ROW80 Check-In 02-29-12


Here’s how my week looked:


Goal: Work on WIP in evening after kids go to bed.

Reality: This seems to be working well, although I haven’t managed it every night of the week.  Some nights I crash almost as soon as they do.  🙂  But, I’m making good progress – the Hubster occupied the kids for a large portion of this weekend, allowing me to get 4-5 hours in – an unheard of chunk of time!  Thanks, T-Man!


Goal: Read and promote other’s blogs 1 hr/day in the morning.

Reality: So far I’ve managed to make this work, although I never am able to get to as many blogs as I’d like.

Goal: Write 4 posts/week to stockpile for baby’s arrival.

Reality: This actually hasn’t been a problem at all.  In fact, it’s eeking into my writing time in the evening.  Who knew nesting urges would bleed into blog writing?

Goal: Schedule blog posts for when baby arrives.

Reality: This is going well! I’m so grateful to you lovely volunteers. Those who have already sent me your posts, thanks! And those whose posts are on the way, I can’t wait to see what you send me!  It really means so much to me that you’re willing to help.  These WANA methods are the bomb!

Goal: Reduce blogging to three times a week.

Reality: Yep.  I did it.  And while it’s definitely easier on me, it’s not been easy to accept.  I’ll be interested to see how my traffic fares in March because of the reduced content.  I keep reminding myself that after Little Miss Took arrives and life smooths out again, I can always go back to posting more often.  Right now, though, I’ll stick to this goal.


Goal: Ignore social media during homeschool time.

Reality:  This worked about 85% of the time.  There were some down times when I was able to do a little blog-reading on my phone, so I guess you could say I cheated a little.  But, committing to a work/school schedule has really smoothed out lots of bumps.  I think we’re falling into a rhythm here that we can easily maintain.


Goal: Put 5 minute test mile theory back into practice.

Reality: Nope.  Didn’t do it.  Not even a little.  This momma is tuckered out from chasing her offspring around while carrying a giant kicking watermelon in her abdomen.

Goal: Allow myself to nest.

Reality:  Giggle, snort.  I don’t think there would be any stopping me at this point.

Goal: Whole foods brekkie and lunches.

Reality:  Easy, peasy.  This one’s been no problem at all.

So, overall, I’m tickled with how the week went.  I can definitely feel myself slowing down, but the end is in sight, pregnancy-wise, and so it feels pretty short term.  Give me a couple months, and I’ll be zipping around like a crazy woman again!

I hope y’all had happy, productive weeks, too.  Lots o’ love,



ROW80 Check-In

Hi happy Row-ers!

I’m keeping it short today.  Last week was up and down – lots of school demands, lots of preggers fatigue.  I think it’s time to re-evaluate what I can realistically get done in the months before and after Little Miss Took is born, and readjust my goals/schedule.

But I’m not going to do that today.  I’ll get it done by Wednesday, and post an update then.  Today, I’m spending time with the family, catching up on blog writing/reading, and working a little on the WIP.

Happy ROW-ing this week!

Big grins,

ROW80: Check in, Week 01

This week has gone well.  Very well.

All too well.

*cue low, creepy music*  *eyes dart to and fro suspiciously*  *paranoia perches itself on shoulder, hisses softly in my ear*

Seriously, I couldn’t be happier about how this week went, and I’m feeling upbeat and optimistic about the coming one.  In terms of my goals, here’s what I’m looking at:

*30 minutes of prepped writing a day*  This went fabulously well.  I’m finding that those thirty minutes are serving to be the ‘test mile’ Kait Nolan blogged about last week – most days I stretched those thirty minutes into an hour or more of dedicated writing time because once I got into the groove, I just kept going as long as my responsibilities would allow.  It was fabulous.  I met this goal (or exceeded it) every day this week.  The temptation is there to revamp this goal, and make the goal time something longer, but I’m going to hold off for a couple of weeks to make sure I can keep up this pace.  Prepping is really easy right now – I’m in editing mode on my WIP, so there’s really no planning or research involved at this stage.  I’m really, really hopeful I’ll be ready to have some beta-readers look at this draft before offspring #4 shows up.  We shall see!

*Baby steps toward moving every day*  This has also gone well – I’ve nailed those initial 5 minutes, plus some, every single day – except one.  Friday was brutal…the night before Shafer #4 had her own little all-night rave in my belly – so much so that it woke the hubster up.  There was no sleeping for me Friday night, so I made up for it during the day.  Which meant exercise went out the window.  The cool thing about those 5 minutes is that they’re like a little ‘test mile’, too.  Once I get moving, it feels great, and I want to keep going.  I’m also taking part in Ginger Calem’s #writersbutt – I highly recommend you check it out!  Ginger’s fab, and fun, and really knows her stuff…even if she has us doing potty squats.  Message her on Twitter to find out what that is.

*Doing something good for myself once a week*  This one is the hardest of them all – it’s easy to get caught up in mommy-mode and leave myself (or any little luxuries for myself) in the dust.  But I’m determined!  This week I think I did great – I treated myself to new much-needed bedding (oh my goodness, our old comforter was bona-fide scary).  I felt so guilty walking out of the store with giant bundles of linens under my arms, but now that it’s home, and on the bed, and oh-so-pretty, I’m good with it.

*Read, every day*  And I have!  It’s always in small chunks – these days it’s pretty hard to find the time to curl up and utterly lose myself in words, but I’ve managed to scrimp a few minutes here and there together every day.  I’m hopeful that in the next few weeks I’ll feel comfortable enough to set an actual time target for this goal!

So, yeah.  Feeling pretty good about it right now.  Thanks for stopping by, ROW80 lovelies!  Hope your week was a success as well!