37 and a half

Now that it’s halfway through my 37th year, 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 —  I’ve cooked 31 so far!

2. Institute some kind of sabbath in our family — we started this with the Spring semester, where we (mostly) have no electronics and no errands from 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday.  Very good addition to our household routine.

3.  Go to Germany — leaving April 4

4.  Start a new holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) traditionI’m going to count the Thanksgiving wreath on this one

5.  Read 24 books for pleasure — 18.  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 — We’ve been doing this more regularly; I just finished Liesl and Po, and Bill is about to start the Wind in the Willows

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

10.  Blog at least twice a week — well, mostly!  I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit lately

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.

14.  Bike in the Tetons

15.  Commit to more regular date nights with B — umm, better.  Not great. 

16.  Write a journal article and submit it for publication

17.  Host a conference at ACU — happening this weekend; so ready to check it off….

18.  Be intentional about being unplugged when the girls are home — getting a little better at it…

19.  Experiment with natural laundry soap

20.  Attempt some kind of spending fast for a month — In the midst of it, details in March…

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

22.  Pay off our Visa card — little, by little

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 — trying to go most Sunday afternoons

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!  Gotta love when other people do this for you!

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

31.  Begin planning for another study abroad semester — Fall 2014!!!

32.  Develop a Rhetoric of Food course

33.  Light candles at dinner more often, especially as the days get shorter — enjoying this on a regular basis

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 — Bill is teaching on Monday nights this semester, so Monday crockpot meals have been a lifesaver!  I’m not a fan of us not all getting to eat together, but at least we’re eating healthy food.

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


One response to “37 and a half

  • Carlee Lane

    Love this!! It’s fun to read through all of these marvelous ideas. I hope someday that I’m the kind of mom and wife you are.
    P.S. I can definitely help out with #15, if date-night involves a babysitter! 🙂

    Love you!

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