January brings resolutions and reflections to the forefront, which made me revisit this post from November 2011. How did I do?
Walk/tennis: Not so much.
Research projects: Plugging along. A recent collaboration was accepted for a podium presentation.
Knitting: No. I never sit around (in my dream commute I spend 20 minutes on a train everyday, knitting away) so this hobby may never take off. It's also very, very hot here with little need for knitted garments.
New underwear: Buying nursing bras does not count.
Learn about music: Started piano lessons in May, did not practice enough, need to read to supplement understanding (music theory, A Natural History of the Piano) My goal is to resume lessons in a few months and be a proficient sight-reader at that time.
Fix hair: Gonna go a little darker this Friday. I love this little-bit-of-pink-hair trend, however, given that I will be 35 before I can try it out (=15 years outside age-appropriate range), I don't brush my hair in the first place, and I wear the same clothes for consecutive days with Dansko clogs, this seems a bridge too far.
Cooking and baking a lot: YES. I cook and bake a lot. We installed a chest freezer and purchased a Costco membership. When I divvyed up a $6.59 5 lb bag of shredded mozzarella into 1 lb bags and promptly used one to make and freeze a sausage (also from the freezer) and broccoli rabe lasagna, I thought, yes, the $110 membership is so worth it. I felt like a Very Good Wife.
|Freezer inventory late December 2012|
Volunteer more steadily at Morgan's Wonderland: I didn't keep up with volunteering after the park re-opened after its winter break and after becoming pregnant standing outside in 100+ degrees was a no-
go. I do plan on taking Baby H here a bunch, especially when she's older.
Make wedding album on Blurb: A project fully executed, at last.
Blogging: Has turned out to be a great record of our life in Texas.
Long walks with Baby H in nearby parks and greenways, especially before the weather takes a turn for the Dantean again. Get flexible at Smart Barre, a 4 minute bike ride from our house. Spinning.
Research projects: Keep plugging away.
Music: Sit at piano. Connect brain and fingers.
Cooking and baking: My main hobby. Goals: limit meat to 2-3x/week, emphasis on veggies, less white food (flour/sugar), find a place to grow kitchen herbs (a spectacular failure so far).
Needlework: Restart cross-stitch, learn embroidery or perhaps get a sewing machine.
Wyoming: Family vacation in August. Florida: Society meetings in the fall. Montreal: July meeting I realllly want to go to because I've never been to Montreal.
In the short-term: Adjust to life with a newborn, which promises to be magical, exhilarating, and exhausting!