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February 19, 2010 – ROW80 Check In

I think I’m going to be packing for the next 10 years!! I know most people hate packing, but I actually enjoy it. Or well, I’ve always enjoyed it the other million times I’ve moved. Not really the case this time. This feels more like I’m trying to SCALE A MOUNTAIN, rather than pack a house.

I think the difference is that this is the first time I’ve had to pack since my life has substantially changed. The boy largely works from home, so there’s a whole business to pack too. Plus, we inherited a small house full of things when his father passed away. There’s SO MUCH STUFF! And it’s all sentimental. I couldn’t possibly ask him to part with any of it yet because he feels it’s all he has left. I’m probably packing 3 times the amount of things we’ll end up keeping, which is incredibly difficult for me who likes to keep around only what I need. The things you do for love, I suppose. :D

1. Read 52 books this year

I’ve read a little bit during some of the sprints. I haven’t finished anything this week, so I’m still behind. Once this move is over, my brain is going to be putty, and I’ll have plenty of time to read.

2. Packing 30 minutes before work

This is working great! I’ll probably continue doing this until we’re out of here. It feels wonderful to get something done first thing in the morning and go off to work already feeling accomplished.

3. Twitter sprint each weekday

Checkity, check. I heart #teamsprinty! Come join us at 2 PM EST to write separately, together. We have a great time and get a lot done. A few weeks ago, I started a #teamsprinty pinboard on Pinterest. Check it out – there’s fun, inspiration, and lots of eye candy.

Also, I’d love to make this a collaborative pinboard, so just send me a message on Twitter or leave a comment here if you’re on Pinterest and would like to be able to pin to the #teamsprinty board!

4. Get healthy

Just puttering along here. Lots of water and better food choices. No exercise yet because I’m plain exhausted with packing. I have all the forms ready to sign up and prepay for the first year at my new gym, and I seriously can’t wait!! Putter, putter, but still moving.

I wish all of you a wonderful week! Check in with all the ROWers HERE.


  1. What a great week, Lauren! Packing is a form of exercise so don’t feel as if you’re doing nothing in that regard! I’ll check out your #teamsprinty. I need some help getting moving on my WIP. You may see me some time next week. I’ll also check your pin board on that topic. I’ve been trying to come up with a ‘guest pinning’ theme for one on my Pinterest page, too. Wishing you another good week ahead!

  2. Sounds like you’re rolling along with writing and packing. It would feel nice to get some work done before work, takes some pressure off for when you come home. See you at #teamsprinty.

  3. If done properly, a packing sprint can count as aerobic exercise. Just pointing that out. Great job on your goals this week, Lauren. Have a fantastic coming week :)

  4. I’m on the same boat, packing away lol Though my plane tickets back to the US are for March/26, so I have to finish by then lol
    I see your reading GRACELING – I really liked that one. Hope you like it too ;)
    Have a great week!

  5. Wow Lauren, you have quite a bit going on. Moving they say is as stressful as a death. So take it one step at a time and may the force be with you! You’re doing great with your goals and I’m loving the thought of a writers sprint. I’ve not had the opportunity to participate in one of those. Sounds fun. Well, off to read a few more ROW blogs. Have a great week! :)

  6. Packing is exercise!!!! I like the idea of packing sprints….can imagine your arms moving so fast they become a blur! I missed the sprints so much last week so I hope to make several this week! Keep up the good packing and when it seems to much just remember why you are doing it, so exciting!!!!

  7. Oh, Lauren, I hear you! We are to the point where we can no longer spend a lot of time deciding whether to take it or not, knowing so much of what we are packing will be sold or given away in Albany. We also have a lot of things from his parents–many of them are cool, and I want to keep them, others not so much.

    Hmm, a half hour in the morning–I think that is a brilliant idea! Since we are 90% done, left with just the little niggling things to pack, I think I would do better in the morning. However, I may still call on you for packing suport in the evening!

  8. Oh, Lauren, I hate to pack. I can’t imagine moving so much!

    You’re doing well on your goals. Keep up the good work. I see you guys sprinting along on Twitter. I always envy you because I’m sitting there at work not being able to do anything but watch. LOL

  9. Oh gosh, the saga of packing is something that drives me insane. I am super sentimental over things, and I have such a hard time parting with stuff, which makes sorting through all of my belongings super difficult.

    I have to say, I think the #teamsprinty pinterest page is the best one ever. Soooo much good stuff. ;)

  10. does unpacking count as exercise as well ?- I still have boxes in the attic I need to sort – considering a move you are doing so well – and packing first thing gets my respect – can’t function for couple of hours in morning moi:)

    all the best for coming week

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