Look at all the happy mail I got the other day!
I think I told y’all about the NaNoWriMo package swap. Someone organized a huge swap where participants could sign up to get as many swap partners as they want. I signed up for 2. We exchanged information about ourselves and the kinds of things we like, then we went shopping for each other. It was a lot of fun!
I think I gave my partners a lot more info than they give me, so they were in a better position to pick and choose things. I told them things like: I love chocolate; I like owl/turtle/elephant things; I’m a notebook freak; I love pens; I like black tea; Cool socks are my thing; I love lime green; Ooh! Stripes!… So yeah… My stuff was AWESOME.
Both of my packages arrived on Friday. I was super excited to open it, and even more excited to rave about everything and show it all off to Babe.
Here’s a picture of my goodies from Kate:
Included in this package:
Later this week, I’ll show you the contents of the other package (from Elizabeth).
I can’t believe how perfect these things are for me.
How about you? What made your weekend? What awesome thing happened to you? Received any good gifts lately? Fill me in!
It’s been a while! I know!
There has been a lot going on. Without getting into too many details, there has been lots of figuring out, waiting games, wedding planning, NaNoWriMo prep, being a first-time ML for NaNoWriMo excitement, and on and on and on. The good news: EVERYTHING IS FINE. What is it that they say? Everything works out in the end, and if it doesn’t it’s not the end… Or something. ANYWAY. Lol. I’ve just gotta STAY CALM and KEEP LIVING. Or KEEP CALM and LIVE ON. (They should make one of those graphic thingies for that quote.)
Look what I just got:
I want my region (The Bahamas) to be AWESOME. I’m hoping to attract people who live in The Bahamas, are from The Bahamas, or wish they were in The Bahamas… Or people who just know I’m awesome, and hope to be equally awesome, and see this as a great way to do it. That means you, mkay? You’re included. If you’re NaNoWriMoing, definitely join the Elsewhere::Bahamas region. You can still be “homed” to whatever other region you like. You can join as many as you want. Ours will be awesome because we’re doing lots of Live-on-Twitter events. Wine parties, word wars, word sprints, and chats. You know you wanna!
I got the blog all set up, and I’m posting at least twice per week. In October, I’ll be focusing on planning and general NaNoWriMo prep. In November, there will be lots of motivation, fun(ny) posts, links to coolness, music suggestions, answers to questions, etc. The Facebook page is also up, and waiting for you to LIKE it! AND. Of course… TWITTER! Follow BahamasWrimos!
Let’s have some fun being crazy novel writing people! 50,000 words to write 30 days. WEEEEE can do EEEEET!
I have more things to tell you, but I let the NaNoWriMo excitement get a little out of hand in this post. There is more to come!
Hope you’re having a great week!
Tell me tidbits. What’s going on with you? Will you please join the NaNoWriMo fun/insanity? *smiles sweetly*
If you’re joining the fun, let’s buddy up! Find me here.
It’s been a while, I know. Things are kinda crazy. Here’s what’s up:
Writing. It’s come to a screeching halt. Things got uncomfortable at home with some mishaps and plumbing issues, and then I got sick. My energy level has been terrible, so I haven’t been getting much done outside of the work day. I need to get back on track. There are deadlines to meet, a class to complete, and publishing goals to be met!
Any craziness going on with you this week? Any weekend plans? What are you looking forward to?
Does summer change things in your city/town/country? Does it change anything for you? What are your summer plans?
I love being tagged in these thingies. I don’t know why, but I love answering questions like this. And reading other people’s answers. Fun, fun, fun!
This time, I’ve been tagged by Lily in Canada, quite a funny chica.
1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and the create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag 11 people and link them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!
1. If you could live in a different country for a year, where would you live?
Just a year? A Spanish-speaking country. I’d love to be immersed in the culture, and improve my conversational Spanish. I can read and write in Spanish like a pro – well, as far as my vocabulary will allow – but speaking doesn’t come as naturally to me. I have to think a bit harder. And I’m a bit slower. Particularly in the listening part. I’d love to experience life in Cuba. Or Mexico, or Argentina.
2. What would you do if you were the opposite sex?
Aside from be a man? Ummm… I’d grab my business and shift it around – purely experimental. I’d like to see what it’s all about. What’s the hype? I’d also lean forward and see if I could – No, never mind.
3. If there was a fire in your house and you could only save 3 things, what would they be? (Family and pets would be safe!)
Treasure chest, computer, cell phone.
4. What is your favorite sport and why?
Hmmm… Cycling. I get to power a machine! Hellooo! POWER. And I don’t need other people to do it. Just me.
Flyin’ Ridin’ solo.
5. What is a TV show that you hate to miss?
We don’t watch tv at our place. We don’t have cable. The show I hate that I’m missing is Chopped. SO good.
6. If you could be fluent in another language, which would you choose?
7. Which actor or actress makes you mad?
I don’t know if any make me mad. I really don’t pay attention to celebrities. I don’t care much about what/who they do. Hmmm… I don’t like Matt Damon’s face though. I find it hard to watch movies that he’s in. His face is just… Offensive? No, not offensive. I just don’t like it. I’m uncomfortable looking at it. I would be more comfortable looking at disfigurement. Weird? Maybe. I just don’t like his face.
8. What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach? I’ve never really had a REAL vacation. My parents (and other guardians) used to take me to Florida a lot. All we did was shop. And eat out. Nothing else. What kind of vacation is that?! I want to have a REAL vacation, where I visit somewhere new, do tours, eat new food, hang out at the tourist spot, see where the locals spend their spare time, get a good feel for the culture… All that fun stuff.
9. What is the first thing you would do if you were president, prime minister, etc?
Of this silly country I live in? I would put a LOT of major issues/questions to a referendum. Let the people make a decision for once and for all.
10. Favorite thing to drink?
Coca-Cola! 🙂 I also like strawberry/mango daiquiris from Twin Brothers.
11. Do you prefer baths or showers? Why?
Showers. Baths seem kinda gross. Like you’re just sitting in the dirt that you’re trying to wash away. Make sense? No. Not at all. Stand up, and let the water wash it at all away… Downnn the draaain. And bath water goes cold. *shivers*
Want to see the questions Lily was asked, and read her answers? Click here.
Now I get to tag peeps (peeps? Let’s blame it on Soulja Boy’s Turn My Swag On playing right now, making me feel gangsta or something) and ask them 11 questions.
My 11 taggees are:
My 11 questions are:
For those reading this post who were not tagged, feel free to answer the question in your own post or in the comments. I LOVE reading your answers. Fun, fun, fun! I’d especially like to read your answers to 3, 5, 6, and 8.
Happy Mondaaaaayyyyy! My day/week got off to a great start, and it’s probably largely due to a fantastic weekend. I’m gonna rewind a bit, and fill you in on it.
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting/different? Did you learn (or re-learn) any lessons?
Another Question Friday. Five Question Friday isn’t really my flavour this week. I don’t like when the questions are super seasonal. And I’m not really feeling Christmas this year, so I don’t feel like answering questions about it. Instead, I’m doing Part One of a Meme I did Part Two of last week. Because I’m backwards like that when I’m good ‘n’ ready.
Sooo, coming to you straight from Sunday Stealing (who stole it themselves), here are the questions and answers for today:
1) If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say?
Walk in love. Keep that at the front and the back of your mind. In all things, do what is right. Be prepared to take responsibility for all things said, done, left unsaid, and left undone. Help when you can. Recognize when you can’t. Sometimes you will be the head. At other times, you will be the tail. This does not make you greater or less than anyone else. Allow yourself to feel. Think before you respond to feelings. Show appreciation. Compliment. Laugh. Share. Guard your health. Care for your body. Live without regrets. Make memories.
2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
The person has to be on earth now? Living? Hmmm… There’s really no one that I care to meet celebrity-wise. I’m really nonchalant about that stuff. The only person I’ve ever wanted to meet is the love of my life, and… Well… Done. On a different sort of level, I’d like to meet all of my blog buddies. 🙂
3) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
If I can live there legally, Canada. I don’t even care what part. Just Canada. If it’s just for a visit, almost anywhere. I guess it should be somewhere with similar temperature to Nassau right now, since I don’t have time to pack anything else. And it has to be cheap because I don’t have much $$$. Lol. Cuba would be a good choice right about now.
4) What do you think about most?
Tough call. Somewhere between having a good, comfortable family life, accomplishing my running goal, and managing to write every day… Making all of these things instead of just thinking about them.
5) You have the opportunity to spend a romantic night with the music celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
TOO EASY. *giggles*
They call her “TaDa” where she’s from. Check Her Sexiness out in this video.
6) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
Nothing, really. It was all worth the tears, pain, inconvenience, and drama.
7) What’s your strangest talent?
I don’t really consider myself talented in any area. *shrugs*
8) What would be a question you’d be afraid to tell the truth on?
There really isn’t anything that I’m afraid to honestly talk about. I guess I shy away from divulging full details about sensitive things involving other people, for their sakes.
9) Ever had a poem or song written about you?
Not that I remember. Poor me. Cry for me.
10) When is the last time you played the air guitar?
11) Do you have any strange phobias?
12) What’s your religion?
Walk in love.
13) What is your current desktop picture?
The part of the bikes we’re auctioning at work that has our logo on it. It looks really cool. On my MacBook, it’s a picture of palm trees against the sky. I think it’s a pretty cool picture.
14) When you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
Walking to the nearest form of fuel-powered transportation.
15) What’s the last song you listened to?
Whip My Hair – Willow. 🙂
16) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?
Ummm… My answer to questions like this is different every time I answer, just so you know. Today, the answer to this question is No Doubt. (I think this is because P!nk is playing right now and, somehow, she reminds me of Gwen Stefani (I don’t freaking no why), and Gwen is cool, and was in No Doubt… So yeah. Thought process revealed.)
17) What was the last lie you told?
I really don’t lie. Ummm… Oh, I told my aunt I was almost done eating the muffins she gave me. Because I was about to almost be done eating them all, and I wanted her to save some for me so I could get MORE. So I lie to get food. Judge me.
18) Do you believe in karma?
By another name, I guess.
19) What is a saying you say a lot?
I’m asking Babe for the answer to this.
Hahahahaha. She says, “I don’t care.”
That’s so TRUE. AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA.
And I really don’t.
Care, that is. 🙂
20) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?
See above. Honestly.
21) Who is your celebrity crush?
Aside from TaDa? Ummm… Toni Braxton. Babe says Julia Roberts too. I gueeessssss. Lol.
22) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word: heart.
23) How do you vent your anger?
I don’t get angry, really. I get upset and frustrated. How do I vent, though? Hmmm… Cry? Tell Babe whatever is going on. I don’t yell and throw stuff or anything crazy like that.
24) Do you have a collection of anything?
Not any more, no. I’ll probably start collecting all things elephant and turtle.
25) What is your favorite word?
I’ve been using “asswipe” a lot lately. I think that’s directly related to the amount of driving I’ve been doing. It happens when you’re driving in this place. People are so stupid on the road. That’s not my favourite word though. Hmmm… I really like the word “amazing.”
I’d like to note that I was asking Babe’s permission for something in this post, and her response, before hearing the entire question, was, “Anything you want, Babe.” She said that’s her new phrase. Ahahahaha. This is after she asked me what her most used saying is and my response was, “No.” Ahahahaha. Get it? No? I guess ya had to be there.
Feel free to participate in Five Question Friday or Sunday Stealing. The links are way up at the top of the post. If you do either one, leave your link here so I can read your answers. 🙂
I tried to post this from my phone on Monday night. Clearly, it only saved as a draft. A few days late, here’s a late post. Lol.
Now that another weekend has come and gone, I’ll tell you about last weekend. Yeah. That’s how I’m rolling these days. LATE.
Babe and I registered for an art workshop at the National Art Gallery. It was supposed an abstract painting thing in the style of a Bahamian artists. The facilitator decided that we wouldn’t really copy any particular style. He sort of left us to do our own thing. The only thing he really showed us was a brush technique. *scratches head* ANYway, it was fun-ish. I was lost for most of the time, not really knowing what to do. I’m pretty thoughtful and calculated, so it was hard for me to just shut my brain off and do things. It was weird. I didn’t like it very much. I didn’t like the finished product either. Still, I think it’s something I’d like to explore on my own, without an audience. Maybe Babe and I will get a few canvases and some paint, and muck around at home. Oh. And Babe? SO good. SO SO good. The woman has serious skills. I keep wondering what amazing talent/skill will show up next. Her painting was/is AMAZING. She wasn’t crazy about it, but I convinced her that it’s GREAT, and HAS to go on our wall. I’ll share a picture of it once we hang it up. Halfway through the workshop, we had to do a collaborative painting. Babe and I did an elephant. Really, SHE did it. I sort of did background crap. And the eye. She drew it, outlined it, etc. It’s NICE. I like IT, and I like that fact that we did it TOGETHER (in whatever proportions). Wherever we go, I think we have to take that elephant with us. That will always be the only elephant in the room (because we talk far too much/candidly to have any others).
After the workshop, we went to a church fair. The Catholic Cathedral was having it’s annual thingy. I knew about it because a lady in the building I work in was selling raffle tickets and I bought two for Babe and me. The church just so happens to be right across the street from the gallery. We were just going to check it out, but it was really nice. Lots of stalls and lots of good food! 🙂 We filled up on junk and sat around for a while. When we were good ‘n’ ready, we heading to the bus stop, three painting in tow. We got settled in, and went to sleep. We overslept. LOL. We always get so comfy when we cuddled up for these little naps. We ended up having to rush to get ready for our dinner date with Vanessa. I’ve mentioned Vanessa before. She’s super cool, and a good friend of ours. We like hanging out with her. There’s always lots of talking, and lots of laughs. That night, we splurged on a Wine Dinner at a restaurant near where I work. Get ready, because I’m sharing the menu.
Champagne upon arrival
Korbel Winery California Champagne, Brut Rose, California’s Russian River Valley
Pan seared Curried sea scallops with caramelised pears and crème fraise –
Kendall Jackson Vinters Private Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Rosa California 2009
Apricot and Ginger glazed salmon filet over warm buckwheat soba noodle salad –
NOBLE Aconcagua ,Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina 2009
Peppercorn and tarragon Beef tenderloin served over sweet potato mash and green beans
Sangre De Toro, Garnacha and Mazuelo, Catalunya Spain, 2009
Rosemary and vanilla slow roasted lamb shank over goat cheese stuffed portabella mushroom –
Telteca Roble, Malbec, Mendoza Argentina 2009
Dark Chocolate truffle mousse
Henry of Pelham last harvest Riesling, Ontario Canada, 2008
You probably don’t need me to tell you that it was really good, right? Anyway, it was. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the wine. Even me. And I’m kind of discriminating and critical with food. I don’t even like salmon OR lamb, but they both VERY good. Actually, I think I’m warming up to salmon a bit. Weird. Funny how our tastes change, right? Someday, I’ll explain my aversion to fish. Not today. The wine dinner started at 6:30, and we got home around 10:30pm. We had a solid 4 hours of a nice, relaxing time with good company. We all agreed that we should make an effort to do it regularly. We’re thinking once per month. This makes me happy. I LOVE eating out, and I REALLY enjoy getting to do it with people I really love.
This weekend, we’re doing a potluck dinner. Vanessa is gracious enough to host it. I’m looking forward to it. The three of us always have a good time together, PLUS my cousin and friend recently moved to Nassau, and I’ve been wanting them to meet Vanessa. I like introducing cool people to other cool people. Widening the circle. Vanessa is also inviting a friend I haven’t met yet. The menu is looking good, there will be drinkage, and the company is sure to be deeelightful. It’s Monday and I’m already looking forward to the weekend. Hahahaha.
Yesterday, Ma cooked up a hell of a Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday here, but we DO tend to follow (US) fashion, so lots of restaurants will be preparing turkey dinners on Thursday. None will top the homemade dinner our family had yesterday. Ma is a HELL of a cook. We had white rice (most people will have peas ‘n’ rice, but we’re not big on that), mashed potato, (baked) macaroni, turkey, ham (which I passed on, of course), sweet potato, brocoli, carrots and green beans, stuffing… I think that was it. My stomach was very pleased with it. Ma is leaving for a cruise on Wednesday, and will be away for the next two Sundays. My aunt will probably take over the Sunday dinners, but I’ll be glad to spend those Sundays with Babe, having our own Sunday dinner.
Well, it’s time for me to get back to work. I just took half of my lunch break to do this post and eat my sandwich. The next half, I’ll spend trying to finish my short story. The deadline is NEXT WEEK! I want it done by end of day tomorrow so I can take a nice (two day) break from it before going back at it with my hatchet (editing).
And now, introducing Angelique Sabrina – a new, young Bahamian singer. She’s 13 years old, and she’s playing on the radio. The songs are cute/fun/catchy, and very age-appropriate, but somehow relatable?! ANYway, here’s one of them:
Speakerbox – Angelique Sabrina (I’ve been having issues with embedding YouTube videos lately. Anyone else?!)
Loser Blvd – Angelique Sabrina (This one is an actul video. I like it, except for all of the makeup and hair. Too old-looking, I think. Anyway, the song? I think it’s super cute. Reminds me of Avril Lavigne when she first came on the scene.)
What are you up to today? Wanna tell me about your weekend? The last one, the one before it, the one that’s coming… Take your pick, since I dished on all of them. LOL. OH! And are you working on any little projects?