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Clothes and other miscellaneous from Amy's brain


Friday, August 03, 2012

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. emoticon

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?)

*topic change*
Today is my 27th wedding anniversary. Yep, Jon's put up with me for that long.

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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!

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TUNERVILLE 8/22/2012 1:00PM

    AWESOME AMY! I'm a bit late, but wanted to catch up with you! You are making PROGRESS! Happy Anniversary--belated!

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KATOFORNOW 8/4/2012 10:48AM

    wow..great news on moving on down the sizes.. now toss those larger clothes out .. a WW instructor told us to do that; she said don't keep them as you may be tempted to say, oh if I eat this and don't exercise today,e t c, I still have those old clothes I can wear.
So she said get rid of them, and that will make you stick to healthy eating and exercising.

beef wellington... I had that once years ago and yes, it was wonderful. but hmm..may have to see if it's on any menu around these parts and then have it for a special occasion..


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LAURAAT 8/3/2012 1:14PM

    Congrats on not only the weight loss, but moving down sizes! That's awesome. :)
Best of luck with your book. I'm sure you'll get published if you keep at it!!

Lastly, congrats on your anniversary!! emoticon

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RICOCHETBEAR 8/3/2012 12:21PM

    Amy.. Happy anniversary! Lovely to be a long lasting marriage in this era!
Enjoy your day tomorrow with your hubby!

Your book rocks! Fear not sending your first born out there into the publishing jungles!

You are doing a terrific job on remaking yourself...you should feel very pleased with yourself and your efforts!


Have a fabulously happy day!

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/3/2012 10:54AM

    Happy Anniversary, and grats on the smaller sizes!!

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BARBARAHOBBIT 8/3/2012 10:32AM

    Happy Anniversary Amy I hope you both have a marvellous time tomorrow, it sounds like a very interesting trip - and Beef Wellington - Yummy - enjoy.

Isn't it great when you start to notice a difference in your clothes, Pete thinks I have a secret store of money that I am spending on new clothes - truth be told I am now starting to fit into clothes I bought in the past, and threw into the Storage drawer under the bed, because they were too small. So well done Amy.

As for releasing your manuscript to prospective Agents - it must be like handing a cherished child over to their first day at school - you've nurtured it and now someone else is going to develop it from here. I am sure you will be very successful sweetheart, and that one day you too will have those adoring fans. So the very best of luck to you Amy, but you won't need luck - you have something far better - talent and determination. xx



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SUGARSMOM2 8/3/2012 10:27AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon have fun and enjoy . i to watch hells kitchen .love it . .

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DSBRIDE 8/3/2012 10:14AM

    Happy anniversary!! Hope u have lots of fun tomorrow.

I'm an avid reader and would love to read your books in print, knowing the author would be fantastic but I'm getting older every day so u better get a move on it, lol.

Congrats on the new sizes. That feels so great!

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VLKSHA 8/3/2012 10:11AM

    emoticon Enjoy your weekend!

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