This morning as I was getting ready for work, I dug out a couple of pairs of dress pants that I couldn't fit into at all a few months ago. I could get both pair on! Yay! They're still too tight for me to want to wear them for an 8 hour day at work, but still, another few pounds and I'll slip right into them.
The dress pants I'm wearing now are all size 16, but they're getting big. One of the pairs I tried this morning was a 14 and the other a 16 (but smaller than my other 16s).
My size 16 jeans are also getting loose so it's nearly time to replace those. Baggy butt is not a pretty look. LOL. This is down from an 18 and even a 20 in some brands, so I'm really seeing a change in my body. Yay!
I still need to put on the skirt and shirt I picked for Brian's wedding (later this month - ack!) and post a photo on here. When I found the skirt, I took a 16 into the dressing room. WAY too big. So I tried a 14 and then a 12 before I finally found one that fit. I love that it's a 12, but know it's not a 'real' 12 - you know what I mean.
Okay, non-fashion Amy has talked way too much about clothes....
Last night, Mark called me into his room. He shoved the laptop at me and said, "Brent Week's has a new book about to come out!" (Believe me, it was Mark in total joy mode). "And look, I can preorder it and Brent will personalize and sign it!!!!!!!!!"
So I took the computer out of his hands, went through the order process, paid for it out of my paypal, took the cash from Mark, and left a very happy teen in his room.
(And it was funny - he had SUCH a hard time deciding if he wanted the book personalized to 'Mark' or 'Mark Tripp' - he finally decided on 'Mark')
I walked back into the living room, shaking my head, and told Jon, "Oh, how I would love to have fans like that some day."
He gave me a look and said, "Well, first you have to actually SEND your writing out, you know."
Yeah, yeah, yeah. LOL
Like it's that easy! Yep, it's about as easy as laying your first-born, still swaddled, in front of Simon Cowell and saying, "Isn't he the dearest thing ever?" Uh huh
But I am getting really close to sending Breather out to agents. *deep, deep, deep breath* I did one more once-over on the first five chapters, asked a few dear Sparkers to give them a quick read-through (thank you Ladies!), and am working on my query. (Breathe, Amy, breathe).
I still have to muddle through a Synopsis in case any of the agents ask for one. Ugh. I don't know a writer who likes writing the synopsis. Ick.
I have two agents picked so far for my first barrage. My goal is to find one candidate a day until I have eight to ten, and then, hopefully, I'll be ready to place my shaky finger over the 'enter' key to send those queries off.
If I count research time, I've been working on this particular manuscript for 2 years now. It was a couple of months of sporadic research, an all out fingers-flying writing spree for Nanowrimo - and then sporadic times of editing the novel since.
So I have a lot of time and emotion invested in this. Though, I can't wait to send it off so I can focus, again, on last year's nanonovel. Which I may love more than Breather (but we'll pretend I didn't say that - no picking a favorite child, right?)
Today is my 27th wedding anniversary. Yep, Jon's put up with me for that long.
We won't be able to spend hardly any time together today, but we've put aside tomorrow as a day together. We're running to Waterloo to shop the outlets, then going to Syracuse to go through a big Antique co-op I've never visited. Then I picked a restaurant in the Syracuse area simply because they serve Beef Wellington. And after years of watching the chefs on Hell's Kitchen cook BW, I really want to try it. Oh and the restaurant has good reviews. LOL
So have a happy weekend, all.
Sorry to ramble at you for so long!