Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Slacking off in several directions

For the past five days or so, our kitchen cabinets have been undergoing refinishing, so we've been unable to use the microwave, oven, stove and refrigerator, which has made it difficult for me to stick with the NS foods.  We've eaten out, and twice I ordered Chinese soup, so I'm hardly starving.  Actually, I've gained back two pounds!  Annoying, but hopefully our kitchen will be back in working order by tomorrow evening and I can get back on track.  Come to think of it, Thursday will be another off-NS day, as I will be celebrating my birthday with turkey chili, cornbread and the Hawaiian Paradise Delight cake from King's Hawaiian Bakery that I get every year.  At least it's a light sponge cake with whipped topping rather than frosting, so my conscience won't bother me too much.  The three layers are flavored with guava, passionfruit and lime, and it's topped with kiwi, peaches and strawberries.  Gorgeous, isn't it?  

I just read another history of Pitcairn Island from the point of view of the Tahitian women who helped colonize the island and was written by a descendant of Fletcher Christian and Mauatua, his Tahitian wife.  It's a fascinating tale and quite an eye-opener to how life was back then, and it's definitely a tribute to those women who formed the backbone of the society.

Work on my book is slow, though I keep coming up with new scenarios and details that I want to add into what I already have.  Camp NaNo begins again in April, so March will be spent ramping up for that, and since I'll be rebelling, I'm trying to get as much as I can of the outline filled in, so I can spend the month fleshing everything out.  

So, I've slacked off a bit this week, but I'm ready to get back to work.  Stay safe and have a good one!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pitcairn Island fascination

Haven't written nearly as much as I had planned on, which I need to remedy, but I've been getting quite a bit of reading done.  Lately, I've been fascinated by the Pitcairn Island history.  I had seen a House Hunters International episode of a couple buying a house on Norfolk Island, which is between Australia and New Zealand.  It's absolutely beautiful there, so I did some research and found out that it was originally populated by Polynesians, who lived there between the 14th or 15th centuries but disappeared after several hundred years.  It had served as a British penal colony twice between 1788-1794, when it was abandoned again.

In 1856, the entire population of Pitcairn Island were relocated to Norfolk Island, although after two years, some people decided to return to Pitcairn Island, and then more followed in 1863.

The people of Pitcairn Island are descendants of the nine mutineers from The Bounty led by Fletcher Christian and the Tahitian women they brought with them in 1790.  By the time their first visitors arrived on the island from an American whaling ship in 1808, only one of the mutineers, John Adams, ten Tahitian women and 23 children were left.  All of the other men, mutineers and Polynesians, were either murdered or died by other causes.  

From a rather violent beginning, the small island colony was introduced to Christianity and adopted the Seventh Day Adventist doctrine as their own and became peaceful and created a successful society.

Interaction with the outside world was very slow in the beginning, with years going by without seeing a ship.  Even today, they might have to wait months between contacts with outsiders.  

The circumstances in which the Pitcairn Islanders have found themselves is unique in the world.  For a small band of people from two cultures to come together and over the next few hundred years build a new society and culture together with very little outside contact is fascinating from the anthropological standpoint.  The intermarriages and intertwined family lineages would make an interesting puzzle for genealogists and DNA scientists to work through.  

Would I like to visit the island?  Yes, though I hear it is very difficult to get permission.  I'd love to get the chance to learn for myself, firsthand, what their culture is like.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

1 Month with NS

Start date: 1/12/13
Total lost: 15.6
Two-week loss: 3.4

Well, I didn't do as well this past period as I did during the first period, probably because I didn't realize until I was in the second half of the period that I was eating more almonds than I should for one serving.  How could I have mistaken 28 for 16?  Ah well, a lesson learned.  Watching the total calories better now, too.  

I've found some favorite meals now:

Turkey Sausage and Egg Muffin
Cinnamon Roll

Fudge Graham Bar
Red Beans and Rice

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Roast Turkey Medallions

Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Red Velvet Whoopie Pie
All of the ice creams

Meals I'm not so fond of:

Cinnamon Bun
Egg & Turkey Sausage Roll

Spicy Kung Pao Noodles
Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Chicken Alfredo (but my cat liked it)

Fudge Brownie
Apple Pie

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the food, most of them are full of flavor, and I'll have no problems rotating the yummy selections through my menu.  I'm also happy with the weight loss thus far and look forward to my next weigh-in in two weeks.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Books Read in January 2013

Boneham, Sheila Webster
  • Drop Dead on Recall
Fiction.  First in a cozy series starring a freelance photographer/dog enthusiast who witnesses a co-competitor collapse at a dog obedience trial and becomes involved in solving the murder.

Brady, Joan
  • God on a Harley 
Fiction.  Interesting tale of a woman burned out on life who meets a mysterious man on a Harley Davidson who seems to have all the answers.

Brown, Rita Mae
  • A Nose for Justice 
Fiction.  Boring and full of rhetoric.  Too many things going on, couldn’t even figure out what the main mystery was.  I thought I’d like talking dogs, but not in this book.  Actually, the dogs were more entertaining than the human characters.

Burke, Jerome 
  • Black Point 
Fiction.  Time travel novel about a man who finds himself in another century, who falls in love and makes a life for himself, while trying to avoid a lawman intent on finding his secrets.

Galenorn, Yasmine
  • Etched in Silver 
Fiction.  Novella starring Camille D’Artigo of the Sisters of the Moon series.  She meets Trillian while tracking down a murderer.

Peters, Elizabeth
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank 
Fiction.  First in a long-standing series of cozy mysteries starring a wealthy English woman who adopts a companion and takes her on a tour of Egypt’s archeological sites.  They discover the beauty of Egypt along with the dangers, as they encounter a mysterious mummy who threatens them.

Sparks, Nicholas
  • True Believer
Fiction.  Mysterious lights flicker in a cemetery, and a freelance journalist is hired to solve the mystery.  He finds love and loss along the way.

Wallace, Benjamin
  • Dumb White Husband vs. Santa
Fiction.  Short story of Dumb White Husband’s struggle to provide the perfect Christmas for his family.