Category Archives: A Good Day

Beer, Freelance Writing, and a Snake

I just finished an article that has been plaguing me for awhile now. I hope the client likes it. But I hope he doesn’t like it enough to offer me more work. *laugh* Actually, if he does offer me more work, I will probably just politely decline. I will just say it wasn’t my cup of tea, or something like that.

But I’ve been sipping on a beer all night. Actually, this is my second one. This is so weird to say, but I actually like this beer. It’s called Berlinerweiss, from 14th Star Brewery in St. Albans, Vermont. It’s SO good. I usually don’t like beer, although I try almost every one that my husband gets, just to see what it tastes like. But I really liked this one and my brother bought me a growler of it, which means I had to drink 64 oz. of it in 3 days, before it went bad. My husband drank a glass, but I drank the rest. Weird, huh? It’s so good though!

With the help of a friend, I got caught up on my articles and now I just have three that I need to write. These ones sound interesting and I think I will enjoy writing them though so I am all good there. What I need to get caught up on is my blogging. I am always so behind on my blogging!

Oh, and I fed Corin today. She was hungry, because that little mouse was gone in a second! Okay, maybe not a second, but it was gone pretty fast. She’s been a little more active in her tank lately and I’ve been busy snapping pictures when I see her out and about. The picture for this blog is a picture of her sticking her head up by the front glass of her tank, looking out at the room.

So I guess I need to get back to writing so I can make some moolah for my honey. Actually, I am saving up for a thermostat for Corin’s Under the Tank Heater, and I need to buy a box of copy paper. I go through quite a bit of that as a writer.

Well, good night all!

Some Christmas Shopping, a Seizure, and a New Look

I was up early today. Earlier than I thought I would be since I was up till the wee hours of the morning not able to sleep as is the usual lately. I really have to find out what’s causing that and put a stop to it. But Quay was up at about 8 or 8:30 and then I couldn’t go back to sleep after he got out of bed so I got up at 9:30.

We had errands to run today. Well, it was more that my brother had errands to run, we would just be along for the ride for the most part. But he was in bed until almost 11, so we got a late start. He wanted to go to New York to buy cigarettes at the Indian reservation and Plattsburgh wasn’t that far away from there so we went there for our errands.

The cigarettes were cheap. He bought three cartons, so that should last him a while. Then we went to the mall to do some Christmas shopping. Quay found a pair of dress shoes for work at a decent price at Target. For $25 we don’t expect they’ll last forever but his old ones are falling apart so…

Then we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. I can’t believe that Chris ate 20 wings. I don’t know where he puts it all and stays so skinny. I ate half of my chicken wrap and took the rest home.

The next stop was Walmart. He got some random things and an orange fish to put in his fish tank he’s setting up today. This fish is for his girlfriend. Oh, and he bought a bunch of decorations for the tank for the fish to swim in. A sunken battle ship, a sunken battle helecopter, and a temple idol thing. We bought dog food and dog treats, too.

The last stop was Petsmart where he got some things for his Leopard Geckos and then some more fish.

The tank is all set up now and it looks awesome. He just needs more fish for it, since it’s a 55 gallon tank. And I am exhausted after all that walking around and being around all those people. I got so anxious.

When we got home and were putting the tank together, I went into the bedroom (my bedroom, I should say, since my brother’s bedroom is where the fish tank is) to take my shoes off and I ended up having a seizure. I woke up to the dogs freaking out and my mouth tasting disgusting like the dogs had been licking my face or something. I remember calling to Quay, but he didn’t come, and then when I finally told the dog to stop whining, he came in and found me on the floor and helped me up onto the bed. If it is the stress and anxiety causing these seizures, I am just glad that this seizure didn’t happen while we were in the middle of the crowded mall or while we were out to eat or something.

Oh, and you may have noticed that the blog has a new look! I wanted something simpler and with a pop of color. Something that wasn’t black and white. So what do you think? All of the pages on the other style didn’t have anything on them except for the About Me page anyway, so here’s the updated look!

NaNoWriMo, Energy Drinks, and Bipolar – What Could Go Wrong?

I had a whole blog post written the other day and when I went to post it, WordPress did something weird and lost it, and I couldn’t get it back. I didn’t feel like re-writing the wondrous words I had already come up with (and probably couldn’t have come up with the same way again because, let’s face it, I’d just summarize everything the second time) so I just left it alone. Will that teach me not to type my blogs straight into WordPress but instead into a document I can copy and paste from? Probably not. In fact, I don’t even remember what the blog was about so it couldn’t have been that important anyway.

But on to bigger and better things – IT’S NOVEMBER! And that means it’s time for NaNoWriMo. I began my adventure at midnight. Well, 12:02am, to be exact. I wrote 1,500 words exactly and finished my first chapter before trying to get some sleep. However, I had two energy drinks trying to stay up till midnight and beyond and then I was so excited about being able to now write the story I’ve been planning for weeks that I couldn’t sleep. And then I started thinking about the ghosties in my story and I had to turn on the TV so as to scare any Halloween ghosties that were lingering in my room away – or at least get them out of my mind. Geez, it’s only 7am on Day 1 and I’m already scaring myself with my ghost story. I see a high power bill this month.

However, I know I will be spending a lot of time on the computer focused on my writing and it will probably mean a few late nights. I love my energy drinks but I stay away from them because some Bipolars have said they make them manic, even though I’ve never had that problem. If I do get manic, it’s only for a couple hours, and then I crash, which is what I’m guessing an energy drink is supposed to do to you anyway so it’s not really about me, it’s the drink doing it.

But, nonetheless, this month will wreak havoc on my moods and I have already been in a frustrating place. The only good I can see coming from this is that this will give me something to focus on instead of the bad things. At least for a little while.

Well, I guess I’m up for the day. Time to get something to eat and start pounding out words!

Seizures and moods… Who knew?

I saw my psychiatrist today. He knows me well. I think he knows my moods better than I know them myself. He knew there must be a contributing factor to this mood. Something happened to cause this mixed mood. We talked a little bit about things that were going on, like school and things, and then he mentioned the seizures he knows I used to have. Well, as of the last time I talked to him about them they were somewhat gone, and I hadn’t had any in quite some time.

So this brought up the seizure episodes that happened a few weeks ago and he told me that if anything like that happened again, to go straight to the ER. Don’t wait. The more information they have about these seizures the better they can be about diagnosing them.

But he also believes that was the cause of the beginning of the mood change for me. Something in my life changed drastically and it affected my moods drastically. It only makes sense now that I see it from this side. I don’t know why I didn’t make the connection before.

I see my neurologist about the seizures on the 8th of October and this is a new person whom I am hoping will take these seizures a little more seriously.

Aaaak! Where’s My Money!

So we spent a TON of money today. Some of it was spent on stuff we didn’t necessarily want to buy, but we had to, and some of it was fun stuff.

The first stop was the fuel company to set up our budget program and make our first of eleven monthly installment payments on the heating oil we will use over the 2014-15 winter. EXPENSIVE! BUT, it beats freezing our butts off in a snowbank SO, it gets paid.

Then, we’re off to the pharmacy. I feel like I am here every week. Oh wait! I am! *laugh* We bought lunch while we were here. (Did I mention my pharmacy is in a grocery store? Not okay for the waistline when I’m waiting for prescriptions to be filled! ALL THAT FOOD!)

BURLINGTON TIME! The main reason for the trip all the way down there is because I needed to pick up a copy of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra for my final project and the local used bookstore didn’t have it. The closest Barnes & Noble’s is (you guessed it) in BURLINGTON! We looked at a lot of books while there, as I don’t get to go very often. Hubby keeps a tight leash when it comes to bookstores and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. 😀 I wanted to buy The Witch’s Daughter as well as an Orwell book I hadn’t heard of before. Hubby picked up the Orwell book. I also wanted Life of Pi (the book) but I had to put all those down. We ended up getting the book we came for as well as Animal Farm and 1984 (hardback together). YAY! I got books. *warm fuzzy feeling*

Then we went to walk around Best Buy and we drooled over some things that we couldn’t afford – like the MacBook Pro I want. We went over to the movie theater to see what was playing but didn’t feel like seeing any of them so we got back in the car.

Then it was time to EAT! We went to Moe’s. It was good. We each got a Homewrecker burrito, which is huge. I didn’t finish mine. I guess that’s lunch for tomorrow.

One more stop… the pet store next door. Kasey needed a new tag for her collar so we got one engraved while we were in the area since there are no pet shops around where we live.

Oh, and at some point in all that, we stopped to get stamps at the Post Office. I’m not going to try to figure out when that was. *laugh*

But Holy Crap-ola, Batman! We spent a lot of money. (I forgot to mention the tank of gas, too. Oops!) I think I’m broke now!!!

I think I am going to go read my Shakespeare for school, and when I am done, I am going to start with Animal Farm. I haven’t read that in ages. And I’ve never read 1984. I can’t wait to!

First Day of Farmer’s Market

I got up early today. The pain woke me up as usual. It’s very difficult to move around with the boot on in bed so I don’t think I’m moving wrong, it’s just the swelling that gets to be too much. I was told I could take the boot off to sleep but I tried that and could feel the bones move so I put it back on. Besides, with a 60 pound dog that shares the bed, I don’t want to be accidentally stepped or laid on, you know? Not my idea of a good wake up!

But anyway, the hubby and I went to the Farmer’s Market in St. Albans today. My mother-in-law is supposed to have a booth there selling her jewelry but it was raining off and on and they couldn’t find the canopy cover so they didn’t set up. Instead, we met them there and walked around. Well, I crutched, 😀 . We ended up buying some really delicious cookies (they even had a gluten free cookie for my mother-in-law!) and we got some starter plants for the garden. We still haven’t started it yet so I am hoping having starter plants will help. We will still try the seeds and see what happens.

After the Farmer’s Market, we went for pizza at Pie in the Sky. It was delicious, as usual. Then on to the grocery store for a prescription and some things to make some packable lunches for hubby during the week since he starts his new job on Tuesday. I have a feeling that he’s really going to enjoy this new job. It seems to fit him so well.

Since getting home, hubby has mowed the lawn and washed dishes, while I have sat on my butt with my ankle up. Ice is my best friend right now 🙂 . Tomorrow we are having a BBQ with my in-laws and I can’t wait! I promise not to slip on the hose this time. LMAO!

Trying Vietnamese Food, and Other New Things

I tried Vietnamese food today and boy was it yummy! I had some type of Pho, with rare beef in it. It was very good. I’ve been wanting to stop by that shop for a long time now and finally I said I would today, and I was hungry too, so that worked. *laugh* But you know what? It’s all about trying new things!

I also want to try to get a bicycle this summer and go for bike rides. This would be new for me. Well, new since I was an adult. I haven’t done bike rides since I was a kid. I think it would be a good way to burn some extra calories, and we all know how important it is for me to do that! I think getting active will also help me sleep better, which will help with my bipolar moods (always a good thing).

I’m working on getting caught up on my schoolwork ever since that manic episode. So far, I’m making good progress. And I ordered my books for next term, which is already open for viewing. I am getting a little nervous about it because it’s basically the course I’m taking now, but on steroids, so if I ran into trouble taking this one, what’s going to happen taking the next one? Oh, boy. The good thing is that I still have a decent grade in this class, because the professor approved my late work ahead of time.

However, to help me get through this tough next class, and the full-time term after it, I am going to start mapping out my time throughout the day. When I get up, I will check my email and all that, and spend some time looking at what needs to be done that day as far as schoolwork. Then, I can write down what times I will do homework from and when I will eat my meals, and when I will take other breaks, so that I don’t get burned out. But this way I can keep myself accountable during the times I should be working on schoolwork. (And I can actually sit down during those times and do it!)

So these are some new things for me that I want to do, or have done, in the case of Vietnamese food. Try some of these things or make a list of your own “want to’s” and try to get as much of them done as possible – make them your goals!

Countdown to Graduation

Because I was only going to take one class at a time, I was going to miss walking in this year’s graduation ceremony at Southern New Hampshire University by one class. (My classes are only 8 weeks long and go back to back.) However, someone at SNHU didn’t get the message to delay my cap and gown by a year and sent it to me anyway!

Once I got my cap and gown in the mail I couldn’t very well send it back. So I talked to my academic advisor (several, actually) and now my final term will be 2 classes so that I can walk in the ceremony this year. Getting it in the mail made it feel so real and I just told myself that I could do the work it will take to make sure I graduate on time.

This means that Quay and I will walk in the graduation ceremonies exactly one week apart. He will actually get his degree that day, I will have to wait until my remaining classes are finished and it will be sent in the mail (I will get it in August, they said). My ceremony is on May 10th and Quay’s is on May 17th.

The only bad thing about having this spring up last minute is that none of my family can be here to watch me graduate. My mom can’t get the time off work at this point in time and no one has saved up any money for the airfare required for getting to the East coast. I will have to record the ceremony with my phone and upload it to YouTube so that my family can see it.

I can’t believe I’m graduating this year! The countdown to graduation has begun!

Back In The Bipolar Swing of Things

So I’m trying to get back into the swing of things around the house and in my life in general.

Since our roommate moved out, I moved my office up to the spare room. It looks nice up there and I even have room for a reading chair in my office! I think I need to find a really comfortable chair, no matter what it looks like. I can always put a blanket over it, you know? I guess it shouldn’t be so comfortable that I fall asleep in it while I’m supposed to be reading for school or research though. That would be bad. *laugh*

We had my mother-in-law and her husband over for dinner last night and that was nice. It was great to visit. One more thing that is “normal” to help me get back into things and feel somewhat okay about things. We had corned beef and cabbage with potatoes. I know, it’s a little late for that considering St. Paddy’s day was last month, but we had it last month, too. *laugh* It’s one of my husband’s favorite meals so he bought two corned beef briskets when they went on sale and I froze one.

And I’m back to my volunteer post on Tuesday’s from 1-6 at the writing center. That’s where I am now writing this actually. It’s quiet here. I don’t think many people want to venture out in the rain to come in today. The rain is nasty, down-pouring at times. I hope it lets up by the time I have to drive home. I am glad that I am back to my post though. I need to get out of the house sometimes, you know?

Oh, and my birthday was on the 11th and my hubby bought me a new phone! He bought me the LG G2 and I love it. I didn’t even have a smart phone before I got this. The last time I had a smart phone, I had an iPhone 3GS, so you can say it’s been awhile, but this phone is just amazing. I love all the features of it. Maybe I will do a review of what I like about it (and don’t like – there’s some of that, too) in another post.

So I think I am going to get back to my writing. I have four stories to write in two weeks if I want to finish my Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop class in time. The professor said that she could give me a one week extension if I needed it but I’d rather not extend the class into my next one if possible. So I have a lot to do!

So my bipolar swing is headed toward normal and that’s where I like it. Stay tuned for more fun!

Helping Out @ the Writing Center

So I’m going to be helping out at the writing center sometimes now. This month it’s Tuesdays. I will try to help when I can. Right now it’s easier because Quay comes down here for school but that stops next month and my car’s turn signal and brake light are still out so I can’t drive it anywhere without getting a ticket (since I’ve already gotten a warning). But I will still do what I can.

I am still attending the writing workshop at the writing center on Fridays. I have to read this week’s material so I’m ready for the discussion on Friday morning. So far there is only one person signed up to submit work. I would submit again but I think it’s too soon. It’s only been a few weeks for me. So I will let someone else go who hasn’t gone lately.

There are many benefits of visiting a writing center. The first and foremost is that you have a quiet space to write. This is definitely important if you are at all serious about your writing, and it can be hard to do if you have things at home that just can’t be avoided while you’re there. Have someone come over to watch the kids, or have hubby or the wife take them for a bit and go to the writing center for some peace and quiet. It’s better than a library because it’s more relaxed as well.

The second reason to visit a writing center is that you’re around people who understand you and what you’re trying to accomplish. Try asking someone to read a few paragraphs and tell you what they think? Try asking if it’s okay if you read something aloud to see how it sounds? Most of the time, people will be willing to help you out!

And as if you needed another reason to find a writing center useful, the workshops that they offer can be quite fun and you can learn quite a bit from them not only about the writing you read for the workshop but also about your own writing as well, as you begin to reflect back on what you write.

So find a writing center near you, and if there isn’t one, START ONE!