ROW80 2019 R4-5

During my brief vacation, I really missed Ottawa. I briefly flirted with the idea of moving back to my hometown oneday, but I don’t think I could really do it. Ottawa became my home somewhere along the way and though I get lonely at times, I know that won’t last. It is hard to make people back there understand that while I enjoy the visits, it’s not where I belong.

I had to turn the heat on today. Maybe I should get one of those programmable thermostats, or two as I only have two thermostats. I suppose I better think about winter-proofing my windows soon as well.

This is one of my favourite months of the year. I love Halloween the most of all the holidays and I think we should get it off. I want a partner who loves it as much or more than me. Scary movies, haunted walks, bonfires, costumes, decorating, candy, and seasonal desserts. Bring it on. Fuck Christmas. Halloween is where it’s at!

This weekend is both Can-Con and a haunted walk with my friends. It’s going to be fantastic and I’m super excited! There are a lot of intriguing panels that I’m looking forward to learning from. And the haunted walk is supposed to be scary. I’m skeptical as it’s hard to scare me. I went to Saunders Farm last year and all I did was laugh the whole time. The drive out to Saunders was scarier than the place to me.

Onto the update…


  1. Glider: 200 steps
  2. OYO 10 Week Challenge: /70
  3. Martial Arts: I’m missing this weekend due to Can-Con 2019, but I’ll be back at it next week.


As more and more space is uncovered, I feel happier. I’ve also noticed it’s warmer with better air flow and my allergies are reducing.

  • Declutter: 145/1,050 minutes (Goal 15 mins/day)
  • Paper: 145 pieces (1/day)
  • Bathroom: I filled some holes, but haven’t done the demo yet. Once I do, I’ll be emailing the condo about lining up the plumber. It turns out that the past office person was useless and that’s why I couldn’t get it lined up before.


  • Tri: I’m in the planning stages and have added my project to the NaNo site. If I get this screenplay done, I’ll move onto either another one or actually try to finish The Blood Waitress Club this year.


I have been sucking here, but I was away and spent time moving on other things during my vacation.

  • Downtown Abbey
  • Lean on Me


I haven’t made much progress on David Christian’s Origin Story. I’m still 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


I have not made any progress as I was on vacation. I needed a break from everything anyway.

  • 73,244/80,000



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.


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


– 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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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…


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.


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.


  • TBD


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


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


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.


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.


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.


  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.


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


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.



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


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.


A Break

With ROW80 Round 3 having ended on Wednesday, I’m taking a short break from editing and focusing on cleaning my home. My desk is almost clean and I’m slowly making progress on the rest of the condo. We have somehow hit another heat wave despite it being September. I suppose I’d be fine with this if I hadn’t disconnected my air conditioner. I *could* put it back in, but I feel like that would be a lot of work for a couple of days of plus 30C. I’m more annoyed that things can’t stop pollinating.

We had our work golf social on Friday and my team and I did very well. Somehow I chipped in a birdie from about 50 yards. I think swinging swords is helping my golf game. That might seem odd because it’s a different way that you’re moving your body, but my martial art has helped me improve how much power I use when. I’d like to say my aim has gotten better, but I don’t think I was focusing on that nearly enough. Oh, I also drove my ball almost as far as one of my big and strong teammates! And I only lost two balls, which is unusual for me. My glove’s outer layer slaked off, so I’ll need to get a new one.

With the break in writing and editing of my books, I’m going to take a little break from blogging too. This will let me get ready for the next round of ROW80. It will also help me push forward on cleaning my home, which will help tremendously at staying stress-free at work because Q3 is usually heavy. So heavy that I’ll be temporarily stepping away from French learning. Anyway, you’ll find out about all that and more next Sunday when I declare my next round goals.



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.


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


  • OYO: Not started.


  • Charlie et la Chocolaterie: 9/30


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


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


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