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When the brain works

'Tis a good thing. Today I was doing something inconsequential at work and suddenly the comments I've gotten and the scenes I've been pondering in my Billy the Kid story A Long Way Home clicked, and while I have yet to open my word processor this evening, I now know what I'm going to do to fix the opening chapters! Woot!

I like my new yarn. I have to find a better yarn place here (Joann's is nice, but the selection usually consists of Red Heart and Caron--good, but not great); there's a wonderful place in Scottsdale, but alas, it has Scottsdale prices. I was poking around on the web and found some beautiful wool and silk blends, but some ran as much as $15 a skein. I have to have a project in mind before I put down that kind of money (not that I have any money right now; not until Friday, and most of that is already earmarked).

When we were at Epcot, I saw this wine in "Germany":

I can't recall exactly, but I believe it was somewhere on the order of $25+ per bottle (I'm thinking it was just this side of affordable, and I decided against getting any). I found it at Total Wine for $13.99. It's a German Riesling. They also have a Pinot Noir (I think; something red, anyway).

I'm getting acid reflux again. I really need to get to working out again; it never bothered me when I was more active, but between being sick, overtime, vacation, and holidays, the workout time is what has been sacrificed.

Timely geek humor. Read the "next" strip, too.

I'm actually corresponding with a real author. Carole Nelson Douglas wrote me a quick note when I "fanned" her on Good Reads, and we've been exchanging notes. She offers encouragement on writing, and I updated her on some Vegas attractions. It's neat.

I don't have anything new, alas, so we'll go back to Castaway Cay for a moment...


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
I've been having problems with acid reflux, too, but I think it'll probably go away once I start dieting and lose weight in the new year.

Stupid insomnia, though... :-(
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
'Tis true, I haven't been eating the best. Fortunately, Barb reminds me of things like vegetables...

Poor Maggie! {hugs}
Dec. 29th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hugs and good cheer sent your way -- and no acid reflux. :-)
Dec. 30th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Much better today! I just have to stop eating like a holiday-dazed piglet!

Dec. 29th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Nexium is my best friend. I can't live without it. Well... I COULD, but don't like to.

As far as yarn is concerned, I love the selection on hobbylobby.com. Their generic worsted yarn, "I Love This Yarn," is a much softer version of the Caron Red Heart and still incredibly cheap. I also suggest e-bay. And both Caron.com and Lionbrand.com sell yarn directly. Also, Lionbrand.com has an amazing selection of free patterns. I tend to take theirs and change the yarn around to something cheaper. (I'm so behind in knitting Christmas gifts. My mom will probably get her shawl just as the season changes and it's too hot to use it.)
Dec. 30th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
When I was very heavy I lived on Nexium (or actually whatever it was the first such drug that was prescription-free), but when I lost all the weight the acid reflux went away. I've gained back a few pounds since I was sick back in October because I haven't been exercising and I've been eating like a holiday-dazed piglet. Hopefully once things settle down I can get back to a routine and drop the excess!

I wish there was a Hobby Lobby somewhere nearby here! I have checked some places online, but where I could find yarn in the weight I wanted, I couldn't find the colors -- and it's harder to match colors on the screen to what they are in person. I was looking for Lamb's Pride "wild mustard," but couldn't find it anywhere (they seem to have replaced it with "lemon drop," which appears to be a brighter yellow, but I really can't tell).

I might check Hobby Lobby online, though. Just to see! (As soon as I have money again, LOL!)
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