Good news:  We found out on Monday that Crush was accepted into the Portland Oregon Woman’s Film Festival in March!  That makes nine acceptances for our short film.  We are nearing the end of our festival run, so Rebecca and I are both very proud of the success it’s had.  I wish we had the means to attend them all, but we were fortunate enough to at least go to most.

Today will be a snow day for some of us in the Southeast, a rare occurrence indeed.  It’s only a matter of time before my Instagram feed is covered in white…which will be really fun to see.

As of yesterday at my two-week weigh-in, I’ve lost 5.5 pounds!  It is a reminder of how much work it takes to lose, but I’m well on my way to my goal.  James has also lost close to 7, thanks to our calorie counting efforts on LiveStrong’s MyPlate.  We have a few food events to navigate in the near future, but I feel very confident that my overall health goal will remain the most important focus.

Speaking of team efforts, it’s been really nice to have other friends preparing for the Florida Half Ironman in May.  I get regular check-ins from my friend Lauren, which I greatly appreciate.   She and I will probably put our names in the hat for the October Ironman Lottery in Kona…I  might as well since I’ve built up the momentum with prior year submissions.  With each passing year, your likelihood of being chosen grows by your number of annual entries.  Scary and awesome thought all at the same time.  One of these days they are going to draw my name from the hat, and I am sure I will freak out accordingly on every level.

My writing has been going good as well.  It is a definite challenge on a daily basis, as it takes a lot of willpower to move forward.  I can clearly see myself with a finish book in my hands… so I know it is going to happen for me.  Once it’s finished, I predict that I will say it was the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do.  I’m sure tackling a feature film will be just as hard, but I am very familiar with the production world.  Writing a book has been like being dropped off in the middle of Antarctica with only a pair of shorts and a tank top.  But even the smallest successes are hugely rewarding, so I can only imagine the feeling I will have once it is complete.