This week felt like I was snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Monday through Wednesday were snow days. No complaints. Though, I had this major “DUH!” moment during it. While I did nothing Monday and Tuesday, on Wednesday I found stupid little fiddly things to do with my writing. Things outside of my cycle schedule. And I realized I needed to have some sort of “Snow Day Writing Plan,” so I can do something rather than nothing.
Thursday morning, I woke up thinking things would get back to normal. I sat on my bed and felt the back pain that had started the night before. No big. I’m used to a little back pain. I can work around it.
I then stood and made my way to my bathroom. Standing up was a bad idea. It felt like my upper body was crushing down on the small of my back. Pain radiated out like a boulder’s ripple after it was dropped in a kiddie pool. I lost my sight for a few seconds and then it came back with blinking stars. I broke out in a sweat from the pain. I never had back pain like this before.
Needless to say, Thursday and Friday were mostly spent in bed. I took my daughter’s laptop and used a Chrome incognito window so not to taint it with my electronic trail. Before getting in bed the first day, I emailed myself NERITE (short story) and edited little bits of it as my attention allowed. Mostly I fought to stay awake, talked on Gmail/facebook, and watched hamster videos. Saturday was chore catch up.
Goals were on hold…
Review Grammar 4 Days (breakfast) – Did 0
Study Japanese 4 Days (lunch) – Did 0
Visit 2 ROWers (minimum) Each Check-In – Did 0
Before Round Ends
Write/Finish 1 Short Story – Got a few parts of NERITE edited.
Write 10,000 Words On TJ – 5,041/10,000 | 50% done – On hold until next Cycle 1
Complete 5 Projects (from project/procrastination list) – 2/5 | No new progress
I have a few things I need to think on (I keep a list and Snow Day Writing Plan is just the latest addition) and I need to take the time to think on them this week. By Monday, unless I do something stupid, I should be able to return to somewhat normal living. Back to studying during meals, getting edits done, and back to getting stickers galore in my achievement book.
What do you do to cheer yourself up after a rough week?