Mid-Week Check-In

My brain is all over the place today.

I started my morning with tears when I heard the news about Piper Bayard‘s beloved Daisy, the love pooch, who interviewed me about Red for my tour.  On the heels of Jami Gold losing her precious cat, and Serena Lawless worrying about her furbaby Lucy who’s fighting something awful, it’s got me thinking about Angel.  She’s been gone four years this spring and our baby Callie is about to have her fourth birthday.  That’s a bittersweet thing.  I love Callie to pieces, but missing Angel still hurts.  Non-pet people don’t understand that losing a pet is like losing a child.  It’s wrenching and horrific.  And I want to send out love and hugs to everybody who’s lost one.  I get it.

Work is insane.  We’re about to launch the actual pilot testing phase of a project at work, which means there are 8,000 details to attend to and invariably I’m going to forget.  The next 3 weeks are going to be nuts, but they culminate in my meeting Susan Bischoff and Lauralynn Elliott in Birmingham for a writing retreat weekend at the end of the month, and I can’t wait. 

I have been firmly back on the exercise band wagon this week.  Getting up earlier so I have time to do a full round of 25-30 minutes of HIIT on the exercise bike after weights.  Jogging on the off days.  I’m up to 2.25 miles, 1.6 of that jogged.  My new exercise bike has arrived, but we haven’t put it together yet.  Project for this weekend.  I’ve been back to eating well to boot, so yay.   I’m also researching insulin resistance.  Been reading The Metabolism Miracle.  I don’t have it but hubs definitely does, so looking at the best means of correcting that for him, while remaining necessarily gluten free.  Portability of breakfasts and lunches is a challenge!  Because the recommended low carb tortillas and such are not gluten free.  Sigh.

The writing has been going well.  Sunday: 1003, Monday: 813, Tuesday: 705.  I’m moving right along.  And I’m amused as hell that Jake is so freaking talkative.  With Sawyer I had to practically threaten the boy with thumb screws to get a single word out of him!  I haven’t had time to get back to plotting work on Longest Night but that’s fine.  It’ll come when it comes and as long as I’m cooking on SOMETHING, I’m happy.

Got my marching orders for the DFW Writer’s Conference, where I’ll be a panelist in May.  Looks like I’ll be talking about the anatomy of an indie book launch.  Now THAT I can do. Maybe even without hyperventilating!  Public speaking should’ve gone on my list of proof I’m human.  I’m freaking TERRIFIED of public speaking (which shocks the hell out of anyone who’s met me because I can TALK to anyone).  I have a true phobia of PODIUMS.  At least on a panel I get to sit.

So…yeah I guess that’s me today.  Must get back to the insanity.


8 thoughts on “Mid-Week Check-In

  1. I had to have my sweet kitty, Toby, euthanized a few years ago because of an incurable ailment that was causing him a lot of pain. I loved that cat so much! So I have a lot of sympathy for those who have lost their beloved pets.

    I can’t wait for our retreat either! It will be such a relaxing time after all the crazy going on here at work.

    Great job on both the exercise and the writing! I really wish I could be at DFWcon.

  2. Thank you so much, Kait. I’m touched that Daisy meant so much to so many people. I know what you mean about missing your Angel. We never get over it. We only move on.

    I’m so excited that you will be at DFW. I’ll come to your class if I’m able so that you’ll have at least one friend in the audience. It will be so nice to meet you.

    And good for you sticking to your health plan! You go, girl! Please give my best to Susan, and have a great time in Birmingham.

  3. I read Piper’s post this morning on Facebook. 🙁 So sad.. it is so awful to lose a pet. They are a part of our family and help us through so much.
    Kait – sounds like you are kicking some arse. Good job! Enjoy your trip back to the insanity.. sanity is kind of boring anyway! 😉

  4. Kait, I used to have a cat and my sister has a dog; I can totally emphasize with what you are going through *hugs to you and everyone whilst I’m here*, it’s always sad to hear such news.

    Having said that, despite the low-time you have done great with your writing and exercise goals! And I hear ya about some characters being fluent and others just teasing you senseless! Keep up the fab work; it’s all looking good. 😀

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