Normally when I count off a five things posting, I try to stay on a theme of some sort. Lately my life has been random enough it seems to be becoming a theme of it’s own. My head seems to be swimming around too many things lately, it’s hard to make sense of any of it.
1) My husband comes home this week.
After six weeks apart, the light at the end of the tunnel is here. As it always does, time has flown by, and by the end of the week our family will be complete again. As happy as my daughters and I are, I think the biggest reaction will actually end up coming from the dog. She went through a depression the first couple of weeks he was gone, and has gone nuts looking for him every time she hears his voice on the computer. I’m not sure anything I do will be able to compete with the excitement she will show when she sees him again.
The only bad side of my husband coming home is my lack of anniversary gift for him. Last week we hit our 13th wedding anniversary. Since he has been gone, I haven’t been too worried about getting anything together for him. Now that he is coming home, it is a mad dash to get things finished.
2) Being sick sucks.
I know, this should be obvious, but sometimes it still needs to be said. After a few weeks of misery, I was finally able to be diagnosed with a lovely stomach infection I am certain no one really wants to hear about. Unfortunately, the medicine I need has to be shipped from the states, leaving me miserable for a few more weeks (hopefully less than that) and getting to start an exceptionally restrictive diet in order to keep things from getting worse. I know I have been really sick before, and possible more uncomfortable, but I have to say that this time is the worst. Why? Because it is in the present. This is the sick I am currently dealing with, and as always, that makes it the worst one ever.
3) I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever finish all of the stories I have going.
This is one I feel like I shouldn’t complain about. When I started the year, I had a goal to finish the three open novels I already had. I wasn’t necessarily planning on having them be perfect and ready to publish, though I wouldn’t mind that. Mostly I was looking for good drafts. Since then I have outlined 7 more stories, and written basic synopsis of 5 others. That gives me a total of 15 unfinished stories. Even counting the fact that some of them may turn out to be horrible ideas that go no where, it’s hard to complain about having too many ideas when I know there are people out there who would love to have more story thoughts.
As I am a slow writer (something I have mentioned before) I am working to find ways to be more efficient. I am writing more chapter outlines than I ever have before, which seems to be helping me keep track of where I am going. I’m also working on revising my daily writing goals. I used to write based on time; if I knew I would have three hours available, I would write for three hours. It never seemed to matter how much I got done, and sometimes those three hours would be squandered away on other things such as checking laundry and refilling my tea. Last week I tried making a goal of 2000 words for Friday. During the hour I had available that afternoon I only hit 1100. Having a word goal brought me back later, and after my children went to bed, I sat down and pounded out another 1100 words, putting me over my daily goal. Maybe I happen to be the kind of writer who needs a numerical goal like that to succeed; it is definitely worth exploring more.
4) Gardening was much easier last year.
Last winter I was cold and miserable in the snow. This year, I was relieved that we didn’t have as much cold weather as the year before. Unfortunately, that also meant the garden was ripe for overgrowing with weeds. Combining that with the difference of being in school now versus out last year and I can’t seem to find much time to get everything together. I’ve been pushing through, mostly due to my deep love of fresh vegetables. After four hours yesterday I was proud to have 6 zucchini and 6 yellow squash plants added to my garden as well as weed treatments on my zucchini patch, my corn patch, and my daughters sunflower patch. Now, I just have to wait until the yummy starts coming. With all the trouble it has been this year, they better be amazing vegetables.
5) I’m really happy I found Tone it Up.
When someone mentioned Tone it Up to me a couple months ago, I figured it would be yet another program I started and never really finished. However, having 10-20 minute toning exercises show up on my phone everyday has been easy to fit in. Even being sick, most of their stuff is things I can do, though occasionally I have to modify. I’m really enjoying the program, and I am hoping that when I am better, I can keep going even stronger. It is amazing what finding the right health program for you can do to your motivation.
Just as a small reminder, I am not paid by Tone it Up. I simply found a program I like, and am choosing to share the name with you. If anyone decides to join up with them, you can put my name, Shannon Bradford, as a reference, but it won’t do anything for me that I know of. Not everything is for everyone, this thing just happens to be what makes me happy right now.