I’m not convinced that it makes a whole lot of sense for me to check-in, but I think it’s worse not to show up, even if all I can say is “not much.”
The house is coming along slowly; we don’t quite have wireless yet as our router decided to go into the great beyond somewhere in Delaware.
I spent yesterday buying work clothes, which was difficult as I hate to go clothes shopping. I was a full-blown anorexic as a teenager, and although I joke that I recovered far too well, the truth is that I never really recovered from the skewed self-image. I avoid mirrors, so trying on clothes in the three-sided mirror is torture. My husband was along for some necessary cheerleading–he has a good eye for clothes that will flatter me, and is honest without being brutal about how things look.
I have a character that does not much like herself, so my muse was taking notes on how I was feeling through the several-hour process. Something good needs to come out of it! Seriously, I did get several good work outfits for my new management role, where I can’t dress as casually as I could in Florida.
I start work tomorrow, which has me rather nervous. I am hoping to be able to use the test mile to work out some of that fear, which the logical part of me knows is unwarranted.
What I accomplished: I did manage a couple of days of journalling with the test mile.
What I learned: The anorexic is only dormant. I have to find ways to get healthy and lose weight that do not bring the anorexic back to full tilt. Several ROWers are doing some very good series on health, like Marcia Richards; I am also finding August McLaughlin‘s blog, especially her honest post on her own eating disorder, very helpful.
On a happy note, I met fellow ROWer Eden Mabee for tea and an indulgent pastry at a very dangerous shop in Albany. It’s interesting to meet someone in person that one has known online for a while; there’s so much in common, and yet so many topics that don’t come up in the on-line writer community environment. I had a lovely time, and garnered many good suggestions on everything from historical places to check out to good grocery stores.
It makes me think about Kait Nolan‘s post about not having any writers nearby. I certainly felt much that way when I lived in Florida; I met C. M. Cipriani a couple of times, but we were the only writers I could find in the area. I am looking forward to meeting more of the writers I have met online who live in the area.
Also, maybe by Sunday’s check-in, I will actually have done some writing! It would be nice to come into the end of the Round with some writing, no?
Please go encourage the rest of the ROWers in the final stretch here.