Sum Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thoughts:

  • I spent four months trying to get through a book on my kindle.  Finally finished it, decided to read a paper book, got through it in three days.  I’m trying to decide if it’s a kindle/paper issue, or if it’s simply the choice of books…
  • I went to sign up for a gym that’s in town, so I could run on the treadmill in the winter.  The gym is less than half a mile away, so it would be easy to get to in the snow, run a few miles, then walk home.  But then I found out that they’re moving in two months, and it’ll be about a mile away from me.  Which kind of negates the purpose…I mean, walk a mile, run a few miles, walk back home…I’ll have to walk two miles, to run 2-3 miles.  Silliness…
  • My entire life, I’ve thought gander was a flock of geese.  You know, “What’s good for one (“the goose”) is good for all (“the gander”).  Imagine my surprise to learn, this week, at the age of 37, that gander means male goose.  Seriously, how stupid am I?

Funny Shit Online:

  • This tree gets a lot of action:  
  • And the follow up gif of the bear pole dance (you still need to watch the full video – the full family of bears cracked me up!):  

Writing Progress:

  • “Young Love” still has me enthralled.  I’ve done a ton of brainstorming and plotting this week on Memory Thieves, and I’m loving the idea .  Now just hoping I can actually, you know, turn it into a novel
  • On Tuesday, Stephen downloaded the Scapple for Windows Beta for me, so I put my thoughts on scenes into that and did some character development.  It’s been really helpful – loving the electronic mindmapping it allows me to do!

What’s Making Me Happy this week:

  • My writing progress and Scapple for Windows (see above).
  • Stephen and I watched Long Way Down last year.  In it, actor Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman traveled by motorcycle from the northern tip of Scotland to the very southern tip of Africa.  It made me yearn to travel to Africa, and I still swear I will one day make a trip to Malawi.  This week, we started watching Long Way Round, which Stephen has actually seen before.  It was filmed before Long Way Round, and in it Charley and Ewan travel from the UK to New York on motorcycle, going east through Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Canada, and the US.  Now, I have no desire to travel by motorcycle like this, but I literally salivate over their travels through (so far through episode 3) Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  They stopped in at an orphanage that houses children that are still affected by Chernobyl.  It’s one of those things that you know happened, but you don’t think about people today still being affected by it.
  • If you like Walk on the Wild Side (“Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! Al! Alan!”), you’ll enjoy Penguin Dilemma:  

What’s decidedly not making me happy this week:

  • No fewer than 5 people on my Facebook feed posted the slowed down version of Jolene this week.  I avoided it for as long as I could.  Yes, it’s great, but that’s one of those songs that gets stuck. in. my. head.  (In other news, Stephen says he’s never heard that song before….)
  • The sun is setting much (much) further south than it was a month ago.  Of course it is.  But it makes me sad.  Imagine this, if you will:  Our balcony faces due west.  This means we have a full sunset view year round.  Draw a line left to right, about the width of your arm span.  In the winter the sun set at the far left hand of that line.  In the summer, the far right hand.  Right now, it’s setting just to the right of your shoulder.  And it makes me sad…
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