Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October Recap/November Goals

October Goals
1. Weekend projects! Done-ish. I did finish our Halloween costumes, and they turned out great, but I didn't really go to the rest of the list - in fact, I effectively extended it by starting to search for a house!

2. Try some new crockpot recipes. Done! Unfortunately, we didn't really like most of them, but I did try them.

3. Save another $2,000 to the house fund. Done!

4. Up our student loan repayments to $500. Done and then some, thanks to Direct Loans screwing up my payments.

5. Change the oil in our car. Success - I took it to the mechanic, which turned into an ordeal, but it ended up only costing $25 and introduced me to public transit here.

6. Speaking of chilly, here's a bonus goal: buy winter boots. Fail - it didn't get cold enough or rainy/snowy enough to need boots so I put it off. Snow is forecast for tomorrow, however, so I'll be getting some this weekend!

November Goals
1. Sell two costumes. I may never get back to dancing, at least not in the sense of joining a company and performing regularly. There are some costumes that I will never wear again because they are so specific to my old company, so I'm going to get rid of them. I'll start by offering them to new members of the old company, and then stick 'em on ebay if no one's interested.

2. Get more critical. That seems like a weird goal, right? I've noticed over the last few months that I feel like I'm getting stupider. I blame it on reading blogs and short form news stories, skipping over things that bother or challenge me, reading unedited books for work. Really ever since finishing grad school, I haven't tried to do much of anything that's very mentally taxing. I'd like to continue to hone those skills, and that means being more critical. To achieve this goal, I'll be seeking out more difficult reading (fiction AND nonfiction), attempting to think critically about what I read or see (instead of "Oh, I liked it"), and trying to cut down on entertaining media in favor of educational media. I'll also be attempting to be more thoughtful and critical in my own writing.

3. Complete my car winter preparedness checklist. Pretty self-explanatory!

4. Do a work-at-home day. As I mentioned last week, I've got some stuff to take care of that I just can't get to during evenings and weekends. I've picked my day and am starting a list of everything that needs to get done! If you've got any suggestions, leave 'em in the comments.

5. Book all holiday travel. I should have done this in September or October, but I just didn't get to it. I'm sure prices are outrageous already, but we're still figuring out when we can be off work and when we need to be back and - it just needs to get done.

What are your goals for this month?


  1. Oh, I totally know what you mean about feeling dumbed down in the digital age of short attention spans. Even when I come across a great piece of longform journalism, I never do it justice (and I was always a speedreader even at the best of times). I have been really stretching myself with challenging and thought provoking - harrowing, even - books this year, for what that's worth.

  2. Check out longform.org if you haven't already - I love that site and have read so many interesting, well-written, LONG articles because of it. :)

  3. Great goals! My main goal is to actually start thinking about a part-time job.


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