More of a to-do list, really. I came up with a short list of goals for the coming year because I'm a list-y kind of gal. If I don't write things down, they won't get accomplished. And as a forward-looking, progressive sort, I find New Year's goals push me more than keeping a vague idea in my head.
Let's see where we're at....
The 100 trees are ordered and paid for out of our land account. I'll pick them up sometime in April and plant them then.
The Milwaukee Public Museum checks off 1 of our 4 cultural events, so we're off to a good start on that count.
Eliminate one pile of junk. I did clear out the craft closet recently and send a bin of bits and baubles to Happyland Elementary's fabulous art teacher, but the real issue is this:
The photo albums. Good grief! I might have Mr. D lock me in a closet until they're updated and filed and finished. I keep sliding that pile back and forth when I vacuum. It's high time to tackle that mess.
I took them off the windows and washed them last fall. I'll mend them next month because that seems like a good winter chore, right?
Paint laundry room. Yes. I did paint my laundry room two years ago, but ran out of paint. The end result is pretty sloppy, so I need to get another can of paint and finish the work. Then I need to organize that room, add more hooks for the boys to hang their jackets and backpacks, clean out the shoe basket, sort through the stuff that accumulates on top of my washer and dryer.
I'll get to it when it warms up a little.
Edge garden. Another summertime task.
Read 24 books. I read Jonathan Franzen's Freedom for January's book club and now I'm tag-teaming through Hillary Clinton's memoirs and the first Percy Jackson book. By next week I should have finished them both, so 1/8 accomplished. Not bad.
Compete in one karate tournament. This is my most personal goal of the year. I don't "do" karate in front of other people and I think tournaments are dorky. But I want to prove to myself that I'm better than average and the only way to pit myself against competition is to get in a tournament. I'll probably do a bo staff form and spar, but the next tournament isn't until April. Until then I need to practice every week.
Make homemade bread.
I posted about this resolution over at the Eco Women blog.
Go ahead, I'll wait while you follow the link.
So, in an attempt to make my kitchen less wasteful, my family's diet more healthy and save some dough (hahaha), the bread maker is permanently on my kitchen counter. It's not a "Sometimes" treat, I'm making bread every week. So far this is my biggest success on my list.
Spill it, reader. Did you set any goals for the year? The month? The season? How's your progress?