Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Updates On Challenges, Vows, Blood Oaths 'N Stuff



How am I doing on my TBR Challenge and "Vow Not To Purchase Any Etsy Items In September" and other goals? Hmmm......let's see.....

1.) I'm doing pretty well with the TBR Challenge so far. I only purchased one book, and it was 99 cents. Right now I am about to start a re-read of Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. It's not actually helping to decrease my TBR pile, but at least I didn't purchase anything new. So that's a tie I guess. By the way, this book inspired my pen-name: Penelope!

2.) As for my Etsy addiction...Well, I finally caved. What I wanted to buy: dog bed, dog tag, cool prints, felted bowls, adorable hat, pottery, and the most gorgeous tiara I have ever seen. (I know, I know....when the hell would I ever wear a tiara?) What I did buy....was one gorgeous pendant necklace with citrine and yellow mystic quartz on gold hoops. I love yellow things. Yellow is sunny and happy and positive and inspiring. (And I'm so full of sh*t because I'm trying to rationalize my purchase...hee hee!).

3.) My purge of old print romance novels will be taking place next week. I'm hauling about 600 old books to the used book store. I'll post pics of the traumatic event. Good times.....not.

4.) New Vow Starting Today: I gave up coffee. And I'm substituting.....dirty hot water herbal tea. Gulp. This day is gonna suck.

5.) Diet goals: I'm pushing for the 50-pound weight loss mark. I've been hovering at around 45 pounds down, and I'm having trouble moving past that. So this month I'm returning to my old, strict diet to see if I can jump-start the weight loss. Just me, some celery stix, and dirty hot water herbal tea. Did you know that Starbucks is now serving their pumpkin spice lattes? Sniff, sniff.

6.) Writing goals: Now that the kids are back in school, I can get back to work. I have a hot bearded lumberjack to write about. And a sad bearded farmer to write about. And some beardy Klaus brothers to write about. And finally, a bearded botanist. What do all these things have in common? That's right! They're all men. Good job.

Well, that's the wrap-up! Hope all yinz have a great day. I'm sure mine will be swell, as I drink dirty hot water herbal tea and munch on celery stix and manage a caffeine-withdrawal headache without motrin. I wonder when my new necklace will arrive?????

Ciao,
Penelope

12 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I just did a shelf purge myself. Though not nearly as momentous as yours. Good luck.

Amber Skyze said...

Oh I don't like dirty hot water. Yuck..yuck..yuck. My husband is always telling how great tea is for me. Can't choke it down. Sorry you're giving up coffee.
Beautiful necklace. :)

Penelope said...

Hi Juju! I'm going to bring my daughter with me to help unload the books. She will freak out when she sees this bookstore...it is ALL romance....hilarious!

Penelope said...

I am sorry too, Amber. But the coffee is killing me again. I know I'll feel better eventually on the herbal tea, but it is NO substitute for French roast. Sigh.

The necklace is so great! Maybe I need some ear-rings to go with it....hmm.......

Nina Pierce said...

I love the necklace. I haven't found my way over to Etsy and I think that's a good thing. I have an addiction to jewelry.

And why would you give up coffee??

JenM said...

I'm doing the exact opposite of you. After making it well into my 40's without drinking coffee, I've finally broken down and started drinking it. Why? Because the caffiene cuts down my morning munchies craving and is helping me diet. I also have a stubborn 5 lbs to lose that I've been working on for 6 mos now and I finally decided coffee was the way to do it. It's helped some and I'm hopeful that I can get it all of in the next month or two. Just have to stay away from the caramel frappucinos!

Penelope said...

Hi Nina! I can't wait to get my necklace!

Why would I give up coffee? Because I'm insane? Actually, it's for my health...I feel better when I'm not drinking coffee every day, but I sure did miss it this morning!

Penelope said...

Hi JenM! That is very interesting. Let me know if that works! I like cream in my coffee, so tea (which I drink with no cream or sugar) has less calories for me. But it sure doesn't give you the kick-start coffee does. There is one drink at Starbucks that has only 100 calories...I think the "skinny" latte...it's pretty good!

Hannah said...

Good luck with the book purge! I need to do one of those myself.

That's a beautiful necklace. It's too bad that the $$$ that you don't spend on etsy items that you want, isn't magically added to your bank account.

I'm drinking hot seaweed-infused water aka green tea right now even though I'd rather have coffee...or maybe a yummy mocha.

Penelope said...

Hi Hannah! Green tea really does taste like dirty hot water to me. I know it's really healthy, but I cannot stand the flavor. I usually drink a fruity herbal thing. Sigh.

Hannah said...

Penny, one herbal tea blend that I love is rooibos with masala chai spices. It tastes good to me unsweetened or with a bit of milk and honey. Nice when you need a break from fruity tea blends!

Penelope said...

Thanks for the tip, Hannah! That sounds good.