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My Life as a Jane Austen Heroine

You really shouldn't compare your life to anything, or anyone. It's something that I'm still trying to learn, but I feel like humans are constantly trying to compare themselves to their neighbors. I compare myself to characters in books. When I was in college, I took numerous "Which Jane Austen Heroine Are You?" quizzes, and always got Lizzie Bennet.

With the move going on, and how our lives are changing so much right now with a recent downsizing. We're going from the house we've spent the last twenty years in (almost to the date, actually), and we'll soon be renting a much smaller house (Going from three bathrooms to one. EEP!). It honestly makes me feel more like the characters in Sense and Sensibility, who had to move when their patriarch died, and their house and money went to their older half-brother. Thankfully, no one has died, we're just downsizing.

We spent today taking boxes over to the new house, followed by my sister and I painting our…

Writer's Pen Wednesday: Setting the Unattainable Goal

As you probably read in my last post, I'm terrible at keeping goals once made. There's that old saying that a goal is just a dream until you write it down, so today, I made a decision to have my current Work-In-Progress ready for Beta Readers (Manuscript finished, and looked over for Typos).

There it is. Written down in my Google Planner. Once I print off my Blogging Calendar (once we're done moving, and I set up some kind of workspace), I'll write it there, as well. I'm looking forward to using that calendar, and hope that it makes me a more organized person (Mama Miss, the designer recently came out with a July 2014-15 calendar that I purchased).

I'm asking my friends and family for accountability. Ask me how the book is coming. Ask me about the word count. I've done so much pre-work for this book, and built the world and characters so much. I only hope I can do it justice.

I'm keeping a running tally of the words in the sidebar, so if you're cur…

Weekly Workout Challenge

I'm terrible at making plans or sticking to plans in regards to working out. The first "plan" I tried to do, back in 2010, when I was living in a terrible situation, and opted to take control of my weight, that was the only time I really went deep into a plan. I lost 20 lbs in less than a month (cutting out all processed foods, and doing a combination of weight training and cardio, even when I didn't want to), and felt great. I stopped when I moved back to Iowa, two months later, but with waitressing, I kept the weight off, and got to my lowest weight of my adult life. It was amazing.

I've been trying to get back to that place ever since. Switching to a desk job, sparatic workouts, and an intense love of sausage croissanwiches has made me what I am today.

I think I look to much to the big picture. I know what weight I'd like to be at, to be healthy, and I step on the scale to see how I can get there, only to be really discouraged. Last week, I decided to foc…

Writer's Pen Wednesday: What are you reading?

I like to consider myself an avid reader, but honestly, I haven't read as much as I used to in a long time. In fact, during college, I took time off reading for pleasure, mostly because I was reading so much for my writing courses. And I can count on one hand how many of the books I was forced to read that I actually enjoyed (Three. Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather, Emma by Jane Austen, and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri).

Lately, I've had a hard time focusing on just one book, and because of Kindle, I can play Rory Gilmore, without the back pain.

I read a lot more nonfiction than I used to, which is surprising. When I was in high school, you couldn't pay me to read a nonfiction book! I'd gotten enough of that in school!

Without further ado, my Currently Reading file from

Divergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica RothI loved Divergent, thought Insurgent was dull as watching paint dry, and that's making it hard to get into Allegiant.Gone with the …

Weekly Workout Challenge: Cousin Chronicles

So, I didn't post a work out post last week. Working out wasn't really a priority for me. I was exhausted (missed an ENTIRE night of sleep due to a caffeine overdose. Can't drink soda like I used to!), and it just wasn't a good week.

My mom was also down in KC with her sisters for their annual sewing weekend, so my dad and I lived like Frat boys, er, what I prefer to think Frat Boys do: Watch movies, eat junk food, drink hard lemonade (er, beer! I mean beer!). When mom came back, she brought my darling mini-me, Laura, with her, and Laura wanted to go to the gym with me. Motivation, there you are!

Laura wanted to do some lifting, so I decided to take her through the first day of my favorite trainer: LiveFit (Maybe, I can actually finish one day).

We started off by spending 15 minutes on the Planet Fitness Gliders (which I rarely use, and my legs are jell-o today!), before going into the little room off the regular room to do push ups and lifts. Afterward, we did five mi…

Foodie Friday: Scallop Stir Fry

So, this is a little dish I made because we had some seafood in the freezer that needed to get used up, and I gotta tell you, I am STUFFED! This was pretty good.

I was thinking that a stir fry would be best, because who doesn't like stir fry?

I threw some rice in the rice cooker.
And while that cooked, I got started on the sauce (I also threw some chicken into the microwave to thaw, since my dad and sis aren't crazy about seafood. I tried it on the cruise, and now I like it).

I'd thawed the scallops this morning by putting them in a bowl of water for a few hours, and placing them in the fridge until I was ready for them.

My mom, bless her heart, prepped all the veggies for me. She claims to have needed to get out some aggression by chopping. That's fine by me! She did a great job.

I heated a teaspoon of vegetable oil in a skillet, and heated to medium high heat and added some frozen peppers. After they thawed I added the rest of the veggies, except the mushrooms.


Foodie Friday: Garlic Scape Pesto

Continuing with my plan of having scheduled articles, I wanted to share my love of cooking in an organized manner, in a way that can make recipes easily accessible.

Today, I bring you Garlic Scape Pesto with Spinach.

I'd never heard of Garlic Scapes until I started reading Angela's Blog a few years ago, she got some in her CSA box, and made pesto. Garlic Scape pestos are all over Pinterest, so I played around, and used what I had to make my own.
1 lb box of short cut pasta (Garden Rotini is my favorite)Handful of basil (I got some huge leaves, the first of my garden harvest!)1 cup of spinach, washed3 Garlic Scapes1 Cup ParmesanOlive OilJuice of One LemonCook pasta according to package directions.Add all other ingredients, except Olive Oil to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until chopped finely. Drizzle in Olive Oil until a thick sauce.Drain pasta and add pesto. Stir to combine. There was a bit more bite to the Garlic Scapes than I'd thought, so I ended up adding a lo…

Writer's Pen Wednesday! Scheduling Your Time

Hi! Today, I'm going to be working on what is currently called Writer's Pen Wednesday, where I discuss my curren WIP (Work-in-progress), as well as anything else I'm doing involving writing or reading (I've got some Blog Tours that I'm participating in August coming up, so stay tuned!).

So, this week has been all about the scheduled writing time. So far, I was able to write a decent chunk of my lated manuscript, because I got away from the computer, and wrote at my kitchen table instead. Without the TV to distract me, I was able to get a lot more done, than I normally would've (who knew that parents telling you to not study with the TV on would be right? LOL
Anyway, I was doing pretty well until I got a visit from the three Good-ish Kitties. Jane started out by sitting next to me, and then on the back of the chair, and my shouders, before settling in on the kitchen counter. Henry followed soon after, and wanted attention so badly, so I finally had to kick him o…