Life has been so great this year that I nearly forgot my quasi-resolutions from the beginning of the year!
Here is an update:
- Be more positive
I'd like to think that I am doing a much better job of this. If I had to pick one reason that I've been successful, it's that I have much more realistic expectations - of people in general (including myself). I've also pushed my comfort level with some of the things that I've done and challenged myself. My fear of heights? I repelled into a cave. My fear of deep water? I'm now a certified PADI Open Water Diver and have been down to 40 feet with no problems.
- Lose ~13% of body weight (or eat healthier and exercise at least 3x a week)
I have no idea what I weigh right now and honestly, I don't much care. I think that earlier this year I was so focused on the numbers on the scale that I lost sight of what being healthy is. I started running again, am trying to swim regularly, and I try to eat better. This is not to say that I'm perfect, but I am happier with where I am today than where I was a year ago.
- Start a few plants from seed for the garden
Due to that Australia trip, we kind of screwed up the garden.
- Come up with a new budget and stick to it
This is a work in progress, but I am happy to report that we are doing pretty well with the budget. We were doing better before SCUBA on this. Turns out that diving is an expensive hobby. Once we acquire all of our gear, we shouldn't be spending quite as much. At any rate, we have a budget. And we also started a new savings goal with Smarty Pig. They earn a fantastic rate (1% APY!) and deposits are FDIC insured. Although we currently have more than enough in our savings account for our Emergency Savings Fund, we decided to take some money and move it to Smarty Pig. We'll be putting 6% of our income into that account and should have our Emergency Fund built up to ~5 months of expenses by early 2015. We will be opening additional savings goals with Smarty Pig for vacations and furniture, which brings me to #5.
- Get rid of the red couch and chair that I freaking HATE
We still have them. Unfortunately. I can't wait to give that crap away. I thought that we'd found
a suckersomeone to take that junkthem, but apparently their apartment fell through. Here is what I want to replace it with: Witiker Brown Reclining Sofa Set. The cool thing with SmartyPig is that you can convert your savings to gift cards and get additional $$ with it. So I could get an extra 7% ($112 off of the couch) if I chose to redeem my savings with an Overstock.com gift card. Not too shabby!
- Purchase new furniture and decorate downstairs
That's a work in progress. Downstairs is fairly well decorated. We also ended up with an extra dining room table and some other furniture. In my opinion, it doesn't go that great with what we have, but it belonged to Jay's grandparents, so we will keep it in the family.
- Put together a time capsule for our house
I have this, we just need to put it into a closet and cover it up.
- Blog at least twice a week
I think I've been okay with this. If I average 2 posts a week, then I should have 104 at the end of the year. I suppose I'd better pick it up in November and December. I have 25 left for the year.
- Get organized - important documents, books, seasonal items, etc.
This is also a work in progress. We've finally found a good system for our important documents, but I need to go through some stuff. Seasonal items are in the attic. We're also going to need to find a good spot to stow our scuba gear.
- Be in good enough shape to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (aka Mount Doom) in New Zealand
I definitely would have hiked Mount Doom if it weren't for the snowstorm happening while we were there. Next time we'll visit in Summer! So yeah, I think I can mark this one off.
- Raise a small flock of chickens for meat (at least six)
We kind of did this. There are two roosters in our freezer right now and we've decided to cull the last rooster and have nothing but hens. I get to help with the last one. Gulp.
- Sell some eggs, otherwise we'll be overrun when the new chickens start laying
Did this! Although these new chickens are kind of slackers. I thought we'd be getting 12-20 eggs a day, but we're getting more like 6-8.
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, even though I'm scared of being eaten by a shark|
Even better, I dove the Great Barrier Reef and became a certified diver. OH. And I even saw sharks while diving. Carpet sharks and a reef shark. And I didn't freak out - it was awesome.
- Snuggle a koala
Did this and have photographic proof.
- Install the heat pump downstairs
We went without heat downstairs (except for the pellet stove) that I forgot this was even installed! We turned it on earlier this week when I was chilly.
- Make room in the budget for a cleaning service
Not sure if we'll do this. We're going to see if we can handle cleaning ourselves with a schedule.
- Get the crawl space insulated
This is undecided. We're going to see how we get through this winter to see how badly it really needs it.
- Have photos done and send Christmas cards out this year
In process. We may take photos ourselves or get Laura to do them.
- Fence in yard
We are 95% done. Just a few places left that we need fencing.
- Hatch out some silkie and black/red star mixes
Did this and are eating them - 11. They were ALL roosters.
- Say no and not feel guilty afterwards
I am doing so much better at this.
- Have an awesome time at the Mardi Gras Ball
It was a fun time. Next year will be better and less work. We've learned a lot.
- Can tomatoes from our garden
No garden = no tomatoes.
- Print "before" collages to frame and hang in the house
Still need to do this. When I tried to do this, the computer spazzed out on me.
- Use at least one week of our time share
We planned to do this, but then learned that it would be cheaper to use Leslie and Bob's Shareholder status. We'll be going to Puerto Plata with two other couples during the second week of December.