Simmering Hunger

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

That subject reads like a romance novel. It’s better than my first subject, though, that was just “Waaah.” Yeah, I don’t know.

So it’s laundry day. It’s taking more time lately because we’re also doing my grandmother’s laundry. I woke at 7 this morning, though, and we got a nice and early start. Hopefully, that will help and we’ll get back home while people are still awake and able to help with bringing things in.

Yesterday was a good day, right up until it wasn’t. I had an amazing smoothie experience for my morning snack, I had a good lunch, and I was going to go to a friend’s party.

And then the time came for the party, and I was scared (I have a little bit of social anxiety), and then I remembered I was supposed to do something with Elder Youth that evening, and he’d been really excited about it, so I was not only scared but sad that I’d disappointed him.

I told my friend I couldn’t come to the party and went home to find a minor plumbing issue in process. I helped deal with that, then did the thing with Elder Youth (which was fun.

My day ended with a considerable amount of stress over household finances, and yeah. Quite ugh.

But, I wrote a few words:

1,045 fiction words, 1,382 total words

And I blogged over at the other place (veg*ism).

And I just figured out that I hadn’t had my spreadsheet set up correctly for the past few days, and so I wrote a few more “total words” over the past day or three than I actually reported. (It’s okay – it’s the fiction words that really count.)

That was a completely rambly post, but I think I’m done now. Today has been better so far, although I’m starving right now. I’m going to go visit a place with lots of produce and buy a bit of food. Kale, since I’m out now. Bananas. Sweet potatoes. And maybe that’s it I think. Parsley, I think, because I’d like to make some Tabouleh. I’m armed with my mom’s recipe.

Sleepy

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I’m much more tired this morning than I have been in a while. Maybe sluggish is a better word for it. Yesterday I only had 12 oz of coffee – would that be it? Unknown.

I was sluggish and tired last night as well, which is why I didn’t get as many words as I have the past two days.

392 fiction words, 679 total words

I woke early yesterday, too. I didn’t take my morning half hour to write, though. I had made the smoothie and spent some extra time getting ready, and then headed into work early. There was an errand smack in the middle of my day, so I wanted to get a jump-start on work so it didn’t feel so odd going in for less than two hours, then leaving right away.

Today, though. Today I can take the time.

Oh, I’ve been adding less and less sugar and creamer to my coffee every morning in hopes that I can eliminate them both from my routine. It will make coffee prep faster, for one, and also the reason I switched to coffee was less sugar. It would be great if I could stop adding sugar to the thing I’m getting less sugar from. Hehehe.

Lessons Learned

826 fiction words, 1,188 total words
  1. Writing in the morning immediately after my shower for 30 minutes is still working well. I shall continue.
  2. The cats don’t like the new blender. I will try not to feed them before playing with my toys so they still have an appetite when breakfast rolls around.

826 fiction words, 1,188 total words

Yesterday was good. Like I said, I wrote in the morning after my shower in time I would usually just screw around on the Internets, not really doing anything. It worked out, though I didn’t write for the full 30, losing a few minutes at the end to Distractions.

I had a really full supper last night, and oy – I’m never doing that again. I almost wasn’t hungry still this morning. It’s been a really long time since I ate quite that much.

Today will be a strange day as I head off to work early, leave work for an early, long lunch full of errands, so I can return to the office again in the afternoon. I kind of hate when I have to schedule things like that, but I forgot the paperwork I needed for today to get things done in the morning. It should actually work out for the better, in the end, I think.

We’ll see.

I have a WordPress.com blog at niicki.wordpress.com. I have used it and not used it over the years as I get distracted by Things and Stuff. I’ve kicked it up again to start talking about all the weird new things I’m doing to my body these days – healthy food, stuff like that. You’re welcome to go over if you like, and you’re welcome to ignore it, too. It’s mostly for me, I think. I’m not entirely sure yet.

Randomness: Health & Body

So random question – I’m thinking of maybe sort of recording digitally, through blog or photos or video or all three, my current poking and plodding through the new-to-me world of vegetarian foods, frugal eating, health, exercise. I’m unsure where to home it. I think Instagram and YouTube hold the most promise in terms of potentially monetizing things in the future, but I’m not certain I’m up to trying to keep up with another set of platforms. I like having my blog here, and I like being able to put whatever I want here (on Nickified.com – I know it also goes elsewhere), but this is me and writing, not me and health, food, or fitness.

Do you think I should just set up a side blog?

Or if I do this, should I keep it here with perhaps a special featured image and content behind a “More” tag so people who aren’t interested don’t have to slog through it?

 

Morning Writing

1,226 fiction words, 1,413 total words

Greetings and Salutations! Writing in the morning worked yesterday, as well. I even wrote about 300 words with my wrediting friends, so writing-wise, the day was a success!

1,226 fiction words, 1,413 total words

I don’t know how many days it’s been since I wrote that much, and I’m not going to look back to see right now, but I’m sure it’s been over a month. Maybe this month I’ll get a week of 1k+ days – although, at this point, I’d be happy just to have two 1k days in a row.

The day could be considered a success otherwise as well. I made it through a day at the office, everything at the house stayed in one piece, and I don’t think either child hates me. A good day, I think.d

That went well.

896 fiction words, 1,036 total words

Yesterday morning I took my laptop upstairs and set a 30-minute timer and wrote as much as I could. I managed

896 fiction words, 1,036 total words

(the blog words not being written in that 30 minutes, of course)

which was a lovely surprise! I’m going to do it again this morning, and I expect similar results.

I didn’t write any more in the evening, though. I concentrated on reading about how to cook brown rice and how to make homemade salsa (that’s not going to happen anytime soon).

I took two large salads to work yesterday because two nights ago I cut up the last of the romaine lettuce hearts (?) I bought the weekend before. I didn’t want them to go bad, and I figured if I had salad cut up, I’d eat it. About 10:30 I was very hungry, so I ate an early lunch. And then at 4:30, I ate another late lunch. I love eating, so this is working out okay, except I’m done with beans for a few days. Nothing wrong with them, I’m just getting sick of them (that didn’t take long).

Have a lovely day!

Morning, Week 33

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Last week was super productive! Just not in the words department.

152 fiction words, 236 total words

Yesterday at Costco and Whole Foods was fun! I will likely never shop at Whole Foods again unless I need something specific or unusual. But Costco was a win. Desk fan, scale, paper towel dispenser, and some food I love but don’t usually buy in bulk. Nom.

The week, while productive, was not wordy. I was focused on food, oddly enough, and I washed dishes nearly every night and cooked for the family more than usual. Then in the evenings when I usually write, I was focused on food videos (damn you, YouTube, for being so helpful!) and research.

August fiction total: 696
July fiction total:
 9,303
June fiction total: 10,577
May fiction total: 
6,107
April fiction total: 
15,814
March fiction total:
 12,576
February fiction total: 9,217
January fiction total: 18,615
2017 fiction total: 82,905

Another Day in the Neighborhood

104 fiction words, 373 total words

Hi!

Yesterday I wrote some good words.

104 fiction words, 373 total words

Today I check out Whole Foods for the first time, Costco with Mom (because it’s been a while), and then relax, I think. I suppose it depends on when I get home.

I’ve had one cup of coffee and I’ll need to get another one of those down if I want to operate at peak capacity. I should probably not drink even that much, but I just don’t care right now.

So there!

Yesterday and Laudry

0 fiction words, 214 total words

Yesterday I was so very tired, so I went to bed with everyone at 9 p.m. That meant no writing.

0 fiction words, 214 total words

It also meant like 12 hours of sleep, which was rather fabulous. I did love that.

Today meant laundry with Junior Youth, who was not terribly thrilled with the idea of doing laundry, but did enjoy films – both Catching Fire and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. Good choices, really. Strong women.

I am about to watch Center Stage, myself. Sometimes Vudu has $6.99 movies that aren’t in your library, and I took advantage of the offer to patch that hole.

Let’s see – today I discovered Elias Market with my mom. I managed to get out with only $20 worth of produce, and I found both chia and flax seeds, both of which I’m not entirely prepared to deal with quite yet, but I will be soon. Also more bananas, replacement sweet potatoes, massive cucumbers, grapes (delicious grapes), baby carrots…

I’m not practiced enough to know whether it was a good deal, but I trusted my shopping partner to say it was.

Now that laundry’s done, I have some relaxing to do. I’m going to get some fiction in, too. It’s necessary and has been badly neglected. Which is actually how I tend to always feel (that it’s been neglected). I think I’m going to stop feeling that way. While I do want to write more daily, beating myself up over not writing enough isn’t helping. I’m very happy with myself for writing nearly daily for the entire year. I look forward to finishing this story before November and NaNo.

Adventures in Cookies

186 fiction words, 369 total words

Our bananas went ripe yesterday, which usually means they went “bad”, but this week means I peeled them all and tucked two in the freezer for I don’t know what, and put two in a bowl and squished them with a fork in preparation of making cookies.

So I got out my food processor (I should really look around and see if somewhere I have a blender in a box) and processed some oats and then scooped out a bunch of peanut butter and bam. Cookie “dough”.

I expected them to flatten out like regular cookies when baking, but that didn’t happen – they kept their shape really well, and were in no danger of falling off the baking sheet. So I’ll remember that for next time. Also, I don’t have a cooling rack, to my knowledge, so I should probably remedy that. Although there might be one in the basement, now that I think about it. I’m loathe to go down there, but in the name of cooling cookies…

So yeah – they’re not awful, I’ll make them again, and I’ll eat these, probably taking a few to work today in case my kids try them and love them (unlikely).

I stabbed at the keyboard for a bit last night, too.

186 fiction words, 369 total words