Thankful for my Wordy Nest: November 26, 2014

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Have you ever been so wrapped up in your own imagination that you feel a little disoriented when life pulls you out? Like real time is the fantasy, and story time the reality?

I’ve always been something of a dreamer – a “what-if” kinda girl. And right now, the flow of my wondering wanderings is swift and sure and strong – and I feel a little tossed about and bereft when I emerge from those depths, and see my external life around me…

Maybe that’s one reason why we unschool – because this is a home made for imagining, noodling, and what-iffing. I fit right in here, in a way I never did in my childhood home, or my family of origin, or at school. And my imaginative, what-iffing, noodling Accomplice and the two imaginative, what-iffing, noodling people we made together fit right in with me.

And, as NaNo winds down, and the reality in my head blends with the reality of my life, I am very thankful for that!

And for fellow readers and writers, imaginers, what-iffers, and noodlers around the world who understand what the bleep I’m talking about! =D

How about you? Is there something you’re especially thankful for?

Noodling with Shakespeare and a pink mustache!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014). Goal being adapted; see below.

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 237/333.
  • Not so much the last few days; things have been busy in other ways.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

  • Took Annalise swimming, and, well, the other one is private!

2014 Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Spent time in sprucing up the house Sunday.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • I took Annalise swimming on Monday. I was her Mommy horse in training, and I got a GOOD workout!

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Swimming with Annalise.
  • 2/ 2 excursions complete.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( yogurt; soup).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt.

  • Vegetable pesto soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Noodling with a horse skull…

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • These have been sporadic, and will be until NaNo is finished, I think, because the story owns me, at the moment, and my family has dibs on my physical presence and what’s left of my mind…

  • I “owe” a C and C post, which I plan to write later today.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project. Adapting goal.

  • Current Chapter: 9/20

  • Current Scene: 33/60

  • Word Count: 127,838/~200,000

  • New Words: 22,354

  • New Pages: 41

  • The story keeps stretching. I’m past the 125K I thought it would take; and only just past the halfway point. So, a new goal:

  • Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move by December 31, and writing at least 2,000 words daily.

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Much magnet progress; some general stuff.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 38% complete. Week 3/7. Class ended; nothing new.

2014 Fitness:

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not specifically, but I did carry a 100 plus pound girl on my back for 10-15 minutes, making several laps of the pool.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • Skipped the track this week.

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

  • Skipped.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (nuts; grains).

  • 1/ 2 nuts (macadamias).

  • 2/3 grain (whole grain bread).

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 4/5; 3 salads; 1 blueberry/pomegranate smoothie.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 5/3; extra veggies on a sub; romaine and avocado on a BLT; clementines; banana; raw carrot/ranch dip.

Noodling with the laws of physics; for fun.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Noodling with history through fashion.

So now, it’s a snowy Wednesday, and my Accomplice has an extra day off, because we’re expecting several inches.  It feels like a mellow, restful day of imagining, what-iffing, and noodling.  Tomorrow, we’ll head out to a buffet, and have another playful day together.

May you have many things to be thankful for, this week and always. If you’re so inclined, drop me a line and don’t forget to   cheer on other ROWers here!

Assorted Noodling, Simultaneously.

Nest of Absinthe and Thistle?: November 24 2014

 

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How do you know that you’re a writer?

No, I don’t mean just that you write, so, obviously, you’re a writer. I don’t mean all the drifts and banks and tides of words you create. I’m not even talking about the things that you’ve published.

I’m talking about those moments when you know, deep down, that you’re doing something most people wouldn’t be doing, in a way they might not be doing it – purely for the sake of your current project.

Like staying up all night writing, and then, at 6am, losing myself in researching absinthe. No, I’m not looking to start experimenting with this fascinating alcoholic beverage Despite my intrigue, it contains both anise  and fennel – and I strongly dislike those flavors.

But my main character does experiment – and then absinthe becomes a moving force in his life.

And so, there I was, learning about the composition of absinthe, its effects (known and rumored), the ritual of preparation and variants of that, its history, and the equipment used to perform the ritual…

Including those beautiful spoons…yes, I’m swooning for those spoons! They led me to the thought that the spoons used in my character’s version of the absinthe ritual might be symbolic-

Which meant that at 7am, I was researching thistles…

And that is how I know I’m a writer! How about you?

“Green Muse” -Albert Maignan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And now, on to the ROWing!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014). (adapting goal)

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 161/333.
  • Still well under my comfort level, definitely slowed down as the writing steps up.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

  • Two slips outstanding.

2014 Fitness:

  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup;yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 3/ 2 nuts (sea salted cashews; salted almonds).

  • 4/3 grain (whole grain bread; corn flakes; corn taco shells; whole wheat wrap).

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 5/3; sub with veggies; veggie/shrimp tacos; clementine; snap peas; veggie wrap.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

By SDC (Copied from the English Wikipedia.) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Sharing hasn’t been great, and this post is late. I’ve been writing, writing, writing!

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 8/20

  • Current Scene: 30/60

  • Word Count: 105,729/~125,000

  • New Words: 31,194!

  • New Pages: 58!

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 37% complete. Week 3/7. Nothing new this time…writing.

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 excursions complete.
  • Second excursion planned for Monday.

Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • Friday: 10 minutes.
  • 2/3 sessions.
  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 3/5; all salads.

By Eric Litton (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

Pablo Picasso, 1901-02, Femme au café (Absinthe Drinker), oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.jpg

Pablo Picasso, 1901-02, Femme au café (Absinthe Drinker), oil on canvas, 73 x 54 cm, Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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A Snowy Feather in My Nest: November 19, 2014

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Is it just me, or does November seem to be rushing by and taking its own sweet time, all at once?

I keep getting confused about what the date is. We’ve had some out-of-rhythm days here, and those tend to throw me a little. Add in NaNo, and well – I’ll know when the month is over, I’m sure. Right now, I’m a little perplexed and bewildered…but that’s an OK state to be in, when I’m half-lost in a story reality.

I also have some exciting news to share! One of my goals for this round was to revise my short story, “A Splash of Red”, and submit it to the brand new literary anthology, World Unknown Review. I managed to get it in just before the deadline – and I found out late Sunday that it was accepted!

This is my first short story to be published, and it’s -get this! – a paying market! My story will help to launch this new project, and go out into the wider world, testing out its new wings!

Or something like that. It’s 6am, and I haven’t been to bed yet…so I’m a bit muddled.

On that note, on to the ROWing!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 126/333.
  • Still well under my comfort level, but little behind in emptying, this week, due to my workout and a NaNoWriMo Write-In.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • Reviewed and adapted November blogging plans.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

2014 Fitness:

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Spent time cleaning up yard, trimming weeds, and building/tending the fire.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Chicken and wild rice.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Play Jar slips from the past…

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Comment answering and visiting have been more or less wretched, with the recent off-kilter schedule. I will be doing better over the next few days!

  • Sharing might have been diverse, but I really wasn’t paying much attention…

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 6/20

  • Current Scene: 21/60

  • Word Count: 74,039/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,427

  • New Pages: 22

  • I’m running behind where I hoped to be; I’ve had a bit of a lull, but I feel the momentum starting to build again, now…

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • An item or two; not a real focus for this session.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • The Road Less Traveled: page 318/318. Completed!

  • The Unschooling Handbook: page 38/224. I read this book when my now-teen was a toddler; it seems like a good time to reread. It’s a relatively simple, quick format.

  • 1/2 Books complete.

Continue my FutureLearn class, Exploring Play, until finished.

  • Still at 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class has ended; I’ll keep going!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Trip to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party.
  • 1/ 2 excursions complete.

Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Not quite. Only two core exercises; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…
  • Still standing at this marker; no treadmill this week.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • Skipped the track this week.

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

  • Pedaled a mile; NaNo-abbreviated workout.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Skipped these this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 1/2 Greek yogurt.

  • 1/ 2 nuts (sea salted cashews).

  • 2/3 grain (whole grain bread).

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 2/5; both salads.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 1/3; extra veggies on a sub.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

The next phase of a NaNo WIP past, Bounded by a Nutshell. Revision pending.

A Somewhat Off-Kilter Nest: November 16, 2014

 

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So, is it warm enough for you? Or cold enough?

I know. That’s a little paradoxical, as questions go. But I have readers all across the world, and so these are things I think about.

It’s cold, here. I’ve resisted starting a fire, so far – I don’t know why, but it’s the same every year, like there’s some little part of me that thinks that this small act of bringing fire inside is the beginning of the winter season.

Once we’ve done it, I revel in the glow, the warmth, the smell, even the challenge of keeping the fire fed, without allowing it to either die out or get uncomfortably warm. But, for now, I’m avoiding, even though the first snow of the season has fallen, and was enough to dust the ground for several hours.

It’s not quite winter enough, just yet…

Note: The kids and I attended a party early in the day, today. When we got home, my Accomplice had already left for work…and left us a mellow little first fire of the season.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 27/333.

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • First week’s success, here!

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Maintain existing nutrition goals (yogurt; nuts; grains).

  • 2/2 Greek yogurt

  • 2/ 2 nuts (pistachios; slivered almonds).

  • 3/3 grain (whole grain bread; whole grain tortilla; corn tortilla chips).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Comment answering and visitin have been slow and spotty, but the others are good.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 5/20

  • Current Scene: 20/60

  • Word Count: 62,562/~125,000

  • New Words: 12,169

  • New Pages: 22

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More on the great magnet project of 2014!

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class; Exploring Play.

  • 37% complete. Week 3/7. Class is ending, so:

  • Goal change: Continue the class until finished!

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Ideas currently being discussed: nature walk; indoor play space; swimming.

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • 19.27 minute mile. A little ways to go…

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

  • I was tired, and stopped after two miles. I’ll try again next week.

Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

  • Arc trainer: 1 minute
  • Eliptical: 2 minutes.
  • Rowing machine: 3 minutes.
  • First week I’ve managed to do all three since I set this goal; now to increase the time.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads).

  • 3/5 salads/smoothies.

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals ( soup).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

A Nest Past 50K: November 13, 2014


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So, have you heard them yet? Those Christmas carols, and Black Friday ads? Do they excite you, infuriate you, bore you, or something else?

I first heard them last night, at a local coffeehouse, where I was attending a NaNoWriMo Write-In. I’m not ready; I like my holidays one at a time, and I’d just as soon skip most of the fuss, and enjoy life in general, everyday…does that make sense?

So the carols in mid-November were not especially my thing, so I was glad that our little group, which we’ve tentatively dubbed simply, “The Writers”, as in “Here Come The Writers!”, was in the library room, away from the music. Since there was also a book group in the room (and they were rather loud), I was also happy for my nice ear buds and Amazon Prime‘s generous free music streaming. I generally don’t listen to music while I’m writing, because I’m also a singer, and I find myself getting a little wrapped up in the music…

Thankfully, last night, I had a mission.

I went to the write in with only a few thousand words between me and a 50,000 word NaNo win. And so it seemed only right to reach the goal there, with some other great folk who could help me celebrate the accomplishment. Okay, and there may or may not have been a large plastic gem involved, and I may or may not have a certain someone living here who loves jewels…plastic or otherwise…

And I did it!

I had my own cheering section, even. It’s a little hard to believe I used to avoid write-ins, because they allow me very focused writing time (away from family and house matters, for a few hours), and the camaraderie with other writers in the between times.

It’s a lot of fun!

Of course, my goal for the month is to finish the novel draft, and there’s still a long way to go. So, let’s take just another minute to enjoy the accomplishment, and then it’s on with the update…and the writing!

Colorful Celebration!

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level (below 333 for November, due to NaNo).

  • 54/333. Well within acceptable parameters.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

The To Be Read pile….well, row. Or maybe ROW.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • Comment answering has been a bit slow and spotty, but the others are good.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 4/20

  • Current Scene: 14/60

  • Word Count: 50,523/~125,000

  • New Words: 14,592!

  • New Pages: 27!

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • More on the great magnet project of 2014!

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class; Exploring Play.

  • 33% complete. Week 3/7.

2014 Fitness:

Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.

  • Ideas currently being discussed: nature walk; indoor play space; swimming.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads; nuts; whole grains).

  • 2/5 salads; 1/ 2 nuts (pistachios); 1/3 grain (whole grain bread).

A veritable harvest of words!

Not Yet:

2014 Blogging:

  • Build blogging queues.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly .
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies; yogurt; soup).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

A little of this is expected – and I expect to pile up words along with snowflakes!

A Nestful of Plot Twists: November 9, 2014

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So, here we are – edging up on the middle of November. It’s getting colder here, and our outdoor preparations for winter are intensifying. There may be snow in our not-far distant future, and, for sure, another upstate New York winter is leaning in on us.

It’s been an interesting few days. In my NaNo novel, my characters have started to breathe, think, feel and live for themselves. I love this feeling, where it’s almost as though they’re playing out their lives for me to transcribe, inviting me into their skins, letting me live with them.

And, as always, things are veering from my plans, and I’m loving the changes, and the chance to find out what really happened…

Then there’s real life. My father-in-law has decided that he wants to treat us all to cross-country airfare so that we can come visit our Oregon family. He’s getting older, and his health hasn’t been great these last few years. This might be the last chance we have to visit him.

Airplanes scare me. The idea of them scares Annalise, too.

But it looks like we’ll be heading to tiny little Dexter (not far from Eugene), in February. We’re hoping to get a chance to get out to the coast, and visit our favorite restaurant in Florence, The Blue Hen Cafe, if it’s still there.

We haven’t been to Oregon since I was four months pregnant for Jeremiah, who is now 13. It’s possible that, one day, we may live there, and my writing nest will be on the other side of the continent…

It’s rather a lot to absorb, though, and I’ve only known about it for a few days. For now, one step at a time. Finish the novel. Have a plan to care for our home and pets while we’re away. Figure out travel and budget. Live the days between now and then…

And get this update posted, from my suddenly twisty nest…

New York Country Girl in the Oregon Woods.

See my original November goals.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Fitness:

  • Weekly workout at the Y; 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.
  • Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and Greek yogurt; whole grains).

  • Smoothies/Salads: 5/5 (3 salads; 2 smoothie).

  • Greek yogurt: 3 / 2.

  • Nuts: 2 / 2 (pistachios/slivered raw almonds)

  • Whole grains: 4/3 barley (in soup); tortilla chips; corn bread; multigrain crackers.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • 4/3: Romaine lettuce; pomegranate; banana; veggie stuffed eggplant.

Eat vegetable or broth based soup weekly.

  • Vegetable beef and barley.

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

2014 Fitness:

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • More asphalt shingles; moving outgrown kid toys.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Annalise and I played with the plant-clipping. As she said, it was a ‘disassembly line’!

  • Kids imitated several of my WiiFit exercises with me.

ROW80 Sponsorship:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Kelp Monster!

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 3/20

  • Current Scene: 10/60

  • Word Count: 36,054/~125,000

  • New Words: 23,149!

  • New Pages: 42!

2014 Hometending:

Complete the family room reset.

  • Began decluttering the area that will become our coat/boot/laundry supplies storage area. There’s a long way to go, still, but I’ll get there.

Continue cleaning my study.

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.

  • The level is a little higher with NaNo; my goal is under 333 messages (because I love that number!)
  • Currently: 40/333 – far, far beneath my “acceptable” NaNo parameters.

2014 Lifetending:

Return to exploring Play Jar slips in a playful, FUN way!

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Catch up on my FutureLearn class: Exploring Play.

  • Currently 28% through the course; finishing week 2/7.

2014 Fitness:

  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • Only once this week, for 12 minutes. Better than nothing.

Before Corki-dog, there was Bunko on the beach…

Not yet:

2014 Hometending:

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Work up to walking 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.

2014 Nutrition:

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Sunset on the Oregon Coast.

 

A Nestful of Words: November 5, 2014

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So, here we are again. What’s new in your world?

Yesterday, I voted, worked out, and attended a NaNoWriMo Write-In. I came home to a fire merrily burning in the backyard. As Hawkeye Pierce might say, it was a full-rich day.

It’s been warm, the last day or two, and we’ll have a little more of that before November reminds us of its true nature. Tomorrow, I’m going to do some outdoor decluttering and weed eradication, while the weather is conducive. Not only will it help to get the yard squared away for winter; it’ll also take care of my goal to do some strenuous home or yardtending each week. And, if one or both of the kids want to toss a Frisbee around for a bit, I’ll get in that playtime, too…

And all that will, believe it or not, help me with NaNoWriMo. I do most of my writing in shorter bursts, and the intervals of physical, non-thought-intensive activity, especially out-of-doors on a nice day, seem to invite the scenes in to play with my mind. When I come back for the next segment of writing, I often do it with renewed vigor and inspiration…

Also, the yard will be cleaner, and I will have moved more than I might have. That does seem like a win all around, doesn’t it? =D

Note: Some of you may notice that I’ve shifted the format of my updates. I was looking for something more streamlined, and this seems to be working. When I was only listing the goals I was engaging with, I seemed to be forgetting some things I wanted to be doing. I’m hoping that by listing all goals under status headings, I can avoid the phenomenon of things slipping through the cracks and gaps in my memory…

See my original November goals.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

Target Attained:

2014 Fitness:

Weekly workout at the Y; 4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly.

  • Light weights for this week, but all done.

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

  • Weight down a total of 8 pounds since the first weight I checked, at the beginning of Round 3.

2014 Nutrition:

Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

Eat vegetable or broth based soup weekly.

  • Vegetable-beef barley soup.

ROW80 Sponsorship:

Visit my “team” twice weekly.

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

On Target:

2014 Blogging:

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

  • My Sunday ROW80 Update went out on Monday – we got home in the wee hours of Sunday morning; my mind was a little addled and sleepy all day.

  • Second Serving Sunday: The HalloNaNo Edition

  • I’m back on track with comments, after falling behind while we traveled.

2014 Writing:

Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

  • Current Chapter: 2/20

  • Current Scene: 3/60

  • Word Count: 13,070/~125,000

2014 Hometending:

Continue cleaning my study.

  • More magnet cleaning.

Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.

  • The level is a little higher with NaNo; my goal is under 333 messages (because I love that number!)
  • Currently: 132/333 – well within my “acceptable” NaNo parameters.

2014 Lifetending:

Read 2 of the 8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

  • The Road Less Traveled: page 18/316.

  • I chose this non-fiction book with very short sections because it should fit well with NaNo, and I’ve been wanting to read it for over a decade, now…

Catch up on my FutureLearn class: Exploring Play.

  • I’m working these into my daily rotation. I’m currently 18% through the course; in week 2/7. Unfortunately, week 6/7 just started. I will focus my energy on this class and see if I can catch up before it ends…

2014 Fitness:

Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.

  • Walked .5 mile, with a pace of 18:14 for a mile, so closing in on it.

Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.

  • About half a mile walked outside.

2014 Nutrition:

Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and Greek yogurt; whole grains).

  • Smoothies/Salads: 3/5 (2 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Greek yogurt: 1 / 2.

  • Whole grains: 2/3 barley (in soup); tortilla chips.

Not yet:

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Work up to walking 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.
  • Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.
  • Use Wii Fit at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

2014 Nutrition:

  • Maintain existing nutrition goals (nuts).

  • Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

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