New Contests and Some Other Random Stuff


Bitten By Books, which is a website I have come to dearly love is having two giveaways for fifty dollar gift cards. By linking to them on my blog, I gain extra entries, and I highly recommend going to enter them. It’s not hard to enter and you find out about great authors that way. Here are the links:

Maggie Mae Gallagher Release Party

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Joel Fox Interview and $50.00 Amazon Gift Card Contest

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Hopefully, those links work.

In other news, this is the first time in a long, long time that I’ve written a bog post from my computer as opposed to an app on my phone. And since my phone doesn’t like the WordPress app, I use a different app for it. So this is the first time I’m seeing the new layout for the dashboard and control panel, and I absolutely can’t stand it. Then again, I’m not known for my fondness for change.

I know yesterday or the day before, I’d been planning to write more for CampNaNoWriMo, but it just didn’t happen. The phone company turned off our phones due to a foul up on their end, even though we paid them far more thn we’d agreed to with our payment plan. SJ got them to fix it and Phire ran errands in our old home town. It also took me a few days to recover from the marathon errand running Phire and I had done with my family when the came down on Sunday. From Thursday to Monday, there was some drama with someone we barely know, but I think it’s over now, mercifully. Yesterday, I had the cramps from Hell and couldn’t do much more than lie there. But today I’m much better.

I also wanted to thank all of you who read this bog, my other blogs (not that there’s much on them yet) and who like and follow me here. I really appreciate it.

I’m going to see about writing some more for CampNaNoWriMo, but I hate to take the computer away from Phire, there’s lot of kitchen work to be done today, and the task of starting back up with writing again seems daunting. I’ll try to post how it goes.

In one last note for this blog post, I’m going to try to do an overhaul on my blogs soon. Probably nothing major, but creating a new page for my other blogs, maybe updating my about me pages, and possibly adding some new widgets and categories and hopefully a work in progress bar — stuff like that. I also want to start posting to more of my other blogs soon as well, though I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. And I’d also like (I think) to start my general, “life” blog soon, which is a little more complicated than it sounds.

*Edit — the embed codes didn’t work, so I’m going to include links to the pages where the contests are:

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-maggie-mae-gallagher-release-party-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here-2/

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-joel-fox-interview-and-50-00-amazon-gift-card-contest-live-here/

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A Trip to my Hometown


It’s not technically my hometown. Not in the sense that I was born there, or lived there for my early childhood, or that I live there now. But when I was in my early childhood, I spent more time there than I did in my technical hometown. Later, I lived there for sixteen years — with a few stints of living for a few months in a nearby town and in the town I grew up in scattered throughout those years. But to date, that far exceeds the number of years I spent anywhere else. Two years that I barely remember in north Jersey, eight years in the town I ostensibly grew up in, just under two years spread out over three occasions and two separate places in a little town in the Pine Barrens, and, so far, two years in my other hometown (where I live now).

It doesn’t seem like much. But it’s huge. And it doesn’t seem overtly spiritual, but it is. Besides, my general life stuff blogs aren’t really running yet. One isn’t created and the other has a few posts and I’ve been delaying writing more on it until I can do a follow-up to my last post there. So for those reasons, I thought I’d post about it here.

We were running errands, but we still had fun. It’s only about twenty miles from where we live, but we don’t have a car and it’s rare that we can afford a cab or catch a ride with someone. So we rely on public transportation, which thankfully is pretty stalwart around here. Generally, these days, we either all have to go somewhere, or one person has to be with me, whether I stay at home, or go out. Then factor in the puppy — someone needs to be here almost all of the time now to watch her. We could crate her for a little while, but bus trips plus whatever we’re doing when we get there almost always takes hours, and I can’t be sure we’d be back in enough time for her bladder to hold out.

Then factor in how easily exhausted and fatigued I get these days, and the trouble I have regulating my temperature, AND all the medicines and such that I need to bring with me. And that I can never just pick up and go anymore. Everything requires planning and packing at least one or two bags of stuff to bring with me. Finally, add in the weather, which has NOT been cooperating for travel for a long time. It’s been months — like, MANY months since I went anywhere outside of the house that didn’t involve a doctor’s appointment, a chore, or errands, and usually some combination of those in one day.

We were still running errands today. But the pace was (slightly) more leisurely. We didn’t exactly take our time, because while SJ and I went out Phire was at home alone watching the puppy, and feeling sick to boot. But we had to stop to eat twice. Once we got comfort food for me — the most awful, greasy, disgusting pizza known to man that I normally can’t stand and that I shouldn’t be eating anyway, but that is nostalgic for me and is kind of a huge thing in these parts, and once we got comfort food for SJ — ye old Mickey D’s (shudder, grimace).

We also brought the wheelchair, which was a huge pain in the ass, but also a really good thing because there’s no way I could have walked that today. My muscles have atrophied to begin with from my illness, and the stagnation of the last few months along with having less energy for some of it because my schedule was screwed up have not helped matters. It was hard work for both of us, which I feel guilty saying because SJ was the one pushing me all over creation while I just sat there — and I’m sure it was a lot harder for him. And yet, we still had fun.

We got coffee, mine was supposed to be decaf, but I think they flaked and gave me a regular which is usually a disaster for me these days. I was feeling it, but it wasn’t as bad as the number full caff often does on me these days.

And I scraped my thumb, which wouldn’t stop bleeding (Yay, steroids) and went for a pit stop in city hall (hurray for automatic doors!). Getting on and off the bus, in and out of buildings, and up and down curb ramps still covered in snow was an experience, but still we had fun.

We walked/rolled on the boardwalk. I got to see the bay on the way in and out of town, the other bay at the end of our street on the way home, the ocean, the beach, and some shore birds. We also went to the bank and the pharmacy, which were the errands we actually needed to run today. I’m too tired to do the other things on my to-do list today, but those got done, and to paraphrase one of my least favorite protagonists, “tomorrow is another day!”.

And it was SUCH a beautiful day! Not warm, but not frigid, and fine as long as you dressed appropriately — even for me, with my abysmal body temperature regulation these days. The sun was shining and it FELT warm in comparison to all the freezing cold, sleet, rain, snow, and even hail we’ve had lately. And the sun was shining fiercely. I’m not a jewelry person, you want to talk to my grandmother for that, but the bay looked speckled with topaz and champagne diamonds.

We had a lot of fun, and in many ways it was a religious experience for me, with my connection to the land and town, and my animism that is strongly bioregionally based. It was good to be home today. And tonight, it’s good to be at my other home. Cheers!