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Do something JUST FOR FUN for 100 days straight! (read all 4 entries…)
Day 3

Went out to lunch with Mr. Donovan at You Say Tomato. :)



Practice Wicca more (read all 6 entries…)
Blood Moon Ritual and Reading

Last night was the first of 4 blood moons in 2014 and 2015. A blood moon is of course a full moon lunar eclipse, when the moon moves into the shadow of the earth and takes on the hues of the Earth’s sunsets and sunrises.

Some Christians see the blood moons as a portent of the end times, particularly because they line up with ancient Jewish holidays.

In Wicca, a Blood Moon is seen more as just a very magical time, when the divide between the earthly and the spirit realms is thinner, and a time for divine growth.

I got up at three a.m. to look at the moon for a while. Even with the naked eye, in the city, it was so beautiful! The red colors shifted on it as I watched.

I worked a spell for energy and inspiration to quickly complete the writing projects I have started. I accidentally spilled a bunch of cinnamon oil, which I had to clean up thoroughly because it is a strong irritant to skin. The house smells like cinnamon now, which is all right, really. I need to keep a towel near the little altar I have set up, and I’ve actually seen another witch give this exact advice for setting up an altar before, because accidents happen.

I also did a Tarot reading about my creative work using a new spread, and I’m pondering that now.

Even though I got up at a strange hour and did all this, I had no trouble getting back to sleep for a few more hours and feel full of energy and positivity today. :)



Do something JUST FOR FUN for 100 days straight! (read all 4 entries…)
Day 2

Worked from home in the afternoon, which I had not done for a while. It’s great to work while snuggling little dogs. :)



Donate a kidney to a stranger (read all 32 entries…)
Not a match :(

I am disappointed and sad. Hearing about a specific person who needs help, even though I didn’t know her name, made me feel more invested, you know?

Another possibility will come along before long, and the coordinator is sending me more tubes for blood so I’ll be ready when it does.



be vegan for a month (read all 2 entries…)
Other than eating too much peanut butter...

this is going very well!



Do something JUST FOR FUN for 100 days straight! (read all 4 entries…)
Day 1

I met an online friend who’s become a real-life friend at Rozzelle Court of the Nelson-Atkins art museum for lunch. I recently learned that the fountain dates back to 200 BC…incredible! I had a great time talking to her, and then I went to the new age store and the herb store for a few things, which I really loved too.



Do something JUST FOR FUN for 100 days straight! (read all 4 entries…)
A new goal, because I have trouble having fun.

I had a goal about super-fab weekends, and…I just wasn’t all that fab.

I have a lot of ambitions and projects, and when I’m not working on them, I tend to do nothing special.

I’m honestly pretty sick of it. I want to live life to the fullest and enjoy myself.

So I’m going to give this a go!



learn Photoshop Elements
I started this today

so that I can design my own book covers for self-publishing. Luckily, I know a bunch of designers who can give me feedback.



Donate a kidney to a stranger (read all 32 entries…)
Well, getting the blood there was an ordeal.

I got it drawn at the medical department at work, but realized the biohazard bag it was supposed to go in was too small for the shipper box of tubes. After a meeting at work, I found the staffed FedEx office downtown. They didn’t have the larger biohazard bags. I had to drive to another shipping center which was pretty hard to find, way out in an industrial section of town.

But hey! The blood is off and should get there late tomorrow morning. I should hear on Monday or maybe Tuesday if we are a match.



Donate a kidney to a stranger (read all 32 entries…)
Potential match, sick teen in CA?

Just got a call from the coordinator. I need to remember to call her as soon as I get home from work tonight to let her know if I got a package from her containing the tubes for me to put blood in tomorrow…I may be getting my blood drawn in the morning and shipping it out to San Diego.

I hope I can help this person. Really really excited.



Donate a kidney to a stranger (read all 32 entries…)
More Progress...

I am active in the donation system, and the hospital is sending me some tubes to fill up with blood (with a medical professional’s help, haha) and ship to Johns Hopkins I think? where they will do some blood typing. It sounds like there may be several people on the wait list now to whom I could donate.

The surgery may be as soon as May 13th…we’ll see! I’m going to go ahead and start the paperwork at work, because they need it turned in about 4 weeks before the surgery.



Donate a kidney to a stranger (read all 32 entries…)
I check my inbox about 100 times a day now

hoping there’s a message about a match.

Although at first I was going to wait to go active until after a couple of trips, I decided to go ahead because I’m eager.



try 43 new recipes (read all 4 entries…)
#3: Curried Tofu Salad. Five Out of Five Stars.

When I was mixing this up I thought, “Surely this is going to be disgusting.” It’s delicious. (I do think it probably helped that it sat in my fridge for several hours before I ate some…so the flavors got to soak into the tofu.) I had it on whole wheat bread with avocado slices.

I want this around all the time. I think I might add nutritional yeast to it, though. Here’s the recipe.



Make 2014 my best year yet! (read all 29 entries…)
Magnificent APRIL PLAN.

Resolutions

1. Have a superfab weekend…every weekend!
Make sure every other weekend includes 1 adventure to someplace new and 1 romantic interlude. ☺

2. Donate a kidney to a stranger.
If they find a match this month, schedule surgery.

3. Write a fantastic first installment of an urban fantasy trilogy.
THE BIG ONE. Get feedback on chapters 1-3 plus outline from friends. Fast drafting: chapters 1 – 10 complete by end of month.

4. Weigh what my driver’s license says.
THE OTHER BIG ONE. Do the Lose It app faithfully every day and see what happens.

5. Give original, on-time, beautifully wrapped gifts.
Do it!

6. Kick ass at work.
Do a fantastic job for all writing on the N project.
Pitch 2 articles to the website and write one if they like it.
Get book ideas to Carrie, 1st week and 2nd week of April.
Go to all my meetings and get my timesheets in on time!

7. Reach my savings goal for 2014.
Be thrifty! 25% of goal at end of month.

8. Read 50 books this year.

Read Moby Dick and 3 other books.

9. Self-publish a steamy novella.
I am nervous and excited about putting this on my resolution list for this year! Learn everything I can about the logistics of this via my self-pubbed network this month.

10. Go to Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks.
Nothing this month.

Also…

be vegan for a month
I am all set for this!

publish a chapbook of poetry

Submit to 2 chapbook contests.

try 43 new recipes
Try 2 vegan recipes.

Make the baby a quilt.

Finish embroidering all those squares and sew them together.


Donate 250 jars of peanut butter and 250 jars of jelly to a food pantry.

20 & 20 this month.

Practice Wicca more.
New Moon tarot readings, March 31 and April 29 or 30.
The big spell, beginning the Sunday before the full moon (the 13th).
Dare to go to a meetup.

Sell 43 things on ebay
Sell 20 items in order to help with house repairs next month.

make the home I’ve got into my dream home
Paint the hallway.
Get new bedding for downstairs, since it seems like Clio has learned to not destroy it.



Donate 250 jars of peanut butter and 250 jars of jelly to a food pantry. (read all 12 entries…)
10 & 10.

Total so far: 130 & 130!



Make 2014 my best year yet! (read all 29 entries…)
March Wrap Up!

Here’s how I did in March! Not bad at all!

1. Have a superfab weekend…every weekend!

Last weekend was more of a hard-working weekend because I did the sunroom painting project and all the book organizing…but overall, pretty good here!

2. Donate a kidney to a stranger.

Cleared for donation, and I’ve told them to go ahead and start looking for a match, because I am anxious to do it.

3. Write a fantastic first installment of an urban fantasy trilogy.
3 revised chapters + chapter-by-chapter outline to readers for critique by end of month.
Schedule critique lunch for end of month.
Getting the material to the readers tomorrow (March 31).

4. Weigh what my driver’s license says.
155.0 by the end of the month.
No progress.

5. Give original, on-time, beautifully wrapped gifts.Hit and miss here.

6. Kick ass at work.Doing well and could do better!

7. Reach my savings goal for 2014.10 per cent to goal.

8. Read 50 books this year.
Read 5 books.
Done!

Two of my resolutions have gone by the wayside, and I am going to replace them.

Also…

publish a chapbook of poetry
Submit to 2 chapbook contests.
Submit a few more of these poems to individual litmags.
Done and done.

publish a book of poetry
Write a few new fantastic poems.
Submit a few more of these poems to individual lit mags.
Wrote 2 poems and one of them was good. Submitted some.

Train my dogs.
Keep on working with Clio on housebreaking and not destroying things.
She has gotten quite a bit better.

Make the baby a quilt.
Finish embroidering all those squares and sew them together.
Nope. I only worked a little on this!

Donate 250 jars of peanut butter and 250 jars of jelly to a food pantry.
20 & 20 this month.
Yes!

Practice Wicca more.
Do the 2 private spells.
Celebrate Ostara/spring equinox.
I did one spell and it was really successful. Began the second one, which will take another moon cycle to complete. Ritual before dawn on Ostara.



Make 2014 my best year yet! (read all 29 entries…)
Plan for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Ahhh. This may sound like a small thing, but I got up and did 25 min. of yoga stretching, and I’m pretty proud of myself.

Bring a big healthy salad for lunch.

No diet Coke.

Drink lots of water. well…it was water that had been made into coffee.

Do the best I can leading the FreeWrite session.sigh…I did a good job, but almost no one has time to go.

Get that tax number.

Print out and make edits to Chapters One and Two.

Go on a long walk with G. and the dogs.

Skin and cuticle care.

No snacking after 7 pm.

Lights out at 10, eucalyptus oil in diffuser…keep those sinuses clear. :)



Make 2014 my best year yet! (read all 29 entries…)
Plan for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

I kicked a lot of ass yesterday, to be honest.

Bring a healthy lunch to work.

No diet Coke!

Finish the website article and send it.

Go to that brainstorm at 1 o’ clock.

Send a card to Grandma.

Write a poem about Leadville.

Put away the rest of the laundry.

Take a long walk with G. and the dogs.

No snacking after 7.



Read 50 books this year. (read all 14 entries…)
#11: The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS.

I probably would not have downloaded this one if I had realized it was YA, and it turned out to be terrific. Review here.



reduce my environmental footprint (read all 2 entries…)
The fox says: take care of the planet :)

I’m trying to change a few things about my eating/drinking habits…

Don’t use paper cups + java jackets at the cafe at work! Today I bought this adorable travel mug to use instead.

Don’t buy meals in those plastic trays at the cafe…I do recycle them, but better not to use them in the first place.

Buy more organic fruits and vegetables, and fewer grown with pesticides.

Don’t drink diet Coke. Hardly any place recycles the plastic caps, and they end up so often in the bellies of marine birds and fish.



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