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NaNoWriMo 2012 – T Minus 1 Day

It’s NOVEMBER tomorrow. How did that happen? Seriously, we’ve had 10 months this year! 10. I can’t believe it. And now it’s NaNo again. AGAIN. So I have to start (choose to) writing another novel tomorrow. Um, eek!

That paragraph got me thinking about this year. It’s been pretty good. I got promoted in February back to a job where I have responsibility, feel like I’m making a difference, and one that has manager in the title. Since leaving the hotel, it took me 4 1/2 years to get that Manager title back. That was 3 1/2 years of floating about, not really knowing what I wanted to do, and 1 getting the experience in Facilities Management to get the job. It’s been a long road, but it’s been fun, and I’ve met some great people, and now I’m in a good place.

This week is my 4th week in another position. Another promotion, although only tiny this time – my title is the same, but I’ve got my own building, rather than assisting someone for part of the week, and having my own the rest of the week. Woop! It’s going… well… OK. It’s not going to rock my world, but I’m going to get some great training, and some great experience. I hope. The site is really quiet, so, I’m going to be able to do some writing while I’m there, daily. Woop! I just need to get over this mental hurdle I’ve got that’s saying it’s going to be a rubbish site! It’s not, it’s going to be good for my career, and for my writing! What more can I ask for?

Lets move on and look at my goals, and how I’m doing with them:

Writing*: 100 words or NaNo plotting 5 days. On Monday I did quite a bit of plotting. I still don’t know what’s going to happen in the second half to make it to the end, which is worrying me, but I’m hoping I’ll get there. Part of me thinks that I’m just not clever enough to think up some good thriller/mystery plot points. Part of me wants to hit that other part of me for thinking that though. We’ll see. I guess a good thing on this is if I know what’s going to happen in the first half, that will probably be 40,000 words, so I’ll only need to worry about another 10,000 to get through NaNo. Of course, really, I don’t want to be thinking like that. I want to finish this novel, not stop at 50,001 on 31st October.

I was saying I did plotting on Monday. On Tuesday, I realised I should do some writing, so when I got in and was tidying up, I started thinking what I could write. I decided I’d write a bit from my main character’s recent history. An afternoon with her niece. 350 words. Boom. Not 1,667, but not 100 either! I ALSO did some plotting.

Nothing yet today, but it is early (plus, if I’m 100% honest, this blog was written on Tuesday night, so definitely no Wednesday writing or plotting!)

Goals, come on Helen, concentrate!

Writing: 1,000 creative words posted on my blog. Not done yet. I’ve just (literally this second) decided that this week’s words, will very fittingly be the first 1,000 ish words of my NaNo novel, on Thursday. It fits well because in my head Thursday is fiction posting day (I guess it comes from my One Thousand Thursday idea, which I’ll definitely be doing in November!!).

Blogging: 1 book review, 2 check in posts, and the writing post. I reviewed Case Histories by Kate Atkinson yesterday. This is my first check-in blog. Still time. As above the writing one will be Thursday. Next week I’m going to reduce this goal down to 1 check-in per week. I’ll still aim for 2, but with NaNo, if I don’t have time for both, I’m not going to get worried about it. I need to focus on the 1,667 words.

Exercise: Gym or run x2. I nearly went to the gym yesterday, but I left work quite late, so decided to go today instead. Will do something at the weekend, or maybe Friday. We’ll see. Yesterday, when I decided not to go to the gym, I decided to walk to the next tube (not the closest one), in the end, I walked to the one further than that – over 3k, and over 200 calories. Not bad, especially not bad for someone that couldn’t be bothered to go to the gym!

Eating: Fasting 1 day (500 calories), 1400 calories 5 days. Didn’t count Monday. I think I did OK. No idea though. Tuesday I got 1,222 calories, so really happy with that. I’m going to try today as the fasting day, but I’m not sure, because I’m planning on going to the gym, so I should really eat to give me energy for that. I dunno.

So there we have it. I can only count 2 days, but they’ve been good days so I’m very happy. Lets hope today goes well, then I’m kicking off NaNo tomorrow. Woop!

*Note – of course from tomorrow, my writing goal changes to 1,667 words EVERY DAY!

Sunday Check-In, Good and Bad

It’s just days to NaNo. For the last 3 years, October has been the most productive month of the year, not so this year. Usually I think I need to get ready for writing 1,667 words a day by consistently writing daily. I think I kind of forgot that this year. Maybe this year I’m going for resting before NaNo!

Lets look at my goals this week, and how I’ve done:

Writing: 100 words a day on 5 days, or NaNo prep on those days. I did some prep on Monday and Tuesday. That is all. Just a few days left till NaNo, so I guess I’m doing a lot of prep in the next few days. Storyline, character names, character personalities, etc. etc. I’ve got a lot to do! I can do some tonight, it’s not too late.

Writing: 1,000 words creative writing posted to my blog. SUCCESS. On Friday I posted a story I wrote last year about Aliens and microwaves. That’s £5 in my fund from the boyfriend.

Blogging: 1 book review, 2 check-ins and the creative blog. Done, done, done! Woop!

Exercise: Gym or run 2 days. Pass.

Eating: ‘Fasting’ 1 day, 1,400 for 5 days. I did the ‘fasting,’ although I managed 623 not 500 words, but it was still good, so happy with that. Not so happy with the other 5 days and the lack of counting over those. How about I try again this week?


I like these goals, so I’m going to use them this week. Well until Thursday anyway. Thursday –  Sunday my writing goal will be 1,667 words.

Usually, I’m feeling good about NaNo, but this year I’m just feeling a little dread. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not doing chick-lit, and a little worried that I’m not going to be able to do this thriller/black comedy thing. I don’t know if it will have any comedy. I don’t know if it will be a thriller. All I do know at the moment, is that it’s called Love Authority. At least I’ve got a title, that’s better than the one I started in 2009, it’s still called ‘Holiday,’ with the ”.

On a final note, My Christmas cake is in the oven. I’m really excited, it’s the first one I’ve ever made. It’s going to be in the oven for another couple of hours. Unless I had it on too high a temperature for the first 2 hours. Oops!

Enjoy your last couple of days of freedom before NaNo if you’re doing it!

Pointless Sunday Check-in

Oh dear. Another few days have gone by without me doing some writing. Again. I’ve got excuses though – busy at work, a night out, a hangover, shopping, a night out, and well, none today. Unless I can say reading and cooking is an excuse?

This week coming should be better. I’m going home to my Mum’s tomorrow (an hour and half on the train), then back to London on Tuesday (slower train, so two and half hours), so that’s  good bit of time to write. I’m out Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday, so they won’t be so good. I’m going to lower my goal – instead of writing every day, I’ll write 5 days. Here are my goals:

Writing – write 100 words 5 days.

Blogging – Wednesday and Sunday check-ins, and 2 book reviews.

Exercise – gym or run twice

Eating – 1400 or less calories 5 days and 500 calories 1 day.

Running is getting hard to do for me – trying to force myself out when it’s cold is very hard. Gym is good. I went this week, which I’m really happy with, it’s the first time that’s always the hardest. After the first time, I always find it easier to go the next time.

I didn’t manage the fasting day this week, there always seemed to be some reason. I’ll try harder this week.

So those are my goals.

This week also has the NaNo kick off party on Thursday (and one on Sunday, but I can’t make that). Can’t wait. Although I still need to come up with more idea for the novel. Maybe I’ll do that instead of writing some days.

Mid Week Check-In

I do hate doing this. I’m writing a post, being all positive about how well I’ve been doing, because I am, and because the last few weeks have been terrible. I hate doing them, if then the next day, or the day after that, I stop being all productive. Lets just hope that doesn’t happen.

My weekly goals are fourfold this week – writing, blogging, exercise and eating. Lets take them one at a time:

Writing – 100 words per day. Monday 144 or something. Tuesday – no writing, but spent a lot of time thinking about my (potential) NaNo novel. And doing a little plotting on paper. Yeah, it’s not words, but I’m counting it as a success for Tuesday.

Blogging – 2 check-in blogs (Wednesday and Sunday), 2 book reviews, and another blog. obviously I’ve got the Wednesday check-in blog tick. I also reviewed All That Glitters by Ilana Fox yesterday. So far, so good.

Exercise – gym 1x and run 2x. I’m going to the gym tonight. Not sure how I’m going to fit in the 2 runs though. I’m going out tomorrow night, and will be too hungover on Sunday, which would leave Friday and Saturday, but I shouldn’t really run two days in a row. Well, I can, that’s probably a bit of an excuse. No, it’s not really, you do need to give your body time to rest after exercise. Oh well, I’ll work that out later. Important thing here, I’m going to the gym tonight. First time for… (other than the 1 exercise class I did the other week) way too long. Months. Still, I’m going. That’s great!

Eating – eat well and ‘fast’ one day. I must be eating well, because I haven’t really exercised this week, but I’ve lost 1lb. I’ve not been recording it, but I  haven’t been REALLY bad. Yesterday was supposed to be my fast day, but that went wrong when I went to Tesco on the way home, and got sweets for my boyfriend (who was ill at home). Wouldn’t have been so bad, if I hadn’t eaten some of the sweets, or bought some chocolate, that I also ate. Oops. Today can’t be the fast day as I’m going to the gym, nor tomorrow as I’m going out so will have a glass of wine, or two. Maybe Friday? Maybe Sunday? Hmm. Look at the good bits, I’m eating well.

So it’s going well. I’m likely to mess up the doing well, but usually October is a good month for me (with the pre NaNo ”I haven’t done enough this year/ must finish novel before NaNo starts” madness). I’m hopeful.

Yes, so I’m doing NaNo again. This will be year four. So far I’ve ‘won’ each year. Year 3 is the one that lots of people fail, so having passed that is good. This year, I’m not very confident about my novel. Yeah, I’ve only been thinking about it for a day, but I’m just not sure. It’s not my usual chick lit, so I’m not too confident, plus, I don’t really know what’s going to happen. All the novels I’ve got that I’ve written well in NaNo have been plotted out before 1st November. The one time I didn’t bother, I finished the 50,000 words, but was still only at the beginning. I need a plan.

With two weeks to go, I can’t start stressing about it yet. Probably once I start the planning, it will go swimmingly. In the meantime, I just need to get the time to do it, and try to get some writing in too. With shorter working hours, that shouldn’t be a problem. She says…

ROW80 Check-in – A Good One

Oh this has been a good week, a great week. In fact, I think I’d go as far as saying this has been the best writing week I’ve had this year.

Laura and I are still doing our tag challenge. Checking in with someone daily is really good, and really helps. It really did on Friday when I really didn’t want to write, but Laura was there pushing me through. Thanks Laura.

Woop! Lets look at my stats:

Monday – 217

Tuesday – 545

Wednesday – 250

Thursday – 1123 (One Thousand Thursday)

Friday – 172

Saturday – 332

Sunday (Today) – 284

How great is that, not only have I written every day, but most days (all but one) I’ve written well over my goal of 150 words.

This is where normally I’d up my daily word goal, but a I’m doing so well, I think I’m going to leave it low. I don’t want anything to stop this run, and maybe the pressure of having to write more might make me. Hopefully not,  but I’m not willing to risk it.

I haven’t put exercise as my goal this round, but I’m doing really well on that at the moment too. Because the weather’s been nice and dry (until now when it’s pouring with rain!) I’ve been walking some or most or all of the way home from work. It’s a 70 minute walk, but when the weather is nice, it’s fun to do. I do love London. I’m going to keep that up, who needs to push themselves to the gym when they can walk home and enjoy it?

Also this week I’ve been properly dieting. I’ve lost 4lb from last week. I know that’s a lot, but I ate A LOT at the wedding last week, so would have lot a pound or two just eating normally again. Still, this is the lowest weight I’ve been for months. I’m dieting with my mum too – I seem to be better doing things with help don’t I. At the end of every day we have to text each other with how many calories we’ve eaten and burnt (in additional to normal exercise) that day. I’m doing well. Wednesday and yesterday weren’t great (they weren’t diet number of calories, but at the same time, they weren’t put back on weight number of calories), but as I’ve been so good the rest of the week, and lost weight, I’m not bothered.

Plus there’s that thing I read a while ago, about how your body goes into starvation mode after a few days, so to diet effectively you should start-stop-start. Dunno how true it is, but it worked this week. My mum always does that, dieting Monday – Friday, then eating whatever (not going mad though) at weekends. That’s not my goal for next week (although I might read up on this to see if it does work or if it was just 1 person’s idea to sell a book?!), but if I have a day I have to go over 1,200 calories, then so be it. I just won’t go mad.


Changing Goals

It’s very late in the game, you may thing, for me to be changing my goals – with just two weeks of ROW80 to go – and you may be right, but this is me, I want to, so I’m going to.

I’ve got seven goals, five are daily and two are weekly. I’m going to change two of the daily ones. Here’s all seven though, how I’m doing on each, and which I’m changing, and why.

Goal 1 – write 150 words a day. Write 250 words per day – This is the most important goal for me. I’ve already changed it once, I started off at 100 words a day, then went to 150, now I’m leaping up to 250 Why? Well, I figure that 150 is quite easy, and quite often when I start writing I get over 200, sometimes over 300. If I can do 200, I can do 250. I want to get back into writing more, as well as more often. 150 is a really good goal, because psychologically it’s nothing, it is easy, therefore it’s easy for me to start writing. 250 isn’t such an easy goal, but hopefully it’s not too great that my screwed up mind doesn’t mind it. 2 weeks. 15 days actually. I could, technically, write 3,750 words in that time. Why not?

Goal 2 – Exercise/gym 3x a week. I’ve slacked on this lately. Last week I had the excuse I was ill, so really couldn’t. This week I have no excuse. 3x is not a massive amount. I don’t even have to do that much, just 10 minutes running or at the gym. I’m going to try to go running after work tomorrow. I might take my kit to work, so when I get home I’m all ready to go. I must do this, I need to get back into getting fit again.

Goal 3 – daily knee exercises. Technically as I’m not really exercising, I don’t really need to do these, but I know I shouldn’t think like that. If I kept up with my knee exercises every week, I wouldn’t have to start doing them once or twice a day when I start running again. From today, I’m getting back to this one.

Goal 4 – Eat 1,200 or less calories a day. Consume 1,200 calories a day NET. I’m doing pretty well on this. Well, I was last week, and I have today, the weekend was a wipe out, but I fully expected it to be, so I’m not going to be too hard on myself! Net calories is how many I’ve eaten, minus how many I’ve used exercising. In an ideal world I wouldn’t do this, I’d keep the goal at 1,200 calories food, but there are so many time in the last 1 weeks that I almost hit the goal, and had I have been taking my exercise calories into account I would have done. Today for instance, I’ve eaten 1237 calories, and burnt 200 calories exercising. Surely I shouldn’t get a red for that, I’ve done so well. I’m going to still aim for 1,200 in food, but if I go over a little it’s my safety net. Yeah, it’s my safety net.

Goal 5 – Five portions of fruit or Vegetables a day. I’m actually doing quite well – today I’ve even had 7. Today is not normal, but it shows how easy this goal is. I didn’t get ill, or a cold or cough all winter and I think doing this is one of the reasons why. Of course as I’m doing ok at this, it doesn’t explain why I was so ill last week, but I’m going to just brush over that!

Goal 6 – Bed before 11pm. This is on a ‘school’ night only, to try to get me to have a good night’s sleep. I don’t even have to turn the light out, I just have to be in bed. It’s important and I need to get in the habit of this (even if it means I’m reading for half an hour before boyfriend comes to bed).

Goal 7 – Three blogs a week. This is the only goal that I’m doing continually well for the whole of ROW80 this round. I have only missed four blogs so far in that whole time. How awesome is that. I don’t plan to drop the ball now, those four are going to be my only misses for the whole round. I guarantee.

So there we have it. 15 days left, lets make them good.

How are your ROW80 or otherwise goals going?

ROW80 Check In, and Meeting Chris Batty

I’m actually thinking Chris Batty should really be CHRIS BATTY in that title, don’t you? I’ll cover the CHRIS BATTY thing, then move on to the check in (Because we can probably all put guesses on where that particular one is going).

So the other week I got a Facebook invite to an event for NaNo yesterday. NaNo being in November, I was thouroughly confused, until I opened my eyes and read it properly – Chris Batty was coming toLondon. Chris Batty of ‘I invented National Novel Writing Month’ fame. THE Chris Batty. How cool?!

So Sunday rocked up, I managed to get over my hangover from the day before (wine tasting inLondonBridge, hard to attend without a hangover!), and get down to The Mad Hatter (the coolest name for a pub), to meet up with the NaNo crowd, and CHRIS BATTY.

I may have got there an hour late, but Chris had about 40 people to get through (that was a guess, I have no idea how many people were there). He was making his way anti clockwise round the group, from my right. Awesome, I could sit with my friends, and wait for him to come to me.

A couple of pints of cider were drunk in the hour or two it took him to get round to my group of people, luckily not enough to get me drunk, but enough to make me nice and relaxed.

Chris sat down with four of us and started asking us all aboutLondon.

Luckily the other four are quite chatty nice people, which gave me a chance to sit there and swoon for a bit Yes guys, Chris Batty is pretty hot. He also, as it turns out, is very chatty, and really really nice. I was not the only one to leave the pub with a Chris Batty Crush.

Our group talked about the Jubilee (as a foreigner probably would), about where we lived, and then finally about NaNo.

NaNo is such a huge part of our lives (not just the four of us he was talking to at the time, but many, many more in the NaNo London crowd), that it was so awesome to chat to the guy who thought it up. It really was like meeting a celebrity.

Our time came, and Chris moved on (I wasn’t bitter, not at all). Only once he’d gone, I realised he’d spent most of his conversation chatting aboutLondonand us, not himself, or inventing NaNo, or anything.

We got a chance later though, when he came to sit with another group of us (musical chairs in the pub due to air con being turned on). Did we ask him much about himself though? No, we talked about Hackney (where he was staying),Londonbuses vs tubes and stuff.

I’ve come away thinking he’s such a nice guy, not to mention HOT, but not really feel like we got to know him. I guess I was kind of expecting him to do a stand at the front and talk to us thing, then questions and answers or something.

Still, I’ve met Chris Batty. How cool is that. I didn’t have his book to get him to sign (I STILL haven’t bought it!), but my friend did take a photo of him and me. Unfortunately, she’s now inMorocco, so can’t email it to me, so I can’t add it here. As soon as I get it you can bet your ass I’ll be sticking it on Twitter, Facebook, and right here guys.

Anyway. After all that excitement – ROW80.

Ahhh, ROW80, yes. Well…

I’ve done some writing today. I got home from the Jubilee Garden Party (in the rain, not so much fun), thinking about something. I realised it would make a good story, so wrote the beginning of it. 350 words. Saturday, Friday and I think Thursday were… well, blank. I was too tired when I thought about writing to do anything any of them. It’s fine, I’ve written today, I think that’s my habit, not a few days not writing.

I’m still not feeling 100%, so haven’t been exercising, and have been at events for the last 3 days, so not been watching what I’ve been eating. Regardless, I’ve lost 4 lb in just over a week. Woop! Imagine how much more I can lose next week when I am feeling able to go to the gym or running, and am watching my weight all week.

Apparently I have other goals. Seeing as it’s now one in the morning, and off the top of my head I can’t remember them, I’m going to leave it there.

I feel like this week is going to be a good one for me (even though I’m going to be distracted for a couple of days when boyfriend gets back from his round Europe travels!). I hope it is for you too.

Ps. It’s too late to edit this, please ignore the bad grammar etc etc, I’ll do better next time I promise!

Ill, But Not Doing Badly

Considering I’ve been ill all week, and off work, in terms of my goals, it’s actually been a pretty good week! Yippee!

Monday I really wasn’t feeling well, so I didn’t manage any writing. I did however make it to Tesco (10 mins away) to get some food. Didn’t feel up to it, but at least it was some exercise. Nothing to count towards my goals, but something. Eating was ok, 1388 calories. Not under 1200, but 1388, which really, isn’t too bad.

Yesterday was better. I was starting to feel, not better, but not as bad. I did some writing, and walked to Tesco, AND managed to eat less than 1200 calories. When I say less than, I actually mean on. 1200 calories. How I got so close I have no idea, I bet I’d never be able to do it again!

Today seems to be going even better. I’m feeling much much better. So much so, that I’m going to go back to work tonight. Yeah! I’ve got Friday off, so am going to be so busy tomorrow. I’m really not looking forward to it. Still, Friday off. Just a shame that when I have a day off, AND I’m feeling ok (cause I’m sure I will be by Friday) the weather is going to turn rubbish. Ah well.

So today. I’ve already written 383 words. All by hand as well. At the weekend I started writing from a prompt from my Ideas Book (The Writer’s Ideas Book by Jack Heffron) and have kept that going. I don’t think it’s going to lead anywhere, but it’s now over 1k words, so there’s something there. I’m enjoying it, even if it doesn’t go anywhere!

This is my second blog this week, so well on track for my 3 this week. I might even be able to get 4 in this week, perhaps even 5, who knows. I am very behind on my reviews for my reading challenges so really should get at least one of them up this week.

As I’m not doing any real exercise, I’ve not been doing my knee exercises. I know that’s really bad, but I’m going to try to rectify that one today – after I go for a walk, seeing as I’m feeling much better.

I hope everyone else’s week is going well too.

Another Dip, But Straight Back On It

After my week in a row writing, I kind of fell off the wagon, but as  I was encouraged down by my buddy I don’t feel too bad, about Wednesday’s knock down anyway. I was spending time with my other half before he went rallying around Europe (well, that and I went to the pub and got slightly drunk!). That was also my excuse on Thursday (him going away, not the pub). On Friday I went to Brighton to see them off, and planned to write when I got back.

Unfortunately I started getting a cold Friday night, so when I got back here I was feeling really rough so couldn’t make myself write anything.

Yesterday I felt dreadful too (how is it possible, that after half a day on the beach, during the nicest/hottest days of the year so far I get a cold? Seriously?) so didn’t think I’d get anything done. I was alright with it, if I couldn’t take a day or two off when I’m ill then when can I, but then just before I went to bed I got some motivation, and wrote over 300 words. Woop. It may be 22.37 now, and I may need a shower to get the sun cream off, but I’m still planning on writing tonight. Obvioulsy, I’m not planning on being in bed by 11pm tonight!

Nothing else is going that well.

Last week was too busy for any exercise. I planned to go running, but never got round to it. I did walk to the further station a few times going/coming back from work. I also planned to go running over the weekend, but this cold wrecked that plan (they say if you’re ill below your neck you shouldn’t exercise – I’ve got a bad cough!). I manage to walk to the shop yesterday (just, I needed to sit down cause I had no energy when I got there!) and to the park today. Better than I could have done while feeling rough!  This week! Definitely this week.

Eating is still going badly, although over the weekend I’ve actually counted calories, so that’s a massive improvement. Yesterday I had 1591 calories, although that’s well over my 1200 goal, it’s less than I need in a day (about 1750), so good. Today I’ve had 1260, so only just over. Just. It’s a positive step. Tomorrow I’ll make it under 1200. I’m sure.

Hope everyone’s week goes as well as I’m planning mine doing!

Getting Back On It

On Sunday last week, I decided this would be the week that I’d come back from my writing/exercise/eating slump. Unfortunately, on Monday, I didn’t. Nor Tuesday.
Wednesday though, I wrote a blog, and actually did some writing. The on Thursday I did some more writing, on Friday and Saturday too. Now all I need to do is some today, and that’s 5 days in a row. That has to almost be a pattern right? I’m so pleased with myself, I didn’t see this actually happening, so to be having such success (I know it’s early days), just makes me so happy! Yay!

I don’t think we should talk about the eating goal. I’ve not even been counting calories it’s been that bad. I’ve just been shopping for the week though, and bought loads of salads for lunch, and fruit and good things to snack on. Last week was my writing coming back, lets hope this week will be my eating coming good again.

Exercise is so-so. I’ve been pretty good most days at going and coming back from work – I’ve mainly gone to the station 20 minutes walk from the office, so I have that to do. I’ve also done Just Dance 3 on the Wii three times – twice for 20 minutes, then 30 minutes today. That should really be good, not so-so, but as it’ not running, or going to the gym, I don’t think it’s quite as good. Still, it’s exercise, and I’m doing it. Yay again.

There’s a lot of green on my chart this week. It’s almost as green as it was way back when this round of ROW80 started, back when I was doing well. I can totally see it carrying on next week too. The week after my boyfriend goes away for a couple of weeks, which means I’ll probably go to the gym lots, and eat much better (salads and veg for dinner!) and probably write lots more cause I won’t have him here to distract me. I’m having to look at the positives so it seems like 2 weeks won’t be as long. ROW80 goals are my positives. But there’s still 4 days until he goes – those are going to be good days too. They are.

Loving my positivity today.

So, how are YOUR goals going?