Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh, computer issues...

So, I honestly have been aching to blog for about four days. Ever since Sunday afternoon. I've had so much to say, but sadly, Tosh, my laptop (named for Toshiko Sato of BBC's Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off),  started acting all kinds of wonky, and I couldn't get it to start for ANYTHING. As bummed as I am that I lost almost all of my music (whatever wasn't on my phone), I was able to back up my pictures and documents, so it's not all bad. Now my computer is naked, and looking decidedly corporate. If I wanted a boring desktop to look at...well, I'll just leave it at that.

Tosh, of Torchwood. Timid, yet totally badass at computers.
Anyway, I've tried a few new things and I wanted to share some of them. Writing wise, I've found a group to review Sugar and Spies for their blog, The Indie Bookshelf (Have I mentioned I'm on and adore Goodreads?), and one of their readers started the book yesterday. I'm pretty excited to have someone read it who isn't related to me, and who I've only met via email. I hope she enjoys it, and I hope I can learn from this experience. With the review coming soon (will post a link when it does), I'm planning a re-release and promotion of Sugar and Spies with a preview of book two in the Spy Sisters series, The Truth and the Spy. 

That's what's been happening in my professional world. In my personal world, I've restarted C210K on a treadmill at my gym. It's interesting, but I find that it's easier to run when I listen to Disney music (need to put together a playlist), and since my parents got me a Kindle Keyboard for an early birthday present (less than a month to the big 27!), I realized how much easier it is to read while doing the walking portions on the treadmill. It made the time go so much faster!

I was going to try to run the Komen 5K in October, but with all that's happened lately, between work, work,  worship team, writing, etc, life got in the way (when you've never made working out a priority, it's hard to make it so as an adult, but I'm working on it). Now, I've decided to just do the walk, and I'm trying to get some friends/family to join me. No one's emailed me back, however. Hmm. *shrugs* I might just have to go it alone. But where's the fun in that?

What I'm really excited for this week (call me a dork), is Homemade Almond Butter. I've been wanting to make my own nut butter for awhile now. I love Smucker's Natural Creamy PB, but wanted to try something new. Since commercial Almond butters are so expensive (nearly $10 for a small jar! WHAT?!), I decided to get some roasted, unsalted almonds and try to make my own.

To say it was a gripping success would be an understatement.

Photo by Angela Liddon, 
I didn't have a camera when I was making mine, but the above pic is pretty much what it looked like. And it was amazing. I'd only tried almond butter once, when I was on vacation with my gal pal. Lauren, in Santa Fe, at our hotel's Continental Breakfast. It wasn't that great. But this, homemade almond butter was amazing. I hope to put it in a green monster tomorrow, before it's all gone. It's utterly delish.

Anyway, that's all that's been happening with me. Now, I need to go back to downloading things I don't have anymore. LeSigh. Oh well. Things happen. At least I still have a computer. Hopefully Tosh won't be giving me anymore trouble for awhile. *knockonwood*

I'll be sure to let you know about the freebie, and the review. I'm super excited about it!

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