A Pause in ROW80 Goals: 2/19/12

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.  Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear.  Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.  How do you measure, measure a year?”  ~ Broadway Musical RENT

It sure has been a week.  Last Saturday, we learned of the death of pop icon Whitney Houston.  Yesterday, we were granted a view into her private home going service.  A funny quote I heard from the numerous CNN interviews was that it was a “drive-by Baptist experience.”  It really was for anyone who has never attended a Baptist funeral.  The choir sang the service in, prayers were given, songs of tribute offered and Whitney eulogized with respect and also truth in that hers was a life blessed and troubled by the power of self choice.  

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For me, the week took a turn on Monday night when I started feeling ill.  Three doctor visits later, I am now on some preventative medicine (in case of a worst case scenario) and scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday.  I’m sitting with the believe that I will be okay no matter what.  Whatever is found, we’ll work to heal it.  Below is an update, as scheduled, on my goals with the understanding that most are on hold.  Didn’t want to go MIA on you.   🙂


  • 1,500 words of new fiction a week either on novel WIP or short stories.  Nothing done.  With the medicines and extended rest, my mind hasn’t been able to focus on the story details.  I’ll get back to this goal once I feel better.  I did get an interesting storyline from a dream last night.  I think it will be a short story.  Mini-squee.
  • Read at least one chapter a week of a craft book.  Not done.  Another goal I’ll focus on when better.
  • Read at least one chapter of a novel each week.  Done on Monday.

Social Media

  • Blog three times a week.  Four done, including this update.
  • Read, comment and share at least 10 blogs a week.  Semi-done.  Sharing is complete via reading blogs and retweeting via Triberr.  My comments and volume of reading were understandably down.
  • Check Twitter and Facebook at least once daily.  Done.  When resting in a recliner, both were great tools to keep up a bit with life.

Healthy Happy Living

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week.  Not done.  Won’t be exercising again until I have some medical answers.
  • Finish my poncho project via crocheting one hour a week.  I’m going to try to  return to this today.
  • Enjoy watching one movie a week without multitasking.  I’ll be watching a DVD later today.

Have you had an unexpected life hiccup?  Have you put some goals on hold or retooled?  Be sure to check out the updates of others via the blog hop.  Also be sure you roll by here tomorrow for a Melodic Monday author interview and treat!

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12 Responses to A Pause in ROW80 Goals: 2/19/12

  1. Hi Barbara. I hope you’re ok. Have me a bit worried over here. Sounds kind of serious. Thinking of you and hope you get well soon. Don’t be too strict on yourself with the work. Its important to take care of yourself first and you can always catch up when your feeling better.

    • I’m hanging in, Nicole. The medicine they have me on is wonking me out now more than anything. It has regular side effects and serious side effects. I’ll be mighty happy once we find out what is going on and I can get off them.

  2. Marcia says:

    I know you’ll be feeling better after that MRI since you’ll have some answers. Whatever it is, your friends are here to support you. But I think we all believe you’ll be just fine.
    Considering the week you had, you still made progress on some of your goals! Great job. I think we’ve all had weeks like yours from time to time. And we’re all glad you have kept us posted on what’s going on. Wishing you the best.

  3. Oh Barbara, this was a ruff week for you. Nothing worse than the unknown. And your health is very important. I hope all goes well with the MRI. Those things are amazing. And then you can breathe again and get your focus back. Right now your life is kinda on hold. With good reason. Please let me know how you’re doing and if there is anything I can do Barbara. I hope your week goes better for you than the last. Take a deep breathe. Now slowly release it all the way out. Aw, much better. Take care! 🙂

  4. Barb, all of us are on countdown to Wednesday and have our fingers crossed the MRI will provide the answers you need for a quick and full recovery. *Sending feel better karma*

  5. Ali Dent says:

    I am so sorry you’re ill. It sounds very serious. I hope the MRI goes well and nothing is wrong. Answers from it will be a great comfort. It’s hard not to let the imagination run wild when there are unknown. At least it is for me.

  6. Naomi Bulger says:

    Oh my goodness! I confess I got to the bit about about you being unwell and Wednesday’s MRI, and thought “goals schmoals.” Sending you every good and positive wish for a full and speedy recovery. Please know there are people even on the other side of the world thinking of you.

  7. Jillian Dodd - Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos says:

    Hope everything turns out okay! I think the hardest thing is not knowing. Be sure to keep us updated.

  8. Barbara – Like Patricia said, we are on countdown until Wednesday. Please let us know as soon as you can. I hope you are feeling somewhat better today.
    Take care.

  9. Oh my gosh – I hope everything is ok. Know that we’ll all be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers that everything works out ok and the way you want.
    Sending you huge hugs and tons of positive vibes!!!! Keep us posted and take care of you darlin’! There’s nothing more important than you and your health!!

  10. Jenny Hansen says:

    Barbara, I SO understand what the hiccup feels like (remember, I’m a blood clot/many months in bed survivor). There’s nothing like a quick zig when you were all set to ZAG. It makes you feel disoriented for a while.

    However, you’re sassy and strong, and medical technology is an amazing thing. I’m gonna send up some prayers for you to (and I’m a fabulous pray-er). Keep us posted and let us know that you’re OK. I hope all results are great and the hiccup is mild.

    There is nothing worse than feeling like doo-doo. 😦

  11. Thanks all for the prayers, well wishes, positive energy and support! Much appreciated and felt. 🙂

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