Scrambling to the End: #ROW80 /#12WeekYear Midweek 12

Hi there, ROWers and friends! 

 On Sunday, I wrote about our weekend with friends, and how it renewed me.

Since then:

  • We’ve made it safely home, settled in, and had a small uptick in our financial situation, as survivor’s benefits kicked in.
  • I’ve committed to getting taxes and life insurance claims done by the end of the month.
  • I had a lovely and inexpensive Olive Garden lunch with Miah, after we ran errands together.
  • Some exciting new possibilities have opened up. I’m not ready to talk about them yet, but I am exploring them.
  • I have a solid idea regarding my Saturday presentation, and am working out the broad strokes.

How about you?

Are you where you want to be with your goals, or are you scrambling, too?

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.  Week 11.

Facilitate Miah’s driving practice; four times weekly. Week 12.

  • 3/4 already; including most of our return trip from New Jersey and local driving in urban areas and in traffic.
  • Progress: 75%.

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. Week 12.

  • This continues to be a strength.
  • Progress: 100%

Set aside a few minutes five days weekly to arrange facilitation of needs. Week 12.

  • Each day this session, for more than 5 minutes. A bit of hometending; travel; connection with friends; facilitating interests/goals; and financial administration.
  • 3/3 for this session.
  • Progress: 100%.


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

  • Every day this week; between travel, home, and erranding/lunch.
  • Progress: 100%.

Gather and consider how to make our home a sweeter place. Week 12.

  • Some talk over the last days; mostly hometending.
  • Progress: 100%



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

  • Progress: 93%

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

  • More progress, incrementally, on life insurance and listing. This is taking far longer than expected, but I am getting there.
  • Progress: 92%

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

  • No concrete progress; sorted and skimmed some tax paperwork.
  • Progress: 45%.

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

  • Upon consideration, our 2017 taxes aren’t  as complicated as the 2018 ones will be, so I decided to do them online this week and chose a program.
  • Progress: 45%.

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

  • Discussed grocery budget with both kids; they’re a bit skeptical, but willing to give it a try.
  • Also discussed online subscriptions with Miah, and decided to cancel one of mine. I want to be sure we’re using those we have.
  • Progress: 75%

Focus on learning via the courses I already have in progress: Week 12.

  • Progress: 65%.

Work on beta projects I’ve agreed to as opportunity arises. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

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

  • Monday sprint; one blog post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.


Make lists of things we could use help with, as we think of them. Week 12.

  • I finally started a brainstormed list…on a piece of PAPER. With WRITING!
  • Progress: 80%

Ask both kids for ideas at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Talked with both regarding various new ideas.
  • Progress: 100%

Pair lists with those willing to help at least weekly. Week 12.

  • Many new ideas happening…. but I’m not ready to share details just yet.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Progress: 10%

When someone offers general assistance, be ready with ideas. Week 12.

  • Jumped on an unexpected opportunity.
  • Progress: 100%

Body, Mind, and Soul:


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

  • Missed a bit of Sunday. Added Voyager to my lineup, since it’s restarted.
  • Progress: 100%

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

  • Fixer Upper; Cake Mania; lunch with Miah; singing.
  • Progress: 100%

Experiment with Instant Pot weekly. Week 12.

  • Progress: 50%.

Keep eyes open for likely recipes. Week 12.

  • Invented a meal as I went along.
  • Progress: 100%

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

Alternate days of restful focus with more active days. Week 12.

  • Driving/visiting Sunday; mellow Monday; erranding Tuesday.
  • Progress: 100%.

Listen to my body, mind, and soul, and follow their leads to adjust accordingly.  Week 12.

  • I continued to do well here.
  • Progress: 100%


Follow a morning routine when possible. Weeks 812.

Use quiet moments as they present themselves. Week 12.

  • Yes – lots of them, post-travel.
  • Progress: 100%.

Make a practice of being present- right here, right now. Week 12.

  • Oh, yes!
  • Progress: 100%.

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

  • Yup!
  • Progress: 100%.

ROW80 –

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    • Yes. Haven’t heard more about them yet – but it’s cool to have the impetus to move in that direction – it’s one I’ve been contemplating for some time.

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