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December 1, 2012

December?  No way.

Really, it can't be this late in the year already.  Just not possible.

I am already behind on this month, of course.  It's just incredible the amount of stuff I have to do this month.  Like finish two novels.  That's going to be a trick just by itself because I appear to be out of writing energy.

Yeah, not good for the last month with so much going on.


December 2, 2012

Russ put insulated siding up on two sides of the house today. Wow, that took all day -- but look at that!  Is that cool or what?  Actually, the trick is that it will be warmer.

We probably won't side until next spring unless we have more of this unseasonably warm weather for a couple more weekends.

Me, I did a lot of extra stuff today -- 2YN class post, Bear on the High Shelf book on Smashwords, Newsletter edits, twitter and blog stuff.  Good to get a lot of it off my list.  I also had to completely reformat the 2YN book 5 stuff there.  So lots of odd work, but it's done.

And that's it.

December 3, 2012

I am having a hard time writing today  Really, just can't focus on it.  Ack.  I don't need this kind of problem the last month of the year with so much I need to get done.

Brain is not cooperating, that's all.  It's like 'you need something done?  Forget it.  Not going to happen.  so there!' type of problems.  I would like to think this won't be a long term problem.  Must get things done.

I need to update my Joomla sites.   Ack.

Like I need one more thing to do.

December 4, 2012

Last night was pay ACOA people. and that is almost entirely done now!  Yay!

Writing is not going well at the moment, but I think once I get a lot of other things cleared up, I'll be able to drop back into it without a lot of trouble.

Russ was going to spend this week in Omaha but that hasn't worked out yet.  I had stuff that he had to do last night so he never got his things packed up again.  I feel badly about it, but I'm glad to have it done.

And that's about it for me!  I'm ready for a break again.

December 5, 2012

The weather has turned colder today than it was supposed to be.  I'm not happy.  I want the warmer stuff back again!  It doesn't have to be summer, but a bit nicer would be okay.

Still, the house seems better with the new insulation, so it can't all be bad!

Russ should be staying in Omaha tonight and tomorrow night.  Poor guy.  If gas wasn't so expensive, he could come home -- but it's cheaper to rent an apartment than drive back each day.  Sigh.

He'll be here Friday night though Sunday and either go back Sunday night or Monday morning.

December 6, 2012

I had no Internet for part of last night.  Amazing how troubling that can be for me.  But today it's up and I got the newsletter done, so it can now sit for a few hours and I can tweak it a bit here and there.

Russ had a bad cold when he left.  Unfortunately, I am starting to feel it come on, too.

I should be getting some writing done today, but my head is really pounding and I'm not feeling particularly well.  I hope this passes quickly.

December 7, 2012

I am trying to decide how best to handle the rest of the year.  I would like, more than anything, to just have a nice, calm, cheery end to 2012.  That seems reasonable enough, I think.  I don't have a lot left in the writing department, so I don't have to rush through that.  A few more newsletters.  Vision is the most work.

It snowed today and that cheered me for some reason.  I don't know why.  But overall, it was nice to watch.

December 8, 2012

Day 2 of my 'no, I am not going to stress over stuff' plan.  I don't know if it is working, but here I am.

I am getting a bit of writing done, some editing and playing with my DAZ runtime.  Seems like a good plan to me, until I get into the heart of that last one and realize how much stuff I have.  Ack.

But I need to get it all loaded back in some day, right?  Maybe by the end of the year?

This is crazy.

December 9, 2012

Back to cold stuff again.  Ick.

Trying to get caught up o everything and it's not working.  Look, running out of time, Zette.  Get back to work!


December 10, 2012

It's supposed to warm up soon.  Really.  That's not bad for December. The new siding is making a huge difference, but an actual furnace wouldn't be bad.  Not going to happen this year, though.

Still, things are shaping up okay.  Writing, not so much so, but I'll get that done.

December 11, 2012

Have I mentioned that Edmond is almost entirely better?  He has a bit of a limp still now and then, but he's been running and playing again.  That's such a relief!

I, on the other hand, am fighting my December cold.  I will survive it, but not happily.  It brings horrible headaches with it. 

But getting things done so I can't complain too much!

December 12, 2012

Russ might be gone to New York over the holidays to work.  Yeah, we need to money but you know . . . I have spent years thinking about just having holidays together.  It's disappointing.  He says we can do Christmas the day after, which is fine, really.  However, he'll be gone for days leading up to it.  While everyone else is having happy holidays and fun, I'll be sitting here alone again.  That gets very, very depressing.

But we went through a lot of money these last few weeks because of various problems, so if they agree to pay for him being there, then he pretty much has to go.

I am not doing decorations until I find out.  There is nothing more depressing to me than sitting here by myself staring at that kind of stuff.  I'd rather just ignore the entire thing in that case.  I was starting to uncover some boxes I haven't looked at in five years, but I'm putting them back away for now.

And I'm going back to working.  Seems like a good plan to me!

December 13, 2012

Getting things done. That's about the best I can say at this point.  Getting things off my list.  Adding other things.  Getting them off the list.  Eventually I will have something done.

And then it will be New Years and I'll start all over.

I'm starting to think this is insane.

December 14, 2012

Another shooting.  I don't understand how people can do this.  I really don't.

I am not getting much done tonight.  Not feeling well, either.

December 15, 2012

I crossed the one million mark last night.  That was nice.  The writing went well enough once I fell into it.

Today was a good day.  I got out, I saw geese, I had dinner out with Russ.  We stopped to see my father who turned 86 today.  The boys had their shots and the problem with Edmond's leg is a pulled tendon which should heal fine.

There was a bit of snow on the way home.  I got more of Paid in Gold and Blood edited.

So, overall, a much better day than lately.

December 16, 2012

This is Russ's last day for the on-call stuff.  That was just miserable.  Unfortunately, he'll be facing it again in a few weeks.  Other stuff is just sitting there.  I need to get moving on a few things.

Ugh.  Yeah, we're having attention and attitude problems here.

December 17, 2012

DAZ wants two newsletters much earlier than usual, so you know what I am working on and will be working on for the next couple days.  It really shouldn't be too difficult, but I have to shuffle other things again.  And be certain that I get other work done.

I can do this.  Not much else going on right now anyway!

December 18, 2012

Weather is starting to change again.  Ugh.  But we've had good stuff so far and the house is much better than it was last year at this time.

I need to decorate at least a little so I feel more holiday-ish.  I think that would be nice.  But I need to get a ton of other stuff done.  Everything is starting to annoy me.


Must get better attitude.

December 19, 2012

Looks like we might get hit by a major snow storm tonight.  Russ even came home early and I think is staying tomorrow, though he works from home.  That's really nice that they are letting him do that stuff.

I'm getting bits and pieces of writing done, though nothing outstanding right now.  I need to really start thinking about what I want to do for next year.

But, other than that . . . stuff is not too bad.  No snow yet, but it should be hitting soon.

December 20, 2012

More of the same.  More of the same plus it's white out and cold.  Ugh.

But here we are winding our way to the end of the year.  I really don't have a lot of 'yay' feeling about it either way.  I'll get work done and then I'll start work again.

Well, good to get things done, at least.

December 21, 2013

Okay, there is one thing I'm really, really enjoying -- the Lightroom 4 book.  I've learned how to do all kinds of neat things, and I'm looking forward to applying them to more and more photos.  I've been importing stuff and cleaning it up.  All kinds of fun.

So that's my big thing.

December 22, 2013

I am very nearly done with the newsletter -- the last one of the year.  Yay!  I am also almost done with my last story of the year.  So, overall, it's looking like things are going to fall into place.

The next problem is getting stuff ready for next year.  LOL

And that's about it.  Nine more days to go.

December 23, 2012

The last novel of the year is done.  I'm still editing another one, but I'll have it finished in no time.  I also finished the last newsletter.  I'm almost done with the Lightroom 4 book.  All in all, a productive day, which is good since I started out very ill and I sill don't feel great.

The weather here is getting cold.  Blah.  We'll see how it goes.

But at least I am really getting things done.

December 24, 2012

Way too cold around here.  The cats agree.  Gah.

But we are all snuggled in here.  We have snow for Christmas and all is well.

December 25, 2012

Happy holidays!


December 26, 2012

It's just too cold. That's all.  It's finally warming up into the 60's here by the computer, which helps getting work done.  But other than that, it's too miserable.

Supposed to snow tomorrow, though, which means warmer weather.  Yay for that!

Russ is still working from home, which is good since the new car developed yet another problem.  I'm getting Vision done.  That's about it.

December 27, 2012

Cold.  Have I mentioned the cold.  I am already tired of it all.

And it's not going to get any better for a couple months.

Blah.  And nothing is working right.  I at least am almost done with Paid in Gold and Blood, so that's good.

December 28, 2013

We have another problem with the car.

You know, I just get bad feelings about this winter.

However, I do have my new Photoshop book!  Yay!  Time to learn more things!  Providing I get the time.  So much to get done before the end of the year.

December 29, 2012

Yeah, still cold.  Going to stay cold so I might as well get used to it, right?

I need to get a few more things done before the start of the year.  Then?  I need to get to work on a new novel and may be just let myself escape for a while.  This is just getting annoying, and I need to get past it.

December 30, 2012

It's just above freezing today.  Yay!  I wish I felt well enough to appreciate it.  But still, that's warmer.

I have Vision done except for the menu, which cannot go up until the issue is live.  That will be tomorrow.  I have the 2YN boards set up, but I still have to give people access.

Paid in Gold and Blood is pretty much done.  Just a last few edits.  I am as ready for 2013 as I can be.

Wish I felt better, though.

December 31, 2012

Russ and I are watching shows tonight.   Yay!  Except he got called to do a bit of work (he's on call), and he had to go next door to check it out.  With luck, it won't be much at all.

It's been a nice day.  Tomorrow we're heading up to see his brother and sister-in-law, which will be a nice little trip.

So, this is the end of the year.  Odd year, but I think things are really starting to look better.

Happy New Year!