The Way to Spend New Year’s Day

It’s New Year’s Day, and it has been a good one so far. I’m grateful that I didn’t have to work today and thankful that I got several things accomplished. I like being productive regardless of which day of the week it is and whether I accomplished something big or small.

I drove to Frederick to visit Davidus Cigars to pick up a particular cigar the Westminster store didn’t have and also to look at humidors. I paid a couple of bills and started serious editing on the novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month. I put together a crock pot of pot roast to cook for dinner tomorrow. I did a load of my dog’s bedding. And I ironed. See? Productive!

The drive to Frederick was great. There was hardly anyone on the roads outside of Westminster and Frederick, so I had some quality driving time to bask in the solitude of the drive. I love to think, to ponder things. It was my “me” time today.

It’s going to be a very busy year at work. Tomorrow kicks off the new year and a multitude of studies and analyses that we already know we will be doing. Excellent; it’s great to have a plan.

So now as I write this I know the remaining hours of this day will be spent relaxing with a nice cup of tea from Teavana with my feet sprawled on the ottoman as we watch something (to be determined) on the TV. A nice ending to a peaceful New Year’s Day.

I hope we all have a great 2013!



National Novel Writing Month

Wow, are my fingers tired! For the first time, I decided to take a shot at writing a novel during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is November. On and off during the past 25 days, I have put together a story that has been stirring inside of me for years. The goal for being titled a “winner” for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words, and the sites’ verification process counted 50,550 words in my novel. Whew! That’s a lot of words!

I have to thank Jamie, Josh, and Buddy for putting up with me during these past several weeks because, except for the week I was gone for training in Chicago, I have been consumed with writing this novel. I have to admit that I feel a sense of peace right now that the story is final out there.

What comes next, I don’t really know.

Happy day, everyone! 🙂