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02 December 2016

November In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left corner: (1) IPA - my favorite kind of beer; (2) Andy Warhol exhibit in Portland; (3) Press on nails - research for my mystery novel; (4)  Family fun - searching for gravestones; (5) A new coloring book!; and (6) Thanksgiving festivities and friends.


It's time for the monthly recap in numbers - an assortment of odd tidbits and random thoughts that popped into my head when I was reflecting back on the month.

  • 1 – The number of beers I had during election night coverage. I went with a nautically themed beer – a Boatswain American IPA. It was a delightful distraction.
  • 9 – The number of hours it took to fly from West Palm Beach, Florida to Portland, Oregon to visit my family. Once you add in travel time to the airport, time spent waiting in lines and sitting around time, it makes for a long day. My flights were on time, which was good. However, on one of my flights, the guy sitting next to me was in a serious need of a shower, which was not so good.
  • 3 – The number of times my mom and I visited Lone Fir Cemetery in search of dead bodies. I realize saying “dead bodies” probably doesn’t make sense. One expects the bodies in cemeteries to be dead. But you never know, so it doesn’t hurt to specify to the universe that you’d prefer the bodies in the cemetery to be dead.
  • $20 – How much my new messenger bag cost me. I had been hanging onto my old one for a really long time in an effort not to spend money unnecessarily. But it finally gave up on life and, to be honest, it was starting to smell bad like that guy on the airplane.
  • $1.50 – How much it cost to rent Star Trek: Beyond at the Red Box kiosk while I was in Portland. I had no idea what Red Box was all about. What’s even more astonishing is that I had no idea they have one in Indiantown. I just always assume anything I really want or need requires a drive to Stuart. Turns out, DVD rentals can also be found in Indiantown. Dunkin Donuts and Red Box - why would anyone ever want to leave this place?
  • Gazillion – How many boats there currently are in slips at the marina. Okay, maybe not a gazillion as there aren’t a gazillion slips here, but after the long, quiet summer, it’s starting to seem a little crazy here with all of the people.
  • 7,505 – Number of words I wrote on one of the days during the NaNoWriMo Challenge. I was mentally exhausted by the end of that day.
  • 4 – Number of days of Thanksgiving festivities at Indiantown Marina. The owner puts on a huge celebration for everyone here including live music, meals (including Thanksgiving dinner), drinks and more. A good opportunity to catch up with friends and eat far too much.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite posts from last month:

Emigrating to New Zealand | How & Why We Did It
Some Secrets are Dead Boring
Morning Coffee | Random Thoughts & Oddities


How was your November? What are you looking forward to in December?

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24 comments:

  1. You can have all the IPA's in the world. I've always wondered why they make them and who drinks them, now I know.
    Matt has a messenger bag problem. He spends a lot of $ every year searching for the perfect one. The search continues.

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  2. Now you can watch more movies! And eat more donuts.
    Showering should be a requirement for all passengers. You stink, you're not boarding the plane.

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    1. Now that would be a horrid job, being the person in charge of smelling each passenger and deciding whether they can board or not :-)

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  3. What an excellent one day word count! I think the highest I've ever done was somewhere over 5000, and that was in a couple of time chunks, not all in one shot.

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    1. I did break it up into a few sessions in the day. I can't imagine doing all of that in one sitting.

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  4. The dreaded downside to flying solo -- getting stuck next to the stinky guy. I hate that!

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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    1. Yep - it was a real downer on the trip :-(

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  5. Sounds like you had a great November. Good for you. I hope you had more than one beer all month though.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. I must confess - I did have more than one beer during November.

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  6. They all sound like good numbers to me, even all the airplane time! Glad you got to see your family. :-)

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. The airplane time was worth it for seeing the family.

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  7. Your Thanksgiving celebrations sound wonderful. How did you even have the time to do anything else - let alone travel to Oregon - while you were writing 50,000 words? Great organizational skills, Ellen! My November was incredibly busy as well. For December, I look forward to actually achieving a few things while being busy!

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    1. My trip to Portland was why I started NaNoWriMo so late. I didn't begin until I got back to Florida.

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  8. Sounds like a good November! I forget how long our flight to Savannah was, but since it was from Colorado to Chicago to Savannah, it ended up far longer than it needed to be. Ah well. It was more time with my husband. Also, I am desperately in need of a new messenger bag, but am trying to put it off until after Christmas. Mine is dying a slow, messy death. Congrats on such a great one day word count!

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    1. It's crazy how you can end up almost doubling the miles to get to Pt A from Pt B because they route you thru cities far away from your destination.

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  9. Alaskan Icy Bay IPA, is the only IPA I can drink, maybe you'll get to try it. https://alaskanbeer.com/our-beers/icy-bay-ipa/

    In December, I'm looking forward to finishing projects, having company, and getting out of the marina finally.

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    1. It sounds delish. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like they sell it on the East Coast :-(

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  10. That's a lot of celebrating! I don't drink (gives me headaches & puts me to sleep. It's tough getting old! lol) but if I did I'd have needed a lot more than 1 on election night... I'm guessing you fond some dead bodies in the cemetery. I'm thinking you might want to check mortuaries, too. lol "It finally gave up on life and, to be honest, it was starting to smell bad like that guy on the airplane." Haha! 7,505? Holy cow! That's awesome! The T Day celebrations sound wonderful! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. It was a large bottle, so it was like having two beers, which were definitely needed :-)

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  11. You're right--it doesn't get much better than a night of Dunkin' Donuts and Red Box.

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