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I took Ben on a tour and tasting at a local chocolate "factory" yesterday. I use the quotes because the facility is very very small. I had visions of our experience at the Ben and Jerry's Factory tour and the chocolate factory is, like, the size of my living and dining room. So there were a few minutes where we had to adjust our expectations and settle into the reality of the actual experience. But from then on, it was wonderful! We learned a ton about chocolate making and even got to help with some of it. We took all kinds of silly pictures but they were on old-school disposable cameras and I haven't gotten them developed yet.

In other news, I've been making slow progress with my current WIP. It's been especially difficult to carve time out of my schedule to write over the past several months. Wait, let me amend that--to carve time out of my schedule when my brain is still functioning. My day job has spilled over into my personal life and I'm trying to reclaim my personal time for myself. It's a slow process. :)

In other other news, this week marks the first of a six week commitment I've made to myself to exercise, for real. I've done some off-and-on jags with the elliptical machine in the past but this time I'm getting serious and committing to at least 3 times a week and including weights. I know it's going to suck and I'm going to hate every moment of it for a while but I'm hoping that if I press myself through six weeks of it, I'll get past that point to where I at least don't hate it and it feels a little more habitual and integrated into my life, versus some sort of looming Olympic challenge. My first workout is planned for tomorrow. Fingers crossed!



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Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
You can do it--I seem to recall that Neil Gaiman made exercise bearable by listening to good books on tape (he went for the long classics). Some sort of reward like that helps me get through my bike work-out when I'm in school.

But whatever you do--good for you for committing to regular exercise. I need to do more of that. One yoga class per week is something, but not enough.

Good luck with the reclaiming of writing time, too.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm not a big audiobooks fan (I mean personally - I love audiobooks as a concept/industry) but I've been watching stuff on my husband's iPad and that has definitely made the elliptical time more bearable.

Thanks for the encouragement!
Jul. 3rd, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
Good luck with everything!
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jul. 3rd, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Nice to "see" you again, my dear.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Terri! Dahling, I've missed you. :)
Jul. 3rd, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your writing and exercise regimen. I have my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for you.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks Angela! :)
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