‘Wonderstone,’ writing and a long walk

Another Sunday on my own meant another low-key, liesurely day of doing everything and nothing at the same time.

Among my activities:

— I set my alarm for 10 a.m. — and actually managed to get up after just one tap of the snooze button. This was after staying up late devouring a Harlequin Blaze on Saturday night. I don’t feel bad about taking time to read when I can call it research. (I’m thinking of targeting my next manuscript to Blaze.)

Egg Salad— My first meal of the day could have been considered either breakfast or lunch. Egg salad is iffy that way. It’s like a lunch food, even if it is made of egg. And since I ate it at about 10:45, I’m not sure what to call it.

Whatever you call it, it tasted pretty good. In the mix: 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 T Greek yogurt, 1 T Miracle Whip and some chopped up cucumber spears (so my lunch had some green for St. Patty’s Day). I liked it much better than Friday night’s egg salad, which I made with all Greek yogurt.

— I packed a serving of Trader Joe’s herbed popcorn into a ziploc baggie and stuffed it in my purse to take to the movie theater, along with a Cadbury Cream egg. My movie choice: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”

I found it entertaining enough, although it did seem I’d already seen most of the funniest parts in the trailers. (I hate it when they do that.) It was actually a good study of character arc, watching Burt grow from self-absorbed jerk, but that’s a post better suited to my writing blog.

I like Steve Carrel a lot; Jim Carrey’s a bit more hit and miss. (Hated “The Mask” and the “Ace Ventura” movies, but loved “Liar, Liar” and “Bruce Almighty.” Wasn’t huge on “The Truman Show,” but loved him in “The Majestic.” That whole post-war, Cold War era fascinates me. In college, I even wrote a paper on how the media aided in the rise and all of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s Red Scare.)

I was torn between excitement and disgust when I saw they’re releasing a “Hangover III” this summer. The first one was hilarious; I didn’t get to see No. 2. I’m not sure if a third one is necessary … Of course, it does have Bradley Cooper …

— After the movie, I met my writer friend at Starbucks for a few hours. I’d been planning to go anyway, so when she texted me, I told her I’d meet her when I left the theater. I got some emails answered and dug a little deeper into a critique I won from a published author.

— On the way home from Starbucks, I stopped at the store for more salsa. (I used up the last of my jar Saturday night on that Mexican Pizza.) I ended up picking up a container of vanilla yogurt and a bag of spinach, too. (You’ll see why in a minute.)

My shadow looked impossibly tall (and slender).

My shadow looked impossibly tall (and slender).

Ignore my pasty white legs, please.

Ignore my pasty white legs, please.

— The sun was shining and there was still plenty of daylight, so I decided to take that walk I didn’t get around to in the morning.

Amazingly enough, I ended up walking for 41 minutes and covering 2.66 miles. At first, I planned to walk for just 20 minutes. But the weather was gorgeous (if a bit windy) and I kept getting good songs to walk to, so kept telling myself “just one more.” By the time I started getting tired, I was so close to covering 2 miles that I wanted to hit that mark … and then another great song came on my iPod. (It was John Cougar’s “Jack and Diane,” if you must know.)

Hello … child of the ’80s, right here. Speaking of the ’80s, I love the Lock Laces I got for registering for Amanda’s Spring Bootie Buster Challenge.

What does that have to do with the ’80, you ask? Well, they’re bright blue, and my shoes are hot pink. The color combo reminds me of the flag I twirled my eighth-grade year in the marching band’s color guard. Those ugly suckers were white, hot pink and royal blue, and made of a plasticky material that crinkled and snapped. We liked to call them our “Kmart plastic bag flags” — and none of us liked ’em much. Today, the color combo just evokes fond memories.

I was close enough that I probably should have kept going ’til I hit 3 miles — but my stomach was rumbling. Instead, I headed back to the house to start dinner.

St. Patty's Day Dinner— Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted my dinner to be festive … to participate in the “wearin’ o’ the green,” so to speak. I made Tina’s Cheesy Garlic and Herb Brussels Sprouts with Sausage. It was tasty, but the 2 cups of sprouts I used in my dish cooked down more than I expected. Next time, I need more sprouts.

I also whipped up a chocolate-mint smoothie, using vanilla Greek yogurt, almond milk, spinach, mint extract and chocolate chips. Not bad … but I like my Tropical Mango version better.

— After dinner, I did just a little Sunday food prep. This week, I made a batch of Lindsay’s Black Bean Meatless Meatballs. Except I didn’t have any black beans, so I used a mix of pinto beans and great Northern beans instead. They smelled delicious in the oven, and I can’t wait to see how they turned out.

By the way, my Sunday prep from a couple of weeks ago was featured in Lindsay’s Sunday Food Prep Inspiration post this week. There are lots of delicious-looking eats from the other featured preppers, too.

— My heart just skipped a beat when I saw “Baconalia” is back at Denny’s. Okay, not really. I love bacon as much as the next guy, and I’m all for a good play on words … but I’m sure all Denny’s bacon-laden creations have too many WW Points for my book. I don’t want to have another week where I eat ALL my FlexPoints, as I’ve done this week.

With that in mind, I’m not looking forward to checking in with the scale today. But I’ll do it anyway, because I don’t want to see my WW app screaming at me to weigh in.

Now, it’s off to bed. But first, I’m going to finish another Blaze. They’re such fast reads that I’ll be caught up on my Goodreads goal of finishing 30 books in 2013 in no time.


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