ROW80: It’s all About Bitty Baby Steps

As I mentioned in my post on Friday, I got derailed this past week by an unexpected bout with food poisoning. I’m back to normal now, thank goodness, but my ROW80 progress has been pretty limited.

Day Job: I ended up missing a full week of school because I was sick, but I’ve done a teeny bit of reading towards the dissertation proposal. Also, I found out a few days ago that a paper proposal I submitted for a conference in November was accepted. The paper is going to be an adaptation of my MA thesis, and will also serve as prep for both my dissertation proposal, and the journal article I’ll be co-writing with my advisor. I am going to make this paper work for me. :P

Writing: I wrote 3437 words this week, most of them towards PATH TO THE PEACOCK throne. PPT wasn’t really on my radar until I used it to answer the Lucky 7 meme and was reminded how darn AWESOME this book is. TELL ME NO LIES is still on the agenda, but I might switch my focus to PPT for a while. It’s got a surprisingly strong structure, and while I’m fuzzy on how it’s going to end, ideas are flowing.

Exercise: I managed two short workouts this week, which isn’t too terrible. I think I may have lost a couple of pounds from being sick, so right now my goal is to keep those pounds off, and hopefully lose a little more. Walking and at-home Pilates are on the docket for next week.

Social Media: I wrote one blog post this week, but I haven’t had a chance to really visit any blogs. It’ll be something to work on in the week to come.


Before all the yuckiness hit, there were lots and lots of fun times! We kicked it off with the amazing and wonderful #ROW80 Twitter party, co-hosted by my partner-in-crime, Barbara McDowell. Once again, she and I were the last partiers left standing, which I think ought to earn us some sort of medal. ;)

Even better, I channeled my awesome ’80s side-ponytailing for the occasion. I’m showcasing the original, ’cause it really did rock:

It's ALL about the side pony.

Barbara and I will be going through all of the entries for the photo/blog contest over the next week. If you created a post with the “throwback” theme and didn’t post it to the linky, go ahead and add the link in the comments below.

Who else is easing into this round with bitty baby steps like I am? Or are you blazing along, tackling your goals effortlessly? Let me know, and while you’re at it, be sure to swing by and wave at the other ROWers who are checking in.

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  1. Newtowritinggirl says:

    Sorry to hear you weren’t well, glad you’re feeling better.
    Baby steps are the way forward – I’ve had a goal of 100 words a day to ease me back into writing, and it’s totally working.
    Hope week 3 is good for you.
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    • Lena Corazon says:

      Haha, I was a little shocked when I saw the word count. Nothing like a few writing sprints to help me channel my creative energies. ;)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle!

  2. Nadja Notariani says:

    Definitely easing in this round as well, Lena. I was supposed to take the first two weeks off…Yeah, right – too much type A going on for all that… but I did indulge myself in some fun reading, out-of-doors appreciation, and time with the fam.
    Glad you are feeling better – and once again in love with Path To The Peacock Throne. :}
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    • Lena Corazon says:

      Oh, fun reading and out-of-doors appreciation all sounds wonderful! I’m hoping that the weather will get a little better. We’ve had rain and fog for days and days now, and I am dying for a little outside time.

      Hope you have had a great week, Nadja!

  3. Marie Andrews says:

    Thrilled that you’re feeling better! Hope that next week is healthier and more productive for you hon :) Love the side pony. Too cute :) Keep up the great work and exercise – you’re doing fabulous!

  4. Raelyn Barclay says:

    Baby steps are always best :) Glad to hear you’re feeling better and you accomplished a lot considering you were down and out. So way to go last week. Here’s to a fabulous upcoming week.

    Oh, and you are too cute rocking that side pony!
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    • Lena Corazon says:

      Thanks so much, Raelyn! I think this is just going to be the round of baby steps, so I’m trying to get adjusted for this “slow and steady” race.

      Hope your week rocked as well!

  5. Gene Lempp says:

    Food poisoning? Wow, I’m glad you’re feeling better now, that is a yucky thing to have to deal with. Although, it looks like you made the most of it 3400 words, a couple work outs – very nice.

    Here’s hoping that the coming week is a smoother run for you, Lena :)
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  6. Em says:

    Well done for getting anything done when you are poorly, well done!

    I hope this week you feel 100% again and to make yourself feel better you should wear you hair in a side ponytail around the house! I totally rocked them when I was young, usually I crimped my hair first! Good times!
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    • Lena Corazon says:

      Oh man, I wanted my mom to crimp my hair SO badly when I was a kid! But it was still sort of curly, so I guess there wasn’t any need, lol.

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Em!

  7. Barbara McDowell says:

    Ugh! Hate that the stomach wobbles hung out all week. Glad you are on the mend now.

    *giggling at the photo* Too cute and your outfit matched the table cloth and the background painting. Heh, heh, heh.

    Way cool news re: the thesis paper working for the dissertation. And kudos on the WIP shift. Put your energy where the drive is and write away. :-)
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  8. Lauren Garafalo says:

    Great job this week! So glad you’re feeling better. At least you’ve had good news to go along with your food poisoning. The fact that you’re tackling lectures and dissertations and articles at the same time as EVERYTHING else constantly amazes me.

    Love the side pony! I used to think I was hot stuff doing my hair like that when I was little LOL. I had such a good throwback post in mind but ended up too exhausted to put it together. (It had boy band goodness for you and Barbara!) Maybe I’ll put it up in a few weeks when things are a leetle bit more calm.

    Have a great week, Lena!!
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    • Lena Corazon says:

      Ack, boy band goodness?! You are going to have to post it at some point in the future, ’cause I am dying for a little 90s boy band wonderment in my life. :D

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