Jennifer Lyon

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Weekend Roundup

The highlight of my weekend was seeing Turbo–of course! He’s so eager to see us now, but the true shining moment for me was when I hugged him goodbye:

It looks awkward because he refused to let me go. I tried to set him down a couple of times, but he’d developed a serious case of spaghetti legs. Then he got a fist full of my shirt, and held on. He didn’t cry, he just didn’t want to let go of Grandma :-) It was sooo cute! He’s 23 months old and already knows he has Grandma wrapped around his finger.

When he’s not being a drama boy, his motto in life is pretty much: “Why walk when you can run!” He’s a fountain of energy!

Oh, and if you look down and to the right in that picture, you’ll see Max, the youngest of CPA Boy and Special K’s dogs. Max has had two major back surgeries and is partially paralyzed, which is why he’s on wheels. Max zooms around just fine on his wheels all day long. The only time he gets cranky is when they take his wheels off and make him rest, LOL!

Sunday, I did two things. First, I’ve met my goal of  doing stretch and strengthening exercises every morning when I get up at 5:30 for 6 weeks, so I bought myself another pair of exercise pants for going to the gym. It doesn’t sound exciting, but that was what I wanted, and it helps me stay motivated. I’ve been pretty committed to walking Maggie (often twice a day), going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week if I can, and doing these morning exercises. However, because I’m not long a youngin’, I’ve developed some soreness in my hip that I’ll have to work around that this week.

The second thing I did is made some progress on the book. I just keep telling myself to let Justice and Liza tell their story, and I really REALLY want to do this. It’s the hill I have to climb to get to the other side and recapture my writing mojo. I just love both this story, and writing, too much to stop. I have to mention that the exercise discipline is beginning to spill over into writing discipline. I knew it would, but I can’t tell you exactly why. My best guess is that physical exercise rests my brain from the tinnitus that constantly rings in my head when I stop. I really don’t hear it when I’m moving enough. In any ways, it doesn’t matter why it works as long as it helps!

So that was my weekend, how was yours? As always, I really do want to know!

6 comments to “Weekend Roundup”

  1. B.E. Sanderson
    February 24th, 2020 at 7:11 am · Link

    Awwww, Turbo loves his Grandma. So cute! Yay for Max! Yay for sticking to your exercise goal! (Boo for the sore hip, though. I hate that.) Yay for writing progress!! Yep, get out of your characters’ ways. You’ve got this!

    I only have about 45 pages more to edit and then a read through before I send this book off to people. Other than that, I read. I baked a couple of new recipes – one meh and one winner. The Iranian rolls were a bust – not bad, just not worth the effort. The chocolate oil cake was awesome, though. Topped it with vanilla buttercream, which was good. We still don’t have any ice cream though. I’ve been nearly two month sans ice cream. I almost ran out and bought some yesterday, because cake. The Kid called yesterday. Her first semester at Eastern Michigan U is going well – As and Bs in her courses – and she’s making friends. Yay. It’s a little weird for her since she’s 26 and most everyone else there is 18-22, but she rolling with it.

  2. Silver James
    February 24th, 2020 at 8:59 am · Link

    What B.E. said in response tor your updates. Yeah, I’m lazy this morning. 🤣 OH! I do have something to say about the tinnitus, as LG also suffers from it. We ended up watching “Paranormal Caught on Camera” yesterday evening and one of the “investigators” (I have to use that term loosely because the kid was wearing skinny jeans and his waistline was around his groin!) mentioned that his ear always started ringing right before something significant happened. One of the in-studio “experts” agreed, saying that ear ringing was a sure sign of paranormal activity. Greg looked at me and in a very grave voice intoned, “Maybe I have a personal haunting.” Then we both burst out laughing. So…maybe YOU have a personal haunting! I’d look into that. 😜

    I mostly vegged this weekend. Totally unexciting. I did minor work. Had a reader make a suggestion about a book list/family tree type thing since 4 of my series are sort of interrelated. It’s probably a good idea but the time involved–because I’d have to read all the books and figure out spreadsheets to list characters and events and…my head exploded about that time and I crawled back into bed.

    The weather can’t decide if it wants to be spring or winter. Typical.

    Since I totally vegged this weekend, not much to report. I get Stormy time this afternoon. He tells me all about his day when we’re in the car and I just nod and say, “Wow!”, “Really?”, “Cool!” and “That sounds fun!” at the appropriate pauses. 🤣

    Have a great week, everyone! Possibilities, y’all, possibilities!

  3. Viki S.
    February 24th, 2020 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Turbo really loves his grandma :). How sweet that he took hold and wouldn’t let go.

    Thanks for having Max in the photo too. Your son and DIL are such wonderful pet parents. The fact that they have to force Max to rest is a testament to their love and dedication to all of their family :). Ya did good Ma ;).

    Good job with keeping with the routine! I’d get new workout pants too. I like things that are useful as a reward too.

    I can see how your exercise discipline would help with writing. I find that routine and order become a part of my entire life.

    Well, my water is still awful. They replaced everything and it is horrid. Supposedly it should straighten out in 10 days. I don’t buy it. I’ve had these systems for 23+ years and never had such a mess. The guy who installed everything is coming out tomorrow. I was on the phone with him this morning and boy did I get pissy and then he did too. That didn’t fly. I’m the customer and just gave them $6K and I let him KNOW IT.

    Oh well.

    Dinner Sat. with Harrison was a blast. He loves Applebee’s and let them all know it ;). This Sat. we’re all going to PF Chang’s for Harrison’s mom’s birthday dinner. It will be a week early but that’s okay. Trying to get all of us together gets more and more difficult.

    Have a great afternoon!

  4. Jenn
    February 24th, 2020 at 6:57 pm · Link

    B.E, thanks! Turbo obviously made me a happy Grandma :-) And for writing, I’m trying to stay in forward motion.

    Wow you had more going on that you realize! So, AMAZING work on your book, it’s almost ready for your team to dig in. That a huge thing!

    Baking, sorry the rolls weren’t worth it. I love bread but it’s a lot of work, so if it’s not super yummy, then not worth it. And chocolate cake is always a win!

    You’ve been very disciplined on your no ice cream! Maybe buy a small amount once in a while?

    Huge KUDOS to your daughter! If hse hangs in there, she may be surprised to find other people closer to her age. Not everyone can or will go to college right out of high school. But she’s doing wonderful and you must be very proud!

    Hope Monday was good to you!

  5. Jenn
    February 24th, 2020 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Silver, LOL on tinnitus! I’ve been telling Wizard for a year that I’m hearing extraterrestrials (or other beings) and just can’t decipher it…yet. Maybe one day!

    Series/character bibles and family trees give me a migraine and I don’t get migraines, so I feel your pain on that suggestion. It’s a good idea, but I’d probably crawl back into bed too.

    I remember the days of listening to my kids yammer on about their days or whatever. i’m sure I’ll be doing the same with Turbo just like you do with Stormy. I hope the two of you had a great day together!

    Now lets all go capture the week’s possibilities!

  6. Jenn
    February 24th, 2020 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Viki, thanks! I’ve waited two years for the moment when Turbo held onto grandma and it was worth every moment of waiting.

    I believe that discipline in one area definitely spills over. And exercise helps us feel better to tackle projects too.

    Thanks on CPA Boy and Special K with Max. it’s not easy, he’s a special needs dog for sure, but they make it work and he’s a happy boy. He’s going to teach Turbo kindness and compassion too, so Max has an important role in their family.

    I don’t know anything about the water system you’re using, but I’d be really upset too. I can’t image why the water is so bad. Is the whole system faulty somehow? Or just poor filtration? I really hope you can get it resolved.

    It’s so cute the Harrison loves Applebee’s! It sounds like he was charming the staff there. I hope he enjoys PF Chang’s just as much.

    Boy I hear you on trying to get family together to celebrate. I don’t even try during tax season.

    I hope you can get the water system fixed this week and not have to think about it anymore!

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