ROW80 2019 R4-4

As I’m visiting family this Thanksgiving weekend, my update will be a little different.

Before taking off for the weekend, I caught up on laundry. This is partly because I saw a cockroach. And despite all my decluttering progress, I felt pretty fucking defeated. But then I learned things about them. Things like that they don’t like hanging out in filth. They actually prefer clean homes to live in. They are found in many multiple unit dwellings, unfortunately. And they like coming out in warm weather. They love water areas too. On the other side of the wall is the hot water tank room. Time to plug any holes in that wall for sure. I did put bait down in the area.

Someone told me that my decluttering is going well because I disturbed it. It’s a good sign rather than one to feel sad, embarrassed, or ashamed about. I’m not failing at decluttering; I’m making progress. I hope they’re right. I want as few potential hiding places for creepy bugs as possible.

Having lost sleep over it all, the trip to my hometown required a stop for caffeine. But then it took awhile to get back on the highway because there were hunters filling gas cans. I’m not sure why they didn’t fill those the night before, so they wouldn’t hold up all the travelers. I quickly learned they spilled quite a bit of gas as the wet spot was impossible to avoid standing in as I refilled to finish my trip there. So, gas stinking shoes and all, I continued on my trip.

Other than those shitty things, my weekend has been good. I spent time with a close friend on Saturday. There were a lot of laughs had as we shopped for nothing in particular.

I’ve been trying to enjoy watching cable with my parents, but every commercial break is filled with election ads. I’m glad I voted already. I’m thankful for advance polls. There was only one man in line ahead of me. My civic duty was done without pain.

Home

– Declutter: 2 bins & 1 box donated. Laundry and dishes caught up.

NaNoWriMo

– I had an epiphany to rewrite Puppy Chow. Well, sort of. There will be no puppies in it and it’ll no longer be a creature feature horror, but something more dramatic. It will only have the barest of similarities to the original story line and I’ve been writing all kinds of notes this weekend to plan. I’m super excited! I may still do Puppy Chow in the future with different characters though.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this check-in. Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating this weekend!

R~

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ROW80 2019 R4-3

My neck is quite a bit better.

Work has been quite heavy and is projected to get heavier as the month progresses.

I’m enjoying the incremental changes I’ve been making around my home though I’m not where I want to be yet. Seeing less and less unnecessary stuff everywhere is making me happier and happier 🙂

My hair is at an awkward length that is annoying me and I just want it to grow out. I cut it a little too short during the heat waves this summer.

Fitness

This has taken a bit of a backseat, but I have gotten some extra walking in while the weather has been nice.

  1. Glider: 0 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: I’m missing this weekend as a family visit is in order, but I’m packing my gear in order to get some practice in.

Home

I’ve started packing the car with some bins and boxes to go. There’s more to do, but each little bit lets me see what’s left that I need to keep and place somewhere more functional than its current home.

  • Declutter: 90/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 125 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I haven’t moved on this, but plan to next week.

NaNoWriMo

I think my plan is to go the rebel route and work on several screenplays. Most of these are more dramatic pieces. There is horror in one, but largely I’m focusing on the dramatic side of things. It’s where my head is at right now, I guess.

  • My first ever screenplay, I want to break into two different stories.
  • I have a short play I want to turn into a screenplay and I’m not sure if it will be feature length or shorter.
  • I also have one I started I would like to finish.

Piano

I haven’t practiced much since last check in. My next lesson isn’t until the 26th due to the holiday this weekend, so I’m not too worried about it, but I do need to get back to it.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

Reading

I’ve made progress on David Christian’s Origin Story. I’m now in the portion of the book where humans are living in Agrarian civilizations and things like slavery are becoming a thing. This is about 10,000-12,000 years ago.

  • 1/3

The Spark

I’ve not made as much progress as I hoped I would here.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 2019 R4-2

Sorry for not posting for the first check in. I had to catch up on sleep because my neck has been acting up again.

I’ve only been off for a short while, but in that time I’ve gotten into some things.

I’ve been putting myself out there in the dating sense. Nothing fruitful thus far, but I’m trying.

Aside from my glider that lets me exercise while watching TV, I’ve also started learning how to use my portable gym. I haven’t used the glider extensively yet, but it’s fun and I feel tall while I’m on it.

My neck has been really sore, so though I didn’t want to spend money, I bought a new pillow. The first night was really good, but the neck pain doesn’t seem to be going away. It’s a good thing I’m meeting a new family doctor soon.

I finally joined Spotify and am making up a playlist with all the awesome bands I’ve been discovering lately and some old favourites. For now, I just have a free account. Maybe someday I’ll pay for unlimited songs and/or downloads.

I almost had Jury Duty, but the selection day was cancelled. Thankfully. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do any of the things I had planned for the month because of it!

Onto the actual goals update…

Fitness

A short amount of time on my glider has engaged my muscles, so I think it’s going to be really helpful. It hasn’t bothered my ankles or my neck thus far.

  1. Glider: 600 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: So far, I’m sucking at this. I woke up last Sunday with the kink in my neck that still hasn’t left. I went and swung my sword today though and my neck is feeling OK, though I really shouldn’t do kata that have me rotate my head quickly to the left. I’m looking at you, Morote-Tsuki. The rest were good. Well, not that good. I messed up a lot until I remembered some steps, but I mostly self corrected. And I now make fun mistakes like start Morote-Tsuki as if it’s Ganmen-Ate and somehow fluidly correct it.

Home

I’ve made some headway on the declutter. Lots to go still, but I have a big blue bin ready to leave my place and I’ve started filling a second one. I think my car can fit at least three easily at once, so that’s my short term plan there. I’ve had a ton of these bins around for years and while I’ve been storing things in them, they have also encouraged me to keep things I don’t need or even really want. Many of them are in my bedroom taking up space and though they are not in my main area, they are helping me clear junk from my main area too.

  • Declutter: 75/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 124 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I have a makeup area in my bedroom now to clear the bathroom counter for this. It’ll also likely stay that way as I’ve always wanted a little dressing table. Good news, they fired the girl in the office who couldn’t seem to organize anything. I have renewed hopes for the plumber to come.

NaNoWriMo

  • TBD

Piano

My new focus for piano is learning to make use of the pedal. It lengthens notes. What I only just learned was that the note will continue even if my hand comes off, so I can have time to prepare for moving my hand(s) as needed to another section of the keyboard. This is monumental! It’s also a lot to process and I’m doubtful I’ll have it down by my next lesson, but who knows?

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me

Reading

I’m currently focusing on David Christian’s Origin Story. It’s a book about the history of everything starting with the Big Bang. I’m in the portion of the book where humans start farming.

  • 1/3

The Spark

I’ve finally broken through to the 73k and up word count. For awhile, I thought it would never happen. Other stories are nagging me to get back to them, but I’ve been pretty good at not letting them tear me away.

  • 73,244/80,000

R~

ROW80 Round 4 – Goals Post

This round I will be reducing even further. This is because I expect this quarter at work to be extra demanding. I’ll have some definite goals and some if-I-can-fit-them-in goals.

DEFINITE GOALS

The Spark

If I can manage 205 words three days per week, I will get to 80000. With editing, that is difficult as sometimes I’m cutting words. My actual session target in Scrivener is 250.

Piano

Downtown Abbey is going well. I will be continuing to practice at least 3 days per week on whatever I’m supposed to be learning. The next song we’ve agreed on is Lean on Me.

Fitness

  1. Cardio: Instead of just watching TV, I’ll be using my new glider to fit cardio in while watching.
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: This is only 15 minutes a day.
  3. Martial Arts: 1 day per week.

Reading

One book per month. This shouldn’t be taxing as I usually read on the train to and from work.

Home

Declutter: Continue the declutter. I’ve been making leaps and bounds since discovery Dana K. White. If I do about 15-minutes per day at a minimum, I think I can truly make the progress I’m wanting here now.

IF-I-CAN-FIT-THEM-IN GOALS

Home

Bathroom reno: I’m hoping to cut my vanity in half, remove it, then get a plumber to do the rest.

NaNoWriMo

I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and do it yet at all. I would really like to get back to The Blood Waitress Club, but I also really want to finish The Spark. A break from editing could help me feel refreshed though.

As far as the other goals from last round go, I’ll be continuing to improve my finances, but not reporting it here. I will not be working on French until next year as it will be too demanding.

R~

Discouraged

I was going to write a post yesterday. It was going to be focused on a writing topic. Alas, I didn’t finish it. And I felt pretty terrible after seeing a Facebook post of mine from 3 years ago where I’m talking about getting my home clean.

Yes, I’ve been trying to declutter for 3 years now.

Needless to say, I’m feeling quite discouraged about it. I sort of tried the Mari Kondo thing (too much ritual). I tried the monk thing (who has time for that?!). I tried the buckets method (home is worse). I’ve tried just sucking it up (motivation zero). Nothing has worked for long.

But there’s hope.

I discovered Dana White’s A Slob Comes Clean. She talks about things like the bucket method and how it seems to mess up the home more for some of us. She says it’s better to have a place for things and return them to the place they go as soon as we realize they aren’t where they should be. This is because we will get busy and forget to bring the bucket from room to room. Why do things need a place? To reduce the need to think about where to put it. It totally makes sense. So the more you do it, the easier it should get like any other task.

Also, to start with the easiest things. That builds up momentum.

I’m not sure what else. Her book is supposed to go through the psychology of why cleaning can be so hard. She calls it Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff. To me, the title alone suggests, “Hey, I know you’re super busy living life instead of spending all your free time cleaning.” I like that.

I ordered the book. I figured it was worth a try.

FINANCES

  • R. Card: 63%
  • S. Card: 49.9%
  • Student Loan: 7.76%
  • Savings: TBD

FITNESS

  • OYO: Not started.

FRENCH

  • Charlie et la Chocolaterie: 9/30

HOME

ROW80 Round 3 is almost over. During the period between writing rounds, I’ll be focusing mainly on my home.

  • Bathroom: Not Started
  • Paper: 81 pieces

MUSIC

My teacher put a check mark beside Let It Be, so I guess that means it’s done. I’ll keep playing it to get it even better and hopefully know it by heart soon. She mentioned filling it out more with more chords. I’m not really sure what that means.

  • Learn: Downtown Abbey
  • Learn: Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Practice: C Scale

WRITING

I feel like I’ve done pretty well this week on my writing. I’ve added words. I also started tracking the word counts in each chapter, so I know where I may need to put more focus. All my beginning chapters are running short. I have gotten 555 words written so far this week! That’s more than I have in a long time. I might be frustrated by my home, but at least I’m writing?

  • The Spark: 72,748/80,000

R~

Mood = Crafty

I’m feeling quite crafty lately. I painted some things. I’ve got the motivation to frame a puzzle that has been kicking around for quite some time. Of course, the motivation came after carrying a free piece of hotel art home. I’m not interested in the art inside, but the frame, glass, and matting are all expensive things. I read that I can paint matting, so I’ll be doing that to better match the puzzle. I’m pretty sore after carrying it for so long, but it’s going to be worth it. I just have to figure out how to take the backing off. Perhaps a hair dryer and if not, my heat gun?

I also dyed a coat I wasn’t wearing. It started as beige and now it looks like denim. I guess I didn’t stir it enough. I still like it far better than before. I’ve never been a beige Barbie type. I have a sweater I want to dye too, but I’ll need to get more dye for it.

I’ve also been playing around with my keyboard. I got a Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal and have been checking which sounds distort well. Because I’m a geek, I went though and put a large chunk of the keyboard sounds and their matching numbers into a spreadsheet, so I can find them again easily.

FINANCES

  • R. Card: 63%
  • S. Card: 49.9%
  • Student Loan: 7.76%
  • Savings: TBD

FITNESS

  • OYO: Not started.

FRENCH

  • Charlie et la Chocolaterie: 9/30

HOME

I still have a ton of work to do around here, but I think just getting some small things done like dying that coat are giving me the morale to do more.

  • Bathroom: Not Started
  • Paper: 81 pieces

MUSIC

I’m super close on Let It Be. We talked about the speed that it should be played at. She said if I put 60 beats in a 2/2 instead of 4/4 I should have the right speed for the way it’s written in my book.

My teacher is pretty happy with how I’m progressing on Downtown Abbey. I can mostly play page one with both hands without the sustain pedal. So I need to focus on page two. Once I can play the whole thing with both hands together, I am to add the pedal. I expect after that I’ll be told to memorize it too because it’s a lot easier to add feeling and dynamics when you aren’t worried about the page. There’s a part of it that I commented to her that I thought was there to help train the ability to improvise. It looks fancy, but she said it’s actually just one chord. There’s another part with a rolled chord that is cool too.

Oh, I also got some velcro strips to attach my keyboard to its stand. No more smashing on the ground crap.

  • Memorize: Let It Be
  • Learn: Downtown Abbey
  • Learn: Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Practice: C Scale

WRITING

I keep getting more ideas. Some even blow my own mind. But it’s hard to get them out of my head! I can get the idea written down, but it’s much harder to figure out where it belongs in the story.

I think I’m going to keep track of what I did in a week using the Project Targets feature in Scrivener because it looks like I only went up 20 words, but I did more work than that. This is one of the reasons I’m not fond of editing. I removed things, rewrote pieces, and wrote some new content, but because I started by lowering my word count, it seems like I didn’t do anything if I go by the numbers alone!

  • The Spark: 72,333/80,000

R~

Jello Mind

The human mind is an amazing thing. It’s pretty much jello, yet we can do so much with it.

I’ve been having issues with my phone. Since the last update, it constantly thinks it’s moist despite not having met with any water. As such, it only lets me charge it if I turn it off. This is problematic as I’ve been using it for my alarm clock.

Well, on Tuesday night I went to sleep anyway figuring that I didn’t have to worry as one of my neighbours always showers around midnight and always wakes me up. Instead of that happening, I had a dream whereby my pregnant colleague went into labour early. After her water broke, she passed out. Somehow, her husband was suddenly there. I asked him what to do with her phone. He sent me on a quest to find her friend Dawn. I had difficulty along the way as her phone locked me out before I could contact Dawn. Then the bus left me stranded and I don’t know how, but I let my bosses know I was stranded. I then tried to get our newbie to help me with locating this Dawn person.

The previous day, in reality, I was doing a task involving a contact list. I got on the wrong bus as it should never have stopped at my stop. There were also the worries about my phone not waking me up. And I think her friend was named Dawn because my subconscious woke me up in the wee hours of the morning to turn my phone on.

See how amazing my brain was.

Of course, there are other times I can’t remember the word shoe, but at least it came through when I really needed it to.

In the morning, I dug out my old iPod alarm clock, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the alarm now unless there’s a power outage. Except that I forgot to turn the alarm on. It should wake me up tomorrow.

FINANCES

  • R. Card: 63%
  • S. Card: 49.9%
  • Student Loan: 7.76%
  • Savings: TBD

FITNESS

  • OYO: Not started.

FRENCH

  • Charlie et la Chocolaterie: 9/30

HOME

I kind of took a week off from dealing with the paper. I’m slowly getting back to it though. I’m also thinking about my Halloween costume a lot.

  • Bathroom: Not Started
  • Paper: 80 pieces

MUSIC

I think I’m really close on Let It Be.

I discovered a problem with my piano set up. My keyboard isn’t attached to its stand. It crashed to the floor. There might be a way I can attach it? I guess I’ll be asking about it when I go for my next lesson.

  • Memorize: Let It Be
  • Learn: Downtown Abbey
  • Learn: Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Practice: C Scale

WRITING

I wish I could just think what I want and have it write it in the correct place in my book.

  • The Spark: 72,276/80,000

R~