B+ Goals

Hello, spring! Usually I’m one to feel like time is moving slowly. But so far I feel 2016 is moving at a quick pace. I’m not too sad to see winter go. It’s most definitely not my favorite season. Spring is tricky in the Northern Virginia area. It can get down right hot. And then cold, and I’m scrambling to remember where I put the gloves (or, more accurately, what weird place my children stashed their gloves).

Since March is gone, and April is here, it’s time for B+ goals recap and planning for April. This month was definitely B+ in that I could not 100% control the outcomes of some of these goals. You’ll see what I mean.

March B+ Goals recap:

+Purchase, set up, and decorate a large book shelf on a big-ish empty wall in our kitchen/family room: COMPLETE

Dan and I found the shelf we wanted and ordered it. And then it came broken. Dan called and the company said it would send replacement parts. The replacement parts came. But they were the wrong parts. So Dan called again. After some round and round with the company, the shelf is complete! I don’t know how exactly I want to style it, so what you see in the picture is what I’ve put there for the time being. Finding all those initial letters for five people was no joke. Kate and I spent a fun hour at Michael’s Craft Store going through all the alphabet choices before finding everyone’s initials in this distressed style.

march-2016-1

+Figure out canvas art: COMPLETE

I initially thought I just wanted two large canvas prints on either side of the TV. But after looking around online and considering the pictures we had, we went with six pictures, three on one side and three on the other of varying sizes. We placed the order, but they haven’t arrived yet. I’ll take a picture and post it here and to Instagram when they come.

+Organize the linen closet and utility room: COMPLETE

These two areas weren’t in terrible shape, but they were becoming less and less functional. Dan and I went through both of them in short order and found lots of stuff to donate, stuff to put on Craig’s list, and stuff that was just broken and needed to be trashed. I love how everything has it’s place, and I can easily see what we have and don’t have.

march-2016-2

+Write 1,000 words a day (not for the blog): COMPLETE

Well, I did this. But it needs to be on-going, so I can finish this book. I’m happy to report, though, that I pounded out lots of words a day, transcribed the interviews I’d done, and completed a new interview. Right now I’m at the part where I need to schedule a few more interviews, and I need to start piecing these pieces together. I want to rip up this book and light it on fire several times a day, so I think that means I’m on the right track.

+Decide what to do in the backyard: COMPLETE AND IN PROGRESS

We decided to have the deck AND a fence installed! We thought a fence would be another year out, but the quote we got for the deck and fence was more reasonable than we thought. We signed the contract, and we hope work will start in another couple weeks. Next on our list is a playset. We priced out several different options this weekend and narrowed it down to two options, one more expensive than the other. We’re going to think about it this week and make a decision.

Moving on to April, here’s what I’d like to do:

+Complete at least one interview for my book.

I’ve got a bunch of these already done, but I need a few more. I’d love to complete at least one this month.

+Get dressed.

HA! Okay, so I don’t run around town in my underwear. But I wear my Athleta Chaturunga tights, t-shirt, and zip up hoodie pretty much every day. There’s nothing wrong with this look. The main reason I wear this “look” is because Thomas spits up all day long, every day. Not a little bit. A lot. A lot, a lot. Without getting graphic, let’s just say that it’s gross, so I can’t just wipe off my clothes and keep going. Well, I can. But it’s yucky. This has discouraged me from getting dressed “properly.” Ideally, I’d like to wear not yoga pants (I’d like to wear my Bettonas or one of my other Athleta pants that aren’t jeans but not yoga pants), a casual shirt, cardigan (if need be), scarf (if need be), necklace, and earrings. Maybe I’ll even my wedding rings! HA! I never wear those.;)

I feel like I’m been slumming it for so long, I yearn to feel more put together. But it’s tough because of the aforementioned baby spit up, plus, I need clothes that MOVE. I’m constantly bending down, leaning over, sitting on the floor, chasing someone, etc… I want to look cute AND functional. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

+Find a new go-to healthy side dish.

We eat two side dishes: Brussels sprouts or a simple salad of mixed greens, feta, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. These are fine sides, and they go with lots of things. But I’d like another healthy side that’s quick and easy. Any suggestions?

+Find the perfect coffee/tea travel mug.

We have stainless steel mugs from Contigo, and they keep the drinks hot. But I think they make the coffee taste bad! I can taste old coffee taste even after a good run through the dishwasher. HELP!

+Finish podcast listener survey.

Thanks to you all for recommending I use Google Forms! Armed with this new approach, I want to finish this up this month.

Okay, how about you? How did March go? What’s on tap for you in April? What goals are easy to achieve? What ones are more challenging?

Check out Elizabeth’s goals and link up with us!

Author

Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.

  • abbynein

    You should try roasted carrots! They are an easy side (throw in pan, some olive oil and seasoning of your choice, then like 425 for 20-25 minutes.) and my toddler loves them!

    • Great idea! Thank you! My daughter especially loves carrots. I will try this and report back.

  • Jessica Smith

    I love roasted broccoli! We use olive oil, garlic, pepper, and salt. I typically add a dash of red pepper flakes, too since my kids won’t really eat it. We roast it for 15 minutes (it chars easily but is still good). Then we usually mix in some cheddar cheese after it’s done baking. We also love Israeli couscous, and usually make that up with some chicken broth to give it a good flavor. My 2-year-old loves it!

    • Good idea! My daughter loves broccoli! And good idea on the cheddar cheese at the end. 🙂

  • Wow! You accomplished a lot! Go, you!

    Is that a Letterfolk board that I spy? I’ve had my eye on them, but I don’t think they ship internationally yet.

    Finally, I love Tracy’s roasted green beans with parmesan! http://www.shutterbean.com/2012/roasted-green-beans-w-parmesan/

    • Yes! It is! 😉 I’ll check out those roasted green beans, thanks!

  • Christina Leaman

    Whenever we get into a veggie slump, I grab something from the pre-cut, ready to cook veggie section at Wegmans. They have a pretty big selection. We grill veggies a lot too.

    • Yes, agreed! Wegmans has great precut veggies!