Random Remarks

To make up for my pathetic post last week (all like 5 words of it..haha), I actually do have some updates for you guys.

I’ll start by telling you that I had an AMAZING time at Jeepin’ with Judd!  We were able to go on 5 trail rides and rode the moderate obstacle course.  It rained a good chunk of the day Saturday….but mud and Jeeps go together like peanut butter and jelly so this was obviously a non-issue.  This year’s event had a much bigger turnout than last years and there were some growing pains, but it was still a blast.  Here are some pictures for you!

Onto other things now.  My husband and I just had to deal with something that was so devastating to us.  It may seem silly to some of you, but it was a punch in the gut to us.  Early last week my husband came across a dog that the Sheriff’s office found running in and out of traffic on a busy highway.  They called animal control out and were told that she would likely be destroyed within two weeks because she was a pit mix.  Obviously, we couldn’t let that happen, so he brought her home with him.  We grew so incredibly attached to her in such a short amount of time.  She was THE BEST DOG EVER!  She was less than a year old, but was well behaved, housebroken, loving, affectionate, cuddly….just perfect.  Seems like it would be a no-brainer to keep her, but we had more factors in the equation to consider.  First off, we have two (almost) 16 year old cats that would absolutely disown us if we kept her.  We tried introducing them and it didn’t go well at all.  I know we could’ve given it time, but I really didn’t want to make their last few years of life miserable.  Secondly, we have an almost nonexistent yard.  She wouldn’t have room to run and play.  And third, we like to fly by the seat of our pants and didn’t think it would be fair to pass her off to babysitters so often.  Anyway…you know where this is going….we found a new home for her Wednesday.  We did update her on all her shots and got her all squared away with heartworm and flea prevention.  She’s in a wonderful home now and the new owner even named her Kelly (our last name) in honor of us saving her.  It still sucked and we both cried like little babies, but alas….it’s over.  Here’s Babygirl….n/k/a Kelly.

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I still miss her, but the new owner said we could visit anytime we want.

So while we were dealing with this whole dog drama, I got a phone call that my Grandma is going to be dying any day now.  Her last rites were even given.  So for the last two days, I’ve just been staring at my phone waiting for the inevitable.  It’s a terrible feeling.  I know that she is ready though and she lived a long life.  It also still sucks, but that’s life for you.

So believe it or not…..with all the ickiness lately, I do have a silver lining.  Book ideas have been flowing like hot lava lately.  I have one idea for a children’s book that I’m crazy excited about!  It’s something that hasn’t been done yet, but I see so many possibilities with it.  I’ll obviously have more on that as time passes.  I also came up with another idea that I’m really excited about for an adult fiction book.  I’m making my notes, but trying to focus on one thing at a time.  It’s just exciting for me because I was having such a tough time brainstorming stuff initially.  Now it’s just coming to me left and right.  Maybe with gloom comes gain.  I don’t know, but whatever it is, I’ll welcome it with open arms.

Another incredibly exciting bit of news……The Walking Dead starts in 2 days!!!!  Woohoo!!!

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I did it!  (Insert Round of Applause)

So it’s not even 6:00 am on Friday morning and I am on my way out the door to head to Jeepin’ with Judd!  So this will be my quickest post yet.  Please excuse any grammatical errors.  I just wanted to send you all a quick update.  I FINALLY HAVE A GREAT IDEA!  It’s for a children’s book and it’s not a poetry book, but I feel like it’s pretty darn brilliant!  I haven’t seen it done yet, which is an obstacle I kept encountering.  More on this later…..had to meet my one a month quota.  I’ll have some updated Jeepin pictures too!  Have a great weekend!

Friday Frills

Soooo…..I’m not gonna lie.  I have no idea what to post about today, but am trying my hardest to stick to my resolution of doing one post every week.  Technically, it has been over a week since my last, but I’m just aiming for one every work week, regardless of what day of the week.  So, here you go!  TA-DAAA!!

I don’t really have any exciting updates on my writing, other than I’m still doing it!  That is a huge accomplishment for me!  I’m not as excited about the direction of my book as I was when I started, but I am listening to the advice of brilliant minds and I am just going to keep writing!  I can always change things after it’s finished.  The goal is to just FINISH IT!

Other life updates…..

I’ve watched a few new movies lately.  I saw The Revenant, which was a great movie.  I swear I was freezing the entire movie, but that might’ve just been as a result of excellent cinematography.  Acting was great, storyline was great and scenery was amazing.  I’m not completely thrilled with the ending, but that’s just because I’m picky about endings.  I also saw The Martian finally.  Excellent film.  Matt Damon was wonderful.  FYI…I liked the ending.  Then, I saw Everest, which I also liked very much.  However, it reaffirmed to me that I will NEVER, EVER go climb any mountain, of any type, ever, ever, ever.  I am petrified of steep stuff and this movie is just  smothered in steep stuff.  It was sad though.  Last movie I saw this week…..and it’s an older one….Dazed and Confused.  It was a recommendation and I really liked it.  I’m not really sure why I haven’t watched it before, but better late than never I guess.

I’m failing a little on my resolution of five books a month.  I’m just about done with number two.  I guess I can still do it if I really try…..but I’m not too optimistic.

I guess the only other thing I have coming up is a Jeep trip that I’m really anxious for.  It’s called Jeepin’ with Judd and it’s a blast.  It’s just a 3 day event put on by the Sheriff of Polk County, Florida.

Here is a picture from last year’s event.  Our Jeep is second from the right.  This was just one tiny group on a trail ride.  There are a ton of more Jeeps that go to these events, but the trail rides are broken into small groups.

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Here’s another picture.  This is the hubby flexing on a ramp.

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The Jeep has undergone some modifications in the last year, so I will post some updated photos after this year’s event.

Anyway….sorry for this “filler” post, but I met my weekly “requirement,” so I’m happy.  As always, I appreciate you guys.

Anyone else have any fun stuff going on?

Inspiration in Life

There’s something I learned about this whole brainstorming process.  You can find inspiration in just about everything.  I have found myself listening to the lyrics of songs, reading descriptions of shows on television, people watching, thinking of old friends and looking at old pictures (amongst other things).  It’s actually pretty fun.  I’ve also been trying different methods on how to develop my story, such as starting with my characters rather than my plot.  This is all still a learning experience for me…but I’m enjoying every minute of it so far.  Also, since my blog was originally intended to share not only my journey with you, but also my life…I figured I’d share some more of my life with you now.

After looking at some of my old pictures, I got inspired to share one of my favorite trips with you.  Heck, thinking about this trip gave me inspiration for my story as well!  Anyway, as much as I am ridiculously obsessed with traveling, I haven’t done any outside of the US.  My funds have me strapped to the walls of the US.  I don’t mind though.  There are so many beautiful places to see and things to do right here in the good ol’ US of A.

So I’ve been to Vegas quite a few times over the years.  My last trip there however, was my absolute favorite.  My husband and I decided to spend most of our “Vegas vacation” outside of Vegas.  Go figure.  For those of you that have already been to Vegas, I would highly recommend you plan a “Vegas trip” and do the same thing.  Though we mostly scooter-pooped (yes, I did just say scooter-pooped) outside of Vegas, our hotel was in Vegas.  I mention that because I would also love to give a quick plug to our hotel because we really loved our room.  It was at the Elara, which is a Hilton Grand Vacations hotel.  It doesn’t have a casino, but is connected to Planet Hollywood, so there’s a casino there, along with tons of places to eat and shop.  The room was amazing though.  The service was great.  The room was huge and clean.  There were floor-to-ceiling windows, which, at the press of a button, brought down an 8 foot wide-screen for a HD home theater projector.  So yes, my spoiled butt got to watch the Superbowl on this heavenly screen.  The picture of the screen below was taken in the dark, but you get the idea.  So if you’re ever in Vegas, I would give this hotel a shot.  You won’t regret it.

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So technically, the first thing we did was actually in Vegas, but I still wanted to point it out because it was very cool and I would also recommend it.  It’s the Neon Boneyard.  It’s where all the old Vegas signs lay to rest.  It’s really a sight to see and makes for some really cool photo opportunities.

126 132So I lied…we did yet another thing in Vegas, which I thought was cool, but might not be everyone’s cup of tea.  It was the Mob Museum.  It’s really cool if you’re into that kind of stuff, which I am.  If you are, I’d stop for an hour or two.  So onto the non-Vegas sights.  Our first stop was a ghost town called Rhyolite.  It’s about 120 miles northwest of Vegas and was really an interesting place to visit.  A lot of the existing old structures, along with some of the artwork displayed outside, make it a must see!  It’s very close to Death Valley too, which was our next stop.  Might as well kill two birds with one stone.

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241248Next stop…..Area 51!  Don’t roll your eyes at me!  It was the bomb dot com.  Even though it’s an incredibly desolate (maybe a little boring at times) drive, I still had a blast!  Maybe it’s a mental thing.  Just the idea that you’re visiting Area 51 is kind of badass.  It feels a little dangerous too, which is always fun.  We had lunch at the notorious Little A’Le’Inn.  It’s nothing fancy, but the food was good and the shop was neat.  We also stopped at the “Black” Mailbox, which if you didn’t already know, isn’t black anymore.  Talking to a lot of the locals about their extraterrestrial experiences was a lot of fun too.  I really really really wish I could replay this day again.

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333 334 335The last two stops I’ll tell you about are Mt. Charleston and Lake Mead.  Mt. Charleston is only about 35 miles northwest of Vegas.  However, once you drive up the mountain (which has an elevation of 7500 feet), you’ll think you are in another state.  It’s gorgeous.  Not only is it a beautiful sight to see, the weather was amazing.  As many of you know, Vegas can get damn hot!  Like seriously…..holy crap hot.  On this particular day, the temperature gauge on our vehicle showed 117 degrees!!  Yes, you saw that right….117 degrees.    However, as we drove up the mountain, it dropped to 65 degrees.  Unbelievable!  For a gal from Florida, I was FREEZING!  We had lunch at a little resort on the mountain with incredible views.  We later visited Lake Mead, which was beautiful as well.  We didn’t do much while we were at Lake Mead other than sightsee, but we did really enjoy it.

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While we did quite a few more things while we were there, I just wanted to share the non-Vegas stuff.  It really was an amazing trip and hopefully some of you will try some of these places out.  THAT will be gratifying to me.