This was a great weekend on a lot of fronts, yay! It followed a couple of days of being sick, so double yay! It seems that the fridge in our rental home was not cooling as it should, but we didn’t realize it in time to save ourselves from eating things that had gone bad. Thursday night, I was feeling very rough; Friday I went to work feeling only slightly better. I found out I have several lovely colleagues, who offered help; one offered a home remedy, which worked quite well, and another who was headed out to a doctor’s appointment asked if I needed anything from the pharmacy. I was touched and grateful–I haven’t worked in a place like this for far too long.
Writing: I took one of WANA international’s courses, From Story to Idea, with Donna Newton on Saturday, so I was glad I felt better by the time it happened. It was such a helpful course, in that Donna put together a lot of puzzle pieces that I had been staring at without seeing the bigger picture. I had several aha! moments, and got some wonderful ideas about organizing a longer work. I’ve never written any fiction longer than a novella, so I was worried about approaching a novel. I spent some time both yesterday and today putting some of Donna’s suggestions in place.
Community: I’m still working on this goal. I am doing all right on the sponsorship duties, but have only lurked on several blogs that I tend to follow. Baby steps, though.
Health/Exercise: Being sick put a crimp in eating anything, although it did help my hydration! Ihave slowly been walking a bit more–not up to 10,000 steps a day, but getting better. I like our neighborhood in that we walk to a lot of shops. I want to walk the dogs, but they need a little bit of socialization. Our Weimaraner is very protective, especially of me if I’m alone, so it’s tricky to walk him in an urban neighborhood. It’s a work in progress.
It’s cooling off more at night here, and that is helping me sleep, thank goodness.
Personal: Despite being ill, he past few days have very good personally. Friday was my husband’s birthday. We all walked up to a nice restaurant a few blocks away. All the men in the family had recovered enough to have nice meals, so I enjoyed hanging out with them while drinking water and peppermint tea.
The three of them had a boys’ night out to see a movie, while I stayed home and wrote. I also spent some one-on-one time with each of them, once I felt better. Both of them needed to talk about the massacre in Aurora. It will take a long time for any of us to work through the emotions that incident evoked. My thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends.
The participants in the Round of Words are a diverse, interesting group. They would appreciate some encouragement here.