This week certainly had its ups and downs. I wouldn’t say that it was all good or all bad. Overall I think it was more better than worse.

I wrote about 6700 words last week. Not the worst, but I would like to do better. I’m hoping this week will be a lot better. I should finish the current novel this week. Then I have two short stories to write. Then I’m going to jump into the next novel.

I averaged about 6400 steps per day this week. I had wanted to average between 7 to 8000 steps per day. However, I had a couple of really bad days this last week, and that brought the average down.

I mostly stayed on top of my email this week. I’m actually proud of that. I still need to dig through some of the emails that have not been answered. I did get a lot accomplished.

I figured I would add a new category show my accountability. That is, my hands. This is going to be a fairly broad category about how I am training my hands, as well as accommodations I’m making for my hands.

The new braces have made in lot of difference in terms of pain. I’ve gotten through a couple of days where I only have pain in the evenings. This is such an improvement. I’d like to get through an entire day without a period of 30 minutes for more of throbbing aching pain. I’m not there yet, but I can see it from here.

Yesterday, I did hydroponics. This means picking up a lot of wide-mouth jars, as well as full bottles of nutrients. I have been trying to figure out how to do the hydroponics every week without hurting my hands. Turns out the answer to that is the new braces. They made all of the picking up and juggling stuff so much better. I had very little, almost no pain, while doing hydroponics yesterday. This is a huge win.

I use a Fitbit to track my steps, my sleep, and other things. I know that it’s not completely accurate. It’s good enough.

One of the newer features of my Fitbit is the activity readiness score. The readiness score goes from 1 to 100. It supposedly tells you how much exercise you should get that day based on how “ready” you are. It tracks sleep, activity level, as well as heart rate variability.

I’ve been frustrated with this feature. Particularly when I was sick with a sinus infection. My readiness score was in the upper 90s, and one day I hit 100. That’s because I was getting a lot of sleep, and I wasn’t doing anything. However, I was still sick and I really shouldn’t be active at all.

There was one day last week where I was very active. I almost hit 10,000 steps that day. That night, I didn’t sleep. Hormones were playing silly buggers. The morning after I didn’t sleep, I ended up with a readiness score of one. While I knew theoretically my score could go that low, since I had scored 100 the previous week, it was still kind of surprising. So I didn’t do much that day.

Fingers crossed, today, the more likely tomorrow, I will finish my taxes. They’re due by the end of the week so I really do need to finish them. I spent yesterday uploading all of the documents. I believe I have two more to scan and upload. I’m so close to being done.

I am re-learning how to stand while writing. Some days it’s easy, other days it’s more difficult. But I figure I’ll get there.

How about you? Do you stand while you write? Do you sit? How ergonomic is your space?