Blame it on the Olympics

This has been one of those weeks where I’ve gotten pretty much nothing done.  Just a little bit on my shelves for the rental house, and no writing at all. Part of it has been whenever I walk through the living room and there are Olympics on, I have to stop and watch. Which ends up being all evening. Yeah, I know, I could just keep walking and go to the writing, but it’s only for a couple weeks every other year. And doing it afterward? I stop watching when it’s time for bed, so no go there. At least that’s my rationalization, and I’m sticking to it! I’m not writing off tonight (excuse the pun LOL) but I’m not optimistic either.

I did get done what I wanted to on the shelves–I cut all the mounting bracket pieces, and drilled pilot holes in them. I would have liked to go over there this afternoon and get those installed, but my fatigue kicked in pretty good today so that just wasn’t happening.

What I’ve been Reading: I started a new novel, but haven’t read far enough into it to discuss. I also finished binging on the 1500 Days blog a couple weeks ago, and moved on to another personal finance/financial independence blog, Slowly Sipping Coffee. It’s named that because that’s what the authors want to be able to do when they’ve managed to save up enough to ditch their hectic workweek and crazy commute, and live life on their own terms. Another one I highly recommend, especially since they’re not so super-frugal as many of these folks, yet still save tons of moolah. The husband was not always so good at managing money (to put it kindly, LOL), and shares his past struggles with it. Entertaining and relatable!


What I’ve been Writing: As noted above, nada. I even opened up the file last night, and just wasn’t into it. So I’m going to try opening the file up at different times of the evening–hey, maybe before the Olympics comes on after the news!–and we’ll see how that works. So this week, getting anything at all will be a win.

What about you–have you been caught up in the Olympics? Read any good blogs lately? (Or books?) How are you doing on whatever goals you might be working on, writing or otherwise–here’s hoping better than me? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Jennette, perhaps your fatigue is enough that you should call it a win when you get physical things done like cutting and drilling those boards. Be kind to yourself. As for me, I’ve gotten some writing done this past week, not as much as I wanted but much more than usual when I was working a day job. I’m struggling to find time to read because I’m watching Olympics. Yeah. Me too. Blog writing is also a struggle this week. I’ve also started working at a local pet rescue shelter (just 2-3 half days per week). So all in all my week’s been pretty good. Here’s to a good week to come!

  2. I haven’t watched the Olympics. We don’t have access to any TV channels, so we only watch what we can find on Netflix and Hulu, which is more than enough. I have been caught up in watching Father Brown, though. It’s surprisingly addictive!

    Thanks for the blog recommendations. Hubby and I are on our own journey toward financial independence, so any advice from people further along the path is welcome. I’ll be sure to check out Slowly Sipping Coffee. That is exactly what we want, although I want to continue blogging and writing books and he wants to focus on game development, since he’s a coder at heart. I think for us, we’re trying to figure out ways to slow down our current life. Hubby has a short commute, and we keep our bills low, and try not to overcommit ourselves so we can do the things we want to do. Keeping debt payments (mortgage, car payment) low or even nonexistent seems to be key. I’ll check out their blog and see what they have to say!

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. I’ve bookmarked both blogs to check out. Since I’m the unschooling partnership parent to two teens who recently lost their father, “super-frugal” isn’t going to work even though we tend to live simply, and don’t buy anything on credit. So Slowly Sipping Coffee might be more my speed.

    I haven’t caught any of the Olympics. I thought about it, but something about it felt so strange – too normal, after Jim’s death. So I haven’t watched, and don’t intend to. I’ve instead been delighting in Fixer-Upper, and doing what I can to make home a sweeter place.

    I also completed and submitted a story to a local small-press anthology, which seems to have more or less broken the writing ice for me – I’d been in a drought since Jim’s condition became critical.

    Hopefully, your time away will lead to inspiration and plentiful words upon your return.

  4. I haven’t watched any of the Olympics and I actually feel guilty about it. I should be able to just take a two week break from everything else and support these athletics, right? And when I have watched them other years, I really enjoyed it. Every single one of those winter sports. If only I was actually being productive though. Oh, well. Have a great week.

  5. I’m guilty–I watch the Olympics. Because I’m the one who turns it on! I try not to watch during the day, though, but that’s not too hard to do because sometimes it doesn’t feel like I’m here all that much. Too many appointments!

  6. Lynette, it’s all been a struggle this past week! I do try to be kind to myself, but sometimes it feels more like an excuse. Thanks for the support!

    Denise, congrats on shooting for FI! It’s a subject I’ve become very interested in and will definitely be blogging more about. Sounds like you have a perfect plan!

    Shan, I hope you enjoy SSC! I think their blog is a great happy medium about being mindful about money, but not depriving oneself. Congrats on getting your writing going again, and good luck with the submission!

    Chris, I so know what you mean about being productive. This is a new week and we can always try again, right? Good luck!

    Stacy – LOL, I thought of you while writing this! Work keeps me from watching during the day. Hopefully you won’t need to go to so many appointments soon!

  7. I’ve been DVRing the events and watch them at night when it’s time to veg out. I miss a lot of the events due to the network screwing things up, but I try really hard not to turn the TV on during the day. Not until my chores are done. It is a time suck for sure. I’ll even stop and watch events I’m not particularly fond of, just for the sake of watching. Now that’s just silly.

    You’ll get it back. You’re refilling your tank right now. Refill until you overflow and then the words will come.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. I hardly watched any of the Olympics. We had company and I’ve been writing and practicing a speech for a Toastmasters contest. Must have revised it at least 25 times, which made it hard to learn because I had to start over every time I rearranged parts of it or revised it. My brain is fried. And trying to keep up with blogging. I’m behind in writing chapters for my children’s book, but I’ll catch up by this weekend.

    I’m impressed that you’re able to build those shelves. If I can pull of hanging a picture on the wall correctly, I feel like I pulled off a handyman feat! Hope you’re have a good week, Jennette!