My Penultimate Nest: December 21, 2014

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So, what’s happening in your life, this penultimate Sunday of 2014?

For me, there’s the sound of a snapping fire in the woodstove, the washer chugging along as though it’s talking to itself, and the random sounds of laughter from the boy’s room (I think he’s watching American Dad!), and running narrative from the girl’s (where she’s building a Girl Nest on her loft bed). The occasional jingle of the Corki-dog’s tags…and the tapping of my fingers on my laptop keys.

Oh, and I’ve finished the penultimate scene in The Earth Doth Move...I’m hoping to have a complete draft before our local NNWM Write-In later tonight…

And then, I’ll dive back into Perchance to Dream….my other “hanging” WIP, from July CampNaNo 2013.

Here’s hoping we all have a lovely, lingering, dreamy, penultimate Sunday filled with promise and life!

Would you believe this Monsterdscript is now almost 265,000 words, with a few thousand left to go?!

And now, for something not so completely different…

December Focuses:

  • First Quarter Homeschool Reports for both children.

  • Finish my two “hanging” WIPs.

  • Set plans for 2015 Writing.

Target Attained:

2014 Hometending:

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Complete and submit both childrens’ first quarter homeschooling reports.

Continue using calendar app to manage my time.

  • New entries added; more to come. It feels good to know what I’m doing when again!

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Continue to meet and make plans with friends.

  • Tentative plans firming up for our Oregon trip.

  • Feelers out to some friends we’ve been missing.

  • Attending local NNWM Write-in tonight.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

Dance, swim, or play physically with kids at least once each week.

  • Stair music” with Annalise.

Maintain or reduce body weight – monthly checks.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Water daily.

  • Fish or seafood 3/1 (shrimp; smoked oysters).

  • Soup: 2/1 (French onion).

  • Whole grains: 4/3 (dry multigrain cereal; whole grain roll; multigrain cereal/milk; whole-grain crackers).

  • Fruits/vegetables: 3/3 (broccoli; clementine; veggie tacos).

  • Greek yogurt: 3/2.

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

  • Visit my “team” twice weekly.

  • Visit other ROWers as time and energy permit.

Pre-holiday happiness at the toy store!

In Progress:

2014 Blogging:

Build positive blogging habits.

Maintain blogging schedule.

Catch up comments and visits neglected during NaNoWriMo.

  • Moving forward; will be caught up by the end of year. Dealing with one comment category at a time, for past comments, and new ones as they come in.

2014 Writing:

Complete rough draft of The Earth Doth Move: at least 2,000 words a day until complete.

  • Wednesday: 2,048 words.

  • Thursday:    6,200+ words. (forgot to count).

  • Friday:         5,651 words.

  • Saturday:     6,080 words.

  • Scene: 59/60. Third resolution (and penultimate) underway at midnight, which is my cutoff for updates.

  • I expect to finish today or tomorrow! =D

Complete rough drafts of To Be or Not to Be, The Stars Are Fire, and Perchance to Dream.

Complete rough draft of Perchance to Dream.

  • Plan to plan next scene (52/60), very soon after I complete TEDM.

  • After that, writing gets underway. Still aiming to finish in 2014!

2014 Hometending:

Continue physical and virtual hometending plans – resetting rooms, cleaning files, and inhabiting my study.

  • More focused attention to cleanup of targeted areas. (study; kitchen; family room all got time).

Clean up files:

File or delete Inbox email backlog; maintain below 100 messages.

  • Back under 100, deleting, reading, filing.

Clean up Desktop and Writing Tidbits files on laptop. Organize in a rational, intuitive manner.

  • Looked Tidbits over and got a general sense of what I want to do. Next up, doing it!

  • Made second pass on Desktop – much cleaner! One more pass should do it!

Develop new habits that support organization and productivity.

Write a rough draft of my 2015 writing plans, by round and theme.

  • Plan to complete Round 1 list.

  • Next up, the 2015 Big Picture Goals.

2014 Lifetending:

Stretch and find new ways to blend the facets of my life with intention and awareness.

Read the 3/8 TBR books on the bookcase by my bed.

Return to exploring the slips in my Play Jar – in a playful, FUN way!

  • Pulled another slip. Will update when complete.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

At least one workout at the Y each week.

Meet or increase existing cardio goals.

At least one strenuous home/yardtending activity each week.

  • Nothing new.

Plan/execute at least two activities/trips each month that promote physical activity.

  • 1/ 2 complete.

Use Wii balance board and at least 3 days weekly, for a minimum of ten minutes.

  • After a 29 day hiatus that didn’t feel that long; I’m back, with an informal schedule.
  • Thursday, 10 minutes. Yoga, strength, aerobics, and balance exercises.
  • 1/3 days this week.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Salads/smoothies: 4/5; (3 salads; 1 smoothie).

  • Nuts: 1 / 2 (pumpkin seeds).

ROW80 Sponsor duties:

Write a rough draft of my Round 1 sponsor post.

  • Wrote something that may form the basis of the draft; will play with it later this week.

One of my gifts – I get to live with her! ❤

Not Yet:

2014 Writing:

Freewrite on the ideas I’ve had for the unwritten portions of the story.

  • Plot a rough schedule for creating first drafts for all remaining novels.

2014 Fitness:

Seek out playful new ways to move and challenge my body.

  • Maintain or increase weight-bearing exercise.

2014 Nutrition:

Continue exploring nutrition goals.

Maintain existing nutrition goals.

  • Read Intuitive Eating.

 

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

Another gift? I get to live with him, too! ❤

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