October has been a very busy month for us. There was a lot of juggling between our jobs and taking care of Anna. All the excitement of the birthday was great, but it also brought some additional testing. Seriously, Anna probably thought that becoming 4 will grant her some sort of additional superpowers and new privileges. She did get some – like her new bunk bed, the requirement of brushing teeth twice a day and eating what adults eat. The last one is slow going – Anna is a very picky eater and her favorite food at the moment is pasta with butter. Seriously, sometimes I am considering to starve her to the point where veggies suddenly sound very attractive to her.
As for my other October goals, we enjoyed our times with friends, but we haven’t been able to go on any field trips this month. Somehow we just couldn’t master energy for them between busy work load and my desire to just hang out with Anna at home on weekends. We also didn’t make any progress on the garage, and I am almost afraid to put this goal on November list because it’s embarrassing to write about it every month and still get nowhere. And this brings me to November goals:
- 1. It’s hard for me to plan for November now since I expect some changes at work that might really impact what happens in November. My resolution is to think before I act and to talk everything out with my husband before I make any work-related commitments that might have serious impact on our future.
- 2. Encourage Anna to play more with kids in the neighborhood. We have a pretty vibrant “playborhood” with many kids of different ages spending a lot of time outside. She is really opening up socially lately, and it would be great if she starts making friends with neighborhood kids.
- 3. Figure out Thanksgiving – it will be different this year, since my parents are not coming. I still want to have turkey, so we are looking to invite some friends to spend this holiday with us.
- 4. Reduce my online time. I love blogging, I really do. But reading blogs, commenting and responding to emails can become such a huge time suck. I have to be honest with myself – on good days I spend about 90 minutes a day by writing my own posts, reading and commenting on other blogs and responding to comments. It can be a lot more on other days when I procrastinate and spend time reading more blogs instead of living my life. I feel bad sometimes that I don’t get to respond to everyone or to at least visit every commenter on my blog, but I just can’t afford to spend so much time in online world. Notice – I didnt say “waste so much time”. I enjoy getting to know other people and other blogs. It’s my form of recreation, and I will continue to do so. I just have to put stricter limits on the time I spend on these activities.
- 5. And begrudgingly I am putting garage organization on this list yet again. I still didn’t figure out the way of how it will be done, but maybe if I achieve goal 4, goal 5 will fall in place by itself :)
I am linking this post to Monthly Goals at Mama Smiles.