Thursday, June 30, 2005

Nothing much

Captain's Log, Stardate 06.30.2005

Really, nothing much has been going on with me. Which is a good and a bad thing.

Good because there's no additional stresses in my life.

Bad because there's not much going on in my writing. Sigh. The novella is taking its time in "ripening." I wish it would hurry up.

I shouldn't speak about it in the third person. It's all me. The motivation isn't there. Maybe because work has been same-o-same-o--minor stresses and general tiredness. Or that could just be my excuse.

I am writing some, just not as much as I'd like, not as fast as I'd like. I need to get my butt in gear.

On another note, I've been listening to workshop CDs from the Mt. Hermon writer's conference while I drive to and from work. It's been fabulous. I've learned so much, refreshed my writing knowledge, gotten new ideas. I think I'm going to try to buy more workshop CDs. Some conferences charge a lump sum for all the CDs. Money worth spent, I'm thinking. I wish I'd gotten more CDs from Mt. Hermon.

Speaking of conferences, I'm going to the RWA national conference in Reno at the end of July. It came up rather randomly. Some friends on the Steeple Hill discussion boards were talking about it, and it made me want to go. My friend Marilyn, who lives in San Jose, had mentioned going a few weeks ago since it's so close to where we live--a drive versus a plane ticket. Marilyn found rooms available online and booked us a room, and we'll drive up. Her friend Anne is joining us. I believe Anne writes secular Asian Chicklit. It'll be fun to meet her and talk about that kind of stuff. :)

I had been apprehensive about asking for the time off from work, but my supervisor was really nice about it, even though my two other coworkers have milestones due at the end of July.

Diet: WARNING: might be TMI but I like to get my progress down in black and white:

I've been motivated by the articles I read on eDiets and eFitness. I read about the blood-type diet, which recommends that my blood type eat more vegetables. So I've been doing that lately and actually, I've felt better. I eat a lot of meat mostly because my husband likes meat, but the other day I had vegetable red curry at a Thai restaurant. Not only was it delicious, but I didn't feel as heavy as I usually do after eating Thai curry.

I also made a Hawaiian-style vegetable fried rice that I'm rather proud of. A substantial portion is only about 500 calories. Yay me!

It's nice to live here in California because there's so many fresh fruits available now. The other day I had this mango-plum. It was really good, it tasted like a perfect blend of mango and plum, with a consistency in between, also.

I'm also eating yogurt--fat-free Dannon mixed with some frozen berries and a Splenda packet. I made 100 calorie portions and it's perfect.

I've been exercising at least three times a week. So far this week, I've exercised four times, although today my legs are killing me from the squats and lunges I did yesterday. :) I started interspersing the running with Taebo to prevent the shin splints from getting worse.

Okay, enough procrastination. Back to writing.

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