ROW80 Check Ins

A Steaming Cup of ROW

You ever have those days where there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world to keep you on track?

Yeah, that’s pretty much been my week.

steaming cup of coffee

Not that it’s been all bad. We’re getting back on track after our unfortunate car break in incident. I haven’t let too many things slip. But my motivation is severely dragging. Hopefully, I can pep up this week, but I’m keeping my plans light just in case.

You can see last week’s goals here.

Anywho, welcome to another ROW80* check in. Let’s see how it’s been going:


Last Week

Finished MN, though it’s going to need at least another reworking as it feels pretty rough still.

This Week

Rework TTG.


Last Week

My sound is coming along. I kind of feel like Dr. Frankenstein standing over his monster and crying out “It lives!” (note: I’m picturing Gene Wilder’s Dr. F here 😉 ) One can know, intellectually, that solid practice makes good progress, but it’s pretty stinkin’ thrilling when it actually happens. Even if that progress is not all that monumental in the grand scheme of things.

I feel like I’m able to sink more into playing my instrument. Not only is that healing but it’s better for my playing. I guess having a stressful event like a break in, has some positive side effects, at least in this case.

Hit all my practice hours. No days off.

This Week

Continue to work on straight bowing and steady, relaxed hands.

Giving myself two optional days off this week, as that seems to relax me and keep my motivation up.


Last Week

4/5 workouts this week, but I upped the intensity.

This Week

I’m planning 3, but aiming for 4 workouts. I’ll be bringing up the intensity more (my ankle’s getting stronger) while probably shortening the duration.


Last Week

We played Monopoly (Legend of Zelda version). I learned that my family is a bunch of cutthroat, dirty capitalist sharks…me included. We had a great time. My only complaint is that Monopoly is such a looooooong game, especially with my people. Sheesh. Maybe this week we play Rock Paper Scissors or something.

This Week

It’s looking like the vote is for another game night. There’s also been a request for microwave molten lava cakes, so I’ll have to dig out the recipe.


*ROW80, also known as a Round of Words in 80 Days, is an opportunity for us to set goals (for writing and/or other areas) and share them with a community ready to keep you accountable and cheer you on. If you’re interested in ROW80, you can find more info here and the latest check in post here.

Photo Credit
Coffee on a Winter’s morning by Stefan Lins, on Flickr | CC BY-NC 2.0

Tuesday Toss-Up

Is Patience Really a Virtue?

Merlin the Patient
I AM being patient. Now can I have a bite?

“Patience is a virtue,” I often tell my kids in a sing-song voice, like Rachel Weisz in The Mummy. When they’re asking if it’s time to go to the park yet or “are we there yet” on a long trip, patience is exactly what I need them to have they need. And they happily remind me of that virtue when I’m cursing the internet for being slower than usual or  when I’m telling the driver ahead of me (as if he can hear me) “the speed limit is 55 here, not 35.”

There are so many times in life when we can’t have what we want right when we want it. We have to wait on other people or for opportunities. We have to wait on ourselves to learn what we need to learn. We have to wait till the next season of Walking Dead to find out just how badass Rick has really become or for George R. R. Martin to publish that next A Song of Ice and Fire book already.

And yet the opposite of patience is celebrated far more often in our culture. Go-getters don’t  wait for opportunities, they seize them. Winners don’t let pain slow them down, they pop a [insert brand name over the counter painkiller here] and keep running. Heroes rush in where angels fear to tread. Continue reading “Is Patience Really a Virtue?”

Life List Club

Life is Too Short

I’m posting at the Life List Blog today, talking about the lessons I’ve learned from my grandmother’s passing. Please drop by and say hello and tell us how you would finish the phrase “Life is too short to…”

Life Really is Too Short (Even When it’s Long)

LilyRecently, my grandmother passed away. And, as is so often the case with the death of a family member, the regrets came along with the sadness. Why didn’t I write and visit anywhere near as often as I should have? Why didn’t I know her better? Why? Why? Why?

I realized that life is really too short not to make sure our friends and family know we love the. It’s too short to put off that visit, call, letter or email. It’s too short not to tell them we love them as much as we can.

Life is too short to create regrets.

It’s too short to put off our dreams. Whatever it is we wish for…

Click here to visit the Life List Club blog and read more.


In other news, I’ll be jumping into ROW80 Round 2 next week. It’s taken me a little while to get settled in this round but it’s gonna be great one.

Check out the April-May writing challenge. It’s all about first impressions and famous last words.

Image Attribution (In Order of Appearance):
Lily by ana branca, on Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0