An Odd Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/20/14

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Is anyone else having a hard time accepting that it’s Wednesday, already? This happens to me every time we travel, whether for a day or a weekend – I lose my time sense, and things feel a bit -well, out-of-kilter is the best way I have of describing it. It’s not that I haven’t done things, but more that the things I’ve done haven’t all been the things I usually do.

I haven’t done any revising on Chameleon’s Dish, and my blog comments are woefully behind – sorry, folks, that’ll be a priority over the coming days! – and, although I’v made my scheduled blogposts, none of them have exactly appeared on time.

On the other hand…

  • I have added words to Perchance to Dream each day. On Sunday, literally in the middle of a sentence, a major and utterly unexpected plot twist occurred, and now everything else will need to accommodate this new reality, which I never saw coming. Sometimes writing is like that – and the story will be far more intense, and the stakes higher, because of it.

  • I had a very strong workout on Tuesday, even after a physically strenuous day on Saturday. I’m seeing changes in the way my body looks, feeling changes in my muscles, and these changes are reflected in what I’m able to do. Since my goal is focused on well-being rather than weight loss, I feel like my exercise and nutrition goals are yielding high results, and that makes me happy! =)

So, all in all, this was a productive stretch for me, even if it had some odd twists and angles to it. Life can be like that, and, at least for me, these times shake and stir life up, keeping thing interesting. And that is definitely good for my writing!

A different view….

Here’s my somewhat twisty progress since my (a day late) last update ! =)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Welll….

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded for this session!

  • August 17: 823 words.

  • August 18: 751 words.

  • August 19: 797 words.

Beauty is where you find it…

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More porch decluttering.

Clean out email files.On target.

  • Got rid of another sheaf of messages.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Much more decluttering, a little beautifying. Mount Magnet awaits…

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target.

  • My daily flow was odd, due to life rhythm. I did things, and that’s the goal here.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target.

  • Still making big progress in small sprints. Not quite so many, with Jim’s weekend, and two physically strenuous days. I expect that to shift for the next few days, which are unscheduled.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target.

  • A little. This will be a major focus over the next days; I have lots to do!

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. On target.

  • The school district finally sent the packet we should have had a month ago, so all systems are go, and the four-week IHIP countdown is officially begun.

  • This will be a priority from now, until all required paperwork has been submitted.

Seeing things from a new angle!

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

  • August 18 was my estranged brother’s birthday – a milestone one, for him. I sent a message to wish him well, and in hopes of potentially healing our relationship. We were once very close, and I miss him.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • I had a vigorous workout, and loved it.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Target exceeded! =D

  • 1 mile in 20.49 minutes!
  • I needed a few brief breaks, and lowered the resistance of the program (and discovered I can actually achieve descents that way!).

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 7.26 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.

  • I’m edging up on this one. I was able to pedal faster and more consistently this week than in the past. I just need to build on this.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • 4 each for arms and torso; 5 for legs.

  • Gradually increasing weight, repetitions per set; and number of sets.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5; 1 of each.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts or seeds minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Yogurt: 2/2; Nuts/Seeds: 1 /2 (raw sunflower seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. On target.

  • Yup.

Living a triple-exposure kind of life….

 

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A Time-Traveling Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/18/14

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So, what were you up to, last weekend? The kids and I traveled to the Finger Lakes Region, and through time, and spent a lovely afternoon at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. We’d been once before, a few years back, but they’re older now, old enough even to go off by themselves some – even to the maze that terrified Lise the last time we attempted it.

So, while I made excellent progress on several goals; things got a little backed up on Saturday, which was a long and strenuous day, and I didn’t get either of my Sunday posts done yesterday. I’m catching up, but there’s further to go before I return to an even keel.

Sometimes life is like that.

The pictures are a bit of time-traveling, too. I do have new pictures – on my camera…these are from our first visit, in 2010.

I have lots of ideas churning, still – and still not quite ready to be born. There will be things written, but not in this post.

Here’s what I’ve been up to, besides time- traveling, that is…=)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Target attained for posting; nothing queued as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target attained for this session!

  • August 13: 791 words.

  • August 14: 913 words.

  • August 15: 937 words.

  • August 16: 850 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • Still on plot point 2/10; Scene 10/60.

  • This is a resolution scene; I’m taking my time with it, and it’s much improved with one pass left to make.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • More porch decluttering.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Got rid of another sheaf of messages.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Much more decluttering, a little beautifying.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment Daily Writing Frames for the rest of the year. On target; goal changed.

  • I’m adapting my daily flow to accommodate my current goals and life rhythm.

Use Daily Hometending Frames; adapt to suit shifting goals and circumstances as needed. On target; goal changed.

  • I’m liking the plan as it stands, for the moment. I’m making big progress in small sprints; and that’s making a difference in several areas of the house.

Set aside several sessions weekly for Adminstrative Frames, shifting according to goals and circumstances. On target; attention given intermittently, but weekly.

  • Going well enough. Right now, I have a LOT of administration; so I’m digging through it.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received.On target.

  • Reading section complete.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target attained!

  • Reconnected with my friend Jen Tilottson. I hadn’t seen her since my wedding almost 17 years ago! =D

  • I’ve got messages and tentative plans with others, as well.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • The kids and I attended Sterling Renaissance Festival. The festival is permanent, and built on a steep hill. Lots of walking up and down translates to lots of physical activity.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Not quite.

  • 4/5; 2 of each.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • 3-4 Greek yogurts; lots of almonds; pumpkin seeds.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. On target.

  • Yup.

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A Diffused Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/13/14

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Have you ever felt like there was so much welling up from deep inside you that it had to come pouring out – but, at the same time, these richly layered thoughts and feelings exist beneath the level of language?

That’s where I am today – achurn with things I can’t begin to express in words.

Instead, I’m letting the videos in this post speak for me, express some of what’s going one beneath my surfaces.I’ll save my words for the actual goal update, WIPs, and comments, for now.

Are there any images or videos that say things for you that you can’t express yourself?  I’d love to see them! If you care to share, post up a link in the comments (keep it family-friendly, please!).

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. On target.

  • I began a list of issues I would like to address. It’s raw, and not complete, and it’s a beginning.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target for posting; nothing queued as yet.

  • I have a list of snippets and ideas for queuing; the next step is to begin to develop them.

  • I’m thinking I need to adapt the queuing part of this goal; more on that later…

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

  • I’ve got ideas for wider sharing; and will be implementing them organically in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for progress…

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • I’ve got diversification ideas; again, I’ll be implementing these organically.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded!

  • August 10: 759 words.

  • August 11: 776 words.

  • August 12: 901 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • I’m still on plot point 2/10; scene 10/60.

  • I was stuck, and feeling detached from this scene. I took Sunday and much of Tuesday off, then reread what I had revised – and now I think I see how the scene is meant to play out.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • Continued with the porch/playroom cleanout; significant progress made.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • I’m sorting through bins and bags of small stuff that have been waiting in the middle of the floor for an embarrassingly long time…

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • Refining this; a goal change on Sunday.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Going well; progress being made.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminsitrative Frames, maybe?) On target.

  • Again; a change of goal coming on Sunday.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Jeremiah began the Reading section.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target attained!

  • Next up; planning and executing!

Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. On target.

  • Annalise has been wanting to go to a diner late at night; a local diner’s birthday celebration offered us a perfect opportunity, which we took.

  • Jim and I have plans for a lunch date next week! We haven’t had a date in years! <3

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. On target.

  • The children and I are planning on attending a Renaissance Festival this weekend. Lots of walking involved! =)

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • I had a pleasingly vigorous workout.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. On target.

  • .75 mile in just under 16 minutes.
  • I took a few brief breaks, and lowered the resistance. Once I make the time and distance, I’ll start increasing those.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 7.09 miles in 30 minutes, with manual intervals.
  • Again, I lowered the resistance; will increase once time/distance goal is met.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Arms: 4; Legs: 5: Torso: 3.
  • Increased weights on several machines.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5: 1 of each.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • Yogurt:1 /2; Nuts: 0/2.

Weight goal for August:

Maintain or reduce weight measured at beginning of the round. Target exceeded!

  • My weight was down 3.5 pounds. Some of it was likely being sick; but I feel that my nutrition and fitness goals played a role.
  • Goal change coming Sunday.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

Read more ROW; or, better yet, join in! =D  Carpe Diem!

A Huge Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/10/14

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

Ever get the chance to do something that terrifies you? Did you leap into it, stretch your comfort zone, lean in, freeze where you were, slip out the back, or flee in terror?

This week, a remarkable opportunity presented itself to me – well, not only me, but this is pretty special to me, on a deeply personal level.

On September 4, I will be traveling, hopefully in the company of two fellow ROWers (to be named later, if they want to be), to New York City, for World Sexual Health Day.

I have some strong feelings on this subject, but I’ve seldom articulated them beyond my own family and very close friends. Most especially, I have opinions on the way children are introduced to matters of sexuality – for reproduction or otherwise. I believe that the manner in which they learn of these important facets of humanity can affect their approach and attitudes toward sex and gender for a lifetime – and that makes it vitally important to do it well.

I’m not quite ready to leap into this headlong. But I am ready to stretch. It feels right.

Tomorrow, I will be posting my entry into the WSHD Writing Contest, as my Coffee and Conversation feature. If you’re so inclined, stop by, cheer me on, join the conversation – and maybe even male your own entry into the contest!

Doesn’t stretching feel great?!

All stretched out!

And now, on to my ROW80 Update:

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

  • For a brief moment, I was caught up with comments. That’s OK- bring ‘em on!

Dragonfly Sexual Health Day?

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target exceeded!

  • August 6: 767 words.

  • August 7: 752 words.

  • August 8: 837 words.

  • August 9: 1003 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • In the midst of revising plot point 2/10.

  • WIP progress: scene 10/60 in progress.

And new opportunities!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • In working on a heavy-duty decluttering of our front porch, I’m also preparing for moving furniture from the family room into that space.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • Going through some bags and bins of random items; sorting and homing.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • The adapted frames are working fairly well; there will be monthly tweaks, but I find the flow helps my focus.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Again, these will be changeable, but I’m pleased with the system I’m currently using.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?)On target.

  • Yes, I’m finding I can attend to administrative items in 3-5 purpose oriented sprints per week.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • Jeremiah has completed 2/3 pre-tests which will determine his testing level in each area.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Nutrition goals for August:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Not quite.

  • 4/5 this week; 2 salads; 2 smoothies.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • 3/2 for both.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “2”s every session.Target attained.

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Stretching into Revisions: ROW80 Update, August 6, 2014

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We’re nearly a week into August, now, and I’m finding the new rhythm of revisions. I hadn’t realized how much I’ve missed my characters from Chameleon’s Dish.

Have you ever had that experience, when you return to a WIP you haven’t spent time with for a while?

I’m also getting a better sense of the shape of my revision effort. It’s part excavation, and part reconstruction. It’s not something I intend to rush through; my goal is less about doing this fast as it is about creating a second draft that is ready for more refined editing.

So, it will take as long as it does. If I need to change my goals to accommodate this project, I will.

In other news, something big is on the horizon. I’ll maybe have more to say about it on the next week.

I’m also percolating. Ideas and scenes are forming; essays and blogposts are formulating.

How about you? Do you have a favorite project right now?

A Tisira’s-eye view….

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Target attained for posting; nothing queued as yet.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

Inspiration for Chameleon’s Dish.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire (overstrike), and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on Perchance to Dream daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Target attained!

  • August 3: 759 words.

  • August 4: 871 words.

  • August 5: 778 words.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish.

Revise all plot points by September 1. On target.

  • Plot points: 1/10.

  • Completed scenes/WIP: 9/60

A taste of Nockatee’s world.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. On target.

  • I did a little tidying and organizing in the family room.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • Two brief deletion efforts; junk folder emptied.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • The bookcase I am repurposing from the garage is in the house; some cleanup.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • The frames themselves look a bit different, but fit my current goals well.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target. Some intermittent progress, here.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. On target.

  • Several ideas in play.

One workout at the Y each week. On target.

  • Hooray for feeling better! I had a delightfully strenuous workout.

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round. Target attained; specific goals follow.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. On target.

  • I walked .5 miles in just under 10 minutes. I didn’t have the stamina for the entire mile, but am within the time frame.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • I biked 6.4 miles in 30 minutes, creating my own resistance intervals.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded!

  • 3 each for legs and torso; 4 for arms.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 2/5: One of each.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. Target attained!

  • I’m back on track.

Conflict!

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A Shakespearean Stretch: ROW80 Update, 8/3/14

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Ever have one of those whirlwhind weeks where you never quite feel on top of things, where the good and the not so much combine in ever-shifting patterns, swirling you up and carrying you along?

Yup, that was this week, for me. I started off still weathering a nasty bout of food poisoning – no more eating grapes in the dark, for me, thanks!

I recovered just in time for my birthday on Tuesday…and then, there was the discovery, on Thursday, that Annalise’s little cat, Baby, had died in her bedroom. She hadn’t been sick; and we don’t know what happened.

Friday brought the onset of new goals for August, and new focuses. I’ve got a lot of homeschool administration to attend to, and, after four months of new writing, I’m stepping back a little and focusing on revisions for the next two months.

Also on Friday, the children and I took in a free outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the Saratoga Shakespeare Company. This was a special interns’ performance, and these young folk are good! They offered a raucous and irreverent good time perfect for a warm summer night in an outdoor venue! =)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. Target mostly attained.

  • My Coffee and Conversation post was a day late; otherwise everything up on time.

  • My Sunday Post for August 3, 2014

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

  • Sharing a bit more than I was; and I have a few ideas to follow up on this week.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. On target.

  • I didn’t move very fast this week, but I got to some. I’ll catch up this week!

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Write at least 750 words on this WIP daily through August, or until the draft is completed. Not quite.

  • Aug. 1: 956 words.

  • Aug. 2: 0 words.

  • I got involved with editing and blogging on Saturday, and the day slipped by..I’ll chalk it up to adjusting to a new month.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. On target.

  • I’m still on scene 9/60, nearing the end.

  • I’ve set myself some time goals;

  • By 9/1, complete revisions for all plot points.

 

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue reclaiming my study. On target.

  • A little organizing and tidying.

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) On target.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting.

Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received. On target.

  • The test is here; we’ve decided to start on Wednesday.

 

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. On target.

  • Tentative plans to meet two friends; feelers out with another; and potentially something Way Big in early September!

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target met, or nearly so.

  • I lost track at the beginning of the week; but I think I made it, mostly with smoothies.

 

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “2”s every session. No. I’m behind, and I’m sorry!

Revise/complete my sponsor post and submit by August 1. Target met, more or less.

  • I was a day later than intended, but the post is written, and submitted.

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A Sicky-Tricky Stretch: July 31, 2014

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So, July is nearly over. Tuesday was my 45th birthday. Friday was the 11th anniversary of our baby boy Elijah’s death…and I had a nasty case of food poisoning which rendered me all but useless from Saturday to Monday. I am much better, but still tired, and taking things easy.

A sad remembrance.

But enough of that. Now, it’s time to move forward. On Friday, the children and I are planning to attend a free outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the Saratoga Shakespeare Company. We saw their Hamlet a few years ago; I’m excited!

And it’s time to examine my July goals, and set my course for August…

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo (overstrike) Target attained!

  • Homeschool Administration On target.

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration (this really was pushed aside for writing and living)

August Focal Areas:

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Chameleon’s Dish Revision

  • Social Media/Blog Design

Hamlet in the Park, July 2010.

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation. Nope. I explored options, nothing more.

Get the Kristen Lamb social media wizardry ball rolling. Nope. Story consumed me; life took what was left.

Start planning new website, using input from previous two goals. Perhaps obviously, no.

All layout/design goals will be carried forward into August.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. On target (mostly) for posting; nothing queued as yet.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target for sharing; no input from Kristen as yet.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. Target attained!

All blogging habits goals will be carried forward into August.

Congress Park Kids by the Spencer Trask statue, soon to be renovated.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Continue drafting Perchance to Dream during July NaNoWriMo. Target attained. Not quite two-thirds of the way through the draft.

This goal will shift to writing at least 750 words on this WIP daily through August, or until the draft is completed.

2014 Editing:

Complete first revision pass for Chameleon’s Dish. This was not an active goal for July.

This will likely be an August/September goal, since I currently have 8/60 scenes revised.

Energetic audience member Annalise, at age 6.

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Continue the family room reset. No, not really. Too much going on, with camping, birthdays, and the attendant chaos.

Clean out email files. On target I didn’t get to many, but I’m now making a more concerted effort.

Continue reclaiming my study. Nowhere close. I’m not even sure I’ve used my study this month!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target; although this was mostly organic, and interrupted often by life.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target. Some intermittent progress, here.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) More or less on target; attention given intermittently, but weekly.

All existing hometending goals will be carried forward into August.

Complete all required homeschooling documentation, testing, and reporting. Tis the season for major homeschool administration, so here it is.

  • Mail Annalise’s End of Year report.

  • Complete Jeremiah’s PASS test and submit results when received.

  • Complete fourth quarter reports for both children, and submit by 9/15.

  • Complete 2014-2015 IHIPs for both children; submit within 4 weeks of receiving confirmation of LOI packet.

Rear view Shakespeare sweeties.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

  • Select and complete projects from my Play Jar. Nope – unless it counts that I looked at the jar a time or three…

  • Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. Target exceeded!

  • Indulge in days with both children, at least one date with Jim, and one with myself. Spent Annalise’s birthday with her, but didn’t manage any of the others.

All intention and awareness goals will be carried forward into August.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained with Unschoolers Rock the Campground.

One workout at the Y each week. So close – there but for food poisoning….I missed this week.

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round. Target attained; specific goals follow.

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. Not quite.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. Not quite.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target met or exceeded for all but this week, when I was too sick.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target exceeded except for this week, when I scarcely ate.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded, until this week.

All fitness and nutrition goals will be carried forward into August.

Annalise loved the Mousetrap play-within-a-play.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “2”s every session.

  • Revise/complete my sponsor post and submit by August 1 – yes, I am late. July can do that. I do have an almost complete rough draft.

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In-Tents Stretch -ROW80 Update, 7/23/14

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Hey there! I missed Sunday’s update – I wrote it, but the kids and I were in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Rocking the Campground with radical unschooling friends old and new. It was a wonderful weekend, but internet connectivity was, shall we say, capricious, and I didn’t manage to get the update posted.

We’re home now, and life is starting to settle back into something resembling a typical rhythm…well, there is plenty of unpacking and unjumbling and hometending and dog-bathing to do, but we are home, and, little by little, things are starting to get done…

What about you? How was your weekend? Did you do anything special, or stick to routine? Did you find unexpected beauty or inspiration? Do you need time to readjust to life after an excursion, or do you just pick up where you left off?


My simplifed goals for the weekend:

Be where I am. Target attained!

  • Swimming, visiting old friends and making new, bestowing kindness, singing, partying, writing, taking pictures, enjoying nature, campfires, tending camp, being with the kids. More on what “being where I was” looked like in a very belated Coffee and Conversation post, later today.

Keep up with regular blog posts, and maybe comments. Target attained!

  • I didn’t quite get to all of the comments, but I did most. I’ll take it! =)

Get Lise’s report signed. Target attained!

  • It’s tremendously easy to find members for a homeschool review panel at an unschooling camp-out. I’ve even got a bona-fide teacher on the list. Each signature came with a chat, and these were the true treasure.

  • The report is signed by a panel of five, and ready to be mailed to the school district.

Move forward with beta-reading. Target attained!

  • I moved forward, and am confident at this point that I can finish by Sunday’s update.

Drafting if so inclined. Target attained!

  • I held off on new words until we’re home again. I did pull out a notebook, and write 3 pages of bulleted notes – mostly questions – to consider. It was a handy thing to do at the beach, when I’d had enough of the water, but the kids hadn’t.

And now, for those other goals, which were, for the most part, set aside for the weekend, and picked up on Monday and Tuesday…

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo 

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule; queue one post for each regular feature. A bit jumbled-up and delayed.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. On target.

  • I answered a few comments, and made a few visits, on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.

  • There’s still a small backlog.

 

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Make plans to meet with at least 1 person on my get-together list; get in touch with at least 2 more to express my wish to reconnect. On target.

  • Met with more than a dozen people I’ve been wanting to see, and made tentative plans to get together with one again sometime in the next month.

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Plan a monthly family excursion that involves physical activity. Target attained!

  • Oh, yes! =D

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • A low-intensity workout after a physically intense weekend.

Workout goals for July:

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. On target.

  • .25 miles. I forgot to note the time.

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 1 mile; resistance to 8.

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded for this week.

  • I added an arm machine, for a total of 4 arm; 3 leg; 3 torso this week.
  • I increased my repetitions, but used lower weight.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target exceeded!

  • 6/5: 3 salads, 3 smoothies.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target exceeded!

  • Greek yogurt; 4 /2.
  • 3/2:Pistachios and almonds.

Because I just had to share this! =D

 

 

Sponsor Stuff:

  • I have a rough draft of my sponsor post. Will revise and submit by Sunday.

Wednesday Visits:

Sunday Visits:

 

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An Adventurous Stretch -ROW80 Update, 7/16/14

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Hey there? Are you ready to go camping? No? Neither am I – which wouldn’t be a problem, if we weren’t going camping hours from home, starting- well, tomorrow!

Yeah. Failure to prepare early means I will spend most of today pulling my sh – uh, stuff – together. And help with the kids’ too…

I’m also simplifying my goals for the weekend, as I will be swimming and camping and not online much. Here’s the deal:

  • Be where I am.

  • Keep up with regular blog posts, and maybe comments.

  • Get Lise’s report signed.

  • Move forward with beta-reading.

  • Drafting if so inclined.

Yup, that’s it. I want low-stress and camaraderie and fun. I’ll be home on Monday. By Wednesday, I should be more ready to resume the rest of my goals-in-progress.

So, what are you doing, this weekend? Camping? Sunbathing? Living somewhere where it’s winter? Scribbling away madly? I’d love to know!

First unschooling campout, York, PA. They kids were 5 and 8, and that’s the local horse skull they’re posing with.

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo 

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration

2014 Blogging:

Focus on layout and design aspects of my Blogging Action Plan.

Play with Web Lab app; goal is exploration and experimentation.On target; more or less.

  • I looked at the app; the lab is closed. I saved some related links that may allow me to do what I was hoping to do with Web Lab.

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule;queue one post for each regular feature. On target; more or less.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target.

  • A bit slow; I’ve discovered that I prefer sharing as part of an interaction, and that I don’t feel a need to share every post. This is valuable information.

  • I have another insight or two developing.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. On target.

  • I’ve spent some time answering and making comments; I still have some dangling, but that means that I have interaction! Lots of happy, chatting, interaction!

Off to the boffer battle! Unschoolers Rock the Campground II.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Continue drafting Perchance to Dream during July. On target.

  • I’ve relaxed on word count, this session, and likely the next two, at least, while I focus on other things.

  • 3,556 new words.

  • 53,771 CampNaNo Words.

  • Scene 37/60 in progress.

  • 117,062 WIP words. I’m hoping to finish this long WIP draft at around 140,000 words.

Outside the Mayflower II, Plymouth, MA, 2009. Hot on the ship, hot in the village, hot in the tent, too!

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1. On target.

  • I’m doing this in a very general sense.

  • I’m attending to the flow and focus of my days.

  • I will adapt these into a daily plan by August 1.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Still attending to this one; I want more flexibility here.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) On target.

  • I’m discovering that this works well in the spaces between larger projects or activities; in times when I want to mull stories; and early and late in the day.

  • Began preparing Annalise’s End of Year Report.

  • Attended to some details for our camping trip.

Ready to explore the Mayflower II. Annalise at 6.

2014 Lifetending:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

One workout at the Y each week. Target attained!

  • Moderately strenuous workout on Tuesday.

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round. Target attained!

Workout goals for July:

Treadmill: 22 minute walking mile using “Rolling Hills” program. On target.

  • .50 miles in 10 minutes; 12 seconds.
  • I’m ahead on speed; but not quite ready to attempt the full mile (weekend plans include camping where there are several steep hills; I’ll add distance next week, after we’re home.)

Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program. On target.

  • 6.32 miles in 30 minutes; resistance to 9, but mostly 5 or below; again, saving some energy for a long, active weekend..

Weights: At the Y; minimum 3 machines for arms, legs, and torso weekly. Target exceeded for this week.

  • I added an arm machine, for a total of 4 arm; 3 leg; 3 torso this week.
  • I also increased my repetitions and weight on a few machines.

Nutrition goals for July:

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. On target.

  • 3/5: 2 salads, 1 smoothie.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. On target.

  • There was Greek yogurt in my smoothie. 1 /2.
  • I bought Greek yogurt and pistachios, so they will be on hand as snack items.

Campground Warrior at almost 9….

Sponsor Visits:

From Wednesday last:

From Sunday:

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The water really IS fine! The lake at Pinewoods Lodge Campground.

Stretched Between… – ROW80 Update, July 13, 2014

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Have you ever been stretched between joy and sorrow, light and shadows, sweetness and sadness?

That’s what July is for me. Tuesday, as I mentioned in Wednesday’s update, was Annalise’s tenth birthday- a day of fun and celebration, where I celebrated this daughter I never thought I’d have…

Because, you see, we were only planning to have two children, and she is our third.

And today – July 13 – is our second child’s birthday…and the beginning of the twelve-day stretch I call Elijah’s Days – the days that mark his very brief lifetime, all of it spent in the NICU, mostly in a coma from which he never woke. July 25 will mark the end of that lifetime, and, four days after that, I turn 45.

July is tricky. Elijah would be elven today, if he had lived – and Annalise wouldn’t exist. Our family would be different in ways too numerous and profound to mention here. I plan to take that on tomorrow, in my Coffee and Conversation post.

What I’ve found is that sorrow can coexist with grief. They’re interwoven, for me, forever. There’s no “getting over” the death of that sweet baby who lived only 12 days, but will forever be a part of who I am. The best I can do is to accept that it is as it is, and give love to those I can, and remember a small, perfect little person with an irreversibly injured brain, who was gone so long before I was ready to part with him…

In honor and remembrance of Elijah, I’m asking that, over the next 12 days, you lavish your beloveds with love. Life is brief, and uncertain, except for one thing…we are all going to die, someday. I’m not trying to be morbid, only realistic. Our time here is finite. Pretending it’s not, changes nothing.

Will you do it? Can you make life sweeter for those you love? Can you include yourself? If you do, I would love to hear about it in the comments. It would be a note of joy and hope to balance those lower emotional tones…

Elijah James Burton, July 13-25, 2003.

And now, on to the update, because, as always, writing helps!

July Focal Areas:

  • CampNaNoWriMo Target attained!  (50,115 words).

  • Homeschool Administration

  • Blog Maintenance and Exploration

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

Maintain regular posting schedule;queue one post for each regular feature.On target.

  • All regular posts done.

  • Sunday Post for July 13.

  • Gathering mental ideas for queues. This will not apply to SoCS posts, since those are prompted weekly on Fridays.

Develop a sharing strategy that feels natural; incorporating input from Kristen. On target.

  • No Kristen yet, but I’ve put a couple ideas into experimental use; more on them later.

Continue interacting through comments; expand and diversify my willingness to comment. On target.

  • Again, I’ve put a couple new practices into play; more on them later.

  • Comments are being answered, but so many lovely folks have things to say that I’m a little backlogged! If I haven’t gotten to you yet, I am on my way! =)

2014 Writing:

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Continue drafting Perchance to Dream during July NaNoWriMo. On target.

  • 19,409 new words! WHOA!

  • 50,115/50,000 NaNo Words

  • 113,551 WIP words.

  • 35/60 scenes.

  • NaNo is won; but I’m continuing on at a slightly more relaxed pace for the remainder of the month.

Joy!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

Clean out email files. On target.

  • A few more done, but now there’s more…

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Experiment with Daily Writing Frames from Round 1.On target.

  • I’m paying attention to the flow of days, and what I tend to do with them. It’s early days, yet.

Develop Daily Hometending Frames. On target.

  • Same as above; paying attention.

Set aside time weekly for administrative stuff (Adminstrative Frames, maybe?) On target.

  • Same as above…

2014 Lifetending:

Continue exploring fitness goals – more on this throughout the round.

Nutrition goals for July:

Acquire Intuitive Eating ebook. Target attained!

  • Book is waiting in my Kindle.

Consume minimum five veggie/fruit salads and/or fruit smoothies each week. Target attained for this week.

  • 3 salads; two smoothies.

Consume Greek yogurt and nuts minimum twice weekly. Target attained for this week

  • Twice for each.

Sponsor Visits:

  • Yes, I visited…adding them to Wednesday’s post…time grows short to post before midnight!

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