#ROW80: Sick Kid + Snow Day = Late

littleROW80I’m supposed to blog on Tuesday, but…  Tuesday morning my daughter said, “I feel like crap.”  Knowing twelve-year-olds I said, “get the thermometer for me and we’ll figure out from there.”  Only, it wasn’t tween sneak.  So, I was Super Mama Bear all day.  And then I went to work.  When I came home I was dead.  Which is why I found out this morning was a snow day… I slept in like a pro!  So, that’s why I am a day late.

The past week has been a mixed bag like that.  Bad news?  The husky has cancer.  We don’t have enough info yet to know how upset we should be.  We have an appointment with a specialist tomorrow. The good news?  Our taxes are done.  Things went well with that.  With my husband’s change in work, this is his first full year at this job, there were fears.  Thankfully, they were unfounded.

If life was a mixed bag, what happened to my goals?

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!   (Been done)
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Done.  Just this week done!  Which means I am in need of new writing goals.  I’ll be deciding those this week and then taking a week off.  Because I have scheduled mental health breaks after every 6 weeks of work.  So next week, await a new goal in this section!  Then expect nothing done on it. (LOL)

Reading Goals
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 12.  When I started trying to catch back up I divided my reading into 5 waves.  Wave 1 was stuff that belonged to my daughter and I was holding hostage so I could read it before I gave it to her.  Wave 2 was everything I was super excited to read and I knew I could breeze through.  Wave 3 was stuff that was a mix of harder to read plus excited and slightly less excited but easy to read.  Wave 4 is DC’s current event: Metal! Wave 5 is thick reads.  Black Monday Murders, for example.  And well…  I’m making progress.  Progress that is technically part of next week’s update, so I’ll tell you next week.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – A day late, but close enough?

Anyways, it is 7 minutes to my bedtime: 10PM ET.  I’m a lightweight.  I’ve already stated my intent for next week within my goals.

What makes you feel good when you’re sick?
What do you do to pamper your sick loved ones?
How do you tackle that pile of reads?

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#ROW80: Making the Best of the Worst

littleROW80Biopsy Update: They need to redo my biopsy because the sample they sent for testing had “insufficient cells.”  I’m annoyed I had to wait 6 business days for this information (after I was promised 3-5 business days), but I’m not as scared to go through this again (in March, so my thyroid can heal from the first go).  At least this time I know what’s happening and how to get there.

Husky Update: Her surgery went well.  They removed the mass and cleaned her teeth up.  Her biopsy will be in Wednesday afternoon.  She’s been in a good mood and eating softened up food just fine.

Back Update: On the Friday before my birthday, I spent a long time in a chair that made my back a bit cranky.  On my birthday I picked up my son’s laundry basket and my back noped right then and there (as in lots of pain and no worky).  Standing, sitting, or anything other than laying were miserable for me.  I was sick of all the setbacks and decided not to let it stop my plans or ruin my day.  Thankfully, my husband and friend, though both wanted me to just rest, let me have my way.

Birthday Update: I’m another year older!!!  I got some great presents from my mom and husband.  My father-in-law’s usual card was a source of joy.  I loved my carrot cake and the time I spent playing Savage Rifts.  I don’t get people who don’t celebrate their birthday.  Celebrating anything is fun!

Now that you know the state of my life, let’s talk the state of my goals.

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – DONE!  On my birthday, after I hurt myself, I found myself on the couch unable to do anything.  Then I realized that I had yet to do my editing for the week.  So, I ended up doing it all at once.
2) Send 5 things out into slush – On my schedule for Thursday (back up day is Saturday).  I also need to locate a file for possible next project.

Reading Goal
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 11.  I am so happy about this right now.  Mostly because I found an extra, perfect, moment to add comic reading and I should get about 5 extra a week (depending).  I wait in my car for both my kids to finish school (state minimum bussing).  In order to be easily found I have to be at my son’s school 20 minutes early.  Then he and I go and wait another 10 minutes at my daughter’s school for her to be dismissed.  By week 2 my son was playing a Sega handheld (a Christmas gift from my father that has classic Sega games built in) while he waits.  I was inspired by him. 

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – On time and almost done.

Well, this week I hope to get 4 extra comics read, as today is a snow day (no waiting in a car and hurting my back- booyah!).  I hope to get that other Writing Goal conquered.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll get my head wrapped around the timetable for my next project.

How do you spend a snow day?
Give me an update on you?  Your writing?
Are there any daily tasks you use to squeak in productivity?

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#ROW80: Can things (please) get better?

littleROW80As I type this I am on business day 4 of the 3-5 business days wait for my biopsy results.  In other words, no word (yet).  It would have been awesome to open this post with good news.

In fact, I wanted to be more positive this week.  But, shall we look at my past week-ish?

Tuesday (1/16) – My school district went to state minimum bussing and I became my kids’ bus.  Husky bled from her mouth and trip to vet got us “It’s cancer!”
Wednesday (1/17) – Biopsy Day (it was emotionally and mentally worse than physically so)  My mom sent me a present, which was nice.
Thursday (1/18) – BEST DAY I HAD IN A WHILE!!!!  And that was even taking into account my neck was aching from the biopsy.  I was hoping it was the start of awesome.
Friday (1/19) – Neck hurt way less.  Mid-morning I got news that Thursday night my great aunt (my grandma’s sister who has been like a second grandma to me) passed away.  Scheduled my husky’s surgery for Thursday.
Saturday (1/20) – I spent most the day dealing with my feelings (also known as crying a lot).  I gathered myself enough to remember it was my brother’s birthday and sent him a text.
Sunday (1/23) – I was busy.  Not necessarily a good day, because I was still emotional, but a passable day.
Monday (1/22) – My yoga instructor informed us our class was going on indefinite hiatus come the end of the month.  I need yoga.  I’m working on a backup plan, but I’m so emotionally spent I can’t right now.
Tuesday (1/23) – Parenting is hard.  Today was harder.

Now, that we have that covered… Let’s talk about my goals.

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – See that awesome Thursday?  It was very awesome and I had extra time to write so I got *ahead* on my editing.
2) Send 5 things out into slush – On hold until PET is done.

Reading Goal
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – 0.  Wednesdays are my comic day and since I was obviously busy.  And I was so worn out the rest of the time I couldn’t even muster the energy to read.  I am hoping to get back on track tomorrow.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – It’s Tuesday and this is a blog post.

I am too scared to say “this week will be better!” or “I’ll have 2 great days!”  That feels like I am tempting fate.  With Juliet’s surgery/biopsy Thursday and my results still pending… Don’t want to tempt fate.  I do want to have as normal a week as possible and I want to have a lot of fun this Saturday… That’s my birthday.  I’m hoping that’s not too much to ask.

Have any suggestions for how to pass time while waiting for news?
Tell me good things, please?  Your wins of the week?

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#ROW80 Check-In: Biopsy Day

littleROW80Yesterday, I lost it.  The dread of today made me move slow.  I had time stolen from me because of the failed levy from the fall election resulted in my kids’ bussing being canceled and it was my first time driving them to and picking them up from school.  And, because crap just fell that way, I had a huge TO DO list.  So at 1 PM I was on my couch crying.  What stopped my crying?  My husky’s bloody mouth.  There was a bleeding lump in her gums.  And the vet threw out the word I just can’t deal with right now because of my own lump… Cancer.  We’re waiting to see what happens (if antibiotics make the lump disappear or if doggy surgery is needed).

SAM_0253So, today, I’m exhausted.  It is only 9:33am as I type this and I just want to sleep.  My appointment is at 12:45…  I can’t wait for this to be over with.

In the face of my being a huge mess, how are my goals going?  Well…

Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – Still on schedule.
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Still waiting for my other goal to be done.

Reading Goal
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – Read 10 last week.  Still seriously behind in general, however.

Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – It’s Wednesday… Close enough?

I’m not sure how goals will go this week.  Today is my main comic reading day and I (obviously) have other plans.  There’s an event for a group I’m a part of happening Saturday and because I don’t trust my mental state, I have yet to RSVP.  Honestly, I only have been thinking about today for days.

I’ll be updating via social media later today (after family answers back, because they deserve to know first) when I should have results and how it went.

Tell me a happy thing from your day/week/month, please?
What’s a song/movie/show that’s your happy place?
Anything happy really…

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#ROW80 Check-In: 3 Centimeters

littleROW80Medical Update
As I stated back in October of last year, I had some blood work done, which led to more blood work (turned out fine) and an ultrasound.  On the 3rd I finally had my appointment with the endocrinologist about that ultrasound.  First the good news.  All my thyroid levels are ok and there is no antibodies present that usually are associated with thyroid cancer.  The bad news is that I have a 3cm mass on the right side of my thyroid.  The next step is getting a biopsy to make sure it isn’t cancer (only 3% that it actually is cancer).  That happens the 17th.  I’ll talk about this more once I have the results… But I’m hoping it turns into a “not cancer and it isn’t killing you, so just leave it for now” thing… That would be lovely.

Goals Update
Writing Goals
1) Finish Reading PET for Edits – I have this set at one chapter a week because that is all I can push myself to do (as I’m a stressed-out mess).  On this past Saturday, I did Chapter 3.
2) Send 5 things out into slush – Not until PET is done.
Reading Goal
1) Read at least 5 Comics a week – I read 6. I have made reading the comics I am up to date with a priority (as to not fall behind on them again).  I also read one title I had canceled from my pull to wipe it clean off my slate.  I’m hoping to maybe continue this trend.
Blogging Goal
1) Blog on Tuesdays – Hello, Tuesday.

Once this scary stuff is over, I would love to talk about what I’m doing to start my 2018 off on the right foot.  I’d like to talk about all my goals (there are life ones not listed here) and “the plan.”  But I had my therapy appointment today (we had 2 weeks off and a lot to discuss) and I have pet cages to clean before I head off to work.  I’ll talk to you next week.

Any big wins?  Any big plans?
Any normal sized things?
Let me know what’s up with you in the comments!

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