31 October 2011

Bring it November!

Tomorrow is the big day. The start of NaNoWriMo 2011 and I can't wait!

Last was my first attempt at the challenge and I fell short. Way short. Approximately 33000 words short of the 50000 word goal. But this year I'm am going to finish.

Of course finishing the project might be a little easier if I actually had a plan in terms of what I am going to write. I've had a story bouncing around in my head for a few months now that I had originally thought would be used for this project. I feel like it is time to commit it to paper and now would be the perfect time to do just that. It's a fluffy romantic comedy  where undoubtedly the girl ends up with the guy. A real "this'll never happen in real life" fiction piece. But then there is this other story I have in my head--decidedly darker, a little scarier, a little more closer to real life. I'm just not sure I'm sold on the idea of of spending a month of my life forcing myself into some dark places and facing some demons from my past.

As with most things these days, I'll most likely wing it and it'll end up being a combination of the two stories which will be hashed out when I sit down tomorrow evening to get things started.

Begin by Todd Carey

Somehow I missed the release of this song way back in May, but it's a good. In fact, I'm not sure there are any songs on Todd's albums that I skip over when they come on.

Plus, he has a new Christmas song out as well which might just help get this Grinch into the holiday spirit.

30 October 2011

Rule #185 of Being a Lady

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

The Rule of Ladies

26 October 2011

The More You Know

  • I already knew it, but confirmed on Monday that David Sedaris is a bloody genius. He writes the way I wish I could write.
  • Two weeks until Chuck Klosterman!
  • The bigger the thunderstorm the better.
  • T-Minus 5 days until NaNoWriMo.
  • No matter how much you want to, you can never go back. 
  • I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately. There is definitely a shift/metamorphosis coming on and I'm not sure folks are going to like it. 

17 October 2011

So In Love

This is the ultimate love song that I may or may not have dreamed about last night along with a certain baseball player. Yeah. It was awesome.

16 October 2011

Rule #180 of Being a Lady

Fall in love when you are ready, not when you are lonely.

The Rules of Ladies

The Week In Review........

  • It was not the way I wanted to celebrate my birthday last night, but I shall be the better person and congratulate the Texas Rangers in their win against the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS. With the exception of last nights game, it really was a great series of some well played baseball by both teams.
  • Speaking of my birthday, I was overwhelmed by all the well wishes from friends and family. It was greatly appreciated! 
  • In most of the "So you want to be a vegetarian" books there has been a section devoted to over coming "the wall" that a lot of folks hit somewhere between 45 and 60 days. That wall is currently starting me in the face. I love that I am feeling MUCH better (I'm sleeping like a dream, my stomach problems are nearly non-existent and some of the symptoms from my PCOS are already starting to lessen) but I'm so over the nightly struggle to figure out what to make for dinner and lunches have been a NIGHTMARE (I love me some potatoes but I'm going to turn into one if I'm not careful). I mean, I've been doing a lot of experimenting and trying new things (I made a stew with parsnips and rutabaga this weekend for the first time!) which is fine, but there is always this little nagging voice in the back of my head warning me that it might taste like poo (kind of like the lunch "meat" I purchased last weekend---gnawing on a piece of cardboard should give the same results) and that it would be much easier to run to the store and pick up a package of chicken breasts to have with my salad. But easier isn't always better nor is it healthier, so I'm going to keep plugging away eating my kale and tofu, knowing that what doesn't kill me will make my stronger. I suppose in this case that would literally be true. 
  • Friday at her annual vet check up, it was discovered Sadie has a too-mah which will need to be removed. Surgery/day at the doggy spa in 2 weeks. 
  • That's really all I've got for the week. I just don't like leaving lists with less than five items. It's an OCD thing.

14 October 2011

Friday Favorites: The Big D

I've missed a few weeks, but after losing a whole heck of a lot of sleep this week, I have the perfect favorite thing to share this time around.....my love for the Detroit Tigers.

Any baseball fan will tell you, few things are better than an exciting game from your favorite team, especially when those games are played in the post season. And the last week of games from the Tigers as they battle the Texas Rangers in the ALCS have been (mostly) exciting.

I don't remember becoming a Detroit Tigers fan. I've just always been one. The televised games were constantly on at our house and when a television wasn't near by the AM broadcast could be heard in the background of summer afternoons.

When I was 12, my dad took my brother and me to Tigers Stadium for our first game. I will never forget that afternoon while we sat in our seats and watched the Tigers play a game against the Angles secretly hoping to snag a foul ball. I don't remember who won (I'm sure I have the program with the score tucked away somewhere) but I do remember grinning from ear to ear through the entire game. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget and it was all that it took to cemented my love for the team.

Over the years, my dad and I have traveled from our sleepy little town in norther Michigan to Detroit to watch the Tigers play. We been to some pretty great moments in Tigers history--the last game played at Tigers Stadium, Alan Trammell's last game as a player and his first game as a manager and some not so great moments, most notably the ridiculously awful 2003 season where they went 43-119. We traveled first to Tiger Stadium and then to Comerica Park and even traveled to other cities to watch them as the visiting team. But through it all, when others were abandoning the team for better players, better teams and better seasons, my dad and I stuck with the Tigers, a team (which for me) exemplifies the meaning of working hard and refusing to buckle under pressure.

Now, nearly twenty years later, to see the Tigers forcing game 6 in the ALCS, is almost like a dream (no, I have forgotten about their trip to the World Series in 2006). After seeing so many losing seasons it's a place you hoped they'd eventually be and here they are and I couldn't be more excited about it. I can't wait to see how the boys of summer play this weekend and will hopefully be able to celebrate their trip to this years World Series.

10 October 2011

Lost Myself In Search of You

I've found myself relating a little too closely to this song again which makes it the perfect choice for Music Monday.

09 October 2011

Advice I Wish I'd Received

A photographer whom I greatly admire and has been wicked supportive of my photography shared this the other day. It's a quote from Ira Glass that I wish I would have been given a long time ago.

07 October 2011

Random Notes of the Week

  • I can no longer party like a rock star.
  • Thank you Detroit Tigers for not breaking my heart. Bring it Rangers!
  • Sometimes all you need is a note from a friend to turn things around and make you smile.
  • NaNoWriMo starts in 24 days. I can't wait!!
  • Yep.....I'm a girl and I've got kinda big boobs. You're just going to have to deal with it.
  • I am officially taking myself off all my meds. It's just not working for me anymore and it's time time try something else.

03 October 2011


First things first.....

This song totally creeps me out, but for whatever reason I've listened to it on near constant repeat the last three or four days because of the line Suddenly I'm in over my head and I can hardly breathe

Thanks for reading!

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