Thursday, May 27, 2010


Thursday, May 27, 2010
Full Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Stormy and warm

Happy Birthday, Michelle!

My Preakness wrap-up, “Preakness Prana” is up on Femme Fan — if you still remember the race, here are the day’s highlights.

Got the grocery shopping done, dealt with the landlords (for the moment), heard back from the vet who was impressed that i know something about aromatherapy. Um, yeah, I’m not certified yet, but I’ve been working with herbs and oils for years, so why not put the knowledge into use, right?

Repotted most of the 22 houseplants yesterday. Those that didn’t need repotting at least got some fresh soil and tending. Planted some morning glories. They usually do pretty well here, even though I only have northern exposure. It’s been really hard to find seed packets this season. I haven’t ordered any, I figured I could pick them up at garden centers or whatever, but the displays just didn’t go up this year. Frustrating.

Didn’t commit too many words to paper yesterday, but did a lot of percolating. It was hot, and I wanted to keep myself, the cats, and the computer quiet. Actually, because there was low humidity during the day, it wasn’t bad. In the evening, the temperature went down and the humidity went up, so it was actually worse. Today, we’re supposed to have bad storms, so I’ll run my errands in the morning and then hunker down and work on the material for Confidential Job #1.

I was invited to an art opening at a local gallery. I’d like to go, but it’s on Belmont Day, so that’s out of the question.

Tried a new kind of ravioli last night. The filling was good (rosemary, ricotta, parmesan, and garlic), but I didn’t like the texture of the dough. When I have a big kitchen, I’m getting a pasta machine and experimenting with some recipes for fresh pasta. I don’t have the counter space here — even if I used the kitchen table instead of the counter. Purchased pasta is too gluey, and the wonton wrappers aren’t quite right, either.

Elsa wanted to snuggle yesterday evening, curling up next to me while I read. She hasn’t done that in ages, so I hope that means she’s feeling better.

Violet started sleeping in the cat carrier, an object she’s always hated. Go figure.

Went to bed ridiculously early last nigiht, which was good, because the cats kept it interesting. Iris threw up at two. Elsa woke me at 4:30 — she can’t tell the difference between a running day and a non-running day. So I gave her the medicine and went back to sleep. She woke me again at 5:30, because she needed her nose wiped. I wiped it and told her to let me sleep until 6. At 6:15, she was insistent that it was time to get up NOW, and, besides, she needed her nose wiped. I think her nose is sore. I’m going to wash her face with a solution made with rosemary and sage for disinfectant purposes, and then simple soap and water, and then put some aloe on it. Poor little thing.

Errands, work on confidential Job #1, and on some proposal papers I have to get out next week for someone down in DC. Hoping all the percolation will wind up in figuring out what I actually want to put down on paper. There’s a job I’m really interested in writing for a group down in Austin, but I’m not sure it’s the kind of thing I can do long-distance. But I can at least ask, right? And I have another job proposal I have to finish putting together.

I think someone’s been trying to hack into my iTunes account. It’s a Mac, so they haven’t, but I still contacted iTunes security to get it sorted out.

Back to the page.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I didn’t have internet access over the weekend. It was pretty great to have the laptop with me, and I have to admit that I didn’t mind being disconnected for a few days.

Saturday was great — got out of the house, got to CT just fine, got set up. Got some work done. Dashed out at lunchtime to pick up some sushi and stopped at one of my favorite wine stores. Although I rarely drink white wine anymore, I felt like it, so, along with the bottle of pinot noir, i picked up a bottle of Chilean Savignon Blanc, one of the best wines I’ve ever had. Truly wonderful.

Worked on the Matty book all day. It will need a lot of work in the revision — I’m finding the book as I write it. That’s the rhythm of this particular book. I know what the themes are — it’s the execution of them that needs work!

I love the kitchen at this particular gig — I always have the best time cooking in this kitchen.

Worked on an assignment for Confidential Job #1 in the evening, but mostly, took it easy, did my yoga, etc. It’s nice to have the ROOM for yoga.

Slept well, up early on Sunday. Kind of a dreary day with patches of sun. I dashed outside to take advantage of the sun whenever possible, doing yoga and meditation out on the deck, got the work for which I was there done, and had a nice, relaxing afternoon reading Donna Leon’s FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES (I love her books) and cooking a great pasta meal in the evening.

I finally watched the original NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM on Sunday night — I’d never seen it before. It took longer to get going than I expected, but it was fun. I love the Museum of Natural History, so it was fun to see how it was used in the movie, and it was also great that the stuff they changed to fit the script made sense within the context of the museum, zaniness and all, although the whoe Egyptian area reminded me more of the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art than anything I’ve seen at the Museum of Natural History! And yet, it was set up so I went with it instead of getting annoyed by it.

Monday morning was gorgeous — yoga and meditation outside, some writing done on the Matty book. I wanted to work on the sci-fi book and discovered I didn’t have the notes with me and was at a point where I couldn’t move forward without the notes. So that was a bit frustrating.

I did do a final proof on a manuscript that goes out the door tomorrow,and polished the outline and synopsis for it. I’ll polish the cover letter later today.

Got home by mid-afternoon, made potato salad, unpacked, tried to get the cats to forgive me for leaving. My mom stayed with them, so it wasn’t like they were alone, but they were still mad.

Quiet night, early to bed, up early this morning. I did some work on the Matty book, and also started the new serial. It needs to be around 50K, and I want to get that first draft DONE so I can revise it and get it out the door this summer.

I have a ton of errands and catching up to do from not being online and working out f town these past few days. So I better get to it. And then I want to get back to the page. I’m feeling optimistic about the writing again, after flailing for the past few weeks.

If you haven’t read my guest blog over on The Book Blues, please stop by, leave a comment, and, if you want, you can enter to win a copy of HEX BREAKER. And my Preakness Wrap-up is finally up on FEMMEFAN.


Serial: 1,656 words out of 50K