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Today has been a day full of rejuvenation. Woke up, ate breakfast (pancakes, sausage, and hot cocoa, yum), knitted a bit, finished a book, and did a few loads of laundry. Ken and I went to the gym around noon were a lifted a few weights, walked 1/2 a mile and jogged 1-1/2 miles. I got off the treadmill feeling energized and sweaty and human. Then home to shower and eat before diving back into laundry and knitting.

This is all marked under the "win" column.

Darkness fell (at four-frickin'-thirty, might I add) and tummies rumbled. Ken begins to make his Best Chili Ever. Opens the beans and notices they are mushy and gray. Bad. "No worries," I say. "We have more." Open the next can. Same deal. Open a third can. Ditto. Ken is now angry and a little petulant, and I can't blame him. We've been looking forward to this chili for days! He makes awesome chili, the sort that is legendary in our circle of friends! And now there is none.

This is marked under the "lose" column.

I'd already cooked off the meat earlier in the day, so I use part of it to make spaghetti while Ken grumbles in his den. We only have spinach/whole wheat pasta (lots of protein! Lots of fiber!), the jarred sauce has big chunks of tomatoes. It should be noted here that Ken's not too fond of colored pasta, whole-wheat pasta, and tomatoes (read: he hates all three).  When dinner is served Ken takes one look and says "You know, I'm not that hungry anyway." Sigh. I gobble mine up--it's not fabulous but it's not horrible, either--and put the leftovers in the fridge.

This is also marked under the "lose" column.

But! Yesterday I bought three new books that I can't wait to devour: The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins, The Flaxen Femme Fatale by John Zakour, and Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead.  It should be noted that I saw the Zakour book hanging out on the shelf--not even fronted!--and got reeled in by the back cover copy. The pulpy cover didn't hurt, either. Before I read those, however, I will read Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. I've borrowed that book from a friend and so that one takes priority.

Another tick under "win."

And! Today I'm finally getting some real, honest-to-God cravings to work on the WIP. I finished Through the Portal in late October, and since then I've written less than 10K on various projects. Definitely less than stellar output. Anemic, even. I was worried that the muse had decided to take off permanently. Turns out she just needed a little vacation. I'd like to get a few thousand words in over the next week or so. In the meantime I'm going to try to finish the Book Buffet I've outlines above before the New Year. Hopefully that will feed the muse enough to write The Daphne Project at a nice steady pace. My goal is to have a rough draft by June.

Another "win."

I've come out ahead today. I should totally get a bonus for that.

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