Update on 14 Things in 2014- February

Well, hey there if anyone is actually there? I am sort of back. I have come to the realization that this space is secondary to a lot of things in my life since when I can write I will and when I can’t I won’t beat myself up about it.  Here’s a quick update on 14 things in 2014.  This month wasn’t great but I think it is a theme across our life so I will try again next month.

1.  Participate in either a sprint triathlon or a race that is 10K or longer. I just got these new pretties so I am thinking that is a good motivator to hit the treadmill.

So, I have been pretty good this month all things considered.  We were in Lake Geneva for a weekend and I was sick for almost 10 days with a nasty cold that didn’t let me work out, but I am committed more than ever to eating better and taking care of myself.  And, yes I sold my FitBit Force and I am thinking I will by a Polar or Garmin but I am not worried about rewarding myself at this point. It just feels good to move

2.  Research, try and make a new recipe once a month.  So frequently we end up in a food rut in our house and I think with a little bit of effort we could try some new things.  And maybe, I could even share them here on this little blog.

We tried this recipe for Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps.  They were a little sweet for us but pretty easy to make. The upside is that there was a lot left over and in the future I could use it for protein on a salad

3.  Teach Brady (with Glenn’s help) to ride a bike. Our strider bike attempt was a bust so with some new Big Wheels for Christmas we are hoping that a bike is in his future.

Between the snow, wind, rain, polar vortex etc…I got nothing new on this one

4.  Begin a scrapbook project for our family that forces me to pick up my camera weekly.

Man, this one is not going well. I was so motivated to pick up my camera in January but this month not so much and I am have done nothing on a scrapbook front for 2014.  I’m afraid if I don’t get moving on this now, I won’t get it done.

5.  Read at least one classic. I am a voracious reader but I have never read a classic.

Work. Life. Mama. Busy. Repeat.  No fun reading this month.

6.  Find a spiritual place that works for our family. My faith has been on the back burner since we had kids and it is time to explore and nurture that part of me.

Nothing new on this one either.  I am thinking it may have to be the summer before we or I tackle this one.

7.  Learn Adobe Photoshop once and for all.

Nope. Dang, what the heck happened this month. Feels like I got nothing accomplished. But, the good news is that my school has a free membership for every teacher and student to Lynda.com and there are tons of great tutorials on the site which I can access from anywhere.

8.  Set a goal when it comes to weight loss and hit it.  No, I will not be sharing this one.  This has been a recent struggle for me privately and now you know so maybe it will hold me accountable.

This month has had some highs and lows. After selling my FitBit Force, I don’t know if it was the illness and travel this month but I am in a rut.  I feel like I am working out more and eating cleaner but nothing is happening. My clothes fit different and that feels good but the scale won’t budge.  So, I am planning and going to be really strict for a while and see what happens

9.  For the rest of the school year, pack my lunch at least three times a week. No excuses.

I am totally on track with this one.  I have actually started to enjoy packing my lunch and find even when lunch is served I don’t always eat.  I like knowing what and how many calories I put in my body and tailoring my daily food plan to my needs.

10.  Watch the entire Breaking Bad series. Glenn and I keep talking about it and we need to start watching now. (This will require me not to go to bed at 8:30 every night).

Haven’t done this yet, but… for the first time ever I watched the Big Lebowski. I just don’t get the humor or the story line but I did it.  And now Glenn is watching Homeland which makes me excited for us to be able “add” a show we can watch together.

11. Get Cate involved or signed up for something. Poor second child has been neglected and it’s her turn to do something… anything.

Nope. I looked at spring offerings and couldn’t find anything I loved so I am going to wait until summer or until she turns three and can swim.  Maybe, ballet? Did I really say that?

12. Call or send snail mail to my grandma once a month.

This is the one I feel the worst about. I didn’t do this and I need to. So, I am shooting for two times in March to make up for it.  Darn it.

13.  Finish decorating our main floor with the little things and big things. Shelves need to be filled and there are some walls that need love and at least one TV that needs to be mounted.

I got nothing here but will give you a reminder that we are starting a MASSIVE kitchen remodel in less than a month.  Hold me…the dust, decisions, and lack of a kitchen may just kill me.

14. Have a quarterly meeting with my two best friends. I miss them. Too often I find excuses about why I can’t so this year, I will organize and I say I can.

Well, as long as we stick to our March dinner we should accomplish this one.  I am so excited for wine, my two best girls and some time.  Where are we going? Don’t care as long as it happens.