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Sunday Update – January 8, 2017

It's the first Sunday Update of the year! I didn't do one last week because it was January 1 and I felt like my yearly goals post should go up on that day.

So it's been a crazy two weeks around here. Right now I'm sitting on the couch while my husband is outside snow blowing the driveway. We got about 4 inches (10 centimeters) of snow yesterday. You know how much I hate winter, so I'm not pleased, especially since this means that my outdoor walking is now out of the question until the paths are cleared in the park. Which may or may not ever happen. Sigh. Being outdoors is really important for me and my mood. In the meantime, I'm walking and editing on the treadmill.

Here are the few things I remember about the last two weeks…

We had a great week off between Christmas and New Year's and it went by super fast. We went to Mitsuwa, a Japanese grocery store in Edgewater, NJ, for groceries and Japanese food for lunch. It was a lot of fun and VERY crowded, but as always a great experience. We spent a lot of time around home and hanging out, which was a good way to rest.

I finished off the first book of the Hikoboshi series, my new scifi series spin-off of The Nogiku Series. That felt AWESOME. I'm so glad this series is off and running. And now I've been editing the third Daydreamer book! Hint: if you want to see the cover, blurb, and first chapter, you should be on my mailing list because I'm not going to share it here until mid-month!

My kids went back to school on Tuesday and I took the week to get back in the swing of things. I've been walking and working and having FUN, which was my goal for the year!

What else happened this week and last week?

Loved my Christmas gifts! Big fluffy slippers and a little fox figurine that says “What the fox?” when you press his head. Lol.

We really enjoyed shopping at Mitsuwa. There was so much to see and buy. My lunch was especially yummy. Mmmm.

My Instapot has been getting a good workout. I've cooked oatmeal, black-eyed pea stew, curried yellow split pea soup, and Japanese curry in it! Amongst other things. :)

I've been walking outside when I get the chance. I've upped my walks from 3 miles to 4 miles and that's been good for me too.

And yes, finishing off the book I started for NaNoWriMo felt awesome!

Coming up this week: an essay on patience and another day in Japan.

ETA: I just updated this post because I wrote 2016! Lol. I'm obviously not in 2017 yet. The URL won't change though.

6 thoughts on “Sunday Update – January 8, 2017”

  1. Sorry to hear you got snow this week, I know how much you hate winter. We sadly only got a little bit of snow and it was gone by the time it was evening again.

    That Japanese grocery store sounds like a fun visit. I always like visiting Asian stores as they have products so differently than in normal grocery stores. I usually order some things like soy sauce sauce and Japanese curry paste at an online Asian store once in a while.

    I am so excited about your new sci-fi series and the third daydreamer book! Eeep! I can’t wait to read them and see the covers for them!

    Oh and I see your naan picture, so glad you shared that earlier this week and I decided to try out that recipe. I made 6 naans with it, we ate naan with curry for two days, it was so good! And I froze the last two, so we’ll see how those turn out.

    I hope you’ll have a great week!

    1. Oops! I thought I had written everyone back this week! We had an excellent last few weeks of 2016 and into 2017. I’m so glad I’ve been getting work done, walking and cooking. It’s a great way to start out my year.

      I’ve had a great week, thanks! I can’t believe it’s over and I haven’t been able to update at all this week. I hope to be back on the wagon of updating next week.

  2. That’s so cool that there’s a Japanese grocery store close enough for you to go to! And all your food pictures look delicious even though I don’t know what any of the food is lol. And yay for finishing the book and have a good week between Christmas and New Year’s :-) Also cute slippers! I wear slippers pretty much all the time at home because my feet are like ice cubes without them. Sometimes even with them lol.

    1. The Japanese grocery store is about a 35 minute drive from here. It’s right at the edge of New Jersey and New York City. So it’s a bit of a trek but now that we know where it is and what we can get there, we plan to go more often.

      I use slippers around the house when it’s particularly cold, but I miss the summer because I’m a bare foot person. I love bare feet around the house! :)

  3. I LOVE the cover for the new book! I got an Instant Pot for Christmas, and we’ve been using it a lot too. It’s fun to try new things in it. And that Japanese store looks fantastic!

    1. Thank you! I’m excited to publish another book in the Daydreamer series and I’m already thinking about what I’m going to do in the book after this one. :) It’s a fun place to write about!

      The Instapot is great, right? I love how easy and quiet it is. My stove top pressure cooker was so loud!

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