Uh, someone please explain this to me. The year is six months old? My baby is ten months old? Huh? What is going on here?
This can’t just be work haze. 2013 is flying by, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like I just put away the Christmas decorations and here it is July. (This might need to be said: I actually put the Christmas decorations away in January. I might be new-mom lazy, but I’ve got it together a little bit, at least.) Anyway, it seems it’s that time again: time to take mid-year stock of goal progress. Or time to face the music, depending.
1. Keep up a M, W, F posting schedule consistently all year – no blog breaks. So far, so good. I missed one Friday, but otherwise, I’ve been here.
2. Stay informed about current events in the literary world, and post about them. I think I’m doing a passably good job about this. Since January, I’ve told you about the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Scholastic’s 2012 Kids and Family Reading Report; ten literary places to read in the most literary city in the U.S.; new cover designs for Anne of Green Gables and the Harry Potter series; and the proposed merger between Penguin and Random House; and Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads. And of course, I participated again in National Poetry Month. I haven’t kept up with the literary news as much into the spring as I was, so there’s room for improvement, but I’m feeling good about this one.
3. Shoot a new header that reflects the spirit of the blog. I haven’t done this yet, although I do have a good idea for a shot.
1. Get the rest of the house painted (even if I have to hire professionals to do it). Uhhhhh, nope.
2. Hang curtains. Haven’t done this either.
3. Plant an herb garden, and don’t kill it this time. Hahahahahahahaha.
1. Get back into road racing. I made a start, running in the Healthy Strides Community 5K with my sis-in-law. I had my eye on a 10K in July, but I think that’s off the table since I haven’t been training. Maybe something in September? It’s a process, but road racing was something that I enjoyed once upon a time, so I’m committed to making it a part of my life again.
2. Get into a regular yoga practice. For awhile at the end of the year, I was attending yoga classes regularly. But when I went back to work, I wanted to spend my weekends with the baby and not driving to yoga by myself, so this goal hasn’t been going too well. I do work yoga poses into my daily routines, so that’s good, and I’m actively looking for a weekend “Mommy and Me” yoga class that works with Peanut’s schedule.
3. Join Stroller Strides and attend regularly. Haven’t done this yet. I was waiting for flu season to pass, and I just lost track of time.
1. Really, really read more books I already own. I mean it this time. ROTFL. Have you heard about my library shenanigans? I’m not even going to link to them, because they’ve taken over the blog. In the second half of the year, I do mean to read books from my own shelves, and lots of them. I do.
2. Read at least one classic every month. I’ve done this! The Fellowship of the Ring and The Snows of Kilimanjaro in January; The Two Towers and The Scarlet Pimpernel in February; Mrs ‘Arris Goes to Paris in March; Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova in April; Fire in the Blood and The Return of the King in May, Villette in June; and so far in July, I’ve finished Main Street on audio.
3. Explore more non-fiction. I’ve been doing this, too – in fact, I have a post about it coming up next week. So far this year, I’ve read a memoir about a couple renovating an olive farm in Provence; a compilation of searing advice columns by Cheryl Strayed; a poet’s memoir about walking England’s Pennine Way; a round-up of the stories behind classic French dishes; an audiobook of meditations for knitters (reread); a historical adventure in which two reporters raced each other around the world; a life of Leonardo da Vinci as viewed through the lens of his painting The Last Supper; a guide for travelers to fourteenth century England; and a love letter to walkable Paris. In the second half of the year, I’m hoping to explore more history, more biography and memoir, and sprinkle in a little spirituality too.
1. Seek out ways to be a better wife/mother, and practice them. I’m always working on this. Some days, I think I do a pretty good job. Other days, I have a long way to go. It’s all part of the journey of life, right?
2. Practice gratitude even when life gets challenging. This one has been tough. Hubby and I are both under a lot of stress, individually, related to various things that I don’t consider blog material. Some days, it’s really hard to be grateful for… well, for anything. But I do my best to count my blessings every single day, whether I feel particularly blessed or not. And I do have lots of blessings: a house that, while it may be a work in progress, gives us a very comfortable home; a job that pays the bills and lets me buy the little incidentals that make life fun; the opportunity to live and work in an exciting place; a wonderful husband; and a sweet, cute, fun, and healthy baby.
3. Love my little Peanut wildly. Easy! Peanut is the brightest spot in hubby’s and my world. When she shrieks with joy at seeing me walk through the door in the evening, when we dance down the hall singing “This Little Light of Mine,” when she eats her board books while staring at me defiantly, when she smiles at me and reaches her arms out to be picked up after a nap… well, she’s impossible not to love. Even when she’s being a little stinker… she’s my little stinker, and I’m crazy about her.
How’s your 2013 going? Can you believe the year is six months old already?