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The Second Half

Hello July

Do you realize the year is half over? Seems like it was just February not long ago.  So, it’s time for a goal check.  Are you where you planned to be at this time of the year? Have you accomplished the things you planned to accomplish by this time?

I don’t know about you, but I’m nowhere where I want to be and still have a lot of things I want to get done before the end of the year, which won’t be very long. There are stories I want to write, places I want to go, things I want to see and do.  I gotta get my act in gear.

So, what are some ways we can get more done?

One thing I’ve put into practice is a scrum board. The picture isn’t that great but it gives you a general idea. The headings are: To Do, In Progress, Delegated, Done.  I use little sticky notes and  move things around as needed. I really like moving things to the “Done” column. It’s nice to be able to see I’m actually getting things accomplished even though some days it doesn’t feel like it. I’d suggest if you do this, that you color code the sticky notes. I didn’t so now things are kind of chaotic. I plan to rectify that when I get more stuff done.

Jean's Scrum Board

 

Also, Productive Flourishing has some awesome planners. He posts them right at the end of the month and they are free. If you want to get them in advance there is a small charge but they are well worth it if you are a planner kind of person. I try to use the blog planners and when I do, I tend to blog on a more regular basis.

One thing I also do is to set the alarm on my Fitbit. I tend to forget to take my pills if I don’t. Sigh.

Anyway…

Take a few  minutes to check your progress and make plans to finish strong this year.

I look forward to hearing all you’ve accomplished six months from now.  And, if you have any helpful tips to get things done, feel free to share in the comments.

And, for all those of you who do comment this month, your name will be entered to win a 10 page critique from me. I promise it will be worth it. :-)

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Ultimate Blog Challenge

 

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100

This the the 100rdth post on this blog. Seem like we should celebrate. As I tried to come up with a post that would be worth of the number 100, I sorta drew a blank. I mean, what would be worthy? So, I’m sharing some links that are pretty cool.

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100 Fun Facts – Some of these I knew.

100 Useless Facts – You can never tell when you need a useless fact.

100 Funny Words – I use some of these words.

100 Getting to Know You Questions – These would be great to use for character interviews for all you writers out there.

100 Beautiful Places in the World – Awesome pictures!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Misc.

 

Blogging

As a writer, I have been told many times that blogging is important. And not just blogging, but blogging on a consistent basis, with great content, cool pictures, and then don’t forget to tag, categorize, SEO, publish, and promote. It’s all a bit overwhelming sometimes. Especially for those of us who have normal lives off the computer, out in the real world. Some days, I’m not sure whether I’m coming or going and if you ask me what day of the week it is, often I’ll tell you wrong. In fact, just last night I would have sworn this was June. I was 99 % sure it was at least the middle of June. Thankfully, I came to my senses before making an idiot of myself.

Then there is the content thing. As a writer, I’m trying to convince y’all to buy and read  my books. The blogging gurus, whoever they are, say readers don’t want to know about the craft of writing. Readers want to know the story, characters, and inspiration for the story. There are others who say you need to let the readers get to know you so post pictures of your cat and write personal blog posts. Of course, there are those who disagree with that too. And just how formal or informal do you get? Sigh. Sometimes it’s really confusing.

And, I think the hardest part of blogging is not knowing if anyone is even reading your posts. Sure, the stats say people stop by but when the only comments you get are spam, it’s easy to wonder if the effort is worth it. That not commenting thing, I’m just as guilty. I read several blogs on a regular basis and seldom comment. Not because I don’t enjoy the post but sometimes my comments see so unworthy.

Funny thing is, I enjoy blogging. Except when I put so much pressure on myself. That’s why there hasn’t been a post lately. When I feel forced to do something, I tend to rebel. Plus, sometimes it’s just easier not to.

That said, now that school is out for the summer (I’m taking classes.),  I’m going to do better. There’s a lot of cool things happening right now so I hope you’ll stop by on a regular basis. It’d be great if you’d say hello, too.

DSCF0946I don’t have a picture of the cat right now so here’s a picture of a Barrel Cactus from my trip to Tuscon not long ago. :-)

 

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Misc.

 

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Zombie Hearts

This is something I did a while back. Some of you have seen it but since I don’t have anything new for today…I thought I’d repeat it.
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Zombie Hearts

Henry stood before the open fridge and gazed from side to side.  Chinese or Mexican, which would Freda prefer?  His left ear fell off, bounced across the linoleum.  “Holy Moldy Oldie!”  He shambled across the kitchen, picked up his ear, and jammed it back in place.  “Mexican, I believe.”  Henry grabbed two ziplock bags and placed them on the counter.  “Now, what to drink?”  He scanned the shelf of bottles, picked one from the end.  “This will be perfect.”  Placed it on the counter next to the bags.  Storage dishes of delicacies  joined the bottle and bags, and soon ended up on the dining table along with his finest china and crystal.

The living room clock chimed seven as Henry lit the candelabra.  He stood back and gave the dining table one last look. Perfect, just perfect.  Mexican, served a la  skull and  aged to its peak, Freda’s favorite salad of fingers and toes with extra spicy salsa ,  liver pate’ served with fried noses for dipping,  and candied lips for dessert.   Henry gazed at his watch, she’d be there any moment.  He patted the nearest head, smoothed down the hair.  Nodding to himself, his left ear dropped off, hit the edge of the table and bounced into the liver pate’.  Henry sighed and fished out his ear.

The doorbell rang announcing Freda’s arrival. He grinned , licked the pate’ off his ear, and jammed it back in place again.  He’d have to call doc in the morning, see about getting it reattached.  Henry hurried to the door and swung it open.  “Freda!  You look wonderful.”  Almost good enough to eat.  Not quite, but almost.  She stepped through the door, handed him the small box she carried.

“I hope you don’t mind.  I know how much you love kidney pie and when I saw they had fresh ones at Jasper’s, I just had to get one for you.”

Henry opened the box, took a deep breath.  His stomach rumbled and Freda laughed.  He leaned in, gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Thank you.  Now, come to the table, dinner is ready.”  Freda strolled across the room, Henry following.  He set the pie on the counter and met her at the table.

“It looks delicious!”  Freda smiled up at him as he pulled out her chair.

“I’ve got a special surprise for tonight.”  He uncovered the ice bucket, pulled out the bottle, and popped the cork.  “I think you’ll really like this.” He filled the champagne flute,  held it out to her.

Freda took the flute, swirled its contents, then sniffed.  She took a small sip and grinned.  “AB Negative!  My favorite.”  Freda took another sip.  “It’s perfect.”

“That’s not all.  Open your skull.”  He watched her eyes as she pulled the skull open by the hair,  saw her joyous expression when she gazed upon the  diamond ring nestled between the brain hemispheres.  He knelt on one knee beside her.  “Will you marry me?”

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2015 in Misc.

 

Donut Thursday

Today is Donut Thursday. At least it is for those of the Lauziers that go to work in the morning. Those of us who stay at home to work don’t get donuts, unless we put in an order and then wait for them to be delivered after work but that doesn’t happen often. Donuts are best fresh, not 12 hours old.

Yummy!

Yummy!

It’s funny how things become a habit.  One morning you stop at a convenience store on the way to work for something to drink, you get donuts too, and next thing you know, you and the donut lady are practically best friends and she saves the best donuts for you on the days she knows you’ll be there.Sometimes she’ll even slip you a bag of donut holes at no charge. She worries if for some reason you don’t make it on Thursday and is relieved to see you on Saturday.

One day, my daughter and I were out running errands and saw the donut lady. While the donut lady had no clue who I was, she and my daughter had a nice chat.

Where am I going with this? I’m not sure…and maybe there isn’t a point. But, while a steady diet of donuts wouldn’t be a good thing, But one or two every so often, isn’t a bad thing.

Ohhhh…I just thought of a point.   As writers we need a steady diet of writing. Just like the occasional donut is fine, a writer can take a day off once in a while but we need to get into the routine of writing. After all, that’s what we do. We also need to read. Not just our genre, but all sorts of stuff, including non-fiction.

Anyway, y’all got any interesting routines to share with us? What about routines with your writing or reading?

 

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2015 in Ultimate Blog Challenge

 

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Bucket Lists…

The other evening, I was chatting with a friend I’d just met and the conversation turned to flying.  Seems he is a pilot (small planes not jets) and my dad was a pilot and we talked about planes and flying for a while. I mentioned that one day I want to learn to fly. I love small planes. When I was 10 or 11, we spent a large part of the weekends during the summer hanging out at the airport. Which just happened to be a grass strip and a couple hangers. I have wonderful memories of that time.

But as I thought about things, things I want to do “someday”, I got to thinking and wondering, why should I put those things off? I mean, I’m not getting any younger. If I wait until it’s convenient, which it might never be, I may be too old to enjoy all the things I want to do or accomplish.

And, someday might never come. It’s dangerous out there. Who knows what may happen.

So, what’s on your bucket list?  Bucket List

Here’s my challenge…start doing those things now. If you can’t do them now, figure out what it will take for you to be able to do them and work on that.

Someone once said, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” I actually Googled it and didn’t get a definite answer as to who first said this. But, this quote is so true. We make plans, wait for the perfect time, and wake up one morning and realize our life is mostly over and we’ll never get a chance to fulfill those plans. Don’t let this happen to you.

Make a list, check it twice, then start living it!  And why not share with us in the comments.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Ultimate Blog Challenge

 

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No Longer Diabetic!

Not many of you know but not so long ago I was diagnosed as a diabetic. It’s not something I shared a lot, only with a few close friends and family. I tend to keep such things to myself, especially when I struggle.Today though, I come out of the diabetic closet and share my story with the world.

I was diagnosed early in the year and managed by watching what I ate to get things under control. I took Metformin for a month but really didn’t like the thought of taking a drug to  regulate things so I took a couple natural things and did the food/diet thing.   And it worked. Until the holidays when I got lax in paying attention to what I ate. I mean, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, all in a short time.

Then, along came Valentine’s Day and Easter with those Cadbury Creme Eggs. Needless to say, things got out of control. And not just bad, but really bad. I went through several months of denial while my blood sugar climbed so high it wouldn’t even register on my meter. Not good!

After sitting down and having a serious talk with myself, I decided to get serious about getting my blood sugar under control. I even took the Metformin for a month. And it helped a bit. My blood sugar was still in the 250s but that was better than the 500s. Again, I disliked the Metformin so searched for more effective natural alternatives and found a product that helped.

Another month passed and my blood sugar had gotten down to the mid 170 range first thing in the morning. It still was above 150 during the day but again, better than the 250s of the previous month. But still not good enough.

And that’s when I saw an ad on a Facebook group or a fairly new product from a company called TruVision.

TruVision, TruFix

I contacted the person and got a sample of TruFix and TruWeight & Energy. This sample consisted of a 7 1/2 day trial pack of both the TruFix and TruWeight & Energy. I started taking them the next day.

The second morning my blood sugar was 161. The third morning, 130, and it has continued to lower so that now my morning reading is in the 120s. This morning, 122.

Because I was wanting to be sure the product worked, I charted my readings several times during the day. By the end on day 3, my blood sugar level had actually dropped to normal during the day. Between 115 and 90. In fact, I even tested it one day by having a Hershey’s bar then testing two hours later. Guess my blood sugar…107!!!

I’ve been taking TruFix and TruEnergy & Weight for 16 days and my blood sugar is normal! There hasn’t been a single high reading. In fact, the morning readings have been the highest. I’ve also lost some weight, had more energy and feel great. I’m so excited!!!

TruVision has given me my life back. I don’t have to worry about eating something that might sky rocket my blood sugar. I have a friend that ended up in the hospital with high blood sugar and my uncle actually died with complications of diabetes. Toward the end, the doctors wanted to remove part of his leg but his family refused.

I love these two products and believe they can change the lives of others just as they did mine. I believe in them so much, I signed up to be a distributor so I can share them with everyone else.

If you or a friend or family member is having issues with their blood sugar, contact me. I have 1 week trial samples for $25 and will send them to you. You can pay through paypal and get your sample in about a week.  If you are local, I’ll be glad to meet you somewhere and deliver.

Two pills, twice a day…it’s that simple.  It can change your life. It did mine.

Make a choice, take a chance, change your life!     Email me at jeanlauzier @ gmail.com (Remove the spaces.) or leave a comment here.  You can also find me on Facebook and leave a message there.

TruVision, TruWeight & Energy

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2015 in TruVision

 

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