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I think I like this getting sleep thing.

Got caught up on the five history lessons we were behind on for the month (mostly due to me being out of it from the dental work, but also 2 sick days T had) including finishing the essay on FDR that is T's spring writing sample.  Wanted to do that before Disneyland, so check.

Got caught up on dishes.  Almost got caught up on laundry.

Wrote 2500 words on The Watchmaker's Daughter.  Have to take a break because the conversation between Rose and Martha got very powerful and I got teary.  Will defnitely finish this chapter tonight though.  I'm not entirely sure this won't expand beyond ten chapters.  Maybe to twelve.  Ten was always a guess based on the outline anyway.  I have to finish writing the Pete, Joan, and John Smith part.  I opened the chapter with Rose and Martha and wrote all that, but I think I actually want to open it with Pete, so will probably stick it at the start.  Pete's part probably won't be quite as emotional as Rose's part.  Plus I still have to get into Martha's head since everything I wrote was from Rose's POV and Martha has to be reeling as much as Rose.  They'll be okay though.  No hating on each other.

I'm on day 2 of the Paleo Diet.  So far so good.
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One of the problems with having a productive garden in the summer is that it can be hard to keep up with it, especially when it is hot. Today I picked 1 gallon of raspberries and 2 gallons of blueberries, probably 3 if you count what I fed to the super demanding chicken flock. They are not shy at all about asking for blueberries. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much, considering the newbies are starting to lay eggs. Finally earning their keep! I have barely made a dent in the blueberries, either. I could probably pick another 5 gallons tomorrow and the next day and still have some left to do. Plus there are tons of red and green ones still. The raspberries won't be ready again to pick for 3 or 4 days. I picked the blackberries yesterday and I think I've got a week before I need to pick those again.

A lot to do )
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One of the problems with having a productive garden in the summer is that it can be hard to keep up with it, especially when it is hot. Today I picked 1 gallon of raspberries and 2 gallons of blueberries, probably 3 if you count what I fed to the super demanding chicken flock. They are not shy at all about asking for blueberries. I suppose I shouldn't complain too much, considering the newbies are starting to lay eggs. Finally earning their keep! I have barely made a dent in the blueberries, either. I could probably pick another 5 gallons tomorrow and the next day and still have some left to do. Plus there are tons of red and green ones still. The raspberries won't be ready again to pick for 3 or 4 days. I picked the blackberries yesterday and I think I've got a week before I need to pick those again.

A lot to do )
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Was up late last night working on Vortex. I sent chapter 36 off to beta before I went to bed. I'm working on chapter 37 today and the rate at which I am going I may finish that today. I have to pick up [livejournal.com profile] thetesh, aka Chris, from the aiport tonight at midnight. It'll be nice to have him home again, though he very well may melt from the heat we're having. I doubt I'll have trouble getting him to go to the pool while he's home this time.

Speaking of the pool, last night it was pretty empty and I got in my 26 laps and all of my physical therpay exercises in. I am doing really well with the exercise right now and the scale keeps going down. At this rate I'll be at or near my goal before we go to Disneyland in March. I am hoping to not have to rent a scooter for my knee this trip so I am trying to build it up strong with exercise well before it's time to go. Swimming is the easiest on my body, but I am starting to walk more for exercise now. We're going to try a hike in the nearby park and see how I do while Chris is home.

And next week we are going to the Pacific Science Center to see the King Tut Exhibit. I am really excited about that. I saw it once in the 70's when I was a little kid. We went on a school field trip and I remember being amazed and awed by all the gold and lapis lazuli. I still think that lapis is one of the reasons blue is often my favorite color (sometimes it's dark red or purple). I always come back to tones like that, though.

Update on T )

Well, enough chit chat from me. Back to Vortex. I am determined to finish that story this month. Keep your fingers crossed that the muses stay with me.
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Was up late last night working on Vortex. I sent chapter 36 off to beta before I went to bed. I'm working on chapter 37 today and the rate at which I am going I may finish that today. I have to pick up [livejournal.com profile] thetesh, aka Chris, from the aiport tonight at midnight. It'll be nice to have him home again, though he very well may melt from the heat we're having. I doubt I'll have trouble getting him to go to the pool while he's home this time.

Speaking of the pool, last night it was pretty empty and I got in my 26 laps and all of my physical therpay exercises in. I am doing really well with the exercise right now and the scale keeps going down. At this rate I'll be at or near my goal before we go to Disneyland in March. I am hoping to not have to rent a scooter for my knee this trip so I am trying to build it up strong with exercise well before it's time to go. Swimming is the easiest on my body, but I am starting to walk more for exercise now. We're going to try a hike in the nearby park and see how I do while Chris is home.

And next week we are going to the Pacific Science Center to see the King Tut Exhibit. I am really excited about that. I saw it once in the 70's when I was a little kid. We went on a school field trip and I remember being amazed and awed by all the gold and lapis lazuli. I still think that lapis is one of the reasons blue is often my favorite color (sometimes it's dark red or purple). I always come back to tones like that, though.

Update on T )

Well, enough chit chat from me. Back to Vortex. I am determined to finish that story this month. Keep your fingers crossed that the muses stay with me.
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So I went to the salon this morning after not having gotten a haircut in probably a year. I basically went from this:

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with all it's control and manageability (HA!) to this:

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only parted in the middle and about 2 inches longer and my natural reddish brown with a bit of grey. My head feels so light and this should help with the headaches I've been having. I swear she cut off a pound of hair. Tonight I'll wash out all the product she put in (no more 4 hours to dry naturally!) and then tomorrow I will color it so it will be reddish brown without the grey. I haven't colored it in over a year, because it would have taken 3 boxes and more patience than I have.
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So I went to the salon this morning after not having gotten a haircut in probably a year. I basically went from this:

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with all it's control and manageability (HA!) to this:

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only parted in the middle and about 2 inches longer and my natural reddish brown with a bit of grey. My head feels so light and this should help with the headaches I've been having. I swear she cut off a pound of hair. Tonight I'll wash out all the product she put in (no more 4 hours to dry naturally!) and then tomorrow I will color it so it will be reddish brown without the grey. I haven't colored it in over a year, because it would have taken 3 boxes and more patience than I have.

Update

Sep. 8th, 2011 10:05 pm
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Are other people still having trouble editing on LJ posts?  Particularly those of you using Rich text format.  I'm having trouble changes things once I preview them.  Well, I change them, then I hit preview, then it shows it's still there even though it's not on the posting screen.  I published it anyway the other day and even though I'd taken out the whole comm title completely and just shortened it to TTU, what I'd originally written with the extra little head between the u and the s of then_theres_us (my original typo was still there).  I hesitate to post fic when I'm ready, because invariably, even with three people looking at it we all miss a tihng or two that gets into the published version.  If I can't go back and fix it it is going to drive me nuts.  Are these problems happening in html?  Because I may very well have to finish teaching myself html if that is not because I'm sick of it.

Day 2 of the diet went okay.  I have a headache from carb withdrawal and I took a nap in the middle of the morning from 10 to 12 because I was all foggy headed.  Much better at this end of the day.  Still have a bit of the headache but it has reduced by half.

Someone sent me one of those glowing letters I sometimes get through Teaspoon's mailing system to praise some stories I had written forever ago.  Make me happy to see they still hold up in someone's eyes.  Feedback like that is always such a wonderful surprise and it really lights me up.  It also leads to so many things.  That's how I met Amy who eventually became my first beta.  And how I met Victoria as well.

Speaking of Victoria, I saw her precious little girls today.  I cannot believe how big they have gotten.  Or how gorgeous they are.  Considering how drop dead gorgeous V is and that Peter's up there pretty far himself, I guess I shouldn't be stunned by the beauty of their babies.

Update

Sep. 8th, 2011 10:05 pm
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Are other people still having trouble editing on LJ posts?  Particularly those of you using Rich text format.  I'm having trouble changes things once I preview them.  Well, I change them, then I hit preview, then it shows it's still there even though it's not on the posting screen.  I published it anyway the other day and even though I'd taken out the whole comm title completely and just shortened it to TTU, what I'd originally written with the extra little head between the u and the s of then_theres_us (my original typo was still there).  I hesitate to post fic when I'm ready, because invariably, even with three people looking at it we all miss a tihng or two that gets into the published version.  If I can't go back and fix it it is going to drive me nuts.  Are these problems happening in html?  Because I may very well have to finish teaching myself html if that is not because I'm sick of it.

Day 2 of the diet went okay.  I have a headache from carb withdrawal and I took a nap in the middle of the morning from 10 to 12 because I was all foggy headed.  Much better at this end of the day.  Still have a bit of the headache but it has reduced by half.

Someone sent me one of those glowing letters I sometimes get through Teaspoon's mailing system to praise some stories I had written forever ago.  Make me happy to see they still hold up in someone's eyes.  Feedback like that is always such a wonderful surprise and it really lights me up.  It also leads to so many things.  That's how I met Amy who eventually became my first beta.  And how I met Victoria as well.

Speaking of Victoria, I saw her precious little girls today.  I cannot believe how big they have gotten.  Or how gorgeous they are.  Considering how drop dead gorgeous V is and that Peter's up there pretty far himself, I guess I shouldn't be stunned by the beauty of their babies.
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I took about a week off from writing because basically I wasn't doing anything other than banging my head against the wall.  I found a prompt that really grabbed me from the [livejournal.com profile] then_theres_u[livejournal.com profile] s ficathon, which is harder than it sounds.  There's a few hundred prompts there and only one jumped me viciously, though I did have one that went kinda sorta maybe that I'll look at again when I finish this one.  I woke up at five this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  That's not quite as bad as it sounds as I fell asleep before midnight for a change.  It's the first day of school today so I didn't even try very long to get back to sleep.  Instead I opened up a word document, looked at my prompt again and started to write.  I think it's going to be too long to be comment fic.  It almost is already and I'm just getting into it.

I'll write on it some more after I get my second kiddo off to school.  I'll take him in about ten minutes.  Then I'll write until it's time for my dentist appointment at 11:00.  Hopefully I can finish it today and maybe work on LoF, although that's probably too much to ask.  I feel in a much better place with writing, though.  Maybe I'll never get back the ability to churn out 2000 words a day, but a couple short fics or chapters a week would be nice.

I started swimming again on Monday.  I did 15 laps.  13 is 1/4 of a mile.  It's nowhere near the 45 I was up to before I got hurt again, but it's a start and I can't push myself too hard.  It's not even been two months since the surgery yet.  I am going to try to swim every other day, but we'll have to see.  My body felt better afterwards.  Swimming really helps to loosen up the back.

I started a new diet this morning, too.  So far so good and no food cravings.  We'll see where I am at the end of the day.
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I took about a week off from writing because basically I wasn't doing anything other than banging my head against the wall.  I found a prompt that really grabbed me from the [livejournal.com profile] then_theres_u[livejournal.com profile] s ficathon, which is harder than it sounds.  There's a few hundred prompts there and only one jumped me viciously, though I did have one that went kinda sorta maybe that I'll look at again when I finish this one.  I woke up at five this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  That's not quite as bad as it sounds as I fell asleep before midnight for a change.  It's the first day of school today so I didn't even try very long to get back to sleep.  Instead I opened up a word document, looked at my prompt again and started to write.  I think it's going to be too long to be comment fic.  It almost is already and I'm just getting into it.

I'll write on it some more after I get my second kiddo off to school.  I'll take him in about ten minutes.  Then I'll write until it's time for my dentist appointment at 11:00.  Hopefully I can finish it today and maybe work on LoF, although that's probably too much to ask.  I feel in a much better place with writing, though.  Maybe I'll never get back the ability to churn out 2000 words a day, but a couple short fics or chapters a week would be nice.

I started swimming again on Monday.  I did 15 laps.  13 is 1/4 of a mile.  It's nowhere near the 45 I was up to before I got hurt again, but it's a start and I can't push myself too hard.  It's not even been two months since the surgery yet.  I am going to try to swim every other day, but we'll have to see.  My body felt better afterwards.  Swimming really helps to loosen up the back.

I started a new diet this morning, too.  So far so good and no food cravings.  We'll see where I am at the end of the day.
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Rose is sick again.  I can't tell if I'm catching something else or if it's just allergies.  Since everything that could be in bloom right now is in bloom and tossing its trampy little bits of pollen everywhere, I think (hope, hope, hope) it is just allergies and tiredness.  The circles under my eyes are black.  It looks like smudged eyeliner only I don't wear makeup.  I cannot be sick again right now.  I won't be.  I need to be able to swim and take care of my kids and have a life and write.  DH comes home on Wednesday and DS leaves on Wednesday for a class trip.  That might make things easier for a couple days anyway.
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Rose is sick again.  I can't tell if I'm catching something else or if it's just allergies.  Since everything that could be in bloom right now is in bloom and tossing its trampy little bits of pollen everywhere, I think (hope, hope, hope) it is just allergies and tiredness.  The circles under my eyes are black.  It looks like smudged eyeliner only I don't wear makeup.  I cannot be sick again right now.  I won't be.  I need to be able to swim and take care of my kids and have a life and write.  DH comes home on Wednesday and DS leaves on Wednesday for a class trip.  That might make things easier for a couple days anyway.
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This whole LJ being up and down, up and down is seriously starting to get on my nerves.  Probably because this week it's more down than up.  It's terribly frustrating when I'm seriously in need of a distraction.

I've been watching the US version of Being Human.  At first I thought it was a bit lame, a pale shadow of the original, but somewhere around episode four or five it started to get good.  Although it follows some of the same storyline it's starting to set itself apart from the British version, which it would have to do with so many more episodes in a season.

Aiden (Mitchell) is probably a more sympathetic vampire character.  Josh (George) isn't quite as neurotic as I'd like him to be, and Sally (Annie) is okay, but she's definitely no Leonora Critchlow.  I'm pretty sure she's wearing the exact same outfit.  They seem to have really rushed her ghostly abilities.  They've introduced Nora (who I think is supposed to be Nina) and I like her quite a bit, but she doesn't rock quite the same way (yet).  Since Nina is my favorite character on the original, I hope this one gets a bit more bravada and spice.  But despite it all, it's becoming as addictive as the original.  Never would have thought that would happen.

I've also been watching Indian Cooking Made Easy.  I'm definitely going to try making Naan bread.  It's like $4 for 4 pieces at the grocery store and we love it and the recipe is incredibly simple and like 50 cents to make.  It shouldn't be that hard, it looks easier than making pita bread and that's dead easy.  I'd make Kulfi, too, if it didn't require constant stirring for 50 minutes.  Actually I still might try making it once, but have everyone take a turn at the stirring.  I think it might be fun to add a few more Indian dishes to the menu.  The extent of my Indian cooking before has been tandoori chicken.  They had some lamb burgers that looked divine.

Not really much going on here.  Still struggling with the chapter of Leap of Faith that I'm on.  I think I may just scrap it all and start over.  I hate to bin that many words, but it's just not working right for me.

I started swimming again.  We've been twice now.  The first time I did 13 laps.  I was really surprised.  I figured since I hadn't been in the pool since October I'd be utterly out of shape, but I did that  1/4 mile easily.  The second time I went I did 15 laps, again easily.  I won't push too hard too fast.  I doubt I'll ever do the 40 laps again (3/4 mile), but I woud like to do 26 laps (1/2 mile).  I'm just really afraid to push and mess up my knee again.  So far there has not been any pain after swimming and I would like to keep it that way.  I've also started walking again.  I've gone twice.  Once just to the end of the block and back and then a couple days later, all the way around the block.  I also am taking the stairs properly again without pain.  I hope by summer to be back to walking a mile a few times a week.

I still have some things lingering from the flu that I had for many weeks.  Just congestion and a lot of tiredness.  I have to sleep a lot more (just not tonight apparently).  I still have a low grade fever, but everything else is gone.  I just decided I needed to get on with my life and maybe the exercise would help bolster my immune system.  It seems to be helping.

I guess that's enough of a ramble for now.
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This whole LJ being up and down, up and down is seriously starting to get on my nerves.  Probably because this week it's more down than up.  It's terribly frustrating when I'm seriously in need of a distraction.

I've been watching the US version of Being Human.  At first I thought it was a bit lame, a pale shadow of the original, but somewhere around episode four or five it started to get good.  Although it follows some of the same storyline it's starting to set itself apart from the British version, which it would have to do with so many more episodes in a season.

Aiden (Mitchell) is probably a more sympathetic vampire character.  Josh (George) isn't quite as neurotic as I'd like him to be, and Sally (Annie) is okay, but she's definitely no Leonora Critchlow.  I'm pretty sure she's wearing the exact same outfit.  They seem to have really rushed her ghostly abilities.  They've introduced Nora (who I think is supposed to be Nina) and I like her quite a bit, but she doesn't rock quite the same way (yet).  Since Nina is my favorite character on the original, I hope this one gets a bit more bravada and spice.  But despite it all, it's becoming as addictive as the original.  Never would have thought that would happen.

I've also been watching Indian Cooking Made Easy.  I'm definitely going to try making Naan bread.  It's like $4 for 4 pieces at the grocery store and we love it and the recipe is incredibly simple and like 50 cents to make.  It shouldn't be that hard, it looks easier than making pita bread and that's dead easy.  I'd make Kulfi, too, if it didn't require constant stirring for 50 minutes.  Actually I still might try making it once, but have everyone take a turn at the stirring.  I think it might be fun to add a few more Indian dishes to the menu.  The extent of my Indian cooking before has been tandoori chicken.  They had some lamb burgers that looked divine.

Not really much going on here.  Still struggling with the chapter of Leap of Faith that I'm on.  I think I may just scrap it all and start over.  I hate to bin that many words, but it's just not working right for me.

I started swimming again.  We've been twice now.  The first time I did 13 laps.  I was really surprised.  I figured since I hadn't been in the pool since October I'd be utterly out of shape, but I did that  1/4 mile easily.  The second time I went I did 15 laps, again easily.  I won't push too hard too fast.  I doubt I'll ever do the 40 laps again (3/4 mile), but I woud like to do 26 laps (1/2 mile).  I'm just really afraid to push and mess up my knee again.  So far there has not been any pain after swimming and I would like to keep it that way.  I've also started walking again.  I've gone twice.  Once just to the end of the block and back and then a couple days later, all the way around the block.  I also am taking the stairs properly again without pain.  I hope by summer to be back to walking a mile a few times a week.

I still have some things lingering from the flu that I had for many weeks.  Just congestion and a lot of tiredness.  I have to sleep a lot more (just not tonight apparently).  I still have a low grade fever, but everything else is gone.  I just decided I needed to get on with my life and maybe the exercise would help bolster my immune system.  It seems to be helping.

I guess that's enough of a ramble for now.
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So I've been feeling quite a lot better lately after six weeks with that horrible, horrible fu.  The only things really hanging on at this point are the drainage (which is way better than congestion) and the exhaustion (which is starting to improve).  Haven't had a fever since Wednesday.  Thursday, during one of the rare sunny moments in the day the kids and I went for a walk.  Not very far mind you, we did a total of about two blocks, because I was testing my knee strength, but I think it has mostly healed now, which is brilliant.  So next walk attempt (if the weather ever clears up again) will be all the way around the block.  Eventually we'll get back to walking a mile a few times a week.

Yesterday we got back into the pool.  I figured I'd be so far out of shape I'd only be able to swim a couple of laps and I'd be done for.  I was pleasantly surprised to do 13 (1/4 mile).  I felt like I could do more, but I refuse to push myself too hard.  I just got over the flu and my knee is almost normal again.  So I will work up slowly to half a mile, but I don't think I'm ever going to push past that again.  When I was doing 3/4 of a mile is when I overdid it and messed up my knee for the second time.  I like being able to walk like a regular person again.  I love my new swimsuit, too.  The skirt is short enough it doesn't get in my way when I do the crawl stroke, but long enough to make me happy.  And the top is properly supportive without my having to worry about falling out of it with an aggressive push off the pool wall.

Allergies are starting to hit with full force what with the hyacinth, forsythina, flowering cherry trees, and dogwoods all in bloom.  It's gorgeous with all that pink and yellow (hee, Rose reference) but the pollen I could do without.  Fortunately there is Zyrtec.

I have to go to WalMart (ugh) and Costco today and fill up the gas tank.  I hate pumping gas, though with a 12 gallon tank it is pretty quick.  Hate to see what the damage will be though.  Probably $45.  I don't know what it is, but I start getting annoyed when gas costs more per gallon than milk.  Even when we drive so little that a tank lasts 3 weeks.  It might be the principle of the thing.

No swimming today, but we'll likely go tomorrow.  If the weather breaks we will likely go out for a short walk though.  Exercise feels pretty good right now.  Then this evening I will open up Leap of Faith and see what I can do about finishing a chapter.
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So I've been feeling quite a lot better lately after six weeks with that horrible, horrible fu.  The only things really hanging on at this point are the drainage (which is way better than congestion) and the exhaustion (which is starting to improve).  Haven't had a fever since Wednesday.  Thursday, during one of the rare sunny moments in the day the kids and I went for a walk.  Not very far mind you, we did a total of about two blocks, because I was testing my knee strength, but I think it has mostly healed now, which is brilliant.  So next walk attempt (if the weather ever clears up again) will be all the way around the block.  Eventually we'll get back to walking a mile a few times a week.

Yesterday we got back into the pool.  I figured I'd be so far out of shape I'd only be able to swim a couple of laps and I'd be done for.  I was pleasantly surprised to do 13 (1/4 mile).  I felt like I could do more, but I refuse to push myself too hard.  I just got over the flu and my knee is almost normal again.  So I will work up slowly to half a mile, but I don't think I'm ever going to push past that again.  When I was doing 3/4 of a mile is when I overdid it and messed up my knee for the second time.  I like being able to walk like a regular person again.  I love my new swimsuit, too.  The skirt is short enough it doesn't get in my way when I do the crawl stroke, but long enough to make me happy.  And the top is properly supportive without my having to worry about falling out of it with an aggressive push off the pool wall.

Allergies are starting to hit with full force what with the hyacinth, forsythina, flowering cherry trees, and dogwoods all in bloom.  It's gorgeous with all that pink and yellow (hee, Rose reference) but the pollen I could do without.  Fortunately there is Zyrtec.

I have to go to WalMart (ugh) and Costco today and fill up the gas tank.  I hate pumping gas, though with a 12 gallon tank it is pretty quick.  Hate to see what the damage will be though.  Probably $45.  I don't know what it is, but I start getting annoyed when gas costs more per gallon than milk.  Even when we drive so little that a tank lasts 3 weeks.  It might be the principle of the thing.

No swimming today, but we'll likely go tomorrow.  If the weather breaks we will likely go out for a short walk though.  Exercise feels pretty good right now.  Then this evening I will open up Leap of Faith and see what I can do about finishing a chapter.
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Well, I didn't quite finish the chapter of Leap of Faith that I worked on today, but I am hopeful I will finish it tomorrow.  Tosh is being...uncooperative and having a mind of her own.  She's supposed to be falling for Owen, but she's having so much fun arguing with Mickey I can't help but think she might be eyeing him differently soon and I really wasn't planning on going that way or having a triangle or any such thing.  Rose and Gabe are actually having a good time working together.  And I don't even know what the hell John is doing, though he and Rose will have a date at the end of this chapter's day (but not necessarily in this chapter) where things will SERIOUSLY PROGRESS physically when they get back to the manor house.

Today was a very good day, not just for writing, but just in how I felt.  I hope it continues because quite frankly I have been feeling very old and broken down since last fall when I reinjured my knee so badly and then have caught one form of pestilence after the other all winter long.  I'm turning 41 on Saturday.  I did not feel old at all when I hit 40, but right now my body just really has been feeling it.  Not today though.  Still a bit sick but I'm on such a good upswing today.

I think I'm going to try eliminating sugar from my diet (except on my b'day when Rose makes me b'day brownies and I'll only have one) and see if that doesn't help my immune system at all.  I'm not a big sugar eater most of the time anyway, but I've been having more of it than usual while sick and I don't think it's helping things.  I hope to get back in the water next week and start swimming again.  I miss it.  I miss the conditioning I had while I was doing it.  I have lost all of it.  I am going to have to work my way up again.  I will not do more than half a mile though.  Pushing it to 3/4 of a mile put too much of a strain on my knee, so I'll settle for 26 laps instead of 39 or more.  Just wonder how many days it will take me to get there again.  Probably at least two weeks if I go every other day.  Maybe three.
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Well, I didn't quite finish the chapter of Leap of Faith that I worked on today, but I am hopeful I will finish it tomorrow.  Tosh is being...uncooperative and having a mind of her own.  She's supposed to be falling for Owen, but she's having so much fun arguing with Mickey I can't help but think she might be eyeing him differently soon and I really wasn't planning on going that way or having a triangle or any such thing.  Rose and Gabe are actually having a good time working together.  And I don't even know what the hell John is doing, though he and Rose will have a date at the end of this chapter's day (but not necessarily in this chapter) where things will SERIOUSLY PROGRESS physically when they get back to the manor house.

Today was a very good day, not just for writing, but just in how I felt.  I hope it continues because quite frankly I have been feeling very old and broken down since last fall when I reinjured my knee so badly and then have caught one form of pestilence after the other all winter long.  I'm turning 41 on Saturday.  I did not feel old at all when I hit 40, but right now my body just really has been feeling it.  Not today though.  Still a bit sick but I'm on such a good upswing today.

I think I'm going to try eliminating sugar from my diet (except on my b'day when Rose makes me b'day brownies and I'll only have one) and see if that doesn't help my immune system at all.  I'm not a big sugar eater most of the time anyway, but I've been having more of it than usual while sick and I don't think it's helping things.  I hope to get back in the water next week and start swimming again.  I miss it.  I miss the conditioning I had while I was doing it.  I have lost all of it.  I am going to have to work my way up again.  I will not do more than half a mile though.  Pushing it to 3/4 of a mile put too much of a strain on my knee, so I'll settle for 26 laps instead of 39 or more.  Just wonder how many days it will take me to get there again.  Probably at least two weeks if I go every other day.  Maybe three.
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Put this under the category of things I should never do again:  eat a dill pickle and follow it up with a glass of orange juice.  That...didn't go so well.  Didn't stay down either.  I'm pretty sure it was the acid/acid combination and not the cold I'm trying to fight off, since I had no stomach symptoms until that brilliant culinary move.  Anywho, moving along now.


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