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Writer’s Block Over: Reclaiming the Time

It has been forever since I actually sat down and intentionally wrote a blog post. I’ve written a dozen or more articles in my head, but they’ve never made it onto paper…let alone the blog. It’s felt like writer’s block, and for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s been an incredibly busy season in our lives–between work, school and church schedules; holidays and family time; and finishing up the back room project, on top of a water main breaking.
  2. We’ve had a season of sickness–about six weeks each during the holidays. (We’re both finally feeling better!)
  3. This particular season at work is recruiting and conference planning season, so it’s been especially busy; and when you add the general busyness to this, along with the lack of sleep from being sick, I was too tired to even think about writing.
  4. I think the fatigue and overall winter gloom made me lethargic; when I got home from work, the only thing I felt I had energy to do was watch TV, and that’s what I did.

So, though the season of busyness is not over yet, the sickness and fatigue is waining, and I’ve had more energy to want to think creatively again. Plus, I’ve been asked to write emails, manuals, and some ads at work recently, so I want to make sure I don’t lose my craft. And the only ways to do that are reading and writing.

I went to a book party last night, and it really encouraged me to start reading again. The last few novels I’ve picked up to read have kind of been flops that I’ve abandoned towards the beginning, so I was happy to get a highly recommended book to break the rut.

And if I want to have time to read and write, something else has got to go. So, as I talked with Bryan last night, I decided the thing that was getting the boot (for me) was television–at least for the month of February! That means watching on the TV, over the internet, Netflix, sports, movies, everything–it’s got to go if I’m going to reclaim my time! And Bryan’s promised to help me. 

I’ve been thinking about pulling the plug on television for a while now. It started with an interview our pastor did of a dear lady who turned 100 last year! She said one of the best decisions she made to improve her prayer life was not watching TV–and she doesn’t feel like she’s missed anything! I haven’t been able to shake that thought. Then our shepherding group leaders have been talking a lot recently about getting rid of everything that’s a non-essential: whether that means eliminating daily distractions or even as drastic as downsizing their home to give them more time to serve and less time working on a big, beautiful yard. Don’t get me wrong, God can use your time in the yard for His glory and He can show you the beauty of His creation through your work in it, but there’s a time and season for everything, and they have some good points.

So, I’m going to do my best to break the couch potato habit; and I’m not promising I’ll write every day, but I am promising that I will either read or write (or maybe a little of both) for at least a little while each evening. I’m also hoping that this will be an encouragement to my soul (as opposed to the needless drama of fictional characters and lack of edification on most shows these days).

I’m Back from My Blogger Break!

I’m back from my blogger break, and doing well! Both tests went off without a hitch, so the hours of studying were definitely worth it. Anatomy Test was over Muscles, Bones, and Nerves. Nutrition was over Healthy Lifestyles, Sports Nutrition, and Eating Disorders. So, a lot of really good material all crammed into one week. But it’s worth it. I have class tonight, and then we get a full week break next week for July 4 Holiday! Yeah for a much needed break!

So, here’s an update on some weekend meal plans:

Saturday: I was quite pleased. I was only 2 grams over on carbs and 1 gram over on fat, but still within calorie and protein ranges, and I got a lot of vitamins and minerals today. Plus, I worked out and did a lot of studying.

Breakfast was 4 oz. 2% organic milk, 1 mini spinach-bacon-mushroom quiche, 1/3 c. blueberries, and 1/3 c. strawberries with 1 tsp. of raw sugar, and 2.5 c. of coffee with skinny caramel creamer.

Lunch was another slice of quiche and a bowl of leftover broccoli soup.

I had 2 c. of kale with 2 Tbsp. of organic ketchup for a snack.

Dinner was 1 c. grapenuts cereal, 1/3 c. blueberries, and 1 c. blueberry kefir (a yogurt drink).

Sunday: Yeah for thinking ahead. I know we have plans to have pizza with friends tonight, so I’m planning ahead to balance out the day. I was well within every range except for being a little high on protein, but not too excessive.

Breakfast: 1 slice quiche, 1/3 c. blueberries, 1/3 c. strawberries, and 1 c. coffee with skinny caramel creamer again.

Lunch: 3 oz. pork tenderloin, 1 c. mashed potatoes, 10 asparagus, 2 sliced roma tomatoes.

Dinner: 2 slices cheese pizza, veggie tray (carrots, cucumbers, and red pepper strips) with a Tbsp. of hummus, and blueberry salsa (recipe to come) with low-fat, baked tortilla chips. Okay, I also had a piece of cookie bar, but I was still within ranges.

Monday and Tuesday were good too, but I won’t bore you with the details. They basically mimicked the two days above. 🙂

Blogger Break – until Wednesday

I have a big test on Monday followed by a big test that’s due by midnight on Tuesday. So, this is what I’ll be staring at for the next several days.

My New "BFFs": Meet MacBook, Anatomy Book, and Nutrition Book!

Meanwhile, I’m taking a break from the blog. Should we pass 4,000 hits (almost there!), we will have a guest blogger, Carissa Davis! I’m very excited about what she has to share with us all! So, stay tuned!

Blogger Break: Happy Memorial Day!

Blogging = Work; While I Take a Break, Check This New Blog Out!

Happy Memorial Day! Take some time to celebrate the freedoms we have and those who fought and died so we could have them!

Monday is a day of no school, no work, and no blogging. Just a chance to regroup and remember. Be back soon! ~Mel

(Note: Photo links to a new blog for the new “Cooking Channel” network: http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/.)