kcaleece Posted January 3 Report Share Posted January 3 Woohoo! I LOVE New Year's and resolutions and the whole nine yards, though honestly I was a bit too tired this year to really enjoy it the way I normally do - which feels extra insulting this year, since it was one of the rare years where New Year's Day is on a Sunday which are my absolute favorite years because everything is brand new at the same time, if that makes sense? A new year always starts with a new month, of course, but to also start that with a brand new week is more unusual. Anyway, so I'm hoping to start my new grad program by the end of this month - still waiting to hear from the university, which is starting to make me anxious. If they get everything processed in time, I will be starting a class on Spanish-language music with one of my favorite undergrad professors 🤞 I'm back at work as of yesterday, but I didn't plan or grade over break, so I still have a few days of hard work to knock out before I can start on any longer term work projects. Health-wise, my IVF transfer got postponed - yet ANOTHER ovarian cyst producing estrogen and fucking with my reproductive system in such a way that the doctors can't do anything except try to kill it off - but they think this one looks more cooperative and might clear out with my next period so we'll hopefully know in another 7-10 days. Also, my kid went to his pre-kindergarten check-up yesterday and he grew 4 inches since last year's appointment! The doctor was impressed since apparently the average for kids his age is more like 2.5 inches. Honestly my resolutions aren't wildly different for a change - for the first time in a long time, I'm really just making further progress on longer-than-one-year-anyway type goals. Quest One: Movement 1: I'm going to keep walking and maybe add in some very short running. I joined a challenge where the goal is to walk the equivalent of one mile every day (though it's totally cool to not walk every day but walk more than a mile - which will very much be my plan, between schedule and January weather nonsense). So for this challenge, that would be 35 miles. 2: I do want to start diversifying my workouts some and protect against injury, but I suck even more at doing-something-other-than-walking-or-running workouts, so I'm starting stupid low: a single yoga workout. Legit. Just one. Get your butt going, self. (May not be able to do this for about 2 weeks depending on when the transfer gets moved to, but that still gives me a ridiculous abundance of time to get it done before that) Quest Two: Nutrition 1: Cook twice. One of these recipes must use cabbage - it's a new vegetable to me actually and I have a few possible recipes already from my primary cooking app plus my new Korean cookbook 2: Keep cutting down the Diet Coke - one max per day with a goal of 8 days with none at all this challenge 3: Try the partial replacement strategy for at least one week! I found this via a social media video from one of my favorite fitness guys, Ben Carpenter. Basically the idea is that you can eat whatever the heck you want as long as you eat it with or after something healthier that you also like. For example, if you like carrots, eat a few before you eat pizza under the idea that it will help you eat less pizza without the mental stress of not being "allowed" to eat as much pizza as you normally would want. Quest Three: Work/Languages 1: Spanish work! Goals here are: -20+ word daily journal -watch 5 intermediate or advanced videos (theoretically 1 per week) -read to chapter 12 (or more) in my new Spanish book, Gaby perdida y encontrada 2: Continue weekly Instagram posts 3: get Spanish 2 Unit 4 put together (can be done largely as I go, since the unit begins on Monday and runs through Feb. 8th) 4: enter at least one grade for each class every week. Falling behind on grading kills me at the end of every semester, so I need to keep it continuously churning here at the beginning Quest Four: Home/Hobbies 1. finish the log cabin quilt top. I still can't believe I didn't get this done over break - I really and truly thought I would - but I only have 6 more pieces, surely I can knock that out...??? 2. Organize part of my sewing room. I'm starting with the one wall that is arguably the most needed (as it's the primary pathway to walk around the room) and is also the least crammed with random stuff. I'm hoping to be able to at least start another area too, but...baby steps, right? 3. patch sweatpants - I have the same tiny hole in the front but now there is also a small rip just below the butt. Since they are much loved, warm, but 99%-never-out-of-the-house pants, I'm probably just going to patch them with giant fleece squares and just look silly 4. try to get a bit on top of the finances by keeping a very close eye on my credit card spending. I swear to the gods I keep thinking I'm making headway and the next month it's somehow even higher? So I'm going to try my damnedest to keep credit card spending under $200 (randomly guessing at what might make a good limit here, so it's very open to change). This will include necessary purchases as well as superfluous ones but does NOT count stuff that I buy with cash or direct cash transfers from our bank account, since the goal is to lower the credit card debt. (First 3 days update to come either tonight or tomorrow morning, we'll see how much time I have after grading some leftover final exams) 1 Quote Mom. Teacher. Language Enthusiast. Wood Elf Current Challenge: KCAleece Endures the Long Trek to Summer Alors je ne lui parlais ni de serpents boas, ni de forêts vierges, ni d'étoiles. Je me mettais à sa portée. Je lui parlais de bridge, de golf, de politique et de cravates. Et la grande personne était bien contente de connaître un homme aussi raisonnable. Link to comment
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