Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day 2420 - A Deep Fried Update

Wanna know what I've been up to?


It's 5.00am and I have no idea what to write about today.

I could write about empowerment but my empowerment chip hasn't kicked in yet in the pre-dawn darkness. I could write about how to convert family meat-eater meals into vegetarian meals for the teen, but I keep forgetting to take photos so it would be a boring post.  I could write about hair dye and tweezing chin hairs, but I've done that to death over the years.

So instead I'll give you a quick rundown on what's happening in the land of the Deep Fried.



Websites: I'm still working on my Leanne Shea Langdown umbrella website. I'm currently working on how to put all my press clippings onto the site without it looking too cluttered and messy. I was thinking of having three headings (Author, business and Cheer Chick Charlie) with an example press clipping of each which you then click on for a scrapbook of "in the press" moments under that category? Yes or no? Any suggestions?

Dogs:  We're a dog friendly house but since our wonderful Maxwell TP the First died three years ago (aka "Max the hip gyrating Lab") we've not welcomed another pooch permanently into our home.  We do dog sit from time to time which gives my boy his canine fix.  Right now we have three fur friends which belong to the big grown up step-daughter.  She's in Canberra-ville right now scoping out the possibilities given her life in Brisbane hasn't quite gone to plan.  While she scopes, we get our puppy fix.

Dyslexia:  Our boy's tinted Irlen lenses stopped working and he's really been struggling to read at all. The headaches have started again and the fatigue from school has been worse than ever.  So we went to our local Irlen Centre to have the lenses reassessed (the colour does change for individuals over time) and she wasn't able to diagnose him.  It seems there was something else at play.  So we headed to the optometrist and low and behold one eye is completely different to the other and he needs a prescription.  He was more than a little surprised when he was finally able to see the writing on the wall (so to speak). With our prescription in hand we headed back to Irlen and he'll now have a new tint with prescription to help ease the pressure and bring the written world into focus. Phew!

Fibromyalgia:  That bugger is back in play.  Canberra has hit the below zero temps and isn't getting above 15 or so degrees during the day.  Which means my body has gone rigid and the pain has set in through my shoulders, neck, back and arms.  This of course is giving me a referred headache which is making life tricky.  I think it's just the shock of it all.  Fibromyalgia and I will find a middle ground sometime soon.  Either that or I'll just fly the coop.

Travel: Speaking of "flying the coop" I'll be doing just that in two weeks.  The husband's mid-life crisis is seeing us hit Vegas again in mid June.  I figured if it was so important to him I'd be better scheduling it around the Licensing Convention again so I can possibly get some business opportunities out of it.

Modelling:  Since the excitement of Fashion Week we've not travelled to Sydney at all for the model daughter.  She's been in catch up mode with all of her assignments and getting up to date with her classes.  She'll be "living" in Sydney for ten days while we're in Vegas as she undertakes work experience at the model agency and lives in the model house.  She's decided to see how this modelling stuff works from the back end.

Author:  Well, I finally sent the edited manuscript to the printers who are getting Cheer Chick Charlie Book 8 into print ready format for me to see a mock-up.  Once I get that there will be more editing and we'll be one step closer to hitting the print button.  As for my eBook, I have a lovely young man creating a capture page for that so I can start advertising it for free download.  I'm really keen to get this spin-off novelette out to people because all kids should have access to books whether they can afford it or not. Obviously it's also another way to market myself as an author.

Cheerleader: Since handing over my squad I've not had any face-to-face contact with cheerleading all year.  I am however still coordinating the ACT Regional Competition which happens in August.  This is the comp that we run to raise money for charity and to also raise money for skilling programs in the ACT.  All ACT regional cheerleading programs are involved (currently 12 squads in total) and I project manage the event.  We had over 500 athletes at the comp last year and I think we'll get similar (if not more) this year.  Anyway, I've started getting that sorted because August will be here before we know it!

Business:  I'm still enjoying seeing my clients and running my Achieve Beyond Home Business Network.  I wouldn't say business is booming but I have enough clients to keep me out of mischief and to keep the money dribbling into the business account.  I really love working with people to achieve their goals.  To be honest I feel guilty getting paid!

Blogging: Well, what you see is what you get.  I'm still doing it every day.  Whether I've got something to write about or not.

Apologies for not giving you something fresh and exciting to read.

Are you bored? Yeah, so am I.

I'm off to wake the teen to see if she's interested in a pre-dawn walk.

I'll catch up with you later! 

Happy Tuesday. 

24 comments :

  1. You've got a lot going on! I'm sorry to hear you've been in pain. I do hope that improves for you. Glad you sorted out your boy's problem. Good luck with the website! Speaking of dogs, we recently lost one and are now down to just 1 dog. Good luck with Book 8 - wow! I do not know how you manage to blog each and every day but good on you! :-)

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    1. I think I'd be happy to have a dog again. One of our own I mean. But just one. So much easier to manage ... and give attention to ... than multiples. Although dogs do love each other's company.

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  2. You're off to Vegas? Soooooooo jealous!

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  3. Wow, you've got a lot on your plate at the moment. I was watching Mr 6 read yesterday and he was squinting at the book. I think I might have to book him an optometrist appointment sooner rather than later!

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    1. I am sad that we hadn't gone back down this route sooner. He'd been when he was 6, and then we became aware of the dyslexia thing so we've concentrated on that, and we just forgot all about keeping up to speed with his standard every day seeing! Poor man.

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  4. Wow that is a lot and thanks - this was a great catch up post to find out everything that's happening with you. Prob felt boring to you, but very interesting to me! So glad your boy got his prescription sorted. Hope you and Fibromyalgia get something sorted soon. That may suck so much x #TeamIBOT

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    1. Glad it didn't bore you. Fibro and me have an awkward relationship. Mostly we tolerate each other but lately I'm wishing fibro would bugger off.

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  5. Interesting post, hearing whats going on in your life. You seem so busy! Dog sitting sounds like fun!

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    1. To be honest I can't cope with not being busy. I love being occupied, that's for sure.

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  6. So much has been happening for you!
    You are looking very schmick in that pic too. (Blog your outfit next week!)
    As for the chin hairs post, that sounds hilarious so blog that too!

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    1. I always feel a tad guilty blogging about fashion because I don't consider myself to be particularly stylish. But after reading a bunch of our lovely real mum fashion bloggers I'm feeling a bit more confident in that regard.

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  7. I haven't been to Vegas since I was 12! It would be awesome to go back as an adult. Though I'm not a gambler and barely a drinker this year it seems.

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    1. I don't gamble either, nor do I drink much (comparatively speaking). But I still find something to do in Vegas. To be honest I'm a bit over it. But the hubster really wants to go, so what an ya do? I'll just lay by a pool and get some much needed Vitamin D

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  8. Holy moley no wonder you've got no writing mojo with all that going on. I need a cup of tea and a lie down just reading that! Have a rest, recharge and no, it wasn't boring.

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  9. You are always so busy and so positive too Leanne. Keep up all the great stuff and enjoy hubby's midlife crisis

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    1. Thanks Nat. I will do my best to enjoy the MLC. Remind me not to have one of my own.

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  10. Wow! So much going on Leanne. Enjoy Vegas :)

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  11. Not boring at all! I love hearing what people are up to. I hope the new specs help your son and perhaps it's time you moved to a warmer climate. Hope you're not in too much pain.

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    1. I reminded the hubster again that we'll be moving to warmer temps within the next 10 years. I'm not going to get old and remain cold.

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  12. Busy busy! I was thinking you were just in Sydney but guess it's a sign that you're super busy when you feel like you haven't been for a while and it's only a couple of weeks!

    I've not traveled in a really long time but hope to do so if I ever bloody lose weight!

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    1. You're probably right. I was actually in Sydney not long ago. I guess I'm just used to being up there a couple of times a week that to have a break feels weird. I can't wait to see you start travelling too Deb!

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