Krissie: All About You

7 Jan

IMG_3678 copy This is a Refab meeting halfway around the world — Barbara Samuel and Reb got together in New Zealand a couple of days ago and had a blast (Barb is the one on the right). Refab power is international!
I’ve had a good week. Resisted even healthy-ish stuff at McD’s when I stopped for a DC. Resisted the high end fruitcake after church. Ate salads for lunch. Been pushing the veggies and fruit. I haven’t weighed myself but I will and let you know on Tuesday.

My attitude toward the world has been sketchy. I don’t think the cymbalta is a good thing, but I’m not supposed to talk about that. Suffice it to say I’m moving forward and trying to deal with things instead of giving up and hiding with my arms over my head.

Sometimes success is just putting one foot in front of another.

So have you been trudging forward, or dancing? I’d rather be dancing, and maybe I will be by next week. At least I moved forward this week. Plans — keep eating the way I have been, try to get some swimming in, finish the revisions, and see about changing the meds back.

So, my darlings, what’s on your agenda?

99 Responses to “Krissie: All About You”

  1. Beth Matthews January 7, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    I want to get 7000 words done on the new book. That’s a 1000 words a day which is the number I can usually crank out without too much sweat, blood or tears. I want to try and have completed 365000 words of new writing by the end of the year (1000 words/day X 365 days).

    Get a library card. I changed library systems when I moved and never got around to getting a new card. It’s been six months and I am in library withdrawals.

    Look up local swimming holes. Need to get to work on exercising again.

    • Krissie January 7, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Sounds good. You might end up cutting yourself some slack on the thousand words (JMHO). When I was trying for daily I said at least 200 words, and then almost always ended up with over a thousand. But that was it didn’t loom so large. It’s the starting to write that can be hard. But you see how thing go.
      Just speaking from experience. I don’t mean to be telling you what to do.

      • Sure Thing January 7, 2013 at 10:11 am #

        Underpromise, overdeliver! Something to think on. ;-)

        • Beth Matthews January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am #

          This is a shoot for the stars kind of thing. Even if I miss 1000 I still get a significant amount of words from brain to screen. Also, I like round numbers. :)

          I also chose 1000 words because that seems to be my natural output level on any given day anyway. I don’t usually have to push to get there.

  2. Louise January 7, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    Got a call from DD who was here over the weekend, the doctors surgery called her to say she has an appointment tomorrow. It will be about her thyroid and dislocated knee. Her sister had a thyroid problem, which was suspicious and was removed post haste. Worrying times, I’m afraid.

    There are fires all over the country and it’s going to be even hotter and dryer tomorrow. My thoughts are with everyone involved.

    I’m working on a couple of changes to my second book, then I’ll give it to my other reader, eldest DD. I received an email from the publisher saying I should get the cover image this week. I’m both excited and concerned. I’m sure it’ll be good. :-)

    • Krissie January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Good thoughts headed your daughter’s way.

    • Robin S. January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Many FGBV’s to your daughter.

      • Louise January 8, 2013 at 1:31 am #

        Thank you, for kind thoughts. :-) Just found out DD has a bulging medial miniscus and miniscal tear. The GP drew a diagram for her. Next stop, a surgeon.

  3. molly January 7, 2013 at 6:02 am #

    I start a wine-tasting class tonight. Should be interesting.

    An editing project — that pays — is screaming my name.

    And there are my own writing projects wanting attention.

    And I have to do local RWA chapter treasurer stuff. (Why I haven’t been impeached from this office is beyond me.)

  4. Sure Thing January 7, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Yesterday, I trudged. But today, ah, today. Today, I danced.

    Went to a gym zumba class, and snuck in at the end of the first class for the stretches and stayed for 15 minutes of the next class.

    Aaaand, I was smart enough to stop there. No point in over exerting and possibly injuring myself.

    Slow and steady wins this race.

  5. Kimberly Hope January 7, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Krissie, I know you’re not supposed to talk about it, but I wanted to offer one bit of advice. On the rare occasions that my ex would try an anti-depressant (for the depression he says he doesn’t have), everyone around him would notice a difference in his mood within days of him taking it. But after the two weeks trial time, he would say, “I don’t feel better because I’m fine” and stop taking it.

    I know your answer would be different, but unless the meds are making you fell worse in some way, I’d ask those around you if THEY see a change. Sometimes others notice before you do. If the meds are giving you hallucinations, making you sick, or nobody else sees a difference either, then obviously you need to look for a different formula.

    As for my agenda, I’m plotting my WIP. I’ve tried this book a couple of times and it’s not working, so I’ve thrown everything into a pile in my office and I’m starting over. Completely. No trying to make those ideas work. Just a clean slate and some plotting and brainstorming and we’ll see what sticks. This is the last chance for these characters before I put them back in a drawer.

    Stepped on the scale this morning. You all heard the scream of frustration, right? So, working out a bunch and eating healthier.

    And finally, I will finish painting the breakfast nook. Off to finish the ceiling in there today right after I finish my oatmeal.

    Have a great week everyone!

    • German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Kimberly, your note about the antidepressants and the people around you reminded me of something a good friend once said. After a string of many horrible things, including her husband dropping dead on stage in front of an audience (of which she was a part) leaving her with a toddler and an infant, she finally broke down and admitted she needed antidepressants. She fought it for a long, long time because she was a PhD in anatomy and had done research on fetal abnormalities and was leery of many meds. However, after much research, she finally found an antidepressant that she would take.

      ANYWAY, she said to me once, you know, after I’d been on the meds I didn’t feel any different and thought they weren’t working. But all of a sudden, the people around me starting saying, oh, wow, the “old you” is back, thank god. So she realized from friends and family it was working, even if her own perception was that it wasn’t…

      This was a long way of saying “good advice”!! (smirk)

    • Krissie January 7, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      Thanks, Kimberley. I think these are making me feel twice. I was feeling … scary bad on Tuesday, and then I had a flash of it yesterday. Feeling out of control, and with the other stuff it was more like you described. Me not noticing much. But this stuff isn’t good for me, I think.

      • Krissie January 7, 2013 at 9:47 am #

        Oh, and we can certainly talk about it. Jenny and Lani just convinced me that I shouldn’t dwell on it.
        Hmmmm. I don’t see polka dots, I see the swirls. Has our website reverted?

        • German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 9:50 am #

          There are swirls here in Germany too (haha)

        • Office Wench Cherry January 7, 2013 at 10:33 am #

          I see polka dots. Dwelling is bad, dwelling is how all the nasties multiply.

        • Skye January 7, 2013 at 10:38 am #

          Got polka dots here in Texas. Maybe empty your cache and reload the page?

        • inkgrrl January 7, 2013 at 11:17 am #

          Dwelling/ruminating is bad, noticing that a med isn’t working for you isn’t bad. Cymbalta’s not for everyone. It’s the only brain med I’ve been able to tolerate, but The Prince tried it and hated it; he can handle Wellbutrin and Lexapro just fine but I can’t tolerate either of them for more than 24 hours. And sometimes upping a dose improves how you feel, etc. You know this one, of course.

          I see polka dots. Had to refresh my browser to get them.

          • Jill January 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

            polka dots . If the dots were greenish it would be Matilda Goodnight’s scarf.

        • Stephanie Berget January 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

          I see swirls in Oregon. I thought I was crazy when everyone kept commenting on polka dots. ;)

        • Lynda January 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

          I was seeing swirls until I did a refresh, at which point the polka dots appeared, and they seem to have stayed.

          If the meds are making you feel bad, please talk to your doctor. I once tried a new sleeping pill, and by the fourth day I was literally thinking suicidal thoughts. Fortunately I was smart enough to realize that something was VERY wrong and to figure out the cause. As soon as I quit taking the medication, everything reverted back to normal. (OTOH, Larry took the same drug for years with no ill effects. Everybody’s different.)

        • Jenny January 7, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

          Clear your cache. The swirls are gone and it’s a polka dot year.
          Excellent job on not dwelling, too.

          • Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

            Oh . . . that’s the trick. This is the first time I’ve seen (noticed?) polkadots this year (-:.

  6. Brussel Sprout January 7, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Just took a look at the last 6 weeks:

    Train to London, Flight to Isle of Man, job interview, return trip to Brussels.
    Drive Brussels- Oxford, interview, drove back.
    Two job offers. Take decision to move to Isle of Man next summer.
    Christmas – drove Brussels to London and back.
    New Year’s – flew to Washington, reconciled with family, watched father as his ventilator was turned off
    4th/5th January, flew back to Brussels.
    That was a lot of miles travelled, physically and emotionally. I am going to be doing some trudging over the next few weeks, just to catch up with myself.

    I’m officially declaring 7th January as NY Day this year. FGBVs to all refabbers.

    • Jenny January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      The new year definitely started on the 7th. Sounds like the first week was just the set-up, reconnecting, setting in motion the new life. Nothing but good times ahead.

    • Krissie January 7, 2013 at 9:48 am #

      Yikes, baby! What a rough time. Happy New Year!

    • German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 11:05 am #

      Bwah! What a few weeks! Tough times…

      But, hey, Isle of Man. How cool is that???

      (Gonna get a cat there??)

      I’m d’accord with the 7th as the start of the year. Last week was a loser for me too.

    • Teresa Hill January 7, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      It’s a rule. Until the first Monday following New Year’s Day, it’s still the holidays.
      Any official good resolutions for the new year start on the first Monday.

    • inkgrrl January 7, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Oof… I agree. Happy New Year sweetie!

    • Robin S. January 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

      Holy crap! FGBV’s right back at you. Hope things settle down. 7th as NY day works for me.

    • Reb January 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      That sounds like sheer hell. I’m so sorry about your father.

      • Robena Grant January 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

        Wow! Brussel, I just read comments. Sorry about your father. That must have been tough. And now you must be exhausted. I vote for special time for you. Maybe a massage?

  7. Sarah Wynde January 7, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    I got an email from Wonkomance this morning saying that I’d won their anniversary celebration. Books, books, lovely books are coming into my life this week. It’s perhaps ridiculous how happy that makes me, but at least three of them are books that I’ve wanted to read that are too expensive, so some time later in the week, I’m going to be happily engrossed in someone else’s worlds.

    Writing not going terribly well, but my boy discovered The West Wing a few days ago and it’s been fun to revisit the Bartlett administration with him. Although it’s weird to rewatch that show with all my knowledge of the characters’ futures. I don’t mind Leo so much–life happens–but I hate knowing Toby’s future. And my son’s reaction to Danny, who I do just love, was “this isn’t going to end well, is it?” and I know he’s right, which makes it much harder to watch Danny and CJ in the early dance of romance.

    • Jenny January 7, 2013 at 9:42 am #

      SPOILERS so don’t read.

      Danny and CJ ended well, didn’t they? The FBI agent, though . . .
      Also Leo still breaks my heart because I loved that actor so much.

      • Beth Matthews January 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

        ***SPOILERS***

        Danny and CJ are fine. They get married and have a baby.

        Secret Agent, though…sniff. Although even that has a happy ending sort of, because playing that part was what landed Mark Harmon the part of Gibbs on NCIS. And where would this world be without Leroy Jethro Gibbs?

        Toby is sad, though, I still think it’s bullsh*t what they did with his character. Pretty much across the board. The actor agreed. I mean, you couldn’t even let the man end up with his wife? WTF, West Wing?

        • Sarah Wynde January 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

          Ooh! I read, despite the spoilers warning. And then I watched the entire last season, which meant staying up until 3:30 in the morning. I’m not sure how I’d missed most of the 7th season–I wasn’t a big fan of the Santos/Vinick storyline, and possibly I knew that Leo was going to die and didn’t want to see it, but I’d only seen a couple of those episodes. I only remembered CJ and Danny breaking up and then CJ getting involved with Mark Harmon. Thank you for the spoilers! I still don’t like the Toby story line, but I’m going to be able to watch Danny and CJ with much more pleasure now!

  8. Nan January 7, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Planning on dancing this week because Friday is my foot surgery and dancing will only be internal to my soul for a little while after that. Finishing up a couple of editing gigs that are due, starting revisions on Novel 2 and Novel 3…Lani, get ready!

    Wednesday, taking Dee and the sisters to see Jersey Boys–my Christmas gift to them. Can’t wait, I hear it’s wondrous and probably pretty dance-worthy!

  9. stephanie January 7, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    @Brussel Sprout – oh my land. What a time you’ve had. All the best in this New Year!!

    I’ve decided that I have to actually set a word count goal for my writing. I’ve spent enough time ‘mulling’ aka knitting and now it’s time to get back to work. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what I said last week, too:)

  10. Jenny January 7, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Paint the living room and front bedroom in the cottage which I was supposed to do this last weekend and couldn’t because I’d lost my keys.

    Get McD 522 finally finished and get the class plan for 523 in.

    Laundry. I put it off until there’s a mountain of it and I’m moving to a house in three weeks that has no washer or dryer.

    • Alis January 7, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      This may sound crazy, but sometimes it’s easier to just haul it all to a laundromat, chuck in into 17 machines and let it go.

      If you do it one load at a time at home it takes forever, you forget it for a little and then you have to wait to get it back into its cycle. A marathon laundromat session is a great place to people watch, character sketch, or just read. And then… you’re done.

      Fresh start.

      • German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 11:09 am #

        Alis, you took the words right out of my mouth. Actually, from the point of view of time efficiency, laundromats are great if you can get enough washers so all your stuff is washing simultaneously. Load after load after load at home eats up more time, energy and concentration (think: buzzer) than you think.

      • Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

        I dunno . . . 45 minutes is about the limit to my concentration span. Dump a load in, work like crazy, take it out, hang it up, have some tea, dump another one in.

        Note, I have no dryer, which makes things harder in some ways, but easier in others. It humidifies the room, and I can just leave it on plastic hangers if I don’t have the time to fold things up.

        The glorious idea of spending two hours at the laundromat and having everything CLEAN and DRY has got some wonderful points to it, though.

  11. Skye January 7, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Trudging to begin with because last week wasn’t so swell. But I did my exercises this morning, all of them even tho a voice inside of me was saying “we don’t have to jump back into all of them right away….”

    Julie’s (Lunar Mom’s) card drawing said to embrace the confusion to find peace, so that’s what I’m going to do. And start making some decisions so I can move forward. I’ve kind of put myself in limbo for the time being and that isn’t useful.

    Perhaps I’ll be able to dance by the end of the week, or at least next week!

  12. oneoftheotherjennifers January 7, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Barbara and Reb- great pic!!!

    I need this thought process this week. A to-do list I have, what I need are some goals. This week:

    -Don’t resent the people I love.

    -In order not to resent them, don’t do the things that would make me resentful. Nobody’s holding a gun to my head.

    -When my refusal to do things makes people angry, explain that it’s not that I don’t love them, but that I do, and I don’t want to taint that with resentment.

    If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have thought about these things this morning, and I would have spent the week doing other people’s work and getting angrier and angrier. So thank you for having this space and sparing me and my family a lot of negative emotions.

    • oneoftheotherjennifers January 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      Evening update: I’ve already declined to do five completely unnecessary things for my loved ones. I’m positively exhilarated!

      Go to Home Depot, have shelving cut, and personally install a new shelf in the kitchen because his cups don’t fit where he wants to keep them- seriously, when we’re leaving the country in a week and every hour is booked with vital tasks? Why have I been doing this crap all these years? Feeling freeeeeee!!!

    • Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      (-: Isn’t it great when Re-fabbers meet in real life? And across the oceans, yet . . . . So much fun!

  13. AuntieJB January 7, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Goals for the week:

    Get back into a routine. I miss my routine. This weekend was a good transition back into reality: I got ALL the laundry done (every single scrap of it!) I made a huge pot of ham and bean soup and froze six two-cup containers of it for future. Also made honey cornbread muffins which I froze as well.

    Now I need to get back to exercising regularly and practicing my singing – the first rehearsal is Wednesday for the Spring semester.

  14. German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Some trudging, some dancing.

    This morning (the first day back to work since the Fri before Christmas) I got up more or less promptly at 6:30 when the alarm went off. Before I left the house I finished putting together an Ikea nightstand that I started yesterday but couldn’t finish for a variety of reasons. Then I did some ironing, made beds, re-pinned a cushion cover for the deacon’s bench in the bedroom (pinned together because my sewing machine is on the blink at the moment)…

    And was at work at 8:15. Worked through my accumulated emails. Got caught up on some other stuff. Did the grocery shopping on my lunch hour. Came back to office and nuked some (healthy!) lunch.

    Then blew out. Just SLUMPED. And have been frogging around for the past few hours getting not much done. Even trying for a sugar high with a chunk of chocolate didn’t work. Sigh.

    Danced the first half of the day away, second half is trudge, trudge, trudge.

    Bunch of stuff needs doing this week, desperately. However, tomorrow after work I have a shiatsu massage (ALWAYS a winner). I have one more “gotta get done” today before I go home — if I get this done, I will have been a really good girl today!

    Need to get a revised/updated extended abstract for my dissertation done and off to my new advisor (the previous one was a visiting chair and is now gone). This is actually better, because the new one is the dean (and female!!), which I like. Then revisions of the existing chapters and sketches of the forthcoming ones so I can meet with her. This year is gonna be the year this frigging work is DONE, dammit.

    By the end of the week I hope to be dancing again literally. I had a 30 year (yup, that’s not a typo!) hiatus with classical ballet, which I did for something like 17 years (aged 4-20). Then a couple of years back I got into again and was good for twice a week for a couple of years. Then in 2010 some other stuff came up and it got put on hold again. But, dammit, I am going to get back to that again. The “mature students” classes are Mo, Tu and Fr evening. Tomorrow I can’t but come Friday, the leotard, tights and slippers are getting a workout again!

    Like many others have said, 2013 is gonna be my bitch!!!

    • Maine Betty January 7, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      Tutus! Sweet.

      • German Chocolate Betty January 7, 2013 at 11:59 am #

        Tutus! Haha!

        My tutu is the caboose that I grew between the ages of 21 and 57 (smile).

        • Maine Betty January 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

          I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

    • Robin S. January 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      I got tired just reading about what you did at 6:30 am…

  15. Office Wench Cherry January 7, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I have a regular doctor’s appointment this morning and a therapist visit in the evening. Not thrilled about that one since it means I won’t get home until 8:30 tonight but the other therapist in town wasn’t booking anyone until March. A little nervous about the regular dr’s appointment because I’m having some weird symptoms. I don’t think its anything life threatening but I’m still nervous.

    The rest of the week will be busy at work since our team leader is not going to be here in the office after Wednesday. I have no idea how that’s going to work out.

    I’m also going to make sure I’m well stocked up on audio books since that two hours a day is just way to much thinking time. Thinking too much can become dwelling and that’s not good for anyone.

  16. Teresa Hill January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hi,
    Will state again, because I didn’t do so well in the first test of the New Year: Will not get caught up in daughter drama. Will live my own life. Take care of my own stuff. Be happy in my work, my sweet animals and my husband.

  17. Redwood Kim January 7, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Well, this morning started off with hauling everyone out of bed for No. Damn. Good. Reason. School doesn’t start again until tomorrow.
    I did a shuffle last week. Steps forward, steps back. The Oldest was sick and I went into survival mode. I need to get some freezer meals stocked up so that I have healthier options available.
    This week, I am concentrating on moving the body and cooking dinners for my family.

    • AuntieJB January 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Freezer meals are a staple for me. I’d be eating fast food all the time if I didn’t have ready-to-go food in my freezer!

  18. inkgrrl January 7, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    Survived delayed parental Xmas visit yesterday. Up early today as I’m taking a beginning knitting class at a local yarn shop. I technically already know how to knit, but I keep forgetting and crocheting instead, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I want to learn how to knit properly dammit, plus it gets me out of the house and forces me to be social. Sp of course, I’m getting anxious about it as I type. Chronic pain blargh. Happy New Year Huzzah!

    • Gin January 8, 2013 at 11:10 am #

      If you knit American-style instead of Continental, see if you can learn Continental. It’s a little more like crochet (holding yarn in left hand), so it may feel more natural for you, and I think it’s also easier on the joints (wrists/elbows) if you have chronic pain there.

      • German Chocolate Betty January 8, 2013 at 11:17 am #

        That’s interesting, Gin, that you find continental easier on the wrists and elbows. I find that the constant twisting up and down of both wrists (causing torsion of the forearms) to drop the thread (left hand) and pickup the stitch (right hand) is much harder on both wrist and elbow joints.

        I guess this is a “to each her own” thingy… (I know how to do continental, but I do a “customized” version of American-style that I created myself…)

    • Gin January 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Many roads to Oz in knitting, as in writing. I do find Continental easier on me. Shoulda’ mentioned circular needles too — even for straight knitting. They’re really light, and not having the long ends of straight needles flopping around seems to put less stress on my joints.

  19. Kieran January 7, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    I can’t wait to see you swimming again!!!

    My goals this week:

    1) read a new book called KILLER EMOTIONS to get my emotions back in the proper place–they’re taking over. I’m making big decisions when I’m highly emotionally charged, and that’s a risky place to be when making big decisions. This book talks about defining your PETS–personal emotional triggers–among other things. Very interesting so far. Saw the guy on the TODAY show.

    2) Finish the effing book.

    3) Stop lying to myself. I can’t finish the effing book this week! But I can maybe finish a lot of it.

  20. Mary Stella January 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

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  21. Mary Stella January 7, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    It’s my birthday so I am dancing and celebrating the good of life. I’m 55 which means I step up a level for some discounts somewhere. Apparently I can also catch up on some retirement fund donations.

    More importantly, I believe in celebrating myself and embracing where I am today and where I’m heading tomorrow. I never bemoan my advancing age. It sure as hell beats the alternative!

    • KimCz January 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Happy Birthday!

    • Robin S. January 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      Happy, happy Birthday! And, yeah, it sure as hell beats the alternative!

    • Kieran January 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Happy birthday, Mary! You look a lot younger, BTW. Not that 55 is old. But you look younger. :>)

    • Nan January 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Happy Birthday, Mary!! Enjoy your day!!

    • Robena Grant January 7, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      Happy birthday, Mary!

    • Megan Coakley January 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Happy Birthday, Mary! And thanks for the reminder to celebrate where we are today.

    • Catherine January 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Happy Birthday Mary.

      • Jill January 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

        Happy B Day, Mary Stella !

    • Jenny January 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Happy Birthday, baby!

    • Chris S. January 7, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      Happy Birfday!

    • Lulu January 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

      Happy Birthday, Mary!

      Indeed, celebrate yourself!

    • Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Just some odd trivia, but 5 and 5 in Japanese can be pronounced “Go-Go!” Sounds like you have a powerful start for your 55th year. Happy Birthday!

    • SusanM January 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

      Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day.

    • Kelly S. January 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Happy birthday!

  22. Cindy January 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I need to exercise. So I just need to do it.

    Keep doing fun little things with hubby.

    And keep from going insane by watching good TV shows…I just started Battlestar Galactica. Wow! It’s so good.

    Go to the nail salon this weekend.

    And stay on top of the other stuff…doctors’ appointments, etc.

  23. KateGeorge January 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Trudging interspersed with dancing. I never know from one minute to the next what it’s going to be. My goal for this week, besides writing which is always there and I never do enough of is sleep. I’m going to endeavor to get to sleep earlier so that I don’t nod off during the day, or driving, operating heavy machinery…

    Then if I can do that this week, next week I’m going to add getting back on the exercise bike. I can’t write books if I’m not alive to do it.

  24. KimCz January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Trudging…
    I am working on getting the Christmas decorations put away. I really should have done it at the end of last week. I can’t really complain though, I thoroughly enjoyed the last holiday week with Sully and Boo.

    Dancing…
    I am going to continue walking everyday and doing my strength exercises.

    Once I get the Christmas decorations put away I can start working on my new project, the laundry alcove.

    Tonight, I am going to get back to my WIP. (If I keep repeating that, it will happen, right?)

  25. Robin S. January 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Trudging. The real world is intruding on top of what I want to finish and I’m waking up in the middle of the night on my back with my arms crossed tightly across my chest. Which just does wonders for my neck.

    Go take pictures of the store-room. We finished way too late last night (we’ve got a deadline) which made our Epiphany nod too rushed to really be enjoyable.

    My daughter leaves on Sat. so we need to get all her crap taken care of this week.

    All my monthly boxes are up in the livingroom with the Christmas tree. No room. I need to use daughter and get the packing lists made so if I need something or “miss” something I can find it.

    Get started putting Christmas away. Daughter in particular needs to put all her presents away and take her ornaments off the tree and get them packed away. BEFORE she leaves!

    Beginning of the month shopping needs to be done before daughter leaves.

    And then there’s school crap for my son and paying the bills and…

  26. Robena Grant January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m somewhere between trudging and dancing. Maybe tiptoeing? I’ve started back into new writing. The last six months of 2012 were all about edits and copyedits and final edits, and juggling three books at the same time, so nothing new was being written…

    I haz new words on a page!

    I love the photo of Barb and Reb. What a lovely thing to do, connect with internet friends in faraway places. I’m sure it was a lovely time for both of you.

  27. Sure Thing January 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Happy Birthday Mary!

  28. Catherine January 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    After being inspired by Max’s couch to 5k goal I looked at some events. Except I looked at New Orleans events. There are a heap of possibilities. One is supporting spinal health which resonates particularly well with me. Seven years ago I had a slew of honey comb fractures in one vertebrae from a car accident and consider myself lucky that was all.
    I’ve been increasing my walking since last October. I mix it up a lot. Some days 30 minutes, some days 80. Yesterday I did my first deliberate 5k in years. I live on a subtropical plateau… So the views are stunning…and hills are part of my training route. It took me 100 minutes. I’m getting that time down. I’m back to walking an hour in the rainforest today, then another 5k tomorrow. I figure if I train on hills in an Australian summer I should be ok in New Orleans in spring. I’m surprised that I’m entertainv the idea of a walk/run.I’ll talk to my doctor next week. Although I also consider getting down to 60 minutes within the next couple of months excellent. My exercise agenda is set. Today I’m also going to the beach with my daughter, seeing the phycologist I’ve been seeing from when Mum first got sick, and having dinner with Dad and my daughter at Dads Thai place.

    • Catherine January 7, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Woohoo I just measured yesterday’s training route. It’s 6k. I’ve instantly improved my 5k time.

    • Kelly S. January 7, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      I will say, I am jealous of your location! Mid-MI isn’t that lovely.

      • Catherine January 8, 2013 at 12:44 am #

        I’m focussing on natural beauty in this area. Each place has some flaws. The small town mentality of every one thinks they either know your business or are entitled to is increasingly driving me a little bats. I’m stubbornly dancing just out of reach…. It takes focus though.

  29. Megan Coakley January 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I’m trudging through today because I’ve been up the past two nights with Five. He’s got a virus that’s giving him spiky fevers overnight. I’m feeling too old to be up in the middle of the night with young ‘uns.

    That said, Four decided on New Year’s Eve that he wanted to “become more fit,” so I said I would help him. We’ve been using an indoor walking DVD for the past week and we’ve walked a brisk mile each day. It’s funny how I wouldn’t exercise for myself but I will for him. Yesterday, I felt like I could keep going, so I just might!

  30. Lois January 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I leave for a conference in LA on sat am. I have only been to the airport there, never the city. Because I won’t have much free time I will at least enjoy being somewhere without snow. But that means packing, taking down the Xmas tree, lots of calls before I go, etc. Sounds like trudging.
    Went for a walk earlier and the sun and silly dogs made that more like dancing.

  31. Maria Powers January 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I am currently moving forward with some occasional skipping thrown in.

    My goals this week:

    1) Catch up at work from vacation
    2) Have Eye surgery tomorrow: it’s just a cataract, but still scary and excited all rolled together. I haven’t seen clearly without glasses since I was 10. Yep, 40 years of blurry vision.
    3) Start back on exercise – well regular exercise.

  32. Chris S. January 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m up to walking upright after a horrible bout of flu (Two weeks of utter misery, one week of slow recovery. Boo! Don’t catch it!) But it’s all about going forward, even if I have to take it a little more slowly than I was hoping.

    I started a 2013 Master List, partly for fun and partly to remind myself of things I want to try/do/accomplish. Some of the items are easy, like “reschedule eye appointment”. Some are more pointed: “Install the damn coat hooks.” And some are just aspirations: “Iceland.”

    (by which I mean visit, not conquer. Don’t wanna mess with the Vikings.”

    • Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

      I just saw the strangest thing on TV yesterday about an Icelandic outdoor bath — apparently, they take geothermal energy, turn it into electricity, then use the electricity to heat the water for the bath. (The “bath” is at least the size of an Olympic swimming pool, and there’s co-ed, swimsuited bathing.)

      Sounds wasteful to me, but oh, I want to go! (-: Not going to happen in 2013, though. Maybe 2014, on the way back from somewhere?

  33. Micki January 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Just a quickie before I read the comments, but I think you should talk about anything you want to talk about. Your struggles with depression can help someone else recognize depression in herself, or find the courage to get meds, or work up the energy to get those meds changed.

    If you don’t want to talk about it, that’s something else.

    Take care, and remember that things will get better. (I’m slogging a bit myself, but I’m going to try to write, finish a basketweave hood, and clean up my files at work this week. I need the slog to clear the dance floor.)

  34. SusanM January 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    My big project for this week is to finish and submit the plant order for the school spring plant sale. The spreadsheet doesn’t work on my home laptop, so I have to stay late at work to finish.

    Working on organizing my morning routine so I’m up and out of the house without rushing around. One day down, four to go.

    In preparation for the sewing class I’m taking later this month, I need to go to the fabric store and pick out the material for my dress. So exciting.

  35. Carol January 7, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    My agenda is to get hair cut, finish the bloody year-ends and keep on loosing weight. 7 lbs so far. Booked two writing classes at UBC for February and now I’m dancing.

    It’s the end of the day and I’m tired from looking after grand daughter but on the other hand, I get a great work out lifting 25 pounds up and down all day long.

  36. Kelly S. January 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    Hubby and I are starting a new exercise program and diet. I expect having us do this together improves our chances of success. It was funny tonight listening to DH complaining about the eating plan.

    Work is very busy, so there’s that.

    I am also planning on going thru 1 segment in Mango Languages per night during the week to improve my Spanish.

  37. Reb January 8, 2013 at 1:45 am #

    Trudging through work this week, mainly because there’s a lot of it.

    Dancing overall because I’m still buzzing from last week. Long may that last!

    For years, I’ve wanted to reinvent myself as fit woman who’s fluent in German and an excellent photographer. So this week, I’m going to spend at least 2 minutes a day on each of those goals. If that works, I’ll keep it up all year. Anyone can do two minutes a day, right?

    So far it’s working. Yesterday I did some shoulder exercises, read Terry Pratchett in German instead of wimping out and diving into the English, and studied a friend’s neighborhood through photography eyes. Was very pleased with myself!

    • German Chocolate Betty January 8, 2013 at 5:56 am #

      Reb — frohes Schaffen und viel Erfolg!!

  38. Lola January 8, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    That back yard is beautiful. Love the photo.

    If the weather is warm this weekend, I’m going to finish painting the bedroom walls.

    This morning I swept the kitchen floor and put a nice, new rug down in front of the sink and one of my dogs has already thrown up on it. Filed under: this is why we can’t have nice things.

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