Project 52

[giving himself a pep talk in the mirror before his run] This is going to be your best run yet. You are going to accomplish all of your goals. [monotone] You are a robot sent from the future to win the Marathon. You are Marshall…You are Marshall….You are Marshall!…Yeaaaahhh!!!. -Marshall, How I Met Your Mother

I’m participating in Project 52. It’s a list of 52 goals I’d like to complete in 2011. There are 52 weeks in the year, hence the 52. If you want to participate, grab the badge from Karen’s World. Wish me luck!

    1. Finish and order Mixbook scrapbook for 2010
    2. Finish wedding slideshow project
    3. Update scrapbook for 2011 every month so it’s ready by next January
    4. Workout at least 3 times a week (done pretty good on this one, if you count walking)
    5. Take a mini honeymoon w/Match, even if it’s somewhere close by
    6. Learn the 10 codes so I can understand Match and his Law Enforcement friends
    7. Go to the shooting range and shoot a handgun
    8. Write a quality guest post for someone’s blog
    9. Get at least 100 readers (82 so far)
    10. Organize our closet and add shelves
    11. Organize the garage
    12. Buy a new backup hard drive to back up all our pictures
    13. Explore our new town and county
    14. Take a CPR class
    15. Take a cooking class
    16. Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
    17. Find new ways to make money online
    18. Work towards freelance writing career (working on it!)
    19. Try 1 new recipe a month (12 of 12)
    20. Have dinner in the city with Match
    21. Go to the drive-in movie theater
    22. Learn to sew a button onto my pea coat
    23. Stain dog toy basket a darker color
    24. Repair broken desk drawers
    25. Take wedding ring to be redipped.
    26. Make my favorite Vietnamese dishes (this could save us $ if it’s good!)
    27. Only go to sushi once per month or less
    28. Learn how to iron Match’s work shirts for him
    29. Pay down our debt (pay off credit cards, pay down car (paid off a good chunk and refinanced for a lower interest rate on the car!)
    30. Set aside an emergency fund (at least $1000)
    31. Go camping with Match
    32. Buy a house
    33. Read I Love a Cop
    34. Replace old pictures in photo frames with new ones
    35. Brush the dog’s teeth at least once a week (I’m averaging once a month)
    36. Trim the dog’s nails once a week (every 2 weeks…)
    37. Walk the dog more
    38. Comment on at least one new blog per month (not sure if I did this every month)
    39. Comment on all of my favorite blogs at least once a week (I think I did this most weeks)
    40. Paint a picture
    41. Go ice skating
    42. Visit the Zoo
    43. Don’t buy things unless I really need them
    44. When I have to buy something shop around so I can get the Best Buy I possibly can.
    45. Make homemade ice cream
    46. Take a boat ride in San Francisco on Stow Lake
    47. Swap our bedroom and the office
    48. Donate blood
    49. Read 12 new books (read 12/12)
    50. Volunteer somewhere
    51. Sing a song I’ve never sung before at a new karaoke bar
    52. Host a cocktail party


New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh starts thanks to the calendar they happen every year —just set your watch to January, our reward for surviving the holiday season is a new year. Bringing on the great tradition of new years resolutions, put your past behind you and start over. It’s hard to resist the chance of a new beginning, a chance to put the problems of last year to bed. -Meredith, Grey’s Anatomy

It’s that time of year again: New Year’s Resolutions! I have a few that I really hope to stick to this year.

Since I don’t know of a magical diet pill that works (and because they’re pretty darn unhealthy) I have resolved to get my butt in gear the old fashioned way-hard work and cutting down on my portions. I refuse to fully diet because I just can’t do it, but I can cut back on sweets and portions. Diets I feel just make it feel like you’re missing out you know? Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions