This month has brought a lot of inactivity on the reading/writing front. Most of it has been due to health issues, and feeling stressed out from said problems. Planning a wedding has also brought its share of uncertainty, due to a dear family member (who is in the bridal party) neglecting her responsibility. Since I grew up with her, I should have expected that. Still annoying though!
I hope to become more attentive on what I truly need in my life in the coming weeks. Things with my health have begun taking a positive turn, and I hope to see other good changes soon. And I’m looking to get back into reading this week. Small steps.
I’m about 70% through with ‘The Oyster Thief’. I enjoy this underwater tale, and the world building within ocean territory is stunning. I am finding the story to be a bit traditional , the dialogue between the main character and her family a bit traditional in the modest sense. I’m eager to see how this story ends!
I’m slowly making my way through ‘One Day in December’. As endearing as the love story aspect is between Laurie and Jack, I’m having a rough time getting through the story. I do want to finish the book though, tired expressions and all. I’m hoping to finish the book by the weekend.
The free time passes by so quickly! It seemed like Friday was only a few hours ago, and now I’m up at 5am once more, readying myself for work. I did have a relaxing time with relatives and reading. Ana is growing so quickly! She’s even talking more clearly, the ‘child-like’ sound of her speech fading away. I felt a bit wistful whenever I heard her speak. Her mom is still convinced that she bears no resemblance to her. I see Ana’s recent smiling photos, and a younger version of Brittany still looks back at me. It makes me laugh.
One thing I need to do is arrange a time for Brittany and Joyce (the other bridesmaid in my wedding) to get together and coordinate. I don’t necessarily think of minute details, aside from dressing in the color I gave them. Everyone else is concerned about matching outfits though. So the three of us can meet, and they can work out that detail. If Brittany can pin down a time to meet up.
It’s amazing that 2018 is coming to a close soon! The year has flown by quickly. I began the year in a period of uncertainty, and it’s ending with a (somewhat) clear goal. I’m definitely going to reflect on this further. I’m not going to write about my year just yet…there are 12 days left in 2018, and a lot can happen!
I’ve been hearing about a lot of changes in the NY Mets these past couple weeks. It certainly sounds like a different team will materialize, with all the changes to the roster taking place. There’s also the mystery with Wilmer Flores and where he will turn up. Hopefully he will stay with the team in the minor leagues. Spring training seems so far away!
Last night I spoke to my best friend from Puerto Rico. We shared about how the life paths my cousin and her niece have taken, who were born two months apart, are very different. It’s been 13 years since I last saw her niece, and she’s made a successful life for herself. Had my cousin Brittany held more confidence in her abilities to succeed in school, her life path would have taken a similar, positive turn to Christine’s.
I’m going to call my friend again on Saturday. It will be her birthday on that day. Her goal is to head out to the casino, so hopefully she can achieve her goal this weekend.
For some reason, my CPR card at work will not appear in my email! It’s been two weeks since I’ve taken the course, and I still haven’t received the email that holds the card digitally. I’ve checked every folder in my email, even the Spam folder, but no luck. I even checked the email handle that it’s attached to, but nothing. It’s quite a mystery.
I wish we can receive a card in person, right when we complete the course. I miss those days!
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.
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.
One thing that I’m relieved about with my NaNoWriMo progress is that I’m more relaxed about writing ‘a draft’ as oppised to a finished product. I usually get so consumed with everything looking perfect, but working on draft only requires that you put the thread of your ideas down on paper. Granted, you do need to have to ensure that your characters have some form of growth. The main point is that you need to get your ideas down on paper. At least, that’s what’s working for me thus far.