December check-in

CRAFTY THINGS:

  • 10 projects.
    • Made nail polishes
    • One baby sock
    • Turned a lip gloss into a pencil
    • Put bar tape on my bike (forgot about this one!)
    • Glittered my makeup jar

4.5/10 = 45%

So, I didn’t hit this one for the year, but like last year, I did do a lot of manicures and made some involved recipes like tomato sauce, etc. I feel ok with this one.

MONEY:

  • Pay down credit card #2. Another $452 (the total ended with a 2. It bothered me. Don’t judge.)

$5100 paid on this card this year. Only $1700 to go! And I finished paying off another card.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day. I’ve been better about this, now that I’ve got a Fitbit again. I’m definitely trying to keep track of this via the Fitbit app.
  • Drink less soda. Ayup.
  • Lose 45 lbs. Sooo, there’s always 2014. I did make some effort here: though I lost my Fitbit and so wasn’t tracking for months, I do know that I walked 476 miles in six months of 2013. That’s 20 miles a week!

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • Reduce procrastination. I think I did ok with this in December? It’s been such a crazy month that I don’t think I had the option!
  • Do one thing each month that makes my life easier. This month I enrolled in an FSA and also bought 1Password (Which I love. It’s expensive for an app, and they also make you pay for the iOS app, but it’s way better than any of the methods I was using to store my passwords.)
  • Connect with people more. I visited folks in Ohio, even Dad’s family.

DONE:

  • Save $2500. 

3300/2500 = 132% Woo! I’ve certainly achieved this goal this year, but it was originally only intended for my credit union account. I’ve managed to save another $5600 in my savings account. 356% achieved!

I’ve also completed these goals:

  • Pay off Kia car loan. 
  • Pay off one credit card.  
  • Budget/raise.
  • Read 20 books: 

American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
Proceedings of the NAAL (freelance journal)
An Ethic of Queer Sex:Principles and Improvisations
 by Theodore Jennings
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse short stories) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbot
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price
Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe

31/20 = 155%

  • Grow my hair out to ponytail length.
  • Go to a museum.  

So in 2013, I’ve done really well with these, particularly the tangible, countable goals that I can keep track of or automate. On to 2014!

November check-in

CRAFTY THINGS:

  • 10 projects.
    • Made nail polishes
    • One baby sock
    • Turned a lip gloss into a pencil
    • Glittered my makeup jar

3.5/10 = 35%
I don’t think this one is happening, kids.

MONEY:

  • Pay down credit card #2. Another $300.

$4648 paid this year.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day. Better!
  • Drink less soda. Also been pretty good about this.
  • Lose 45 lbs. Yay, I have a Fitbit again! It really does motivate me.

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • Reduce procrastination. I think this is going pretty well. I’ve been trying to tackle difficult or tricky conversations head on, rather than putting it off, because it just makes me anxious.
  • Do one thing each month that makes my life easier. DELEGATING. Wow I love having an intern.
  • Connect with people more. I went to a conference and made myself “network” (gag) a little, and went to stuff I’d normally talk myself out of. I’ve been hanging out with a couple friends from work in particular, and I’ve been able to chat with Steph again. Hooray!

DONE:

  • Save $2500. 

3000/2500 = 120%

  • Pay off Kia car loan. 
  • Pay off one credit card.  
  • Budget/raise.
  • Read 20 books: 

American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
Proceedings of the NAAL (freelance journal)
An Ethic of Queer Sex:Principles and Improvisations
 by Theodore Jennings
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse short stories) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbot
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price
Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe

31/20 = 155%

  • Grow my hair out to ponytail length.
  • Go to a museum.  

November 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 152, up three pounds from my last update. I think I gained back what I’d lost from my first week of work, and because Thanksgiving. I’m totally not going to make this goal, and I’m not really trying that hard, to be honest. Breastfeeding isn’t conducive to dieting, and working full time and having a baby isn’t conducive to increased activity. It’ll balance at some point.

2. Stockpile food. We’ve been eating our frozen meals to get through every week, so it’s been really, really great. I don’t know how we’d survive otherwise. By the time Josh gets home, it’s way too late to order food. (Plus boo on the money that would cost and the calorie-laden food it would produce.)

3. Make/do 10 projects.

No additional projects. However, I ordered fabric to make new curtains for Thomas (seriously, the green just doesn’t go and I can’t stand it anymore), and I bought fabric book panels to make him fabric books for Christmas. (I was also going to make him blocks, but I think I need to not pile it on.)

16/10 = 160%

4. Read 52 books.

No new books. But I bought two and I’m going to try to complete at least one in December.

18/52 = 34.6%

5. Make two new recipes each month. I made a no-knead bread from Budget Bytes. I’m sure I made something else, too, but my memory has holes. So we’ll just say I didn’t. I’m surely ahead for the year on this goal, so no biggie.

September and October check-in

I’ll need to do a November summary in a few days, but whatevs. I knocked two more goals off the list! I went to a museum and hit my savings goal for the year.

CRAFTY THINGS:

  • 10 projects. I couldn’t remember what all these were. Makes it hard to count. My gramma was right: it’s hell getting old. I went through the archives:
    • Made nail polishes
    • One baby sock
    • Turned a lip gloss into a pencil (have I seriously not blogged about this? Awesome job, me.)
    • Glittered my makeup jar (whoa, I’m a total blogging slacker.)

3.5/10 = 35% But I am in the midst of a paper-mache thingy that takes days of drying before moving to the next step.

MONEY:

  • Save $2500. My credit union randomly returned one auto-transfer from my regular bank, the only one out of how many this year? No idea why.

2700/2500 = 108%

HEY. ANOTHER GOAL ACHIEVED. I feel awesome.

  • Pay down credit card #2. Another $900!

$4348 paid this year.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day. Better!
  • Drink less soda. Also been pretty good about this.
  • Lose 45 lbs. Ugh, whatever. I think I need to get another Fitbit. It really motivated me! I was thinking about the Flex because it seemed less likely that I would run a wristband through the washer (the fate of my two clip-on Fitbits), but I’m having a hard time spending the $100 on myself. I also think they’re kind of ugly. Hrm.

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • Reduce procrastination. I taught the blog workshop I was dreading, and it went super-well! I guess I do have some expertise.
  • Do one thing each month that makes my life easier. I’m not sure what I did, but I probably did this?
  • Connect with people more. Vacation in Myrtle Beach with Chicago friends! Yayyy.

OTHER THINGS:

  • Go to a museum.  While in Myrtle Beach, we went to the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum. This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but hey. It was fun(ny). There was an exhibit that stuck out into a balcony, and when I stepped on it, it dropped. I shrieked. So funny, that stupid trick balcony. And I couldn’t trick Jessica into standing on it long enough for it to happen to her.

DONE:

  • Pay off Kia car loan. 
  • Pay off one credit card.  
  • Budget/raise.
  • Read 20 books: Three more.

American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
Proceedings of the NAAL (freelance journal)
An Ethic of Queer Sex:Principles and Improvisations
by Theodore Jennings
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse short stories) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbot
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price
Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe

31/20 = 155%

  • Grow my hair out to ponytail length.

October 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 149, down almost two pounds from last month. I’m pretty sure that’s all from the past week since I started working. More structured eating and probably eating a little less? I’m definitely less active, so it’s got to be food intake! Unfortunately, that has its own issues.

2. Stockpile food. SOOOOO much on this. Because I knew I was going back to work the last week of October, I worked hard to put a bunch of meals in the freezer to help us adjust to the schedule. My final count was 20 meals. I made homemade frozen pizzas, crockpot chili packs, “meat”loafs, broccoli quinoa casseroles, ricotta, mac and cheese, spinach stuffed shells, calzones… It’s great because it means that no matter what happens over the next month, we won’t starve.

3. Make/do 10 projects.

I made Thomas’ pacifier clip. I cut out some outfits to make for him awhile ago, and now I’m sure they’re too small 😦 Baby clothing has to be completed same day, I think. I’d still like to paint the onesies! A coworker of Josh’s gave him a bunch of baby clothes the other day, including more white onesies. So. There’s that.

16/10 = 160%

4. Read 52 books.

I read Night Film for book club, which it turns out I won’t be able to go to. This is by far my lightest reading year in a long time.

18/52 = 34.6%

5. Make two new recipes each month. Bread complements meals so well, but it’s hard to find a bread recipe that’s done quickly. I tried this peasant bread recipe because it’s a quicker bread than most. Still took a couple hours, but it was definitely one of the tastier breads I’ve had in my life. I’ve found a few no-knead breads that can be made up the night before and baked when I get home from work, so I might have to work on that for the upcoming weeks.

I also invented a mac and cheese recipe with spinach that we ate for dinner one weekend and I had LOTS to stockpile, too. I’m sure I tried a couple of other recipes, but of course can’t remember.

That pizza crust recipe I posted a couple of months ago has become a staple. I made the frozen pizzas and calzones using it. We probably have pizza at least once a week since I discovered it. So easy, so tasty.

September 2013: Goals progress

1. Lose the baby weight by the end of the year (37 pounds, to return to 145). I’m at 151.8, down a little more than a pound from last month. Here’s the deal: I have to eat 2,000 calories every day, but I also want to lose weight. This is a hard balance to strike. I was able to work out some in September, and I started doing ab work as Thomas is on his mat strengthening his neck (Tasha and I have agreed that I will not call it by it’s alliterative name). So, we’ll see. If I can do more walking, I still think this goal is totally doable. But I have to work more on it. And eat fewer sweets.

2. Stockpile food. Mostly we’ve been working on eating our stockpile, not adding to it. Burritos, burritos, burritos. Stockpiling is hard because it’s got to rotate! I think one more month of this and then back to stockpiling a lot. (Unless I get a job, and then I have to really work on that to store food up before I go to work.)

3. Make/do 10 projects.

I finished my wallet, and have been using it. I’m really happy with it! I only have one available slot left (of 38), so I think this means I need to use up some gift cards.

16/10 = 160%

I also patched a pair of yoga leggings I recently bought at Target (I ripped them on a rose bush in the front yard), and I cut out some little baby outfits for the boy. I bought snaps and a snap tool, so if it goes well, I might end up making lots of baby clothes. I also bought freezer paper and fabric paint, so Josh and I are ready to paint up some baby onesies, and I’m working on my baby photo book for Shutterfly. I’d hoped to be done by now, but it’s much more time-consuming than I expected.

I got a free file cabinet from Freecycle, so I’m organizing our papers periodically.

I still have more projects I want to do — appliques on onesies, sewing baby bloomers, Shellacking the display shelves my dad made, organizing my sewing room.

But, it’s been a good month. Thomas is getting to be a more independent napper, so I’ve been able to clean and organize while he’s sleeping.

4. Read 52 books.

I read another book — The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig.

17/52 = 32.7%

5. Make two new recipes each month. Totally continued my making all my meals kick. Seriously, I’m happy with it, though I don’t always have time to make everything I want to, but I find time to do the necessities (dinner, stockpiling, whatnot).

Recipes I made:

English muffins. (I doubled this recipe the first time and tripled it the second and third. They’re definitely getting easier to make, but I found them harder to cook the second time. However, I also threw in some vanilla soy milk because I was short on milk. So there’s that. Still turned out fine.)

Baked Rigatoni with Sausage and Eggplant. (I used Morningstar veggie crumbles instead of sausage. This recipe made a TON. I had too much for a 13×9 pan and ended up putting the extra in a loaf pan and freezing it for a later dinner. It was quite yummy and I recommend it. Just make sure to cook the eggplant quite a bit before the oven stage. Mine was a little tough.)

Oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies. (Because we’re trying new sweets recipes.)

I also made a crockpot minestone soup from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. I’ve had the cookbook for a couple of years and hadn’t made a recipe from it. But I think I’ll make more! This soup was good and really easy. I put everything together in about 10 minutes the night before in the crock and just plopped it down to heat up the next day. I really need to use my crockpot a lot more.

August goals check-in

So, I’m slightly behind here. Better late than never! Looking at this list, it feels like I didn’t accomplish much, but I finished two freelance projects that sucked up a lot of time.

CRAFTY THINGS:

  • 10 projects. I glittered my makeup brush holder. It’s sparrrrkly.

3.5/10 = 35%

MONEY:

  • Save $2500.

2250/2500 = 90%

  • Pay down credit card #2. Another $350.

$3598 this year.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:

  • Drink 64 oz. of water a day. Not so much. Been a rough month. I’m still having at least some water every day, which is (somewhat horrifyingly) better than it’s been in the past.
  • Drink less soda. See above.
  • Lose 45 lbs. See above?

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • Reduce procrastination. I’m doing pretty well with this overall. I’m supposed to teach a writing class at work that I’m dreading, though, so I’m dragging my feet on that. I’ve got an outline and will kick it into high gear this week.
  • Do one thing each month that makes my life easier. I finished a lingering freelance project that had been going on for years. It was rough, and I was working on it for about 20 hours/week, but it’s over!
  • Connect with people more. Knitting Skypes! Visited people!

OTHER THINGS:

  • Go to a museum. 

DONE:

  • Pay off Kia car loan. 
  • Pay off one credit card.  
  • Budget/raise.
  • Read 20 books: Does editing that freelance book count? But seriously. Is a Harry Potter book the last thing I finished reading? That feels like so long ago.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse short stories) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbot
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Reckinging (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #3) by Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton Brown
The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Knitspeak: An A to Z Guide to the Language of Knitting Patterns by Andrea Berman Price
Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe

28/20 = 140%

  • Grow my hair out to ponytail length.