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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday Musings--Did You Miss Me?

This was me on August 15th:
It was immediately after four different shoulder surgeries. My girl tabby was panicking because if something happened to me, she would probably never get fed again.

This was me on October 11th:
While I still have limited range of motion, I drove for the first time in eight weeks and I'm eating with my right hand again.

Thanks for all the good thoughts and help--I couldn't have done it without my stellar husband and super friends.

I did not get near what I wanted done. I learned I can't write well and I sure as hell can't edit when I'm on my serious painkillers. I can work through the pain for the twice weekly physical therapy and the twice a day exercises (seven exercises, up to 30 reps each with 1 or 2.5 pound weights).

While I get to try to kick some butt with the short term disabilities people tomorrow, I would like to thank Dr. Zach Hamby and his nurse Lois for all their help.

 I don't know when I go back to work. I don't know if I'll be going back full or part time. I do know I'll be going back to some training. I've missed my crazy co-workers. Two sent this today:
Love ya, April and Stephen!

I have found a lot of things as I've been playing on the interwebs.
This cat is saying, "Kill me, but not before I can kill you!"
I want to totally do this--plant catnip around my grave site so everyone will think I'm a cat god.

Mary Balogh posted this:

A Gentleman is simply a patient wolf. That is so my character Will. She made a funny, because one of her characters in the Simply series is named Wulf.

Christina Dodd posted this quote:
"I’ve had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? Because while you’re carrying a grudge, they’re out dancing." — Buddy Hackett

Mary Margaret loves anything cinnamon and I found this posted:

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, anyone? I LOVE making these! This is a requested recipe, so here we go! ONE HOUR CINNAMON ROLLS This recipe will yield 24 regular size rolls or around 12 HUGE rolls. I like mine huge, lol! Cut recipe in half for less. ~3 1/2 cups of warm water ~3/4 sugar ~1/2 cup of oil (vegetable is fine) ~6 tablespoons of quick rise yeast ~1 tablespoon of salt ~3 eggs ~10 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (yes, that's right, lol) CINNAMON SUGAR ~1 cup of sugar ~1 Tablespoon of cinnamon FROSTING ~1/2 cup of butter ~2 dashes of salt ~2 teaspoons of vanilla extract ~6 cups of powdered sugar ~milk (as needed) **An additional 1/2 cup of butter is needed (separated in half for each half of dough) for spreading on dough with cinnamon sugar. **Make a double batch of frosting if you like a lot of it. 1.) Mix first 4 ingredients together (water, sugar, oil, yeast) and let sit for 15 minutes. 2.) Then add the salt, eggs and flour. Mix together for 10 minutes, then let sit for 10 minutes. 3.) Oil counter or cutting board and dump out dough. Divide dough in half. 4.) Roll out one half into rectangle. Spread with 1/4 cup melted butter and then half of cinnamon sugar mixture. 5.) Roll up tight, but not too tight. 6.) Divide into 12 rolls and place on greased cookie sheet. Let rise on cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Cut dough in half, cut halves in half, etc. 7.) Repeat with other half of dough. 8.) Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees. Enjoy! 󾁅ℓσтυѕ󾁅

I had one of my characters who loves to cook make these for a visit to his girlfriend's parents (Mary Margaret is her mother).

My alter ego was fascinated by science fiction author David Gerrold's Facebook post about a quiz on "Which Science Fiction Author Are You?" and I looked up the website and posted it (at He shared my post and that my quiz results showed I was Greg Benford. Quite a thrill as I loved his Timescape. Later in the post, Greg Benford posted that his results showed he was Arthur C. Clarke! It was interesting to see the different styles/philosophies for the different authors as the result of the quiz.

So, I've been keeping busy. I've been transcribing a notebook I had upstairs by the bed and rediscovered some powerful and fun writing. I've kept a notebook with what happened each day, if we went out to eat or I started some new exercise, etc. The first few days were pretty pitiful. Most importantly, as I weaned myself off pain pills, I started a final deep edit of my first book, 7 Days: Will and Elizabeth.

But I missed blogging and apologize for the previous posts that were written while under the influence. Will you forgive me?