Ok, enough with the false starts. Today is the day I really start blogging. For reals.

So, I’ve read that it takes 21 days to make a new habit stick. Today is the first day that I’m adding two new habits, and hopefully I’ll still be doing them come November 1 (which, coincidentally, is 21 days from now). The first habit is trying to eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. This is very necessary, as I have easily gone WEEKS without eating a single vegetable. In the summer, I do pretty well because I eat a lot of salads. After the summer is over, though, I don’t do so hot. I end up eating a lot of cereal and Hot Pockets. And I don’t think the peppers and onions in the Chicken Fajita Lean Pocket add up to even one whole serving. Sigh.

The second habit is writing, really writing, every day. Which means a new post here every day, hopefully. This is important because, as of November 1, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. In other words (ha!), I will write 50,000 words during the month of November. That breaks down to 1,666.67 words per day. Wow. I’m kinda getting nervous about that already. But for the rest of October, I am going to set aside 1 hour per day to write, brainstorm for my NaNoWriMo novel, and read a book on fiction writing (which has writing exercises, so it totally counts). And that means the candybuttons blog will benefit from all that writing time. Once November starts, though, I probably won’t post a lot, though I will at least put excerpts of my novel up here to share.

The Cat is not at all supportive of either of these habits. He knows that there aren’t any real vegetables served at Bojangles, so he will not get any chicken scraps for dinner as long as I am sticking to habit #1. And I don’t know what his problem is with habit #2, but he is sitting on my left arm and squishing it between the keyboard and his belly, so clearly he is not for it.

Anyway, I thought I’d end today’s post with a funny little story about what an idiot I am. Here is what I did at work today…

Last week, I sent out a survey to last summer’s residential staff asking them if they’d like to come back next summer, when they’ll know if they can commit, etc. I also asked them what they wish they’d brought with them, or what they would suggest that new RCs bring with them when they come to campus. Most of them said things like “colored tshirts for Quadfest (a field-day type activity)” or “nice clothes for the last dance” or “things you can make into a random costume” or “DVDs and CDs” or even “one really cool random thing that your group can rally around and form a crazy identity.”

Awesome, I thought. Couldn’t have said it better myself. But then I saw one response that caused me to gasp audibly. Someone actually said that new RCs should bring “Liquor” to campus with them!! This was shocking because a) it’s against our rules to have alcohol on campus, b) they are working with children so that is totally inappropriate, and c) we have had a lot of problems with this in the past.

Well! I huffed. I am so not hiring this person back next year! Let me see who wrote this! I nearly gave the mouse whiplash as I scrolled back to see the offending name—and it was…


I forgot that I had filled out a test survey last week, and apparently, I thought it would be hilarious to put that in there. Turns out, it was more hilarious than I ever could have expected! So I immediately ran around the office and told all my coworkers. I think it makes them all feel good that they are not the biggest idiot in the office. That’d be me.