Building Rome: Week 3

10488068_904644176218804_5335081388678646298_nBuilding Rome is a mini-challenge hosted by Bradley at Green Embers. Participants set weekly goals, then report in the next week, and cheer each other on along the way. You might want to join in the fun.

I posted toward the end of last week because I had been teaching at a English summer camp Monday through Thursday and had no time until that was over. On Friday, I reported on my week 1, and then set some things for my short week (weekend) that was left. So before setting my new goals for the week of July 21, I will report on my weekend task list.


  1. Use one-hour blocks as needed to complete the following tasks:
  • an editing project – one more section COMPLETED
  • completing another project spreadsheet NOPE, will add to new list
  • preparing for fall classes – just type the notes for one session OK, I didn’t do this, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. It’s just that when intended to work on it, I had the wrong materials with me.  Reschedule for this week.
  • write three emails regarding one of my fall classes and a meeting for next week All three completed!

2.  Walk twice over the weekend. YAY!

3.  Complete Step 2 of the Mystery Quilt Challenge. YES!!! See the note below about this item!! A new RE-discovery about this accountability thing.*

4.  Visit more of my fellow builders. Since it was so late in the game by the time I did this, I visited everyone on the list, read through what they were up to and “liked” all of them, even though I didn’t have time to comment.


I want to point out something that happened to me yesterday having to do with #3 above. I had this Mystery Quilt Challenge on my list for both weeks. When I updated my list on Friday, I put this task on the weekend list (my abbreviated week 2), figuring I could get it done over the weekend. While it’s true, I underestimated how much time it would take (a little more than 2 hours rather than the one hour I originally estimated), it still was manageable. But last night, it was hot, and I had done a lot of other stuff, and I had other things I could do, and blah blah blah. You know what got me going? The fact that I’d have to get on here and say I didn’t do it. Sure, I could do it next week. But that isn’t the point. It’s on my list because quilting is something I want to do for me, and what does it say about me following through on things for me, if I’m not even doing a simple quilting activity that only requires 2 hours?

So if anyone doubts whether this accountability stuff works, here’s one example. I will tell you this. If it were just me, I wouldn’t have any trouble disappointing myself–it would just be one more week I put it off — to my sick way of thinking. But having a group who cares whether or not I do what’s good for me and my goals — it does make a difference. So thanks Bradley, and all those who are on the construction crews. You’re making a difference in my life, and I appreciate all of you!


1. Complete 18 one-hour blocks. The tasks for those blocks include:

  • editing project (3 sections)
  • writing project (finalize template, begin introductory material)
  • complete a project spreadsheet (PRIORITY)
  • preparing for fall classes — type notes for two lessons
  • Writing 201 — read post, choose piece for revision, and spend at least 2 hours on said revision

2. Maintain walking three times this week (in spite of the heat).

3. Start piecing possible designs for quilted postcards.

4. Visit more of my fellow builders and comment on their posts.

5. Make a plan for my blog.

6. Catch up on my unanswered comments.

Wishing my fellow “countrymen” a good week.