Posted by: Elizabeth Anne Mitchell | November 13, 2011

ROW80 November 13, 2011

To answer Kait’s question, I’m actually feeling pretty good about my goals.  Of course, I’m not doing NaNo, so that makes my November less crazed.  There are some goals that need adjustment, but on the whole, I’m pretty pleased with the progress.
Health: I lost a whopping 4.4 pounds this week.  I questioned this figure, and had my husband verify that the scale was not broken, but yes, 4.4 pounds.  It was helped by the fact that I had an asthma attack that killed my appetite Tuesday through Thursday, then caught a nasty cold on Friday.  Food has been of absolute zero interest.

Exercise: Nope.  Wheezing after walking the dogs around the block will really put a crimp on doing any further exercise.  But I’ll get back to it when I get better.

Family:  My youngest son came home for Veterans’ Day, which was nice, even though I had a cold, and he seems to have an even worse cold than I do, poor thing.  I’ve been in touch with my parents and my brother, so keeping up with that part of the family is going well.

Friends: I’ve been keeping in touch a little better with my friends, so that’s coming along.

Writing: Most of the writing goals are being met.  I continued to work on the article about the Latin Fathers.  Although it isn’t the most exciting stuff in the world, I have some good points to make, even if they aren’t earth-shattering.

I did a lot of work on the blog posts and schedule.  I wrote a very short post on Veterans’ Day here, and one on the closing of Ellis Island here.  I have drafts of about six more posts, so I’m feeling pretty good about that.

I also had a revelation about the book reviews.  My e-reader is the Kindle app on my Ipod Touch.  While that works for reading something at the doctor’s office or at lunch, it is inadequate for the kind of reviews I want  to write.  I could read the entire book again, and take notes, but I have to admit that even just reading an entire book on a 2.5 x 3.5 screen is difficult.  So, I am taking the plunge and buying a real Kindle with my next paycheck.  I feel sure that will allow me to do the reviews the way the books deserve.  My apologies for not understanding this problem earlier. D’oh.

Except for the blog posts, I haven’t been able to do anything creative.  My muse has been as sick as I have, I think.  I will get back on that horse soon, though.

I’ve also fallen behind on commenting on blogs beyond the sponsorship duties, and haven’t cheered on the NaNoers as I had planned.  I’m climbing back on that horse, too.

Day Job:  I have continued to put the day job in its place, even taking sick leave when I was sick (Imagine that!)

All in all, a good few days.  I’m hoping to do better the rest of this week.  Please go encourage the rest of the ROWers here.



  1. Yay for #1) actually TAKING sick leave and #2) writing and completing so many goals.

    And that 4.4 pounds is awesome. Only I wouldn’t want to get sick to lose it!

    Happy #ROWing!

  2. Way to go! That’s awesome (not the sick part).

    • Thanks, Ryan. It was nice to look back and see that the blankety-blank cold hadn’t slowed me down as much as I thought. 🙂

  3. Sorry you have been under the weather but glad lots of yoru goals are still coming along nicely!

    Keep up the good work and I hope you feel better soon.

    • Thanks, Em. I think *knocks on wood* that I’m on the upswing. I appreciate the good wishes, and hope you have a great week ahead.

  4. Great job with your goals especially while being under the weather. Hope you get better soon! Good luck with the upcoming week.

    • Thanks, Raelyn. One good thing about these check-ins is that I look back and see that it wasn’t as much of a backslide as I thought. Thanks for the good wishes, and I hope you have a lovely week, too.

  5. 4.4 pounds is ahhmazing! You go girl! 🙂
    And congrats on meeting your other goals as well. You are doing fantastic and here’s to having a fabulous week ahead (and to beating that cold…)

    • I was amazed, Natalie–I definitely didn’t eat much, but I’ve never lost that much in a week, um, ever! Thanks for the good wishes; I hope you have an absolutely wonderful week, too!

  6. Oh, I wish you kick cold’s butt and get well soon.
    Despite it, you are doing so well with your writing! Keep it up 😉

    • Your good wishes are much appreciated, Juliana. I really dived into the writing this week; it was so surprising but lovely to be able to do that. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  7. Hope you feel better! I know I have trouble writing when I’m sick, too. It’s hard to think when you can’t breathe. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the good wishes, Jennifer. It’s slowly getting better; I might re-discover my brain sometime soon 🙂

  8. Wow. Get well soon hon. Way to focus on the silver lining!

    • Thanks, Yolanda. Yes, I am one of those half-full glass kind of people–guilty as charged. 🙂 I do get into the doldrums, but luckily, they don’t tend to last very long!

  9. I hope you feel better soon. It sounds like you’re doing okay, considering you’ve been sick.

    I like the way you talk about different things in your life besides your writing goals. It helps us get to know you better. 🙂

    • Thanks, Lauralynn. I’m still struggling through the pesky cold, but I am getting better. And how sweet of you that you find the rest of my rather crazy life interesting! Thanks 🙂

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