Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Victory is the Colour Purple


With an hour and a half to spare I finished my four NaNoWriMo novel. It has been a rough go at times but I am glad I participated another year. The best thing is, for the first time this month I actually really like my story. I now need a writing break.




And with this post I also finished the blog every day challenge. Two victories, self imposed or not, isn’t too shabby.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Haiku #3: Not Yet Winter

By: Liz Stewart
with the help of Haiku Magnetic Poetry


I'm still looking for co-authors. If you'd like to help with one of the up coming Bowl of Stew(art) Haikus let me know. It does involve a creative "writing" phone call. You can leave a comment, send me an email, or a facebook message and we'll figure out the details from there.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 36

FOR TODAY: November 28, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...the sun is rising.

I am thinking...about my family, memories of my grandfather, grief, this mornings service, is everything in place so I can leave for the week, and Harry Potter 7 which I saw last night.

I am thankful for...two very kind airline employees who were very helpful yesterday.

From the kitchen...um, I've got nothing.

I am wearing...brown Mary Jane-ish shoes, black pants, red shirt, brown scarf, and a jean jacket.

I am creating...a the final 15k of my nano novel.

I am going...home to pack then flying to Ottawa to be with family later this afternoon.

I am reading...Tom Sawyer, The Fellowship of the Ring and a Million Miracles (or at least those are the books I'm packing.

I am hoping...be finished my novel by tomorrow night.

I am hearing...someone practicing the drums.

Around the house...um, again nothing.

One of my favorite things...Harry Potter 7 (part 1).

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...sunrise this morning

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Need to Laugh?

Sleep is good - words are better!

-Me

It is either too late or too early to be awake or both. I just said "it's fourth o'clock." These wee hours have brought about the silly giggles and complete lack of words. We have started sharing our favourite grade two jokes. My favourite is:

Q: What did the gum say to the shoe?
A: I'm stuck on you.

A few others I have heard is tonight are:

Q: What did the one wall say to the other?
A: Meet you at the corner.

Q: Why was the beach wet?
A: Because the seaweed.

So there were two muffins in an oven. The first muffin turns to the second muffin and says, "Hey is it just me or is it hot in here?" The second muffin yelled, "AHH! A talking muffin."

Q: What did the little boy say when he threw the slug across the room?
A: Look how slime flies.

So, what's the best "worst joke" you ever heard?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Write All Night

So, the last weekend of NaNo Month is here. I still need 20k words. I am far, far, behind and this is the first time in four years that I truly doubt if I am going to be able to cross that illusive 50k goal line.

So help others and myself fill our word bars, I’m hosting a “write all night” event running from 7pm-7am. Think youth lock-in with adults, too much junk food (it was a potluck event), and many computers. It was a silly idea. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Every hour we have prizes for most productive (scoring is limiting my writing time), every two hours there is a word war (sprint), and in the "off" hour we have a include these five random words. You'd think these things would help my word count...not really. I've only writen 2000 words in the past four yours.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday #31

I am thankful for:

1) My church family!
2) My Girls! I so miss having tea with them.
3) Changing seasons
4) Flowers
5) My family
6) Christmas plans
7) Clean water

But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.

Romans 6:17

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 24

People often ask me “Hey Probst! What keeps you interested in the show after 21 seasons?” Well, I’m guessing it’s the same thing that keeps you guys interested — human nature. At its core that’s what Survivor is really all about, isn’t it? Our nature as humans and how we behave in different situations?

Holly is a great example. Five days into the show and she wanted to quit; 22 days later not only is she still around, but she could win. What changed? Her behavior. After nearly losing her mind, she rallied. She gained a lot of respect and now is considered a threat to go to the end.
Wow, last week blindsided me. I didn't expect the power moves or shifts. Brenda's alliance crumbled. The tribe voting her out was the biggest game changing power play yet. What really surprised me was Sash not using his idol to help her. The person I feel worried for the most is Chase. He had two alliances and he backed the wrong one two weeks in a row.

Other Happenings: Jane won immunity. I love Jane! In a very physical challenge the oldest woman lasted longer than the strongest guys. It was fun to see. And there was fire in the camp/ The show didn't give it a lot of air time but the fire cost the tribe three chests, their remaining food, the machetes, and part of the tarp...WOW!

So where things stand: Brenda's gone and nine remain to fight for the million dollars.

Predictions for Nov 24:
Previews for tonight's episode look good. NaOnka had done something horrible again. Looking forward to finding out what it was and if she can save herself another week. It's also nice that the target is on her back. Gives Berny and Chase another week to feud.

I think NaOnka is going home.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Haiku #2: Sleep

By: Debbie and Liz Stewart
with the help of Haiku Magnetic Poetry

So this is my second poem, and I've discovered writing haikus is easier when it's a collaborative effort. So, I'm looking for co-authors. If you'd like to help with one of the up coming Bowl of Stew(art) Haikus let me know. You can leave a comment, send me an email at lives_4jc@hotmail . com, or a facebook message and we'll figure out the details from there.

Oh and if it helps, these are a few of the words we have to work with:



Monday, November 22, 2010

Nine Sites I Like and Why

It's the last full week of NaNoWriMo and I'm a lost for words, my creativity is spent, and I've stopped being able to write or speak the English. I find I'm writing things like "Farmer’s farm is the first farm from his farm to come to because it is closer." Yep, I might be writing lots of words but no one said anything about those words being pretty.

All that to say I couldn't think of something to blog about. So I googled "something to blog about" and found "100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write." This was #77: Nine Sites I Like and Why:

1) National Novel Writing Month -I really only visit in October, November, and the first part of December but how else would I keep up with all things NaNoWriMo? It has helpful tips, forums, videos, and author information. It is a very important site for anyone wanting to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

2) Apartment Therapy -it is full of good apartment ideas, home tours, helpful tips, and encouraging challenges like the 20/20 Home Cure.

3) Board Game Geek -I find this a great game resource. There are facts, reviews, and ratings for over 49,000 games. It also has the latest details about game expansions, rule clarifications, neat game extras, suggestions or additions (like clay food for Agricola), and picture galleries.

4) Rhett & Link -These to guys make me giggle. I love there comical duet, the mythical shoes, and their youtube videos.

5) Doodze -a wonderful "tiny epic" comic adventure by Robin White.

6) Matthew's Blog -When he blogs it well rounded mix of spiritual insights, comical thoughts, book reviews, and sports highlights. It is also the great hub of Bethany bloggers. Sadly with busy lives, twitter and facebook fewer people are blogging but the list of bloggers is still there.

7) TV.com -I like being able to check on the status of my favourte shows, find out if they're cancelled or renewed, figure out episode names, and some of the new articles are fun.

8) IMDB -It drives me crazy when I'm watching a movie or TV and recognize an actor but I can't place who they are or what I've seen them in. IMDB helps end the insanity most of the time.

9) Annapolis Valley Regional Library -I like that I can request books to borrow from any library in the Valley online. My local library will call me when they're ready for pick up. I can also check due dates and renew books right on the site. It's nice.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 35

FOR TODAY: November 21, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...um, not sure the blinds are closed.

I am thinking...I'm going to cry -it's just been one of those weekends. And nothing is wrong, I'm not emotionally upset, just emotional. I think it's the lack of sleep, much joy yesterday, being at church since 8:30am, disappointed none of my youth are coming to RITV, no one I asked to come hear me speak is coming, the sweet cards from my church family, and I tried to call my mummy and there was no answer. Yes I am a wimp.

I am thankful for...,my wonderful church family.

From the kitchen...leftover pizza.

I am wearing...flats, awesome stripped skirt, purplish-maroon tank under a black blouse.

I am creating....the closing of my sermon.

I am going...to RITV then back to the church for a night of Inn From the Cold.

I am reading...Think Orange, The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, and The Fellowship of the Ring.

I am hoping...to avoid tears.

I am hearing...my computer

Around the house...nothing new.

One of my favorite things...pedicures.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Appreciation

I’ve been humbled and blessed. The past two days have been a out pouring of appreciation from both Wolfville Wrimos and my church family. Yesterday was “ML Appreciation” but one of the girls thought it was Thursday creating a two day event. Some of the cool things that happened were a full inbox of encouraging NaNo mail, cookies and other baked goods, and donation 0n my behalf to the Office of Letters and Lights. That’s not why I do all the planning but it does make me smile and actually feel appreciated.

Then today was a huge day of joy and joyfulness from my church family for Pastor Appreciation. Again this isn’t why I do what I do but it does make me smile and then humble me. It was too much. It was wonderful. Again, I was humbled and blessed. All I can say is thank you. Thank you to God and thank you to my church family. I am at a church that loves God and loves me and it is wonderful to be part of what God is doing.

Both days got me thinking about appreciation and how we as a culture say thank you. We have a special day for parents, for administrative staff, of NaNo MLs but we know that one day of gifts doesn't really cover all that those people do or mean. But these times help honour those we care about. Do we really say how we feel clear enough? When have you felt appreciated?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rate the Fun: Stone Age

A good friend asked for my advice on choosing a board game for a gift this week. I was honoured that she asked me AND I realized I hadn't written a "Rate the Fun" post since May. So here goes...

Stone Age, this is seriously one of the best games I've played this year. It was designed by Bernd Brunnhofer and Michael Tummelhofer and is produced in English by Rio Grande Games. This game earned one of my best Rate the Fun scores. I strongly recommend it; it would make a great Christmas present or addition to any board game closest. What is the game about:

Players struggle to survive the Stone Age by working as hunters, collectors, farmers, and tool makers. As you gather resources and raise animals, you work to build the tools needed to build your civilization.

Players use up to 10 tribe members each in 3 phases. In the first phase, players place their men in regions of the board that they think will benefit them, including the hunt, the trading center, or the quarry. In the second phase, the starting player activates each of his staffed areas in whatever sequence he chooses, followed in turn by the other players. In the third phase, players must have enough food available to feed their populations, or they face losing resources or points.

-found at Board Game Geeks


This was the best image I could find of the board. It looks complicated but it not any more challenge that Settlers of Catan. I've played this game a number of times both with two and three players. Both group sizes work well and make for a good hour of fun.

What I like about Stone Age is:

  • The meeples (wooden tribal people) are fun.
  • The pieces are a good quality, resources and meeples are wooden, and the artwork on the game board and cards is beautiful and engaging.
  • There are a multiple elements to the game play which allows for a variety of strategies.
  • The randomness of dice rolling can be compensated for by sending more "worker meeples" making it less about luck and more an issue of "risk assessment."
  • Every style of game could lead to potential victory and it is not always easy to predict the winner. During the game, some one who doesn't build many may appear to be behind but could ultimately win with their card or agricultural bonuses.
  • It has most interesting components similar to Agricola without the complications or headaches.
  • You can explore different strategies in the same game and still do well.
The Score:
Stone Age = 8.9

The Rate the Fun Scale:
10 = Outstandingly Awesome Game; Always want to play it and I expect this will never change.
9 = Excellent Game; Always want to play it.
8 = Very good game; I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and I'll never turn down a game.
7 = Good game; Usually willing to play.
6 = Okay game; There is some element of fun or challenge; will play sporadically if in the right mood.
5 = Fair game; Slightly boring, take it or leave it.
4 =Not so good; It doesn't get me but I could be talked into it on occasion.
3 = Bad; Likely won't play this again but could be convinced.
2 = Extremely annoying game; Won't play this ever again.
1 = Clearly broken; You won't catch me dead playing this.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday #30

I am thankful for:

1) discovering/confirming truth about myself
2) the friendships I'm developing at my Life Group
3) God's Protect while driving
4) new toys
5) words
6) the other Wolfville Wrios
7) Christmas visiting

I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, You have made known to me what we asked of You...

Daniel 2:23

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 17

Looking forward to seeing how the drama unfolds tonight. The Jane/Marty rivalry is over but there is still the NaOnka/Jud conflict. The guys thought they would have the power at council but Sash stayed true to his first alliance -Brenda. Those two believe they have all the power but things flip flop fast in Survivorland. Tonight is going to be interesting:

Best conversation from last week (from Jeff Probst commentary blog):
Benry and Fabio hanging in the shade, talking Survivor strategy. It was almost like a trailer for a new comedy:

Benry: You and I should just lay low… play stupid.

Fabio: I know dude, I hate playing stupid so much… but it’s like the smartest thing to do right now.

Benry: It’s easy.

Fabio: It’s… real easy"
Last week they were randomly selected to compete for reward, the teams ended up girls vs. guys. The time away from camp gave Marty a chance to plot but it wasn't enough. When he didn't win the idol his fate was sealed. At tribal council Marty was voted out and then there were 10:
Predictions for Nov 17:
Benry is will out any alliance and I suspect will be going home if he doesn't earn immunity. I could all see Dan, the man with nine lives or Jud going home.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

20/20 Graduation

It's Graduation day for the 20/20 Home Cure. If you followed the Maxwell's video's on can find his last video here. I really enjoyed this project and am thinking about doing a mini 20/20 Home Christmas Prep Challenge starting next Monday. Would anyone be interested in joining? I will definetly be participating in the next Home Cure Challenge (coming Spring 2011).

In other news: I absolutely hate raccoons.

NaNo Update: no words written today and I'm not sure I'll be getting any writing in till next Sunday. *frowny face*

Monday, November 15, 2010

Half Way To 50k!

15 days into National Novel Writing Month 2010 and I am a mix of emotions and thoughts. I'm feeling:
  • Joy about being ahead of schedule on the word count.

  • Hate towards my overall novel plot. I'm finding the story is just too serious and therefore boring to write. The characters flat, the dialog dumb, and the amount of plot holes staggering.

  • Delighted that after 15 days (+ a month and a half of prep) my female main character has a real name though I am still calling her "Monk Girl."

  • Sad that after 15 days (+ a month and a half of prep) my male main character still has no real name so I still just calling him "Farmer."

  • Frustration that I'm half way through the month and both story threads are still only on the first day.

  • Love for my writing group and the chance to plan events as the Wolfville/Annapolis Valley ML.

At this rate I should be finished the novel by Nov 26.
Or, I can complete it by Nov 30 by writing 1334 words a day.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 34

FOR TODAY: November 14, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...um, not sure the blinds are closed.

I am thinking...it's time for a nap.

I am thankful for...volunteers and working technology.

From the kitchen...I made fettuccine alfredo last week for the 20/20 Home Cure "make a new dish" task. Yesterday I bought cubed squash which I plan to cook tomorrow. Some of it is going to be saved so I can finally use my Deceptively Delicious cookbook.

I am wearing...brown flats, black pants (I know brown and black "don't go together" but the shoes are comfortable I and like wearing them while doing action songs), and a white tank under a maroon blouse.

I am creating....50, 000 word novel-story-mess-thing and a Christmas play.

I am going...home for a nap before coming back to the church to stay up all night for Inn From the Cold -the link is from 2008 when I first explained about the program.

I am reading...Think Orange, The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, Alice in Wonderland and The Fellowship of the Ring.

I am hoping...to be at 25k words by midnight tonight.

I am hearing...little feet running down the hall

Around the house...I want to keep the momentum going from the 20/20 home cure. Tomorrow I plan to finish re-mac-tacking my kitchen shelves.

One of my favorite things...new music.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
this is from Encounter weekend. It's a 'high five turkey'

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Farmers Market Find and a Haiku

Farmer's Market Find: I am blessed so close to the Wolfville Farmer's Market. It is a great place to discover local artisans, buy fresh produce, connect with friends, and have lunch. Today I found these great pink mittens that will be a perfect gift for my sister (she doesn't read my blog so its okay to say that). The mittens are wool on the outside and warm soft fleece on the inside. What I especially appreciate about these mittens is the wool from old sweaters and is being given a second life.

Saturday's Haiku: This summer I had bought a Haiku Magnetic Poetry Kit. I had wanted an original poetry kit for awhile and decided to splurge that day. Sadly the store was out of the original but haikus (would that be the proper plural form?)are fun. At the same time I decided that I would save opening the kit as an incentive to complete the Apartment Therapy book (which didn't happen at the time). BUT yesterday I finished the 20/20 Home Cure and thought it was a good time to celebrate. There are now 250+ tiny magnets on my fridge beckoning me to be creative. This is my first haiku (thank you Daddy for the help with syllable counting):
Current NaNo Word Count: 20,067

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 20: Last Day

It's hard to believe that the last day of the 20/20 Fall Home Cure is here. In theory, over the 20 days, people have been adding items to their outboxes. At the end of a week the box is reviewed and the owner needs to make a choice:
  1. remove the item permanently from the home (could be sold, donated, recycled or just thrown out)
  2. bring it back into the home
  3. hold off deciding for another week. Items should only stay in the outbox for two weeks tops.
Today's final assignment is to empty the outbox. Only the things currently in my outbox only were added last week and I'm not really ready to decided -so they're going to stay another week and I'll clear out the outbox November 19th. And with that the challenge is done; it feels anti-climatic to me. Thankfully Maxwell will be doing a graduation next week so this wasn't the last video.

In other home DIY news: I re-found two of favourite home improvement vloggers today. In 2008 I discovered Thread Banger, a social network for DIY fashion. It's where I got the idea for the scoodie and my dasiy stitch scarf. The hosts/creators were Rob and Corinne. I loved their videos. As the site grew they added "Decor It Yourself" with Meg. I loved Meg's decor ideas even when I didn't care for her style. It was because of her statement "your nest needs you" that I stumbled upon Apartment Therapy. This summer the team of three informed the community that they would no longer be apart of Thread Banger with out disclosing details. I was sad. Well, today I found both Meg's new project/blog: Nest and Corinne's internet-multi-site-hub "Corinne's Little Corner of the Internet." Both discovery made me happy and I discovered that Corinne and Rob are engaged which just doubled the joy. That sounds weird, after watching their video's for three year and since they never said if they were an item or not its nice to know they have been together for six years and are now engaged. It's a happy thing.

NaNo Word Count: 20067
Personal goal for the weekend, I'd like to be half way done (25k) before Sunday night.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 19: Hanging Artwork

I love today's 20/20 Home Cure video. Who knew hanging pictures could be so easy? I have no art work to hang at the moment. But I am planning to buy two pieces by Drew Wallace. So once all the details are worked out I know how to hang them:
Youth group tonight rocked, it was a simple card game night. The girls played Dutch Blitz. The guys played Phase 10. The leaders (Michael and I) totally won! Not that its about winning. There was laughter and frustration and good times had by all.

I'm now off to write. Sad thing, I'm more interested in working on last years novel than this year. I keep getting creative ideas to add to the other story but just don't fit in this one. Newest addition to my elf-world a forest of giant carrots with giant rabbits. Yep, I think NaNo is definitely messing with my imagination.

NaNo Word Count: 16,490

Thankful Thursday #29

I am thankful for:

1) Boardgames nights
2) The Bible
3) Write or Die it had been one of the greatest asset in my making my daily word count.
4) Apartment Therapy challenges that have encouraged good changes in my home.
5) The sun
6) Flowers
7) The great messages @ Encounter this year (thanks Seth Fancy)

[This is what the LORD says]"...From them will come songs of thanksgiving..."

Jeremiah 30:19a

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 18: Declutter the Medicine Cabinet

For today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment we're taking on the medicine cabinet. It's a busy night. I have a nanowrimo writing event and then my Life Group but once I get home I'm going to take on the challenge when I get home (I now have 80s music going through my head).

I'm looking forward to this for this task. Both my medicine cabinet and the cupboard under my sink need a thorough "spring" cleaning. It's an interesting day for this task. I watched the Story of Cosmetics today which just added to my questions of what do you really need and what products should you buy?

Well, I'm off to the write in.

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 10

This is my favorite season of Survivor since Australia. These people are great at creating drama. For a moment-by-moment recap visit the Global's blog. For a very fun commentary on episode 8 try Jeff Probst's blog, I love his insights and thoughts on the characters. Here my thoughts and favourite moments from last week:
  • The merge happened. The new tribe is "Libertad"
  • Jane is my ultimate favourite. I'm rooting for her to win. She says the best things. "I’ve got dogs that live in the yard. I feel very safe…. Plus I’ve got a shotgun." She's spunky, strong, genuine, and doesn't mince her words.
  • NaOnka stole food and the frying pan...and didn't get voted out. Her "accomplice" who only helped keep things quiet and ate some food gets the target. This is a strange game.
  • Jane won "girls" immunity but stayed in the game just to beat Marty. Where would this show be without the interpersonal rivalries.
At tribal council Alina was voted out and then there were 11:
Predictions for Nov 10:
I think the former older tribe is in danger especially Marty. With last week's food stealing NaOnka could be on the outs with her chick. And Benry is now without an alliance. I would vote out NaOnka or Dan. But I doubt it will go down like that. I think Marty will be going home this week.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Day 17: Flowers, Practices, and a Novel Update

This is going to be another short post:

1) I'll be picking up flowers on my way home tonight for the daily 20/20 Home Cure task.
2) Tonight was the first practice for this year's children's Christmas play. Five children showed up...the play had 20 roles. I'm trying to be positive but if we don't have more children it just can't happen.
3) I'm not enjoying writing my story this year. I think it is because I thought out so much before hand that nothing is surprising and the writing feels too serious. So, last night I added a sword that made people vanish when stabbed. If you have a crazy suggestion I'd like to add it to my story, just leave a comment.

NaNo Word Count: 13,823

Monday, November 08, 2010

Day 16: Clean, A Meal, and Words

I can't believe that it's the final week of the Apartment Therapy: 20/20 Home Cure Challenge. It's another "clean the room" day. I'll be tackling that after tonight's Wolfville Wrimo's Write-In (which I should be heading to soon). I hope to keep the Monday 20 minute room clean a habit after this is done.

Last night I finally cooked a meal at home. It was an attempt at Fettuccine Alfredo, from scratch. It was the best I ever had, I need to work on the seasoning. But it wasn't bad either. I am kinda proud that I was able to do it.

Not much else to say. I spent most of the day in bed or reading. Last night I was at the church for Inn From the Cold. No one needed the shelter but I couldn't fall asleep quickly when I did get home. I'm now over tired. Ugh.

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 11823

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 33

FOR TODAY: November 7, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...misty and the foggy silhouettes of trees.

I am thinking...God is awesome and I need sleep.

I am thankful for...second chances

From the kitchen...I know I said this last week but I am serious this time: I am going to new recipe today so I can accomplish Day 9's assignment.

I am wearing...black skirt with a black and white printed shirt over a white tank top and brown shoes that don't go with the outfit but feel good on my feet.

I am creating....50, 000 word novel-story-mess-thing.

I am going...home to sleep before coming back to the church for Inn From the Cold.

I am reading...The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, Prayer Works, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I am hoping...to nap -soon.

I am hearing...the hum of the computer.

Around the house...finished the third week of the 20/20 Home Cure. I'm still loving the daily 20 minute challenges. Tomorrow starts the last week of challenges, only five to go.

One of my favorite things...blog comments, especially from my daddy.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
Atlantic concert at BBC's Encounter Weekend (I did not take this picture)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Enounter Highlights

So, we're in the midst of Encounter weekend at BBC. It's been really good so far. No goldfish have been murdered, I bought a new pillow (after testing six) and we sang Christmas carols on the drive down. I asked the youth what they got from the messages so far and this is the feedback:
  • "The thing he said in the first service, about not just observing the story but actually finding yourself in the story. I never thought of it that way."
  • "The second service. All of it. It might have looked like I wasn't paying attention but I was. What he said was important. Like needing to pray if you wanted to be spiritual but that you could also look spiritual and not be spiritual."
  • "The part of the message when he said about being looking real doesn't always mean you are."

Seth Fancy is being so real and honest. He's saying truth in away that kids who are very familar with the facts of the Bible and church culture are being challenged. He's showing that following Jesus is a real life thing that isn't easy but takes honest, humble, and prayerful action. It's good stuff. I see God working here this weekend.

NaNo Word Count: 9395

Friday, November 05, 2010

Day 15 and a Rainy Road Trip

Bethany Bible College's annual "visit the school-experience God-maybe apply to be a student" event is happening this weekend. As a teen, I loved going up to Booster. It's since been renamed Encounter and it's not the same...not because of the name change. Every year that I've taken a group something has gone wrong from "missing kids" to goldfish murder. As permission forms began to be turned in I felt that sicking fear in the pit of my tummy..."what's going to happen this year?" It's kind of silly, there are only four students going and they're all good kids that don't cause trouble. And if they did I know I could call each of their families to drive up and collect their child. Still the feelings there. Right now it's because of the rain, high winds and the unknown road conditions. Pray we arrive safe.

On to the 20/20 Home Cure challenge. Today's assignment is to fix something in your home. Only there is nothing really to fix. There are things I'd like to change but they're huge projects that my landlord would need to be involved in like reflooring the kitchen or completely changing the bathroom/replacing the tub. Neither of those could be done in twenty minutes. I did fix something when I first read the Apartment Thearpy book. It was the door latches and I did feel empowered to continue my home improvement journey. Ta Da:



Speaking of challenges, I've added another one to my month, NaBloPoMo. It's a similar to writing your novel only it's for bloggers to post everyday in November. I was already planning to write an update so why not be apart. I read somewhere that there are prizes. Oooh shiny.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Day 14: Really?

So today's 20/20 Home Cure assigment is a home media fast. This is not the best month for a media fast. In one sense I would say I completed this task. I didn't use media at home. But since I'm watching TV at a friends house and have spent the past three hours working on my nanonovel I am not sure that really counts. I might try this again in December. It's a good idea.

Current NaNo Word Count: 7646 words, 42,354 words left to go.

Thankful Thursday #28

I am thankful for:

1) My family
2) Chocolate
3) Deadlines
4) Tea
5) Willing volunteers
6) Sunshine
7) Friends

The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Isaiah 51:3

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Day 13: I want to Quit Again!

I hate getting rid of stuff. I know it clutters my place. I understand I need to let go. I get that the outbox system helps...and that's what today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment is all about "decluttering my books or media." I'm going to do this after life group tonight but I am kind of dreading it. Letting go of 10% of my stuff is hard but they're asking for 25%. That just seems a bit extreme. Thankfully my precious stuff is only going into the outbox today and anything in the outbox could still come back into the house.

NaNoNews: This are looking up for my story. I am not going to trash it. Writing isn't coming easily but I still want to see this plot through. I think the struggle with writing and words is twofold 1) I am have said yes to too many things which is causing me to be overtired and under-creative 2)I am expecting too much from my writing. I know that what ever I write this month isn't going to be pretty but I expect myself to write something amazing that could be published tomorrow and I can't.

These frustrations got me thinking about my last years nano story about a human girls travels in elf-land. I want to start working on it again in December. I think when I do start working on it again I'm going to make the main character, Abby, younger. She'll either be 13 or 17.

Current NaNoWord Count: 4467

Survivor Nicaragua: Nov 3

Last week Espada wins both reward and the immunity idol sending La Flor back to tribe council. Best moment was Sash putting his foot in his mouth. “That’s not what I meant to say.” For a decent recap try Global's blog or Jeff Probst commentary on episode 7.

Who was sent home? Jill was with three votes (Jane had two and Marty had two). There are 12 Castaways left just in time for the merge:Predictions for Nov 7:
I think the merge is going to happen tonight, the episode is titled "Company Will Be Arriving Soon." With a new tribe formed and individual immunity up for grabs its anyone's guess how people will vote. Will old alliances be kept or promises broken. There are less older people, the former younger tribe could just pick them off one at a time. Not sure they would would together that long.

I think Marty and Alina are in danger. I also think the NaOnka/Jud(Fabio) rivalry will start up as soon as the tribes merge, which could draw new lines in the sand.

If the merge doesn't happen I think La Flor will head to tribal council. If so Marty is in danger. If that doesn't happen Espada will try to vote out Alina.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Day 12: More Flowers

It's a new day but a familiar assignment "buy flowers". If you like Maxwell's explanations as much as Jess and I you can find today's 20/20 Home Cure video: here. Earlier today I picked up some pretty purple flowers, one bunch was tulips the other I didn't recognize. They're both beautiful.

Now it's time to write. The author stats have new features this year. It shows the traditional graph, your word count, daily word average, if you are ahead of word schedule or behind, and how many words left to write for the day and over all. I still have 1488 words to write today.

I hope it goes well. Yesterday reaching the 1667 was a struggle and disappointing. I did make it to 1716, but I had hoped to be closer to 5000. I've been thinking about the opening of the story for so long that trying to capture everything down was just frustrating. I don't normally feel this discouraged till the second week. Nothing feels right, even the write in. Normally I can get a good 1500 words, out side of the word war (365 words) I didn't write anything. I'm going to write something in the middle for tonight.

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 1966

Monday, November 01, 2010

Day 11: With Mr. Rogers

Love today's Mr. Rogers' vibe 20/20 Home Cure Assignment video. It made me smile. The task is to surface clean another room in your home. I am working on my kitchen this week. I started with the floors and I'll finish up when I get home from today's writing event.

Meal Update: I still haven't done Day 9's assignment. The plan was to cook yesterday but I went out with a friend. So meal making will have to wait till next Sunday. I still need recipe suggestions. Please leave a comment with a meal idea or link to a recipe. Thanks!

NaNoWriMo: It's begun, I started writing last night (someone captured the moment. I'm a plot bunny). So far I've written 714 words. The sad thing, I'm not really into it this year. I was really excited about my plot two weeks ago but the spark, inspiration, and creativity are just gone. I'm already procrastinating.

I'm more focused on ML planning and how crazy my schedule already is. I'm preaching twice on top of regular youth group & Kidsworld prep, Encounter at BBC is next weekend, Christmas play practices start tomorrow, and I count 12 writing events. Some days even have multiple things schedules. The only day with nothing scheduled on it is Nov 13...who knows how long that's going to stay free. I think I might have bitten off more than I can chew...this is going to be a bumpy month.