Wasn’t expecting to be writing my mid-year review post on yet another rainy day, but that’s the lower mainland for you!
In general I feel the year is going very well for me, but let’s see how much progress I’m actually making on my 2013 goals . . .
I’ve literally just finished the third audiobook in the Wheel of Time series. Still falling short on my goal of 50 books this year, but I’m hoping that later this year there will be more reading time for me! I’m still going to have to find the Usagi Yojimbo graphic novels, and the time to read physical books too.
Not much more progress in researching travel in France. And we had only a short bit of warm weather before getting a bunch more rain and crappy weather. However, we will be doing a road trip in the beginning of August down to Oregon. Unfortunately it’s for the memorial service for my Grandpa. We’ll see how Locutus and his pregnant mama fare on the long car ride there and back!
While we haven’t been walking each night, we have been getting regular time outside still. And, it looks like the first Friday in July I’ll get to meet up with a group of active mamas and go for a short hike. I’ll need to haul along a stroller, since I can’t use the Ergo anymore, but I’m looking forward to checking out the hiking trail as it’s one I’ve never been to before! Plus I’ll get to meet a bunch of other mamas and their kids too.
I’ve also managed to set up a toy rotation, which I think is going very well. We’ve just switched to the third and final box of the rotation and it’s so fun to see how happily Locutus picks up his toys to play with again. This box had the least amount of toys in it, so hopefully he won’t get bored with it all before the three weeks is up. With better weather approaching, we might be getting outside more in general, which will help prevent boredom too. I do think that he is exploring his toys more deeply than he did before, which is also part of the point of doing a toy rotation.
In dividing up his toys, I realized that he has a lot of toys that encourage motor skill development, but not a lot of social/pretend/language skill development toys. So I’ll be looking to fill in some of those gaps with some different toy sets that he can use to play pretend with.
I’ve continued to post to Facebook in German (am due for another post now actually). And am going to try to write out an actual letter soon too. Though that might have been a bit too ambitious a goal for me since I don’t generally do much letter writing.
My survival project has probably had the most progress so far. I’ve done an inventory and assembled a car emergency kit and gotten a bunch more first aid kit supplies for the house and emergency kit as well. I still need to figure out some next steps to fill in the gaps of our emergency kit, and then start tracking things down.
In crafty areas, things are slow-going. I did refashion some of my maternity clothing by dyeing a few of the pieces. There are still a few pieces left to dye though. One of my gift items (baby blankets) is off the list, but there are still others to work on. Plus, there are a few other creative projects that are calling my name. I probably won’t get to sew myself a wrap sweater though, since it’s looking like getting the Christmas stuff done will be taking up most of my sewing time.
Our garden seems to be doing fairly well (again, mostly Benevolance’s efforts). It’s a bit difficult to tend to the garden with Locutus in tow, since he doesn’t really understand much about plant care though. When last I checked, the lettuce we plants really looks like it took off! Hopefully we can start harvesting some of the veggies soon!
I’m actually really pleased that I’ve been so consistent blogging. Still need to build up a bit of a buffer again (hence why this post is a bit late), but still have lots of ideas to blog about, so I won’t be quitting any time soon!
Fitness and Health
I’m feeling pretty good about my Fitocracy 1% Challenge (it got renamed from the Spark Fitness challenge). With the recent round of colds in our house, I’ve been a bit short of sleep and energy for getting up to work out. But on days off, getting outside for some walking time helps. Plus now that I’m going to the Surrey Prenatal Clinic for appointments, I get some walking time in on all those appointment days too.
I haven’t managed doing a longer workout each week yet and would love to find more time for yoga. But since I’d like to follow one of my yoga DVDs, space constraints and time constraints have really not helped out in the matter.
We continue saving pretty well.
One of my challenges with my side business is that my schedule is always needing to flex for things. So there is no regular time for me to work on it and review income and expenses and such. So, it’s hard for me to see what kind of progress I’m making. I will be taking a break from it while on maternity leave, so hopefully I’ll have a chance to do some number crunching then.
I still can’t believe that the year is half over. How are you progressing on your goals?