Friday, July 30, 2010

Midsummer Madness

Midway through the summer and struggling to keep my mind on the WIP.  It was my birthday this week - balloons are from my daughter - and for some reason that marks the point of letting all my good intentions fly out the window. It's like I owe myself the gift of sloth.

I ate way too much food. I can't limit myself to a birthday "dinner" it has to be a birthday "week."  And I haven't seen the inside of a gym or put my sneakers on in weeks.I'm afraid to get on the scale.

I'm overwhelmed by all the things I haven't done and all the things I still have to do. Part of that, I think, is I rarely think about my age during the year but somehow when the actual date rolls around I start realizing how old I am.

Whew, now that I've gotten that off my chest,  I feel better.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. 
Manageable chunks.

So, salad for lunch and a walk after dinner.
Finish reading friend's MS so it's ready when she gets back from RWA national.

I can do that today.

And because I have so much to do that isn't getting done, I decided to redo the blog. I really hated that pink one and every time I posted it annoyed me. Spent a couple hours searching pictures and couldn't find what I wanted. Then I had the brilliant idea of actually taking the picture myself. So, this is my messy desk that I stare at each day.


Annette Gallant said...

I'm feeling the same way, Anne. My original goal had been to complete my draft by my birthday, but then the new job happened and now I'm struggling to regain my momentum. And don't even get me started on all the birthday cake and chocolate there is in the house right now. LOL I'm trying to resist but it's a challenge.

However, I've decided this whole writing and eating thing is a lot like learning to ride a bike. It's not how often you fall off, but how often you get back on and try again.

Hope you're having a great long weekend!

Anne MacFarlane said...

Annette, a new job definitely puts someone's schedule out of kilter. I always find when something big like that happens it takes a while to find a new rhythm.

I totally agree about it being more important how often you get back on and try again. I finally faced the scale this morning and it wasn't pretty.

Janet said...

First - a belated Happy Birthday! I, too, end up having Birthday Week and justify it as only happening once a year (weak justification, but I use it anyway).

Second - love the new header! And you took the pic yourself? Well done, Anne. It's very writerly.

Third - I think there's a general funk going around. But I love Annette's take on things - just get back on the bike. Where did I park it?

Anne MacFarlane said...

Janet, thanks for the birthday wishes. When you find your bike do you want to check to see if mine is there,too?

Lexi said...

Happy belated birthday! Everything else? One day at a time. Little by little.

And birthday week? I do that EVERY year! No, I don't like getting older, but then I think, "Why not celebrate me?" You should look at it that way too!

Good luck finding and getting back on the bike!

Anne MacFarlane said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes, Lexi.

Michelle Helliwell said...

Anne - sorry I'm just discovering this now - love the new look. Fresh and inviting, just looking at it makes me want to sit down and write.

As for plans - well, I planned to have my first draft done by now, but I'm still at it. There are a few other areas in my life where I could use some momentum too! But that's another story...