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2010, The Year of the Maybe Conquerer

2010 February 7
by Pamela

I’m thinking so much about goals this year, aren’t I such a go-getter. There are a few things that may or may not be on the horizon. One thing I’m considering is my wardrobe. Not earth-shattering or even important, I know. But I’m starting to look like a stay-at-home-mom, something that I am not proud to admit. Also, umm, I sometimes wear the same outfit for a couple of days in a row. So I’m thinking about photographing my outfit ala Susan at Friday Playdate. Mostly so it will force me to change my clothes everyday. And maybe even wear something fetching like a necklace. Or a belt! Woo hoo, someone stop me! Housewife going wild over here.

What else can I wow you with? Here, this is slightly spiritual: Practicing 30 days of Nothing. Our spending has gotten somewhat haphazard. We were really strict with our budget until I stopped working. Now we often slip and use our debit cards instead of limiting our spending to cash only purchases. Dave Ramsey is tsk-tsking right now. I know that many of these expenses are “wants”, not “needs”. Some of these expenditures are also due to lack of planning on my part. So I’m thinking about severely limiting my spending for a month in an effort to get back to the basics, cultivating gratefulness, and discipline in my life. I am grateful for what I have, but my spending habits don’t always illustrate that. It would be an interesting and humbling experiment, I think. Or it might make me crazy.

The last thing is our food. When Bob was diagnosed with celiac disease, I had to make some changes in the food I purchased and the meals I prepared for us. What resulted has been largely positive for our health, if not for our bank account. I just finished reading Food Rules and a copy of Food Inc. arrived tonight for our viewing pleasure (or more likely horror). Our meals are excellent – low fat, very little processed food, lots of vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. But our snacks are pretty bad, especially for me and the girls. Today the girls had instant pudding tubs and I ate 100 calorie packs AGAIN. I’d like to work on providing less processed snacks. And by providing I mean that I would eat them too, not just serve them to the rest of the family.

But as for my existing 2010 goals, here they are, along with what I’ve accomplished so far:

1. Start and maintain a blog (hopefully accomplished; I guess I can eat bon bons for the next 11 months).

*** Kind of maintaining this – and I’m really enjoying writing again. Although I haven’t actually posted anything yet. A friend reviewed what I’ve written and made suggestions, but I haven’t done anything with them yet.

2. Lose the ten pounds I keep gaining and losing and lose them for good (at least until and if I get pregoed – I suppose bon bons won’t aid in this goal)

*** I’ve lost five pounds so far.

3. Memorize 52 scripture passages.

*** Memorized four, which is great considering that I memorized none last year. Need to keep working on it.

4. Find an at-home hair color that a. looks like a better version of my real color and b. covers my increasing-on-a-daily-basis-thanks-to-my-two-children grey hair.

*** I maybe accomplished this, totally by accident. You’re on the edge of your seat, I know. I’ll keep you posted.

5. Host a bunco party for ladies, complete with funny costumes.

*** Maybe found a bunco group!

6. Stop freaking out about the house and have more people over.

*** I’ve had people over quite a bit – maybe four groups and lots of individual nights with girlfriends. I’m doing pretty good with this, especially the not freaking out part.

7. Intentionally be open for “impact moments” with people (more on this in another post).

*** Yeah, not at all.

8. Figure out and employ a system to keep our house clean on a daily and weekly basis.

*** Re-read the Fly Lady journal. And I might try to wake up early next week. Stay tuned.

9. Take our girls on vacation. Bonus points if we get to do this with some other fun families.

*** Nothing.
10. Figure out how to get my knee healed up for good.

*** Nothing.

11. Make Julia Child’s recipe for Boeuf Bourguignon

*** Nothing.

12. Do something to improve our marriage and the marriages around us. I don’t know what this is yet. Maybe read a book together, go to a conference or retreat?

*** Sent a bunch of stuff to our pastor who is reviewing materials for an at-church conference. We’ve been seeing a marriage counselor which I highly recommend doing. You don’t and should not be close to divorce before you see a counselor, in my humble opinion.

13. Host a fondue party.

*** Nothing.

Six weeks down and 44 more to go. I can do this.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Tim Ferrier permalink
    August 20, 2010

    You, Bob and the girls should come with us next summer for family camp at Ao-wa-kiya. That would take care of number 9 on the list, especially since my wife is extremely fun!!

    • Pamela permalink*
      August 20, 2010

      if you’ll carry the baby around, i’m there.

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