Tuesday, June 11, 2013

SUMMER TO-DOs (The Mama Edition)

Hey, good people! I challenged myself to blog every day this week, but that's just easier said than done.  It's almost midnight here. I had to sit down, open this laptop, and not be defeated by my own challenge (at least not on the second day - ha)!

So, yesterday I shared what I wanted to do with my little one this summer.  Today I'm posting what I plan to do for myself.  Let's begin:
  1. Relax.  I put this one first because this is an an area where I personally struggle.  If you've read my blog in the last month or so, you probably heard me whining about NOT teaching summer school this year. I'm sure some of you probably thought I was crazy.  I get this constant need to be busy from my mother.  She has always been a busy body up until recently, when her body started telling her she needed to slow down. Since then, she's encouraged ME to slow down and not make the same mistakes. Of course I haven't had time to take her advice (ironic), but maybe this summer is a blessing in disguise for me.  I have to admit, I'm beginning to enjoy having no obligations.    
  2. Try group fitness classes. Again. Running is great, but I need to add some variety.  I tried a few classes earlier in the year, but wasn't really a fan. Cycling was definitely a good, tough workout, but it was a strain on my knees.  (As a runner, one of my biggest fears is knee injury/weakness. I can't risk it.) And the cardio class was too easy/boring.  So I'm thinking Zumba and yoga this summer. I'm still not as fit as I need to be, and I think this could help.
  3. Watch an entire series of a show I've never watched before.  I'm not a big TV watcher. I'm kinda picky about how I spend the little time I do watch TV. This past season, I watched Grey's Anatomy (because I've always watched it), The Game (because I've always watched it), and went back and watched season one of Scandal so I could watch season two with the rest of civilization.  But that's about it.  As mentioned, I recently started watching Downton Abbey through my Amazon Instant Video app.  It took me a few episodes, but I'm definitely a fan now.  I'm midway through season two. Season three isn't free yet (womp), so I'll have to wait until it is free to catch up with the rest of civilization.  Until then, I'll start watching Army Wives. I've heard good things about it.
  4. Go to the dentist.  I'm good with keeping M's regular dentist appointments, but I'm long overdue for a cleaning.  (This typically isn't something I'd add to my list, but I need to see it it in writing so I can get it taken care of.)
  5. Finish the God Don't Like Ugly series.  Surprisingly I haven't been reading very much this summer.  I think that has something to do with my little party-for-one Downton Abbey marathons.  But I'll get to back to it soon and finally finish this series I started last year (I'm on Book 5 of 6).
  6. Run a 5K or two.  I've got my eye on a couple.
  7. Eat/cook better. Lots of room for improvement here.
  8. Go on dates with my husband (or maybe a weekend trip).  DK and I go through spurts of having a good balance of "us" time, but we haven't been good with that lately.  Gotta do better.
  9. Become a stronger runner.  I began running a year ago, but have sort of mellowed out (and even cut back) on distance and training. I hope to become stronger this summer.
  10. Work on some career goals.   You guys know me.  "Work work" had to be in here somewhere.  I don't plan to get another degree, but there are some other things I'd like to do with my career to get better and/or create more income for my family.  I've got a couple of ideas.
Sooo yeah, that's my list.  Nothing too crazy, but enough to keep me on my toes. 

My house deserves a list of its own, so I'll post it here tomorrow.  I'll be back!


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