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!

Feeling Good On A Wednesday

Lookie here. I started this post at like 9 this morning and here it is 4 in the afternoon and I’m just getting to it. And do you know why? Because WORK! And this time, that is not a complaint.

I’m on day 8 of this gig and the training wheels are pretty much off. They love that I pick up stuff quickly (Me saying that I did was probably one of the reasons that they made me an offer in the first place. Me getting in there and doing it is somehow still blowing them away.) and am willing to just jump in and try to work out what I don’t already know. But yeah, feeling good on a Wednesday, right Randy? Ya ya ya.

So, Friday is the first of the month and the beginning of another year of NaNoWriMo. I’ve been aware of this for probably at least ten years now. I think I’ve started it maybe three times and never done more than maybe 1,000 words. Not this year, baby! This is my year. As much as I hate, and have hated creating an outline for any writing project since all the way back of the days of Mrs. Cocciolone (Mrs. C, if you’re reading this by some odd chance, thank you for just being you and encouraging me to be me. Also, sorry for the swearing, lol.). This is why the grand majority of my writing is stream of consciousness and sometimes doesn’t make sense. I mean, have you been inside my head? Of course not, you’d probably walk away once you were out and never turn back. It’s a maze in there, folks. Also amazing, but a maze too. 50,000 words is the goal through the month of November. I’m going to try not to be all, edit, re-edit, that doesn’t sound right, oh fuck all this noise. I promised myself I would do this one. I have a title. I even have cover art ready to go in my head for which I would gladly commission an artist to put on paper. Do I think it’s gonna be all best seller? Like I’m gonna be the black, female Stephen King of funny? Nope. But it’s gonna be good.

Know what else? I’m exercising and I’m stretching and I’m dancing and I’m gonna perform in December. Song selected. Possible outfit selected. Although I have to actually get it and try it on and make sure that there will be no costume malfunctions. I mean, I won’t get banned like Janet, but still. And who can tell me this doesn’t match perfectly for a country-type song and that I won’t be the cutest mf-er around in this? *cue the Keith Sweat* NOBODY!

Country cute

Well, friends, I gotta scoot. If you see me all goofing around come mid-November, please feel free to ask me how the book is coming along or how my choreography is coming along. I need a kick in the pants as much as the next person. Til then, peace, love, and hair grease.

On Reiki And Writing

Oh HAI there! Oh yeah, I have a blog. Two days before NaNoWriMo seems like the perfect time to make myself write a little bit to get the words flowing, no? In case you don’t want to click the link, NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been saying I’m gonna do this for at least five years, but this year, I’m going to give it a more concerted effort. I have a story in mind along with a title…just no ending. Weeeee! Title: Trifecta. Boom.

About a month ago, I saw a Groupon/Living Social/Bloomspot/any and everybody giving me discounts deal for a massage. I always look at those because I always need a massage. The price was right for the time so I looked at the website to see if there would be anything I actually wanted. None of them were the deep tissue/trigger point massage that I love, but one was something new – Reiki. I’ve read some about it before and figured that I would go ahead and give it a shot.

So, off I went yesterday to Centennial (it’s around a 45 minute drive..thank goodness for GPS and XM to keep me company) for my session. I didn’t really know what to expect; I just wanted to keep an open mind. The practitioner (is that what they’re called?) was a super nice lady. We sat and chatted before the session about the things that she would do during.  One of the most interesting things that she said at that point was that she would be emitting (not her word but I can’t remember what her word was) energy for me to absorb and that I should try to take it in. But more the part where she said not to worry about stealing her energy as she puts up barriers. Interesting.

I can’t tell you what all happened because a lot of the time, I was drifting in and out. Not of sleep, per se, but maybe not fully in my body? I don’t really know how to explain it. In the end, it wasn’t a massage by what you and I probably think, but it was very relaxing nevertheless. Two specific things happened during the session for me: again, the drifting in and out (although I could always hear her voice) and this ridiculous, uncomfortable, almost painful line across my forehead.  Apparently, two specific things happened for her as well: she visualized a hummingbird that was flitting around, seemingly curious as to what she was doing, and she visualized a ladybug sitting on my pen as I wrote.

At one point, I picked my head up to try to reposition it as I thought maybe there was an odd fold in the sheet or something, but it didn’t help. Actually, nothing helped and it was sore for a few minutes after I sat up. I checked the head/face rest to see if there was indeed a fold, but it was smooth. To this, I was told that I have messengers that are trying to tell me things. Look, I have enough dead relatives to believe that one of them is trying to tell me something.

It was easier to find things about ladybugs. Seriously. Try searching visualizations about ladybugs as opposed to hummingbirds. Big difference. Any who, in a nutshell, ladybugs symbolize, among other things, five more commas. Also, they’re about getting out of your own damned way and allowing your possibilities to manifest. Seeing as how it was sitting on top of a pen, I’m gonna move forward with confidence that I can write this frigging book and maybe it even be a hit! NaNoWriMo, here I come!

Happy Halloween and stuff

Well, well.  Here we are at the end of the month.  Here I am ironing a toga to wear to work today.  With shorts.  And leg warmers.  And a jacket.  Inside.  Because no matter how much the people change, it seems that office coldness never does.  But cold and happy is always better than cold and miserable.  And everything is better with chicken and veggies in the crock pot for dinner.

End of the month also means looking back at what I posted at the beginning of the month so let’s see:

  • Continue on with the P90X.  One week in and I’m going strong.  Strong and sore. – Okay, I didn’t do phenomenally on this one, BUT, I did make it to the gym probably close to 15 times this month.  Seeing as how I’m still paying for going to the gym whether I go or not, I’m calling this one a win.
  • NaNoPlaMo – otherwise known as National Novel Planning Month.  I’ll be trying to head on back to Mrs. C’s eigth grade English class to outline the book I’ll be writing in November. – Unfortunately, this one was pretty much an utter failure.  I’m not necessarily surprised because I’ve never been an outline writer.  I just sit down and put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard as the case may be).   Come the end of November, we’ll see if not outlining was a help or a hindrance.
  • Zumba – I need to put together at least one class so I could sub in emergencies. – This is not done.  I don’t really know where I thought I would find the time.  Still needs to be done but I’ll kind of combine it into something else for next month.
  • Teach/assist at least 4 classes – Not quite.  But that’s ok.  There are only so many opportunities to teach in a month.  This gets knocked out of the park next month, easily.
  • Read two books that have been sitting on my shelf.  Both start with ‘w’. – Damn, failure again.  Reading is just going to have to fall off of my to-do lists for a little while.
  • Stretch!  Try for 3 times a week. – This one is actually good.  I really wanted to be in that front split by the end of October (I almost typed Coctober, lol) but the last few inches are always the toughest.  A few times this month I thought I felt my back leg touch the floor so I’m good with that.  I’ll just keep at it.  It isn’t as though I’m 18 and trying to force my body to do something it’s only done once EVER.  And that was by accident out of sheer terror.
  • Pole.  Home or studio, but at least 3 times a week. – Did pretty good with this one.  Usually home on Thursday and studio on Tuesday and Saturday.  It’ll switch up locations next month, but we’ll keep the intensity and maybe add a day.
  • No minds – This cannot even be judged.  But I’ll say that I”m getting better.
I guess I’m running at about 50% for the month.  For November I either need to be more motivated or I need to not try to do so much.  Which way will I go? If you don’t know, you just don’t know.  What should I try to do in November?
  • NaNoWriMo – Yes, actually write this novel.  It is started.  It just needs a twist perhaps.  And an ending maybe.  There are just so many ways the story could go.  Quite fortunately, I will have a LOT of free time this month since we’re taking a trip to Florida.  I see several mornings of squirrel watching on the porch with my laptop and a cup of coffee.  This is the year I do it!
  • Teach – I am on the schedule!!  November brings me four classes (would be 5 were it not for traveling). I just need to bring the funk to class and make sure that I give the ladies their money’s worth in the form of a nice workout, perhaps learning something new, and walking away with a smile.
  • Zumba – I need to do something with this.  I can’t say what just yet.  One or two of you know what I’m thinking.  I just need to get it all together.
  • Stretch – Still want that split.  Maybe I should push this one out to be by my birthday.  I’m sure giving myself an extra 9 days past the end of the month will do the trick. <insert eye roll here>
I’m going to leave it at that because it’s still a lot.  Might not seem like it, but I also don’t really feel like you want to know what I’m doing at every moment of every day.  And if I tell you, that might create a stalker.  Hahahahahaha, oh come on, not really.  I’m not that interesting. 🙂
I’m off.  May your day be full of treats and very few tricks.  I’m on to costume two because costume one is not work (at least not office work) appropriate.  Look at my Facebook photos to see it.  Have a great Monday!

Here I go again

Yes, boys and girls, it is once again time to Bring It! P90X style.  With only about 3 months until the second incarnation of this sheer torture is released, I thought it would be a great time to tune up for it with the first program.  Once again, I’ll be running the Lean program as I’m not overly interested in bulking up like a gorilla.  Again.

Day 1 – Core Synergistics

So, either I’m not as terribly out of shape as I thought I was, or it’s just the P90X trickery of thinking, oh, this won’t be so bad.  Seeing as how I’ve done this before, I know it’s gonna be bad.  But the results are SO worth it.  As much as I love the kickboxing, it just won’t do everything that the X will do.  I’m very excited to gain the strength back that I had after the last round.

The most difficult part, for me, of the X, is eating.  There’s so much food to be eaten!  I’m not following the diet to the letter because I have additional workouts.  I have to eat a little more so that I don’t collapse.  This morning wasn’t too tough because I was actually hungry.  Realistically, this isn’t more than we would eat on a Sunday morning, it’s just different….and a little more health conscious.  It is suggested to have all of these different things, but I find it easiest to just pick a breakfast and a lunch and have it all week and then switch it up.

This week, breakfast includes: scrambled egg whites with baby spinach and Roma tomato, a glass of skim milk, half a grapefruit, and a cup of coffee.  This week’s lunch: turkey sammiches with a couple of Wheat Thin flatbread crackers.  Let’s not forget some snacks: lowfat mozzarella and protein shakes.  That’s a lot of food throughout the day and then there’s dinner.  It sounds like a lot, but there will be times where I’ll still be hungry.  I love it!

And then there was everything else.

Work is still trucking right along.  My replacement has accepted and now we just wait for the HR processes to do their thing.  My position has to be posted internally as a technicality and then I think the offer letter goes out.   I’m guessing that she’ll start in another week or two, max.

The pole apprenticeship is rawkin out.  Tomorrow evening, I’ll be teaching my first class.  I’m still in the preparatory phases on that one although I have it roughly mapped out in my head.  The playlist for class is done.  I just hope that my new students enjoy the style of class that I want to give to them: calm, relaxing, empowering, and fun.

Looking forward, there’s more work, more working out, more pole, more food, more football (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!), and more writing..hopefully.

Some of the ladies in my pole community were discussing not only NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November, but also the less official NaNoPlaMo (National Novel Planning Month) in October.  I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for several years now but haven’t participated.  I think this is my year.  Why not be able to say by my 38th birthday, “I wrote a novel”?  Technically, I think I may be slightly cheating because I’ve started this novel, but I really want to finish it and have people reading it on the beach on vacation.

Now that you know way more than you wanted to about what’s going on in my life, I’ll be signing off.  Until tomorrow…..BRING IT!