Tag: NaNo

November Goals

November seems to be a month for goal setting and official Challenges, which seems a little crazy, considering the Thanksgiving holiday creating havoc at the end of the month. One of the popular Challenges that I have joined in past years is NaNo, National Novel Writing Month. While I enjoyed participating, I hadn’t even given it any thought this year and only just last night remembered it. I don’t have any pressing fiction ideas and even less time for writing, so NaNo for me this year.

What I have joined is a couple of exercise challenges on Facebook. One is a 30 day walking challenge, where you set a monthly goal and log your daily progress. I’ve joined a couple of these already this fall and have found them to be fun. The other challenge is to complete 30 minutes of exercising every day in November. I figured the two of those would complement each other. My walking goal is 60 miles over the course of the month and, in order to complete that, I’ll need to walk 2 miles a day, which at my present rate of walking, would be about 36 minutes of exercise.

I’m hopeful that these exercise challenges will keep me on track with my weight loss goals. I did very well losing weight in August/September, when I walked daily. In October, my walking was hit or miss and I didn’t lose any weight. I didn’t gain, but I didn’t lose either. So I’m stepping it up!

My other two goals in November is get 1) get my Quicken accounts caught back up again (I’m behind by 2 months, I believe) and 2) work 1 hour per week day on my website. I’m hopeful that this will be the first year ever that I don’t have to input a whole year’s worth of receipts into Quicken in order to do taxes. And I absolutely have to do some major work on my website or it’s in danger of becoming sadly unhelpful, uninformative, and unproductive.

Are you setting any goals for November?

Claire Bear

Meet the newest member of the family, Claire Bear, packed and ready to travel from Alabama to her new home in Arizona.

Her first flight went admirably! She didn’t even need Dramamine (wish I could say the same about myself!).

Claire Bear joined the family because Miss Munchkin requested crocheted clothes for her many bears and Miss Kitty’s. Claire is willing to try on the clothes as they are being made so that I can make sure they are the correct size. But I have the feeling that Claire is going to help create more than just clothes. Already I have signed up to participate in National Novel Writing Month due to Claire provided me with some writing inspiration. Who knows what else she will accomplish!

Seven Interesting Things About Me

I was tagged by Sandra to list seven interesting things about me. I was tagged at my LeapingFromTheBox blog, so my post there dealt with learning and education. Here I can be more personal.

1. My family says I am a control freak. I don’t think I am, but who am I to argue? I don’t live with myself!

2. I would rather drive than ride with anyone, other then maybe my father. And sometimes I’m not so sure about him. And I would rather drive than fly, mostly because I hate the wait in airports and the layovers. I could have been there already!! And I want to be able to stop when I want, sight see when I want, get a snack when I want, see out the front window …hmm… maybe I do have control issues.

3. I love bagpipes. I have loved them since the first time I heard them at the Fergus Scottish Festival when I was a teenager, maybe even before then. There is nothing more beautiful than hearing Amazing Grace on pipes. Bagpipes make me feel like I could fly. Bagpipes are just one component in my love for all things Celtic; sometimes I think maybe I was a Celt in a previous lifetime.

4. If I could be reborn and be anything I wanted to be, I would be a songwriter/singer /musician. Maybe I could do the songwriter part now, but I do not have the talent for the singer/musician part. I believe music has a more powerful impact upon the average person’s life on a day to day basis than almost anything else, other than maybe their financial situation. I realize there are some people out there who are not really affected by music, but I am definitely not one of them.

5. Rainy days make me want to houseclean. Or rather, rainy days are the only days in which I really think about housecleaning. Maybe I just want to make the day a bit brighter by cleaning up, washing windows, etc. Likely that is one reason why I prefer sunny days to rainy days. Let all the rain come at night when we are sleeping!

6. I wrote a novel this fall during NaNo month, which was pretty much just an exercise to see if I really could finish writing a book. I have started three books in the past few years, but never gotten further than the first few chapters. One of those books is really the first in a series, which I still would love to write. And I have notes for at least two other book ideas. And none of them have anything to do with homeschooling. Oh, wait, I take that back. The series book does revolve around a homeschooling family, but the homeschooling part is not really part of the plot, just part of the character identities.

7. I hate working with money. Financial stuff stresses me out and bores me to tears. And yet it seems like I am always working with money, budgets, accounts. We have had several small businesses and I have always been the secretary/treasurer for them, along with handling all our personal accounts. And I hate it! Numbers. Blech!

I did not think writing this would be as difficult as it was, probably because I do not consider myself to be a very interesting person.

I am supposed to tag seven people, but I guess I will just let you tag yourself. If you blog this meme after reading it here, please leave me a comment with a link!