Hydrated to my shins and other news

Thursday, Aug 28

Hey, some days I come up with better topics than others.  🙂  Today’s blog title refers to my newest toy, an iPhone app called WaterMinder, as I believe I mentioned on Monday.  Interestingly, I’ve taken to downing a couple of big glasses of H2O before I even have my morning coffee–I wake up thirsty.  Since ordinary water lacks pazzazz ( and I MUST have pazzazz), I’ve been adding sugar-free flavorings of the kind one usually adds to java.  Works like the proverbial charm, for me at least.
Weight Watchers?  Don’t ask.  I started exercising again this week, on a regular basis, and I went UP two pounds.  Yikes.  I half expected this, being a WW veteran, but it still threw me a little.  I’m only human, after all.  (Oh, man, am I ever ‘only human’, but that’s a topic for another blog.)  Naturally, I plan to continue–as previously stated, this ole cowgirl is a member for life.  (Which is different, alas, from being a Lifetime Member.   I’ll get there, you can bet your favorite saddle on that, but it’s going to take a while.) 
The week has been a busy one–like all the rest of my weeks.  Bet it’s the same on your end.  🙂
I’ve just started my good friend Lisa Jackson’s new book, CLOSE TO HOME.  Yes, an actual book.  It’s shaping up to be a ghost story–yeehaw!!!–and I’m already in its thrall.  In fact, I have to be careful not to pick it up when I have other things to do–it’s that good.  I’ve known Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bishop, for many, many moons–they are the most creative, friendly and all-around classy women you can imagine.  Years ago, Debbie Macomber, Lisa and Nancy shared a room (we were all seriously poor at the time) while attending a Romance Writers of America conference–I forget where, but I have a vague recollection that it was San Francisco.  Lisa and Nancy had already checked in and taken off to register for the conference and hobknob with other friends when Debbie and I arrived to find a note from Lisa waiting on one of the beds.  It read, “Don’t eat the peanuts on top of the mini-bar–they cost NINE BUCKS a jar!”  And since today Lisa is one of the most successful writers in the biz, that memory always makes me chuckle.  (Although by now mini-bar peanuts probably cost three times as much and the price probably gives Stephen King pause.  I mean, there’s ‘expensive’ and there’s ‘just plain ridiculous’.  Furthermore, nothing in the mini-bar is going to be part of my Simply Filling program–except maybe the diet sodas and fifty-dollar bottles of water.  Spending that much would make me feel like a darn fool.)
Well, I’m off to eyeball your comments, drink more water–I’m going for the shoulders, by George–eat something healthy, and WRITE.
God bless.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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