Goal Review: May 2019

May was tough. Claire had a rocky month- lots of difficulty falling asleep, night waking, extreme clinginess- which left Matt and I both ragged. I spent a lot of time on the road to my hometown, going to OBGYN appointments for some new pelvic issues. Matt had an accident on a ladder in our backyard. Our financial woes escalated. It just hasn't been great. That's my disclaimer.

1. Continue breastfeeding. 

We made it another month!

KonMari Claire's clothes and toys. MEH.

I went through her clothes, shoes, and diapers, moving things she's outgrown to a pile...that is still sitting there untouched.

3. Read to Claire daily. MEH.

I did this almost daily. I didn't keep up with it, but I know I read to her more days than I didn't.

4. Go to the library. X

Nope. Never felt like dealing with downtown traffic and junk.

5. C
omplete one 5K each week, in addition to a "power mile" each week.  X

Big nope. As I said at the beginning of this post, I've had some pelvic issues since I started running again. I like not having these troubles more than I like to run, so this activity is on hold until I figure out what the deal is.

6. Continue weekly yoga and strength-training routines. MEH.

I slacked off on strength-training, but I did manage to get in a few yoga sessions this month.

7. Go outside daily. 

Running our little farm requires at least a trip to the coop and garden nowadays, but Claire and I have spent a lot of time in our swings. This amazing hammock swing was my Mother's Day gift, and wooooowwww. It's seriously the best thing I've ever received. Matt hung it up in my favorite tree in our yard, and hanging out there feels like vacation.

8. Get up early at least once each week to write. MEH.

I did this a few times, but as I said, we've had a ton of challenging nights this month. Getting up early after not going to bed til 2 am...not happening.

9. Donate and/or sell items that are lying around the house waiting to go. MEH.

We did take a load of unwanted books, games, and CDs to McKays. Aside from that, everything is exactly where it was at the beginning of the month.

10. Delete Facebook app after selling stuff on Marketplace. 

Facebook has been contributing so much to my anxiety and depression lately, I got fed up and deleted my page altogether. I did it as an experiment, sort of, but that was several weeks ago, and I haven't looked back. I really don't miss it. I've actually been sleeping better (when Claire sleeps, of course) and feeling a less intense sense of impending doom.

11. Experiment with DIY blush and lip color. 

Using a combination of beet root powder and arrowroot powder, I made my own blush. I added the same mixture to a bit of coconut oil for my own lip gloss. I was pretty pleased with the results! I'm finding this DIY makeup thing fun and satisfying.

12. Make or obtain more reusable produce bags. 

Used some credit to buy these on Amazon. They're awesome!

13. Begin work on third bedroom. 

FINALLY!!! The drywall and lumber have been sitting here for months now, and last weekend, my father-in-law was able to get started on it. The framing for one wall is up. Also...check out what we discovered beneath the cheap laminate when he pulled it up...

Beautiful, original hardwood!!! It's really gorgeous and looks like it just needs a good moppin'. I'm fighting the urge to rip up all the floor now.

14. Clean up dining room. 

This room was Stress City; now it's calm and serene. I found a pair of curtain panels I'd gotten at Ikea for our wedding, unused and still in the pack (!!!). Just that one little change made an enormous difference. Obviously, we also decluttered, cleaned, rearranged wall art, and re-positioned the table. Even though I wasn't able to add trim, paint, or get that fancy light fixture I wanted, I'm loving this space for now.

15. Do something special to celebrate our anniversary. 

After all the adulting we had to do during this fourth year of marriage, I wanted the theme of our anniversary to be fun. With becoming parents, losing employment, and plummeting into financial despair, we haven't had much fun in a while. So, silly, childish, cheap fun was my goal.

I ended up creating a simple scavenger hunt for Matt. I planned a bit in advance, putting my B.A. in English to use (for once, lol) by writing a string of "clever", rhyming clues. On the morning of our anniversary, I hid these clues in various spots for him to find, the first one taped to the steering wheel of his car. The clues ultimately led to a hidden cheapo-Nerf-knock-off I got at Walmart for $6.97 and a note with instructions to "arm yourself and find me." Meanwhile, I was waiting in the house, lights off, my own Nerf-knock-off in hand, hiding in an obstacle course I'd built from couch cushions, pillows, blankets, and Amazon boxes.

It was stupidly fun. Our overweight selves, out of breath as we ducked and rolled and tumbled behind homemade obstacles to avoid each other's foam-pellet fire. We laughed until we cried.

We had a cheap, easy, and kid-friendly dinner of hot dogs and chips with the kind of French onion dip we loved as kids. Our dessert was the other special anniversary surprise: a sundae bar. I went a bit overboard on toppings, but I wanted it to be a party for two. Vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, brownie bites, crumbled Oreos, mini M&M's, crumbled chocolate chip cookies, crumbled chocolate espresso cookies, hot fudge sauce, maraschino cherries, and Reddi-Wip.

Definitely a party for two.

As corny and simple as all of it was, the day was truly one of the best we've shared together.

1 comment

Lacey said...

First of all, WHO WOULD EVER COVER UP REAL HARDWOOD FLOORS?!!?! Seriously, why do those types of people exist?? I would like to have a sit-down with that person and try to figure out what is going on in their brains to make them think that's a good idea. lol... but really, what a treasure to discover!! And your anniversary date sounds like SO much fun!