Archive | September, 2012

First Novel Completed!

30 Sep

I did it! I can’t even contain my excitement and pride. I just typed the last words of my first novel. It’s done, complete, finito! At least the first draft is.

I’ve read so many websites on “How to Write a Novel,” and now that I’ve finally completed it, I agree with the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten, just do it. Nike style. I wrote word after word after word, and now it’s done.

I’ve been writing off and on since middle school, but I’ve never been able to hold a completed manuscript in my hand before. I have a lot of editing to do, but I’m actually going to work on (and complete) a second novel during November (November just so happens ot be National Novel Writing Month). My October will be spent outlining it and doing lots of research.

I’m excited to compete in NaNoWriMo, and I definitely intend to win it. Wish me luck! To win, I’ll have to write about 1667 words a day, for a total of 50,000 words by the end of November. I’m very excited and confident in myself.

PF Chang’s

29 Sep

I did something I’ve never done before the other day.  I ate at a restaurant by myself!

I know, that probably sounds pathetic, but here’s why I did and why I’m proud.

I went to fashion valley on Thursday to visit The Container Store (it’s my new OCD heaven).  I knew what I needed and I really didn’t want to drive an hour just to shop for  two minutes, so I decided to have lunch at PF Chang’s.  I brought my iPad and a bluetooth keyboard and left my anxiety in the car.

It was actually really fun.  I ordered a mojito to calm my nerves (and ensure that I didn’t run out of the restaurant screaming and enjoyed a really nice lunch of egg drop soup (a favorite soup of mine!) and some kung pao chicken with steamed brown rice.

Although I didn’t finish my lunch, I did write over a 1400 words towards my novel.  I’ve been writing up a storm lately, and the first draft, to my first novel will be done tomorrow.  I’m very excited.  I’ve grown a lot through this process.

 

 

 

Bok Choy

25 Sep

I’ve been cooking a lot lately, but on Sunday night.  CJ cooked instead.  He spent all week planning a secret menu.  He even sent me to the store so I’d be out of the house for most of the process.

I picked up some Perrier and a bottle of sparkling wine for dessert.  I honestly had no idea what to get, and I didn’t want to spoil the menu with an ill-chosen wine, so I figured that if it didn’t match we could drink it later.

When I got home, CJ had made this amazing vegan bok choy (the sauce was delicious!).  He also made edamame, udon noodles (perfectly seasoned), and forbidden rice (my favorite).  I put some soy sauce on the table, right before we sat down, but we didn’t even touch it.

In addition to the amazing dinner, he got a cool round green tea colored candle and a chunky wooden candlestick.

Beer Rinse

19 Sep

So I’m not much of a beer girl.  I kinda think it’s gross.  I refuse to drink it out of a can and I’m extremely picky about what I’ll drink out of a bottle.  If it’s on draft, then they probably have hard liquor or wine, and I’d definitely much rather have a mixed drink.

But that doesn’t mean that beer doesn’t have it’s place in my shower.  I know, right?  If you wanna know about the benefits that a beer rinse has on your hair.  I wrote an article for Yahoo about it, and you can find it here.  🙂

 

Redken makes a shampoo with beer in it.  It’s for guys, but it smells yummy and it’s a lot less messy than pouring a cold one over your head and letting the yeasty, sticky mess drip all over your freshly washed body.

Cultural Dining

15 Sep

Recently (if you haven’t noticed from all of the pictures of food) I’ve been cooking a lot. I started out by planning about five dinners a week. The other two nights are reserved for either leftover nights or date nights.

I try not to cook too much food since it’s usually just the two of us eating, but we never know if anybody else is going to want to join us, so I always cook for about three people. CJ can usually eat two portions if it’s just us.

What I really want to learn though, is how to cook great food from all over the world. I love making Swedish Meatballs, and I’d love to learn how to make a great Pad Thai. I love Greek food, so Hummas and Grape Leaves are definitely on the “learn-to-make” list.

I want all of my recipes to be authentic and delicious. I’m such a picky eater that if my meals meet my standards, then they’ll probably meet everybody else’s also.

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