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Unfinished Foundations:  ROW80 Round 4 Final Update/12 Week Year Week 12 Midweek:

I know I’m running very late. Life has been chaotic, of late,and has demanded a great deal of focus on the Right Here, Right Now.

I don’t have an official 2017 wrap-up for this year, since I decided three-quarters of the way in to scrap the annual goals and go to The 12 Week Year. I’m glad I did. Jim’s terminal cancer diagnosis at Week Six shifted nearly all of my priorities, and a 12 week year is a lot easier to adapt to changing circumstances than a 52 week one!

So, without further ado, here’s how my first 12 Week Year (also known as ROW80 Round 4, 2017) shook out:

My 12 Week Year Q4 Goals

Color Codes:

Blue with Overstrike: Completed.

Green: In Progress.

Black:  Not Yet.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Week 12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and (former) study: Week 12.

  • Bedroom 3/3 completed – and then some. I bought a new-to-me night table and dresser on Sunday, and have been reorganizing.
  • Study/porch both 2/3 for the week.
  • Week 12 progress: about 85%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 12.

  • >1/1 for living room. 1/1 for kitchen/family room.
  • Week 12 progress: about 85%.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Week 12.

  • 1/4 this week.
  • Week 12 progress: 25%.


Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

  • Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.
  • Week 12 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Complete Rough draft: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course:  Week 12.

  • Wrote/revised 2/11 story starts.
  • Week 12 progress: about 50%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 12.

  • Week 12 progress: 0%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Week 12.

  • More brainstorming.
  • 6 bottles sold to a friend who needed gifts.
  • Week 12 progress: about 25%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Week 12.

  • Adjusting and learning ongoing. Getting in the swing of hospice; I think we’ve met most everyone now.
  • Week 12 progress: about 60%.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Week 12.

  • Offers accepted as needed.
  • Week 12 progress: about 60%.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Week 12.

  • Lots of hometending, firewood tending, and resting a knee sore from lots of physical exertion.
  • Week 12 goal: COMPLETED.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 12.

  • 3/3 complete; butternut squash ravioli; vegetable lasagna; large salad.
  • Week 12 goal: COMPLETED.

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Week 12.

  • Bought eggs for hard boiling (first simple project) and spinach/kale blend for the veggie experimentation that will follow.
  • Week 12 progress: 10%

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Wobbling Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 11 Final:

 It’s Sunday again*, and that means it’s time for a ROW80/12 Week Year Update.

*Well…it WAS Sunday when I originally wrote this. It’s now the waning hours of Wednesday, and I’ve yet to get it finished and posted.

Week 11 was when life took it over, and I wrote no new words…I’m not sure I even wrote in my journal all week. Sometimes life (and impending death) are far more important.

Have you ever set your writing aside to deal with Real Life?

Did it work?

How did you feel?

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 11-12

  • Week 11 progress: 0% 

Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 1112.

  • All 3/3 completed – and then some.
  • Study is being repurposed as a game room for the kids, since I really haven’t been using it. The lack of a window is a detriment to me; but will be a benefit to them – and the space is out of the main traffic flow, which our living room is not.
  • Week 11 goal EXCEEDED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 1112.

  • >1/1 for all.
  • Week 11 goal: EXCEEDED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 11-12.

  • First time driving Jim’s Forester, which will eventually be his, and more snow driving. 4/4.
  • Week 11 goal: COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

  • Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.
  • Week 11 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

Complete Rough draft: Weeks 11-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

Submissions:

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course:  Week 11-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 11-12.

  • Week 11 progress: 0%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 11-12.

  • Brainstorming alone, and with Jim.
  • Week 11 progress: about 10% 

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 11-12.

  • A week of changes that began with Jim in the hospital, and ended with him home and enrolled in hospice care…the final stage of our journey together has commenced.
  • Week 11 goal: COMPLETED.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 11-12.

  • Slowly finding our “new new normal” and pulling things together.
  • Week 11 goal: COMPLETED.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 1112.

  • Lots of hometending, rest, and firewood hauling.
  • Week 11 goal: COMPLETED. 

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 11-12.

  • 5/3 complete; butternut squash soup; celery and baby carrots; squash ravioli; teriyaki tempeh x2.
  • Week 11 goal: EXCEEDED!

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 11-12.

  • Did initial test run with water; more experimentation pending.
  • Week 10 progress: 10%

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Feeling Out My Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year EOQ3 Goals Revision

Halfway through this, my first 12 Week Year, we learned that my husband has terminal metastasized pancreatic cancer that’s spread to his liver. By this point, I thought that we would be finding a rhythm of sorts…

Instead…complications.

Those have led me to more adjusting of goals, to accommodate the realities of those complications. I want to keep moving forward on personal and family goals – but I also need to be present right here, right now.

Eventually, the right here, right now won’t include the man who is my best friend, and I don’t want to realize at that point that I wasted the time I’d been given in unawareness…

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

Continue beta readings for Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood (giving back and paying forward) as focus and circumstances allow. Contact both writers to confirm this plan with them, so they can make other plans if needed.

  • One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 10-12.

Hometending:

Declutter/clean/ organize porch; my side of bedroom; and my study, making these spaces useful and tidy.

  • Complete three hometending rounds in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 10-12.

Add-on: Make solid beginning on rooms that will be focus of Year 2: bathroom; dining room; kitchen; living room.

  • Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 1012.

Homeschool Administration:

Complete required homeschool obligations, including facilitating Jeremiah’s driving practice.

  • Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 10-12.

Professional/Financial:

Continue with P2P and HTRYN as I can, at least 30 minutes a week for each. Weeks 10-12.

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

  • Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.

How To Revise Your Novel:

  • Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 10-12.

New Writing:

Plot and draft one fantasy novel (Trueborn: Among the Firestars).

Among the Firestars:

  • Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 10-12.
  • Complete Rough draft: Weeks 10-12.

Plan, plot, draft, and revise a flash fiction story for Pub 518’s Adirondack anthology, using Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course.

  • Complete Lesson One. Week 10.
  • Complete Lesson Two. Week 11.
  • Complete Lesson Three. Week 12.
  • Finishing touches, and submit by December 31. (This will be completed in the break and/or in my Year Two).

Chef Bluebeard:

Work on plan to liquidate stock and assets, and wrap things up: Weeks 10-12. 

  • Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.
  • Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 10.
  • Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 10-12.

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Absorb, process, and move through Jim’s diagnosis and treatment, and the affects they will have upon us.

  • Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 10-12.
  • Seek and accept help as needed/offered. Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 10-12.

Fitness and Health:

Give myself ongoing permission to set aside the 5K Training Samsung Health, and also to seek other forms of exercise, particularly practical physical activities that aid productivity.

  • Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times: Weeks 10-12.

Explore reiki with Jim.

  • Attend a drop in reiki share at ReVibe with Jim and/or make spacc for him to explore the massage therapist offered through hospice: Weeks 10- 12.

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable-based meals or snacks weekly by end of year.

  • Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 10-12.
  • Read instructions for Instant Pot: Week 10.
  • Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 10-12.

Personal Expression:

Evaluate my wardrobe as the season changes, purchasing a second pair of jeans; gloves; and other items as needed.

  • Purchase ear muffs: Week 10.

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Impermanent Foundations:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 10 Final

It’s Sunday again, and that means it’s time for a ROW80/12 Week Year Update. This one happens to be old – it’s been waiting over a week to be posted. Life has been….full.

Jim was in the hospital for nine days, and came home Wednesday. Thursday, we enrolled in hospice care, a cord of firewood was deposited in our driveway, and the well man came to begin repairs because Jeremiah and I broke a pipe while trying to insulate the well opening on Monday, resulting in most of the week without running water.

So an old update is the best I can do, at the moment…I may do something for Week 11 a bit later – or maybe not, since I did no new writing.

**

I’d love to be able to say that all is going smoothly in my world…but this isn’t a fictional post, and life isn’t always smooth. No foundation is permanent.

And this week, amid our holiday preparations, I’m learning how impermanent mine are.

Bloodwork shows that Jim’s reaction to chemo on Monday was more than an allergy – he suffered a small heart attack either during treatment, or later, in the emergency room. This is the successor to a silent attack he had a couple of years ago, and which we knew nothing about until he was first admitted to the hospital last month. This second attack was likely caused by the fact that the tumor in his liver is preventing its proper function, and causing his heart to work too hard trying to supply it with blood.

A liver stent was placed on Wednesday – but it’s not helping.

They’re considering a stent for his heart, as well, but that would mean more blood thinners in addition to those he’s on for the DVT in his right leg. He’s in the hospital for the weekend; more tests on Monday. Maybe an option to make life more comfortable…

The things that could kill him are mounting. So is the inevitability of impermanence. I’m not the type to hide from things…

And still, it’s Christmastime. I want this year to be special – a different kind of foundation upon which the children and I can build, later…but I’m not simply waiting and hoping for that. I’m creating those new foundations, bit by bit, and, because of that, some of my time was spent in things not on the goals list – making room for a Christmas tree (we don’t always have one, but Lise wanted one this year), and cleaning up the clutter that had gathered around the woodstove. On Saturday night, I was able to light a fire and cozify things with that warm glow.

I’d love to add some joyful holiday stories to these new foundations…do you have any to  you’d share with me?

My Revised ROW80 Round 4/ 12 Week Year End of Quarter 3 Goals

(updating at some later point; hopefully tonight, but maybe not).

 Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 10-12

  • Stained Blood: Highlighted Chapter Six for beta-ing.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 10-12.

  • Porch 3/3
  • Bedroom: 3/3
  • Study became the temporary catchall space for living room clutter; no progredd here.
  • Week 10 progress: about 66%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 10-12.

  • 1/1: Kitchen; bathroom; family room.
  • 13/1:living room (and there may be more; I want to make this space festive and comforting as the center of our family life).
  • Week 10 goal: EXCEEDED!

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 10-12.

  • Drove in fog, rain, and through snow. Also drove Jim’s Forester for the first time; this will eventually be his car. 4/4.
  • Week 10 goal: COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial: 

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Complete Rough draft: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course:  Week 10.

  • Section 3/4 in progress.
  • Week 10 progress: about 40%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 10.

  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 10 -12.

  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

Body, Mind, and Soul:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 10-12.

  • Some reflection; lots of cleaning; some looking forward…
  • Read Chemotherapy and You (59 pages) and Eating Tips (68 pages), both books from the oncology center, so I can disseminate information for Jim, and be aware.
  • Visiting Friday.
  • Sorted paperwork; did more reading.
  • Adjusting to many changes.
  • Week 10 goal: COMPLETED.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 10-12.

  • Accepted an offer of dinner after consulting with the kids, and items of practical use for the family.
  • Week 10 goal: COMPLETED.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 10-12.

  • Doing better. Hometending in abundance through second half of week.
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 10-12.

  • After a rough start, I had sweet potato fries on Tuesday; vegetable lasagna on Wednesday; and broccoli pot pie on Thursday.
  • 3/3
  • Week 10 goal: COMPLETED.

Read instructions for Instant Pot: Week 10.

  • Read owner’s manualother associated literature.
  • Week 10 goal: COMPLETED.

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Personal Expression:

Order another bra to duplicate favorite: Weeks 10- 12.

  • Setting this goal aside for the duration.
  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Purchase ear muffs: Week 10.

  • Week 10 and Year One goal: EXCEEDED.

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Foundation in Flux:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 10 Midweek

When I posted my Week 9 Final Update on Sunday, we were looking forward to Jim’s first session of chemotherapy on Monday, and hoping it would signal the beginning of a “honeymoon” where he might get to feeling better for a while. We were thinking of travel, a family portrait – and just enjoying.

Things didn’t quite work out that way.

Jim had allergic reactions to two of the drugs used in his regimen. That caused his blood pressure and heart rates to get scary-high, and he ended up admitted to the acute care ward. They’ve discovered that the cancer in his liver has compromised function; so a stent is being considered. They’ve also found some potential concerns with his heart.

When (if?) chemo resumes, they’ll be using a different regimen less likely to cause reactions.

According to Jim (I haven’t spoken with his doctors yet), they have more questions than answers right now.

I can relate.

 I feel as though I’m poised on the edge between two worlds and two lives…it’s hard to settle or plan too far in advance. For instance, today’s plan is to rest – I’ve been running places for the last week and a half. I’m writing, hometending, and hoping to help Lise pick her Christmas tree today, along with laundry and a bit of shopping.

But, if Jim needs me…well, I’ll be heading out to the hospital about an hour away.

Everything’s in flux, but sometimes life’s just like that, y’know?

Relationships, Family, and Home: 

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 10-12

  • Stained Blood: Highlighted Chapter Six for beta-ing.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

 Hometending:

Complete three hometending rounds each in bedroom; porch; and study: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: about 8%

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 10-12.

  • 1/1: Kitchen; bathroom; living room.
  • 2/1: Family room.
  • Week 10 goal: EXCEEDED.

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, circumstances dependent: Weeks 10-12.

  • Jeremiah drove on the interstate. At night. In a steady, foggy rain. He was wary and nervous, and did a fine job, nonetheless. 1/4.
  • Week 10 progress: 25%

Professional/Financial:

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 30 minutes/week to Modules One/Two: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 30 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 10-12.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

  • Complete Plotting elements: Weeks 10-12.
  • Complete Rough draft: Weeks 10-12.

Complete Lesson One of Holly Lisle’s Flash Fiction mini-course: Week 10.

  • Read all introductory materials; and to first stop point of Lesson One.
  • Printed all lesson and worksheet pages for later use.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Organize/inventory existing stock: Week 10.

  • I combined this goal with cleaning the living room (where most of the stock was; began sorting full bottles from those waiting to be filled; moved to family room table to organize later.
  • Week 10 progress: about 15%

Create plan to liquidate/publicize liquidation: Weeks 10-12.

  • The seeds of a plan are rattling around in my brain. They aren’t a cohesive plan by any means, but they are slowly coalescing into the beginnings of one…
  • Which took its first shaky breaths on Tuesday night. We’ll see where it goes once I’ve finished the inventory.
  • Week 10 progress: about 10%

Health, Fitness, and Spirituality:

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 10-12.

  • Way more of this than I wanted, actually. Between the medical front and the documentation front, my brain feels so full of information that it’s kind of leaking out around the edges into everything else.
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 10-12.

  • Yes, in several ways I’ll probably detail more in Year 2 (Round One 2018).
  • Week 10 progress: about 75%

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 1012.

  • Doing the best I can, here. Monday was a lot of sitting with Jim while he was at chemo. Hometending on Sunday and Tuesday; and some much-needed rest.
  • Week 10 progress: about 25%

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Week 10-12.

  • Eating in general has been dicey, this week, with time spent in hospitals.
  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Read instructions for Instant Pot: Week 10.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Experiment with Instant Pot veggie-based meals: Weeks 10-12.

  • Week 10 progress: 0%

Personal Expression: 

Purchase ear muffs: Week 10.

  • Not ear muffs, exactly. But while Miah and I were at Target, I found a cute knit headband and a bonus neck warmer (like a cross between a turtleneck and a scarf). Bought both.
  • Week 10 and Year One goal: EXCEEDED.

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Foundations That Accommodate:  ROW80/12 Week Year Week 9 Final

As I write this in the wee hours of Sunday morning, we’re a little over a day away from Jim’s first five-hour chemotherapy treatment, which will be followed with another 46 hours of at-home infusion via a pump, which will be attached and detached by a visiting nurse…

And our house is more of a mess than I’d like. In part, it’s the result of a busy week of appointments, car repairs, errands, and little sleep for me. In part, it’s that my efforts to prepare for the journey to come have included purchasing much needed dishes and flatware, as well as an Instant Pot that may alleviate the issue of food…Jim, as a chef, is far better than I am at that kind of thing; but I want to be better, so he can enjoy eating without needing to prepare, but also so I don’t have to add another huge, repetitive task to my already formidable list…

And so there are wrappings, and things I’ve been organizing, and…life.

I probably worry about that kind of thing more than I need to…and, really, life is an amazing thing for any home to be full of…

Still, the next hours will see me trying to get the place tidied…not so much for the nurse, but for those of us living here – all four of us.

Sunday Evening Update: Things look a lot better than they did when I wrote the above. I’m now taking the rest of the night off, for my region’s NaNoWriMo2017 TGIO* Party.

Are you a fan of a tidy house, or not really concerned if things get cluttered?

*Thank Goodness It’s Over, in case you were wondering!

Blue with Overstrike – Goal completed.

Green – Goal in progress.

Black – No progress.

Relationships, Family, and Home:

Beta Reading:

One chapter of either Spellfire’s Kiss or Stained Blood each week, as possible: Weeks 9-12.

  • Stained Blood; Chapter Five: I finally got back to this. I left off a few weeks back on page 5/11; now on 11/11pages completed and submitted to author.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Hometending:

Complete five hometending rounds in bedroom; three on porch; and one in study: Week 9.

  • Bedroom: 5/5
  • Porch: 3/3
  • Study: 1/1
  • 9/9 total.
  • Week 9 goal: COMPLETED!

Complete one hometending round bathroom; family room; kitchen; and living room each week. Week 9.

  • Living room, kitchen: 1/1.
  • 2/4
  • Week 9 progress: 50%

Homeschool Administration:

Facilitate Jeremiah’s driving practice four times weekly, weather and car dependent: Week 9.

  • 1/4 practice runs completed.
  • I got my car back on Friday; he drove to do errands with me on Saturday.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 25% completed.

Draft Miah’s homeschool report: Week 9

  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Revise/proof/update attendance/submit homeschool reports: Week 9.

  • Done and submitted in the wee hours of Friday morning.
  • Week 9/Year One goal COMPLETED!

Professional/Financial: 

DIY-MFA Pixels to Platform:

Give 15 minutes/week to Modules  One/Two:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Slaying SEO:

Get all revelant materials from the Page/blog links, so I can work on this when life permits: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

How To Revise Your Novel:

Complete 15 minutes of current lessons, using “On Any Tuesday Night”: Weeks 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

New Writing:

Among the Firestars:

Complete Plotting elements: Week 9.

  • Week 9 goal progress: 0% completed.

Chef Bluebeard:

Research changing thrust/ownership of website: Weeks 9-12

  • Discussed again; decided to keep it as Jim’s site for now; might be a way to move inventory when I finish and activate it.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 10% completed.

Organize and inventory stock; research business establishments for potential wholesale opportunities: Weeks 9-12.

  • Some organizing, and some discussion with Jim regarding wholesaling.
  • Made some decisions on how best to organize stock for inventory.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 20% completed.

Consider whether selling at local events is still desirable/feasible; if so, think about adaptations we’d need to make: Weeks 9-12.

  • Introduced the topic with Jim; no resolutions, but it’s on our radar.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

Mind, Body, and Soul: 

The Big Scary Thing:

Spend the time needed to learn and adjust to the reality of Jim’s condition, and to deal with the circumstances as they evolve: Weeks 9-12.

  • Wednesday and Thursday appointments completed. Jim now has a central line port for blood draws and chemotherapy infusion, we’ve seen the infusion bay, and had a chemo conferenced. First cycle of chemo scheduled for Monday.
  • We’ve made a start on a multitude of paperwork that needs to be filed so Jim can receive disability. #babysteps
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 60% completed.

Seek and accept help as needed/offered.  Also seek out those willing to help organize, because it’s hard for me to think about that while focusing on Jim, the children, and myself: Weeks 9-12.

  • When a good local friend messaged to ask how we were, and offered help, I made two small suggestions; things that would be of great value to me.
  • Reached out to a Facebook group for ideas/tips for our new Instant Pot.
  • Asking for help is still uncomfortable; neither of us was raised to do it. I’m adapting by remembering that, when folks feel powerless, being able to offer even small bits of assistance makes them feel better while it helps us. That’s a worthy trade.
  • Week 9 goal progress: about 35% completed.

Fitness and Health:

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and give them the types of exercise, stretching, and challenge they need in trying times:  Weeks 9-12.

  • Deep cleaning, moving furniture, and organizing.
  • Finally took a walk with Jeremiah Saturday night.
  • Week 9 goal COMPLETED!

Mindful Eating:

Eat three vegetable based meals/snacks; aim for Monday/Wednesday/Friday:  Week 912.

  • Veggie pizza and salad; Monday.
  • Veggies and noodles: Tuesday.
  • Autumn squash Panera soup: Wednesday.
  • Sweet potato/quinoa; autumn squash soup/chicken Cobb salad: Friday.
  • Butternut squash ravioli: Saturday
  • 5/4 meals/snacks.
  • Week 9 goal EXCEEDED!

Personal Expression:

Purchase ear muffs: Week 9.

  • Briefly looked in one catalog, no luck.
  • Week 9 goal progress: 20% completed.

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