August Goals

August Goals:

  1. Share two months worth of photos of the kiddos. (Because I didn’t manage to get any shared last month.)
  2. Menu plan for the month.
  3. Filing mess whittled down to what fits in the in box. Sadly enough, that’s a lot of progress.
  4. Baby clothes boxed up to return.
  5. Read for bookclub. And host bookclub (barring unforseen circumstances).
  6. Wine tasting with Jennifer (Riesling!) (Not sure if I should really put this on there, because it’s not completely in my control, so let’s give this an asterisk of “if at all possible.”
  7. Clean out the rest of the garage freezer that I didn’t finish last month.
  8. Goodwill run. For reals.
  9. Enter books read into Goodreads (get to page 90 of my records)
  10. Get my desk cleared off. Again.
  11. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up. Again.
  12. Work on blog behind-the-scenes stuff. Updates coming soon. :) Let’s try this again…
  13. Guest room ready for visitors, so that we’re prepared for whenever we have them.
  14. Send a letter to my friend S. in Colorado. She sent me a snail-mail card last month and it was so lovely getting something in the mail that I’ve got to send one to her. :)
  15. One way or the other, do something to get rid of the mountain of papers to be shredded.
  16. Baby gift and card mailed for my sister-in-law’s shower.
  17. Passwords streamlined/saved and computer backup done and a routine scheduled. I got quite a scare last month with the whole malware incident.
  18. Platelet donation. To my brother if it’s needed and possible, a general donation if it isn’t.
  19. Read MacArthur and Wax books and post reviews.
  20. Bloodwork done by Aug 10, so results are back before my doctors appointment the next week.

Do you have any goals for August?

July Goals Review

Yeah, I can’t really believe it’s August either. It’s been a busy month.

So, how did I do? July Goals:

  1. Birthday celebration for G-man!*
  2. Done! In a very very low-key way.

  3. Share photos of the kiddos.
  4. Not done. I blame the malware that made me hesitant to do anything extra on my computer. The pics are all ready to share, except for loading them into the program. I’ll call it half done, because the hard part (selecting the photos) is done.

  5. Menu plan for the month. It was so helpful last time
  6. Done.

  7. Work on the filing mess.
  8. If by “work” five minutes total counts, then yes. Done.

  9. Work on the basement storage mess.
  10. See above, but replace “five” with “thirty.”

  11. Read books for bookclub.
  12. Done done done!

  13. Go to bookclub.
  14. Done! Woo-hoo!

  15. Wine tasting with Jennifer (Riesling!)
  16. Not done. Can I blame her vacation? It does remind me not to pick goals that I don’t have full control over.

  17. Clean out garage freezer. (My adaptation for a pantry challenge)
  18. Half done.

  19. Goodwill run.
  20. Not done.(Hanging my head in shame.)

  21. Buy new sandals.
  22. Not done. I ended up buying shoes for the wedding instead so that I looked somewhat respectable.

  23. Curtains for G’s room. For real this time.
  24. Ha. hahahahaha. So not done.

  25. Talk to Mr. SJ about shelving for kiddos closets.
  26. Talked to him, and there are shelves up! Woo hoo!

  27. Enter books read into Goodreads (get to page 50 of my records)
  28. Up to page 60 something! Woo hoo!

  29. Get my desk cleared off.
  30. It was. Briefly. Until I had some computer issues and now the bills are in a pile waiting for me to be able to get online to pay them.

  31. Anniversary card mailed to my brother & sister-in-law.
  32. Done. On time even. :)

  33. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
  34. Just like the desk, this was done until malware struck.

  35. Work on blog behind-the-scenes stuff. Updates coming soon. :)
  36. Not done, because of creating a blog for my brother instead. That was a higher priority.

  37. Guest room ready for visitors. We’ve got 3 family members coming for a brief visit at the end of the month.
  38. Done! Now I just need to get it re-ready, since our visitors have come and gone.

  39. Updated to add the most important goal for the month: Work on POTTY TRAINING that new 3 year old. It is time.
  40. At the risk of jinxing myself completely, I am going to cautiously say that this is a success.

* He has requested banana cake with chocolate frosting. Actually, he keeps going back and forth between wanting cupcakes and wanting a big cake, so I’m not sure if it’ll end up being cake or cupcakes, but it definitely looks like it’ll be banana and chocolate.
It was banana with whipped-cream as a topping instead of frosting. Because I was out of confectioners sugar to make any other sort of frosting besides whipped-cream. Back when I was doing lots of cake decorating, I thought I bought enough confectioners sugar to last for years. “Years” ended up being two.

How did you do on any July goals you may have had?

July Goals

July Goals:

  1. Birthday celebration for G-man!*
  2. Share photos of the kiddos.
  3. Menu plan for the month. It was so helpful last time
  4. Work on the filing mess.
  5. Work on the basement storage mess.
  6. Read books for bookclub.
  7. Go to bookclub.
  8. Wine tasting with Jennifer (Riesling!)
  9. Clean out garage freezer. (My adaptation for a pantry challenge)
  10. Goodwill run.
  11. Buy new sandals.
  12. Curtains for G’s room. For real this time.
  13. Talk to Mr. SJ about shelving for kiddos closets.
  14. Enter books read into Goodreads (get to page 50 of my records)
  15. Get my desk cleared off.
  16. Anniversary card mailed to my brother & sister-in-law.
  17. Quicken kept up and budget stuff caught up.
  18. Work on blog behind-the-scenes stuff. Updates coming soon. :)
  19. Guest room ready for visitors. We’ve got 3 family members coming for a brief visit at the end of the month.

  • Updated to add the most important goal for the month: Work on POTTY TRAINING that new 3 year old. It is time.
  • * He has requested banana cake with chocolate frosting. Actually, he keeps going back and forth between wanting cupcakes and wanting a big cake, so I’m not sure if it’ll end up being cake or cupcakes, but it definitely looks like it’ll be banana and chocolate.

    Do you have any goals for July?

    June Goals Review

    Yeah, so, I was very ambitious for June, and then June kind of went to pieces. We had my father-in-law unexpectedly stay with us for almost 2 weeks when his mom went into the hospital and they didn’t think she would survive (fortunately the doctor’s were able to get her bleeding under control and she’s recovered enough to leave the hospital). And then I got the devastating news about my brother, which kind of destroyed my motivation to plug away at goals.

    What I’m saying is I didn’t accomplish as much as I hoped as of May 31. We did celebrate baby girl’s first birthday at least. Sort of. (see #7, below)

    June Goals:

    1. Pick up loveseat. Ok, this really is something Mr. SJ needs to do, but it’s a family goal.
    2. Done! And it looks great!

    3. Blog design decisions made and acted upon.
    4. Yeah, not done. I did do some behind-the-scenes work on the blog however, so I guess that’s something.

    5. Enter my books read from 2004-2007 into my Good Reads account.
    6. Had to change the goal since I discovered that my records from pre-2007 weren’t listed by date order. So I’ve got 2007 – 2012 entered, and now I’m in the middle of the B’s. I figured out how many pages I need to knock off from my document to be equivalent to the 3 additional years I’d set as a goal, and I did get that many done, so I’ll call it a success.

    7. Return items to M.
    8. Not done. I don’t know where they’ve gone actually. I blame my son. Fortunately it’s only about $10 total that I’d get back, so at least I’m not out an enormous amount of money if I can’t find it. It’s still enough that it’s irritating.

    9. Make menu plan for month.
    10. Done! And it was very very helpful to have this done in advance.

    11. Decide about wine club with J.
    12. Done! And we were all set to have our first tasting, except the whole “grandma in the hospital and possibly dying” made me want to postpone it. Hopefully next month we’ll get to taste the Rieslings.

    13. Birthday planned & executed for baby H (She turns ONE later this month. Where did the time go??)
    14. Um, done? We had cupcakes. I forgot to bring out her gifts. Again, upheaval at the time. At least she doesn’t care. :)
      birthday cupcake 3

    15. Pray every day. Length of time does not matter, but I’m working on getting the habit more firmly established (i.e., DOING IT, instead of just thinking about prayer, or reading about prayer.) Every Day. No excuses.
    16. Done. The advantage of all the health-crises and my good friend’s frequent facebook prayer requests updates regarding the fires in Colorado this month is that it was very very easy for me to remember and do this.

    17. Assemble lamp for play room, and swap out current lamp into G’s bedroom.
    18. Done. On the 30th, because I didn’t want to have to admit to not doing it.

    19. Get (and hang) curtains in G’s room. Dark ones. Ones that will hopefully help him sleep later.
    20. So not done.

    21. Quicken & budget backlog caught up.
    22. Half done. The Quicken part anyway.

    23. Share kid’s pictures. Apparently if I don’t list it, it doesn’t happen.
    24. Done! Hooray!

    25. Hang entryway mirror.
    26. Done! Well, technically Mr. SJ did it, but I had to ask him to do it.

    27. Mail my dad his father’s day card. I am so bad about remembering to put cards in the mail. Hopefully seeing it on my goals list will help it to get done!
    28. Done! And the card made him laugh.

    29. Mail graduation cards to the cousins-in-law
    30. Not mailed, but hand delivered in the hospital when everyone gathered for grandma, so it counts.

    31. Plant flowers.
    32. Done! And surprisingly, they are still alive. This drought is awful.

    33. Work on filing mess. (Yes, putting this on again because it’s still not completed.)
    34. Done only because of my cheaty phrasing. I think I filed two papers total for the month.

    35. Work on basement storage mess of clothes and toys. (Getting smart this month.)
    36. Also done only because of the cheating phrasing. I spent maybe 30 minutes total down there all month.

    37. Ask R for help with domain registration & try to get it straightened out.
    38. Didn’t ask, but I got it fixed. Hooray! I figured it out myself! And it’s transferred to a new registrar, who will hopefully be better. :)

    Ok, so looking back at it apparently I accomplished more than I realized. I just don’t feel like I did, probably because I spent so little time on the basement mess, and also filing.

    If you set goals for June, how did you do on meeting them?

    June Goals

    June Goals:

    1. Pick up loveseat. Ok, this really is something Mr. SJ needs to do, but it’s a family goal.
    2. Blog design decisions made and acted upon.
    3. Enter my books read from 2004-2007 into my Good Reads account.
    4. Return items to M.
    5. Make menu plan for month.
    6. Decide about wine club with J.
    7. Birthday planned & executed for baby H (She turns ONE later this month. Where did the time go??)
    8. Pray every day. Length of time does not matter, but I’m working on getting the habit more firmly established (i.e., DOING IT, instead of just thinking about prayer, or reading about prayer.) Every Day. No excuses.
    9. Assemble lamp for play room, and swap out current lamp into G’s bedroom.
    10. Get (and hang) curtains in G’s room. Dark ones. Ones that will hopefully help him sleep later.
    11. Quicken & budget backlog caught up.
    12. Share kid’s pictures. Apparently if I don’t list it, it doesn’t happen.
    13. Hang entryway mirror.
    14. Mail my dad his father’s day card. I am so bad about remembering to put cards in the mail. Hopefully seeing it on my goals list will help it to get done!
    15. Mail graduation cards to the cousins-in-law
    16. Plant flowers.
    17. Work on filing mess. (Yes, putting this on again because it’s still not completed.)
    18. Work on basement storage mess of clothes and toys. (Getting smart this month.)
    19. Ask R for help with domain registration & try to get it straightened out.

    Lots of goals, but it includes some cheaty goals, and many that should be pretty easy. Listing them just helps keep me accountable to do them, because I don’t want to have to admit to not completing them.

    I expect the hardest ones to be the prayer one (consistency is not one of my strengths), and the curtains. More shopping. Decorating decisions. Hanging something on the wall. Ugh, ugh, and ugh.

    (Oh, and next month I should have my goals post up earlier in the month. Due to changing how I posted the review & new goals, this post got pushed back more than I want in the future.)

    What are your goals for June?

    May Goals Review

    Changing things up, because posting the goals review and new goals in one post was leading to crazy long posts. Like the original draft for the combined post this month was 1000 words. Yikes.

    My May Goals Were:

    1. Get address mess fixed with T Rowe Price
      Done! Ended up being easier than expected.
    2. Decide cars we want to test drive (maybe take some test drives while Mother-in-Law is here?)
      Done! And we’ve driven a few. We still need to decide what exactly we want (SUV/Minivan), but if we want a minivan, we know which one we like the best. If we go with an SUV, we have some others we’d like to drive before settling on a model.
    3. Outgrown kids clothes sorted and stowed. Other kids stuff in the basement organized.
      Sort of done? Done-ish? If I’d said “work on sorting & stowing clothes I could happily say that I hit my goal. Alas, I did not, so I have to just say that I made progress.
    4. Work on filing mess. (Yes, putting this on again because it’s still not completed.)
      Done! But only because of my phrasing. I worked on it, but still more to do. (Maybe because I only worked on it for about 10 minutes this month. Haha.)
    5. Straighten out domain registration confusion, and cancel old blog hosting.
      I am conceding that I need help with this, and will be asking Mr. SJ to see if he can figure out what is going on. So, not done, but a decision has been made that will hopefully help it to soon be done.

    And I hadn’t originally listed it as a goal, but because it took so much time I’d like to acknowledge that I did a bunch of clothes shopping, for me and the kids, and I got us (mostly) set for summer. I’d still like to get G another pair of denim shorts, and I’d like a new pair of sandals for myself, but neither are essential.

    This is a big deal because of how much I hate shopping, and how hard it is to do it with the kids.

    If you set goals for May, how did you do with them?

    May Reading Review and June Reading Goals

    May Reading Goals:

    1. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God Absolutely loved it. I thought he succeeded admirably in his stated goal “to give both married and unmarried people a vision for what marriage is according to the Bible.” It is not a light read by any stretch of the imagination, and each chapter required close attention to fully appreciate.

      I especially appreciated how gospel-centered the book is, and how it shows how every aspect of marriage should be rooted in the gospel: “It is the message that what husbands should do for their wives is what Jesus did to bring us into union with himself. . . This is the secret—that the gospel of Jesus and marriage explain one another. That when God invented marriage, he already had the saving work of Jesus in mind”

      I also really liked how the book addressed common contemporary responses to and thoughts about marriage such as “marriage is just a piece of paper,” “you should marry your soul mate,” or “marriage is oppressive to women.”

      Overall I thought it was an excellent book, and I recommend it highly.

    2. Mean Moms Rule: Why Doing the Hard Stuff Now Creates Good Kids Later Didn’t read: got another parenting book from the library that was going to be due soon, so this one got pushed back (the tyranny of the library).
    3. The Wine Club: A Month-by-Month Guide to Learning About Wine with Friends Finished and thought it was an excellent introduction to different types of wine. It also made me very excited to want to form a wine club, and a friend and I are thinking about doing just that.
    4. The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies) Did not finish. Didn’t even start. This one was on a “to be read” list of mine that I found, and on a whim I added it to my library reserve list. Then when I went back to refresh my memory on the first in the series, I remembered that I didn’t like the first one, so why would I spend my reading time on the second? I quickly put it back into the library returns stack.
    5. Les Misérables Read some of it, but didn’t finish it. It is so long, and my motivation to finish it took a nose dive when I realized I won’t be able to go to the bookclub meeting where it will be discussed.

    Not on my original list, but I also finished:

    1. Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My LifeAn inspiring memoir, written after O’Kelly had received the diagnosis of inoperable, terminal brain cancer giving him between 3-6 months left to live.

      I admired how he faced his new reality squarely, determined to live out his remaining days in the best way possible. He wanted to die the best death possible, and that led him on a quest to fill what time he had left with as many “perfect moments” as possible.

      I liked how he got me thinking about how I would spend my time, if I only had 100 days left to live. What would I prioritize, and what would I ignore? And what should I take from that for my current life, where I’m not under a known time limit. He also acknowledged that most people can’t live like they only have 100 days left; if you’re probably going to live for decades, there are some sacrifices that you’ve got to make today that you wouldn’t if you were in your final days. Striking the right balance between living for today, as if it might be one of your last, and making choices and decisions for the future, as if you might live for decades more, is something I’ve thought a lot about before, and this only made me consider it more.

    2. In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes and Stories About the Food You Love Loved reading this – it’s more like a combined memoir and cookbook. Each chapter has an introductory story, and each recipe has the story of how it developed. Most of the savory dishes don’t tempt me, but even when it was for something I don’t want to eat, I enjoyed reading the story behind it.
    3. Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life Liked it, but didn’t love it. I enjoyed the true memoir bits the most, but there were also details about allergies in general and their history that I didn’t feel was well integrated, and instead it felt like “and now here’s an intermission with your history facts.” I love history, I love random facts, but I didn’t like how it all flowed.
    4. The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition) I’ve never wanted to homeschool following the classical method, but this book make me reconsider. Actually, this book got me excited and wishing my kids were older so we could jump right into it. It’s a huge book, yes, but Bauer is an engaging author and much of the book is very skimmable because it’s got so much reference information.
    5. Simple Secrets to a Happy Life Reviewed here
    6. Write It Down, Make It Happen Very repetitive, with mostly anecdotal examples of people who succeeded in writing it down and making it happen (or having it happen to them.) I felt like I’ve read the ideas before, presented in a better, more compelling manner.
    7. Raising Your Spirited Child Rev Ed: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic Thought it was so helpful, I’m about to buy the book so my husband can read it too (the library copy had to go back). I really wish it had been edited more tightly however; I think it could have been cut down by abut 25% without losing anything of real significance, and it would make it much easier for people who don’t like to read to get through it.
    8. Bloggers Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog Should have added the word “News” into the title, because that’s what the book is really about, building, writing, and running a successful NEWS blog. If you’re not a news blogger, you’re not really a blogger in their opinion; you’re a diarist at best. I found their tone off-putting, and I wish the title had matched the contents. This is not a general blogger’s guide.
    9. And I also started but did not finish Hidden Children of the Holocaust: Belgian Nuns and their Daring Rescue of Young Jews from the Nazis. I hated her dry writing style, and the way it was structured. I wanted to like the book, because it fills in a gap in Holocaust literature (English language at least; I can’t speak for what might be available in other languages), but I was extremely disappointed, and would not recommend it.

    June Reading Goals:

    1. The Magic of Thinking Big
    2. Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques 100 Recipes A Cook’s Manifesto
    3. Telling God’s Story: A Parents’ Guide to Teaching the Bible (Telling God’s Story)
    4. Food Blogging For Dummies

    And, a notice: Because my monthly book review/goal posts are so long, I’m going to try something new in June. I’m going to have a weekly books post with smaller reviews of the books I finished the previous week. I may go back to how I’m doing it now, but I’ll see how June goes.

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