COURSES. The 7th and final module of my most recent UofT Continuing Studies course is to take all we’ve learned and apply it to an 850 word piece. It is strangely optional. Then, quickly following our final week of the last guided critique class is another one starting up. Mine is one of the first pieces. Now that I know the point of view I want to use in my novel, I’ll use this course time to get things organized so that submissions are something I look forward to each week – receiving constructive feedback is so essential to the process
PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS. #aprillove2019 and #the100dayproject will have me dusting off my camera to follow the prompts of the first challenge and make up my own for #100daysofnaturallightphotos (follow me on Instagram!) I’m looking forward to the end result of both creative projects.
SEASONAL START UP. Time to turn on the water outside, the windows will be washed and patio power washed, the landscape crew will come by at least twice to prep the gardens for spring, new deck furniture is ordered, the barbeque will be cleaned, and snow tires will come off the truck. It’s all so exciting to clear the cobwebs of winter and welcome another season. Each bring with it something new and I love the cleaning part of Spring.
ANNUAL CHECK UP. Back to MedCan. I can’t imagine there being any issues since I feel fabulous. I continue to eat well and Jackie is now coming three times a week rather than two – and I do my homework. I’m moving more than I have in years and hope to start swimming – or at least aqua fit classes – by the end of the month.
Here’s the accountability piece:
I have given myself 6-months maximum to finish the “shitty first draft” of my novel. My aim is to get at least 30,000 words written by the end of this month. We’ll see what happens from there! Close but not quite. I did write 30,000 words but not all focused on my novel. Some of it appeared here on the blog and many words were written for my continuing studies course. I think I got up to 20,000 toward the novel.
My kitchen does not function properly, there is no traditional work triangle. Instead of a needless and expensive renovation, I’ve spent the last four years of living in this house deciding what to do. It came down to one simple thing: replace my cooktop with a range. The gorgeous new range is now sitting in my garage. My goal is that by the end of the month it will be installed. It will not be a simple process, but one that should not be too terribly complicated either. It turned out to be far more complicated than anyone expected but it looks like things will be functioning at 100% very soon (she writes with fingers crossed).
The whole thing needs to be cleared out – clothes, shoes, hats, bags, all of it. I was looking around the other day and realized there are articles in there that I haven’t worn or used in at least two years. For this project I will embrace the whole concept ‘if it doesn’t fit and/or I don’t feel fabulous’ it goes in the donation bag. I’m sure there will be a few of them. Right now I have a walk-in closet that is made for two people – ha! The big purge ended in SIX big garbage bags filled with all manner of apparel deposited in the local bin. It made me feel so much lighter and happy to have successfully KonMari’d a room. Now to not fill it back up. One thing in, one thing out.
SECOND FLOOR PREP.
I am converting my second floor from wall-to-wall carpeting (parts still marked with permanent stains from the previous owner – ew!) to hardwood. This month I have to clear out all of the bedrooms so that the project can be completed. The deadline for all purged and packed is March 31. The big job was my walk-in closet. Claire assembled a bunch of racks and all the clothes are now in the basement. The boys rooms just need the sheets stripped from their beds and area rugs pulled up. Chloé is coming home so I’m leaving her room for her to figure out. So, is it done? Not quite, but wow, a lot was accomplished.