Blogging and Shopping and Writing

On Sunday I was up early (good early, not middle of the night early) and ready to go.  I posted on BCDC and got right into work on NaNoWriMo.  I have to admit that I am impressed with my own dedication to this project. I’m learning a lot about the writing process and about myself as a writer.  In both cases I like what I’m learning.

Gail, Alice and I had planned to go on another trip to the Christmas Tree Shop in the morning.  We we were out by about 10am.  We were meeting our friend Margot there and planning on lunch after.  Although the parking lot looked full when we got there, it was not too bad inside.  I hate crowds and was not looking forward to it for that reason.  I’m sure if we were there later in the day it would have been impossible.

I got a few treasures while there.

I hear everyone talk about Peanut Butter & Co. but I haven’t had the chance to try it.  The cinnamon raisin swirl sucked me in.  I got some Chili Garlic Sauce made by the company that makes sriracha sauce.  Also a jar of bay leaves.  It’s soup season and I’m out of them.  All of these were much less expensive than I would have gotten them at the grocery store.  Christmas Tree Shop has lots of reduced price foods.  My helpful check out lady also told me about another shop in that general area that is similar to Christmas Tree Shop in pricing but with additional merchandise.  We’re planning a trip there when we get the chance.

I also got some pretty things.

Two pretty bowls that will be good for oatmeal or soup and a flat plate that will be good for wraps or sandwiches.  I like to have pretty things to use to photograph my foods but I don’t like to spend a lot of money.  The bowls were $1.69 each and the plate was $1.99.  I also got another set of the little ceramic spoons I had gotten last time we were there.  I was happy with my purchases.

For lunch we went to…Say it with me…Taco Bell.  I don’t actually get tired of eating there.  It’s tasty and it certainly is reasonable.  $2.33 for two hard tacos.  Pretty good.  I just didn’t think that you needed to see another shot of Taco Bell tacos!  😉

I worked hard on my novel when I got home and then Ralph decided that we were hungry. 😉  We decided on Picasso’s Pizza and since we were both working on projects we decided to have it delivered.  I love Picasso’s for one thing that they have, the mixed cheese salad.

Regular salad things, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and sweet peppers topped with American, provolone and mozzarella cheese.  I love that they like to give me extra of their balsamic vinaigrette.  I get to use it again.

I take it out of the container and mix it all around.  It is so delicious and we also like Picasso’s because they are so reasonably priced.  Ralph never eats the side salad that comes with his dinner so I have that to eat too.  Sounds like lunch to me!

I felt really good about my word count for Sunday.  I found a fun widget on the NaNoWriMo web site to tell you my total.  My daily word count was 2438.  My current total is…

Pretty cool.  I’m excited and as I’ve said all along, I can’t actually believe I’m accomplishing this.  I’m proud of myself. 

Ralph and I are off in a little while for breakfast with Ele and our special celebrity guest, Little Michael.  We always have a good time together.  I think there might be Dunkin’ Donuts in our future.

Happy Monday!  Stay Productive and Have Fun!



14 responses to “Blogging and Shopping and Writing

  1. Fran, the dedication to your writing has truly inspired me to continue my goal.I am on a diet that’s like the Paleo Diet and I have lost 16 lbs.I want to lose another 20.I know I can do it.I know I can do it.I even feel better…….

    • Hey, Sweetie! That’s so great to hear! I’m not familiar with the Paleo Diet, but if it’s healthy and it’s working for you, that’s all that matters! I’m really trying hard with the writing. This has been an inspiration to me, too!! Hugs, and as always I miss you!

  2. OK – I want those bowls 🙂

  3. One of the best ways to write better is just to write. I am learning so much just writing my little ol blog. What I want to remember, what is truly important and worth mentioning, finding my voice etc.

    I do love that flavor Peanut Butter. This from a girl who used to hate raisins. And very cut dishes. Food taste better when the presentation is nice.

    • Thanks, Marie, it’s amazing but true. I think writing my blog everyday has made a huge difference for me and it isn’t even a year yet. The NaNoWriMo process has really helped me to. What I’m writing now is so much better than where I started on Nov.1. I haven’t really gone back and read it, but I know it’s better. I agree, pretty somehow is nicer.

  4. Great job on your writting, good for you! Your little bowls and plate are cute, you always find such a great bargain!

    • Hi Amy! Yes, I’m trying hard to complete this project, it’s actually starting to feel like I can! I look for cute things like that. Lots of them I get at Goodwill or thrift stores. I’m always trolling for bargains! 😉

  5. I would to try that cinnamon raisin swirl PB &Co. In the Uk we can get hold of the plain variety and Dark Chocolate Dreams. I do like DCD, but I really love cinnamon and raisin, so I think that could be the flavour for me 🙂
    I like your new crockery!

  6. I love that plate! And I want a review of the chili sauce–I’m obsessed with sriracha, and if it’s anything similar, I’ll be off on a hunt for it!

  7. You’re so close! Honestly, if you needed to, you could probably finish in a day or two at this point. I love how happy this project is making you. I’m so glad that we’re doing it together. I love your little bowls…we get a lot of pretty stuff at the Japanese shop. It’s always so pretty and so inexpensive!

    • Thanks, Stephanie! All of the credit goes to you. You threw down the gauntlet. It hurt to bend over to pick it up (old person joke!) but I did pick it up. I have you to thank for this and you’re right, it really is making me happy. I love the dishes, too. So pretty, makes the food taste better! You are the best, Steph!!

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