RoW80 Check-in October 19, 2011
As I suspected there isn’t any writing of note to report. We had arranged to pick up the car we were going to drive up to Northern Indiana and leave with our son on Sunday at the repair shop; what we didn’t realize was when they said we would need new tires on the back, they meant before we left the lot.
The original plan was to drive to Atlanta Sunday evening, stay the night, have breakfast with my parents, then get on the road to arrive at 10 or 11pm. We had planned on babying the tires on the 1000-mile trip, then replacing them when we got here. One look convinced us that plan was a bust; things were adjusted further when we found that all the tire shops in town had closed 15 minutes earlier than we called.
Monday passed in a blur. We left town at 10am with new tires, with an arrival time of 4am. Why straight through, like crazy people? Because my son had to go to work Tuesday morning. Breakfast with my parents became a quick hour-long fly-by at their house before Atlanta traffic snarled our plans, and pushed back our now 5am arrival even more.
We let our son sleep rather than help with the driving, so my husband and I arrived at our younger daughter’s in full zombie mode. She and our son-in-law had to work Tuesday, so we crashed when they left for work.
But you know what, it’s okay. It was wonderful to have the time with our son (when he was awake), and we are looking forward to spending a couple of evenings with the kids and grandkids. I told my son about my writing, and apart from some minor (and totally expected) kidding, he said, “And you were hesitant to tell me?”
All of this time with family, added with Kait’s post here about changing her five-year plan, has encouraged me to continue thinking about my life goals. I need to get in better shape, both mentally and physically, and that means making the time to exercise, to spend time with friends and family. I am finding that writing and the writing community have more widespread effects in my life–I feel better about myself and care more about both my physical and mental health. I’ve met some very good people whose support and encouragement of me has meant a lot to me. I want to find the time to return that support, and as many of you have found by including it in your goals, it does take some time, even if immeasurably worth the effort. Finally, I have a “stretch” goal–I want to spend more of my time writing instead of essentially shoving it into corners until I retire. That one will take some investigation.
One of the best things about RoW80 is the community; go hop around when you have a chance to visit other participants here.