Well, I’m a little behind in updating you all on the status of my goals for the year, but I’m back to check in on the list and tell you where I am. April and May did not see as much action as some of the earlier months of the year, but I’m hoping to pick the pace up again over the summer.
- #5 Make a split the layer cake. — This is a cake my mom and grandma used to make when I was a kid and it’s my absolute favorite cake of all time. I made it to cheer myself up when I was feeling low one day because I love baking and I love eating cake. Unfortunately, it was a rainy, crappy day, the light in the kitchen was horrible and I didn’t have the right kind of cake pans to make it properly, so I didn’t take any pictures. I’m going to make it again soon and blog about it though.
- #40 Use our zoo membership. — I took the kids to the zoo over spring break when the zoo was the most crowded I have ever seen it. Technically, we need to go back another time to fully pay for our membership (which was the subtext of this goal) but I’ve decided this one visit counts.
- #41 Visit Little Farm with the kids. — This was another spring break activity. The Little Farm is a feature in a very large park near our house. It’s been there for years and though Wyatt has visited many times with his dad, Augie and I had never been before. One of the most fun parts is that you can take celery and lettuce with you to feed the animals. Wyatt was all over that (see the photo at the top of the page), but Augie wasn’t so sure about putting his hand that close to a goat’s mouth. He carried his celery stick all over the farm, but the only paddocks he dared approach were the ones with no animals in them.
- #43 Clear miscellaneous stuff off the top of the living room book cases. — Ahhhh…this is a tricky one. Junk tends to collect on the mantle and the tops of the bookcases in our living room because they’re some of the very few places in our house that Augie can’t reach. Augie’s trying to eat sunblock? Put it up on the mantle. The boys are fighting over a toy? There’s some free space on top of the bookshelf. We also have a couple of permanent spots for stowing laptops and Lego projects in progress. It keeps the toddler from breaking things and choking to death, but it also makes our living room look like crap.Â At the beginning of the month, I spent an hour carefully putting away all the junk, dusting, and rearranging the knickknacks that are meant to beÂ there. And now? The shelves are just as cluttered as they were before! I don’t think it even took a full week to get them back into a messy state! I’m crossing it off the list any way.
- #56 Find some kind of exercise I enjoy and do it regularly. — I joined the gym. I do the weight machines and the Precor machine. I’m not sure that I would go quite so far as to say I enjoy it, but if I have some good podcasts to listen to, it’s not so bad.
- #63 Make a bento box how-to video. — Done! If you missed it, you can find it here.
- #70 Take periodic “days off” from social networking. — I’ve been consciously taking a day away from Twitter, identi.ca and Facebook now and then. It’s really hard for me to stay away — I often forget and post something almost as soon as I decide I’m going to stay off for the day — but I get so much more done on the days I don’t engage. I also find that I’m far less interested in what’s going on in my timeline when I come back, too.
- #17 Learn to crochet. — I’m going to take an Intro to Crochet class at a local yarn store later this month. I’ll be making a bunny.
For those of you who are keeping track, I’ve accomplished 23 of my 73 goals which puts me at about a 32% completion rate.