Shannon Stacey

When Goals Runneth Over

I just finished making up a nifty Excel spreadsheet listing projects in the works and other related things I’d like to accomplish by the end of the year.

It ran over onto a second page and made me hyperventilate.

My goals for November and December can now be summed up thusly:

Stop making Excel spreadsheets and write.

I thought about doing Nanowrimo (are those the right letters?), but I’m working on several different books, which is a no-no, and I have revisions no doubt coming and whatnot, so I’m doomed to fail before I even begin. Plus that’s kind of like a group Excel sheet, and my goal for the rest of the year is to avoid Excel.

I need to figure out how to use my progress tracking bar over there in the sidebar to track editing and revising, too, so it doesn’t look like I’m a total deadbeat. I’m thinking it would require me to actually work page by page and not jump around, though.

Oh, and I added ‘Shopping Days til Christmas’ over there in my countdown. —>


13 comments to “When Goals Runneth Over”

  1. Mel
      · October 27th, 2005 at 5:53 pm · Link

    The organization is scaring me!

  2. Shannon
      · October 27th, 2005 at 7:57 pm · Link

    It scared me, too!


  3. Charlene
      · October 28th, 2005 at 11:27 am · Link

    Spreadsheets are too scary for me. I just write lists. And use my calendar to mark out deadlines. It works!:type:

  4. Kate R
      · October 28th, 2005 at 11:29 am · Link

    Shannon, you’re too frightening, even for halloween. That christmas thing is just . . . no. It’s too much. eek. :hide::hide::hide:

  5. cece
      · October 28th, 2005 at 11:44 am · Link

    >>h, and I added ‘Shopping Days til Christmas’ over there in my countdown.

    EVIL!!!!!!!!! :censor: Evil I tell you! :cursin: I’m skippin’ Christmas this year. No seriously here’s the dealio……..boss is giving me her old computer (which isn’t really that old). I”m saving it for the boys for Christmas. They are also getting a basketball goal (hint hint GO OUTSIDE) and probably some clothes. And Mommy is getting new kitchen counters, stove and sink. I say so and therefore it IS. This is MY CHRISTMAS.

  6. Shannon
      · October 28th, 2005 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I don’t know we’re getting for Christmas this year. I’m ashamed to admit that we horribly, horribly overdid it last year. I’m hoping the boys won’t be too disappointed this year, but if we don’t scale it back now, we’re going to be in big trouble.

    Of course, I wanna laptop, so…:shrug:

    And if I have to suffer through Impending Christmas Anxiety, y’all can suffer with me. :crazy:

  7. Karen Templeton
      · October 28th, 2005 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I’d just like to skip Christmas altogether this year. Most of the boys are now way too big to pawn off a bunch of cheap stuff (as long as they got a zillion things to unwrap, what was inside the wrappings was immaterial), for one thing. For another, we’re bringing two kids home (in other words, they book the flights, we provide the charge card number). And for a third, the whole process is just. . .exhausting. I used to love it, and in some ways I still do, but this year, I just don’t wanna play. So there. :hide:

    Of course, I’m in a rotten hormonal funk today, which may have something to do with my Scrooginess.

    I also want those kitchen counters/cabinets/new appliances, ‘cus the ones we have were already decrepit when we bought the house 12 years ago, which means they’re like Addams Family-worthy by now. Actually, I’d be happy with a new paint job, but I don’t think anyone’s picking up on my hints.

    And BTW, so what’s up with my website getting more hits from THIS blog than my own??? :eyebrow:

    Anybody else doing the pumpkin-carving thing this weekend?

  8. Cece
      · October 28th, 2005 at 7:01 pm · Link

    No pumpkins! The kids are G. O. N. E. :woot:
    Shannon you’re right about curbing it now. I took the kids school shopping in August and I gave them the money and let them pick out the clothes. Time they learned how far a buck goes :nod:

  9. Karen Templeton
      · October 28th, 2005 at 7:13 pm · Link

    Hehe, I just freaked out the 18 y.o. by pointing to a photo of a three-stone, 8 carat emerald cut diamond ring and saying THAT’S what I wanted for Christmas, at a mere 169 thou. What I didn’t know was that the hubby had just shown him a picture of a 300K Mercedes and said that’s what HE wanted for Christmas.

    Guess we’ve both reached the stage where slipper socks and ties no longer cut it. :lmao:

  10. Shannon
      · October 29th, 2005 at 9:44 am · Link

    Hey, to get both, you only have to sell 1,803,846 copies of Marriage, Interrupted! :woot:

    Well, we didn’t go that overboard last year, but let’s just say the boys actually got tired and took a break 3/4 of the way through the pile.

    Never again.

    It’s getting hard with the tall kid. I know from being one of 3 kids, that the division of gifts by quanitity is very important. But the short’s thrilled over a three-dollar truck and the tall kids’s thrilled over a forty-dollar PS2 game. :baby: He’s heading quite quickly into the big-boy dollar zone.

    And he likes Legos, too. At fifty freakin dollars a set. We have most of the Star Wars and Harry Potter sets and when I add them up (we’ve gotten them over several years) it makes me very ill.

    So we’re going to be selective this year. And we have…57 days to plan!

    And BTW, so what’s up with my website getting more hits from THIS blog than my own???


    This is one of those “It’s the destination, not the journey” moments? :cool:

    And I’ll be carving pumpkins this weekend. I hate carving pumpkins.

    Although, I think this year I can take the Wallace & Gromit cutout from the Burger King leaflet and tape it to the pumpkins face and the short kid will be thrilled. :crazy:

  11. Charlene T
      · October 29th, 2005 at 10:42 am · Link

    I refuse to discuss Christmas before Halloween. :nod:

  12. Karen Templeton
      · October 29th, 2005 at 11:12 am · Link

    ::Although, I think this year I can take the Wallace & Gromit cutout from the Burger King leaflet and tape it to the pumpkins face and the short kid will be thrilled.::

    You go, girl. :dance:

    And hey, if I sold 1,800,000 copies of M,I (which is roughly 1,650,000 copies more than they print, so that would be a neat trick), Har would probably GIVE us the ring and the car. As well they should. :nod:

    Your kids took a break last year, huh? Hmmm. . .

    We deal with the parity issue by a) making it clear that if you get a TV or somesuch, don’t expect twenty other presents, and/or b) filling the gaps with oddball things like six-packs of black olives from Sam’s (hey — if the kid’s a black olive freak, having six cans that ARE ALL HIS is nothing to be sneezed at). Once gave one of the kids a whole case of GatorAde. It was like eight bucks, and he was over the moon.

    Of course, we helped #4 buy a car this year — an 88 Mustang. So I figure that takes care of Christmas AND his Jan. 4 b’day, hehe.

  13. Cece
      · October 30th, 2005 at 12:17 pm · Link

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s gotten Black Olives for Christmas :rofl:

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