Taxes, Allergies, & Fri the 13th: a typical ROW80 week


It’s ROW80 check-in time!  In the Owen household this week, we’re celebrating not only goals semi-fulfilled, but the successful navigation of  killer allergies, Friday the 13th, and tax preparation.

I can’t say I suffered through the tax preparation end of things; I was spectator/sympathetic ear/sandwich preparer for He-Who-Braves-the-1040.  In other words, my spectacular hubby, Paul.

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So, how did I do this week?

My goals:


1. post ROW80 updates on Sundays


2. blog on Tuesdays and Fridays

This past week, I posted about The Chocolate Diet on Tuesday, and about a classic Master of Mystery, Ellery Queen, on Friday.

I’m really excited about the upcoming week: this Tuesday, the ever-fabulous Jenny Hansen and I are going to swap guest posts.  Squee!  (I promise not to break anything while I’m over there, Jenny).  She and I have wanted to swap posts for a long time, but now that she is celebrating her one-year blog-a-versary, it seemed the perfect opportunity.  I will be posting on her site about the History of the Cowbell (and Jenny’s role in it), while she will be posting here about the cool features (with how-to instructions for the tech-challenged) of OneNote, a Microsoft program that I am stumbling through using to organize my novel.  Be sure to check it out this Tuesday!

3. Write one chapter per week on my work-in-progress (WIP).  I am well into Chapter 8, but not finished with it yet, unfortunately.   unexpected characters entered the scene, including one cantankerous old lady with whom I’ve dealt before.  Dialogue scenes usually take a bit longer with her in them.  That’s my excuse, at least.

Personal and Social Goals:

1. support fellow bloggers and writers through Facebook and Twitter.  I hit all the bloggers I usually read, plus I spent a few late-night and early-morning sessions this week just browsing the twitter stream for things to read and RT.  The WANA1011 Facebook group has also been a great source for posts I don’t check out regularly.  Stop by sometime; it’s a great group!

2. re-vamp my blog.  I’m nearly finished with this; there are just a couple of pages on my site where I haven’t figured out how to load posts relevant to the category right on to the page.  I’ll still be tweaking things over the next couple of weeks.  Nothing dramatic, though – the overall look will be the way it is now.

3. exercise 3x per week.  With allergies were kicking my keester, I only got two walks done (near the end of the week, when I was prescribed additional allergy meds).  But today’s walk was the Burke Lake loop – 4.6 miles.  Woot!

How has your week been?  I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great week,



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12 thoughts on “Taxes, Allergies, & Fri the 13th: a typical ROW80 week”

  1. Marcia RichardsMarcia Richards

    Great job, Kathy! I learned a long time ago to strive for 100% but expect and accept 80%. I think you accomplished more than 80% so congrats!
    I do love the new blog look and your tag line! (Blue’s my fave color)
    I have to go back and read about the chocolate diet…I’m such a chocoholic!
    Have an equally great upcoming week!

  2. Barbara McDowellBarbara McDowell

    What a great week you’ve had, Kathy! You have gotten a lot done and been able to touch all your goals in some way. Woot! I hope the new allergy meds work. My allergies kicked in a few weeks ago and I hear we are in for a brutal season due to the wonky winter.

  3. Renee Schuls-JacobsonRenee Schuls-Jacobson

    Hi Kathy! Congrats on making all your goals. Can’t wait to read your post swap with Jenny! What is Facebook1011? How can I find you? I’m so happy you are moving forward with your book! I’m at 80K as of today, but I have to figure out how someone discovers the missing forks. I’m sure it will come to me eventually. From there, it’s smooth sailing — until Kristen decides to kill all my little darlins! 😉

  4. Gene LemppGene Lempp

    Love the graphic for your hubby – great guy and braver then I (whispers: my wife actually does all our tax stuff). Great progress this week and I think the “old lady” is a fine excuse. Can’t wait to see your post swap with Jen tomorrow, will be a good time.

    Have a great week, Kathy 🙂

  5. Julie GloverJulie Glover

    Looks like you had a good week! I’m married to a former CPA so I feel somewhat comforted that he understands the ends and outs of a tax code that is larger than the collected works of Shakespeare and far less well-written. I wonder at times if we should have tax day a couple of weeks before election day; it might make for interesting election results.

    Great week overall! Sometimes a chapter does take longer than anticipated. It’s hard to know until you get knee-deep into it. Hope your allergies wave bye-bye and you get lots done this week. Happy ROW80!

  6. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    I’m really excited to read your post tomorrow on the history of the cowbell. It seems like such a perfect topic for you to do at More Cowbell 🙂

    I wish I could say I was just a spectator when it came to taxes. Even though we have an accountant, my husband has to file in both Canada and the US, and since this was our first year having to do that, it got a bit confusing and messy.


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