Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How Did February Get Away From Me?

I know, I know...you are all waiting for the recap of our Grandmas Gone Wild trip to New York City.  But that is going to have to wait because, quite frankly, I didn't take many pictures at all.  So, I will have to get copies from Robin so that I can then post about the trip!

But here we are at the end of February and I still have not posted my monthly update for 2012.  And because I really do want to live by this year's motto of

"If it matters, you make the time.
If it doesn't you make excuses."

 ...I am going to quit making excuses and just tell you how it is!

It is not going very well, my friends!
  • Read through the Bible in a year - Thanks to the accountability of the Facebook group, I am doing pretty good in this one.  I have missed about six or seven days since beginning, and have made up all but about three.  Since tomorrow is February 29 and there is no set reading for that day, I am going to try and catch up what I have missed.  Thanks again, August!
  • Exercise 30 minutes a day - I did this for like four days...way back in January...and I haven't done anything since.  I am thinking of re-framing this one to be 15 minutes a day to start.   I would love some ideas on how to get this one to become a full fledged habit!
  • Weekly Meal Plans - I started out all gung ho on this one.  I downloaded an app to my iPad and started collecting the recipes to make it even easier.  Then, after our trip to Arkansas, I decided to trade in my wi-fi iPad for one that was 3G capable...which meant I had to start all over on the recipes.  I got two weeks in and the thing quit working.  Just quit!  Wouldn't turn off or on...it would just hang up and stay at the same place.  So, I got another iPad...which meant going back to AT&T to activate and reloading all my apps, including the menu planner.  I told Jim that I wasn't even going to start inputting all the recipes again until I was sure this one was going to work.  So far, so good...so I guess it is time to get back on that horse!
  • Eat breakfast every morning - Epic fail!  Nope...not happening!
  • Spend more time with the grandchildren - So far we have been able to exceed my ideal.  In January, we had Davin over one night while his mom and dad had a night out.  The next weekend we had Brooke and Maddux over for the evening while their parents went out.  And then I had the opportunity to spend time with Maddux for his birthday.  This month I hope to take a day to go with all three of them and their Mommies to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo carnival for rides, funnel cakes and agri exhibits.  Lots of fun!
  • Remember to count my blessings - I did okay in January, but February has seen very few things added to my list.  I really, really need to get back to this one!
  • 2012: The Year Of Organization - I didn't share this one with you earlier, but this is what Jim has titled the current year.  We have a long way to go, but have been making great headway on this one.  We have totally revamped our Master Closet, we re-purposed the linen closet in our bedroom and I am almost finished with the remodel of our Home Office.  I have been setting a goal of one project a weekend and (other than the weekend I was in NYC) so far, so good!  I have carried two or three loads of things to Goodwill.  Bri has taken a TRUCKLOAD of clothes to WARM.  And Jim has burned or hauled off a couple of truck loads of trash! (Albeit, a lot of that was from an abandoned travel trailer left on our property by the previous owners.)  AND, Jim has been tackling the garage while I have been hard at work on the inside.
As to the other things I hope to accomplish this year:
  • I still haven't found that photography class, but Robin has offered to take a trip to Colorado with me to take Kristen's class, if we can't find one around here. 
  • Getting crafty again - well, one of my daughter's gave me my first project after reading that post!  Guess I better get busy on it!!
  • Making time for special relationships - I don't know if that family reunion is going to happen this year or if it will have to wait until next year.  I really need to see if we can book a block of rooms for this summer.  But, I am making time for those lunches and dinners with friends.
  • Jim's big day - I found a place that I want to check out that I think he will love!
  • Read for fun more - I just started Jane Eyre, which I have never read...and I really need to read The Hunger Games before that movie comes out next month!
  • Women's Bible Study - I've missed the past two Wednesday nights...but plan to be back at it this week.  And our Wednesday lunch group has been struggling with all sorts of illness and scheduling conflicts, but we keep plugging away at it!
  • Travel - I just returned from the New York City trip last week.  We had a great time!  And I'll be traveling to San Antonio next month to watch one of my beautiful nieces in a pageant there.  That will make three trips in three months...so, I'm thinking I'll need to stay home in April! 

I hope I have a better report for you in March...until then, I'll keep 'striving for excellence, not perfection."


Shelly said...

As for the travel, I'm heading to Chicago on March 10th for the weekend...you could always meet me there :). We are looking for something to do with the girls during late June (our only break from racing), so you guys should meet us somewhere! Or of course, we are planning to hit Vegas again the end of October if you need a little entertainment! Love you! You should blog more often though because this is how I stay caught up with your busy life!

Anonymous said...

Yes you are right where did it go?

I read this and thought Wow busy!!
Just love keeping up with Goode's. John Lennon said it best "Life is what happens you While you're busy making other plans".

Danny Kaye
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
May God bless your year to the fullest.
Love you,

Stacy said...

there is a LOT going on with the Goode's - crazy! I think you have to do exercise for a month or so before it can become a habit - to me - it takes longer to do that one as a habit - I started out good by walking 3 times a week and that has faded out - need to get back to that one myself.

that was a good update! ;)

Anonymous said...

Your excercise problem is your not having to be accountable. You said it yourself, the only way you were keeping up with reading the Bible in one year was b/c of people on FB. You need an exercise partner. Somebody that will say get up, let's get going. Honestly, I don't see how you have the energy with every thing else going on in your life. You are one busy momma.

I've been thinkging about a family reunion on mom's side. We already do one for dad's side but I don't know a lot of the people on mom's side anymore. Most of the one's I knew are dead or moved away.

Love ya

Fonda said...

Rita, I know what you mean about not really knowing people from Mom's side. But my desire is that our kids and our grandchildren would really know where they come from. So even if we can't get "greats" or "seconds" together, I want to get us -- the Piclkle-Fulton's together at least every couple of years. Wanna help me strike one thing off my list? Come on! You know we have nothing better to do. LOL!