Seeking Peppermint Mocha

The laundry is going, the dishes are done, and it’s only 8:30 am (cst). I am on it today! I know you didn’t really need to know that but sometimes I need to celebrate the small things in life. I turned on the laptop to write today’s post and was greeted with a birthday greeting from Google. At first I was confused (birthday was last week) and then I laughed.  Google doesn’t know I lie about my birth date online! There is something Google does not know 🙂

Usually, I write my Row80 post the night before and set it up to publish the next day. I forgot. Which was a good thing. This morning I logged into WordPress and skimmed my reader to find the Row80 post.

The challenge to treat ourselves is needed. From reading many of the Row80 blogs, I know that many of them are married with children. Anyone in that position knows the kids and spouse usually come first. That’s okay, I knew going in that selfishness doesn’t really fit into the spouse/parent paradigm (did I use that properly?). Unlike some of my contemporaries, I do not think it is wise to totally give yourself up and focus only on the family. At some point you wake up and wonder who you are. That’s when things really get ugly. That’s why I have always found a little time to do something for myself. When they were babies, nap time was mommy time. No housework allowed.  That’s also why I now write. It helps to keep me balanced. I think I may have wandered off a bit.

Back to doing something nice for yourself…I did that this week. I was given an iTunes gift card for my birthday. Next to reading, music is my favorite thing. I have very eclectic tastes as well. I don’t know if it’s because I grew up close to New Orleans, but I love Jazz. New Orleans Jazz, not that smooth stuff they play on Sunday morning. I like the hot and sweaty Jazz. Anyway, I bought the entire album of Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton at the Lincoln Center. It is amazing. My oldest is about ready to rip her ears off, I keep playing it in the car. 🙂

This morning I attempted to make Peppermint Mocha. I’m new to the art of coffee making. I prefer my coffee to not taste like coffee. I mixed a few tablespoons of Mocha flavored coffee with Peppermint flavored coffee in an attempt to make Peppermint Mocha. It tasted fine, but the mocha dominated the peppermint. If anyone out there knows how to make a great Peppermint Mocha, please let let me know.

On with the goals:

Be sure to stop by the hub and offer a word of encouragement to the other participants.

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  Total failure. Not even going to offer an excuse. The bright side is I didn’t get chocolate for Valentine’s day.

Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week.  I’m still reading Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr. I’m really enjoying this book, but I only get to read it at night. I finished Stan Lee’s- Amazing Fantastic, Increadible Memoir and 100+Free Facebook Book Promo Sites by Frank Daley. I highly recommend the memoir. Even if you don’t read comics, it’s a quick read (like a few hours tops) and the only memoir I’ve ever read as a graphic novel. It’s just a lot of fun. The Promo book was OK. I don’t know how useful it is. I’m not sure how useful Facebook is. Done for February!
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. This is my critique project. They are awesome. If you don’t have a local, meaning actual real people, critique group I suggest you find one. Online critiques can only help so much. It’s hard to get a conversation going through emails. I think local groups can help in ways an online group can not.
-Institute Meatless Monday. I can’t even remember what I ate on Monday.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  Done!
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. Still at 1000 words.  I’ve worked out the issues I had and this is a go. I’m not sure of the final length but  I want it to finish as either a novella or a novel. Goal this week: 5,000 words. I’m going to write this before I do anymore editing on large WIPs.

Edit/publish Coffee.   Done!

It may be the coffee talking, but I’m feeling pretty good right now. Some goals are still a struggle, but I expected that. I’m enjoying the process more this week than I have in weeks. It’s important to know when it’s time to step back and take a breath. I don’t view those moments as failures. There are times when distance is needed, so we can view our work with new eyes.

How’s your week going? What small celebrations did you have?





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