On the Trail:  #ROW80 /#12WeekYear  Midweek 4

Hi there, ROWers and friends!

Thursday is swiftly disappearing, and I still haven’t posted my Wednesday update. I have a good reason– after spending a week reorienting ourselves as a family of three, the kids were both ready to spend some time with friends they don’t get to see as often as they’d like.

For Miah, that meant a trip to Pennsylvania to visit his friend Gabriel, and a bonus of their mutual friend Josh. There were feral chickens, old barns, pet rats, pizza and pumpkin bread, and a LOT of virtual reality gaming. We met Angel, Gabriel’s mom, about halfway on Sunday, and drove alone to their house on Tuesday, so I could visit, too. Miah and I drove home together on Wednesday evening. Since internet was spotty there, I decided to wait.

Lise and I did some provisions shopping for her on Monday, and capped that off with dinner at Friendly’s, a local family fare/ice cream place she’s been wanting to go to for months.  Before I headed for Pennsylvania, I dropped her with her friend Gabrielle. I was supposed to pick her up today, but she extended her visit until tomorrow – a relief for me, since I could use a day off from these adventures!

So how did my goals mesh with travel?


Blue with Overstrike: Goal Completed.

Green:  In Progress.

Black: Still Waiting.

 Black with Overstrike: 86ed.

 Relationships, Family, and Home:


Complete lists of homeschool activities/ update attendance for November. Due Week 2.

  • Progress: 0%.

 Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Weeks 412.

  • 1/4 – Interstate distance driving – 114 miles on unfamiliar route.
  • Progress: 25%.

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 all family members. Weeks 4-12.

  • Checked in w/Miah while driving; with Lise at home.
  • Reached out to Jim’s
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Weeks 412.

  • Facilitated meetups with friends; shopping; dining at favorite restaurants; discussed plans for updating personal/common spaces.
  • 3/3 for this week to date.
  • Progress: 100%.


Focus on at least ten minutes with some combination of family members in common spaces daily. Weeks 4-12.

  • While hometending, and just hanging out together chatting.
  • 3/3 for week so far.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Weeks 4-12.

  • Lots more discussion/brainstorming, and some planning.
  • Purchased bedding for Lise, and collapsible hampers for her and I. Also selected some color swatches for our bedrooms.
  • Progress: 100 %



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

  • Progress: 50%

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

  • After a bit of detouring, I’ve tracked down the elusive life insurance. Paperwork should be here in 7-10 business days.
  • Progress: 75%

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

  • Progress: 25%.

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

  • More documentation received; gathering for tax time.
  • Progress: 20%.

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

  • Some discussion on general economics, and whether Lise should have an allowance raise: I thought yes; she said no.
  • Progress: 40%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Weeks 4-12.

  • Returned to Writing Flash Fiction That Doesn’t Suck Course: final revision for Story Start 3; rough revision and simmering final revision for Story Start 4/11.
  • Progress: 20%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Weeks 1-12.

  • Progress: 0%.

Keep in touch with other writers –  reading blogs; commenting; participating in sprints and blog hops as I am able: Weeks 4-12.

  • Read and commented on all #ROW80 Sprint Monday.
  • Progress: 20%


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Weeks 412.

  • Progress: 25%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Progress: 45%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Weeks 412.

  • Progress: 35%

Seek out someone(s) with good organizational skills who can coordinate as/when needed. Weeks 4-12.

  • Progress: 45%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Weeks 4-12.

  • I’m getting much better at this!
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


Watch Star Trek: Enterprise whenever possible; join in Twitter live chat at #AllStarTrek. Weeks 4-12.

  • Sunday/Monday nights – check. Travel prevented watching Tuesday.
  • Progress: 100%

Resume taking pictures, beautifying our home, drawing, coloring, singing, and other activities that I enjoy, as opportunities arise. Weeks 4-12.

  • More Home and Garden TV, and lots of Hamilton-singing during my solo driving. Sharing music with Miah and Lise. Travel.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Weeks 412.

  • More ideas from one of my fellow writing group members.
  • More ingredients purchased.
  • Progress: 10%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Weeks 4-12.

  • Saved a recipe or two.
  • Progress: 100%

Use Ninja for food prep once weekly. Weeks 4-12.

  • Nothing this week.
  • Progress: 0%

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Weeks 4-12.

  • I seem to have found my stride here.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly. Weeks 412.

  • Yes. As much as possible.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 412.

  • Returned to journaling and meditation on Monday; first time in two weeks. Repeated Tuesday before I left for the day’s travels.
  • Progress: 30%.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Weeks 4-12.

  • Getting better at this.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Weeks 412.

  • I continue to focus on this – I don’t seem to have the energy not to.
  • Progress: 100%.

Prioritize time and connection with my beloveds over busy-ness. Weeks 4-12.

  • Spent time with both kids, just being, as well as tending to their needs.
  • Progress: 100%.


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  1. I remember days like this when I was always driving. It’s amazing what can be done even when most of the time is spent behind the wheel. Still, I can understand why you enjoyed the chance to settle for an extra day while Lise spent time with Gabrielle.

    You’ve got this…. maybe not all at once, or at all easily, but you’ve got this. And if you need help, it’s not that long of a drive for me either.

    • Lise stayed on an extra day, but we’re meeting closer to here, and she and I will do an errand or two and have lunch, so a productive Friday, too.

      There’s still those few goals I haven’t gotten to yet, but I’m hoping to at least break the ice on those this weekend – other than writing group and maybe some shopping, I don’t have any away from home plans.

      Today, so far, I’ve been cleaning in my room and doing some laundry and dishes – hoping to get last night’s dinner dishes all cleared up before I leave the house, and focus on writing-stuff after. I’ve also got some administrative stuff to tend to.

      Every day still seems to have far more potential things to do than I usually get to, but I’m getting a better sense of how to accept that, and progress where I can.

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