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The CrockPot Method

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I got an Instant Pot for Christmas.

It only took me about two months to take it out of the box.

Keep in mind–this is a gift I said I wanted at some point in 2018. And my husband remembered that and bought it for me. My friends who had one said it was great for getting food on the table fast on busy days. It seemed like a way to get rid of some of the extra cookware in the kitchen–I wouldn’t need my rice cooker and CrockPot anymore, and maybe I could even ditch the red Dutch oven that I love so much.

My current favorite cooking implement.
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Spun Like a Possum

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Well. That month went by fast.

Or not too fast. I guess it depends on one’s perspective.

A few weeks ago, I was coming home from the grocery store after dark. I was waiting at a busy intersection and saw something kind of fall out from under a car crossing the intersection in front of me. The thing tumbled around, righted itself, shook its head, and got hit from another direction. Amazingly, it only got dragged a bit, tumbled from under the second car, and ran into the bushes. When I saw its long hairless tail, I realized it was a possum. Somehow that dang thing survived a crazy busy intersection and two cars driving over it–at least long enough to dash into the bushes.

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Community

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My besties. We’re all sporting the very cool bracelets one of our number made. She personalized each one to suit its owner.

First, the updates:

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Mountains and Buckets

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Hey there, threes of fans.

It seems like I start out a lot of these posts after a hiatus with something akin to “I didn’t realize how much time went by” or “I’ve been super busy with no time to blog.” This time… No such excuses.

I just didn’t want to blog.

It’s been a rough few weeks for me. Not for the family–everyone around here seems to be doing pretty well. Just for me. I think I’ve been a little stuck inside my own head, and it’s taking a Herculean effort to pull myself out of it this time.

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Habit #2: Daily Fiction Writing

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Well, last week flew by when I wasn’t looking, and though I started this post, I never came back to it. It was a crazy week of running around being a mom, mostly. In some ways, I look forward to summer break, because even though the distractions are here, there tends to be less driving. And since Kid #3 gets his driver’s license in May, I should have even less driving this summer than I did last year.

Anyway, moving along…

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts about the habits, my intention was to only focus on one habit at a time and not to move to the next one until I had that one fairly well established.

I have not been following that intention.

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The Business Side of Things

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And now, I’m finally getting to sharing with you all the business side of things…

I find myself with some time to breathe right now. Last year, I had one large project that kept me busy most of the year, one client with a variety of small-to-medium-sized projects, and several small, “one off” kinds of things that came up along the way. It was a good amount of work–just about right for the amount of time I had last year.

But this year…

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Habit #1: Prayer

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Let me start out by saying that I’m going to be somewhat more transparent this year than I have been in recent years. When I look back at my old blog, I kind of miss the conversations that happened when I was being transparent. And honestly, most of you know me IRL, so why not share a little more? I’ll try not to overshare, but the truth is that most of the habits I want to work on this year involve some kind of personal things. It would be pretty tough to write about them without transparency. If that kind of openness is off-putting, feel free to ignore these posts. I will not be offended in the slightest.

Okay, with that out of the way…

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Sherpa Moments

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I’m taking a break from torturing all of you with my ramblings on productivity and habits to torture you all with ramblings on my writing.

But since this is supposed to be a writer’s blog, I guess that’s okay.

This year marks ten years since I officially started writing fiction again. It was November 2009 that I wrote the first draft of Ravenmarked during NaNoWriMo.

What a long, strange trip it’s been.

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The Habits, Part 3

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I’ve now spent two long posts complaining about everything around the whole idea of productivity, time management, and, most importantly, habits.

That’s enough of that. Time for some solutions.

Sometimes, moving forward requires going backward a bit and looking at where we’ve been. It’s kind of a way to get traction, I guess.

So I’m going to backtrack a bit and revisit old territory…

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The Habits, Part 2

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I’ll start this one with a confession: The biggest goal I have this year is to get more control over my time. Or maybe a better way to say it is to be more intentional about how I spend my time. In any case, I’m dealing with the time issues this year.

So yes, I’ve been reading those articles I mentioned in my last post and listening to podcasts and thinking a lot about how to at least feel a little more in charge of my own day. And yes, reading those articles and listening to those podcasts has put me in a bit of a funk, because honestly, there are issues with all of the approaches presented.

A breakdown of approaches and principles and my personal issues with each one:

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