ROW80: Rose-Sniffing or Drive-Through Living?

I’m happy to be one of the sponsors for this round. In fact, I got to write a post on What Will Get in Your Way (you know, those obstacles that pop up like moles in the whack-’em game) which appeared on the ROW80 blog on Monday.

You know that lovely saying about taking time to smell the roses? Well, I don’t think I’m doing too well with that. I feel pressure from both internal and external expectations. Some of it is poor time management on my part. I get too easily distracted. In fact, I pondered this week whether I am living more like a rose-sniffer in the field of life or just cruising through its drive-through.

This occurred to me in particular because of two events:

I broke the side mirror off my car in a fast-food drive-through. Yep, fabulous driver that I am, I was in a rush one day to get it all done and pulled into my local Schlotzsky’s. Trying to move along as quickly as possible, I was multi-tasking by setting my paper bag with sandwich on the seat, rolling up the window (old car, manual windows), and driving forward all at once. I scraped the drive-through shelf, and it ripped off my driver side mirror. Actually, the mirror was dangling, so I ripped it off the rest of the way. My car is in the shop now. That Schlotzsky’s sandwich has now cost me $124.26. It was a good sandwich, but not that good.

A friend of mine posted that she went to a speed-dating event; I replied that I was involved in a speed-marriage. With work, household, children, family activities, volunteer obligations, and much more, on some days my husband and I get about two minutes of face time before collapsing in bed at night. The good news is that I recently discovered that my children have upcoming weekend-long events which coincide, thus giving me and the hubster and entire 48 hours to be together. No drive-through marriage that weekend; it will be rose-smelling time.

Here are my ROW80 goals for Round 1 of 2012:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. I finished the edits tonight! I want to have one final glance-through the manuscript to check format and then I’ll send it to the reader by the weekend.
  • Write 2,500 words per week on work in progress. Most importantly, I MUST decide which work in progress to tackle. I have two novels plotted and can’t choose which one to focus on. Both stories are tugging at my hem and begging for attention. On hold until I finish the editing.
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. No problems here. In fact, I do well keeping up with blogging. Maybe that’s because there is a consistency to the schedule, whereas my writing and editing are flexible on when I need to get it done. I do consider from time to time getting back to blogging three times a week. But with ROW80 updates as well, perhaps twice a week is where I should stay.
  • Comment on at least 10 blogs per week. I kept track this time, and I have commented on 15 blog posts. I made a point of going to a few blogs I don’t usually visit and would like to do that more. There is some great content out there!
  • Read one writing craft book. Not yet into On Writing by Stephen King.
  • Read five fiction books. 3 down, 2 to go.
  • Exercise three times per week. Once so far. And I missed Zumba. I have a schedule conflict with the class tomorrow too, so it looks like I won’t be shaking my groove thing until next Tuesday.
  • Added this week: SNIFF SOME ROSES. Spend time with family and not crossing off to-do lists.

Be sure to check out my fellow ROW80ers and wish them well HERE.

11 thoughts on “ROW80: Rose-Sniffing or Drive-Through Living?

  1. Well, except for the mirror incident, GREAT week on your ROW80 goals. WOW! You are knocking it out of the park girl. Love it! And a little time with the hubster coming up…sweet!! Here’s to enjoying all the roses!!

  2. I also love the title of your post. I think we all could use a little more time to sniff the roses and that’s what I would say I did last night. With a headache that wouldn’t give and being tired, I spent the evening reading and relaxing and now I feel refreshed. 🙂

  3. I used to work for a guy who couldn’t keep side mirrors on his car LOL. He didn’t do much rose-sniffing either. It’s easy to get caught up in a “must do now!” mentality – I fell into this trap quite a few times with my writing these past few months, then realized it was no longer fun. If it’s not fun, why do it? I started setting more reasonable goals and it get fun again. Have fun with your “roses!”

    1. I appreciate it, Jennette. I do think a little reordering of priorities would be good, although I can’t really get out of things like housecleaning and cooking for the family. And apparently, I can’t do drive-through food as a substitute! LOL. Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your encouragement, Julie! I’m doing my best to remember to stop and sniff the roses, too. It’s all about balance, right? I’m so glad to be a part of ROW80 this session and am looking forward to following your blog.

    1. You’re welcome, Heather. My pleasure. Balance is a beautiful word. Unfortunately, at times it feels like we’re standing on a tightrope trying to get that balance. Best wishes for ROW80!

  5. I’m so tempted to join ROW80 but I’m afraid to add one more thing to my to-do list. Maybe next session. Good job with you’re goals, you seem focused and on track!

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