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A Nest Past 50K: November 13, 2014

Come ROW with us!

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!


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

18 thoughts on “A Nest Past 50K: November 13, 2014

        1. It always bothers me a little when people are jealous….so not what I intend…

          I hope you’re having fun writing, and living…because that’s what matters, far more than word counts. =D

          1. don’t worry about it: Julia Cameron teaches that jealousy is just a sign of what you want and what you could have if you move your butt 🙂 you just show me what I really want 🙂

  1. yay 50k!!!

    I don’t really care for Christmas music before Thanksgiving. I’d avoid commercials all together if I could(although we avoid most of them since we don’t watch much live tv). Although we do like to try to get our shopping done before Thanksgiving.

    1. We’ve really scaled back the shopping as the kids have grown older. Now, they usually want one larger thing, and maybe a smaller item or two, and stockings.

      My son,13, likes Internet research, so he often does his own legwork, sending me the links to purchase what he wants, or even purchasing it himself (with our permission, of course!). It’s helping him to navigate the adult world, and it really simplifies things, so we can just enjoy the season.

      1. We keep things pretty simple too. We have 7 nieces/nephews to buy for & 4 sets of parents. We do about the same with our kids: 1 big thing and some smaller stuff. Sometimes the big thing is a joint gift, like the train table last year. Plus, since they have those 4 sets of grandparents, they get way more than enough

        1. We try to give the kids what they want throughout the year, and they have allowances, so they don’t have the feeling I had as a kid – that birthdays and Christmas are the only times to get things they don’t have the resources to get otherwise.

          It also helps that Santa isn’t a factor, and the phrase ‘finite budget’ is one that they understand.

          May your Christmas be a merry one! ❤

  2. I’m with you on the whole Christmas thing – it’s just too soon! I don’t like it being rammed in my face – I prefer to let the excitement build naturally and the hoopla seems to start earlier each year 🙂

    1. Our regular life is about play and joy,so, for us, it’s more about the light and general merriness, and settling into winter.

      We’re not very good fuel for the marketing achine here, I fear. My 10 year old’s big wishes are for a Hess Truck (an annual collector’s toy from a local gasoline company, and something my Accomplice has bought her, as a tradition, every year since she was 4 or 5), and to have her laptop repaired.

      My son is more interested in a cotton candy maker- something he’s been researching for a few years.

      Their parents aren’t asking for any gifts this year.

      1. That’s so nice, but I hope Santa does bring you something special 😉 Having said that, you invoke a beautiful family scene and the real value in Christmas. That’s the part I love – plus there’s food and plenty of chocolate!

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