Olympic Fever

We have watched the Olympics every night. Except for Friday. Friday was our 16th Anniversary which translates into date night. 😉


Back to the Olympics. I have watched every Olympics since 1984, maybe even before then.  That’s the one I remember first. I sat transfixed by Mary Lou Retton as she flipped into the record books with a gold in the all around (as well as two silvers & two bronze).  I wanted to take gymnastics and be her. Unfortunately, I was eleven and too old to start out in a new sport. Later Olympics had great athletes and shocking accidents. Remember Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board?Even worse, that French gymnast that broke his leg last week!

It’s not just the summer Olympics I follow, it’s the winter as well. Where else can I see snowboarding? Not here. The Winter Olympics affords me the chance to see sports that are impossible to participate in because of our warm climate. I even have a few I look forward to: Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, and my favorite Shaun White.

I enjoy the commentary, high lights, and flashbacks about events and athletes. The marathons always gives a nice view of the city. The games offer a nice break from serial television and politics. This year that’s an added bonus! I could also blame the Olympics for not accomplishing as much this week.

Let me say thanks for the kind comments about my insomnia. It is getting better.

On with ROW80

Red highlights were a total failure.

Blue highlights with constant progress strike-through means completed.

Pink highlights are goals I’m dropping. Really, no surprise there. I hate them.

Green highlights new goals added.

  • Promotion.
    Goal- 3 emails a week &/or participate in 3 twitter memes.
  • Write two posts a week, not related to Row80.  No.  1/2
  • Stay on top of Critique group.  Complete one per week. Our meeting is in the morning and I have one left to read.
  • Edit/revise “Stella” for possible submission to a contest.
  • Sort through critique remarks on Dead in the Water.  Goal: 5,000 edited words a week.
  • Teach them to properly wash clothes
    Funny story. My oldest needed her clothes washed. She went to her room, scooped them up off the floor, and then loaded the washing machine. She even dried them. The thing is- she didn’t check for foreign objects. She washed & dried a blue pen with her clothes. Now they have these wonderful blue smudges all over them.
  • Teach them how to make one meal from start to finish without help. Nope!
  • Draw the current kitchen footprint.  I am too busy getting school organized to even think about the kitchen.
  • Contact a body at the hardware store to discuss cabinet options and prices.
  • Make a wishlist for the kitchen.
  • Plot out a story that popped in my head.  Goal – have a full plot before the end of this round. I have three handwritten pages of ideas/backstory. I have insomnia to thank for that.
  • Create a list of tweets for each story I have out to make promotion easier! – A list of 10 tweets per story by end of round. I have 6 tweets for Mystic Brew. I worked on this one morning. I have a nice list for each published story.
  • Free writing at least 3 times a week Nope!
  • Read 4 books a month.
    /4- I finished Never Buried by Edie Claire, Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, and a short called How to take tea like the British by Jane Fleming . This brings my Goodreads challenge to 54 out of 60 books

Below are the goals completed so far for round 3.

Completed Goals:

  • Empty cabinet under stove for stove installation. 
  • Teach my girls how to make a dress
  • Edit/revise “Monster” 
  • Edit/revise “Mermaid”
  • Organize my writer’s calendar and mark upcoming due dates and expectations.
  • Buy school supplies and organize all the school stuff.

Well, it’s not great. Just remember Life does come first. With the first week of school  out of the way, I hope I will find my feet. No promises. Kids are great at throwing curve balls.

Do you watch the Olympics?


2 thoughts on “Olympic Fever

  1. Tonight was the first night I even turned on the TV since the Olympics started. I told myself that I would watch them, but instead as I went through the channels I found a dog show on the Fido channel, so – squirrel. I only know what’s going on in the Olympics by what people post on Facebook. Kind of how I know if there is anything exciting in the news. I’m rather pathetic.

    Maybe your current list of goals doesn’t look stellar, but you do have quite a few things on your completed list. You can do it!


  2. I see progress. I’ve been watching most of what’s on network TV. I’m not huge on sports, but I do like to see people who have passion and excellence in their sport. I’ve been doing a lot more editing and homeschool paperwork, and those go well with watching. Like you, I love the human-interest stories.


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