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I really get annoyed when people write 'weary' instead of 'wary.'
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[livejournal.com profile] therealljidol topic 1: "When you pray, move your feet."

I want this statement to be literal, take it to mean that while you pray, it's only effective if you move your feet. Maybe that explains my unanswered prayers. I pray a lot. Not about everything, like I don't tend to pray about money woes, or that I'll get published. I pray to get pregnant. i pray for a healthy baby. In January while I was in the ER (turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy), a mother ran in with her little girl, screaming, "She's not breathing! Somebody do something!!!" I prayed for that little girl, said that I'd give up my pregnancy if she would be okay. I don't know what happened. I pretend she was fine, as I left the hospital with one fewer tube than I went in with, and no more pregnancy.

This year I have started thinking more about mindfulness, letting go of expectations and having faith in things working out the way they are supposed to in some way. I know this does not entail sitting passively and letting things happen to me. I still have to be active in order to create change. I use prayer as an intention, and I'm still not so great at being as busy as I think I need to be in order to get where I want to be. Most of my energy this year has been wrapped up in trying to get pregnant. I've had faith I'd be successful, while still ending up taking fertility drugs and starting acupuncture. I ran out of Clomid and decided I wasn't quite ready to give up on conceiving with no "big guns" (IUI, IVF). And now I'm pregnant. It's still early, so many things could still go wrong, but this one is in the right place, with a beating heart.

I don't talk about my faith much. I don't care what other people believe, and I don't like it when people try to force other people into one path or another. It makes me uncomfortable. I think I'm incredibly lucky that so many of my prayers have been answered, although I suppose I conveniently forget the ones that weren't. And I know it's not because I'm some fantastic Christian. Maybe it's because I'm always moving my feet--I am a constant fidgeter.
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Because I have this crazy image in my head that the more things I have on my plate, the more productive I'll be, I've decided to give [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol a try this go round....
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I am watching "When Fish Attack." So why have there been stories on WHALES and ELEPHANT SEALS?????? NOT FISH!!!!!

Okay, so they just said it's REALLY called "When Fish (and Other Sea Creatures) Attack." But it seems like they could have just called it when Sea Creatures Attack and that would have been a lot simpler.
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1. The Likeness by Tana French
I thought this book was incredibly sad. And it reminded me of the Donna Tartt book The Secret History. I'll be reading the next Tana French book soon, like I'll probably start it tomorrow.

2. Faithful Place by Tana French
This book was sad, but not nearly as sad as her other two. I quite enjoyed this one; in fact, I read it between 1 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
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The alchemy of murder by Carol McCleary

Appetites : why women want by Caroline Knapp

Frostbite : a [Vampire Academy novel] by Richell Mead

Invisible boy by Cornelia Read

The invisible circus by Jennifer Egan

The laughing gorilla : the true story of the hunt for one of America's first serial killers by Robert Graysmith

Making the perfect pitch : how to catch a literary agent's eye by Katharine Sands

Marilyn by Gloria Steinem

Marilyn Monroe : the biography by Donald Spoto

Marilyn, a biography by Norman Mailer

North and South by John Jakes

Other eyes by Barbara D'Amato

Revision & self-editing : techniques for transforming your first draft into a finished novel by James Scott Bell

The ultimate Jack the Ripper companion : an illustrated encyclopedia by Stewart P. Evans

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Write great fiction : plot & structure : techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish by James Scott Bell

You can make it big writing books : a top agent shows you how to develop a million-dollar bestseller by Jeff Herman

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The likeness by Tana French--finished 2/3
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So, my mom was having some pain and went to the doctor and they went ahead and let her get her mammogram. Everything is fine!!!!! So now we don't need to worry for a year. :) I am so relieved.

We are bribing Max to pee in the potty. He had to go 7 times to get a breakdown train. And he did it! I think he wants Kevin for the next goal. I don't know how many times we'll make the next one. He is very proud of himself. He says, "The breakdown train is a present for peeing in the potty."

I have been eating like crap and have gained 4 pounds. This is annoying to me but I'm doing okay today. I was back down to my December low and blew it. I don't know what's going on but I'm aware that it's emotional eating or something. Anyway, I'm working on it and I know I'll get back on track.

My hair is getting really long. I need to trim my bangs and also the rest of my hair but I like it being long. It's actually a bit longer than waist length!

I really like the mindfulness class. I think it's helping although it's bringing up a lot of stuff I don't really want to deal with.
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So I think it's kind of sad that Jim Walsh from Beverly Hills 90210 is doing V8 commercials now.
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1. Proven Guilty
2. White Night
3. Small Favor
4. Turn Coat
5. Changes
6. Side Jobs
(1-6 all by Jim Butcher)
7. The Apprentice
8. The Sinner
(7-8 by Tess Gerritsen)
9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
10. In the Woods by Tana French
11. Insatiable by Meg Cabot
12. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
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The alchemy of murder by Carol McCleary

Invisible boy by Cornelia Read

Jeff Herman's guide to book publishers, editors, & literary agents 2011 : who they are, what they want, how to win them over by Jeff Herman

Marilyn Monroe : the biography by Donald Spoto

North and South by John Jakes

Revision & self-editing : techniques for transforming your first draft into a finished novel by James Scott Bell

The ultimate Jack the Ripper companion : an illustrated encyclopedia by Stewart P. Evans

Write great fiction : plot & structure : techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish by James Scott Bell

You can make it big writing books : a top agent shows you how to develop a million-dollar bestseller by Jeff Herman

The all-new Atkins advantage : the 12-week low-carb program to lose weight, achieve peak fitness and health, and maximize your willpower to reach life goals by Stuart L. Trager

Ghoulish goodies by Sharon Bowers

Marilyn by Gloria Steinem

Marilyn, a biography by Norman Mailer

Potty training boys the easy way : helping your son learn quickly-- even if he's a late starter by Caroline Fertleman
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Making the perfect pitch : how to catch a literary agent's eye by Katharine Sands-had to return 1/18 (requested again)

Witches, pumpkins, and grinning ghosts : the story of the Halloween symbols by Edna Barth-returned without reading 1/20/11


In the Woods by Tana French--finished 1/23; returned 1/25

Insatiable by Meg Cabot--read 1/24; returned 1/25
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I don't know how I feel about this book. I liked it, but the main character really pissed me off. here there be spoilers )
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Update to last entry: I am not going to EVER order anything online from Barnes and Noble again, and will avoid spending any money there whenever possible. I was on hold for close to an hour, and then the woman with whom I spoke basically said that no one in the ENTIRE company would be able to cancel my order for the two items that weren't being shipped until the 20th. My only choices are to hang around and refuse the shipment, or call them back when I do receive the shipment (which I'm sure would entail being on hold for an hour), or return the items to a store for credit. What the fuck is up with that? None of those options are acceptable to me. I emailed them again, to tell them I wanted them to cancel the order, not like I'm expecting a reply.
She also made it sound like it was my fault because the book I ordered was holding up the order, and since the calendar and the book are coming from the same warehouse, there is nothing they could do. If the book isn't available to ship, then why say it is?
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Haven't done this in a long time. I love Miss Manners, but five of her might be a bit much! :)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, magenta_girl sent to me...
Twelve iguanas writing
Eleven tattoos cross-stitching
Ten paris a-collecting
Nine bears sewing
Eight saints a-drawing
Seven alligators a-painting
Six antiques a-knitting
Five mi-i-i-iss manners
Four flemish painters
Three holding grudges
Two torture devices
...and a bondage in a corsetry.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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So I drove Max to school today and it seemed like my car was running extra loud. It's been really loud lately, but this was ridiculous. I thought maybe it was because it was so cold out. However, when I got to the school I discovered that my left rear tire was totally flat. And I'd left my cell phone at home.
Anyway, I called my mom and got the AAA info from her (my card was in my wallet when it got stolen), and they showed up and towed my car to Firestone. They replaced my tire and changed my oil in time for me to pick Max up at school.
After the trip to Firestone my mom and I went to Starbucks and then to Publix. Then we stopped back at my house for a little bit and then I went back to her house and played the piano some and then she dropped me off at Firestone to pick my car up.
I brought Max home and he played and then later on my mom came over to visit him.
I'm having an unproductive day. That's making me feel stressed. I did lose two pounds overnight, and I've been drinking my water like mad, and that's good, but I am behind on my writing and my work and my holiday crafting.
I am having a hard time getting motivated. But I'm working on it. I will get stuff done. I'm excited about my craft projects but I don't want to get started on them until I feel like I'm catching up on my writing.
Tomorrow we're going to see Harry Potter. That will be a lot of fun. Okay, I am going to go work on book revisions while I'm feeling motivated.

Wish list

Dec. 1st, 2010 05:53 pm
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I thought, what the hey? I'm hoping i can find some that I can fulfill on other people's lists.

The rules:
Step One
- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals, or [info]holiday_wishes/[info]wish_list) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

here's mine... )
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How have I managed to give birth to a child who does not want to dress up for Halloween? He wants to go trick or treating but has no costume. He wouldn't dress up for the Halloween party at school, but didn't have a problem wearing his skeleton shirt so he looked sort of like he was in costume.

I'm very low energy, having had a migraine yesterday. I have two pumpkins that need carving so I guess I'll do that. And make pumpkin seeds later.

We are going to my dad's later on but that is probably all the trick or treating we will do.

Max just wants candy.

The house is a mess. My office looks a lot better, and so does the dining room, but I really want things to be neater and cleaner. Yet another thing to work on throughout the month.

Pierre has started taking the pills he needs to take for a month before his heartworm treatment. He'll be getting the first shot while he's boarding at the vet over Thanksgiving.

I'm not really in a bad mood but I'm very low energy. I'm feeling pretty optimistic though.
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I haven't posted in forever. I have gotten most of our stuff out of the Atlanta house. I think I'll have to rent a van one more time, but I really don't feel like driving it. I want Dave to do it. It's mostly his stuff that's left. But when I'm there I just want to do it and get it over with.
This last trip I got my china, and finally have some of it up on display. I've never done that before. Never had a place for it.
In two weeks my mom and I are going to have a yard sale here. It will be mostly books but some other stuff as well.
The opera was great. I'm so glad we are still doing that.
I wish I could get come pumpkin pie pop tarts but they do not fit in my diet. I found a recipe online to make your own, which I could maybe tweak at some point. I roasted two pie pumpkins this morning and am going to make pumpkin bread (low carb). I might make a regular loaf as well for Max. He loves pumpkin bread.
I've been trying to go through at least three boxes a day. There are so many of them! But I am making progress. I'm glad we're renting this place for another year. I wish I could swing buying it but I don't think we can make that happen.
Getting geared up to do nanowrimo again this year. I'm not sure what I'm going to write about yet.
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The subject of this post is my latest misread. It was supposed to be "evil has a destiny." (I was looking up Udo Kier last night and it led me to Rob Zombie's Halloween.)

I'm feeling super agitated and unhappy at the moment. Not quite sure what's sparked it, but most likely the upcoming movers (Atlanta house to Columbia house). I don't know why I'm so unhappy since I'll be getting my lovely washer and dryer back and I will be getting everything else that I don't even know I don't have here, which sounds exciting.

I'm going to try to get into a better mindset. This one certainly isn't helping. I think I'll eat something as well, since I'm hungry. Maybe that will make me feel better. It's just pot roast, but it turned out pretty well. The meat is a little dry but the veggies are super.

So moody!
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