Teaser Tuesday: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Backyard Update Part 1

New Beginnings #3

1. Health and Fitness

o   Get down to size 12 (currently at 16).  Still at size 16, but some pants are requiring a belt to keep from slipping down my hips, so that’s good right?

o   Try three new recipes per month (one of which will be vegetarian). I didn’t even cook, this past weekend; we just ate frozen meals and Subway sandwiches.  

o   Hit the gym four days per week.  I didn’t make it to the gym at all last week. Between my trainer being sick and having to deal with the rain at his own place, and my stopping at Home Depot a couple days to pick up more bags of rocks and paver sand, there was just no time.  


2. Writing  

o   Write 1st draft of book 1 of Falcon's Gate Trilogy. Haven’t really started, but I have been jotting down some new notes. I had a dream recently that might just change the entire story and I’m not really sure how I’m going to go about this now, but I’m excited to explore the new possibilities.

o   Write 1st draft of book 2 of Falcon's Gate Trilogy during NaNoWriMo. Begins November 1st and continues through November 30th. However, I’m contemplating having my own NaNoWriMo in February, just to give me some excuse to write something as well as some deadlines.  

o   Write some poetry. No poetry, but I was reminded of NaPoWriMo coming up in April, so we’ve got that to look forward to.

3. Photography

o   Take more artistic photos. They’re not really artistic, but I did take some pictures over the weekend.

o   Spend more time composing photos rather than just “point and shoot”. Well, I did kind of compose the mushroom picture by adding the green rock, which was not really sitting right next to the ‘shroom.

o   Go "old school": take some pictures using film with manual 35mm camera. I tried a couple shots of the gorgeous sunrise yesterday morning, but I don’t know if they came out yet, and I doubt they’ll be very good anyway since I was on a moving bus at the time.

4. Homefront

o   Organize stuff. This is a work in progress, for sure!

o   Reduce clutter. Nothing in this category this week.

o   Work on landscaping project(s). Because this has become a much larger project than anticipated, there’s a chance we might end up hiring it done. The ENTIRE backyard has been destroyed by the storms last week and our attempts to keep the water away from the house, so a professional landscaper may be our only option.

5. Fun Stuff Haven’t done a single thing on this list yet.

o   Go to the beach more often.

o   Learn to surf (or at least body board).

o   Get new ink.