Friday, October 13, 2017

Thankful Thursday #218 on Friday

You know those days that are wonderful and equally unpleasant. I just had one. It's been a great week. There were many things to be thankful for, one thing I am anxious about (yes, I know "do not be anxious about anything..." I have been praying. I am also aware that my default on this is worry and fear), and a slight upset-sick feeling.

The cherry on the top was seeing Rend Collective tonight. The downside is that the upset feeling growing. About an hour after I got home I was sick sick a number of times and I am not sure I am done for the night. In spite of that I have reasons to be thankful.


I am thankful...

1) that I wasn't sick at the concert.
2) that I ran into a friend I haven't seen since we graduated college. We made tentative "let's hang out" plans that I really hope happen.
3) for friends who I can call even with my ridiculousness or not so ridiculousness.
4) for the amazing, A-MAZ-ING alpaca yarn I was given.
5) for tea
6) new music
7) roofs that protect from the rain and those that attach the shingles to said roof
8) pumpkin pie
9) whipping cream
10) cheese

Friday, October 06, 2017

Thankful Thursday #218

Yesterday we (the whole family plus six friends) went to the Michael W. Smith concert. It was a great night, late night, but good. When we got in just before midnight I decided thankfulness could wait till today. Making this post more accurately "Thankful Friday."

This week I've been thankful for...

1) live music. It fills me with joy.
2) live music that becomes worship -my soul needed it
3) supper and board games with friends
4) the return of TV/movie night (we watched Ocean's 11)
5) those who gave advice while writing theology papers
6) Ethan, whose birthday was yesterday
7) yarn stashes

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday #217

This was a good week. Not every moment was happy. There was sorrow of grieving with a friend who had a death in their family. There is the discovery of needing to write a number of essays in a short period of time. I was not always in the best head space. However, when I look back on each day, there were moments of joy, blessing, or rest.

It is hard to remember the light in the midst of darkness. It is a challenge to seek the good when I am stressed. Today, even with essays to write and other concerns I choose to be thankful for:

1) Sleep-in Days

2) My church family and our monthly prayer nights.

3) People that bring me tea or London Fogs.

4) Studio Ghibli on the big screen. A review should be up today or tomorrow.

5) Toddler's laughter. I helped a friend by taking her two-year-old to the park. The giggles going down the slide put much of my worries into perspective.

6) The people who have given insight and help writing these papers. They are theological in nature and I haven't written an essay like this in 12 years. My brain feels rusty (or just dumb) and the help has been greatly appreciated.

7) More toad and frog sightings. I don't know why, but it has be come one of the small things that makes me really happy

8) More Butterflies! And one was a monarch. No one else seemed impressed by this. I was.

9) Ian, who turned 9 today! And the awesome fun we had tonight celebrating his birthday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

36 While 36: September Update

It 's only been a few weeks since I shared this year's Birthday Bucket list but there is only seven months left to finish everything. So time for an update.

Thanks to the Nova Scotia trip half the challenges are already completed. The total of finished challenges is Twenty. Four more are in progress leaving twelve to start and finish before next April.

The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

1) Choose a 2018 Word
     Will happen end of December first part of January. The process normally takes me three weeks.
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
     I'll post the list October 26th
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
4) Marry Someone
     Done; on September 2nd. Congratulations Chris and Becca Gilbert! (Sorry to those who thought it might be a hint at progress in my own relationship status. I am still as single as ever).
5) Be a NaNoWriMo Rebel
     I announced my intentions to Rebel a week ago. It has not gone well and I have a few things that need my attention this week. The rebelling will need to wait till October.
6) Memorize Philippians 4:4-9
     I currently have verses 4-8 done. I get lost end of verse 6 start of verse 7.

Second (or Third+) Chances
7) Finish Reading New Testament
8) Draw Regularly (12 drawings)
9) Write Down My Children's Stories
10) A Day of Silence
11) Cosplay a New Character
Petronella Osgood and Zygone Osgood
Or is that Zygone Osgood and Petronella Osgood?
I will never tell!

If you are not a Whovian this comment is going to mean nothing, I make no apologies for my silliness. My one goal at comic con was to find another Osgood cosplayer. And I did, minutes before the convention closed the first night (after a very long, very hot day) I hade given up when She found me :) I am so happy with this picture. And now I want to watch Osgood episodes.
12) Make a video

Eighteen Items off the NS Trip List
There have already been many post about each of these challenges. You can find links to the NS trip and all the challenges here.
13) Hug all of my people
14) Brunch with The Brunch Club
15) Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
16) Picture with a giant lobster
17) Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
18) Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
19) Eat Lobster
20) Eat Muscles
21) Eat Scott Skins
22) Eat Chicken Curry Fries
23) Eat at the Korean Place
24) Eat at the Naked Crepe
25) Visit the Look-Off
26) Visit The Wolfville Farmer Market
27) Visit Halls Harbour
28) Visit Port George
29) Visit Luneburg
30) Visit Mahone Bay

Six Items off the 40 Before 40 List
31) TBA
32) TBA
33) TBA
34) TBA
35) TBA
36) TBA


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday #216

It doesn't feel like a week has passed. Seems like a month ago my mood was so off and at the same time just yesterday. It's been a good week...however after planning to start my new NaNo Rebeling I haven't written anything. I've thought about writing. I just haven't. In spite of that  I am thankful for:

1) Butterflies! There have been so many in the flowers at the church this week.

2) More frog sightings. I really love the little guys. I'm just sad when the sightings happen on the road while I'm driving. Squished frogs are sad.

3) chats with my Sister over pizza

4) TV nights with Mom and Dad watching Father Brown

5) Cell Phones, that are so helpful for making plans and keeping in touch.

6) A growing friendship

7) A surprise gift of a super awesome knitting pattern book

Friday, September 15, 2017

NaNoWriMo Plans

The leaves are starting to turn, people are talking pumpkin spice, and there is tiny candy in the stores. That can only mean one thing...it's almost NaNo season. For those newer to the blog, NaNo is a shortening of the already shortened title NaNoWriMo, a crazy writing challenge I've been participating in since 2007. The full name is National Novel Writing Month. The website explains that this non-contest is:

"....a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.  On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel."
I call it a non-contest because anyone who finishes the 50k word goal in the 30 days wins. At the end of it you have the start of a first draft (in my case more of a pre-rough draft). The rules are* 1) new piece of fiction, 2) no writing before November 1st, and 3) 50,000 words minimum.  There is sound reasoning behind each of the rules. Accepting the logic (and because I was a local organizer) I followed the rules. But not this year.

This year I am breaking the rules.

I don't need to prove to myself that I can write 50,000 is 30 days. I've done that -Ten Times. I also don't need another pre-rough draft that I can't bring myself to read, let alone revise. My goal is to write consistently in the hopes of creating a habit without burning myself out. I want to still enjoy writing December 1st. In order for me to achieve my writing goals I need to change up the challenge.

I'm going to be a NaNo Rebel.

My rebelling might be beyond the scope of acceptable rebelling (there have been many articles written about what constitutes acceptable rebelling). I don't care. This isn't for them. I was considering not participating at all this year. I can not pour all my energy, focus, and creativity into a project that I never look at again. I need to try something different.

The word goal is still 50,000. I'm also adding a Once Upon A Time card game challenge, which I might explain in another post.The major change is the length, 77 days. That makes the daily word goal only 649 words. I think that will be more sustainable. And so...

The writing starts now.


Well, actually, it has taken me longer to write this post, so.....the writing is going to start in the morning (look at me procrastinating already). The site has editable goal trackers. The intended purpose is to help track revision and editing plans after NaNo 2016. I think it will be perfect for my rebelling.

Only thing I'm sad about with this plan is I'm missing out on celebrating NaNo Eve on October 31st. NaNo Eve was my second favourite event after the Annual Write-All-Night. The anticipation of waiting for midnight to feverishly was fun. However, even without the rebelling I didn't wait up last year. It is not the same without the other Valley Wrimos or the stress of being the ML

*I say the rules "are" because that has been the rules in part years and I believe still the challenges guidelines. My hesitation was only I could find little about how NaNoWriMo works beyond the quote about and the FAQ. It the past there was something more that would explain the why behind these arbitrary goals.

Thankful Thursday #215

It has been a rough day.

It shouldn't have been an off day. Things are good. They day was good. The sun was shining, I saw people I enjoy, had tea with a friend. Yet, in spite of those good things, I felt emotional, anxious, lonely, frustrated, and hangry. There were also moments of clenched fits and tears (not together). Little things that normally wouldn't bother me got under my skin. I found myself unable to brush off things that I normally could and hold tight slights that weren't way too tight.

On my way home tonight I was I was stewing in my own head. In the midst of replaying the bad moments and reliving the negative feelings I stopped. The realization was that I was the one putting myself through this and I had the choice to stop it. This lead to three (almost) simultaneous thoughts. The first thought was a song by Sara Groves, "How Is It Between Us?" The specific lyrics that stood out to me were:
Woke up on the wrong side of the bed,
The wrong side of the room,
The wrong side of the world.
Can't put my finger on the mood.
It's not melancholy, anger or the blues.
I love my husband, my house, my job.
Couldn't be any better,
And really what else is there?
Then I realize I'm forgetting God,
And that's the root of all my misery.
Lord, first of all, how is it between you and me?
The second thought was a follow-up question, "how is my soul?" And the third thought was, it's Thursday. It's "Thankful Thursday!" I will blog when I get home. I use to blog specifically write "Thankful Thursdays" after Thursday youth groups because if it was a good week there were things to celebrate. Or if it had been a day like today, the act of seeking the good reset my brain, refreshed my spirit, and brought me to a place of praise. It was the best thing for my spiritual journey and my relationship with Jesus. All of  which is good for my soul.

And so this good habit of weekly Thankful Thursday writing is being renewed (again). Because nothing is wrong it just seems like it. So, in the midst of that seeming, I am thankful for:

1) my dear friend Jamie has successfully journeyed around the sun yet again, today though I am far from him I celebrate this milestone and say "Jamie I am glad you exist and that I know you.:"

2) I had a lovely tea visit with one of my adult friends

3) the beautiful produce we've been able to harvest from our garden and share with friends

4) another day of driving with no accidents

5) it has been lovely weather (especially after a summer of much rain)

6) my friend Susi and Stuart who are kind hosts

7) for two hoppy sightings. I don't know when it happened by in the last year being surprised by toads or frogs is becoming one of my favourite small things. This is the hoppy mom found clinging to the side of our house tonight 

If you are unfamiliar with Sara Groves, this is the song I mentioned from her Conversations album:

Thursday, September 07, 2017

36 While 36

It was pointed out to me this week that my birthday was over four months ago and I still have not shared the new Birthday Bucket List. It's true. I've had the list finished since May. I was wanting to wait to post in on the 26th and then not being able to post on the day. It just kept putting it off. After the daily blogging in NS I realized I just need to act. So act I shall regardless of the date.

The list is goals and challenges I hope to accomplish during the year. The tradition is my attempt to not go through the routine of daily activities forgetting to do what fills me with joy, love, and adventure. The list is also a way to enrich the year, help foster memories, and develop areas of my life. This year is no different. Even though this is the first public sharing of my Birthday Bucket List, I have been working on a few of these challenges already. I'll share the progress on Sept 26.

1) Choose a 2018 Word
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
4) Marry Someone
5) Be a NaNoWriMo Rebel
6) Memorize Philippians 4:4-9

Second (or Third+) Chances
7) Finish Reading New Testament
8) Draw Regularly (12 drawings)
9) Write Down My Children's Stories
10) A Day of Silence
11) Cosplay a New Character
12) Make a video

Eighteen Items off the NS Trip List
13) Hug all of my people
14) Brunch with The Brunch Club
15) Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
16) Picture with a giant lobster
17) Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
18) Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
19) Eat Lobster
20) Eat Muscles
21) Eat Scott Skins
22) Eat Chicken Curry Fries
23) Eat at the Korean Place
24) Eat at the Naked Crepe
25) Visit the Look-Off
26) Visit The Wolfville Farmer Market
27) Visit Halls Harbour
28) Visit Port George
29) Visit Luneburg
30) Visit Mahone Bay

Six Items off the 40 Before 40 List
31) TBA
32) TBA
33) TBA
34) TBA
35) TBA
36) TBA