2013-10-14

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving ~ a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year



Today is the actual Thanksgiving Day for us Canadians, while my American friends also get the day off for Columbus Day. And you know what I find grossly unfair? We don't get a corresponding day off for the American Thanksgiving in November. What's up with that??

In honour of it being a statutory holiday, I declare today to be a pajama day. And I'm not going to do anything more strenuous than make a cup of tea. :-)

Saturday I spent the day baking pies and cheese cake - one apple pie and three large apple tarts; one very large pumpkin pie, two large pumpkin tarts, and twelve pumpkin tartlets; and two pumpkin cheesecakes (one was for the daughter's birthday Saturday). And the reason I ended up with so much pie is because I mis-judged the fillings and didn't want to waste anything.

Then yesterday I was up at 9 a.m. and pretty much stayed in the kitchen the whole day. I really wish I'd thought to take pictures of all the food on the dinner table, but I was too busy ferrying dishes in and out of the kitchen. Suffice it to say, no one left my table hungry. :-)

And we still ended up with a pile of leftovers - pie, potatoes, and turkey. Lots and lots of lovely turkey. And tonight we will be enjoying our traditional post-turkey day supper: club sandwiches. Mmmm, I can smell the bacon sizzling now. ;-)

Blog Stuff For the Week:
Tuesday: The series on the Major Arcana is finished. Join me this week for the first in my series on the Zodiac.
Wednesday:
A new hump day hunk for your viewing pleasure. ;-)
Thursday: Chapter 87 of Water. Will Ravi end up back in Dr. Arjun's clutches? Find out in this week's chapter!
Friday: I enjoyed my Halloween ramble so much that I'm going to do another one this week.

And speaking of Halloween . . . Don't forget to check out Alex Westhaven's Month O'Screams! There's lots of great, sometimes scary, stuff for you to check out. Leave a comment for a chance to win a great prize!

Other Stuff

This week's TraxTime report runs from October 06 through October 13.
Crafts - 20 hours and 10 minutes ~ way up from 13 hrs and 19 min
Emails - 6 hours and 12 minutes ~ down from 8 hrs and 54 min
Games - 8 hours and 47 minutes ~ way up from 4 hrs and 02 min
Reading - 2 hour and 50 minutes ~ way down from 7 hr and 50 min
Non-fiction - 8 hours and 35 minutes ~ down from 11 hrs and 12 min
Fiction - 8 hours and 02 minutes ~ down from 7 hrs and 10 min
Editing - 1 hours and 57 minutes ~ way down from 5 hrs and 20 min

I spent a heck of a lot of time knitting last week, but it was all worth it. See what I finished?



As you can see by the picture I need to re-do the ribbing around the neck, but I think I'll wait until I finish my second one. Don't expect me to keep up this kind of crafting time. I really had a push on to finish that sweater, just to prove to myself I could do it. I've never done a Fair Isle before. But now that I have I should be able to take my time with my next one.

Less impressive is the fact that my gaming time doubled from the week before. I blame this entirely on my newly re-discovered love of Nethack. It has over a hundred levels to it - I've made it to level 10 so far. Previously my highest (or maybe that should be lowest because you're travelling down into a dungeon) level was around 33. Honestly, you really need to give it a try. You can download it HERE.

I'm a little surprised my fiction time wasn't higher - I'm starting to get serious about the re-writes for Water and I thought I'd spent more time than that working on it. Although I have to admit a large part of that time involved sitting and staring into space while trying to come up with journal entries to start each chapter.

Water will be my main focus this week - specifically, those pesky journal entries. I need to be as single minded about my writing as I was with that sweater.

One of the things I'd like to keep track of this week is the number of words I'm writing. It's all well and good to spend, say, two hours writing a post on the Tarot. But how many words am I actually writing in that two hours? Inquiring minds want to know. And if the results aren't too embarrassing, I might even share the words here. :-)

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