Monday, November 24, 2008

one step forward

Weekend highlights:

+ Breaking 40k for NaNoWriMo. Only 10,000 words to go!

+ Mountain biking on the Raider trails in town. I fell off my bike once and hit two trees, but other than that I had a ton of fun. Okay, I can't lie. Getting knocked around was part of the fun. Biking on the trails reminds me of roller derby - I am on wheels, I am wearing a helmet, and I could hit the ground at any moment. Also, I get braver every time we go riding, which means I also get better at riding. Exciting!

+ Going out for drinks with friends! Our friends who have two little babies had a kid-free weekend, and we went out for Grown Up Time. I drank gin and tonics at the bar, which is a nice change from drinking beer on my couch, and pretended to be an adult.

+ Sewing, sewing, sewing. I finished a project for a friend's birthday, but I can't post pictures until I give it to her. ;-)

+ Potato leek soup. Possibly the best soup ever, which is why I make it almost every weekend.

I haven't made any Weekly Resolutions in a while, and thought that now might be a good time. Mostly because I already have goals and I might as well share them with y'all. So...

1. Finish my novel for NaNoWriMo 2008. Ten thousand words is not so much.

2. Bake a pie from scratch. This is number 62 on my 101 list, and seeing as Thanksgiving is this week, it seems a prudent time to make my first attempt. (I'm going for apple, in case you were wondering.)

3. Figure out Xmas shopping and crafting, and get to it. I hate Christmas, but that doesn't mean I don't give and accept gifts. I would like to either make my gifts myself or get them from handmade places (like Etsy), and if that is going to happen in a timely fashion, I need to be... uh... timely. Basically, I need a plan, and by the end of this week I intend to have one.

That is all.


  1. thanks for generous comment at my blog, chrissy. it made my day.

    and for your xmas shopping needs, please check out my friend's blog at

    she raises alpacas and llamas and spins, dyes, felts, knits, etc. their fiber. it's pretty awesome.

  2. you're welcome! and thanks for the link - i'll definitely check out your friend's stuff. i have a lot of friends who knit.

  3. So why is baking a pie from scratch on your list? Directly below this post is a great picture of some very yummy looking cookies - and it's not like that's the first one; you're always posting pictures of the treats you make. So I guess my question is, what makes a pie baked from scratch more significant than cookies or other treats baked from scratch? Personally, I think cookies are tougher than pies anyway.

  4. I don't know. Pies just seem really hard to me - there is crust involved! And a rolling pin! Maybe I'm building it up too much in my head, or maybe it's just the allure of the unknown. I am glad to know that you think cookies are harder - they're pretty easy for me (well, the two or three recipes that I like to use are easy) so maybe pies won't be as tough as I'm thinking. Fingers crossed!