The first thing I did this morning was 15 minutes of Write or Die Desktop Edition, and quickly knocked out 448 words for the novel. I added a sentence here or there later in the morning, for a total of 535 more words for the novel. Since I WON NANOWRIMO YESTERDAY, the pressure is off, and I had a bunch of other things I wanted/needed to do today. Here, in no particular order, are some of the things that occupied my time today besides working on my novel:
- Ran 6.39 miles very slowly (1:04:04). It was my first run since Nov. 17, and my longest since Oct. 25. I lost a lot of speed (and muscle) in the month spent in front of the computer every waking moment, and it will take a little while to get it back.
- Read a little of the Sunday New York Times for the first time in mumble mumble.
- Worked. I’ve got a lot going on at the office (and out of town) between now and Christmas.
- Went to lunch with the Siren and the kids at the diner for the first time in weeks.
- Played Sorry with the kids while the Siren went to the supermarket to buy more butter, flour, and sugar for NaCoBakMo.
- Went to the supermarket after the Sorry game to pick up the dishwasher detergent that the Siren forgot so she could focus on baking cookies.
- Worked some more.
- Listened to Christmas music. The Hanukkah music comes later, closer to the holiday itself, because there isn’t as much of it that I like.
- Ate some cookies before dinner.
- Listened to the first episode of The Cinnamon Bear with the family during dinner.
- Ate some more cookies for dessert.
- Got the kids to bed.
- Worked more.
- Had one last cookie.
- Paid our property taxes.
- Told the kids to go back to bed.
As much as I enjoyed NaNoWriMo, and I did, it’s good to be able to do a few other things, too.
IMPORTANT: You may have noticed my references to NaCoBakMo and eating cookies, lots of delicious cookies. The love of my life, the Green-Eyed Siren, has started the first ever National Cookie Baking Month to raise money for our neighborhood anti-hunger charity, the Irving Park Community Food Pantry. You can read about Day 1 here, and Day 2 here. She’s baking cookies every day from now through Christmas Eve, and will send a batch to everyone who donates $25 to the IPCFP before then and emails her the receipt. Please participate so that I don’t end up eating all of these cookies myself. To encourage you further (although if you’ve ever tasted the Siren’s cooking, you would need no further incentive), we’ll match the first $500 in donations. Get off my blog and over to hers to read the details and see pictures of the delectable dainties as she makes them.
FINALLY, I leave you with The NaNoWriMo Song, because it’s awesome: