Friday Roundup for Week 9

succulentsAlready it is March. How is this possible? How is this possible?

This week has been, in a word, hectic. Because as it turns out, it’s difficult to balance working 24 hours with contract writing work and other fun stuff like doctor’s visits and movie screenings. (Hey, the movie was free and I wanted to go to it. Important all around.) Anyway, I’ve decided that I should go back to work at the eye doctor’s office once every six months. Enough to get me past the I-miss-my-coworkers phase and into the I-miss-my-charmed-life phase. Because guys? I miss my charmed life.

What I Read

  • Not too darn much to report this week. I did start Brown Girl Dreaming. I’m not a huge poetry person (read: I hate it) but this one has actually captured me. I think it’s the imagery. So glorious. Almost, almost inspirational. (Stay tuned for the release of Mennonite Girl Dreaming sometime around 2025. Hah.)
  • I read the first ten pages of this month’s Dropcap, Swann’s Way. Reporting in: it’s dense and has no good stopping places. Great. Not sure I’ll be able to finish it this month, but we’ll see. We shall see.
  • Current Moby Dick status: guys, killing whales is sad. I don’t want to hear about how clotted pieces of their insides come out through their expanding and contracting blowhole. It makes me want to cry.

What I Ate

  • Newest Uproxx craziness involves me living off my pantry for the next month. I’m already out of eggs, milk, onions, and all tomato products, so the next three weeks are going to be funnn. That said, I made this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala and it turned out luscious. Even with my weird substitutes like a half of a red onion for the whole onion, and a combination of tomato sauce and pizza sauce for all the canned diced tomatoes. And no cilantro. So sad. A month without cilantro.

What I Watched

  • Just the Oscars. I won my pool! I won the plastic trophy!
  • “What about that free movie screening you mentioned?” Well. It was supposed to be Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. But the thing wouldn’t download in time? Because apparently movies are downloaded into theaters these days? So after 45 minutes of waiting, the execs in charge of the screening finally told us it wasn’t happening, and that we could see any other movie in the theater that we wanted to. If it hadn’t been 7:45 on a school night I would have maybe taken them up on that offer. But as the case stood, there was nothing else I felt passionate enough about.

What I Wrote

  • Some stuff for Uproxx, including that sugar-free article. Next week I’ll have to double down to reach my projected quota of 20 articles. Yeep.
  • On Wednesday I was able to hop over to Panera and spend a good hour and a half working on Basically Yours. It was delightful. Especially because I kept getting interrupted by a group of old men asking questions like, “What is America’s largest underground aquifer?” (Ogallala, which I knew without having to Google. Go me.) Also, I’ve been keeping my scene doc open on my computer at work and adding things throughout the day. Ssh, don’t tell. It helps me keep my head in the game, though.
  • Exclusive Query agent has officially exceeded his 4-week-on-queries timeframe. Thank you, goodnight. I’m going to wait one more week before I give him a nudge. Honestly, I just want an answer. Say no, dang it. I need to start submitting to other agents!

What I Accomplished

  • I binged my way through all of Fuller House. You can guess how good I feel about that decision, especially giving my previous whining about how little time I had this week.
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