Today is my Friday & I’m not mad about it. I hope you’re getting some time off this weekend, too!
I like keeping my seasonal goals separated, but I’m going to combined bucket list items for spring and summer because these two season are very bleh to me and melt together in my head anyway.
Here’s my list for spring and summer:
Go to a major or minor league baseball game
Visit the farmers market at least twice
Go on anniversary trip to Gettysburg*
Go to country summer concert with friends (K.Chesney, Old Dominion, T. Rhett)
Go to summer concert with K (Jimmy Eat World)
Finish cleaning stuff out of M&D’s basement
Finish purging unnecessary stuff
Have a garage sale at new house!
Go to the outdoor rootbeer stand (Fundays)
Go to Trumpet in the Land (outdoor play)*
Follow 5 new blogs
Set up home office
Set up basement workout space
Scrapbook & finish year 3*
Paint the bedroom
MAKE SOME DAMN ICE CREAM
Seriously, though. I need to make some flipping ice cream or give it all up and sell the machine. (#pathetic) The asterisks denote items on my 30×30 list. Some of these are guaranteed like Gettysburg and the concerts.
All of these are doable & hopefully I can check off some tasks that have been on the list for a while. What are your plans for the warm weather months?
I know I’m backward, but I hate spring because it means fall & winter are over. Go ahead, crucify me or whatever. Occasionally I dream about driving with the windows down along sunny back roads, but usually I prefer the changing leaves and falling snow.
Whatever. It’s over now. All you beach babes get your weather back. *sigh* 😉
We had a pretty wonderful winter. I made progress on moving stuff out of my parents’ basement and I’ve been working on putting my office together. I can’t really scrapbook until I have a space (my office) so that goal was a little ambitious.
When I say “make ice cream” I mean in the machine that we were gifted for my bridal shower +5 years ago. I did put the bowl in the freezer to chill it a few weeks ago so you could say I’ve made progress…? Probably not, though.
Someday we’ll get the house painted… ha.
What goals or fun bucket list items did you check off this winter? I’m sharing my spring & summer goals closer to the end of the month. Right now they’re still calling for snow in my neck of the woods. (YAY!)
Hello, my name is Audrey and I am a goal-fudger. I make them, I feel good about them, & then I remove all pressure to actually achieve them.
(Oops, sorry. Insert obligatory “Welcome to 2018” sentence here.)
Ok, back to goals. My lackadaisical attitude is definitely a coping mechanism to avoid failing or feeling overwhelmed, but it’s also a piss-poor way to meet goals. So I’m going to start holding myself a little more accountable. With my morning confession out of the way, let’s get to the goals…
Drink 64 oz. of water a day.
I know this should already be a thing but it’s not with me. (Is the key number still 64?) Honestly, I barely get one glass of water in my body a day, let alone 64 ounces. Coffee, tea, and wine probably make up 90% of my blood right meow.
Read 50 books in 2018. And complete one of Erin’s Challenges.
No more excuses. I like to read, I have so many unread books, I own a library card.
This was on my list for 2017 and I tactfully avoided it. I have a unique set of skills.
Annnnywaaaay… we have gym memberships and we didn’t use them ONCE in 2017. Pathetic.
Keep up with meal planning.
This was probably the only 2017 goal that I held myself to, although selling the house and moving really threw us off for a few months. No excuses like that this year 🙂
Practice kindness, patience, grace, and peace.
I am a fiery person and I’m proud of that. I enjoy discussing politics and voicing my opinion and standing up for the right people and critters and causes. I also think that I try to extend patience and kindness in new situations or to those in need. On the flip side, I can be extremely harsh and grumpy and snide to those closest to me, particularly K and my mom. I’d like to start curbing the snark and allowing myself to be a little sweeter and vulnerable with my loved ones. I know that sounds silly and backward, but it’s how I’ve operated all my life and I’m looking for a serious attitude overhaul 😉
First and foremost, happy ADOPT-A-VERSARY TO OUR BABIES! Five years ago today we brought Lylee home from a friend who couldn’t keep her. K and I were unmarried, I’d just finished college, and we were living separately- me in my parents’ basement. A year later (totally unintentional) we brought Enzo home from a rescue. We’d been married for 7 months and just bought our first home. We were living so differently than when we got Ly. Now, half a decade later, life is so, so different. It’s very strange to look back. I stand by my declaration that bringing Ly and Enzo into our lives are two of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
Guys, if you can, adopt a dog. You’ll save a life and gain a best friend ❤︎
Originally these were two separate posts, but I’ve decided to combine them and link up with Kristen and Gretch. Also, I’d like to petition to start “winter” around the end of November. December 21st is just too late.
Find a walk route in the new neighborhood with pups
Get a few rooms in the house decorated
Living roomEhh, it’s mostly done. Stuff needs hung.
Master bedroom Still needs painted & artwork.
My office Needs a miracle. Woof.
Get 25% of my Xmas shopping done by the end of Oct.
Visit an apple orchard
Bake a new fall cookie No cookies but two different cupcake recipes!
Drink some apple cider
Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Beetlejuice
Find cute booties (*part of 30×30 list) Yaaaas!
Take a dog or two on a hike (*part of 30×30 list) Happening this month w/ E!
Scrapbook. Even a little bit. Just get something done… lol *office in shambles
Dog park with E (in Columbus)
Homemade ice cream, damn it *face palm*
Only made it to one festival but I’m ok with that. Our annual Halloween Party went well 🙂 I visited a nursery with my mom, but bought nothing. Then my mother-in-law gifted me some mums for my birthday. I think that means I can check that off. I bought straw and pumpkins the day we signed on the house! Then my brother and sister-in-law carved them with me the night before our party 🙂
Overall I think I accomplished enough. Fall was really hectic and stressful for me this year. I didn’t enjoy it and, while I’m sad about that, I think it’s good to recognize that I overloaded myself and put too much pressure on me/us. We’ve slid into winter much more slowly and delicately.
As of now, I’m starting on my winter to-do list ❄️
Order / address / send Christmas cards
Girls’ trip with my ladies*
Weekend shopping trip with Mom
Finish all the Christmas shopping
Make some big decisions regarding the business
Complete 50% of my Christmas Movie List
Trim the tree and finish decorating the house
Post some kind of home tour/Christmas tour of house
Make some Christmas cutout cookies
Do something fun in the snow! (sledding, build a snowman, etc.)
Come up with some 2018 goals/resolutions/a word
Start planning something for our 5 year anniversary (April 2018)
Get all our stuff out of M&D’s basement
Got through that stuff and purge all that we can live without
I won’t lie… my Christmas cards have been sent, my girls’ trip is happening this weekend in a remote cabin in southern Ohio, and my mom and I have already done our shopping trip (which I’m hoping becomes an annual thing). Whatever, man. Sometimes you need a few surefire things when it comes to goals and checklists.
Will I ever make ice cream in my ice cream maker? Only time will tell.
Before I begin… Today, four years ago, we moved into our house 🙂
Also, Happy Birthday to my cousin Sam!
On to some fall time goodness…
I’m always more motivated this time of year and it’s reflected in my goals and seasonal bucket list. (Last year I killed it.) This year I’m combining everything into one list and I’m going to be more specific and intentional with each goal 🎃
Go to at least two fall festivals (examples below)
Yankee Peddler Sept. 9 & 10, 16 & 17, or 23 & 24
Swiss Festival Sept. 29 & 30
Atwood Area Fall Festival Oct. 6, 7, & 8
Move into the new house! (We close the first week of Oct.)
Host our annual Halloween Party! (This is year it’s more housewarming and less costume. I know, I’m sad about it, too.)
Visit a nursery and get some mums for the front porch
Get a bay of straw for the front porch (Sidenote: You should always buy straw for decorations. Hay is food for animals.)
Recap: I sucked… Most of the things I crossed off were already in the works when I made the list. Also, Ly and Enz got a bunch of time at the dog park thanks to open houses and showings so…. I feel like that counts as “an adventure.”
Clean junk out of basement & utility room(Yay house-selling!)
Get spare bedroom clean and de-cluttered
Wash cushion slips
Wipe down fans, baseboards, etc.
Go for a bike ride once a week
Go putt-putting/mini-golfing(With the fam, but not as a date with K)
Tackle three books per month(…ish)
Clean out/update my Spotify playlists
Finish Year 3 scrapbook
Order pics for year 4
Recap: Slightly better than the bucket list. Opening the house to strangers forced me to clean a lot.
For being an insane season at work and selling the house (twice), I feel ok about those goals. Plus, we all know I’m not that tough on myself anyway with these. *shrug*
What’re you hoping to accomplish this fall? How’d you do over the summer?
Hiii (*waves nervously*) Let’s kick this off with the confession that I am not a foodie or a chef or a professional meal planner. I’m a newbie who still let’s the milk go bad and forgets to use the bananas before they’re squishy and grey.
Alright. Now that my credentials are out of the way…
*In between starting this post and finish it I went through our pasta cabinet and threw out so much expired food. Pasta, graham crackers, panko breading. Not a few months expired… years. Please note: All of that was purchase pre-meal planning. #oops
Toward the end of last year I started meal planning for our family of two. At the start of 2017 I made the lax resolution to meal plan every week. Surprisingly, I’m actually carrying this out with moderate success. A fellow blogger (Carolann, I think?) suggested I talk about my methods. So I thought, ‘Sure! Why not?!’
To be frank, I’m not even 100% sure I do this right. Critique me if you feel so inclined. I have thick skin; I can handle it.
Pick three meals for the week.
Three?? But Audrey! Surely you’ll starve!
Fear not, my friends. We utilize the luxury of takeout and/or dining out at least once a week. (*cough*still working on budgeting*cough*)
Honestly, though. On Fridays we’re usually out with my parents and on Sundays we typically have dinner at my grandparents. Mix in one night of take out and fill that fourth night with leftovers and we’ve got three days left for home cooked meals.
… perhaps I’m not so qualified to write this post.
Stick with me, friends. Pick three meals from anywhere. I usually search Pinterest. Sometimes it’s not a recipe meal- sometimes it’s just burgers and veggies on the grill. It doesn’t matter… it still counts.
Ok. Got your three meals? I’m going to play along here and pick three, too.
Steak & veggies on the grill (+ mashed red potatoes left over from meal #1)
Make a grocery list with the ingredients you don’t have.
Now double check your kitchen for the ingredients you might actually have, but you put on the list anyway because you weren’t sure and you were too lazy to go look in the cabinet to check. (Oh. Just me? ) Cross those ones off.
Go grocery shopping. I prefer Sunday afternoons because for some reason it’s a ghost town at the market but everything is all stocked for the week.
Obviously if there’s an afternoon NASCAR race this gets bumped to Monday night (which becomes the takeout night).
Prep stuff if you feel so inclined.
Often I do not.
This is a good time to figure out WHEN you’re eating your meals. I don’t like to keep asparagus or steak too long so we’ll have those on Monday or Tuesday. If we don’t plan to make something until the weekend or we get busy and have to skip a meal I throw the appropriate meat in the freezer.
Boom Bang Ba-Da-Done.
Some amateur tips:
if you never go out to eat plan for four nights
if you have a super busy week aim for two nights and make enough for leftovers
this doesn’t include lunch… and if you eat leftovers for lunch, go with 4 meals
make that Chicken Fajita Pasta… you won’t regret it
Was that even helpful…? Hahaha. Honestly, I never meal planned before this year but now that I do it’s pretty easy to stick with. This is probably a good gateway to meal prepping, too, but I don’t wanna demand too much of myself…
So tell me… do you meal plan? If so, what am I doing wrong? 🙂 If you don’t plan does this make you want to…?