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Valentine's Day fun

Just a reminder, if you never grabbed my short story Throb, now's the perfect time to get to it. It's free all the time, but it's Valentine's-themed so what better month to read it than February?

Head to Evernight's site to grab it for free or, if you feel like giving me a bit of loose change and rewarding Amazon for ignoring the call to make free books free, you can find it there instead.

For information on the rest of the series, check out the page at my site: Death in the PPNW.

Gratitudes: Week Six

This week was my SIX YEAR Veganniversary, guys! I'm so happy. I wish I'd been vegan for longer, honestly, and if I could go back in time I might slap my younger self and ask her what she was doing  still participating in needless animal exploitation, but I can't DO that because I don't have a kooky scientist neighbor and it's not the 1980s (thank god), so all I can do is celebrate that I've been vegan for over half a decade and make tofu from scratch.
Anyway, here's Wonderwall my gratitudes.
4 February
There was some weirdness with the delivery of said tofu supplies, which I think must have come down to the delivery driver being stoned or something. I was home all day last Sunday and then at around 11am, I got a notice that the package could not be delivered because I didn't give the delivery company my "gate code." I don't have a gate code. My fence is such a piece of garbage I barely have a gate. I checked on the website and the package …

Gratitudes: Week Five

Week five! We're some percentage of time into the year that I'm too lazy to calculate, but we made it through January! Despite my overly aggressive use of exclamation points!

This week I think I managed a gratitude every day, which I'm pretty impressed by, especially since not a lot went on over the week. I did my usual volunteering, I worked, and then Thursday night at work was pure elephant puke. A huge ol' pile of it, too. Man was that night at work awful.

28 January I had to deal with a homeless lady trying to wreck up the place the week before, so it was nice to have a chill day instead of all that.

29 January I had to book it, but I got to the bus just in time! No sitting in the cold, hooray!
30 January I've been fasting every Monday as habit lately, setting myself up for success since I know I'll overeat on the weekend. But then when I eat Tuesday at the end of the fast, I screw it up by shoveling all the saltines into my face instead of handling my craving…

January Rundown

In an effort to keep myself accountable this year and make sure I accomplish my goals, I've created several spreadsheets to track things day by day. I LOVE spreadsheets and take any excuse to make and use them. The one I used for January tracked my wake up weight, my post fasting or (in the case of days I didn't fast) midday weight, my mood, my allergies, my writing, and my German practice. From there, I made some spreadsheet charts from that info to see how I've been doing and so I could better visualize how well I've been doing on certain things.

I've made updated to my February chart to track my asthma issues, my sleep, and mid-January I started noting down the hours I fasted rather than just noting whether or not I've fasted. I want to see if it has an effect on weight or mood or sleep or anything else. Generally, I've been pretty happy since I started fasting in November, but that doesn't mean learning more will hurt.
Onto the spreadsheets!

I star…

Gratitudes: Week Four

We're closing in on the end of the month! Things are still going pretty well for me. I've got my debt under control still, though I could use extra money each month so I could save. My weight is fluctuating, but I'm hovering around 153lbs instead of the 157 I started the month at. Work's getting busier and busier, which is no fun, but it can't be avoided. I've made progress on Veruca and Finn's last book, Knell, and I hope to have it done and submitted by the end of February. My volunteering is going well: every other Sunday and now every Monday with the Feral Cat foundation.

Now I've just got to get my tax stuff together, get it submitted, and hopefully be able to put all money I get back into my fund for my birthday trip to Germany! 🤞🏼

22 January Looks like I skipped Sunday again accidentally. Monday was another good shift; the people I volunteer with are rather cliquey and don't seem to want to chat with me or get to know me at all, so I just ta…

Gratitudes: Week Three

I'm three weeks into 2018 and happier than I feel I was most of 2017. I don't know if these (almost) daily gratitudes are helping, but I'm willing to believe they are! Looks like I skipped a few days this week without meaning too, though. Oops!

16 January  I started volunteering at the Feral Cat Project last week, which is terrifying and so interesting! I help prep the cats for surgery, which basically amounts to shaving kitties, vaccinating them, checking to see if they have parasites, cleaning the cats so they don't get any sort of disease while they're being altered, and being exposed to stinky feral boy cats with flea-infested, poop-covered butts! The scary part is being worried that I'll screw up and not clean them correctly, but I know I'm helping to keep the population of wild cats down, so it's worth the fear.

17 January I've been yo-yoing weight-wise this month, and I can't tell if it's hormones (possible) or just that I tend to con…

Gratitudes: Week Two

I skipped Friday this week because of some personal stuff that came up and made it hard to think of anything to be grateful for. That's too bad since, apparently, those times are the ones where you need the gratitude boost the most! I also didn't make it Sunday, just cuz I was sick.

8 January Sunday was crappy! I got sick and it totally knocked me out for the whole day. It started as vertigo, and then turned into some weird flu and then went totally away the next day. Sooo strange.

9 January We have a whole menagerie of squirrels and crows and a stray cat we call Ghost and one bitchy seagull who come hang out in our yard and eat the snacks we put out every morning. The squirrels have gotten to trust us enough that most of them will take a peanut from our hands if we offer it! This one, however, seemed new to the yard and wasn't totally sure of my intentions. He dithered and wiggled his tail and then, with one eye on my face to see how I'd react, he slapped my thumb, prob…