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Those kids are cute...

Monday, January 05, 2009

Those kids are cute but they got to go! I normally redo my sparks page at the start of the month but with the holidays and all, I still haven't done it. It feels odd, I've been doing it for over a year now. I always look forward to it! I still even have the image from Nov.!!!!

Don't worry, I'm gonna get to it, maybe tonight or sometime tomorrow.

As for the Email issue. Well, I still have a lot to go. Spark email is my main deal. I can only do 50 at a time and I want the points. I send out so many goodies that I NEED the points. So I now know that the yahoo email is going to take a while. I still have to work on sparkmail and babyfit but I have my WDC account clean!

I added a bunch of recipes and just need to organize them somehow.

I went to the Y today! It's been a while but I got to talk to a buddy up there...okay I have no clue what her name is but we always see each other LOL I'm way friendly. I did 45 mins on the elliptical due to the fact that they remodeled the place and there were lines of confusion. Go figure that I go back on the grand opening right... LOL

Hugs-Kat

  
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REDNECKFEMINIST 1/6/2009 12:13AM

    Neat!

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JIBBIE49 1/5/2009 11:37PM

    Glad they had a GRAND Opening. That is good.

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Feeling like I'm getting it done!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Honest, I feel like I'm getting things done. Not just sparks wise but on many terms. I'm getting the house under control, the kids, my internet connections and all. I'm feeling pretty good about it. In fact, I just went through a bunch of emails. I had over 700 emails just from sparks...on sparksmail. That's not including the ones that get sent to my yahoo (over 1000, but I try to do 50 a day) and what I have on my other sites (WDC 1700 emails and babyfit 200). I want to get rid of them, keep things simple and easy and very much so organized.

With things more organized, I feel like I'm getting things done at a faster (and much easier) rate.

Hugs-Kat

PS...I just realized that the 1000 emails from yahoo is just what hasn't been read! I have over 3,000 that have been read! Yikes...

  
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AMBERROGUE 1/5/2009 11:25AM

    Isn't it so much easier to work out and get that part of your life together when everything else seems to be falling right into place? That's the way it seems for me!

Glad to hear you're getting things done and feeling accomplished!

HUGS,
Amber

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SEESKO 1/5/2009 9:00AM

    Hey girl! Lets try to get back on track together. I have missed out spark chats.

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TRECECOOKS 1/4/2009 10:05PM

    I have 4264 in my trececooks address (with 1877 of them in the in box!!), so don't feel bad.

How are things going with the writing? And how were the holidaze? Miss ya!

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JIBBIE49 1/4/2009 8:07PM

    WOW, that is a LOT of eMails. emoticon

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VIVACIOUSBEAUTY 1/4/2009 6:56PM

  Do you get that feeling of peace when something is organized? LOL I'm learning I am.

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Dh and Money...it's driving me crazy!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

I just feel like dh is not listening to me. He's home tonight but will be gone tomorrow. Something was charged on the debt card and instead of dealing with it he's yelling at me because he doesn't want to because he want's to watch t.v.

Of course the t.v. is the computer and it's loud as all get up and of course if I'm watching something with the kids he has a fit over the sound.

But the point is that he refuses to deal with this issue...some how watching a show that we have all seen before is more important than finding out who is charging our debit card. Of course he wants full control of the money because "he works" I have another week until pay day and that's so not going to happen with 15 bucks in the account and the fact that I need to get the tags for the van done.

Which, he's having a two year old fit because I did not do it during the week and instead wanted to do it on Monday when I knew I would have someone to help me do all this by watching the baby. But no, I got to do it when he says so, as if doing it last week would make a difference, the money still would not be there!

He needs a reality check!

At least set a freakin budget.

It seems that the military does everything for him like he's a baby that soon as he steps into the real world he is lost like a child in a grocery store...it's sad and it drives me crazy.

Hugs-Kat

  
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CONSTANCELG 12/10/2008 5:55PM

    I can't even relate to this, but if it happened to me I would be turning off the TV or computer, and calmly saying...listen honey bunches, we need to deal with this, we are in this together, I am not deaf and yelling at me is not helping us figure out the problem. I am sorry if I am not doing things the way you would like to see them done, if you would like to take cake of matters in the future so they are done the way you would like I would be more than happy to turn the chore over to you.....blissssssssssssss

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SHOOTIN4STARS 12/9/2008 8:43PM

    Men can be so infuriating sometimes. I sympathize with you. When your hubby tries to use the debit card and it's rejected, he'll be more concerned. Men! As the old saying goes, you can't live with 'em, you can live without 'em!

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STACEY-P 12/8/2008 2:33PM

    Just know that you aren't alone...see below! Here is another way of looking at your situation...maybe he bought something for you (or you all) for Christmas and doesn't want to discuss it with you because he wanted it to be a surprise which is why he is acting like a child (trying to avoid the confrontation). I'm trying to look at it positively for you.

My hubby goes on a shopping spree and then doesn't tell me (the accountant) what he spent and then I have to figure out why I have overdraft charges. (He's a truck driver so I can't ring his neck when I find out...usually while he's on the road. Lucky for him. lol)

Hugs and Love to you!!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/8/2008 9:42AM

    I feel for ya hon, my husband was a Marine, he has m handle on the money, and gets an allowance, which I give him, if he needs more he asks. He will only deal with cash, he hates credit cards and we do not have a debit card. His name is not on the checking account, again his choice.

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VIVACIOUSBEAUTY 12/8/2008 8:26AM

  OMG are you spying on my house? LOL not so much the hissy fits but hubby is on a buying spree. Snowblower, new fridge, programmable thermostats, garage door opener and more! It's all lovely and it does make my life easier BUT it's all on the credit card and not the card you can pay off over time -- it HAS to be paid by the end of January. EEKK!!!
Of course he'll be overseas then and can leave Friday knowing my life for the winter is less stressful but boy oh boy won't I be stressing over that credit card bill! LOL
He did also buy me a Shuffle for the gym so I can listen to music LOL and I am not complaining about THAT haha

xoxo miss you

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JIBBIE49 12/8/2008 12:47AM

    My husband was in the Navy 23 years and NEVER wanted to be "responsible" for money, so I know what you are dealing with. His biggest comment to me always was "YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS!" Right. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NaNoWriMo 2008 WINNER!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Yep, yep, that would be me!

Actually I won yesterday but I'm just now posting due to the fact that it was so late at night yesterday. I was totally thrilled to have won!

And, I actually won my personal goal...well the goal that said 60k-100k words or until I finished the story. Well, it ended at 55,166 words. emoticon

I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. There are three cases in the story and at the end of the last one, the ending is pretty much wrapped up. He gets what he needs, walks out and goes to visit his brother and...the end.

Though I do like the ending line, very good line and very simple.

So, here are the numbers. For the entire project, so far I have a total of...155,166 words!

22,678 of those words will be used for the next book (the one that is going to be books 3,4 and 5 combined).

That leaves book 1 at 132,488 words long. The average book is said to have 300-350 words per page depending on print size, hard back, paper back and the such. So, as is without editing, this novel stands at roughly about 378.5-442 pages long. I think that's a pretty decent size book.

I can say that I'm totally happy that it is done and over with...well for now. I have other things that I want to get to and write and more things that I want to do with my time and all. NaNo is fun but I'm a person who needs the variety and this has been in my head for way to long (the story that is) and I quickly got bored with it. I can't wait until next year though. I'm hoping to either finish up the next book or start another one and I got a few ideas going on!

But, it will remain in my head. Dec. I will be reading and researching more. My focus will be on how to edit and revise along with grammar and the such. I will also research police procedure, forensics and more on psychology just to make sure I have a clue. And in Jan. I will be reading what I wrote and will be editing more of the work along with doing some revising.

I know it will take up a great chunk of my time but I'm keeping my time line open up to March so that it can all be spread out. It will be the first time that I will be attempting something like this.

Until then, for those who stayed with me during this writing adventure and those who are fellow writers, I will keep you up dated and will see you in April for Script Frenzy!

Hugs and much love to you all!-Kat

  
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F.SILVI 12/27/2008 11:47AM

    emoticonSweet! So glad you made it!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 12/5/2008 1:02PM

    Congrats

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TRECECOOKS 12/5/2008 12:40PM

    I am so happy for you, and PROUD of you!!
I had every confidence that you would do this!!

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AMBERMNANCE 12/4/2008 6:36AM

    Check you out way to go girl I am so happy for you. Im sure your super exsited about it Im glad things are going good for you. Hope to talk to you soon good luck with the next book.

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BIGKAT58 12/4/2008 3:41AM

    congrats Kat! awesome job! and you were so worried about it! what an accomplishment you should be proud of yourself! you set a goal and kept it. emoticon

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SHOOTIN4STARS 12/2/2008 6:47PM

    Congrats on the award. That's quite an honor and well deserved!

Lisa

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STACEY-P 12/2/2008 12:55PM

    WooHoo!! You DID it!!! I am sooo super super PROUD of you!! I am so glad there are people like you out there writing things for us to read. That isn't an easy thing to do. Congrats!!

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CONSTANCELG 12/2/2008 12:12PM

    Way to go!!! I knew you could do it!! I bet you feel great, I know I would.

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JIBBIE49 12/2/2008 12:08PM

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Finishing a book is just slightly easier than finishing a diet, I'm sure!! emoticon

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HANNALA1 12/1/2008 12:34PM

    Congratulations!

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LADY_DONKEY 12/1/2008 8:19AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This competition was a segment on our local news a couple of nights ago and I thought of you! This is so awesome, I am *thrilled* for you!
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Thanksgiving day

Friday, November 28, 2008

I have much to be thankful for but unfortunately, I haven't been able to write it all out.

For the past 3...4 days, totally losing track now, I've been on oxycodone for pain. I'm not too happy about it, just lifting the turkey to put it in the oven hurt and that was while on the pain meds. I'm sure that if it doesn't go away by monday, I will be setting up an appointment for pain relief.

Until then, I'm trying to get by. The pain is in my hips and lower back.

Turkey day other wise was great. We did the turkey dance, ate dinner together and everyone pitched in to help cook. We talked about things we were thankful for and I'll have to go through all that in a later blog but it was a big eye opener for us all...I do such things...open up eyes. :)

I'm hoping that everyone had a great day. I was thinking of calling Stacey but it's late and I'm sure after the events of the day she just want's to lay down and crash! LOL

I know I do but...Sorry to say, I've been writing everyday, just not towards my NANO and that is something I need to do. The work towards my NANO has been research, notes....yeah, the inner editor came along once I got done with book one. It's sad, when you count the days that I wrote for nano, it took me 9 days to write 42,000 words...that's about (pulls out a calculator cus she's a writer, not a math geek) 4.666.66666~ words a day...I was on a roll!

I stopped with the toothache and had the day when dh left and the day before that and yada...life happens but I knew to keep ahead of the game and to write something, notes, research, read up on what needed to be done, there's a lot that goes into being a writer, it's not just "sit down and write" there's tons of different types of research and the such. I'll get into it later.

Anyways, I just realized, you know, I should be done by now...I could have went back to my old schedule. Granted my house would be a disaster for thanksgiving and I would have done little to nothing with the boy and not have spent anytime with dh during his visits...but still, I could have...should have...would have...

eh, it's done and over with!

I'll give a full update on what I'm doing writing wise later on.

For now, I hope you all had a great thanksgiving.

Love-Kat

  
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CONSTANCELG 12/2/2008 6:09PM

    Sounds like it was filled with memories and wonderful events to write about. I am so happy for you!!! But, I hope you are some day pain free.

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STACEY-P 12/2/2008 1:41PM

    Well I don't know about you, but I am glad that is over. Why are holidays so stressful? You have to clean your house and then you have to cook for all those people. And in my case, feed and shelter them until they go home on Sunday.

Sorry that you were in pain, hon. Hope you are doing better! I have been offline since Wed, so sorry for the late comments. But I am back in full swing of things. By the way...I haven't seen your post in our points challenge. Like you've been too busy...LOL!! Catch you later...Hugs and love to you!!!

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REDNECKFEMINIST 11/29/2008 9:16AM

    Thanks for keeping us posted, thanksgiving is a great time for refelction! Glad you had a good thanksgiving!

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D710DANCE 11/28/2008 3:43PM

    Hey Kat,
Overall, I'm glad to hear that you had a good holiday and that you're focused on your writing. Thanks for all of the support and encouragement that you give. I am so thankful for your friendship!!!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 11/28/2008 2:08PM

    Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving despite the pain. Keep writing!

Lisa

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JIBBIE49 11/28/2008 4:17AM

    The "turkey" dance? WOW, I'd like to have seen that!! emoticon

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