Cause I am in a particularly masochistic mood today.
It is now June, which means I’m halfway through 2012. Here was what my To-Do List for 2012 looks like currently. Go Me – sort of.
Replace the HVAC unit before the worst of summer hits. Um, we are plum in the worst of summer (please, please, please let this be the worst even though I know it won’t be), and we did not do this. Because do you know how expensive A/C units are? We just keep slaughtering virgins over our current unit and hoping that pleases the Freon gods.
Spend a long weekend (or week!) at the beach. Yeah. Well, there’s still time. And our state had this REALLY GREAT IDEA of standardizing all school systems in the state so that there’s a longer summer vacation period now, so all of the local beach places have jacked up their rates. I’m thinking this one may have to wait. Which SUCKS SO HARD.
Spend a weekend in Atlanta. Oh yeah. Been there, DONE DID THAT.
Gracefully grow my hair back out. So, yeah. I think I’m doing okay here, but I also don’t know when to cross this one off. Here’s my hair at the beginning of the year:
And my hair now:
I’m not quite at ponytail length, but I can pull the sides back and we’re very close to being able to pull it out of my face entirely without the use of french braids or headbands. Ultimately, I want hair long enough that I can do those cute hair styles on Pinterest.
Run at least 9 miles a week. I crossed this off, because I figure I’m AVERAGING 9 miles a week. I’m currently running 9 miles a week, but I’m hoping to start a training plan in August for longer distances – I’m still waffling between training for a 10K or a half marathon – and that should cement my year-end average. Also, to note: I have not lost one pound doing this. NOT ONE FREAKING POUND.
Replace the various dog-eaten furniture in our house. This hasn’t even begun to happen, mostly because the dog is still chewing. EVERYTHING. DirecTV now knows us as “the house with the dog”, because the only reason we’ve ever called is to replace a dog-eaten remote. However. I am coveting a living room suite from Ikea. I know some folks abhor the place, but the idea of having an ENTIRE COUCH slipcovered (in a cute fabric) is very compelling. Also, I like the look of it. Admittedly, I’ve never been to Ikea, much less sat on a couch from there. But someday.
Continue paying down our debt We are like grown-ups, y’all. We still have two credit cards open – one because Bryan had NO revolving credit, so we couldn’t refinance the house (WHICH IS LUDICROUS), so Home Depot card it is! – and we have a payment plan for a tax surprise. Other than that, we’re doing marvelously well.
Start school. I totally want to strike through this because IT’S DONE. I start in late August at the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE), and I’m calling myself a red-shirt freshman because .. well, better late than never, I suppose.
Finish the Harry Potter series. I am kind of abandoning this because soon, I will be in school and reading will become a thing of luxury OR a mandatory thing that makes me want to stab my eyes out. Either way, time will be an issue.
Have breakfast with my husband at Cafe du Monde. Still working this. Who knows.
Get Tony in some sort of organized sport/activity We’ve done really well with this. We’ve done swimming lessons, which he loved, and just this last weekend, we tried a class at The Little Gym, which he also loved. The child believes himself to be a Power Ranger, so tumbling/flipping/balancing is great for him. Although I’ll have to harvest a kidney, we’re going to enroll him.
Get Jack organized. I feel like we made HUGE AND SWEEPING STRIDES in this. Of course, a new school year starts soon, and WHO THE EFF KNOWS what that will hold, but I feel like the Jack we have now is such a more solidified, assured child than the one we had at the beginning of the school year. I’m hoping we can build on that.
Make time for Bryan to play racquetball 2x a week. Yeah, we’ve DONE this, but it turns out Bryan doesn’t want to play racquetball 2x a week. Funny thing.
Go to the dentist. I’ll.. get back to you on this.
Spend a weekend in Lexington. This used to read “Spend a weekend in Savannah”, and while I would still love to do that, my mom gave Bryan a getaway in Lexington for his birthday, so it seemed much more realistic to change the end destination. So we’ve got the big picture taken care of; we’re just lacking details like WHEN.
Get back onstage. I’m just thinking this isn’t going to happen. Part of me is very, very sad about that, because we’re coming up on a year that I haven’t been onstage. The other part of me is fine, because no show seems to be coming up that I’m stoked for.
Replace the carpet in the house. I dunno. We go back and forth on this. New carpet? Or wood flooring? Do it ourselves? Have it installed? We may just flat-out move before we come to any decision on this.
Learn to make a great mojito. I haven’t even attempted this, because every time we’re all gathered together, I mention learning it, and inevitably someone just makes me a mojito instead. This is the greatest thing ever, and I worry that if I learn, people will stop making them for me.
Join a CSA. Yeah, this was a lovely thought. A lovely, well-intentioned, really expensive thought. And sometimes I see folks pin recipes or what have you utilizing their fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, but I’ve just accepted that my family doesn’t EAT stuff like that. They prefer the overly processed, dripping in preservatives fare that I buy prepackaged at Sam’s. Is this a good thing? Hell no. But it’s reality, and sometimes, a to-do list is about facing reality.
So there you go – my to-do list updates. Looking at the list here, I may have some sweeping changes to make. Things in my house and my life.. well, they are a-changin’. No sense in clinging to what doesn’t work.