Monthly Archives: March 2012

Steampunk Midweek Motivation

Ok, not a motivational as such but definitely cute and seasonally appropriate:

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The Health Journey: Week 6

This week was so much better! I’m still having trouble getting back into the routine I was in before I got sick but I’ve made progress and that is always a good thing.

Having support from people who care about me helps a lot. 🙂

I am, of course, still super busy so not a lot of introspection this week, just numbers.

So, this weeks numbers:

Starting weight: 316.8 lbs
Week 6 weight: 300 lbs

total weight lost: 16.8 lbs

Yep, I lost the weight I gained and added a pound to it. I’m setting a goal for this week to break the 20 lbs lost barrier.

Let’s do this!

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Flash Fiction Friday: Bumming a Cigarette

She sat at the bar drinking faster than she wanted to and cursing the busybodies who had banned smoking in bars and restaurants. She could feel herself getting drunker and she was almost ready to step out into the cold for the nicotine fix she craved.
            Finishing her drink, she turned to find the pack of cigarettes and lighter in her purse. As she turned, a steely hand gripped her face and a strong set of lips set about plundering hers. His skill and her inebriation convinced her to return the increasingly heated kiss.
            When the kiss ended and the hand left her face, she opened her eyes to see the man on the barstool next to her; though not unattractive he wasn’t her usual type. That kiss, though, had taken the edge off her cigarette craving.
            “You looked like you needed something on your lips,” he said and touched them gently. “Wanna go outside and get a smoke?”
            “Yeah,” she grinned. “I was just thinking that.”
            He held the door for her as they stepped outside and cupped the end of the cigarette to keep the flame from going out.
            Inhaling a large drag, she turned to look up at the stars. The sky was clear, the air was cold and her senses were clouded with too much alcohol. When he first bit her, she thought somebody had punched her in the neck. By the time it occurred to her to struggle, darkness was crawling across her vision.
            As her bloodless body fell to the sidewalk, he took a drag from the cigarette he’d rescued from her nerveless fingers and contemplated the night sky through a pleasant buzz.

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Steampunk Midweek Motivation

Well, do ya? 

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The Health Journey: Week 5

Ah, week 5, you are so not my friend! If I was going to give myself a week off or a week of “fudging” it, it would have been this last week. I spent most of it bloated and icky feeling and craving chocolate. A craving I indulged way too much . . . and it showed.

D’oh!

I could blame the people around me for giving me the chocolate but the honest truth is that it’s my fault. I know better and I’m a grown adult who can make her own decisions. And I tried to make it harder to get to. Instead of being on the table, I put it in a cookie jar next to the refrigerator. That actually sort of worked because there’s some left lol.

The chocolate wasn’t the only cause, either. I spent most of 3 days curled up with a heating pad and did nothing physical if I could help it. While that allowed me to make some pretty big strides in my editing job, it did not help with the weight loss goal I’m working towards.

So, this week, I’m sticking to my shakes for breakfast and lunch and I’m watching my calories for dinner. I don’t really count calories, I couldn’t tell you exactly how many calories I ate today, but I have a calorie range that I’m shooting for and I’m going to try and stay near the bottom of it this week to see if I can’t make up for the monthly curse.

So, the numbers:

Starting weight:   316.8 pounds
Week 5 weight:  303 pounds

total weight lost: 13.8 pounds (yes, I did in fact gain 2 pounds this week)

pant size: 24

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Steampunk Sunday: Book Review: Steamed

Today’s review is going to be a quickie. Fair warning, I’ve been a fan of Katie MacAlister for a while now. I started with A Girls Guide to Vampires and I haven’t looked back. I’ve found most of her heroines to be clever, strong and real. She has a real gift for making her characters people you would expect to meet in real life and I’ve been shocked to get to the end of a book and remember that I’m reading. 
So, imagine my surprise when I pop into a bookstore to see if I left my cellphone there (I didn’t) and they’re putting a new Katie MacAlister book out. A quick glance and I realize it’s a Steampunk Katie MacAlister book. I’d never parted with my lunch money so fast. I was honestly a bit surprised, at least at first, that I hadn’t heard about it before that. I realized, though, that it was one of those strange hybrids that nobody knows what to do with. It was written by a romance novelist, and indeed was considered a romance by the publisher, but it was a subject that was only recently gaining much respect as a sub-genre. Forget asking for respect for romance books, apart from the fact that they’re about 60% of the books sold right now. 
The plot was fun and as original as any I’d seen in a romance book. I’m not a fan of pirate romance novels so maybe it’s old hat to the readers who are but it was new to me as somebody who reads voraciously. After a lab accident, Dr. Jack Fletcher finds himself in a parallel world. More specifically, he finds himself on the airship of Captain Olivia Pye. Because he’s wearing a shirt from a concert he attended the night before, The Airship Pirates, Captain Olivia initially thinks he’s a pirate. There’s much more involving a treasonous plot, airship pirates and a daring escape, but half the fun is reading the twists and turns that this book takes so I won’t spoil them here. Just wait until you find out what happened to her father!
The Steampunk part of the book felt a little bit like window dressing in parts but it’s treated seriously. The captain is dressed correctly, with her corset acting like the undergarment it is, and this is the only book I’ve read that has even addressed where the power source for the airship is coming from since they don’t carry huge amounts of coal. A little knowledge of Tesla and Edison make the answer a bit unsatisfactory but it’s at least attempted and for that I have to give her some respect. 
Yes, this is a romance novel but I wouldn’t let that keep you from picking it up (download it to your ereader of choice if you’re really worried about what other people will think) and enjoying a very well-written story. It is not a bodice ripping sex romp (because, really, a properly made bodice shouldn’t rip), so sorry if that’s what you’re looking for, but it is a good introduction to Steampunk novels. 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

A fun little song to remember part of what became a big problem. What can I say, I’m feeling a little morbid. 

I’ll be seeing these guys tonight as part of my yearly celebration. Yes, I realize this is a Christmas song, well, sorta. *evil laugh*

Enjoy the music!

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