2012 Goals Update: Month 1

Here’s an accounting of progress, or lack thereof, on my goals and resolutions:

Restaurants visited from wish list – 0 – will be choosing one for Valentines week!

Rock concerts – attended or tickets bought this month – 0 – nothing announced that was a must-see

Books read – 2 (was aiming for 4):

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Random Riggs

DVDs watched: – 0 (brought 3 home and didn’t watch them)

Movies seen : 1 – Iron Lady with Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Played Magic the Gathering with spouse – no (he went to his first tournament, though!)

Baked bread – yes – I was delighted that it turned out!

Bought and cooked local meat – no

Made things to buy list – yes:

  • coffee maker for work – bought (got stand for coffee maker free from a co-worker!)
  • metal ladle & slotted spoon – bought 1 new, 1 used
  • yogurt maker – bought online
  • smoke detector – bought
  • outdoor thermometer – bought

Bought things not on list – yes 😦

  • Lion King soundtrack CD (which brings me great joy) – bought used
  • scarf organizer
  • necklace at flea market for 25 cents

Subscribed to Freecycle – yes

Attended PFLAG – no, because of working evenings, will need to delay to March

Improved driving – hmm, maybe 50%. Still a few errors. Not serious, but def room for improvement!

Organizing and decluttering:

  • list of user names and passwords – in progress
  • reorganize Link’s studio – no, but repaired filing cabinet
  • filing in work office – zero accomplished 😦
  • additional project: cleaned out 1 of 3 “junk drawers”

Clothing Inventory and Better Dressing – made list of items needed:

  • 2 bras, 2 tank tops (all replacements) – bought
  • bathing suit for pool (1st new one since 2006) – bought
  • brown shoes (flats) – not yet, deferred to February

Bought one item not on list:

  • yoga pants – I admittedly did not need them but I like them very much 🙂

I wore 8 different shirts this month that I had not worn in ages, and I retired 2 sweaters and 1 pair pants that are too shapeless.

Savings

In addition to Link’s university fund, and savings for twice-annual property tax bill, I wanted to save $400 for other upcoming expenses, but only saved $375. So much for shopping “off the list”! And, I used $40 in grocery gift certificates (acquired from Airmiles) to stretch the grocery budget to the end of the month.

Overall, I did have a lot of time to get things done in January – except for the one movie, I spent the entire month at home and work, so I felt quite focused!

How was your month?

2 comments

  1. January was so, so could have been better, but could have been worse. You have a very different layout for your blog, I have only seen this type once before I think. Thanks for popping over and comments. It’s strange how different the prices of items can be isn’t it?

    Gill

  2. I have just started keeping a grocery price book so I can compare prices on the same items over time and remember what the regular price is and the best sale price. Whenever I grumble about grocery prices, I am always thankful I don’t live somewhere like Nunavut where the prices are in the stratosphere!

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