Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 Goals

Happy Leap Day!  And Happy Birthday to a good friend of mine, Val!

Anyone else feel like February has been the Longest.Month.Ever??  I am not saying it is a bad thing, but I feel like this month has been around forever!  Usually the months fly by!  I am happy March starts tomorrow, but I am glad that things have slowed down a bit.  It has been a long time since I have been able to enjoy each month and not feel so rushed.

Moving on, today's post is long overdue....but I am happy to finally be getting around to it.  I often see bloggers post their goals right around the New Year.  Makes sense.  I have decided to do the same.  This way, I am accountable for my actions.  And if I put that information out there....I am more motivated to get them accomplished.  Most of the goals are specifically for me, however Dr. Bob and I also have some joint ones too.  I will say that they were created as we were ringing in the New Year, I just haven't shared them until now.

Erin's 2012 Goals:
~ Get an organized book list in one location and get it fully "entered"
          * I am happy to say that I took one night last week to finally do this.  It took awhile but I feel so much better now.  I actually decided to use one app that has turned out to be a wonderful thing.  It is called GoodReads.  The best part is, you can use it on a phone, tablet, or computer.  I highly recommend it.  And if you are on GoodReads, look me up!

~ Make homemade laundry detergent - I have wanted to try this for a few years now, so now it is officially on the goal list.

~ Make homemade hummus.  I have only recently come to enjoy hummus.  Now that I have, I want to try to make my own.

~ Improve my sewing skills.  I bought a sewing machine a few months back and I have been slowly learning how to use it.  My ultimate goal is to learn how to quilt.

~ Lose 20 pounds.  Dr. Bob and I have joined a local gym and signed up for personal training sessions.  We have been going to the gym about 5 times a week for the past 2 - 3 weeks.  I haven't noticed a major weight loss but I know I am physically feeling better and stronger.  The weight will come off soon.

~ Pay off my credit card.  Enough said.

~ Walk 10 miles per week.  This is something I want to eventually make a habit.  Right now I am walking/jogging and average of 5-6 miles per week.

~ Run a 5K.  March 11th is the big day.  Physically I know I will be able to run half of it, and I am happy about that.  I also plan to run a 5K on April 22nd - this is when I hope to run the entire distance and am able to cross this goal off my list.

~ Read 24 books (I have chosen 12 books to read individually and I will read 12 books through my book club).  

Here is what I have read so far:
          Individual Books                                                             Book Club Books
Jan:       Your Money or Your Life (Joe Dominguez)               Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Feb:      The Girl Who Played with Fire (Steig Larsson)          Carnal Innocence (Nora Roberts)

Books I plan to read:
* The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Steig Larsson)
* City of Veils (Zoe Ferraris) - personal choice but will be our April book for Book Club
* Noble Vision (Gen LaGreca) - given to me by a book club member
* Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
* The Dirty Life (Kristin Kimball)
* The Millionaire Next Door (Thomas J Stanley PhD & William D Danko PhD) - won off a blog, want to finally give it a go
* Review Patriot Games and then read Red Rabbit (Tom Clancy) - I am working through the whole Jack Ryan series
* Joy for Beginners (Erica Bauermeister)
* Change of Heart (Jodi Picoult)
* Folks, This Ain't Normal (Joel Salatin)

And if I don't reach my goal with this list, plus book club books - don't worry, I still have a "Want to read" list that keeps growing every day!

Now for our Joint Goals.  Dr Bob and I hope to:
~ Learn to can food

~ Try a sweet new recipe per month

~ Try a savory new recipe per month
     Jan:  I can't remember :-O I will double check with Dr Bob and get back to you
     Feb: Crock pot enchilada's (I need to find where Dr Bob got this recipe and then I will provide a link)

~ Explore Asheville, North Carolina

~ Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~ Post 2 blog entries per month - doing good so far!

~ Try a new restaurant per month - we live in such a Foody area, it is actually impossible to only keep it to one per month.
     Jan:  Yeah Burger, Chris' Pizza, Matador Mexican Cantina, Agave Restaurant
     Feb:  Community Q BBQ, Front Page News, Cafe Sababa, and I went to the Melting Pot for the first time with some friends.

~ Try a new hike per month.  We did not get to explore anywhere in January but we did try a new local path just last week so we met the goal in February.

Okay PHEW, that is a loooooooong list!  Sorry about that.  But now they are out there and we are being held accountable.


  1. There are soo many things I'm excited about in this post but I'll limit them to:

    - making my own sea salt chocolate chip cookies (my KP coworkers aren't ready for this level of awesome)

    -hearing all about Asheville. It's on my to do list. But it might take me a while since i just up and moved to the other side of the country.

    - Goodreads! looooove it. finding you!

    - Running a 5k. Goal here as well. First attempt is on St. Patrick's Day. It will likely be a walk/jog combo but it's a step in the right direction. Good luck on the 11th.

  2. Thanks Kristin! I am sure that your coworkers will be there soon enough...or they could be the device to win them over! Lol.

    I can't wait to get to Asheville, but we are thinking about waiting until the fall....September 8th will be our 5th Wedding Anniversary so that could be a fun getaway to celebrate but also to explore!

    Looking for you on Goodreads!

    I will be writing about our first 5K attempt soon....Good luck on yours this weekend!!