Sunday ♦ Late last night, which was Saturday night, my son and I were commiserating with one another about our situation. One of the reasons I picked the particular diet we’re both on is that we’re not ever supposed to get hungry. Other benefits of this diet (besides the resulting weight loss) include: cleaning up one’s blood chemistry so that cholesterol and blood sugar levels normalize and sugar and carb cravings go away. Since we have annual visits to the doctor coming up in late October, I was pretty psyched about going on this diet. I mean, what’s not to love? I’m looking forward to the doctor saying how proud he is of us for losing so much weight and that all of our blood work came back
Wednesday ♦ My husband and I kind of had it out the other day. He’s frustrated. He’d like to retire. I would like him to retire. Still we need to bring in money so we can, you know…live. This means the pressure is on me to become a successful writer (sooner rather than later) so the above can happen, “…if that is really what you want to do with your life,” he says. “If you want to be a writer, though, you can’t treat it like a hobby. You have to focus and work at it every day just like any other job.” Ya think! That’s what I’ve been telling him: I need several hours of alone time every day so I can write my stories, book, and blog.
Monday ♦ As inspiration for starting this blog, a friend in marketing recommended I watch the movie, Julie & Julia. (Yes, I know. It’s 2015 and this is the first time I’ve seen the movie. Better late than never, right?) It’s about a woman (Julie Powell) who (like me) wanted to open up new writing opportunities in her life. One of the points my friend was trying to make, something that Julie Powell also espoused in the movie, was that in order to create a successful blog, one should focus on one topic…like the challenge of cooking one’s way through all 500 plus recipes in Julia Child’s iconic cookbook in a
Friday • It snowed yesterday. I know it’s pretty and everything, but, you know, if I was meant to live in freakin’ cold weather and enjoy pretty winter scenery, I would have been born north of the D/FW area. But I wasn’t. And I haven’t moved to cooler climes either. Know why? Because I’d rather deal with one hundred plus degree weather any time over this wind-chill-in-the-single-digits nonsense. That’s why.
I’ll need to get her a plant to take care of because…nothing says you’re out there and living on your own like taking care of a plant. It will be a hearty plant, one that can thrive on neglect if need be. I bet my daughter will pick out a really good name for it. When I see her, I’ll be able to ask her how her plant, what’s-it’s-face is doing. It will give us something to talk about.
Monday ♦ I am back to pretend blogging again because this whole blog thing has been utterly confusing, disappointing and slightly disturbing. When my brother Richard and his wife Kim came to town in late March, Kim fearlessly helped me set up a blog site on WordPress. I was so glad because like I’ve said before, I needed someone to hold my hand through the process. And by that I mean, I needed someone else to sit down and physically set it up for me while I watched and provided key information like − passwords. Kim and I were drinking chilled white wine at the time and we set up the blog site while we were a wee bit tipsy. In hindsight, this was probably not the best idea.