I’ve never been so glad for a month to be over! Long work hours made this a very stressful month, but my body is almost back on a normal sleep schedule and my wallet is much happier due to the insane amount of overtime I earned. We spent a chunk of our savings on a new car, so that has me scrambling to figure out what will happen to our house down payment and travel fund. (For all my talk about being a planner, I did a terrible job of remembering that our 2nd car was only a loaner and if D had to drive any distance to work, we’d need a new one.)
August isn’t shaping up to be much better since I’ve got 2 parties to plan for my sister’s wedding (shower + bachelorette). D & I are going on our first couple-y vacation since our honeymoon, though, and even if it’s just a long weekend, I’m going to enjoy every minute of it!
1. Work out 4 days per week. Done!
I don’t even know what to say about this any more, but since this is the only goal I consistently meet, I refuse to say anything bad about it.
2. Read 8 books. Fail.
So close! I read 7, and was most of the way through #8 but opted to watch the Olympics instead. Four of the books were simplistic YA books, though, so I can’t brag too much. Never take book recommendations from your 11-year-old cousin. You will probably get sucked in and then you will be ashamed and you will also want to tell her why love triangles are terrible.
3. Figure out all of the financial stuff that has changed. Mostly!
We’re not outside the Roth limits (yay!), but our tax bill will be ridiculous. I’ve upped my withholdings, so hopefully we’ll get close to the right amount for 2012. We renewed our lease at our current apartment complex, mostly because there wasn’t enough time to do anything else. We spent way too much money on our car, but we’ll be able to replenish our savings by early next year so we can start looking to make an even bigger purchase – a new house.
4. Post at least 2x per week. So much fail.
I honestly was thinking we’d spend our time picking out a car and looking for 0% financing and looking up negotiation techniques. Instead, we bought a car after swearing we wouldn’t and didn’t have to do any of the research I thought we’d have to do. So, good for stress levels, bad for blog content. You will all have to be content with my 3x per month schedule (sorry).
5. Plan my sister’s bridal shower. Mostly!
The party is coming up in August, and I AM GOING INSANE. We decided to DIY some major parts of it, and it was just a stressful choice. I’m planning on taking a day off work to get everything done. It will end up being the cheaper option, but the time tradeoff is not feeling worth it right now.
6. Use massage groupon. Fail.
I didn’t even try, but mostly because I want to use it after the shower. No point in getting the massage and then hurting my back from sitting hunched over DIY table runners for hours.
7. Go to the farmer’s market. Fail.
I totally forgot about this goal, but we haven’t had a non-working weekend at home all month. I worked the first 2 weekends, we were out of town on the 3rd, and D had to work last weekend. We’re just lucky there’s food other than condiments in our fridge!
8. Bake at least one recipe I’ve pinned on Pinterest. Fail.
But! I’m using several images as inspiration, including fruit kebabs, which are kind of like baking except without all of the ingredients and using a stove and stuff. I’ll definitely be getting my bake on before the shower, though. Wah.
9. Go hiking at least once. Fail.
I was tempted to give us a “Kinda?” on this goal. We did go for walks several times per week, and I’ve mentioned the no-weekends thing. Still, this is technically a fail, and there’s no shame in failing at really easy things on the internet.