January 28th, 2009

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Two O'Clock and All Is Well!

It's just past 2:00 a.m. and I'm working on the festival website...

Actually, I've been working on it since around 10:30 p.m., on and off. I finished two deadlines and worked on my Excel spreadsheet 'To Do' List, so I'm feeling a little bit more organized. (It's such a massive website that it takes a lot of time to keep on top of it -- especially in the months prior to our festival.)

My goal this year is to spend less time focusing on festival work -- and more time focusing on other projects (like books I want to write).

So, how am I doing so far?

I figured I might as well work, considering Marilyn mistressmarilyn needed to do her hair tonight, as she has an early morning meeting tomorrow.

I'm going to the office on Friday (as I clearly didn't go today), so I can do some necessary IT-related tasks.

Tomorrow I need to finish up the eNewsletter that will go out as part of a multi-part PR plan on Thursday. (I already finished the new Flash slideshow for the Home page and the related News item, which is four pages of code.) So I should easily be good to go on Thursday!

I don't track my actual hours, because I break things up so much. So, no, I've no clue how many hours a week I put in. I only know that I've been cutting back successfully (for the most part), and plan to keep it that way.

Well, it's heading toward 2:30 a.m., so hopefully we'll head to bed soon. My plan from here on out is to ALWAYS get up when Marilyn does, whether I've had enough sleep, am under the weather or whatever. There's no excuse for me to sleep in, as far as I can see. I never used to do it, so I think it's a very bad habit I've fallen into. (sigh) I'm determined to change it, though! (Keep your fingers crossed for me!)

tennis ball

Good Morning!

It's heading toward 8:00 a.m. -- and I've been up since a quarter past seven! (When Marilyn mistressmarilyn headed to work for the day.)

I'm about to make a cup of tea, then get to work...

In Australian Open news, we're down to four men: Rafael Nadal (1) versus Fernando Verdasco (14) and Andy Roddick (7) versus Roger Federer (2). (At least the top 2 seeds made the Semis!) And we're also down to four women: Elena Dementieva (4) versus Serena Williams (2) and Vera Zvonareva (7) versus Dinara Safina (3). (I suppose we should feel lucky that the number 2 and 3 seeds made it through.) The Bryan brothers are in the Doubles Semis (for men) -- as are the Williams sisters (for women).

I write therefor I am

Drabbles -- Word Count

I just read a drabble.

Actually, I didn't!

The Author Notes (A/N) for this drabble read: I don't count 'a' or 'an'

Say what???

Um... Author in question? You don't get to change the rules to suit you! We just used the Drabble format for our first Writing Circle meeting recently, and we didn't tell people: A drabble is exactly 100 words -- EXCEPT for whatever words you decide you don't want to count, such as 'a' or 'an.'

I just had to shake my head when I saw those Author Notes...

The whole point of writing drabbles is to learn to do an EXACT word count, no matter how difficult. It teaches you writing discipline. Cheating on the word count doesn't teach you anything. Oh. Wait! It teaches you how to cheat! (heh)

Enough said.

busy caesar, busy

Busy Day (Festival Work and More) -- And Some Bad News

I got the eNewsletter done (that goes out tomorrow) -- and it looks great! I continue to be pleased with these and feel that the quality remains tip top. Go, ME! (smile)

I also did some IT Management things (over an hour of research, plus Remote login as the Administrator to check some settings and change another. Once again I'm pleased with what I'm learning along the way, so it's all good.

I got the garbage and recycling done really early (!!!) and put the new toilet seat on. Odd thing! The old one broke (!!!) when it got really cold during that awful weather -- and I got around to putting it on before today. (That bathroom does get cold, but what a weird thing to happen! I used white duct tape to fix it -- which worked really well, by the way.)

I cooked homemade shrimp soup and open-faced chicken sandwiches (prepared under the broiler) for dinner. It all turned out quite nicely. The chicken sandwiches were on very crisp Italian bread, spread with creamy white cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, lightly browned. It made the chicken quite tender! The soup had onion and just a touch of red wine for added flavor.

I also took my Inbox (at home) down from around 300 emails to under 120! I so needed to do that...

So it's been a busy and satisfying day.

But I also got some bad news about two friends today.

Our friend Mark had a small stroke on Monday. The doctors say (???) that it's not related to his recent surgery, but Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I don't buy that. He ended up in the hospital and they were going to let him go home, but decided to keep him for observation. Good thing, as now they've found some heart murmur they need to watch!

I did get to speak to Mark (by phone), which was nice. His spirits seem good. Hopefully we'll know more tomorrow!

Another dear friend, Dick Powers (a local photographer that we've known for decades) has cancer. I'm so upset to hear it. I absolutely LOVE this man -- he's just one of my close buddies. I really hope he'll be okay.

I need to do some serious praying for both Mark and Dick. They're just great guys and I feel awful for both of them...

I truly believe in the POWER of prayer, as corny as that may sound. I've seen some amazing things happen during my life. Whether you think of it as positive thoughts, or as prayer, I believe it can make a huge difference.

I've been doing even more praying that normal recently, as I want to write a book that focuses on prayer. I suppose in a way this book has been inside me since I was a child, seeing as everyone (including the doctor) believed that prayer saved my life at age five when I nearly died during surgery...

The book is something I'd like to try, anyway. So we'll see how it goes! Some days I feel like I've got a PILE of books just waiting for me to WRITE THEM. I guess I'd better get started on it this year. (smile)