October 2014: Goals progress

1. Work out more. I’ve maintained my higher amount of steps. Not quite 70k per week, but definitely in the high 50K-60K, which is better than the 45/46K I was doing before. I’m happy with that. I have been trying more to log my foods — that’s going to be the real game changer.

2. Make one new recipe a month. I made three. A kale-quinoa patty (can’t find it online), Homemade Mac & Cheese and Zucchini Noodles. Josh deemed the noodles a big win. They might be our new thing.

3. Make 10 projects. 5/10. I made a thing for Josh for our seventh wedding anniversary. I posted about it. I’m pretty proud.

4. Clothing budget. $345.46/$500. (Possibly $400.46/$500?) I spent $30 on a sweater from Target. I think I bought something else for $15-ish? I’ll have to think about it. I might have only considered it…

5. Fix/upcycle one clothing item a month. 5/12. No new items this month.

6. Declutter. I’m purging some more clothes, this time a lot of sweaters I don’t wear. Tasha would be proud. (I kept all the gray ones. Nope, not gonna, not gonna part with them.)

7. Read 52 books. 18/52. Two new ones in September.

My list this year:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (yes, I’ve read this a million times. Still counts.)
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4) by Rick Riordan

8. Home improvements. We’re refinancing. We’ll close sometime in November, but it means a home inspection. That lit a fire under me for some of the things I’ve been putting off. I bought new doorknobs for all our interior doors (black, instead of brass), new pulls for our hall storage cupboards (already installed), did some paint touch-ups, and have done a few other small things. It also means that as these projects get done, we’re that much closer to putting our house on the market in the next couple of years. Sadness and happiness.

9. Go on dates. No dates.



Watch less TV.

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