My January Goals

A recap on how my December goals have progressed:

  • Make homemade soup (I don’t know why this appeals to me, I hate to cook. And after the first attempt, I will probably be over my desire for homemade soup…)—Does it count if Husband made the soup? It was delicious! I can’t wait for another batch =)
  • Wrap gifts early (I’m usually pretty good at this, but I still put it on the list, because I know how some years go…but I want to be able to enjoy the look of presents under the tree BEFORE Christmas Day when they all go away)—Check!
  • Research the 12 Days of Christmas (Husband and I are considering adding this to our repertoire of traditions)—I mostly did this, but more research will come next year…
  • Finish sewing curtains (I have several curtains that were purchased frugally, but have no backing to provide a layer of insulation in the winter, so I’m adding it myself.)—Half way done, I finished 2 out of 4.
  • Make a gingerbread house (a new tradition Husband and I began the first Christmas we were dating =)—Check!
  • Take the light rail into Norfolk to visit “the big mall” and little shops before Christmas—Check!
  • Make Christmas cookies! (I might have to limit this, last year I made far too many for us to eat, I had too many to even give away!)—Check! And I even limited myself to ONE kind of cookie, much more apropos =)
  • Take time to relax, read, and just enjoy (Reading list: Little Women and Miracle on 34th Street, which was a delightful find from a used book store in Norfolk)—Check! And I even finished both books
  • Decorate carefully and joyfully—Check and check!
  • Streamline cleaning process on Saturdays (should it really take me 5-6 hours to clean my house?)—Made progress, but still working on this…
  • Finish my last graduate course well.—CHECK!!! Can you tell how glad I am that it is finished?
  • Attend yoga class at least once a week (it seems to be making a big difference in number of tension headaches I always get, so I’m definitely becoming a fan!)—Mostly check.
  • Enjoy Christmas.—Definite check!
  • January

    Okay, now on to January goals, starting with a few carry-overs:

  • Finish sewing curtains.
  • Streamline cleaning process on Saturdays.
  • Organize Christmas items as I put them away.
  • Make time to play with Gidget and Fidget every night.
  • Hang picture frames in master bedroom (everything was taken off the walls when I painted…in September).
  • Find a rare warm evening to take a bike ride! (For Christmas, I bought Husband headlights and taillights for our bikes…)
  • Re-budget…things change, time for the budget to change too.
  • Visit family in the Washington DC area. (We really, really want to get out of Va Beach for a weekend!)
  • Officially join our church as members. (Looking forward to this one!)
  • Make significant progress on thesis project (I will probably need to define significant…)
  • Do some financial organizing (as in closing accounts, transferring funds, etc.).
  • License horse trailer!
  • Budget for England. (What, didn’t I tell you I’m going to England??)
  • Make time for manicures, even if I am doing them myself.
  • Read, and read some more. (Currently working on Cranford, by Elizabeth Gaskell.)
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