Tuesday, October 8, 2019

19 in 2019 Update

And just like that, it's the final quarter of the year! I'm a little sad that 2019 is coming to an end so soon as it has been a great year, but at the same time, I'm anxious for it to be late November so we can move and get settled in our new house! Here's how I'm doing on my 19 in 2019 list. There are 2 items on the list that I'm unlikely to accomplish, but that's ok. I'll consider crossing 16-17 of these items off a success!

Family Fun:
Go on a date with Phil once a quarter
Murray's Steak house on 3/30/19
* 2nd anniversary date at Acqua on 5/25/19
* In the 3rd quarter we went kayaking at the lake while my mom watched Paul. I usually think of a date as eating out but doing something outdoors together counts, too, I guess!

- Go on a family outing to a state park
* I don't know if this is going to happen. Buying/selling a house is making it hard to fit much fun into our fall weekends... 

- Hike Inspiration Peak
* If the weather cooperates, I'd like to do this in November when we head up to the lake while our house goes on the market. It's not really peak time to do the hike but I'm sure we'd still enjoy it.

Take swimming lessons with Paul
* We took lessons March-June and I'm planning to enroll us in the fall session. I'm so glad we did this as he seems to love the water!

- Take Paul to Wild Rumpus (amazing local kids' bookstore)
* We did this in August when I had family in town and we've been back 2 other times!

Host a puzzle party
I hosted a birthday puzzle party in February! Puzzles are the perfect winter activity!

Try a new restaurant once a quarter
I went to BLVD with college friends in January.
Acqua was a new-to-us restaurant that we went to for our anniversary date.
* I went to Hai Hai with college friends earlier this month. It was fun to check out a new place but I much prefer the owner's other restaurant, Hola Arepa.

Take Paul sledding at a park
* We went sledding several times in our neighborhood.

Personal Development:
Figure out my enneagram type
* I determined that I am a 1w2 this spring. I've enjoyed following some enneagram IG accounts to get further insight into my enneagram type!

- Train for and run a 10k
* This just isn't going to happen and I am ok with that.

Read 52 books
* I completed this goal in June, which is the earliest that I've hit my reading goal. I might end up reading 100 books this year! This goes to show that you can still find time to read after having kids!

Read all the unread books on my shelf; donate/sell any books I don't read by the end of 2019
I read Just Mercy (excellent) and Rabbit Cake (too quirky for me) during the first quarter.
I read The Present over Perfect (thought-provoking) and The Principles of Uncertainty (took less than 30 minutes to read this quirky book that kind of left me scratching my head).
* I'm going to sell/donate the rest of my unread books before we move. If I haven't wanted to read them over the last 9 months, I'm never going to feel like reading them!

Try a new recipe every month
* In January I made Mini Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaves
* In February I made Sheet Pan Garlic Ginger Chicken and Broccoli
* In March I made Gluten Free Party Potatoes Deluxe
* In April I made Turkey Meatloaf. We loved this and I've made it several times since.
* In May I made Chicken Tortilla Skillet. We felt meh about this recipe.
* I did not make any new recipes in June! Oops!
* In July I made Black Bean Burgers. They were really good and I will definitely make them again!
* Since I didn't make a new recipe in June, I made up for that by making an extra recipe in July - Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Taco. We didn't like this recipe as much as the other one I use but it was fun to try something new.
* In August I made Lighter Eggplant Parmesan. It didn't 'set up' well so was on the runny side. It tasted good but isn't a recipe I'll make again.
* In September I made sausage and tomato risotto. This was a little putzy as you have to gradually add liquid when making the risotto but it still came together pretty quickly. We'll be adding this to our dinner rotation as it was really yummy!

Pesky tasks:
Get a will
* This was done in March! Woot woot.

Establish an organizational system for clothes Paul has outgrown
* I bought plastic storage bins and have been organizing Paul's clothes are he grows out of each size. I've been good about moving things into the storage bins when he outgrows them!

Stay up-to-date with Paul's baby book
* I've been keeping up with adding notable things from his development so far. It's a lot less work to keep up now that he's 1. There were monthly pages for the first 12 months but going forward there are 3-4 pages for each year from age 1-5.

Make a 2018 photo book
* I did this early in the first quarter when Shutterfly had a 40% off sale.

Start/maintain a 2019 photo book
* The pages for January-June are done. I'm hoping to finish the July and August ones soon (I work on 2 months at a time).

Lofty goal:
- Buy our forever home
* I did not think this was ever going to happen, but we will close on it later this month! I think we'll be here for the long haul because moving with a child is way more work than moving without one so I think we'll make this a long long long-term home!

How are you doing on your 2019 goals? Is there anything you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year?


Marlys said...

Well, I have one big goal I want to accomplish - find someone I trust to replace my position!
I have not found one yet - the one I did find was 62 years old, so would probably retire in a few years. Who would retrain a new one? There are so many frustrations with getting out of a business.
Your goal accomplishments amaze me - I'm not anywhere near that organized!

Jeanie said...

Great job, Lisa! Im impressed!

Amber said...

You are rocking the goals and I am sooo glad your last one of buying a home is now ticked off the list. So exciting! Now if only mid-november could be here already and you'd be all moved in!

Stephany said...

You've been killing it with your goals (how very "1" of you ;)) and I'm soooo happy you were able to mark off your lofty goal! YAYAYAYA!

I think my biggest focus for the rest of 2019 is finishing my novel! It's going to take a lot of work to get there but I think I'm up for the challenge!

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Not sure if you guys smoke pork but we've made this twice now and it was delicious for pulled pork tacos! https://www.katheats.com/easy-pork-tacos . I havent added the corn and i use whatever peppers we have on hand. Anthony smokes pork and we eat it once and then freeze quarter size bags. We thawed a package this week and got two meals out of it for the three of us and there is enough that the two of us will have lunch today if we want it. We topped ours with a mango habenero finishing sauce that I found at aldi awhile ago. SOO good.

San said...

Wow, I'd say things are going well on your goal list (and it's totally okay to postpone a few to let others take precedence!)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

You are doing so well with your goals! I love how you have goals that are very well rounded, covering such a wide range of activities.

I wanted to have more people over for low-key gatherings this year, but we haven't done much of that yet. I am hoping to sneak in a couple get-togethers before the end of the year, like a games night, and maybe just order in and play cards with friends.