Monday, September 29, 2014

Enjoying a Twist on a Classic Dish

I cannot tell you how much I enjoy cheese. I mean, if I'm eating a meal, chances are I put cheese on at least one thing on my plate. Spaghetti, quesadillas, casseroles--you name it, I cheese it up. That's why I was so glad to be able to try out the fine cheeses made by Arla Dofino (I received a free coupon from BzzAgent to try it out). They have a wide range of products and different types of cheese also come in a variety of flavors. When I made mac and cheese for dinner last night, I knew that I had to spice it up with one of these flavors.

I made my mac and cheese with Arla Dofino's chili lime gouda. It has a kick to it that gives it a rich flavor without being considered hot or spicy. I melted a few chunks in my mac and cheese, then baked it with some Panko crumbs on top. I didn't know how well it would pair with my mac and cheese, but it tasted great! I can't wait to try the chipotle flavored gouda next time.

Productivity is in the Eye of the Beholder

I've been quiet for a few weeks on this blog, and online in general. I've been trying to pull things together behind the scenes. This included taking projects to the next level and working on a variety of other tasks that aren't necessarily newsworthy, but are small steps to propel me forward in life. All a bunch of boring stuff, really.

The one thing that I am excited about is that NaNoWriMo isn't that far away. Just last week I wasn't sure I would participate this year. To be totally honest, last week I thought I would never write another word again. I was in a bit of a mood due to a range of people suddenly deciding to think that I only work for 10 minutes a day rather than 8-10 hours--and that this was the reason why I'm stuck and dreaming out of my league. Productivity, especially in writing, does not always have a lot of tangible results in the middle of the process. I'm making it my personal mission to get that through some thick skulls.

But thankfully over the weekend I had a very vivid dream that seemed to have such a good plot line I decided to use it for this year's competition. As with any other year, I'm hoping to win. I think I have a shot this year because once again, the plot falls deep into the category of chick lit. It's just something that's really fun to write and not super serious or has any highbrow meaning behind it.

I still have a month to go to get everything to fall in place--or as much as I can to get it the mindset for that lovely writing marathon.

Monday, September 08, 2014

The First Listen: Train - Bulletproof Picasso #BulletproofPicasso #O2O

Thanks to the One2One Network, I was provided a free copy of Train's latest album, Bulletproof Picasso. For fans of Train, this album delivers all of the things that you love about Train--great, mostly upbeat songs that you can listen to in almost any situation.

What I like about it is that through the lyrics, they go far beyond just fun pop tunes. While many would say the best storytelling songs are in the country genre, I think that Train does an equally good job in telling a great story through song, and (thankfully!) does it without a country twang. All of the tracks are so good that I don't know if I could pick just one to call the best.

If you want to learn more about the album and check out a couple of tunes, here are some videos and information about Bulletproof Picasso. You can also pre-order the album from iTunes or Amazon.


 Don't forget to check out Train on tour:
8/28 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook
8/29 Lenox, MA Tanglewood
8/30 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel and Casino

**I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 01, 2014

A New Month, A New Set of Goals

So... about last week. It kind of sucked. More than that--it really sucked. I'll spare everyone the details, because whining does no good. So I'll just sum it up like this: I started off the week with small glimmers of hope, they were crush into oblivion, I nearly got scammed (which makes me want to never use Guru again) and to top it off, I was barefoot and stepped on a cricket. Again. Yuck... And since crickets in the house are supposed to be lucky, I think stepping on that sucker is probably like breaking a mirror.

Fortunately, there was a good part about the week. There was a good amount of work, and I was able to do more in a week than I've been able to do for most of the summer. Will it help in the long run? Maybe not, but it's always a start. And since this is the first day of a new month, I'm shifting all of those very lofty August goals into September goals. There will be much writing, revising--and if all goes well--moving.

Here's to a great September!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Still Chugging Along...

My head is filled with plans and plots and dreams and inspiration. Some have even ended up on paper. It's a writer's curse, but it's still lovely.

I'm at one of those points where I just have to stick with a project and see it to the end, rather than trying to manage two, three or more. Today I'm choosing one project to finish the first draft and one project to finish revisions. That's it--no more until they are done.

Along with all of my writing, I'm still trying to make my move. Again... there's a lot more planning going on than action. While I would just love to pack a bag and take off, I'm the type of person that has to consider every single positive and negative outcome imaginable first. This may take awhile... ;-)

All of this stalling can end with taking in a deep breath and making a decision. I will get there... even if I have to reread those self-help books I read a few months ago to get my butt in gear.

In more mundane news, my book auctions on eBay ended today. There was some interest, but no bites so I'll be relisting them tonight. I may also get a few new titles listed, but no promises on that one. If you don't want to wait around for me to list books on eBay, you can always check out what I have on if you are interested in building up your library as I downsize mine. 

Have a great week! I'm going to make sure mine will be.