lately!

Anyway, sympathy on teh marketing yourself; I'm having to do that myself, blech!
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I forgot, too. Insidious web videos! ANyway, I froze 'em, so I can bring one on Saturday (provided I remember), and it should be able to start from "day one" once it's thawed -- the website I found said it could be frozen for up to a week, then taken out and brought to room temperature before doing anything with it. We can at least try and see if that works! (If it kills the yeast, I'll make sure to get you one from the NEXT batch!)
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