A Journey to the Center of the Earth

ROW Check in!

The To Do List: 

  • Finish First Draft of Women’s Fiction Piece – Write at least 4x week and complete 4-10 pages at least each day.
  • Read On Writing by Stephen King– First book of my Catch up on Craft Initiative
  • Read 2 Fiction Books a Month– I have 3 books going right now, so I need to skedaddle!
  • Prepare for Summer Vacation – Joe and I are planning a road trip out west in two weeks, so I will need to get blog posts prepped ahead, stock up on sunscreen, do the laundry that is mounding in my closet, and corral all the camping gear up in the next weeks.
  • Read Suze Orman’s Women and Money– I’s working on my savings!!!  *jingles piggy bank*
  • Be a Role Model and Cheerleader in my ROW80 Sponsor Role

The Rundown:

I’ll completely fess up that the whole page count goal and specific titles to read did not happen.  Not for lack of want, but just other interferences.  You might let me off the hook if I told you I led 4 full day trainings, made two trips out of town and worked a 15 hour day to complete a Fine Jewelry reticketing project.  Basically when I got home, I ate and then fell asleep on the couch in my work clothes.

I promise to have new pages to show by the next check in.  If I don’t, you have permission to publicly flog me.

What I Did Accomplish:

  • I was reading!  I finished both Blessings by Anna Quindlen and Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich.  Got 2 entries in my library’s adult summer reading program!  Made great headway on These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf and started American Rose by Karen Abbott!
  • Also managed to cross off one more thing on the Summer Bucket List!  Joe and I visited Niagara Cave in Harmony, Minnesota!

Look how excited I am!!!

Excuse me, your flow rock is invading my blog post…

  • I am working on blogging ahead so when Joe and I are on vacation you won’t forget me!  I’ll be able to read and comment from my phone easily enough, and with 5 hours in the car, I’ll have time to hit up more blogs, which means more ROW cheerleading!!!
  • Other big news for the week is my fangirl dreams came true when New York Times Bestselling author Karen Abbott agreed to do an interview with me on my blog!  I would love for you guys to pop over and meet her; she’s been fabulous to work with!  Plus, she’s offering a FREE copy of her new book American Rose:  A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee!  Leave a comment here and enter to win!

Your turn!  How have you kept busy this past week?

8 responses

  1. Amazing pictures!

    Yeah. That’s about all I’ve got. Those are really stunning though…

    Good luck to you this week!

    1. Thanks Dahnya! I had a fun time touring the cave.

  2. Lauren Garafalo | Reply

    Lovely check-in!! Doesn’t sound like you could have possibly stayed caught up with your goals with all that was going on this week, so I say good job on getting anything done lol! Great idea to get your posts sorted out early. I long to be that organized! Also loved the cave pictures 😀 Hope the rest of this week goes well!

    1. Thank you Lauren! Next week will be a crunch week too, but it is possible!

  3. A bucket list check-off is always a sign of an excellent week and a fine ROW 80 update. Kudos to you on your reading and the best to you this next week as you churn out those pages.


    1. Thanks Karen! Hope you get to enjoy some summer fun too!

  4. Love the photos, and good luck with scheduling your posts in advance. I’m so bad at that. Enjoy your vacay with hubby. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jolyse! My boyfriend and I are so excited to have a getaway! We’ve hardly even seen each other this week.

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