Friday, April 01, 2016

Spring 2016 Goals

FINANCIAL
  • Maintain Mvelopes (ongoing)
  • Update will & estate documents - need to review paperwork with Matt and make appointment with lawyer
HOME
  • Finish family room projects - bookshelves, art above TV, lamp for reading chair, shelf arrangement
  • Update Jack's room - rug, hem and hang curtains, clean off bookshelf, hooks on doors, extensions cord by desk, hang shelf, find/hang hooks for Minecraft weapons (did I just type that?!?)
  • Coat closet clean up
  • Make final decisions for basement renovation and potential start
  • Make kitchen remodel decisions 
  • Participate in neighborhood garage sale - and continue to declutter massively for it!
  • Clean out/organize garage so 2 cars can be parked inside
  • Plant cool weather vegetable garden
  • Plant summer garden
  • Make a back yard to do list - plant lavender, plant pots, plant ground cover, fix concrete bench, plant in flower box
  • Spruce up front porch - fill pots, get lounge chair for south corner, get small coffee table for sitting area, porch swing?
  • Declutter and organize holiday decor
  • Massive clean up & out of homeschool room
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge - goal of 60 books in 2016
  • Don't click gossip news/fishing links (ongoing)
  • Pledge with Matt & kids to not text as the driver, to make all calls hands-free, and to limit in town calls to less than 2 minutes (ongoing)
  • Set morning and evening routines for myself
  • Stay organized about life projects - continue to use my Get to Work Book or find another system to organize in a Getting Things Done style
FAMILY
  • Plan summer activities/possible camps
  • Plan 1:1 dates with each child monthly
  • Sign up for music lessons with Jack
HEALTH & WELL BEING
  • Either work to a fast(er) 5K or a 10K - TBD
  • Maintain Pilates workouts 1-2x/week & plan how to maintain after school is out
  • Maintain current strength training workout & plan how to maintain after school is out
  • No candy - starting here for my sugar free maintenance plan
  • Bake homemade bread 
  • Learn to use new smoker grill both for smoking and grilling
  • Restart vitamin regime
  • Make Favorite Spring Meals list
FUN & RECREATION
  • Plan late spring trip 
  • Plan weekend trips in 2016
  • Complete 2 quilts by June
  • Visit a new state in 2016 - ??
  • Make a 2016 resolution hiking list
  • Do hike in campaign with kids in 2016 - maybe for our spring trip?

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Winter 2016 Goals - Final Review

How in the world have 3 months gone by since I put my winter goals out into the world?! March was a bit of a tough month for me. Most everything got put on the back burner while I was in survival mode. Still satisfied overall with the progress I made the last few months.

FINANCIAL
  • Keep list of all purchases in 2016 - discarded this goal
  • Maintain Mvelopes - DONE!
  • Update insurance on jewelry - DONE!
  • Update will & estate documents - still in progress but I'm satisfied that I at least made some forward motion as this has been sitting on my to do list for years
  • Set up savings plan for big home updates - DONE!
  • Set up savings plan for big travel the next few years - DONE!
HOME
  • Finish family room projects - so freakin' close to being done with my painted bookshelves! I need to go over what else I want to get done because I can't even remember anymore
  • Finish Dining room projects - the only project I got done was to line my little buffet drawers with anti-tarnish silver cloth.
  • Update Jack's room - have also forgotten what I want to get done. If that room would only stay clean for half a minute, I might make better progress!
  • Coat closet clean up - never got further than measurements, will move this to spring goals
  • Make design plan for basement renovation - DONE! Now need to make decisions and move forward with plan
  • Meet with architect to develop long term pan for back of house - no, but I do have a kitchen design. Need to evaluate if we want to move forward with that or meet with architect first.
  • Follow Home Storage Solutions 52 Weeks plan - discarded this stupid goal
  • Declutter and simplify Christmas decorations as they are put away - I am so embarrassed to admit that this is not yet done. It's *mostly* done. Just a few things sitting on top of bins in the basement.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge - 21 of 60 books read - ahead of schedule.
  • Don't click gossip news/fishing links - I'm doing so much better about this. I'm doing really well at staying away from the true fishing links, but c'mon... sometimes you just have to see what Kate Middleton is wearing...
  • Pledge with Matt & kids to not text as the driver, to make all calls hands-free, and to limit in town calls to less than 2 minutes - so much better than when we started, calls are hands-free. But not 2 minutes - however I am being aware of not making calls when driving someplace busy/not familiar. No texting while driving but I have been aware that sometimes I use my phone to find music/podcast/audiobooks while driving. Working on not doing that anymore.
  • Set morning and evening routines for myself - only thinking & reading about this so far
  • Look at meeting with a therapist or coach for some personal development help - DONE! Had my first session. Great.
  • Blog at least once a week - NOPE!
  • Use my Get to Work Book to organize projects in a Getting Things Done style - this isn't going as well as I had hoped. I think I need a different system.
FAMILY
  • Update/set morning and evening routines and daily checklists for kids - started this but it did NOT go well. Will try again once we get a few other family life matters settled.
  • Plan 1:1 dates with each child - Jack is easy. We do stuff all the time with homeschooling. The one breakfast date I did with Kate was fantastic. Need to do it more than once a season!
  • Read one parenting book - NOPE. I think I might need to be a bit more specific with myself
HEALTH & WELL BEING
  • Complete 30 day green smoothie challenge - NOPE
  • Complete another round of Go Sugar Free - Sorta, but consuming more sugar than I would like
  • Work back up to a 10 K using 10K Runner program - NOPE
  • Maintain Pilates workout 1x/week - DONE! I maintained my weekly group class plus did some private training. In March the studio added an early morning class that works well for me, so now I can go to 2 classes/week.
  • Bake more homemade bread - NOPE, not once.
  • Research, choose, and potentially schedule executive health exams for Matt and me - research and choosing done. Now need to decide if we are actually going to go this route.
  • Restart vitamin regime - been really good about taking multivitamins daily, purchased pill organizer for myself, need to slowly add additional vitamins
  • Read Power of 10 - NOPE
  • Make Favorite Winter Meals list - NOPE, I don't know why I didn't do this. I love having a list of favorite meals to refer to when I don't know what to make.
FUN & RECREATION
  • Plan spring break trip - DONE!
  • Plan late spring trip - still debating... not going to be as big as we orginally were thinking.
  • Plan weekend trips in 2016 - working on this, want to do more, especially as the weather gets nicer
  • Complete 3 quilts by spring - DONE!
  • Visit a new state in 2016 - not yet, hoping maybe Oregon this summer?
  • Plan a monthly game night - NOPE
  • Make a 2016 resolution hiking list - not yet, I need to do this since hiking season is approaching quickly
  • Do hike in camping with kids in 2016 - maybe for our spring trip?
  • Go cross country skiing - NOPE, and so disappointed in myself that I didn't make this happen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Birthday, Tia!!

This is a big birthday for my sister, and I wanted to make a quilt for her birthday present.
I used two lines of Anna Marie Horner - Folk Song and Honor Roll - and it turned out better than I imagined. 
I backed it with a Anna Marie Horner Pretty Potent flannel and quilted it with loopy squiggles.
 Love how the backing and the quilting turned out.
It is packaged and in the mail and supposed to arrive today!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mini Goals - Week of March 27

How I did two weeks ago (spring break delay)
  1. Finish patchwork quilt top
  2. Baste patchwork quilt top
  3. Quilt patchwork quilt top 
  4. Get knobs for family room bookcase
  5. Put hardware on family room bookcase doors
  6. Discuss basement and kitchen with contractor
  7. Plan/get items for St. Patrick's Day
  8. Plan/get items for Easter
  9. Plan/get items for Jack's birthday
  10. Buy new battery charger for camera
And this week's plan...
  1. Get knobs for family room bookcase
  2. Put hardware on bookcase doors
  3. Set up appt with contractor for basement/kitchen
  4. Buy new battery charger for camera
  5. Make allergy appointment for Kate
  6. Order tennis team uniform
  7. Mail packages
  8. Set spring goals
  9. Declutter homeschool room
  10. Organize spring capsule wardrobe

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekly Mini-Goals - 3/13/16

I'd like to get back to my weekly to do list. It is helpful for me to have a guide from which to pick for my daily to list, otherwise I seem to get stuck in the tasks that are right in front of me and forget about bigger projects.
  1. Finish patchwork quilt top
  2. Baste patchwork quilt top
  3. Quilt patchwork quilt top (This is WAY more sewing than I usually do in a week but I really want to get this quilt done so I can do the binding over spring break. If all goes well, I'd like to baste/quilt a 2nd quilt top so I have TWO bindings to do over spring break)
  4. Get knobs for family room bookcase
  5. Put hardware on family room bookcase doors
  6. Discuss basement and kitchen with contractor
  7. Plan/get items for St. Patrick's Day
  8. Plan/get items for Easter
  9. Plan/get items for Jack's birthday
  10. Buy new battery charger for camera

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Another Quilt Finish

And this quilt is for ME! I love it. It's big and comfy. The best compliment I received on it was that it looks like something you could buy at Anthropologie.
Whole quilt and backing is in Folk Song fabrics by Anna Maria Horner. Used this tutorial as a guide, quilted with straight lines along chevron pattern, and did a scrappy binding using leftover fabric from the quilt top.
 Because when you put a quilt down in the yard, every being thinks they need to get on it...