A Little Late to Nest: November 3, 2014


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Well, October is in the books. How was it for you? I hope it brought piles and piles of delight!

I ended October and began November in New Jersey, at the home of my dear friend Sylvia and her family. The kids and I have had a tradition of spending Halloween with them, whenever possible, for the last several years – which means that I usually start NaNoWriMo at Sylvia’s, too. She’s my personal patron of the arts, supplying coffee, sustenance, and thought-provoking conversation in abundance while the kids swirl about, providing further inspiration.

She’s become an important part of my NaNo tool kit! =D

With November here, I’m unveiling an adapted and pared down goals list. The fitness and nutrition sections will look pretty much the same – writing requires fuel, and also oxygenation. There’s still a few hometending and lifetending things there, too – because, well, it’s nice to live in spaces that aren’t deathtraps, and to feed the mind and soul during intense creative efforts.

But, as for writing and blogging, I’m sticking to the basics for this month. I’ll make my regular posts, and queue if I get the chance; answer comments; and share. But updates will probably be a bit less chatty than they often are, so that I can get on with my NaNo fast-drafting.

Since it was a weekend away, and a new goal focus, I’ll save the actual progress report for Wednesday – between the ending of Daylight Savings Time, and the driving, and the writing…well, I’m already into Monday to post this – and I’ve got two other posts to get out today….so, for now, just the goals.

I plan on a leisurely December, to follow up these two challenge months! =D

That was then….Sweet Little Devil at age 7.

November Focuses:

  • Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move (NaNo 2014).

  • All fitness and nutrition goals.

  • Maintain blogging goals.

2014 Blogging:

  • Build positive blogging habits – post regularly, build queues, answer comments, and share diversely.

2014 Writing:

  • Complete first draft of The Earth Doth Move, as my November NaNo project.

2014 Hometending:

  • Complete the family room reset.

  • Continue the massive kitchen reset.

  • Continue cleaning and organizing my study.

  • Take time at least once a week to simply be in my study.

  • Maintain email Inbox at a manageable level.
  • Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

2014 Lifetending:

2014 Fitness:

  • Plan at least two monthly excursions that promote physical activity.
  • Weekly workout at the Y;4 weight-bearing exercises/machines for arms/legs/core weekly .
  • Treadmill: 18 minute mile, walking/jogging; using “Rolling Hills” Program.
  • Work up to 2 miles, at any speed for the second mile.
  • Recumbent bike: 8 miles in 30 minutes, using an interval program.
  • Build to one half mile walking/jogging on the track each week.
  • Add time on elliptical, arc trainer, and/or rowing machines: goal is 10 minutes on each, at least twice monthly.
  • 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 (smoothies/salads and yogurt/nuts; whole grains; soup).

    Eat fresh vegetables other than salads (raw or cooked), and/or fresh fruits at least 3 times each week.

  • Drink one glass/bottle of water each day.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

That’s it for me! If you’re so inclined, cheer on other ROWers here!

This is now….10 year old Nightmare Fairy. Makeup and concept by Annalise S. Burton.




    • OK – supplying coffee, hot water in surprising moments, and humor? =)

      Gabriella- the WHOLE month?! That is a LOT of swirling and inspiring (and would make one very lonely husband and dog…).

      Can I interest you in three days in the general neighborhood of Hannukah? Honest, it’s all of you I come for…the latkes are just a happy coincidence, really…

    • Well –

      I like to start with a wide-angle batch of goals, and narrow my focus as I go along. I do hope to get to most of these, if not all – but I’m also OK with not getting to them, too…

      It’s all a continuum….

      And you definitely have a lot of delightful energy! =D

  1. It’s important to have the right kind of tool kit – we all need encouragement to get us through the hard slog 😉 Have a great week, and good luck with your goals. I’m sure you’ll crush NaNo!

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