Man, what a month.
To start with, there was Nanowrimo. National Novel Writing Month. Although I’m starting to wonder if it shouldn’t be called something like ‘InNaNoWriMo”, Because the project has gone global. Ooh, There we go, “GloNaNoWriMo”.
Now, for those of you that are reading this and have no idea what Nanowrimo is, I will gladly point you towards their page, there are links over there –>. But allow me to attempt to define it for you. Nanowrimo, affection called Nano in short, is a month long torture session in the name of literacy. The idea is that starting on Midnight November 1, through til Midnight November 30th, participants will write a 50,000 word novel. Yes. 50,000 words. Take a moment and pause here. Think about it. That’s a lot of words, yeah? But how many? I mean, some people will look at that and think to themselves, that can’t be all that much. Allow me to put it into perspective for you a little bit.
Remember back in school, when you had to do those reports and write papers for classes? Remember how the teachers would usually give an arbitrary length of pages, say 3-5. Well, I just did a quick calculation and 4 pages of my novel this year is just about 2500 words. Ok you math majors and thinkers out there, c’mon. Yes. So essentially what you’re doing when you participate in Nano is writing 20 4 page papers. Want something more? OK. Remember back in 11th grade, doing that first research paper? It had to be over 10 pages but no more than 13, remember? My research paper was 11 pages. The first 11 pages in my Nano novel comes in just over 6600 words. So how long, in page length, is my novel this year? Well, in size 11 font, single spaced (which no report ever would be when getting turned in at school) my novel is 87 pages long.
Yes. Eighty-seven. Want to know something dramatic now? I finished my writing on the 13th of November. Take a few deep breaths, put your eyes back in your head. Better? Yes, I wrote 50,119 words in just under 2 weeks. Now mind, I did not do much of anything else those two weeks. I do not have a job, or school, or anything else really to take my focus away from writing. But there you go. Still think it can’t be done? It can.
If you want to know more about this program, or the parent Non-Profit organization that runs it and other programs throughout the year, go check out http://www.nanowrimo.org and you can find out all about the program, the Office of Letters and Light and more importantly their Your Writers Program.
Now, Nanowrimo was not the only race that I was going through this month. I had something else happening as well. Trying to get my visa application finished and into immigration before the end of the month. And I am happy to report that it has been done! The visa application for the next step in the process has been submitted to the Immigration new Zealand officials and now, we wait. Four to six weeks we wait.
What else has happened this month?
Oh right! E and I had our anniversary! It’s been two years and life honestly couldn’t be better! Two years. Holy crap. Time has flown on by. We went out to dinner to a place we’ve been meaning to go (mongolian barbecue, nothing too fancy shmancy) and just spent the night in together.
We got invited to a wedding, which was absolutely fantastic! Such a beautiful day, a gorgeous couple, and a perfect wedding. And a great day out with friends afterwards.
Oh, and Skyrim came out! Heart this game so much. So very very much. Hehehe.
And one other thing…
Oh, right, Thanksgiving.
Now, as you might be aware there is no Thanksgiving down here in Kiwiland. In fact Turkey is not one of the easier/cheaper to purchase meats. And since we weren’t having a huge gathering of people, instead just the two of us, we went with a chicken. One whole chicken. Now, I did a few searches online and found some people suggesting butter under the skin of the chicken. I had seen the cooks on Masterchef do this as well. So if they’re doing this, and the cooks online are doing this, then why not, right?
So I took some butter, maybe 3-4 tablespoons worth, and softened it to room temperature. I mixed into this butter herbs and spices (parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and nutmeg) and then stuffed it into the chicken, just under the skin that covers and coats the breasts. I then took another 3 tablespoons of butter and shoved them into the cavity of the chicken, along with fresh rosemary and marjoram. And then, because I felt there was simply not enough calories, I shoved another tablespoon of butter under the skin again. One tablespoom on each breast. Then, your hands are coated in spiced herbed butter, and you rub them all over the outside of the chicken. All over. Coat it in the thick creamy yellow goop. Then salt and pepper on the skin. Then into the oven it went!
Let me tell you, this chicken was the most scrumptious, delicious, juicy chicken. Even the leftovers 2 days later were still moist and juicy and so flavorful. I had to do some serious work at the gym, but let me tell you, so worth it. So very very worth it.
Now, I’ve seen other posters with their posts of ‘what I’m Thankful for’ all month. And I’ve been trying to figure out the answerto that question all month long. I really have. And It’s hard to really come up with anything that warrants a post. Because to be honest, the best answer I can give is, “I am thankful for my life.” And I am. I am thankful for everything I’ve been through to get to this point. I am thankful for the hardships, the heartaches, the ups and downs, everything. I am in such a good place right now, in such a happy spot and blissful state of being that there is little else that I want, need, or crave. This is my life, and I am happy. So for all of that, I am thankful.
So, quite a month, eh? So what’s happening next month for me? Well, the first sunday in December I have a race! That’s right, a 6k walk/run through the city. Should be fun! It’s my first time doing anything like this ever ever, so who knows what will happen. But I do know that I will enjoy myself thoroughly. Hannukah starts on the 20th this year, and then Christmas to follow. And on top of all of that, I should be hearing back about my visa application by the end of the year and then, finding a job.
Hope everything is well with you and yours! Have a great holiday season, I’m sure I’ll be back at some point!