10 October 2016

A Season of Self-Care

Autumn is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite season. Not only is it the season of my birthday (*cough* November 12 *cough) but also my favorite holiday, Halloween! Plus, y'know, Pumpkin Spice everything and the golden blaze of changing leaves and, eventually, autumn runs and, yeah. Autumn and I are BFFs.

The flip side of that, though, is that autumn is when my cyclical depression shows up. I often say Sometimes in September, Often in October, Never in November. I made it through September okay and it's usually gone by the time my birthday rolls around, but here we are, in October and I'm moving under a sort of haze and all I want to do is sleep.

But I can't, because there is SO MUCH going on right now. For the most part, it's all really good stuff: Running with a Police Escort is coming out in less than three months. This weekend I'm leaving for a work trip to Massachusetts (yup, I'll be paid to be in Boston and Salem in October. Feel free to be jealous). The podcast I do at my job is starting to pick up steam and we have some really exciting author interviews coming up.

But BC is also recovering from his patella injury/surgery so now it's my turn to take care of him, which I am happy to do, but with work and that and my depression, I am in a place where I really need to focus on self-care. I need to take some things off my plate and take a step back and focus on me and my needs.

I need to take a blogging break.

When I look around at things in my life that add to my stress, this blog is currently one of them. Which is unfortunate but when I look at my schedule each week, all I can think is Ugh, I also should write a blog post. Which is so not the attitude I want to have but finding the time and the energy to do that is hard because when I have time and energy, I want to do other things. Or I have to do other things.

So I don't want to blog just for the sake of blogging but I also don't want to take a month off without any explanation beforehand, so, here I am.

I'll still be around on Twitter and Instagram and maybe Facebook, but I won't be writing blog posts. At least not for the next month: I'm giving myself until my birthday to just stop and breathe and focus on me.

Hope you all have a lovely month and see you on the other side.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

07 October 2016

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothie

Disclosure: I am writing this as a member of Peanut Butter & Co.'s Yum Squad. All opinions are my own.

My friend Kelly makes fun of me for being a total basic white girl this time of year. Because once pumpkin spice season hits, this is me:

I'm pretty insufferable about it.

The only thing I love more than pumpkin spice is peanut butter. Luckily they are a combination that go well together, especially if you use Peanut Butter & Co.'s Mighty Maple. So when Peanut Butter & Co. asked us members of the Yum Squad if we'd be interested in creating a fall recipe I WAS ALL OVER IT.

Oh yeah, baby.

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tablespoons Mighty Maple peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4-5 ice cubes

Blend until smooth, then drink!


Super delicious, super simple and -- bonus! -- it's also vegan! (With the exception of the Bee's Knee's variety, all of Peanut Butter & Co.'s peanut butter are vegan.)

Drinking anything pumpkin-y makes me think of the boy wizard and the popular pumpkin juice mentioned in the books.

I'm pretty sure, despite their differences, even Sirius and Snape would agree this smoothie is magically delicious.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

05 October 2016

Workout Wednesday

Last week was my first week back to exercising since getting cleared by my bone doc. Needless to say I was really, really happy to get back to it.

Monday and Wednesday I used my lunch breaks to walk around our warehouse at work. And, of course, on Tuesday, I made my return to spinning!

Thursday I normally would have done some yoga at lunch but I had an event that night -- oh, y'know, just interviewing James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner. No biggie -- so I had to look nice (like, sitting on a stage in front of 400 people nice).

Then on Saturday I went downstairs to our basement where we have a FitDesk bike and rode that for a little bit. (One of these days I'll be really productive and take my computer with me down there. Hmmm, maybe I'll try that the next time I work from home!)

Considering #anklegate meant I didn't walk for, like, three months and I've slowly been working back up to it, I'm quite pleased with my numbers this week!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

03 October 2016

Less Than 100 Days

I have a book coming out in January! January 3, to be exact, which is three months from today! That's, like, less than 100 days, y'all.

Just about a year ago I was working on my book proposal, which I sent to Skyhorse hoping they'd accept it and offer me a contract. WHICH THEY TOTALLY DID. So then I spent the next months writing it and then I spent the summer editing and proofreading it. A couple of weeks ago my awesome editor sent me a proof of the photo interior that will be in the middle of the book and now it's really just a matter of waiting until publication day!

Soon I'll also start having discussions with my publicist about author visits and such (which is just so weird to think about) but hopefully there will be opportunities for all of my non-Cleveland area readers and friends to come see me! Once I start having firm dates and details I will, of course, keep all of you updated in case you're interested in coming to an event!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

30 September 2016

Spin Cycle

This week I set one goal for myself:

That was it. That was my only goal. Well, not my only goal, I always have little ones I try to meet on a daily basis, but it was the really big goal.

Now that I've been cleared for (most) exercise, I have to challenge myself to get back into a routine. A routine that includes very early morning spin classes at least once a week. In fact, the YMCA changed the times -- what used to be a 6 am class is now a 5:45 am class.

Thankfully I live ridiculously close and there's no traffic that early and I tend to be an early riser anyway so waking up and getting ready was easy enough. (Granted, ask me again once it starts snowing.)

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Bonus: Thanks to the very short drive and the early morning hour, I was able to go back to the house and get ready for work there!

I haven't been on a spin bike in about six months, back when my favorite spinning instructor went on maternity leave back in March. Then, of course, like two months later I broke my fibula and have been out of commission ever since.

Needless to say I eased back into it. My core needs work so I couldn't do most of the standing rides and sometimes the angle made a little noise in my still recovering ankle so I didn't push it too much.

But man oh mangoberry you guys it felt so good to work out again!

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus
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