Not Quite Feels Like Win

Om-nom-nom... Must. Eat. Every. Molecule!

Om-nom-nom… Must. Eat. Every. Molecule!

Isis got to get ice cream again on Monday. It wasn’t Dog’s Nite Out–that’s only once a month–but we were out of ice cream and no one remembered to put it on the store list. Everyone wanted some that night, so we went to the ice cream shop. Of course we took Isis! When we ordered, the woman asked, “Do you want a doggie cup?” Of course we did! Even though it wasn’t free that day. Isis agreed; there wasn’t a molecule left in that cup by the time she finished.

Not a lot went on between then and the weekend. I didn’t feel like I got much writing done either, but when I totaled up my word count, it was over 2,000 words. I did not finish my scene, but not bad. More on that below.

Then yesterday, I had to change banks for one of my small business accounts. My bank decided it was time to change their account offerings “to better serve their business customers.” Yeah, right. Translation: offer some extra services most businesses don’t need, and impose a bunch of fees on smaller accounts. The balance to avoid the fees was ridiculously high, so it was time for a change, this time to my local credit union. Don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago–this credit union is close to my house, enough that my husband used to walk our dogs through their parking lot every day. The ladies who worked the drive-thru window got to know him and would give the dogs treats, even though we weren’t even members there! Credit unions are nonprofit organizations, and as such, better suited for smaller accounts. So hopefully I won’t have to make another change for a long time.

I did manage to get a good bit of writing done after that, then went to dinner at a nearby sports bar/restaurant, where a neighbor was playing music. We go to this restaurant all the time, and the food is excellent. But last night, it wasn’t super-busy, yet they managed to screw up my order three times! First, my meal came without my side dish–homemade potato chips. They said they were out and making fresh. Okay, no problem. But the chips still hadn’t come by the time I finished my burger (which was super yummy, btw). Turns out another server had taken them. Then they finally brought them out–with cheese on them! Uh, that’s not what I ordered. At that point, I was wondering if the universe was trying to tell me something LOL. As in, I really Did. Not. Need. Those chips. Which I didn’t. But they’re sooooo good, and I really wanted them. I finally got them about twenty minutes after that. They were indeed sooooo good–and my meal was free. Am I going back? We’ve been to this place enough times to know that last night’s experience was not the norm. The food was still fantastic, and it always is, so yes! We’ll go back.

What I read this week: I finished my friend’s book that I started last week. I will admit this was one of those that took me a little while to get into at first, probably because there were so many point-of-view characters, but by the end, I was really tapping the pages. Not giving any more details since it’s going on submission for a big publishing deal. Here’s hoping it gets one!

ROW80Logo175ROW80 update: My goal was to complete a scene this week. I did not do that, so not quite a win, but when I went back and looked over my wordcount, I’d written over 2,000 words. This is also the climactic scene in the book, and these are IMO the hardest to write. So even though I didn’t finish the scene, it still feels like a win. I also wanted to go back and get notes down for half of the online workshop I just finished. Didn’t get that either. So that’s what’s on tap for this week, get the notes for the workshop, finish this challenging scene, and at least get started on the next, final scene.

What about you–do you give your pets people food treats? Ever gone to a restaurant where you’ve gotten bad service, but you’ll still go back? Have fees driven you to change banks? If you’re participating in ROW80, or just have goals, writing-related or otherwise, how are you doing on them? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Hey, good job on the 2000 words. Better than no words, right?

    We put money into a bank account because of the offer to earn $200 if left in for 90 days. Problem was, we had to keep the account open for 180. And if the balance went below the deposited amount, we’d be hit with fees. We figured it should be okay, they probably gave us the same percentage rate as the credit union (where the money came from). Uh…nope. After the 90 days and $200, I noticed we only got .01% interest (heck, my checking account gives me .03%)! It just wasn’t worth keeping it in longer than necessary. We finally reached the 180 days and the account is now closed. My money will earn more elsewhere (and without fees!).

  2. Well despite the negativity (enough of that by the way) you are plowing ahead with progress to share. Now stop all of that coulda, shoulda nonsense and just get down to business. (Consider yourself lectured.)

    What dog doesn’t like ice cream? So glad Isis got to enjoy a yummy dessert. And shame on all of you guys for even daring to be out of ice cream at home. That’s a fate worse than death at my house. Must have ice cream. And dog treats. Never, and I mean ever, run out of dog treats.

    Have a great week Jennette and enjoy that new bank.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Hey Stacy, way to pick up $200, huh? I get those offers too–never took ’em up on it because I figured it would be something like that. Glad you profited!

    Hehe Patricia, thanks for the encouragement! And yes, we might run out of ice cream, but never dog treats! That’s a capital offense around here. 🙂

  4. Lucky Isis!

    Sounds like your writing is moving along nicely. You can’t beat a free dinner, even if the circumstances were a little annoying.

    As for the bank, I think they’re all out to get more from us in some way or another. Their schemes are always disguised by incentives.

  5. Sorry I’m late here Jennette. I found this in amongst over 300 emails. I had the flu last week. But I too have had evenings like your above. Everything I ordered came out wrong. I thought it just happened to me. lol. Boy, has your puppy grown. And love the treats with Ice Cream deal. How cool is that? Only in Dayton! See, that could qualify for a “Our Town Monday.” Just sayin’. 🙂