If 2020 has taught me anything it is that I have much less control over my life than I could fathom. Without further ado, my somewhat boring goals for 2021!
1. Build proper storage in our garage &/or attic (to finally get the
stuff junk out of all our closets)
Most of June the garage was a mess of boxes as we got baby stuff & did a kitchen renovation. By the end of the month I cleared out all the kitchen boxes & we have much more space BUT it is super high on Will’s list to move the garage from a storage container to actually functioning. We want to be able to park at least 1 car in there, have his tools organized, & keep workout equipment neatly.
2. Travel outside the state of Florida at least once.
I mean I really don’t need to keep answering this, do I? lol
I also originally thought this *might* happen over winter break but it seems like Will is not jamming with my idea to take a 5 month old on a plane. . .ya know during a recovering pandemic. I mean, really? What could go wrong? lol But I think I can convince him to take a trip to see family over spring break. *fingers crossed*
3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
I actually slack a bit with this while home, which is odd. Mostly because my glass water bottle is not big enough and needs constant filling. Why glass you ask? Because my husband likes to do research on chemical leaching and doesn’t want me drinking out of any other material.
For the record, I keep a plastic bottle with a lid and straw on my nightstand. I told him that was a nonnegotiable: a) I don’t want to knock over glass at 3 am b) a straw is wayyyy easier to drink out of in the wee hours than a regular cup in bed.
4. Spend an average less than $650/month on groceries.
So this month is weird because we started a kitchen demo the second week of June. Therefore we ate out/grabbed quick food a lot more until that was done.
Week 1, June 1-6
- On list:
- $124.40 at Winn-Dixie
- Off list:
- $12.47 at Winn-Dixie
Week 2, June 7-13
- On list:
- $44.92 at Publix
- Off list:
- $19.78 at Publix (olive oil & a veggie/fruit smoothie drink were both BOGO)
- $41.42 at Publix (this trip was pretty much me shopping with my eyes on BOGO sales)
Week 3, June 14-20
- On list:
- $60.69 at Target (we had an EMPTY fridge & still ongoing kitchen renovation but I just needed to buy some random things to be able to eat something. . .anything)
- Off list:
- $21.15 at Target (just a couple of random snack items & things to stock my breastfeeding cart)
Week 4, June 21-30 (3 extra days)
- On list:
- $136.79 at Publix (La Croix was buy 2 get 1 free & I jumped on that deal, plus I had some pricer items to buy this trip)
- $18.79 at Publix (food to get us through the weekend)
- $139.30 at Winn-Dixie (buying snacks that are ready to go AND low glycemic index for my gestational diabetes is expensive & exhausting)
- $4.49 at Winn-Dixie (so my morning fasting sugar has been higher than I wanted & an acquaintance, who is a nurse, told me a snickers ice cream bar before bed helped her, idiotic I know. Well they were BOGO so I got 2 boxes to test it out – no impact.)
- Off list:
- $2.50 at Publix (just a BOGO high protein dark chocolate drink that doesn’t spike my sugar)
- $2.50 at Publix (yes, I bought that delicious drink AGAIN!)
- $22.98 at Winn-Dixie (the party pack of Cafe Bustelo was on sale & a frozen lobster bisque, both for Will)
- Monthly Grand Total On List: $524.29
- Monthly Grand Total Off List: $122.80
- MONTH GRAND TOTAL: $652.18
*The snickers bar purchase pushed me riiiiight over my goal. Damn.
5. Write 2 art history blog posts a month.
No. Too much going on! Baby, kitchen demo, school stuff, pregnant body.
6. Keep my potted herbs alive (& maybeeee add more green things to my backyard).
Sooo 4 out of 6 are totally dead. Unable to be resurrected. What got me this month: heavy afternoon rains that was too much for my little pots & ummm me just forgetting they exist.
7. Use my slow cooker at least every other week.
I’m really bad at this over summer just because I make meals more ” on the fly.”
- Week 1, June 1-6: no
- Week 2, June 7-13: no
- Week 3, June 14-20: no – kitchen renovation
- Week 4, June 21-27: no – kitchen renovation
- Week 5: June 28-30: negative
8. Go for a jog or long walk every week.
So I got diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (just add it to the growing medical shit list) which means I now need to go on walks or be active for about 20 minutes after every meal.
- Week 1, June 1-6: short neighborhood walk
- Week 2, June 7-13: 5 mile walk with a friend + walks after meals
- Week 3, June 14-20: lots of little walks now that I have gestational diabetes
- Week 4, June 21-27: lots of little walks + a 3 mile walk with a pregnant friend
- Week 5: June 28-30: mostly after dinner walks
9. Practice yoga at least twice a month.
- Prenatal Modified Flow (only got to do 22 minutes because then the construction crew came to do our kitchen)
The local hospital has FREE yoga classes Monday nights so I started going to those. :))) Gotta love free, especially considering how many health bills we are paying this year.
- June 21
10. Read at least 5 books classified as “classic literature.”
Working on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius in short spurts as I sit in doctors offices.
- Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
11. Grow my emergency savings account to at least $5,000.
At the end of the month my emergency savings account was at: $2,675.72 (+$28.10 from last month – I only put in my Bank of America cash back roll over)
*Note: don’t fret, this is not our *only* emergency/retirement/slush fund account; it’s just the one tied to my personal bank account. Between Will & I we have 2 Roth IRA accounts, 1 investment retirement account, 1 pension account, 2 checking accounts at 2 different banks, 2 savings at two different banks, & our mortgage/tax escrow account.
12. Vacuum at least once a week.
- Week 1, June 1-6: no
- Week 2, June 7-13: Will did (woot woot)
- Week 3, June 14-20: so much vacuuming with the kitchen renovation going on
- Week 4, June 21-27: more vacuuming with kitchen renovation
- Week 5: June 28-30: since I can’t really walk in the midday heat after lunch, I vacuum instead
13. Focus on working out my arms more.
I’ve been moving a ton of boxes with the kitchen renovation & nursery/house decor.
14. √ Finish our patio decorating.
15. Spend an average of LESS than an hour and a half on my phone per day.
Ok so I may have made this too ambitious for this stage of my life. I am a solid average 2.5 hours a day. I think a lot of that is pregnancy related (texting friends, social media support groups & research). I am really going to try again in August, after the baby is born.
16. Buy no books (unless I have a gift card of course).
I bought ZERO books but I did receive baby books (& a book for me) at our baby shower.
17. Do no school work on Sunday.
In summer, the days blend together a bit more but I do want to make an effect to have Sundays “set apart.” Will is not so good at this, I think he prefers the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday. 🙂
- Week 1, June 1-6: I ended up doing an hour of work today on a lesson plan I was dying to finish
- Week 2, June 7-13: Nope – baby shower weekend 🙂
- Week 3, June 14-20: none
- Week 4, June 21-27: negative
- Week 5: June 28-30: nope – I do really need to get onto my AP World History maternity plans though!
18. Call someone out of the blue to chat at least once a month.
As is the trend: people call me.
19. Finish decorating our two extra bedrooms.
The guest bedroom is pretty much done; all we need to do is get the closet more empty & find a desk chair. The big stuff in the nursery is done but I still need to get a few decor items:
- Shelves for books
- Decorative shelves for above the dresser/changing table
- A crucifix
- Maybe a rug (probably should get a rug)
20. Organize an intentional date with my hubby once a month.
Our 5th wedding anniversary was June 11th so we went out to a nice dinner. I even bought a new dress for the occasion!
21. Start a family.
Some days I can’t believe I’m in the homestretch of this pregnancy. I still feel really great (with the exception of 2 ER visits for my heart condition, blood clotting disorder, & gestational diabetes. . .). The nursery is almost done, the major hospital classes are done and now we just have to tie up a few loose ends before baby is here. Lemme tell you though, I sooo don’t feel “ready” but like who does?
- I wish I was the 99%
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