Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hello, November! {and New Goals}

Wow! November already :) That means I only have approximately 4 more months until we meet our little baby!

Last week this was my only post. Thankfully that cold, as miserable as it was for about 24 hours, was short-lived and I am far down the road to being fully recovered. I think alot of my scratchy throat and tickle-y nose now is probably from leaf allergies and drier air.

I did not have any written goals last week, at least like the usual goals. I did have two goals. Two things with deadlines. Two things that while I had not procrastinated until the last minute, I did need to spend most of my spare time working on them to finish them up in time.

The most crucial item on the list was making a 9" cheesecake for my sister's wedding (for them to cut). I had already made and frozen just under 300 miniature cheesecake cupcakes in past weeks, but I wanted this one to be completely fresh... plus I didn't have room for it in my freezer! {I was quite occupied with Susannah on the day of their wedding and didn't get a picture of the cheesecakes.}

The second most crucial item on the list was my gift to my sister and new brother-in-law. This:

I plan to do a separate post about this in the future, but it is a cookbook of recipes from our years growing up, and then recipes I've added to my own collection so far during my married years.

With both of those out of the way, yesterday (Monday) was recover-from-the-weekend day. Susannah and I were both tuckered out so I took a nice nap during her nap-time instead of doing anything extra.

Now that today is November 1st, it seems very appropriate to start the month with a fresh list of goals. I have some goals that I want to get done this month, and others that I just want to continue working on each week.

Goals for November:

~Get Christmas cards addressed and ready to mail.
~Make a list of all Christmas gifts to make/purchase, and start.
~Each day make a list of things I'm thankful for.
~Pack up all of Susannah's too-small clothes.
~Pack up all of my clothes (again) that I won't be wearing again until next summer/winter.
~Mend Susannah's red jumper (it is brand new, and when I washed it before I was going to have her wear it, one of the seams came apart!) so she can wear it for a Christmas picture.
~Clean out light covers over kitchen ceiling lights.
~Dust ceiling fans.
~Clean off return vents.

Goals for This Week:

~2 hours of bookwork
~Address 16 Christmas Cards
~1 - 2 hours on Susannah's baby book
~Purchase tubs/bins for Susannah's too small clothes and start sorting
~Clean off return vents
~Continue aiming for 10pm bedtime and getting up at 6am. Last week that went out the window several nights as I was up later than that working on Katie's cookbook after Susannah went to bed. And if I don't sleep well I don't bust myself to get out of bed at 6am, and instead sleep/rest until I need to get up and make Daniel's breakfast and lunch (usually about 6:45 or 7am).

I am eager to see how this week goes. I'm hoping that it goes smoothly and I'm able to get many or even all of these goals met!


Cate said... [Reply to comment]

It is so frustrating when new clothes start falling apart right away! I had an issue with that with a dress of my daughter's last spring. Thankfully I know how to do basic mending, or else it would probably be much more aggravating. :-)

Love reading your monthly and weekly goals!

Miriam said... [Reply to comment]

I was especially sad because it's a very popular, quality name brand piece of clothing someone had given her. I've had really cheap stuff from WalMart fall apart after wearing a time or two, and while that is still frustrating at least I knew it was "cheap" to begin with :)

I'm glad you enjoy reading my goals. I enjoy reading others' goals, too! It's fun to see what everyone is working on in our different lives!

Alicia said... [Reply to comment]

I made a recipe book like that for my sisters a couple Christmases back. I think those are really meaningful gifts...and useful!
Love reading your goals each week, Miriam. :D

Sally said... [Reply to comment]

I ate one small bite of the cheesecake cupcake, and it was SO GOOD! I wanted so much to eat about 4 of those cupcakes! You couldn't tell they had been in the freezer at all. Hannah loved them, Paul somehow decided he didn't like them (it was probably the seeds in the raspberries). Anyway, you did a super good job on them, and I'm sure the cookbook is very well done. You took on a lot!

I admire you ability to make goals and get on the move with them, even if you don't get everything accomplished each week. Somehow, I'm so exhausted nearly all the time I don't know how I'll ever do anything more than basic living. I'm even wondering how I'll ever drag myself around to get gifts for New Year's (but I will, or else order online). I'm hoping and praying I'll get more energy more of the time soon.