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When Building Blocks Tumble: 12 Week Year/#ROW80 Week 2 Midweek Update

So, ROW80 is the writing challenge that knows I have a life, and that’s good, because, this week, life was definitely happening in my world.

Saturday and Sunday, I worked events for Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces. Saturday was the Goat Brothers Swap Meet and Motorcycle Show; and Sunday was the Second Annual Schuylerville Fall Festival.

Both were productive – we sold 24 bottles in those two days – our highest weekly sales to date.

Then, on Monday, Chef Bluebeard and I (call me Mrs. Bluebeard!) headed out on our first romantic getaway since we became parents a little over sixteen years ago. We made sure the kids were well provisioned with all their favorite foods, an emergency fund, and a trusted family friend to be their adult contact, which came in handy when our water pump malfunctioned, and they needed water to hold them over until the pump repairman could finish his work and restore our system to operational status.

Also, we were getting settled into our inn in Rochester, NH on Monday night, a good four hours from home, when I realized that I’d left my computer bag on the family room table – with my laptop; meditation and journaling supplies; and the charger head for our phones all inside.

That was a bit of an adjustment for me, since I sleep less than Jim does, on average, and had been planning to get some work done during those hours.

Instead, I actually relaxed. I didn’t write for four days. We visited with my friend Lauren and her boyfriend (and their two really sweet dogs, too). We ate out and cooked over an open fire and explored tide pools and a little bit of Acadia National Park in Maine, as well as the Bar Harbor area.

And Jim and I reconnected. Some things that needed to be aired were, in the nature of a long-term partnership. We cocooned in a lovely little cabin with a mountain view. We started to see a glimmer of what life will be like when the children are grown and we’re free to go as we will, without the preparation this trip required.

When we came home, we found two teens happy to see us, but confirming that they were fine despite the problem with the water pump, and that they’d be happy for us to go again.

They are growing up, and becoming independent. It’s good to know they could handle this “trial run” at adulthood, in a supported way. It bodes well for their futures, and says we’re preparing them well.

All that said, I didn’t accomplish very much toward my weekly goals – maybe not much of a surprise, since I’m only getting to this midweek update on Friday – and I’m adapting my original goals for this week to accommodate reality, since I forgot to take the trip into account.

Enough about me…what’s happening in your world this week?

Week 2 Action Plan Progress:

  • Blue: Completed.

  • Green: In Progress.

  • Black: Not Yet Begun

  • Note: My final September update will be posted on Sunday, October 8 (well, probably more like Sunday, October 15).

Relationships, Family, and Home:

The focus this travel week was on connecting with my family and friends. While I would love to accomplish the actions listed below, reality suggests that doing everything is unlikely and would lead to a great deal of stress, so I will be happy with any progress, or none.

  • Complete two chapters Spellfire; one Stained. Weeks: 15

  • Complete five hometending rounds on porch; three in study; and one in bedroom: Weeks 1-3.

  • Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice twice weekly: Weeks 1-3.


This area suffered while I was in Maine. We had spotty internet access at best, and my goal was to recharge and renew, so any progress made on Friday and Saturday will be to the good, this week.


  • Complete Module One: Week 2.


  • Complete three hours of lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night.” Weeks 1-12.


  • Complete Planning elements: Weeks 1-2.

OctPoWriMo 2017:

Complete 31 poems. Week 15.

Chef Bluebeard: We worked a Sunday market this week.

  • Create social media schedule: Week 2.

Contact three venues and three stores for sales. Weeks 1-3.

  • On Sunday, I got brave and made initial contact with the owner of Amigo’s Cantina, where Chef Bluebeard’s sauces gestated. I suggested two sauces that would be a very good fit for the restaurant, and got an invitation to talk further next week. 1/3 stores.

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

Another area where any focus is a good thing.

Samsung Health:

  • Complete 5K Week 10: Week 1-7

Tai chi, yoga, reiki: On hold for Week 2, due to travel.

  • Tai chi: Attend class twice weekly; either Monday evening, or Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons: Weeks 1-12.

Cook a vegetable based meal.

Cook a vegetable based meal on Wednesday: Weeks 1-2.

  • Didn’t really cook a veggie-based meal, but our lobster and steak feast included spinach salad, sweet potato, and broccoli…might cook something today or tomorrow, but calling this “in progress” for now.

Personal Expression:

Assess jewelry; purchase new pieces as they speak to me.

  • Go through the jewelry I already have; save and/or discard as I choose: Week 1- 3.

  • Bought 4 necklaces at an antique store for $25, and a small glazed clay pendant from the Maine Crafts shop (needs a thong for hanging).

Evaluate wardrobe as the season changes.

  • Purchase snow and driving gloves: Week 2-4.


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 “When Building Blocks Tumble: 12 Week Year/#ROW80 Week 2 Midweek Update

  1. When things don’t happen the way we intend them to, often there are different rewards to be found in the experience (and different difficulties). To have the time to relax and reconnect with yourself and your husband (as well as Lauren and her boyfriend) because you were unable to keep up with your electronic world… sounds like it was a lovely way to spend some time. Yes, there were glitches, but so many good things came out of the experience too. So glad for you. ❤

    And hooray for the 24 bottle day too! That's some serious good news, the sort of news that I hope will keep coming for you.

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