A Busy Nest: October 26, 2014 Update


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Ever watch a tadpole become a frog? Ever face one of those weeks where there’s a LOT going on, and you’re a little tired just thinking about it all?

No, one thing doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the other. I’m a bit kid-rich and coffee-deficient at the moment, and I’ve already been regaled with stories of the creation of Five Nights at Freddy’s, and sat on by a cat. So, it’s just possible that I’m a little loopy…

Anyway, there is a newly metamorphosed frog here amongst our menagerie. A few weeks back, in the summer, Annalise brought in some tadpoles she found in her neglected sandbox. Attrition occurred, until only one was left…but that turned out well, because about three weeks ago, she noticed that PomPom (yes, obviously, a tadpole needs a name!) was growing legs. We’ve had tadpoes before, but never gotten to that point, so it was big news.

And those back legs kept growing, until they looked like tiny, translucent frog legs! Then there were front legs, and she (gender determined by Annalise; not necessarily accurate) started kicking…

And then, three days ago, Lise came to me, distraught. Her tadpole was not in her little plastic bin!

She was sure the cat had eaten her. Squeak cat-egorically denied those allegations…

I looked, and found a tiny little froglet hiding behind the tank, looking mightily confused. I wasn’t sure she hadn’t dried up, but, when I put a bit of paper down near her, she hopped right on, and then back into her tank – and Lise got the frog habitat set up.

So, now we have a little frog. Today, her tail has been absorbed, and she hops and hangs on the walls of her home, and she’s growing.

I think that’s pretty amazing, even if it’s just what frogs do.

Like I said, it’s shaping up to be a busy week. Tomorrow, I get my tooth extracted – no more absecesses from that, thank you! Tuesday, I’ll take Annalise shopping for costume elements. Wednesday will be a preparation day, and Thursday, the kids and I will make our traditional five-hour drive to spend Halloween with their best friends in central New Jersey. Friday is Halloween, and the final day of the month, and OctPoWriMo, and Saturday, in addition to the five-hour drive home, is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo.

By Sunday, I’ll be ready for a day of rest – but there’ll probably be unpacking and laundry, instead! =) I’ll also be posting my end-of-month evaluation, and updated November goals (hint; NaNo!).

And now, onto this week’s update!

One sassy Nightmare Fairy!

I include only those goals I addressed during the session. I’ll assess my progress on all October goals at the end of the month, and my progress toward my 2014 goals at the end of the round.

October Focuses:

  • OctPoWriMo

  • Short Story Revisions for Submission

  • NaNoWriMo Plotting


Queue all November posts for Coffee and Conversation and WIPpet Wednesday features by October 31. On target.

  • Moving forward, a little less swiftly than I hoped; but progress is progress….

Blog all 31 OctPoWriMo poems. On target.

  • 25/31 posted. I’m going to miss this…until I’m consumed by NaNo, anyway!

Share each feature post to 3 diverse places. On target, maybe…

  • I think so; but I got busy, and didn’t keep track…

Maintain blogging schedule; find a comment rhythm that supports a 2-3 day turnaround. On target.


Finish plotting The Earth Doth Move (for NaNoWriMo 2014) by October 31. On target.

  • 48/60 Cheat Sheets and formatted scene files waiting in Scrivener. Hoping to be finished by Wednesday, at the latest.

Complete OctPoWriMo Challenge; write 31 poems in October. On target.

  • 25/31 poems completed – and a surprise flash fiction draft, too!


Complete Deep Revision process for one short story. On target; goal adapted.

  • There’s no way to give three stories the time and attention they need; I don’t want to rush and submit sub-par storytelling.

  • I will complete “A Splash of Red” which is in the final stages of the revision process; and save the other two stories for 2015.


Submit one Deep Revision story to World Unknown Review. On target; goal adapted.

  • Again, three stories would mean shoddy writing; I will submit the one that’s nearly polished.



Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study, as it is. Target attained!

  • I spent time revising, reading poetry, and hanging out with Annalise.

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain at a manageable level. Target attained!

  • Slipped a little on purging; catchup Tuesday till Friday.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time. Target attained!

  • Nothing new added; but set to ping me with current stuff.

Read Smart Change. On target.

  • 31% complete.


Maintain existing nutrition goals (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts). Target attained!

  • 6/5: 2 salads/ 4 smoothies; 2 /2 nuts – pumpkin seeds; pistachios. 2/2 Greek yogurt.

Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week. Not so much. I kept meaning to, but didn’t.

  • 1/3 – apple.

Eat whole grains, in any form, at least 3 times each week. Target attained!

  • 4/3 – corn tacos, whole wheat roll, flax seed bread twice – yummy as toast!

Eat broth or vegetable-based soup at least once each week. Target attained!

  • Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Soup.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Visit my “team” twice weekly. Target attained!

Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit. Target attained!

ROW off to visit some more ROW80 updates!

Tis the season!


  1. Okay, I know this post isn’t about Five Nights at Freddie’s, but I just want to say, one Mom to another, I totally get it! I even had to try and decipher things. I have NO idea how they play that game! 😉

    • Our visit with friends was filled with FNAF. It poured over into many other areas of life and play.

      I don’t really understand, but they’re definitely enjoying it!

      And, in the end, that’s what really matters! =)

    • It was a terrific weekend! I’m running a bit slow right now, but that’s to be expected. I expect tomorrow will be a bit better, and Tuesday night, there’s a write-in in my favorite local cafe, so I plan on attending, and will probably make a nice chunk of words then…

      Hope you’re enjoying, too!

  2. Five-hour drive, huh? You’re a good mama. So great to see all these “on target” and “target attained” notations. Good for you! Have a splendiforous week … and an exceptionally great round of NaNo. One of these years …

    • I’m reminded of a scene in M*A*S*H, when Hawkeye falls in love with a young Korean woman who is harboring a group of refuges in her bombed out home.

      She mentions that she walks a while to get water, and Hawkeye is surprised.

      “That’s where the water is,” she explains.

      Central New Jersey is where their best friends are. Upstate New York is where we are- so, a few times a year, I make the drive.

      My belief is that happy kids are far easier to live with than unhappy ones, and make happier, more grounded, kinder adults…

      It’s a tired day-after, here, but we had a lovely time, and I still managed to get some writing in – my friend Sylvia loves to be my personal “patron of the arts”. =D

      I’d love to share the NaNo experience with you, one of these years. =D

  3. Even though you’ve been so busy you’ve still managed to get so much done!! Good job!! 😀

    What an amazing experience to see a tadpole become a frog! Your kids are lucky to have such a good mum to engage their interests 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Unfortunately, the frog died on Wednesday…ironically, it drowned…

      Engaging their interests is crucial to unschooling. People of any age learn best when they’re engaged with the topic at hand- and I firmly believe that the things they’re naturally drawn to will lead them not only to how they eventually choose to spend their adult lives, but also to many other parts of life…

      Last night, as we were making the five-hour drive home, Jeremiah mentioned “Chekhov’s gun”. Being a Trekkie nerd, I thought he meant Pavel – but he was referencing Anton, the playwright.

      He learned about Chekhov from a TV tropes website he visited, and hadn’t mentioned till then, and that led us to a fascinating discussion of symbolism, storytelling, and more…

      It’s a very cool way to live, and I truly delight in being their mom – almost all the time (we all have out moments!).

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