Welcome To November. We’ve Got Fun And Games.

I simply couldn’t help myself, ok? Plus, it IS the first of November and (hopefully..crossing fingers, toes, legs, eyes) we are going to get some rain today. I get it that a lot of folks are dealing with the cold and rain and in some places snow right now. I’ve been there and I’ve done that for more than half of my life. But I’m in a different world now (called Florida, where we just got a new resident that makes me want to barf up a lung) and it was SEVENTY-FIVE FUCKING DEGREES at 6:30 this morning. And that’s not even counting how much worse it felt considering the humidity. So, yeah, come on through rain, because it usually means it’s gonna cool down a little bit at this time of year. It just shouldn’t be this warm at this time of day at this time of year. Anywhoooo….

It’s officially NaNoWriMo time. I’ve read about a lot of different approaches to getting it done like write every day for a set period of time/number of words/number of pages. I feel like weekends are gonna be my time to push out all the words. Although it might truly feel less daunting if I did the number of words per day kind of thing. 1667 words per day would do the trick. It’s only the first so I may still try to take that route, but maybe I’ll just try to make sure that I’ve hit a certain word count by the end of each week. Better yet, I may do 10 day increments. I like structure but not so much pressure.

If it’s been a while since your high school or college days of writing papers, you might not even realize how tough it can be to put down a thousand words. I mean, in this post, I’m barely grazing 300 words at this point. Granted, it’s just my stream of consciousness ramblings, and I think (hope) it’ll come easier when I’m a little more focused on a topic, but still, recognize the effort. Really. Open up Word and try to put down 750 words. Less than half of my daily goal. You’ll see. It isn’t as easy as you might think. And it certainly doesn’t take anywhere near as long to read it as it does to write it.

Speaking of reading, I know I’ve mentioned it before, but for my reader friends who haven’t ponied up for Kindle Unlimited (which I haven’t and I’m not gonna because first they don’t usually have things I’m interested in and second what I’m gonna say after this), I suggest you go to BookBub.com. Every day, I get an email with about 10 books to choose from. Some are free, most are inexpensive. I don’t recall seeing one for more than five bucks. They’re all e-books, in case you didn’t realize that part. You can even choose the genres you want to get to choose from in your daily email. This email alone is the reason I have over 500 books on my Kindle. And I’m coming for them in March when we go on vacation. I foresee a week of ocean breezes, mimosas, and my nose in a book. When I’m not being social, of course, since this particular vacation will have in attendance (in addition to hubby) my mom, hubby’s BFF and his lady friend, their combined three kiddos, BFF’s sister and her gentleman friend, and I think a couple that I don’t know well if at all. I can’t wait because it’s been about eight years since we’ve been on a real vacation since I do not count going to the mountains for a long weekend.

I really have to get moving here, but I want to leave you with one funny. My gym buddies here in the complex are 4 older gentlemen. They do the treadmill or the bike while I lift. I haven’t been over there in a while because there’s no pull-up bar there and I need it for my current workout. Anyway, I went in today and as I was arriving, one buddy was leaving. Today, he had his wife with him. She looked ALL kinds of irate that he knew me/spoke to me. Like, didn’t even hide the disdain in her voice when I could clearly hear her as they were walking out the door. I just chuckle to myself. Why? Um, look, lady. Your husband is a nice guy and all, but I have my own man and don’t want yours. You know, since mine is still in shape and isn’t old enough to be my dad. Carry on! It’s the freakin weekend baby, go have some fun!