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Movin’ Right Along: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear EOW 8

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

On Wednesday, I wrote about exciting things happening behind the scenes during this time of grief and transition.

I don’t have anything especially exciting to report today. I did get my new printer, but it’s upgraded enough to be a bit intimidating, so I haven’t delved into setup yet.

I also finally found a reasonably-priced keyboard that meets my rather exacting needs, so my Command Center is now fully functional. I’ve decided that, at least for now, I will keep one priority project there, and continue using my trusty little Yoga laptop for the rest. I’ve been very easily distracted since Jim’s death, and I’m hoping that knowing why I’ve come to sit will help me to get the things I most need to do done in a timely manner. Right now, it’s the homeschooling reports, which are due on March 15.

We’ll see how it works out.

How did your week go?

Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

 Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

 Red: Goal Change.

Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete homeschool reports and submit. Due Week 11.

  • Annalise’s report: Section 4/10 (US History and Geography) in progress.
  • Progress: 25%.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 8-12.

  • 2/4; local in rain; talked about areas where he needs more practice.
  • Progress: 50%.

Move bedroom furniture to better accommodate nurse visits; deep clean as I go; ask for help from kids as needed.  Week 1.

Use one-on-one time to touch base with both kids. Weeks 8-12.

  • Discussed home improvements, future travel, and things of concern to each of us.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 8 -12.

  • Hometending; personal enrichment; administration; shopping; facilitating interests/goals for both. 7/7.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 812.

  • I think every day.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 8-12.

  • Discussed division of home labor and improvements in common and personal spaces.
  • Progress: 100%



Inventory sauces; get count on what/how many labels needed: Due Week 3.

  • Progress: 90%

Go through checking account and insurance policy info; make list of monthly/quarterly bills and due dates: Due Week 4.

  • Progress: 85%

Pay Jim’s back sales taxes; find out how to dissolve business. Due Week 6.

  • Progress: 35%.

Do (or delegate) our taxes: Due Week 10.

  • Progress: 25%.

Create a base family budget for the kids and I: Due Week 12.

  • More consideration of our budgetary needs.
  • Progress: 55%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 8-12.

  • Progress: 60%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 812.

  • Highlighted 9, Sc.2 for future comments; completed comments for Sc.1.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 8-12.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 812.

  • Nothing written thus far, but more brainstorming, and an approach plan.
  • Progress: 55%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Talked with both.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Progress: 0%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 8-12.

  • Progress: 0%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 812.

  •  Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 812.

  • Every day, yes.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 8-12.

  • Home and Garden TV; decluttering/organizing/hometending; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 812.

  • Used pot to saute, simmer, and cook quinoa.
  • Progress: 100%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 812.

  • Found ways to adapt Plated recipes.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 7-12.

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 8-12.

  • This seems to be my natural rhythm.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Weeks 812.

  • Doing well here.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 8-12.

  • This continues to be an area of strength.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 812.

  • Beginning to embrace presence more fully.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 812.

  • Success!
  • Progress: 100%

ROW80 –

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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!

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