WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #1:
A NOTE OF CLARIFICATION —
***ROW80 peeps, you might want to just scroll down to POINT #3.***
It’s been a good week.
Except for my hubz getting chest x-rays for his crazy cough, and me coming down with a cold, and the heater not working for a couple days when night temps hit the upper-30s. Those things sucked.
But the x-rays came back clear, so the hubz is in good shape. And I was about due for a cold anyway, so I can’t really complain much about it (wouldn’t do me any good if I did!). And the heater is fixed (again!). So there’s that.
Worst thing happening currently is that we fell off the wagon (again) and are still smoking. Not in the house or car. But still. That’s no good. Oh, well. We’ll try again soon.
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #2:
MY HAPPINESS PROJECT—
This is the ninth week of Andi-Roo’s Happiness Project, based on Gretchen Rubin’s blog.
“Making a list is a way of figuring out your core ideas—
about goals, about memories, about a subject that interests you.”
OMG. It’s like Gretchen knows my heart. I absolutely LOVE me a good list! I print them and tape them to the wall. I put them in document protectors and store them in binders. I email them to myself for reference on my phone. I am a list lunatic.
So this was a no-brainer activity for me — again. Something about this Happiness Project business makes me very… Happy. Which is cool, because that’s kind of the point.
“Distilling your life wisdom into a list is certainly fun,
and it’s also a happiness-booster”
One of my favorite lists is my Personal Commandments, which I printed on nice scrapbooking paper, decorated and embellished, and put up on the wall where I can view it daily. It makes me… Happy… to see it there and to know I’m being true to myself just by having it in sight.
Another list I have is my daily to-do agenda, which I keep in a folder on my desk, where I can mark off the items with a dry erase marker. I tend to panic when I have more than two tasks to manage, so pooping it all down in constant list format keeps me sane. Every morning I erase yesterday’s lines and start again fresh. Because some things need to be accomplished on an everyday basis — for example:
— Visit Triberr
— Write another blog post
— Feed the fish
— Wash, dry, and put away a load of laundry
— Cook dinner and clean up the kitchen
Yeah, I know. Some of that shit shouldn’t need to even be on a list. I mean, REALLY? I have to remind myself to feed my family? Well, no. Not exactly. But if it’s on my list, I’m that much more likely to get started on it before my hubz walks in at 6:00 pm wondering what we’re going to eat.
My lists keep me from having to over-think mundane, stupid crap. If it’s on a list, I can let it go and worry about more important stuffs like forcing my feet to get on the treadmill. Or working on my book. Or playing Monopoly Hotels.
KIDDING. I just deleted that game off my iPod because it was a time suck and I couldn’t get past certain levels without spending real-life money anyway.
Some of the more exciting lists that Gretchen proposes are interesting and I might try them out. Things like favorite movies or books or songs. I really liked this one: a soundtrack of songs that highlight moments in my life. Now THAT would be an impressive undertaking!
If you missed the first few weeks of my Happiness Project, or want to catch up on the Assignments so you can create your OWN Happiness Project, here are the links:
5. Go outside
7. Theme Song
WHAT’S UP WENZDAY POINT #3:
MY WORK IN PROGRESS, OR AS I LIKE TO CALL IT, MY WIPPY-DOODLE!
I am so, so, so sad. I came to the reluctant realization last night that a character in my story must be removed. That means two entire sections need to be nixed. My word count cringes at the mere suggestion of cutting out any part of my novel. *ouch*
BUT. I know it’s the right thing to do. She is completely unnecessary to the progression of the story line and adds nothing to the plot as a whole. Word count isn’t my goal. A cohesive book that others might enjoy *IS* my goal. And that isn’t going to happen if I allow her to stick around.
It’s kind of like performing surgery (or how I imagine it, anyway). The slice will be painful, and the healing might take some time, but the end result will be so much the better for it.
Another reason I know it’s the right thing to do? I’ve been hemming and hawing over this stupid thing for six months with barely any progress, yet tonight, resolution firm in my mind, I am more excited to delve back into writing than I have been for quite some time.
So as soon as I finish this post and send it off to my hubz for him to work his magic, I shall don my earplugs and see what kind of magic I can create myself. I intend to write at least one more section, and we’ll see where it goes from there.
This decision is quite timely in that Round 4 of the quarterly challenge *A Round of Words in 80 Days* — #ROW80 on Twitter — began this week. I missed the kick-off this past Sunday, but it’s never too late to join in. I typically set my goals for this event entirely too high to ever meet, and thereby set myself up for failure and two months of beating myself about the head for having dropped out barely two weeks in. BLAH.
This time around I’m aiming low. Which is cool, because the super-duper author Kait Nolan, who runs this shindig, wrote an excellent post on this exact topic called “Failing Small (And State Your Round 4 Goals)” in which she encourages participants to allow for screw-ups and set more realistic goals.
With this in mind, my goals this period are as follows:
1. I won’t miss two days in a row of writing.
2. When I do write, it won’t be fewer than 750 words. I typically stick to this anyway.
3. I won’t miss two days in a row of running.
4. When I do run, it will be for at least 30 minutes. Not usually a problem.
5. I won’t miss two days in a row of organizing my office.
6. When I do organize, it will be for 15 minutes per my to-do list.
I’ll let you know next week how well I am able to stick to this very light list of goals.
And that’s what’s up Wenzday.
Hope your Hump-Day is full of hump-ish good times.
I’d love to hear what’s up with YOUR Wenzday!
And please tell me how *YOUR* Happiness Project is coming along!