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I was healthy for the first two days of my new job – and then sick for a week and a half. The second week of my job I lost my voice and couldn’t even talk. Is there anything worse than not even being able to answer properly when the director/vice president of your new company comes to ask how it is going and your voice goes in and out while you  try to respond? Thankfully a long weekend came up and apparently all I needed was three nights of 12 hours of sleep because my voice came back, my cough receded, and my congestion went to almost non-existent. Then four short days of doing actual work, and everything was starting to get bad again, so apparently I just have to figure out some way of keeping up my health and getting enough sleep if I want to remain healthy while working in DC proper.

But now it is Thanksgiving week and thanks to a no-work-from-home-for-six-months policy at my new company I get the entire week off instead of teleworking. Which, based on how busy it has already been, is probably good. We started off our trip to Oklahoma by going to our second to last citizen’s police academy training class, wherein we got to practice spinning out in old cars, drive in police car, and pretend we were officers at a traffic stop. We then started our drive, and stopped at Horton Vineyards, which is our favorite VA winery, for a tasting, and finally really got on the road a little late, but still managed to get about 6 hours in before stopping for the night. We drove almost nonstop on Sunday and finally arrived around 7:30 PM.

Now, I know what you all really want to know about – how is NaNo going? Well, I’ll tell you. I am at 20,300 words. I am supposed to be at 33,340 words. So. . . could be worse, but could definitely be better. I have very high hopes of miraculously catching up and even surpassing my supposed-to-be word count this week. But – considering it is already 11:30 AM here on Tuesday, and we are going to a movie this afternoon and then shopping and tomorrow we are going shooting and then to see Daniel’s brother’s new house, and prepping for Thanksgiving, and then Thanksgiving on Thursday, and then tree shopping and decorating Friday and then leaving Saturday . . . I might be a little optimistic. But better that than giving up, right?

I am rambling something horribly in my story right now. But as long as it gets words out that is better than not at all. And I can always delete and rewrite later. Besides, it’s not as though I am as bad as Tala and Yuki!

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I’m sorry this is not a story update, but I thought I’d give a little glimpse of what I am currently working on by way of an excuse for not writing more.

Thanksgiving week was crazy busy. We were at my in-laws all week, and I took charge of all meals. My youngest sister-in-law has a terrible case of ulcerative colitis and cannot leave her bed most days, and therefore my mother-in-law is exhausted. By way of giving her a break, I basically took over while I was there, which I was more than happy to do, but meant I spent a majority of my time in the kitchen if we weren’t visiting with family. I have also been appointed the Thanksgiving coordinator, which means I was in charge of coordinating and supervising Thanksgiving dinner, as well as cooking several of the dishes. Again, totally fine and fun! Everyone knows I love organizing and scheduling things! But again, not a lot of time for writing or anything else, really. So we came back Sunday, after driving through the night (18 hour drive, not counting stops), exhausted, but happy we went, as always.

After a 5 hour nap, we got up and immediately began preparations for our huge Christmas party on Saturday. Let me tell you about this Christmas party. I have always wanted to host a cocktail party and a Christmas party, so with how weekends worked out this year, we decided to combo it and do a cocktail Christmas party! Of course, me being me, I wanted to make it all pretty and formal, and I’m super excited about it! We just messed up on one thing . . . we assumed most people would not be available since in previous events we have hosted, only half the people say yes, if that. So we invited about 40 people, in hopes of having between 15 and 20, with a minimum of like 12 and, so we assumed, a maximum of 20.

Can you guess how many are coming? As of right now, 33. So. We are cooking for over 30 people. Formal dishes. Appetizer portions, but still. Not to mention the variety of cocktails and beverages. So this has become a bit pricey and rather time consuming. It took me like 3 hours Sunday  night to make the grocery list and then purchase about 3/4 of it on Walmart grocery pickup to save at least some time. We’ve been slowly purchasing other items throughout the month, but last night we had to go out and finish getting a majority of groceries and all the random stuff we hadn’t gotten yet, like cups and napkins and toys for the kids that will be coming, etc. I can’t even think about the amount of money spent without a shudder. With the result that both Sunday night and last night, we only got about 5 hours of sleep. And no writing time.

I had to write extremely elaborate schedules for Thursday – Saturday to ensure I would have enough time for everything. Tonight is the bake meat pies / set up Christmas decorations / buy and set up the Christmas tree / buy the stuff we couldn’t get yesterday night. Tomorrow is the clean the entire house (man, does it need it!) / finish Christmas decorations / set up all the tables and decorations / make the party favors night. Thursday – Saturday: Cook, cook, and cook some more. And also try to find room in the freezer. Which may not be possible. So maybe buy ice and keep stuff in a cooler instead.

So that is my life update. Don’t get me wrong, it is going to be a ton of fun and I am glad we are doing it – it just means very little room to breathe right now.

Hourglass small at top (time left), big at bottom (stuff to do).

 

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Thanksgiving Coma

So, Thanksgiving totally messed me up. Well, okay – I was already a little messed up. The day before Thanksgiving, I hit blank wall. I stared at the words in front of me – and couldn’t think of anything to write. I think part of the problem is that the family is on their way to join the wagon train, and now I am in totally unfamiliar territory, but don’t want to waste precious time on research. Prior to this, has been their life in their perfect little eastern town. You know, to prep for the upcoming journey and provide compare and contrast to what they are used to vs what they will face. So, yeah. Day before thanksgiving I wrote maybe 1,000 words? And then yesterday, Thanksgiving itself, another 1,000. At least I had an excuse for that one! Lots of food prep and all that. So, end result: I am currently at 37,790 words total and will have to write over 4,000 words a day to make 50,000. Do you think I can do it?

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I am in Oklahoma now – we are visiting my in-laws for Thanksgiving. They have only 4 children, most of whom are old enough to be on their own, so the house is often quiet, leaving me lots of time to write. And then, of course, I had Thursday and Friday to myself. Thursday I spent most of catching up on housework and prepping for a guest, but Friday I spent the morning writing, and then I wrote on the airplane and during my layover on Saturday, and for a few hours yesterday. The result? On Thursday, I was at a measly 14, 500 words. This morning, I am at 26, 500 words! You know what that means? As long as I continue the dedication I have shown the last few days, I can totally make this!

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