It’s been a busy morning around here. Actually, I lied. It totally hasn’t. The pace has been slow and leisurely, and we enjoyed some playtime on the porch this morning. After last week’s soaking in all the gratitude for this new SAHM gig, I feel like I need to get busy and establish a routine for myself. But, oh! These are the days. Sometimes I want to do nothing but play with this happy boy.
Memorial Day is sort of the unofficial beginning to summer around here, and Labor Day is the unofficial end to sweaty pool days and beginning to autumn. As a teacher, I would begin each summer with absolute laziness and then panic some time around the Fourth of July when I realized that I had a to-do list a mile long and I had accomplished none of it. While I don’t have the start of the academic year looming ahead this time, I do feel the need to get some A LOT of things done in the next 3 months. Inspired by my friend Amanda’s list, I decided to write down my goals here so that I have to achieve them or else be shamed by my laziness. So here they are. Some big, some small. I’ve tried to categorize them, but in that process I’ve realized that some of them are quite random.
- In the Kitchen – Cook better food when Scott is out of town. (I got this awesome book to help me.) – Overcome prior disappointment with dough that refuses to rise and successfully bake my own bread. – Master ten new dishes. – Make decent-tasting tofu dish.
- Craftiness – Get my Grandmother to reteach me how to sew. (I have a sewing machine and sewed often before graduate school and teaching, but I haven’t done anything on it at all since the fall of 2004 when I enrolled in Agnes Scott.) – Sew 3 fleece diaper covers for Jude’s cloth diapers. – Complete 25 pages in Jude’s digital scrapbook. I used to love paper crafts (scrapping included), but this AMAZING book made me want to do digital. I’ve paid $30 for software and now need to get started. – Take more pictures. Take better pictures. (I began a 365 project on Flickr that has me taking photos everyday and learning slowly but surely to use our camera to soak up those pretty little moments.) – Finish the jewelry organizer I started last weekend. The window screening I’m using is being difficult, so I think I need to take another route and amend my original plans on that one.
- Personal / Health – Drink more water. – Drink Kefir everyday. (This stuff does wonders for me; I just need to remember to drink it.) – Make time for reading again. – Start yoga again after not practicing for 7 months. – Partake in some form of physical activity for at least 20 minutes everyday, Monday-Friday. (This makes me sound like an absolute lazy lard lump, but of course I am up and moving all the time – laundry, playing in the floor with Jude, wearing and carrying him all over town. etc. What I haven’t done in about 7 months is deliberate physical exercise for the purpose of burning calories or toning myself. This has to change. My ass says so.)
- Home / Organizational – Establish a housecleaning routine that gets the job done and works for me. – Organize our home office. (Y’all this is THE project around here. The one that hangs over me and slaps me in the face every time I walk in there. Scary, scary place right now.) – Clean out Jude’s drawers and closet, pack away outgrown clothes, get out new sizes. – Come up with at least 5 bags of junk to leave this house and take to Goodwill. – Pack up infant gear we have outgrown the need for. – Sell cloth diapers that didn’t work for us. (Yes, people do this. I have high-quality hemp BabyKicks brand prefolds and cute gDiapers that don’t work for me. I need to make the money from them and get this out of this cluttered house.)
- Miscellaneous – Learn to can vegetables. (My Grandmother is dying to teach me, and it’s a trade I’d like to know if I can get over my fear of the pressure cooker.) – Update this blog twice a week. – Visit the Alpharetta Farmer’s Market at least twice this summer. – Go on at least 5 real dates with my husband. (Real means make-up, sitter, dinner out, maybe even earrings.) – Pay off the Nissan so that we don’t have a car payment and can breathe a little easier with only one income. – Find 2 tutoring clients so that I have some spending money. – Keep my grocery bill at $75 a week and stay on our no-processed rule. (This is HARD, y’all. Why is unhealthy food so much cheaper?)
Whew. It looks like so much when I write it all down. Public acocuntability works for me though. What’s on your list this summer?
6 thoughts on “Busy Summer”
Great list! I know exactly what you mean by a “real” date. I had to specifically put that on my list. Grocery shopping at Publix does not a real date make.
I might even shave my legs for a real date. Maybe…
That’s quite a list! The only thing on my to-do list this summer is to survive the big move and have the house decently set up before Fall. That will be a big enough project to keep me going all season.
You should blog about learning to can vegetables – that’s something I’d love to learn to do!
I recently read an article about PVC and BPA in canning lids. Could you share if you found BPA free lids? Thank you