Monday, September 8, 2008
I figured this is a good time to work on the boys' baby books because Will has done a lot of things for the first time in the past week or so: he started army crawling, is getting his first two teeth, and started clapping and waving bye bye. Jackson's baby book is pretty incomplete, with a lot of his milestones either missing, or just with the month and year. And sadly, I've done even less with Will's. Growing up, I always loved looking through my baby book, so I want to get them done for the boys so they can have the same experience.
The monthly goals I have left are: going on a date with DH, taking a family picture, and taking a video of the boys. There is a surprise party for a co-worker on Saturday, so provided we can find a babysitter, that will be our date.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
1) The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
2) Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics' Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders and Elusive Olympic Dreams by Jennifer Sey
3) The Best Day of Someone Else's Life by Kerry Reichs
4)Such a Pretty Fatby Jen Lancaster
Finished September 20, 2008.
5) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
6)A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow by Tim Brookes
7)Schooled by Anisha Lakhani
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I've been frustrated on and off this summer because I've been getting my ass kicked in boot camp and not really losing any weight. But when I see that I can do things I never could have done when I first started, I feel a lot more encouraged.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
One of my goals is to visit at least 10 new restaurants. One plus of this town is that we have a lot of unique restaurants with great food. I am happy to say I tried my first new restaurant today! My friend Jen and I went to lunch, and I had seen this place downtown for awhile, but never been there. Recently someone told me it had good food, so I suggested we try it.
The restaurant was Le Gourmandise Bistro.
I had the Downtown Roast Beef sandwich, which was phenomenal! It had big slices of roast beef, not the thin-sliced deli kind, and an avocado spread. It was filling and delicious. Jen had the Spring Vegetable wrap and said that it was good as well, with vegetables she wouldn't expect, like peas and green beans.
The best part of the lunch? Jen told me she has filled out all the paper work and gotten the ball rolling to adopt a child! I know it's something she has thought about for awhile, so I'm thrilled that it's all started to happen for her!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Start Date: August 18, 2008
End Date: May 16, 2011
Goals in progress
1) Get LASIK surgery
2) Get a full physical
3) Lose 10 pounds
4) Lose 20 pounds
5) Run a 5K in under 30 minutes
6) Eat at home for 30 days (0/30)
7) Stop talking negatively about weight, mine or anyone else’s, for 30 days (0/30)
8) Run a half marathon
9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for 30 days (0/30)
10) Do 25 consecutive “boy” pushups.
11) Do 100 crunches every day for 30 days (0/30)
12) Floss for 30 days (0/30)
13) Be in bed by 10:30 pm for 30 days (0/30)
14) Take vitamins for 30 days (0/30)
15) Eat vegetarian for an entire week
16) Start contributing to DH’s 401K
17) Pay off credit card
18) Pay off my student loan
19) Save a dollar each day of the challenge (12/1001)
20) Create a budget and adjust monthly
21) Buy a new home
22) Have 100 “no spend” days (1/100)
23) Read Dave Ramsey book and complete workbook
24) Order credit report and correct any mistakes
25) Find out credit score
26) Try sushi
27) Try 10 new restaurants (1/10)
28) Watch AFI’s 10 Top 10 Movies: (0/100)
29) Submit a postcard to PostSecret
30) Have a professional bra fitting and buy six matching bra/panty sets
31) Design a blog to track progress on this list and update weekly (1/143)
32) Enter and win a contest
33) Keep a one sentence journal for 365 days (0/365)
34) Stop swearing for 30 days (0/30)
35) Buy good make up
36) Wear a skirt once a week for a month (0/4)
37) Take a hot air balloon ride
38) Finish a New York Times crossword---even if it’s Monday’s!
39) Watch all the movies we own that I haven’t seen
40) Implement Internet-free Sundays for 1 month (0/4)
41) Buy and fill out a new address book
42) Have a meal at a restaurant alone
43) Renew passport
44) Make 10 recipes including an ingredient I’ve never used before (0/10)
45) Try 10 new beers (0/10)
46) Buy a pair of shoes that costs at least $50
47) Do not complain about anything for an entire day
48) Listen to my entire ITunes library on shuffle without skipping
49) Get a bikini wax
50) Spend an entire day reading
51) Spend an entire day watching movies
Family & Friends
52) Go on a date with my husband at least once a month (0/33)
53) Take a family picture every month (0/33)
54) Go on a winery tour with friends
55) Play hooky with DH
56) Get a family portrait taken
57) Use the video camera to record the boys at least once a month (0/33)
58) Take a picture with the boys every month (0/33)
59) Take the boys to the Indianapolis Zoo and Children’s Museum
60) Take Jackson to the circus
61) Go golfing with Mark
62) Take Jackson to a baseball game
63) Read one of Mark’s favorite books
64) Send a card, letter, or email to someone I haven’t talked to in awhile once a month (0/33)
65) Take the boys to fly a kite
66) Take a family trip
67) Take the boys to the state fair
Giving to Others:
68) Join the National Bone Marrow Program
69) Donate blood at least ten times (0/10)
70) Become a volunteer for Special Olympics
71) Pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru
72) Pay for the meal of a young family in a restaurant
73) Put flowers on someone’s grave I don’t know
74) Send flowers for no reason
75) Donate 101 items (0/101)
76) Compliment someone every day for 30 days ( 0/30)
77) Throw someone a surprise party
78) Bake something for the elderly next door neighbor and take the boys to deliver it
79) Donate 50,000 grains of rice on www.freerice.com (680/50,000)
Get It Together:
80) Get our wills written
81) Finish the boys’ baby books
82) Finish recipe blog
83) Get rid of all clothes I have not worn in a year
84) Clean out filing cabinet
85) Get my car detailed
86) Get duvet professionally cleaned
Learn Something New!
87) Mow the lawn
88) Learn how to make an omelette
89) Take a photography class
90) Take a math class
91) Learn Spanish conversationally
92) Read 200 books (0/200)
93) Plant and maintain a vegetable garden
94) Make a meal on the grill
95) Learn how to tie a tie
96) Complete my National Board Certification
97) Learn how to use Photoshop
98) Read 25 of Time Magazine’s Top 100 List (0/25)
99) Take a cake decorating class and use what I learn to make one of the boy’s birthday cakes
100) Take a rubber stamping class
101) Take a boxing class
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
My start date is August 18, 2008 and my end date is May 16, 2011. Please join me in my journey and root me on along the way!