Last night I completed NaNoWriMo! I can’t believe I finished writing 50,000 words. In the beginning of the month, I started the project just to see how far I could go. Writing a book was always the farthest from my mind. I never saw myself as an ‘author’. And while I’m still not at that stage, it’s certainly a big step toward something toward being an author. I was able to write the minimun (1,600 words) every night. Yesterday I wrote the final word count: 3,377 words. It involved writing during my break at work, and getting to the project as soon as I got home. I needed to validate the count after everything was done.
This month showed that I can truly write an extensive amount every day. Now during December and January, I can edit my project. I’ll probably start that in the middle of December. For now, I can resume my reading schedule. There’s so many exciting books to read.
The days are getting colder…not that much to be inside all the time, but a chill is definitely in the air. I’m taking advantage of all the seasonable days I have. Winter will be here before we know it.
I got in contact with my cousin yesterday, to see if we can get together to find shoes for my wedding. It’s so impossible to get in touch with her for anything, but she and her daughter will be in the wedding, so I would like for her to be involved in some way. I will see what transpires.
Only a couple more days for NaNoWriMo. The toughest part of finishing up a writing project is finding a conclusion. I’m just about at that point. I’m still making good time, but it’s a bit tricky. Good thing that it’s just a draft. I would love to be done and over with though!
I finally reached my grandfather yesterday, during my break. He’s still not feeling his best, but we were able to talk for a few minutes. He did tell me about a close family friend (in Puerto Rico) wno’s nearing the end of his life. This was very sad for me to hear, since he’s always fun to be around with whenever came back to visit us. Life truly does change before you know it.
I realized before I went to bed that I forgot to call home to check on my grandfather. I meant to call him yesterday…I did my check in on the family on Saturday and Sunday, and both times he was away (he loves being out of the house the moment he’s feeling well), and I meant to check-in again today. Of course the events of Monday flows in…and before you know it, 10pm is here. So I’m setting that reminder for this afternoon, when my break comes.
I’m listening to a YouTube video right now, where the person straightened his hair recently also! He filmed this clip hours earlier, so he was sharing that he was living his ‘straight hair’ moment. I’m certainly living that now for the next couple days, since I know it’s over the moment I wash it out, and it’ll be weeks before I get it straightened again. Unless I dare to take heat to my hair again sooner than my appointment in January. I’ll see how I’m feeling in December.
Yesterday was a rare trip up to northern New Jersey on a Sunday. I went to get my hair color done, and a trim. The hairdresser asked if I wanted it shorter…which I never do, but they need to ask anyway. I always love how the end result comes out. In these past few months, I’ve only been using heat on my hair whenever I go to the hairdresser. All the other times in between I let it dry naturally. I only get my hair done once every few weeks, so it’s fine. I love having the straight hair look once again, if only for a couple days.
After the appointment, Andy and I had lunch in Hawthorne, then drove around the area. During my youth, my family would go shopping in Hawthorne. It was fun to reflect on the places I used to go to, and what places were no longer there. Being up in North Jersey always accompanies a twinge of wistfulness. A part of me always wishes that I lived closer to the northern area. For now, I cherish these times that we travel to the north NJ area.
Just a few days left for NaNoWriMo! I’m glad that I’ve kept up with the task of writing 50,000 words for this long. Now comes the true test of seeing this project through to the end. I so look forward to getting this completed.
This morning Andy and I are heading to North Jersey so I can get my hair done. The person that does my hair actually listens to what I need done, not take another path in hair color. We need to travel an hour away from where I live, but it’s worth it. Thankfully, Andy doesn’t mind the trip.
I’m writing this a couple hours after I intended to, but it’s okay. I had a well-deserved rest after heading to the lab this morning. It’s kinda rough getting up early on a Saturday, but it’s also nice that this lab has hours that accomodate my work schedule. So early Saturday appointment it is. It also helps that the phlebotomist was an easy going person, makes the process quicker. Anyway, this is my routine every 3 months, in order to stay on top of my health. Now it’s waiting until early next week for the results.
It’s crazy hearing about the Black Friday shooting in Jersey Gardens. I’m just happy that there were no fatalities, and the one person who got shot was treated quickly (nj.com reported that one person was shot in the wrist). I really don’t understand how people can act so foolishly in a public place, and bring weapons with them. Hopefully it will a peaceful, uneventful weekend.
Today Andy and I are getting ready to head to a Star Wars production down the shore. We’re going to watch A New Hope, with an orchestra playing the music throughout the entire film. I love the first Star Wars trilogy, so it should be a fun time experiencing the movie with an orchestra. It beats heading to the mall. Malls get insane on Black Friday!
Thanksgiving in Paterson was very entertaining. My niece Ana has really come into her own. School has benefitted her in speaking her mind, and she’s certainly the ‘leader’ among her cousins and friends! The most adorable thing I noticed is that all of the girls at the house had the same curly hairstyle. I thought it was wonderful that their moms embraced their natural hair, and they’re all wearing it proudly! I’m much more relaxed about hair, especially since I know how to care for my wavy hair more easily.
It was great seeing my grandparents as well. My grandfather has not been feeling his best these past few months, so it’s been such a gift to spend time with him. He will be 90 next year. Most of the time he says ‘I’m waiting for ‘the trip’ right now’, with regards to his health. It’s hard for us to hear him speak that way, and most of time we wave our hands and say, ‘come on, you still have a lot of life left’. Yet we all know that life always changes. It’s difficult for me to see him not as active as he once was. So I cherish the time we do spend together, especially holiday celebrations.
The things that I’m thankful for:
- Celebrating this holiday with my grandparents in Paterson for another year
- Seeing my niece as a 4 year old. She’s getting so big!
- Being with my fiance and his family
- Having a place to call home
- Planning a wedding for August
It’s the final third of NaNoWriMo. I’m really excited about that. I’ve been doing my best in writing every day. It will be fun to finally upload my whole draft onto the site. I’ll just need to move a couple things around before submitting it. Hopefully it won’t require a million hoops to validate it. I will look through it this weekend.
Tomorrow will be exciting, since I’ll be seeing my family in Paterson. It will be great seeing my grandparents and niece. I’ll be able to bring them some keepsakes also.
Everything worked out with the medical stuff yeaterday. It always takes a wait longer than I anticipated, but everything checked out, thankfully.
Tonight can’t come soon enough!