Posted in Favorite Sites, Gluten Free

Gluten Free Friday

One of the first websites I discovered when I decided to try a gluten-free diet a few months ago was Gluten Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn. Her cookbook by the same name is the first gluten-free cookbook I bought as well.

I’ve tried several of her recipes and find them easy to follow and quite tasty. I’ve also purchased a couple of the products she recommends on her site and find her reviews accurate and fair.

Posted in Creativity, Gluten Free, Reaching Goals, Writing Schedules

Thoughts of Themes

In working on meeting my goal of blogging three times a week, I’ve been trying to think of possible themes for certain days. For instance, I think Fridays will become “Gluten Free Friday.”

My plan is to blog routinely each Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I just can’t come up with a theme for Mondays and Wednesdays yet. But I will.

Some come back Friday for my first Gluten Free Friday.

Posted in Reaching Goals

End of the First Week Goal Update

So after the first week of the year I’m doing pretty well with my goals except for the one where I’m supposed to blog three times a week. I totally forgot about it today. But here I am, getting in the first of three blog posts this week.

After so many failed attempts at getting a blog going regularly I’m determined to succeed. So even though this post is really about nothing, it counts.

Now to add “write blog post” to my task calendar complete with reminders so I can post in a more timely manner.

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I Got Glutened

Sunday after church we went to eat at a local restaurant. I thought I was reading the menu carefully. Clearly, I was wrong.

In October I removed gluten from my diet in a kind of experiment after my mother received test results indicating a gluten allergy. I didn’t think it would amount to anything. I thought I’d be back on my usual diet after a couple of weeks. Nope, within 48 hours of ingesting no gluten I could tell a huge difference in how I felt.

I’ve learned  a lot since then. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not easy learning to read food labeling-the whole label-not just nutritional values.

Another lesson learned Sunday-tell the restaurant staff the food must be gluten free. I ordered a grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies on a skewer and a sweet potato. Seems benign. Nope. The chicken was served on a bed of rice pilaf and instead of asking for another order, I just took the chicken off the pilaf and tried to scrape any clinging pilaf bits off the chicken. Then there was the matter of the sauce on the chicken. It was a creamy parmesan sauce which I assumed-see that word-would be okay. No. No. No.

Within an hour of eating, I had stabbing stomach pain with nausea, a headache, and various other symptoms. I’m finally feeling back to normal this morning.

Here’s a link to an article at Gluten Free Easily my friend Shannon shared with me about how to recover from being glutened. I found it a very interesting read.

Posted in Creativity, Writing Schedules

Finding a Writing Schedule

This week I’m experimenting with my writing schedule. I’m trying to find some way to work out my day that will give me at least one uninterrupted hour to write. Not as easy as it sounds.

My thought for Tuesday, 1/3, was to get up an hour early, at 4 am, take the dog out, have a cup of coffee, feed the dog and cats, then be writing by 4:30 am. Not so much. What I failed to take into account was that a four-day struggle with insomnia would continue. Four hours of sleep after a hard day at work does not contribute to much of a word count.

I’m going to try again. We’ll see how it goes.

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you have a certain time to write every day? Do you just take ten minutes here and there throughout the day and jot down words when you can? What time of day are you most productive in your writing?


Posted in Creativity, Reaching Goals

My Personal Best Writing Weekend

What a weekend I just had. Not only did I welcome 2012, our congregation welcomed a new pastor and his family, and I wrote more words in one 72 hour period than I ever have before in my life.

I’m tired!

Starting Friday afternoon until about an hour ago I wrote 8,443 words in my story. That’s more words than I wrote in 2010 the whole year. Really. Probably more words than I wrote in 2009 and 2010 combined. Not kidding.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how I started 2012. How about you?

Posted in Creativity, Reaching Goals

Goals, Not Resolutions

New Years Resolutions-seems like it’s almost mandatory this time of year to lay out some ‘thou shalts’ for the coming year. But who actually follows through on those? Anyone? Me? Nope, never have. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that anything I label as a New Years Resolution will, in fact, fall by the wayside no later than January 15 of the given year.

But I do want to set some goals for myself that build on the goals I set and reached the last quarter of 2011. So how do I do that without incurring the New Years Resolution jinx? Maybe I can call them the ‘Continuation of 2011 Q4 Goals Based on Year End Reassessment.’ Catchy.

Whatever I call them, here they are:

1) Finish WIP by 1/31/12

2) Finish the rough drafts of two novels by 12/31/12

3) Blog three times each week

4) Enter Genesis

5) Write and submit six short stories by 12/31/12

That’s a lot of writing, a lot. I know I can do it. Setting and reaching monthly word count goals over the last three months of 2011 have given me some confidence. I have also learned from the experience that writing makes me a better writer. (Gee, where have I heard that before…)

That’s it-my list of goals for 2012.

Do you have any? Want to share?