Recovery Time


Real Life Pokémon Hunting at the Hubby’s Office

After several weeks of being on-edge, running close to non-stop…

I am stopping.

Not permanently, not even for a whole day even, I am stopping… for a time.

So… sorry, but no trite commentary, nothing profound, no lovely pictures (okay, so one–I HAD to try out my new phone!).  Today and yesterday were days to stop and reassess the state of things.  And to recover after far too much… stuff.

It was a good time to stop.  I made my CampNaNo wordcount goal on Friday, while having a mini-write-in with my Syster-for-Years, Shan Jeniah, before going to see the new Star Trek movie as part of her birthday celebration.

It was also the last day for my husband at a job he’d had for the past 16 years.

As a measure of change, this weekend seemed the ideal period to consider things and to note with some personal change too.

Row80 Check-in & Assessment

I haven’t anything much to say here either.  As far as goals go, this week was pretty much a bust.  I don’t even remember what I did most of the week now…  All is a blur of busy and do-this, do-that, go-here, go-there, answer-this, reply-to-that, return-X, buy-Y…

So…  I don’t really have much to say here today.

    • Goal: spend ~three hours a week delving into writing craft related learning
    • Progress: I… don’t know.  I really don’t know anymore.
    • Goal: Hand-write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
    • Progress:  I can say I’ve most succeeded on this goal, especially thanks to the wonderful gift my husband bought me (a Galaxy Note 5) because we’d thought my old phone had died.
    • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks into the computer
    • Progress:  umm, I did some today, and I think I did a few days before Wednesday
    • Goal: maintain local critique group submission of excerpts and critiques during non-NaNoWriMo months
    • Progress: thankfully we were still in “Camp” and I didn’t have to submit anything.  I still owe one critique
    • Goal: return to regular posting in the WIPpet and WeWriWa blog hops
    • Progress: I did a WIPpet, but no action on the WeWriWa crew; actually I suspect I need to delay that part of this goal another month, as August is when I’ll be offline out in the woods doing some real camping
    • Goal: sponsor duties for the ROW80 twice a week
    • Progress: on track, amazingly enough (except for that sponsor post!)
    • Goal: Explore my creative side daily
    • Progress: I did have some doodling time Thursday–trying to figure out why all my faces look like corpses
    • Goal: Daily languages (except Sundays)
    • Progress: on track
    • Goal: daily exercise amounting to a minimum of 30 minutes a day
    • Progress: I made time for this; it kept me sane
  • Temporary! Goal: write and submit my sponsor post
  • Progress: Hahahahahahaha…  ouch.  I shouldn’t laugh like a madwoman.  It hurts the head.  :-/

That’s all to it.  Hopefully, I’ll have some real news on Wednesday.  At the very least, I will have another snippet of my most recent work in progress for your reading pleasure.

13 responses to “Recovery Time

  1. Sometimes one just has to stop. It is impossible to fill a running river. Wells are static, at least at the surface. I’m glad you won Camp, and that you and Shan had birthday writing and celebration.


    • *hugs* Thanks, Elizabeth. Hope things will settle soon and you’ll be joining us at the Sunday write-ins. We had a blast last night, and it would be fun to share even more. 😀 And hopefully, I’ll see you before that too.

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  2. How wise to simply stop. Oh, and I have a new phone too. It’s so intimidating to go from that old clamshell to something that’s a camera, mini-computer, AND a phone. I think I accidentally turned off the ringer because I keep missing incoming calls. But, what’s important here is that you re still committed to writing and planning and nurturing that creative part of yourself. Enjoy every moment of your camping trip . . . see you here when you return.


    • Oh! I won’t be off for camping until the later half of the month. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

      You sound like my mom… she just got her first iPhone a few weeks ago. She loves it though. What model did you get?


  3. Sometimes that’s just what you have to do. We were invited to a family reunion yesterday for husband’s side and one of my mom’s cousins was up for a visit, so we were invited to a get-together for her. We…didn’t do either. It seems all we’ve done is run around all weekend, every weekend for the last two months. And this next month won’t be any different. We just needed a break.
    you still made some progress so that’s good.


    • Oh! I wish I felt comfortable enough dealing with my family’s expectations to do something like that. So much of the stress I live with would just fall aside if I thought I could get away with not attending family social events without hearing about it for the rest of my life. I mean, I love my family, and in general get along with them “okay” but… certain things just don’t happen in their eyes. If you know what I mean.

      So glad you took the time you needed for yourself. Good thing there are lots of ways for us to “stop”. Though… waffles with strawberries and whipped cream sounds like the way to go next time. 😀


  4. Thank you so much, not only for passing on the old phone to a very happy teen (even if he just seems even-keel; a mom can tell!), and for your company Friday – but for all the gentle nudges and occasional outright shoves over all the years that led me to things like wanting to go to Star Trek movies, and for understanding when I rhapsodize about the best parts (“You gave your girlfriend a TRACKING DEVICE?!”).

    Happy that we got to have our mini write-in with lobster rolls, and that we were also part of each others’ ‘stopping’ time. I feel renewed and more focused, and I hope you are also richer for the experience.

    Love that baby bunny! ❤


    • It was something different for me (you know how I am about going to movies in general), and the fact that I could just be ME (an awful lot of my social commitments lately have been with my Mom… who I CANNOT write or look at a screen even once during, unless I’m helping her with a problem, or other moms in the homeschooling settings who want to ‘talk shop’ … and I have no shop, so to speak)…

      Well, it was grand, just being me there. Thank you.

      And that line was so perfect, so very McCoy. Actually… I think the rebooted pair has grown on me. I’ll always have a fondness for the first Bones, but the more I considered him, the better I liked him. He works.

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      • I’m glad I was able to be a respite, then – and I got some plotting and jotting done, too, so double win.

        I like him a good deal. And the two of them have that magic. That’s all I need! ❤


  5. Stopping is necessary sometimes. I hope your pause was restful and refreshing.

    I know you said you didn’t get much done, but look:
    Hand-written words written
    Some type-written pages done
    WIPpet posted
    Sponsor duties on track
    Doodling time
    Daily Languages on track
    Daily exercise

    That looks like a lot done to me. 🙂


    • HEY!! I’m the one who’s supposed to be cheering… oh, pooh, I’m glad you’re doing it. I kind of needed the reminder, given I was feeling so energy-less these past few days. I mean, I know I needed the rest, but somehow, taking the actual time to rest seems like slacking…. Thanks, ReGi!

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  6. Sometimes you just need to stop and catch your breath. It’s good that you realize that. Take care, Eden! And I hope you enjoyed your writing session followed by movie-going with Shan Jeniah.


    • Yes, yes, we all do… once in a while. And the movie was… better than expected. Eeep! I just realized something… in my friendship with Shan… I am Spock. 😀