7.16.2013

Shredding and Writing

The home key on my iPhone is not working.  I literally have to turn my phone off and back on again every time I need to navigate to a different area.  No bueno.  I'll be spending my lunch break at the genius bar. 

Last weekend was exactly the kind of weekend I was hoping for. I wasn't going to blog about it because I didn't really DO much of anything but then I thought about it. Maybe I didn't DO anything but it was still a great weekend in my book if not exciting, so why not?  Allow me to bore you with the details.

Saturday morning I woke up and did the 30 Day Shred first thing.  It was my first day of Level 3.  If I don't knock it out of the way in the morning it's not going to happen.  After that I headed straight to my favorite coffee shop for writing, Cosmo's Cafe.  I'm so glad I discovered this little gem.  It's in the downtown part of this cute little town near our house.  The prices are good and the refills are cheap.  There is plenty of seating with outlets for laptop chargers and plenty of room to spread out.  It's just got this really relaxing vibe to it that makes me feel right at home and allows me to focus.  They have these gluten free oat bars that are made by some local bakery that you can't get anywhere else.  I get all disappointed if they run out but they were fully stocked so I bought a giant coffee to go with it and settled down to write.  I was feeling bummed out because I didn't think I got much work done last month.  I started at the very beginning and cleaned house with edits and changes.  When your book is over 60,000 words it takes a loooong time to go through.  It's like reading a book.  Duh, 'cause I'm writing a book.  It turns out that with all that editing I actually added on about 13 more pages so I was still on track.  I finished reading through to the end from where I left on then started writing new pages.  When I hit a wall I left and went home.  That night we made dinner together and watched Side Effects

Sunday morning and guess what?  30 Day Shred. I was thinking about going back to Cosmo's because my creative juices were still flowing and I wanted to get more done but I didn't want to leave the house.  Lately, I haven't been able to write at home because I'm to distracted.  I put Pandora on the Classical Music for Studying Station; yes that's exactly what it's called! I sat there at the dining room table with my lap top and got a lot done.  Maybe I can write at home.  I watched a random foreign film on Netflix complete with French subtitles about 17 French high school girls who round up baby daddy's wherever they can find 'em and intentionally get pregnant at the same time.  I said it was random! I took a nap that afternoon because, you know I literally wore myself out doing almost nothing.  There wasn't a whole lot of TV watching going on because my DVR is finally empty.  I'm glad, but still not 100% sure how I feel about that.  I felt lost when I hit List and there was nothing there but at the same time it's nice for TV watching not to feel like a chore.  That night we watched Snitch and ate Carne Asada filled Mexican food from our favorite taco shop.

I didn't leave the house at all Sunday.  I was basically a pajama wearing shut in.  The best part is that I didn't feel guilty at all because I was at least somewhat productive with the exercise and writing.  If we had kids I'm betting almost none of that would have happened.  Which is just one of the reasons that we don't have any.

Productive.  Relaxing.  Pajamas.  Just what I needed.

20 comments :

Kathy C. said...

That's the kind of weekends I miss!!! :)
Good for you with the 30-day shred! Jealous! You're gonna keep your rockin' body all through summer. Hope life is going great for you though! Miss following your blog as religiously as I used to...but when I come back I love reading up on what I missed!

Rachel Murphree said...

I am stuck on level 2 of 30 day shred and it kicks my ass. I am even thinking about using smaller weights, because those military presses and v raises at the end are just too much for me!

Newlyweds on a Budget said...

I love uneventful but fully appreciated weekends like that.

i am on day 6 today of ripped in 30. this is the longest that i've done it in a row and it is kicking my butt!
what did you think of side effects? I thought it was pretty slow, and I really only rented it because channing tatum was in it.

Caroline said...

Sometimes the lowkey weekends turn out to be the very best kind! I honestly don't think I love anything more than writing in a coffee shop :)

A Life Less Traveled said...

I can't concentrate at home either. When I was in graduate school I had to leave the house to study or write a paper, too many distractions at home.

The Sweetest Thing said...

The home key not working is the most awful thing ever... huh. You never realize the habits you have until that messes up!!! I skipped the part about you and The Shred bc it makes me feel lazy... :P

Baby Meg said...

I LOVE 30 day shred!! It has worked wonders for me.

Benthe said...

Try this for your iphone! http://exchange.telstra.com.au/2012/05/17/how-to-get-a-new-iphone-home-button/ My friend had the same problem and she used this..

Mrs. Pancakes said...

seriously coming to your blog makes me happy...the colors...it really is pink sunshine. ain't no shame in wearing your pajamas the whole day..glad it was a relaxing weekend. can i tell you i tried to wear some of your story...even though i couldn't make it all out (heehee) can't wait to read it one of these days!

Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore said...

New comer here! loving it! The iphone issue must really suck, hope you get that fixed soon. xx

Mrs. Pedersen said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! ;-)

afairlie said...

Girl, you're a rockstar! I'm still rocking the Level 1! Granted, I only tune in for a few weeks every couple of months as I get the sudden motivational burst, but still... ;)

PS--You just described my dream weekend! Now if only chocolate and a couple of glasses of wine were involved... ;) Glad you had a good one!

fancythatfancythis.com said...

I'd love to be a shut in...but I have a kid and a high-maintenance husband so that isn't going to happen anytime soon.

After Ramadan I need to get back into the 30 Day Shred. I love that DVD.

jackie jade said...

sometimes i love a relaxing weekend. a lot of sundays, i'm in pj's all day and don't leave the house. and i feel the same way about my dvr! kinda relieved when i'm all caught up but then sad that i have nothing to watch!
-- jackie @ jade and oak

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Way to go girl!! Keep it up with Jillian :)

Chelsea Hannah said...

I love love love finding bloggers that are also writing a book! Congratulations on that HUGE accomplishment! xoxo

Whitney Cypert said...

Sounds like a pretty nice weekend if you ask me. I love that you watched a French documentary, I love documentaries. I really want to watch Bully, have you ever seen/heard of it? I have a feeling it would leave me in tears though. That little coffee shop sounds wonderful, those are the best!

Kim Jackson said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Don't beat yourself up too much about not getting as much writing done as you would have liked. You have to do it when the creativity and inspiration strike, right?

Kristin @ w/milk and sugar said...

That is my kind of weekend! I love lazy, but still somewhat productive days.I tried writing a novel last year in November ( for Nanowrimo) but failed miserably. You may have just encouraged me totry again this year.

Janna Renee said...

I'm still so jealous of your writing. I tried to write a story for Chicken Soup {a friend asked me to submit}, and I could barely get 600 words out and perfect. I'm beginning to think that I'm too much of a perfectionist to write a novel. I could get the story out, but the editing process would straight up kill me.

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