August 14, 2017

Currently (August 2017)...

Reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. My annual Harry Potter series Summer re-read is moving along at a snails pace this year but I know I'll be able to get it done before September 22nd. I picked up a couple of books at the beginning of July and since they were new the Harry Potter series got pushed to the side until I was finished both of those. I don't have any other books in my reading pile anymore so now I can fully concentrate on the series. 

Listening to Garth Brooks CD's anytime I'm alone in my SUV. I have over 15 of them and I've been obsessed with listening to all my old favourites lately. I have no idea where this sudden urge to listen to his old CD's came from but I'm just going with it. 

Celebrating that school doesn't start for another three weeks around here. I've been seeing so many back to school posts lately and I am SO not ready for Summer to be over. There's just something about back to school that makes me think of Fall and even though I do love that season I still love Summer and I'm not ready to say goodbye to it just yet. 

Watching HGTV any chance that I get. And if I'm not watching something on HGTV then I'm usually watching something on the Food Network. Of course I'm also watching baseball whenever it's on as well as Game of Thrones (I need to know what's going to happen!). I finished rewatching HIMYM for the millionth time and since I always need some background noise when I'm cleaning, folding laundry, etc. I restarted Grey's Anatomy for probably the 10th time and have been breezing through the series since I don't have to hit pause every time I leave my bedroom since I've already seen every episode at least 10 times. MN was here last week/into the weekend and we finished the first season of Breaking Bad and now I have to wait until I'm in the Twin Cities in a couple of weeks to watch more -  it's torture!

Working at my old part time job this weekend. I haven't worked there since the end of March (I think?) but the owners are heading away for the weekend so I'm filling in Friday and Saturday evening to help them out. It's going to be sooo weird to be back there after over 4 months.

Drinking water at the moment but I made the mistake of buying a case of Dr.Pepper a couple of weeks ago and I've been drinking way too much of it lately. I need an intervention!

Waiting, impatiently, for the Pioneer Woman's newest cookbook to come out. Why can't it just be released now?!

Wearing my new runners around the house to wear them in so I don't get blisters when I take Krickit for walks. I FINALLY got myself another pair of runners for outside use so I don't have to use my others for both indoors and outdoors. I'm so over finding tiny pebbles all over the floor while working out! I've been on the hunt for a good but inexpensive pair of outdoor runners for almost a year now and I finally found a good deal on some Nike Flex Contacts in Kohl's yesterday afternoon so I snatched them up.  

Anticipating seeing my nieces for the first time in over two weeks! They went to BC with their Dad to visit family and two weeks is the longest I've gone without seeing them so I'm anxious to finally see them and hear all about their vacation. 

Loving anything and everything by Rae Dunn. I know, I'm very late to the party on that one but I'm just starting to find pieces around my neck of the woods. So far I've found Krickit food and water dishes and myself a Laugh mug. I found a spoon rest in Marshalls when I was in the Queen City a couple weeks ago but there was a chip in it and I almost cried haha. I would KILL (not literally but you know what I mean) to get my hands on the Halloween bowls. Seriously obsessed. Send help!

Making plans to get some more things crossed off of my Summer Bucket List. I've done a few so far but with just a little over a month left of Summer I need to start making some more progress. 

August 2, 2017

August Goals (2017)...

First, just let me start off with this: How in the h-e-double hockey sticks is it already August?! I just feel like this year is flying by and I am NOT okay with it! I still have so many goals/plans for this year and I feel like time is running out. But for now lets just focus on my monthly goals because they seem more attainable in this moment. Or maybe not considering my lack of progress on my July Goals... But I'll let you see for yourself below.

In July I Wanted To...

Track my meals/snacks using the WW App 
I was doing pretty good with this and then Vegas hit and tracking went right out the window. Calories don't count on vacation, right? With all the walking I did in Vegas I cancelled out the insane amount of alcohol I consumed and didn't gain any weight while on vacation so at least there's that.

Workout every single day 
I managed to work out over half of the days in July, but didn't meet my goal of every single day. 

Track every cent I spend 
I tried, but it just doesn't work when I spend time in the States when doing this because of having to convert from CAD to USD. I did really well with it when I did it in March because I was in Canada the whole time so I'm going to try again another month where I won't be leaving the GWN at all (if that ever happens haha). 

Take at least 10 walks with Krickit 
None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Poor Bicki :( 

Post at least 10 times on this space of mine
I didn't quite make it to 10 posts, but 8 is still pretty good. I have a couple posts in my drafts folder that I planned to finish up and have scheduled for while I was in Vegas but I never got a chance to finish them before leaving. 

Post to Instagram at least three times a week 
I made more of an effort to post to IG in July but I still managed only 10 posts all month. Still much better than only 3 posts in June! I think part of my problem is that my phone is ancient (it's an iPhone 5s) so my camera quality is terrible. Every single picture I took in Vegas is horrendous because of it (wahhhh). I've been due for an upgrade for over a year but didn't actually NEED a new phone until my camera quality got bad around Spring-time but with the possibility of hopefully moving within the next couple of months upgrading just doesn't make sense right now. If the move doesn't happen by October I think I'll just need to suck it up and upgrade because I can't deal with it for much longer. I LOVE taking pictures so I need to be able to! 

Cross as many 30 Before 30 items off of my list as possible 
Yeah... that definitely didn't happen. I'd like to go back and ask myself (when writing the list) where I thought the money would come from to fund a lot of the items on my list. The easier ones were pretty much forgotten about in favour of dreaming about the big, exciting ones, like a trip to Toronto to bird watch at Rogers Centre - which obviously didn't happen either, which was my biggest mistake in trying to get these things crossed off. I've just decided I'm still going to work on crossing them off, regardless of the fact that I'm already 30. 

Start working on my 101 in 1001 list
The list has been started, it's just not complete yet. Once it is complete I will definitely be sharing. If there is anything you think I should add let me know!

Obviously, I didn't fair so well with my July goals but I was pretty much focused on nothing but Vegas for all of July so that didn't help. Moving on to August!

In August I Want To...

Finish one Project Life album
Just one is all I ask of myself. I just want my spare bedroom back. It's organized chaos in there and I can't wait for it to be back to normal. Then after that album is complete there is only 4 more to go... (eeeek)

Publish 10 blog posts 
I managed to publish 8 in July, the most since March/April, so I think it's doable

Try 5 new recipes 
There are SO many recipes I want to try, I just need to follow through. And not blow my budget buying groceries to make them all...

Make at least $150 from decluttering items around the house
In July I made $420 from decluttering, which paid for my hotel in Vegas without even having to touch my bank account (score!). This month I'm aiming to make $150 so I can put it towards my Twin Cities trip in September for the Jays games 

Complete a new workout program 
I'm starting on Monday and haven't fully decided which program yet but I'm thinking of trying Shift Shop, Insanity, or 21 Day Fix Extreme. Last month I did a mix of Country Heat and Shaun Week workouts so this month I want to try something new

Take Krickit for a morning walk (at least) twice a week 
Poor Bicki hasn't been on any walks in forever. I didn't have contacts for almost three weeks in July so I couldn't take her (the sun would kill my eyes without sunglasses and I'm blind as a bat so I can't go without either glasses/contacts at all times) and then as soon as I got my contacts I left for Vegas and when I got back from Vegas July was pretty much over. So, new month = new goals for time with Krickit!

Take family photos for my sister and nieces
We had wanted to do this in July but the timing never worked out. My nieces are currently enroute to BC with their Dad to go visit their Grandparents and it will be two weeks before we see them again (waaaahh) but I want to get them done for sure this month

Wear a different outfit to work each week day with NO repeats
This was a goal of mine in May (I think?) and I forgot to take photos of my outfits in the first week so then I couldn't remember what I had already worn so it went out the window within the first week. This time I am going to make sure to take pictures each morning before I leave the house so I can make sure to follow through with it!

I think I've set myself some really attainable goals this month so hopefully that means that next month I can cross everything off (probably for the first time ever). I still have lots of things left to cross off of my Summer Bucket List so I didn't set any crazy goals for myself this month since I'll be trying to cross as many as those off too!

Tell me one of YOUR goals for August!