Monday, October 31, 2011

The Insanity Begins....

NaNoWriMo starts at midnight tonight.  It's 11:21 and I'm still awake because I'm going to start NaNo at midnight and then promptly (by 12:15am) go to bed.

Tomorrow night I have the first night of my new volunteer gig which will run from when I get there (hopefully about 5:30pm) until I finish (they estimate 2 hours. I am thinking that the first couple times will probably be closer to 3 hours.  Then come home, feed the chinchilla, feed Girl Cat her gooshyfood, try to wolf down some dinner, check e-mail and social media whilst eating and accommodating a cuddly Girl Cat then retiring to the office to frantically post a blog post and get in a few paragraphs on the NaNo Novel.

Wednesday night I am going to a write-in after work so will be home late, feed the chinchilla, feed Girl Cat her gooshyfood, try to wolf down some dinner, check e-mail and social media whilst eating and accommodating a cuddly Girl Cat then retiring to the office to frantically post a blog post and get in a few paragraphs on the NaNo Novel.

By this weekend I should be pathetically behind on my wordcount for the NaNo Novel, need to do the last of the cleaning that can reasonably be done at this point, clean out the car (including going to the DIY carwash), deal with the paperwork for the week, check to see if there are any write-ins happening, work on my novel AND start to pull together my product for my online store.  Because if I don't get that going, I will have nothing to sell for the holiday season. Nevermind that I SHOULD have started that in September but September was a fustercluck and October I was busy cleaning and organizing and trying to get used to "the new normal" so here it is almost freakin' NOVEMBER and I am desperately behind.  I will confess that at this point I am pretty much resigned to having to pretty much write an entire 50,000 words on the 4 day Thanksgiving weekend.

And now, I am off to the virtual kick-off for NaNoWriMo.  See ya on the flipside!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I Sold My Soul to NaNoWriMo

I am a classic over-doer... and November is a key example of that every year.   So, here's the dealio about me and November...

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November (so, roughly 1650 words/day).

Add to that the fact that I signed up last month to do some volunteer work.  Guess what starts in NOVEMBER? Yep, there are 2 evenings where 2-3 hours of my time will be taken up doing volunteer work.  Not a big deal except I'll be doing it after I have worked my "day job" all day.  And then I have to come home, eat some dinner, write my 1650 words, maybe blog and catch up on emails and social media.

Remember LAST week when I wanted to get to bed at a decent hour every night? Well, I'm telling you now, screw that plan for November.  It's not going to happen and I know it.

I also realized that it is sheer insanity to think that the Closet o' Doom is going to get any attention in the month of November.  And while I may be crazy, I am not crazy enough to take on the Closet o' Doom in November because it will just make everyone (mostly me) very unhappy and stabbity.  Frankly, making sure that the critters get fed and the litter boxes get scooped and my basic household/self care chores get accomplished is going to stretch me to the limits in November.

So... if I start to slip on daily blog posts here, I swear that it's just for the month of November and I'll be better about it in December.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Party of One

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  It's been, well, honestly, probably DECADES since the last time I went to a Halloween Party and this year I'm really wishing I had gotten to go to one.  But, I suppose that would mean I had friends who live somewhere locally instead of friends who live in my computer.

I finally made it to one of the Tribal Blogs Slumber Party gatherings tonight.  It was a lot of fun. I need to get a sling or something so I can cuddle my cat and still type.  As it is now, she drapes herself on my shoulder and my left arm makes sure she doesn't go sliding away which leaves me with just one hand to type which makes it really slow going.

It will be interesting to see if I get any trick-or-treaters this year.  I haven't had one yet in the two years I've been here.  I have candy, just in case.  I am hoping we get trick-or-treaters cuz it will be a sad, sad day for my hips if I have a big ol' bag of candy sitting around.  But I tried the trick of buying candy I DON'T like one year for Halloween and that stuff was still sitting around when the next Halloween came around. And that's wasteful.

I DID get the one major task I needed to get done this weekend done, though. The bedroom is sufficiently cleaned  (just need to tame the closet and it'll be completely done) And I got my new lease signed.  My rent went up $20 a month, which isn't awful especially considering that it didn't get raised at all last year.  I am hoping I can afford to move somewhere nicer next year but unless I get a hefty raise, I likely won't be able to move until mid-late 2013.

I'd better stop eating the toffee, though. I don't want to end up resembling The Great Pumpkin!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Weekend

Halloween is my favorite holiday, which is a little weird since I am not a huge fan of children but the part of Halloween that most kids are interested in (free candy) is not why I love Halloween.  I love the whole costume thing... getting to be someone else (if only in appearance) for a while.

This weekend is going to be busy.  I have to finish getting the bedroom cleaned up. I need to run the vacuum, clean up the kitchen (including cleaning out the fridge) which will mean I'll have to take trash out.  I am debating whether to clean out the car this weekend or next weekend and Sunday is the NaNoWriMo kickoff.  PLUS, I need to start getting the product together for my online store so I can (maybe) get some holiday sales.

I'm also renegotiating my lease where I live and working on getting coupons together for my grocery shopping. I am still pretty new to the coupon thing so it probably takes me way longer than it should to find, print and clip coupons.

Tonight, though, it's time for nice, warm bath then bed.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Baby, it's COLD outside

It's... a little chilly.  Not at all overwhelming, just a little chilly.  I set the thermostat at about 65 and turned from AC to heat this evening.  The heat hasn't really come on but I figure this way if it gets colder overnight I won't wake up with icicles on my toes.  As it is, I am going to take a nice, hot bath before bed so I won't lay there shivering (which makes it nearly impossible to sleep).  I know I've been told over the year that for optimal sleep, you need to keep yourself cool, which is all fine and dandy, I suppose, if you have a normal body temperature. I tend to run a bit cold though (normal temp for me is about 97, normal temp for most people is 98.6) and I CANNOT sleep if I am cold.

Still, I moved here from the Frozen Wasteland of Minnesnowta and do not miss that ONE BIT.  I do not miss ice. I do not miss snow. I do not miss 40 degrees BELOW ZERO for days on end. I do not miss gray, dreary skies for months on end.  I hated that with a passion and I am perfectly happy to deal with baking Texas summers which threaten to melt you when you step out your front door.  I'll deal with fingers burned on seatbelts and shift levers that leave me needing a skin graft because they're so hot.  At least I don't have to count my fingers and toes when I come in to make sure one didn't FALL OFF outside.  Anywhere that you can go outside and start getting frostbite in SECONDS is a place that I have no need to be!

Well, my brimming email box and then a hot bath await me.  It's past "a decent hour" for bed tonight and I'm not going to even come close.  It was a good run while it lasted!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sure, let's just arbitrarily move holidays!

Still trying to get to bed "at a decent hour" this week.  I'm still making it by 10:45 every night, but it's a challenge.

I'm trying to figure out why, at 10PM, there are kids (not teens, but little, elementary school age kids) running around unsupervised outside. What parent thinks this is a good idea (Ok , the parent who wants some peace and quiet in their apartment but, HELLO, this is not suburbia and it isn't safe for the kiddos outside after dark). But these are not my children, right? Why do I care? Is it the whole "it takes a village to raise a child" mindset? Who knows?  I suppose it's none of my damn business and I should just not let it borrow me.

Oh! But I did find something on Facebook tonight. Someone posted some ridiculousness about a legislator in Connecticut who wants to move Halloween to "the last Saturday in October" because it would be more convenient.  Hey buddy, do you suppose we could move Christmas so it always falls on a Thursday so I can have a 4-day weekend?  Halloween is NOT just "trick-or-treat" day, there is an ancient religious REASON it falls when it does and unless you're open to the suggestion of arbitrarily moving Christmas to make it more convenient, I suggest you leave Halloween alone.  That being said, having the annual "trick-or-treat" day always be on the last Saturday of October is fine with me, just call it "trick-or-treat day" and not HALLOWEEN.

And please, if you feel the need to flame me to a crisp over this, do it via email.  For the record, I am not a satanist, honestly, Satan isn't even part of my belief system.  All I am saying is you can't just arbitrarily move holidays to make them more convenient if they have a historical religious significance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I came home tonight and did my laundry right away.  I used the WonderWash and it only takes a couple of minutes and *voila* clean clothes.  Yeah, they have to drip dry, but I really don't mind and if it saves me having to go to the laundromat, I'm all for it.

I thought about the other things I need to get done in the next week or so and the fact that I have a couple of projects at work that I really, really need to get done before Bosslady comes back and will likely end up staying late at least one of the remaining nights this week because every time I get something started during the day, there is another telemarketer on the phone and it is, quite frankly, really getting old.  Add to that the fact that people ask me to do things that Bosslady usually does (which I don't mind because it shows they have a little faith in me) but yesterday, the task I was asked to do took about 3 hours and I have other things I need to get done.  Still, I am supposed to be her backup/right hand person and so I endeavor to do that as much as possible when she's gone.

I also got reminded today to follow up on a project I'd started months ago but then never got information that was promised so I sortve let it drop.  I suppose I'll have to spend most of tomorrow working on that.  Which means that Thursday is probably the elected stay late night because who wants to stay late on Friday night?  And I have things going on this weekend and have to pay rent and then it's almost freakin' November already and I am doing NaNoWriMo this year so most of the evenings in November will be novel writing.  Which means I need to get the housekeeping that needs to be done finished up this weekend.

And I am thankful that I don't have any obligations on Thanksgiving this year. No family function that I have to attend, no football games I have to pretend to be interested in, no awesome food (wait... I am a little less than thankful about no awesome food...) but no binge eating and regret is a plus, right?

I'm doing fairly well in my quest to get to bed at a decent hour this week.  I haven't made 10:30 every night but I'm in bed by 10:45.  Now, if I can just have a night where I can STAY in bed, that'll be awesome.  (I was cold last night so got up and sat in a nice, hot bath for a while. Where I fell asleep... and then had a hard time sleeping once I got to bed...I'm pretty sure I'm part mermaid.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Everyone talks about kicking bad habits but what about cultivating good ones?  I was almost ready to log off and go to bed tonight (at a decent hour... so there was flaw one in my plan) and realized I hadn't yet blogged. 

I really want to have some self-discipline and it seems a terrible struggle for me. As comforting as routine can be, I feel almost genetically compelled to buck the system, even when the system is of my own devising.

Plus, I really need some focus and I've got a decided lack of that, too. And it makes me crazy feeling distracted and like I'm running in a hamster wheel accomplishing nothing.

However, I think I can pin tonight's fuzziness on the fact that my wonderful (asshat) neighbor blasted his stereo for most of last night loud enough to shake my walls and prevent me from getting any sleep.  I don't know if everyone else was invited to the party or if people are comatose/in drug-induced hazes/are tired from wrangling their herds of children but all the neighbors seemed well rested this morning. Which then makes me wonder if the cats are slipping ME catnip.

And when you start worrying about your cats turning you into a 'nip head, it's clearly time for bed.

Sunday, October 23, 2011's Sunday?

I have no idea why I didn't post yesterday.  I guess I had thought that I did but then when I looked this morning, no post. So... maybe the gremlins took it away or maybe I have some sort of brain fog or something.  In any case, it's Sunday now and I am determined to get a decent amount of sleep this week which will include needing to get to bed at a decent hour tonight. 

I went to the laundromat today.  I do have a WonderWash and have been using it but I had towels and some heavier shirts that would take forever to drip dry and would probably end up feeling a little crispy.  The laundromat, though, is one of my least favorite places and so I do try to avoid it. But I braved it this afternoon and they had iCarly on the TV and that was... weird.  Not as weird as the hispanic cartoon shows on Saturday mornings at the laundromat and at least it was in English but it was hard to hear over screaming kids and the Mom who had conscripted her kids and was yelling orders at them as they occupied about half of the washers and dryers in the laundromat.    I don't know if these people save up all their laundry and wash it once a month or if they live in some sort of encampment and haul the entire encampment's laundry to the laundromat or what but it was a LOT of damn laundry she had those kids running around to take care of. 

A periodic trip to the laundromat was just what I needed to remind me that I don't want to go there unless I absolutely have to. 

I also took out the trash and ran the dishwasher today, as well as put the laundry away.  I know all of this probably sounds like no big deal but honestly, I am just NOT a Domestic Goddess so when things get done I feel inappropriately proud.

Meanwhile, the cat is mad at me because I ate dinner and didn't feed her yet.  I actually ate EARLY (for me) tonight and I don't like to feed the cat until about 8:30 otherwise she tries to act like she never gets fed and commences to complaining.

Well, going to go and get ready for the week! See y'all again soon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Finally Friday

I worked on the bedroom directly after coming home from work tonight so at least I got a little done in there.

Tomorrow I have errands to run (since I skipped shopping tonight partly out of ennui and partly so I could maybe find some more coupons to take with me) and am thinking about trying to (finally) get to a local (close to my house) art fair.  But then I will have to come home and get to work on the bedroom again.  My goal is to get it beaten into submission before I go to bed Sunday night.

I had entertained the notion of trying to go to the laundromat this weekend but it's too big of a time sink with everything else I want to do this weekend.

And... I am vaguely proud of myself for not ordering Chinese food tonight even though I really wanted to. In the end, I had a hard time justifying spending the money and it was getting late so I had salad and called it good enough.

Now I am off to do some coupon hunting before bed.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Best Laid Plans...

I had planned on going to bed early tonight. To make up for having been up until around midnight every day this week.  Alas, "early" was not meant to be.  It's now 10:30PM and I'm just getting to doing a blog post. I have at least an hour's worth of stuff I need to do before I can even THINK of going to bed.

This weekend I will be working on beating the bedroom into submission.  That sounds a lot more exciting (and naughtier) than it will actually end up being.  I may end up cheating and just putting things into the Closet O' Doom, since it's already the Closet O' Doom and how much worse could it be?  (Yes, I am aware that I have just tempted fate with that statement... I think the sleep deprivation is impacting my decision making skills).

I'd better run...I want to be in bed by 11:59PM so I can say I made it before midnight at least ONE night this week.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why I am still awake...

I should be in bed right now. Actually, I should be in bed an hour ago but here I am.  That's dedication. Or stupidity. Either way, I'm here.

Part of my problem is that I have things I need to get done. For instance, last night I needed to file my sales and use tax quarterly report thing online. But to do that I had to find a couple of numbers off the last paper that was sent to me and I had cleaned off my desk and haven't filed things so I had to go excavating for the paperwork I needed in order to get the filing done because you know how the tax people are... if you're late, they want money for your being late.  And since I have negative amounts of money, I needed to get my filing done. Which I did.  But I had other things I needed to do, too and it was midnight before I got to bed.  And then I laid in bed and thought about all of the other things I needed/wanted to do last night but didn't get to because it was MIDNIGHT and I needed to get to bed.  So, obviously, I need to figure out a way to lobby for more hours in a day or a shorter workweek or maybe I need a personal assistant who can do my job so that I can do all the other things that need doing. Or a clone. I wouldn't have to pay a clone (you don't have to pay clones of yourself, right?)

Anyhow... tonight I am up late because I had stuff to do and part of that "stuff" was to watch Tamona's awesome Smoothie Making Experience video ( theoretically, if you do the clicky on "Smoothie Making Experience" back yonder, it will take you to the video).  I'm not even mad that I stayed up so I could watch it because it was educational and fun and a good way for me to end my day on an up note.  (Like eating a bunch of Double Stuf Oreos only without the calories or guilt!)

Now that I've come and made my blog post, I can take a slug of The Green Death and go to bed (I've got allergies, The Green Death allows me to breathe... Don't Judge Me, people!)  Goodnight!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Local Bees

This post was actually sparked by comments on my last post (re:allergies).  I need to get my hands on some local honey to counteract my allergies. Except, I'm not sure that the bees in my neighborhood are currently employed in honey production. I rather think they may have been either downsized or outsourced due to the fact that they were totally MIA when it came to fertilizing my tomatoes this year and if you've ever tried to hand-pollinate tomatoes you know that if you think about the fact that you are manually aiding reproduction you probably feel a little used and/or dirty afterwards.  Maybe it's just me?

I am also beginning to think that my trashbags multiply while I sleep at night because no matter how much trash I take out, there always seems to be more to go out in the morning.

I am going to try to get to bed before 11PM tonight.  So far this week, I've made it by 11:30 which isn't good when 5:30 insists on being so early in the morning.

Monday, October 17, 2011


I'm getting my rump kicked by allergies. I believe it is ragweed right now.  I need to get my hands on some local honey and build up some immunity to this because not being able to breath and having very itchy, watery eyes is no fun.  Also, it doesn't help productivity.

I have to find some paperwork but it's not going to happen tonight. However, it MUST happen tomorrow night. I did get a load of laundry done tonight and paid a couple of bills, so I accomplished something.

Going to get to bed and see if I can sleep up some antihistimine!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chair Dancing

I'm taking a break from cleaning and listening to some music while catching up on the Internet.  I will confess to chair dancing while I am listening to the music.

I am hoping my cleaning goal for the weekend isn't too ambitious and that I can actually finish. Or at least get to the point that all I need to do is take the trash out.

But I am laughing as I listen to the music because I use Spotify and  they always want permission to post what I'm listening to on Facebook.  I think I would die of embarrassment if people knew what was on my playlist! I love the music but don't exactly want to admit to listening to it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

TipJunkie + Best Buy = Excellent Event

I was pretty excited to find in my perusing the Internet and/or my email inbox this week (it's late Saturday night, I'm a little fuzzy at the moment) that there was an invitation to an event on a SATURDAY (which would be today, October 15, 2011) and it involved techy stuff (yay!) plus bloggers! Aside from my neverending quest to find the perfect purse, one of my other big loves in life is tech stuff.  And add getting to meet bloggers to getting to fondle tech stuff and YES, COUNT ME IN!!

I have to admit I was a little hesitant to make a drive all the way out to Keller, TX.  It's not THAT far, but it's about 40 miles and it's not an area I am familiar with AND (as I found out well into my trek) there is a boatload of construction happening so I got detoured and rerouted but finally found the place (in a neighborhood that was so nice that I was afraid I would get arrested for just looking at the houses...waaayyyy outta my league).

There was a drawing for a gift card, they gave away a fabulous all-in-one computer (that, honestly, I didn't covet until I got to caress it's screen and fondle it's REMOTE CONTROL). Plus, there was FOOD. And it was a beautiful day.

The ONLY down side to the whole thing was sitting out on the porch/veranda/patio (I don't know the proper term) there were a couple little kids kicking a ball with no regard for the fact that it was smacking people in the face and landing on people's plates and there was just no parent in sight... but that wasn't enough to quell my enjoyment of the day at all and I chatted with some awesome people and even though I didn't win any cool tech gear I left feeling it was an afternoon well spent.  (Plus, I was patting myself on the back for NOT eating one (or more) of the absolutely huge, very delicious looking cupcakes they had on the table even though I really, really (did I mention REALLY) wanted one but was saved by the fact that they were NOT chocolate).

Thank you to Laurie (aka TipJunkie) for the invite!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Life Segmentation

Like most of us, I have a lot going on in my life.  To make it easier to deal with everything, I tend to break my life into segments. I have different email addresses, for instance, so I can direct certain kinds of mail to an address dedicated to that segment of my life (separation of the "professional" and "personal").

I don't do this to hide myself or for the purpose of any sort of deception, I simply want some clear lines between personal and professional life and it's easier to do if I don't lump everything together all in one place.

Alura Delorean started as a pen name for me.  She became an avatar in Second Life. And now Alura's CrossWorlds Cafe is being born so I have a place to talk about couponing and giveaways and sweepstakes and saving money and don't have to inundate people in other parts of my life with posts and tweets and soforth that they probably don't have an interest in.

Welcome to Alura's CrossWorlds Cafe... I hope you find something useful here.