Manic Monday: Jetlagged ramblings


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Travel provides great fodder for a blog post—especially when traveling alone. Of course I prefer traveling with my snuggle partner, but when I do he has my attention.  Yesterday I flew from Nashville to Seattle with a two hour layover in Chicago. While in the Nashville airport I met a nurse who is on the ground floor of a MLM selling facial products. She was very enthusiastic and officered me the opportunity (should this writing thing not work out or should I need extra income) to come on the ground floor too. MLM is the future according to her research. If anyone is interested in being a part of the future, let me know and I’ll give you her contact info as well as that of my sister-in-law who also…
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Friday Favorites: Just another day (and a half)


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What an interesting thirty-six hours it has been. Hubby did a two-hour presentation in Knoxville yesterday and I tagged along for the six hour round-trip drive. We had to get up at 5 a.m. and it was such good sleeping weather as it had stormed all night. It rained every mile as we drove over, even after we lost one of our windshield wipers. Seems wipers don't like it when you clean your windshield if they're turned to auto. It's a good thing my sweetie loves Rain-X because a) it was too early to find a place open to replace it and b) with the rain we wanted to allow extra time for unexpected events. Unexpected events like the idiot who stopped on the interstate in front of us. We…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Tribute to a Friend


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My friend long-time Donna died six years ago this month. She was 56. I miss her every day, but every February I try to do something to honor her. This post is dedicated to her. We traipsed the world together, most notably hiking the switchbacks of the Southern Alps in New Zealand when we were both terrified of heights. To train for this adventure we climbed Mt. Cheaha two, maybe three times. Convenient to where we were living at the time this mountain was the highest point in the state of Alabama at 2500’. The highest point in the Southern Alps is 12,000’ though I’m sure we came nowhere near it. Donna was an interior designer and any sense of decorating style I possess I owe to her. I’d go…
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Monday Madness: Tired of being tired


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You might recall a couple of months ago (December 21st to be exact) I got sick. I mean really sick. Hubby took me to the doctor three times in seven days. I was too sick to read. I was too sick to check e-mail. Somehow I managed to get a post up every MWF, but they were short (sometimes one line) and mostly incoherent, talking about my newly acquired drug habit. Tomorrow starts the 9th week since the virus struck. The primary symptoms were a persistent cough, headache whenever I coughed, trouble breathing and extreme (I do mean extreme) fatigue. The long and short of it was I had a severe case of bronchitis that closed my upper airways and developed into asthma. The doctors told me breathing treatments, rest,…
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Friday Favorites: Revisions Update


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This is the end of the fifth week of my online writing class, Revisions. The goal is to completely tear our novels apart and put them back together, finishing the final acts this week. Somehow, miraculously, I'm on track and will finish this process today. Our instructor lectured at a conference last weekend so we actually get an extra week, but I'm trying to stick to the original schedule because of an out of town commitment I have the week following the original end of the class. One thing I've noticed: Things are getting serious now. Remember all of the chit-chat in the forums for the class, creating of class Facebook pages, chatting via IM and even watching movies together (well sort-of) a few weeks ago? Well, all of that…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Podcasts


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Until recently I had no idea what a podcast was. Well, I had an idea, but had never participated in one. That changed, however, when I began my online Transitions class five weeks ago as it was done via podcast. A podcast can be downloaded directly from the Internet or from streamed webcasting. Podcasts are usually a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released in episodes. Think Car Talk. If you were going to fly from Florida to California, you could download all the episodes of Car Talk and listen to Click and Clack the whole way. I'm not going to go into all the technical jargon about as to how a podcast works because you'd immediately know I don't have a clue. My online…
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Manic Monday: Happy Valentine’s Day


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Confucius said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Do you LOVE what you do? I mean really LOVE it? In other words, if you won the lottery (you did buy a ticket, didn't you?) would you do tomorrow what you do today? (Okay, would you do it next month--you'll need a little time off to celebrate.) I can't not write. Here's how bad it is. I write on an almost three year old Toshiba laptop.  The delete key is gone. The "i" sticks as does the shift key.  Hubby refuses to use it even though are workarounds a delete key--I promise! My keypad needs to be replaced but has to be sent off to do so, and there's about…
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Friday Favorites: 100th Post!


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Friday Favorites: 100th Post Less than a year ago, I started this blog. I posted sporadically (i.e. a couple of times a month) until I took an online course where I learned consistency was a necessity. In August I started posting three times a week and wa la. Here we are five months later--100 posts. I'm going to do something special today. I'm giving myself the day off. So enjoy your weekend and I'll see you on Monday. ~Kay
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Wildcard Wednesday: Motivation


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What does it take to motivate you? My biggest problem problems are getting started followed by distractions. I can always find something else to do. I'm currently working on revising my novel with the help of an online revisions class. I'm on a strict time line. I got ahead last week which gave me the opportunity to get a jump on this week. Did I? Nope I fiddle-farted around and did everything but. I had a productive day yesterday even with distractions. I'm not ahead by any means--I'm not even back on schedule. But the week's goal is attainable IF I focus, keep my butt in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard. What's working for me is closing all the windows except my m/s, the spreadsheet I created…
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Manic Monday: Super Bowl XLV


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I was disappointed the Tennessee Titans didn’t win the Super Bowl last night. Oh, I know they didn’t play. I know they weren’t even in the play-offs. I also know they had a losing season, don’t have a head coach (so sad Jeff Fisher left), and have said goodbye to many of their best players. I know their owner is a ninety something year old kook (my opinion).  Since they didn’t play I watched for the commercials. Which commercial was your personal favorite? Didn’t see them all? You can check them out at  Super Bowl Commercials I’ve not been to the website yet even though I missed a few because Hubby snagged the remote and checked the Weather Channel when I wasn’t looking. I won’t ask what’s the deal with…
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