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Catching Up and Going Onward

I had it in mind, the last time I posted, to actually keep up with this blog and post on a regular basis again. Alas, this fell by the way as this last week I was not only working the late shift, but also training the new class, and I've been kept on my feet for four days in a row. I'm not used to that! Back when I worked in retail I could do it with no trouble, but by Wednesday night I actually had blisters on my feet!

This was actually all right, because my class consists of some good trainees who understand common phrases and simple language, so it went very well. One more day (Monday, since today was a holiday), and then I'm back on my normal shift and we shall see if I can further my blogging aims.

I have started on Camp NaNoWriMo, trying to put together the one I failed back in 2010 with its successful second try into one consolidated story/book of a manageable size. The first try I didn't get into the meat of the story, the second try I wasted a LOT of words just babbling - now I'm cutting down that second try but keeping the characters I created and putting in the the bare-bones original story, including my favorite opening line, "His apartment looked out over the graveyard." Since I'm combining two separate manuscripts and doing a lot of editing, it's harder to keep track of the words actually written, but I have a starting point from that first manuscript (the one I'm working in), so I'll know how much I "add."

Day off today. I wanted to make a few things, but we went out shopping, which reminded my feet they weren't completely recovered yet from the week. I'm exhausted and sitting here watching Cowboy Bebop and considering all the things I'd LIKE to be doing, including finally giving up and getting rid of all the pants that don't fit me and, let's face it, will likely never fit me again. I don't see me getting into a size 10 again, much less a size 8. I kept thinking that getting rid of them was "giving up," but I'm barely in size 12 at the moment, so...

I am exercising - that Planet Fitness membership has not been in vain. It's just not doing for me what it did just five years ago.

Ah, three-day weekend. It even rained a little. We got some more Mexican tile for the front windowsill. The dining room windows came out well (and needed it, since the paint had been badly scratched by a certain C-A-T). I need to take some pictures.

I'm reading The Pickwick Papers for the first time - just one of those Dickens novels I hadn't gotten to before (there're a few others I still need to finish), and I thought to myself, "There has to be a great BBC version of this, there is of just about every other Dickens novel!" So I went looking for one, and found just one, from the early 80's, and it's only available in a collection of other BBC Dickens adaptations, not for rent anywhere. Dang it. There's like four hundred versions of Oliver Twist available, I'd have thought everyone would want to do Pickwick, it's such a delightful story! So I stuck it on my wish list. Maybe someday I'll get to see how they handled it. I just want to see Sam Weller in action.

Saw some new pictures from the upcoming Doctor Who season - Capaldi is looking a lot more comfortable in the role. I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with -- I WANT him to be a great Doctor, and I'm still not 100% on board with him. Rumors are flying thick and heavy about River Song, which would make me VERY happy, but I'll believe it when I see it (or at least see some production stills).

It is hot in Phoenix. Very, very hot. (Actually, it's humid right now, and this is the time of year when "dry heat" means 102 degrees of temperature with 30% humidity - I know that doesn't sound like much, but when coupled with the triple digits, it's pretty soupy. We're still gonna do a little cooking out on Sunday, but tomorrow we're going out for dim sum, provided the restaurant's open (it should be).

And then I wander off and make soft pretzels (King Arthur's mix) and realize I still haven't posted this. That's what comes of only posting every so often. LiveJournal just sent me a survey asking why I haven't been on in a long time. Hey, I log in every day to read my friends' posts, and I comment all the time. WTF, LJ?


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Jul. 4th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
eep to work

Good luck with the nano.It's a lot like what I'm doing with the Vegas Vampires, piecing stuff together. It's a lot harder than you think it'll be then it moves into the realm of OMG why am I doing this?

I would love to see River back. I hope this season is better. I wantedto like Capaldi's Doctor and I just didn't.
Jul. 4th, 2015 04:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! Good luck to you, too. (I know why I'm doing it - I like the story, and I WANT it to work!)

I wanted to like him, too, and most of the time I just... didn't. Not sure why.

Jul. 4th, 2015 04:53 am (UTC)
thanks. Same here. I've been trying to get this stupid story right for 20 years. It's TIME.

same here. I think it was the darkness of the stories, so many places everyone seemed OOC. I just didn't like it
Jul. 4th, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
That makes me feel a little better about Ring of Fire -- only 12 years.... :P

Jul. 5th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
hahahaha yeah I started this story in New Orleans (it's original setting) in 1993. OUCH
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:11 am (UTC)
Yikes. The main way to pinpoint RoF is, of course, the death of Johnny Cash. (Which I just can't take out - it means too much to the story!)
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:17 am (UTC)
Yes, true. I was easily able to move and update mine since i had no such keystones. At the rate we're going our stories will be 'retro' before we ever finish them.

Machiavelli Moon is! It's set in 1995
Jul. 4th, 2015 12:26 pm (UTC)

I have the envies right now.
Jul. 4th, 2015 05:21 pm (UTC)
They came out pretty well! I can wholeheartedly recommend the mix - I'm going to get it again and see if I can make pretzel rolls from it. Yum!
Jul. 4th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
I have only seen King Arthur flour at one store in town - the most expensive grocery store. So they might possibly have the pretzel mix...
Jul. 4th, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
Jul. 4th, 2015 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well. That could be a Thing...
Jul. 4th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
Yikes for heat and aching feet, but yay for you.
Jul. 4th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Maybe I'll recover here one of these days...!

Jul. 4th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
It's been hot/humid here too (it's relative and we have no AC so it's hot baby!). I can't even imagine baking in this heat (no AC).

I got that same survey and I log in every day too. Weird.

They are running re-runs of season 2 (10!!!!) on Disney XD every afternoon. I catch them when I get home from yoga. Ahhhh, 10; he'll always be my Doctor!
Jul. 4th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Phoenix would not be the metropolis it is without air conditioning!

One of these days I may be able to bear Ten again. I'd like to, because there were some grand stories there... but Journey's End and End of Time still hurt.

Jul. 4th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched those two yet. I couldn't bear it. Hence, 10 is still The Doctor! Bwahahahahaha.
Jul. 6th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
I don't recommend either, so you're probably lucky! :D

(But since I watched 'em all as they came out, I grafted onto 11, and he became My Doctor!) :)

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Jul. 8th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
I didn't even think about YouTube! I can stream it through my Tivo, so I CAN watch it on TV. Thanks!

I'm almost done with the book, and it's such a delight, I do want to watch it. But I stuck the collection it's on on my Amazon wish list anyway.

I think it's too old, too.

I love videos of cats & dogs together (even when I have it in my own house live!).
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