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A Somewhat Off-Kilter Nest: November 16, 2014


Wanna ROW with us?!

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!


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!

2 thoughts on “A Somewhat Off-Kilter Nest: November 16, 2014

  1. We don’t have a fire but we do have a pellet stove. And we didn’t start it up until November. There were a couple cold days in October, but we resisted.

    Looks like there’s a lot more target attained and on target than not here. Great work!

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