Daily Archives: June 7, 2012

A Day Late and Very Short: a ROW80 update

Whenever any event that marks a Life Change comes up there seem to be celebrations upon celebrations upon…

If you are anything like me, these events can easily become very expensive.   I don’t mean this as a complaint.  They just have that “feature”, so to speak.

Yesterday was the Boodle’s last day at DS, at least for a while (he has already made his interest in going back clear this past week).  There were gifts around the room for classmates, there were “get together”s, there were plans made for the summer (camps, camps, and more camps), and there were plans for more gatherings during the summer (including a possible All Mom Trip to Montreal).  There was also a delectable dinner out at Villa Valenti.

Swallowtail butterfly

Swallowtail (credit: Self)

Dinner was the killer.  Next time I will order water instead of my beloved iced tea.  Or at least forgo the refills and the various “possibilities” that come but don’t come with the meal…  It was a great time, and I don’t regret it, but after the nearly $12oo we put on the “new” car yesterday morning so that it might pass inspection once the computer finishes its tests, spending nearly $100 on dinner for the three of us was….  excessive.  It was also extraordinary.

We’ve never done that before.  Never…  in hibachi houses, sushi bars, French Provincial gourmet restaurants or even taking the exchange rate into account for special meals in England and Canada.  And none of us ordered alcohol!


I really need to read menus better.  We all do, because the Spice and I weren’t the only parents in our group that ended up staring in shock at our portion of the bill.

Maybe the restaurant charged extra for the fact that our part of 23 people included almost 15 children six and younger…  😉

No.  I don’t really think so.  The bill was right.  It’s just easier than one might think to get carried away in the great conversation and companionship of friends and simply nod when the waitress says “Would you like a refill?” or “Would you like marinara or one of our other sauces? (and then choose the olive oil and fresh garlic & herbs)”, etc.

It’s easy to not think about these things in the moment.  And, really, we don’t regret the moment (and the leftovers were still amazing!).

Do you have moments that you feel you went “overboard” but don’t regret?

ROW80 Check-in

Since I’ve chosen to take on the June National Novel Writing Month challenge(s).  For myself, this means I’ve hung out a lot on Twitter at the #JuNoWriMo #CampNaNoWriMo and #wordmongering hashtags… a lot!  Today I managed to get some time in with #teamsprinty at the #Row80 hashtag.  You’re reading the efforts of that now.

All of this Tweeting has made me realize how much I need to get Tweetdeck up and running again.  So far everything has worked for me, but it does get crazy at times, and since I’ve volunteered to host some of the #JuNoWriMo sprints for the month, anything to speed up the process will help.

The rest of my ROW80 goals?  Well, I’ve mostly been meeting (and exceeding) my testmile goal of 500 words a day.  I had over 3K on Tuesday, but only squeaked my 750words.com goal by one yesterday.  And all of these are on the story–I am not including the intro “get my head into the writing” words in my totals.    Yay me!  😀

My sponsor duties have been “okay”.  There is still something odd about the settings on my laptop as opposed to my desktop machine that makes it hard to actually comment on people’s blogs when I’m away from home.  I am almost up to date, but I did not manage to visit any extra ROWers this week yet.  😦  Sorry guys!

My typing in of older stories has fallen completely stopped.  I find no issue with that.  Things go in cycles I have found.  Today I have more energy and focus one activity; tomorrow I can handle another kind of task better.

One thing that has happened brought with it the oddest effect yesterday.  Of late there have been a lot of emails floating around the class-mom list these past few weeks as we all plotted and planned yesterday’s adventures.  On my email signature I have links to my blogs which I often trim out for school and other communiques…  I must have missed doing so.  And I found out yesterday that one of the fellow room-moms had read through some of my stories and actually liked it, enough to mention this yesterday to me,


So I’m in a pretty happy frame of mind.  And even more interesting that it happened to me on Day 2 of Jeff Goins 15 Habits of a Great Writer program…  Believe.

So, though I did not get up two hours earlier for writing yesterday (or today…in fact today I lolled in bed for several hours thanks to a generous husband who let me sleep in and daydream)…  I’m starting to actually “believe“.

Good-bye until Sunday, and please, support your fellow ROWers here!