The Wrap: Vol. 4

I’m trying to get back into a routine with my wrap-up of the past week. 2 weeks in a row isn’t much of a pattern, but hopefully I’m off to a good start! It may be more challenging when the holidays get here. *grins*

Word to Describe the Past Week: Sneezy! I’ve been having sinus issues most of the week. I started taking Vitamin C and trying to drink more water. I really don’t need a cold or a sinus infection, but it seems something is making the rounds. Stay back! I don’t have time to be sickly!

Books: I just finished Striking Distance by Pamela Clare. Stay tuned – I will be posting a review of this romantic suspense novel. I will give you a clue – I really enjoyed it…thinking it will be 4 stars!

Writing: I hate to admit that I’ve been a slacker this week. I think I only managed 500 words on my NaNoWriMo story. Ugh. I am way behind my goal. However, I have another story bouncing around my head (go figure, right), and I re-read one of my M-M stories that ‘s 75% done.  I decided I’d like to have it done by the end of the year so it can be released in time for Valentine’s Day. It is a prequel to Wild Horses. I really need a snow day or two so I can stay home from work and write!

TV/ Movies: Still addicted to Arrow. Ah, Stephen Amell… Sadly I cancelled my subscription to HuluPlus. I was having too many issues with it (unreliable), and they pulled Teen Wolf Season 3 – not cool!!

I also had a chance to watch Skyfall again. While I liked it, I think my favorite Bond movie where Daniel Craig is Bond would be Casino Royale.

Anything else? I’m trying to think…there isn’t much else notable to report. I’m still spending quality time in the gym. I’ve actually been pretty sore; I started a new workout that has me lifting heavy. I also got new running shoes – they rock! They are lightweight and have lots of cushioning. Willow is doing fine. She has done nothing but sleep today so I can only imagine what trouble she will find tonight! Wish me luck!

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What a Weekend!

I need another weekend to recover from this past weekend! So here’s the breakdown:

  • Friday night was dress rehearsal for the concert on Saturday. We had a brass ensemble accompanying us on some of our pieces. It is amazing how easy it was for them to overpower a chorus of fifty singers. It took some time getting the dynamics correct. Despite all that, it was very cool to perform with them. I do confess, I was a bit concerned as we didn’t run the concert. There was a piece I really wanted to review that we didn’t go over. Crossed my fingers that we would do it Saturday before the concert.
  • Saturday ends up being an unseasonably warm day. Dry, too, thank goodness. We arrived at the church early to rehearse with the bell choir that was accompanying us on some of our pieces. That was very cool! The ringers were very talented. I played handbells at one point so I have a good appreciation of what they were able to do. Incredible!
  • The concert: standing room only (and yes, people were standing). From what I could hear in the alto section, it sounded great. I got several compliments about how well we did. The concert was longer than usual, but I don’t think people minded. We did get a standing ovation. Yay! Made all the hard work worthwhile. Well, that and seeing the smile on our director’s face when we hit things dead on – I doubt he could have been happier.
  • Saturday night – a group of us met for dinner at a local pizza place. It was nice to start relaxing after the concert rush. It was also nice to be out of my floor length black gown!
  • Sunday – a day of relaxation. For the most part! I did watch James Bond’s Quantum of Solace. Liked the car chase right at the beginning. What an awesome car!! Too bad Bond had to hurt it – LOL I hate to admit, too, that M was getting on my nerves. When will she learn to trust 007? Cutting off his credit cards? Sophomoric. I was a bit disappointed – I don’t recall seeing Q; although, I guess he made a name (or should I say a letter??) for himself in Skyfall.
  • Late Sunday Afternoon: The Spirit moved me to run. Can you believe it? No, I couldn’t either! The weather was still on the warm side and drizzly. I dressed in my tights and hat and looked forward to getting out there. I only ran about two miles and walked almost another mile (my knee started acting up – go figure). I felt refreshed and invigorated when I returned. I think the post-run hot shower had something to do with that as well!!

So is my need for another weekend now apparent? This upcoming weekend will be just as busy with lots of singing. Dress rehearsal Friday. Another dress rehearsal Saturday afternoon before a concert Saturday night. Concert Sunday afternoon. Then, choral singing will be done until after the first of the year. We get to perform Gloria by Randol Alan Bass with the Symphony. I am so excited about that!! It is going to rock!!

But for now, good night! I barely got six hours of sleep last night. I need to do better tonight.

Back to the Grind

Wow, Thanksgiving has come and gone. In what feels like in the blink of an eye, Christmas will be upon us. I managed to get spoiled having time off of work. I did some traveling, a lot of reading, and tried to catch up on my writing.

My NaNoWriMo story is coming along well. I’m behind my “ideal” word count, but I’m over 11K words. The way the story is progressing, I don’t see it being complete without being close to 50K words. If that is the case, it will be a record for me! I haven’t written anything that long before. I’m pretty excited about it. I’m hoping I can successfully blend mystery and romance without letting my readers down.

My writing time has been infringed upon by practicing the piano and rehearsing my music. Our choral group’s Christmas concert is December 8th (hopefully that date is a Saturday – you would think I would know…). Yikes! We have two rehearsals and then the dress rehearsal. I’m not panicking, but I definitely have some things to work on.

Tomorrow I get back to the work grind – and to getting up early. Yuck!! Oh, before I think about that, I’m on a James Bond kick. Do I need to admit I picked up the British version of GQ with Daniel Craig on the cover?? I watched Casino Royale today. Loved it! The man has some stamina – and no fear! I definitely had a laugh when he broke into M’s house. I cringed when he drank the poison. I think, overall, I liked it better than Skyfall. I could have done without Bond being tortured, but thankfully he survived. Oh, and we definitely didn’t get to see enough of his glorious body in swim trunks. Those scenes went by way to quickly *wink* I will give him credit for his nerves of steel at the card table. Wow!! I may have to re-evaluate Daniel Craig’s position in the list of actors who have portrayed Bond… hmmm….

Well, I suppose I should get my things ready for work. As much as I don’t want to stop enjoying my Sunday evening. Such is life, I suppose.

Casino Royale poster is courtesy of http://jamesbond.wikia.com/wiki/File:Casino_Royale_poster.jpeg

Happy Movie Hump Day!

Wow! This week seems like it is dragging! Can the weekend get here already??

I’ve been in movie-mode of late. I went to see Skyfall, the latest James Bond release, last weekend. This is the first Bond movie I’ve seen with Daniel Craig as Bond. I have to admit (even after seeing this movie) that Sean Connery is still my favorite Bond. Some of my favorites include: Goldfinger, Diamonds are Forever, and For Your Eyes Only (yes, I realize this is a Roger Moore flick).

Skyfall was action filled with lovely Bond ladies and a nattily dressed Bond. I have already downloaded the soundtrack – yep, the music was great, too! One gripe was making Craig look like an “older” Bond. While I know we humans age – we’re not all like the vamps in Twilight – I never image Bond as having gray hair or being slowed by aching knees.

I totally loved the Jaguar XJ that M was chauffeured in; however, what made my day was when Bond backed out the Aston Martin DB5. While I’m not a huge car buff, the sight of that car was enough to make me swoon! Check out this article in Motor Trend about the cars used in the film – very interesting!

This weekend I will be glued to the big screen, watching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II. The movie’s website can be found here. I am very much looking forward to seeing Bella best Emmett arm wrestling. Plus, I’m sure the final battle will not disappoint. Bella is going to have a blast as a young vampire with loads of strength and tons of control. I’m all about Team Edward even though I’m sure the wolfpack will shine in the battle against the Volturi. Sorry, Jacob!

The Jaguar photo is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Jaguar XJ X351