Pattern writing usually happens on Wednesdays while the kids are at school or Wednesday nights after the kids go to bed. Occasionally, if I get a burst of energy, I might write at another time. I try to really only do the tasks when I feel like doing them. If I feel like designing, I try to let myself do it... I don't want to pass up inspiration when it hits. I don't always feel like pattern writing, but often when I get into it... I get into it.
I just found out that my big news that involves a road trip is probably going to include dinner out with 8-9 really cool people.