I have been finding out a lot about myself since I started Project 52. I have always been a list maker. I love to make lists and cross things off it. But I have discovered I was a tad too ambitious when I initially made my project list. I put quite a few “weekly” items on my list. Goals I have to try to accomplish every week like take an outdoor walk weekly. Now that may not sound too hard to most people, but my goal was to do it even during the cold Minnesota winter. Well, umm, that didn’t happen! It can get pretty cold here in January!
There are also goals like Have 3 Tyler days this year. That’s a day that I spend wit my 21 year old, just him & I. Of course it never ocurred to me that he might not want to have a Mom day! He’s always so busy with his girlfriend, friends and job, there just isn’t much free time left for dear old mom.
I haven’t given up completely though. I will continue to sporadically track my progress and update it here (more for my accountability then anything) and I do want to do this again next year. My goals will definitely be smaller (not all of them because I still want to feel as if I had stretched and accomplished something) and not so many weekly or monthly projects will end up on the list.
To cap it all off, here is how I am doing:
1. Try 1 new main dish recipe a month. (This month I made Baked Penne using the stash of Philadelphia Cooking Creme I purchased with all my coupons. It was very good!) 2. Try 1 new dessert a month. (My guys are always complaining I don’t bake enough) In May I tried a new “easy” rhubarb cake recipe. It had very good flavor but I do not think that was the way it was supposed to look when it came out of the oven!)
Make a crockpot meal once a week (It’s such a timesaver!) Baked Penne in the crockpot for our Boy Scout Spring Court of Honor 4. Stick to my weekly grocery budget (I’m trying the new cash envelope system for this) Some weeks I do good, some weeks I just TOTALLY blow it. Last week was good $48.00.
5. Add to my savings monthly -Still subtracting!
6. Pay off all hospital/doctor bills by April 1st (I explained in an earlier post that I was expecting my insurance company to pay more on Zach’s physical therapy then they did. We are unfortunately left with a huge bill for this that we probably won’t have paid off by August 1st!)
7. Take an outdoor walk weekly (Even in this cold Minnesota weather) NOPE!
8. Do the 50 mile bike ride with Zach. Now that Zach’s knee is healed, mine is not. It’s almost there yet and hopefully by the end of the week I will try to get on the bike and try a mile or two to see how it feels.
9. Do a girl’s camping trip or weekend with Janeen. (We’ve been planning this for years and never do it) Yay! We did this one. We went to Granite Falls and stayed at the casino there.
10. Take mom out for margaritas. (Can you say “happy hour”, mom?)
11. Host a Bunco night
12. Wash the outside of my house (It’s awful, it really is)
13. Lose 20 pounds (I must have read this wrong. I thought it said gain 20 pounds. My bad.
14. Go ice fishing with my hubby (He likes to fish- I don’t. and I HATE the cold!) I went summer fishing with him last week do I get half a point for that?
15. Shoot bow with my hubby (He really wants me to do this so I will)
16. Do 1 date night a month with my hubby. (I’m hearing all the time on Facebook how all my friends have such a good time on their weekly date nights. I’m so jealous!) Went out for supper in April, working on going to the theater for May. 17. Read 100 books. (Last year I read 86 I KNOW I can hit 100 this year) Book 29/100 read.
18. Do an independent Bible study. (Started this but it’s a loooonnnngggg one)
19. Read 1 inspirational book a month. Read Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Pull 1 book a month off my personal bookshelf and place it in my TBR pile. (I have a lot of books I’ve purchased because I sincerely want to read them, so why do I keep checking out stacks from the library?) For May I started In the Woods by Tana French but I put it aside about 50 pages in for a library book that I received an overdue notice for. I will get back to it though. I’m liking it!
21. Go through clothes in closet and give to charity. (I’m not a clothes horse but I have run out of room) I brought home boxes. Half a point? Maybe?
22. Blog on book blog once a week. (I enjoyed book blogging but I quit when life got crazy and I just haven’t gotten back to it) Misseed last week byt I posted last on May 15th. Doing better, but I have to finish a book if I want to review it! 23. Plan at least 2 meals a week from my pantry. (I get such great coupon deals and I have been stockpiling. Now I have to use it. I made Baked Penne using the Spaghetti Sauce and Philadelphia Cooking Creme I had on hand and one night we had Pork Teriyaki with the rice and teriyaki mix I had. 24. Add $5.00 to my Christmas fund weekly (doesn’t sound like much but it will add up, trust me) Whoops! I forgot about this one completely! 25. Find new website for Boy Scouts (the one I have been using now wants to charge us so I’m shopping for a new free one) 26. Update the new website for Boy Scouts once a week during school year
27. Paint my living room (I’m afraid of color. I like open, clean white but I’m ready to stretch)
28. Redo wiring/cabling on my TV/home theater/ DVD recorder/satellite.
29. Install new garbage can roller system under sink
30. Fill in potholes in driveway (it’s like riding a bucking bronco all the way up to my garage)
31. Go to 3 movies at theater this year. (we never go, it’s pitiful)
32. Get flower beds cleaned out by June 1st (last year I think I got to them sometime around the 4th of July!) This one is not my fault! At least not all of it. I took a week off of work to get this done but I messed up my knee and spent most of it on crutches.
33. Get flag back up on flagpole. (pulley system broke- I miss it)
34. Get back to weekly training topic at work. This has not been happening. Since I inherited a third department I feel like I have no extra time for anything 😦
35. Hold 2 training meetings at work this year (see #34)
36. Go on 1 pilgrimage with my church (I’ve missed some good ones due to expense or having to take time off from work. One of the day trip pilgrimages would be fun. Walmart will not close down if I ask for the day off!)
37. Have Janeen and Al over for a card night.
38. Have Janeen and Al over for a BBQ
39. Treat mom & dad to a Dutch Oven meal.
40. Hold a coupon class for the Janeen, Lori & Janelle (they’ve been begging!)
41. Bring treats to work for the holidays to thank my associates and show them they are appreciated (I’m thinking Valentines, St Patricks Day, Easter, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. I used to do this several years.) I did Valentines but forgot St Patrick’s day and Easter
42. Visit Papa twice a week. (Some weeks I do good, other weeks it’s hard to catch him home! I guess that’s a good thing that he can get out and do things though!)
43. Get Kevin started on religious emblem. I not only started with Kevin, I have another boy starting too! 44. Do the Safety merit badge with our patrol.
45. Get Christmas shopping done early. Done by December 1st. (I hated all the last minute scrambling this year. So stressful!)
46. Do 1 freezer meal a month. (It doesn’t take any longer to double a meal and freeze one for later)
47. Keep up with the Motivated Mom’s chore list. (It’s been helping me break down my duties so housework doesn’t seem so overwhelming)
48. Donate to one new charity this year. Donated my weekly lunch budget to Feed the Poor. I fed 420 children and it felt great! 49. Participate in the March of Dimes Walkathon (I have only missed 1 in the last 21 years!) Janeen and I did this together on April 30th!
50. Have 3 Tyler days this year (a day with just my firstborn. I never get to spend time with him)
51. Have 3 Zach days this year (can’t leave out my youngest)
52. Have a Pamper Me day (I need a day for just me. Just one. That’s all I ask!)
All in all, I still feel good that I have been able to cross some of it off my list. I’m glad I’m doing this even though I’m not always successful!