Update on my 37 things

Now that it’s 3 months past my birthday, I thought I would give you a quick update on how I’m doing so far.  I also started a pinterest board to keep track of recipes and books that I’ve completed

1.  Cook 52 new recipes from pinterest or my new cookbooks — so far, so good.  I’m trying something new about once a week.

2. Institute some kind of sabbath in our family — a weekly rhythm of rest

3.  Go to Germany — plane tickets bought!

4.  Start a new holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) tradition

5.  Read 24 books for pleasure — going well.  It’s amazing how much more I read (especially during the school year) when I’m intentional about it.

6.  Run a 9k So fun!  I got to run it with my friend Susie on a perfect Chicago fall day.

7.  Catch up on scrapbooking and start a new system in 2013

8.  Read aloud to the girls nightly — I’ve been hit or miss with this one.  We have finished two long chapter books

9.  Attend yoga regularly (once a week?) — I’ve been going to a lunchtime class almost every week.  Loving it.

10.  Blog at least twice a week — yep!

11.  Plant something that I can eat

12.  Begin composting

13.  Explore the Kerrville area — Spent an afternoon with Jozie on our way home from San Antonio. I hope to return soon.

14.  Bike in the Tetons

15.  Commit to more regular date nights with B — we’ve had one date night so far, not a great record.

16.  Write a journal article and submit it for publication

17.  Host a conference at ACU

18.  Be intentional about being unplugged when the girls are home — oh my, why is this so hard?

19.  Experiment with natural laundry soap

20.  Attempt some kind of spending fast for a month

21.  Finish the Slow your Home boot camp  — I’ve completed 12/20 tasks.

22.  Pay off our Visa card

23.  Cull books from the girls’ bookshelves (I ended up culling some shelves in my office, too.  We donated one bag of books to Molly’s first grade classroom, and sold the rest at Half Price Books for $20!)

24.  Master the bouldering wall at ACU

25.  Take the girls to swim at ACU on the weekends — we’ve gone 3 or 4 times, and they’ve been really fun.

26.  Organize and cull my recipes

27.  Apply for a Cullen Grant

28.  Reconnect with at least one old friend

29.  Work on writing with Jane Anne and helping her feel more confident about it  — this has been a huge focus in JA’s language arts class at school this year and she’s loving it!

30.  Plan monthly excursions with the girls — in September we went to the Abilene Zoo, and in November, San Antonio.

31.  Begin planning for another study abroad semester

32.  Develop a Rhetoric of Food course

33.  Light candles at dinner more often, especially as the days get shorter

34.  Take more family walks — at least once a week

35.  Find some good crock pot meals for Mondays when the girls are at dance

36.  Continue our family’s focus on geography that we started this summer

37.  Go on a “longish” hike in Yellowstone with the girls — maybe Mount Washburn

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2 responses to “Update on my 37 things

  • Bill Carroll

    Oh, it’s hard to live with a list-maker when you are not one. And harder when the list-maker is such an over-achiever.

    But what I want to post about is that in the midst of all of these lists and things accomplished, (listen up all of you other list-haters!), Laura is fun. The list shows some really cool ideas, but doesn’t scratch the surface of how amazing a mom and wife she is. Not on the list is all of the snuggle time she spends with the girls. Nor is there all of the times she and I get to sit and laugh and share our days and our lives (sometimes both in front of computer screens, but lots of times not). The girls look forward to their Mom-time, and they get it. And I look forward to shutting down school for the day to see what new adventure waits in the evening.

    Love you, LB, and each day keeps getting better. And maybe that happens because of the intentionality represented by a list-addiction-disorder. Three cheers for Laura and her list–to 37 and beyond!

    Bill

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